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Objectives & Expected Level Of Play By Division

T-Ball

  • In Spring, includes two divisions based on age, T5 and T6.  In Fall, combined into single T-Ball division.
  • Emphasis is placed on developing a basic understanding of the game.
  • Players hit ball from a tee.
  • All players hit each inning.
  • Outs are recognized, but may not be "enforced"
  • Team size ranges from 6-10 players.
  • Introduces players to basics of batting, throwing, and catching
  • Introduces players to team mechanics of the game, such as base running and throwing to first base
  • League Age 5 and 6
see house rules for more info

Machine Pitch (Developmental)

  • In fall, machine pitch developmental and rookie are combined into a single division
  • Players hit the ball pitched from a machine, up to 9 attempts.
  • Focus on teaching the fundamental skills of baseball and provide all the players with an opportunity to learn all positions, skills, good sportsmanship, and the rules of the game in a safe, positive and fun environment. The season shall be played in an instructional format.
  • Reinforces the basics of batting, throwing, and catching
  • Winning games should not be the goal.
  • Free substitution.  The goal should be not to play a player twice at any one position until every other player has had an opportunity to play that position. Managers should give every player a chance to learn each position.
  • League Age 7 and 8
see house rules for more info

Machine Pitch (Rookie)

  • In fall, machine pitch developmental and rookie are combined into a single division
  • Players hit the ball pitched from a machine, up to 8 attempts.  The speed of the ball may be adjusted to pitch slightly faster than at developmental level.
  • Teach the fundamental skills of baseball and provide all the players with an opportunity to learn all positions, skills, good sportsmanship, and the rules of the game in a safe, positive and fun environment.
  • Reinforces the basics of batting, throwing, and catching
  • League Age 8 and 9
see house rules for more info

Minors (AA)

  • In Spring, Minors includes AA and AAA. In the Fall, these are included in a single Minors division
  • Introduces pitching ("kid pitch").  In AA, following 4 balls, rather than recognizing a base on balls, a coach will pitch to batter to finish the at-bat.  This game mechanic allow for the gradual introduction of player pitching without slowing the game down.
  • Continued focus on good sportsmanship and team play!
  • Batting skills development including proper stance, pitch selection, bunting, and reading signals.
  • Develop base running skills for situational play, including proper sliding technique.
  • Fielding emphasis on getting behind the ball and setting up the throw, getting ball to the correct position for the out or to keep the runners from advancing.
  • Develop tracking skills for catching fly balls and arm strengthening practice (long toss).
  • League Age 8-10
see house rules for more info

Minors (AAA)

  • In Spring, Minors includes AA and AAA. In the Fall, these are included in a single Minors division
  • Continue to develop pitching ("kid pitch").
  • Continued focus on good sportsmanship and team play!
  • Batting skills development including proper stance, pitch selection, bunting, and reading signals from Manager/Coach.
  • Develop base running skills for situational play, including proper sliding technique.
  • Fielding emphasis on getting behind the ball and setting up the throw, getting ball to the correct position for the out or to keep the runners from advancing.
  • Develop tracking skills for catching fly balls and arm strengthening practice (long toss).
  • League Age 9-11
see house rules for more info

Majors

  • Official League Little Division
  • Develop batting mechanics (bunting, driving, making adjustments to speed) and pitch selection.
  • Develop accurate throws from outfielders to proper cutoff person.
  • After fielding the ball knowing where to make the throw and getting it there. Develop fielding strategies based on skills.
  • Reading signals from Coach/Manager and implementing directives.
  • Arm strengthening and accuracy thru practices (long toss).
  • Working as a team to get outs.
  • Pitching emphasis is to continue developing pitch variety with good mechanics (fastball 2 seam/4 seam, and change-up) and injury prevention/arm care.
  • Catcher skills include developing pitch calling skills, accurate throws to all bases, minimize passed balls
  • Good sportsmanship!
  • League Age 10-12
see house rules for more info

Juniors

  • Generally geared toward players in Middle School
  • Players are introduced to the "big field" (60'/90' fields, rather than the previous 46'/60' fields)
  • League Age 13-14

Middle School

  • Players represent their middle school, and compete against other local middle schools
  • Teams are selected via tryouts
  • League Age 13-14
more information on middle school program

Seniors

  • Generally geared towards players in High School
  • In Spring, season align to after the high school baseball season finishing, allowing players to play both
  • League Age 14-16

Challenger

  • Gives intellectual and/or physically challenged boys and girls the chance to enjoy playing the game of baseball.
  • Players participate in an athletic environment that is structured to their abilities.
  • Allows them to enjoy the game of baseball along with millions of other children who participate in the sport worldwide.
  • Located in Ashburn, Dulles Little League (DLL) provides this opportunity for Loudoun County residents.
more info on Challenger

Xplosion

  • Designed for those Lower Loudoun players who, in addition to participating in the League’s regular spring and fall seasons, want to experience extra baseball in a more competitive environment
  • Not affiliated with Little League
  • Ages 8-14+
more information on Xplosion baseball