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SBLL Baseball Division Descriptions

South Boise Little League Baseball is comprised of six divisions. Assessments are held in late February, early March for upper divisions. Players who assess are divided into groups based on age and fundamental skills. Following the assessment, players are drafted onto teams by their volunteer coaches. Practices begin shortly after with Opening Day occurring in early April. The season concludes at the end of May. All South Boise Little League teams are re-drafted every season.

 

T-Ball

T-Ball consists of player members who are league age 4 to 6. This division is primarily designed for players league age 4 and 5. A player member who is league age 6 and has no prior youth baseball experience may choose to enroll at this level of play.

 

Rookies

Rookies (pitching machine) consists of player members who are league age 7 and 8. Teams are formed based primarily on school location. Every effort is made to balance player skill level equally among the teams. A player member who is league age 6 and has had T-Ball experience may choose to enroll at this level of play.

 

A Minors

A Minors Baseball consists of player members who are league age 9. This division is intended to bridge the gap between Rookies and AA Minors, providing younger players a more appropriate atmosphere to develop skills. In this division, coaches focus on the reinforcement of fundamental skills including pitching, catching, proper throwing motion, base running and proper swing mechanics. Less emphasis is on the competitive aspects of the game at this level of play, instead focusing on the rules of baseball and strategies of the game. Players with at least two years’ experience in Rookies who are league 8 may be eligible to play in A Minors.

 

Requests for team placement with friends, schoolmates or carpool needs will be considered but are not guaranteed.

 

AA Minors

AA Minors Baseball consists of player members who are league age 10 and 11. In this division, coaches continue efforts on fundamental skills while focusing players in set positions and rotations. Players learn the competitive aspects of the game at this level of play with an emphasis on sportsmanship.

 

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS: Assessment is required. All players in this division will participate in a skills assessment prior to the start of the season. Teams are formed by a player draft annually. Not all players attending assessments will be placed on a team within this division due to skill level, space limitations, and safety concerns.

 

Requests for team placement with friends, schoolmates or carpool needs will be considered but are not guaranteed. All requests must be approved by the SBLL Board.

 

Majors

Majors Baseball consists of player members who are league age 11 and 12. In this division, players should demonstrate skill, leadership and maturity. Coaches focus on enhancing the player’s skills, rules knowledge and situational baseball in a competitive environment. Managing style may or may not dictate equal playing time; however, minimum play rules are followed. Teams will travel throughout the Treasure Valley to play interleague games.

 

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS: Assessment is required. All players in this division will participate in a skills assessment prior to the start of the season. Teams are formed by a player draft annually. Assessments are used to determine the level of play. All league age 12 players will be drafted into the Majors division. All exceptions to this rule must be approved by the District Administrator.

 

Major’s teams may only have a max of eight league age 12-year-olds.

 

Requests for team placement with friends, schoolmates or carpool needs will be considered but are not guaranteed. All requests must be approved by the SBLL Board.

 

Intermediate (50/70)

Intermediate Baseball consists of player members who are league age 12 and 13. In this division, players should demonstrate skill, leadership and maturity. Coaches focus on enhancing the player’s skills, rules knowledge and situational baseball in a competitive environment. Managing style may or may not dictate equal playing time; however, minimum play rules are followed. Teams will travel throughout the Treasure Valley to play interleague games.

 

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS: Assessment is required. All players in this division will participate in a skills assessment prior to the start of the season. Teams are formed by a player draft annually. Assessments are used to determine the level of play. All league age 13 players will be drafted into the Intermediate division. All exceptions to this rule must be approved by the District Administrator.

 

Requests for team placement with friends, schoolmates or carpool needs are not considered in this division.

 

Intermediate Baseball is a transition division to prepare players for the Juniors Division (60/90). The difference between Majors (46/60) and Intermediate (50/70) is the distance from home plate to the pitching rubber and base paths. The Major’s pitching distance is 46 feet and base path distance is 60 feet while Intermediate’s pitching distance is 48.5 feet and the base path distance is 70 feet. Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

 

Juniors

South Boise Little League does not offer a Juniors Baseball Division. Please contact [email protected] for referral to another league.

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