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SBLL Baseball Division Descriptions

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

T-Ball

Tee-Ball Division of SBLL shall consist of player members who are league age four (4) and six (6). The Tee-Ball Division is primarily designed for players league age 4 and 5; a player member who is league age six (6) and has no prior youth baseball experience may choose to enroll at this level of play.

Rookies

Rookie Division (Pitching Machine) of SBLL shall consist of player members who are league age seven (7) and eight (8). The Rookie Division is primarily designed for players league age 7 and 8. The Rookie teams will be formed based primarily on location and school enrollment and every effort will be made to balance the player skill level equally among the teams. A player member who is league age six (6) and has had Tee-ball experience may choose to enroll at this level of play. 

Minors/A Baseball 

Team shall consist of players who are league age league age nine (9). This division is intended to bridge the gap between Rookies and AA Minors, providing younger players a more appropriate atmosphere in which to develop. Coaches focus on the reinforcement of fundamentals including catching, proper throwing motion, base running and a strong emphasis on hitting by developing proper swing mechanics. There will be less emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game as in the upper division (AA, AAA & Majors) and more on the learning the rules of baseball and strategies of the game. Players will also learn basic pitching skills and fundamentals at this level. League eight (8) are eligible if they two years of rookies experience and there is availability within the teams, as league age 9 year old will be placed prior to league age 8 year old. 

Requests for team placement with friends, school mates or carpool needs will be considered but are not guaranteed especially in the upper divisions. 

Minors/AA Baseball

Team shall consist of players who are league age ten (10) and eleven (11) that have not been drafted into the AAA Minor or Major divisions. **Only league age eleven (11) are eligible for the Majors division. There will be an end-of-season tournament, and the players in the AA division will be eligible to try out for the South Boise Little League All Star tournament teams. Teams will travel throughout the Treasure Valley to play interleague games.

This division players should have basic fundamental skills, the goal of this division is to improve the player's skills position rotation, equal playing time, and continuous batting order will be in effect at the AA level. In AA Minors, you start to see the level of competition increase, although the focus is still on fundamentals and sportsmanship.

Requests i.e. team placement with friends, school mates, or carpool needs will be considered but depend on other variables. Requests must be approved by the SBLL Board. Teams are formed by a player draft.

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

Majors Baseball

Team shall consist of players who are league age eleven (11) and twelve (12). The players should demonstrate skill, leadership and maturity while enhancing all skills development, rules knowledge and situational baseball play in a competitive environment. Managing style may or may not dictate equal playing time; however, minimum play rules will be followed. Teams will travel throughout the Treasure Valley to play interleague games.There will be an end of season tournament. Players will be eligible to tryout for the South Boise Little League All Star tournament teams

Requests i.e. team placement with friends, school mates, or carpool needs will not be considered at this division. Teams are formed by a player draft.

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS: Assessment is required for all potential Majors eligible players. The assessments are used to determine the level of play. If a player was selected as a Majors player in the previous year, that player will remain at the major level but will still need to go through assessments.100% of all league age 12-year-olds will be drafted into the Majors; only exceptions is with the approval of the District Administrator. Majors team can only have a max of 8 league age 12-year-olds. **Eligible league age 12-year-olds must be drafted prior to any eligible league age 11-year-old. 

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball

Intermediate is a transition division to prepare players for the Juniors Division who play on 60/90 fields. 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 will be used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

Team shall consist of players who are league age twelve (12) and thirteen (13). Intermediate division players should demonstrate skill, leadership, and maturity while enhancing all skills, rules knowledge, and situational baseball play in a competitive environment. At this level, there may not be equal playing time; however, minimum play rules will be followed. A field with 50-foot pitching mound and 70-foot bases will be used. Teams will travel throughout the Treasure Valley to play interleague games. There will be an end of season tournament. Players will be eligible for South Boise Little League All Star tournament teams.

Requests i.e. team placement with friends, school mates, or carpool needs will not be considered at this division. Teams are formed by a player draft.

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS: Assessments are dependent on the number of eligible and returning players. If a player was selected as a Intermediates player in the previous year, that player will remain at the intermediates level and may need to attend assessments. Teams are re-drafted annually. 100% of all league age 13-year-olds will be drafted into the Intermediates; only exceptions is with the approval of the District Administrator. **100% of all league age 13-year-olds will be drafted into the Intermediate division; only exceptions is with the approval of the District Administrator.

Juniors Baseball

South Boise Little League will no longer have a Junior Baseball Division. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will refer you to another litte league that has this program.

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