Sandpoint Little League

Baseball Divisions

Sandpoint Little League offers baseball divisions for ages 5-14.  Note that the rules for determining a baseball player's league age are in process of changing, and have changed for some players for 2017, as directed by Little League International.  Sandpoint Little League may have an All-Star team at the end of the season in each of the following divisions: Juniors, 10-12 (Majors), 9-11, 8-10 (Minors), & Softball 10-12 (Majors), Juniors. Read more about  the All Stars Selection Process

For players born on or before August 31, 2005:
For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date. The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005:
The new age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31. For more information see the Little League Rules and chart.

At all levels, it is the goal of Sandpoint Little League to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for our children to play and learn the game of baseball.  With that being our overriding priority, following are the divisions of Baseball supported by our Little League organization:

T-Ball

T-Ball is designed for boys and girls turning 5 or 6 in the current year. It is the goal of SLL to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for our children to play and learn the game of baseball.  At this level we focus on base running, throwing, catching and batting.  Teams bat through the entire order each inning.  Coaches are required to rotate each player through defensive positions.  Read more

 

Single A

Single A (known as Rookies prior to 2012) is designed for players league age 6-7. At this level, batters are pitched to by a pitching machine. If the batter does not get a hit in five pitches from the pitching machine, the batter will then hit off a batting tee. Coaches are required to rotate each player through defensive positions. Coaches begin focusing on defensive fundamentals as this division recognizes a three-out inning.  No umpires and no score keeping with exception of a five-run rule per inning. Read more

Double A

Double A (AA) is designed for payers aged 7-9.  This level is intended to bridge the gap between divisions previously known as Rookies and 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. Players will also learn basic pitching skills and fundamentals at this level. An emphasis will be placed on learning the rules of baseball and strategies of the game. Volunteer parent umpires will be used and a 5 run rule per inning will apply.  Read more

Triple A

Designed for players 8-11, the AAA Baseball (Minors, prior to 2012) is the start of competitive baseball in our league.  This is still considered an instructional league with an emphasis on enhancing each player’s abilities and fundamentals of baseball in a competitive environment.  Score keeping and standings are kept at this level with regular season awards presented at the championship game.  Kids pitch at this level with pitch counts strictly adhered to.  One home plate umpire is used at this level.  Girls in this age group are encouraged to join our Little League Softball program.  Read more

Majors

The Majors Baseball level is the top level in Little League and is available for league ages 11-12. This is a very competitive level of play and competes with other local area communities during the season. Instruction and coaching are given to each player and playing skills are enhanced. Playing time and players positions are based on player abilities and what best suits the entire team. Score keeping and standings are kept at this level with regular season awards presented at the championship game. Kids pitch at this level with pitch counts strictly adhered to. One home plate umpire is used at this level.  Read more

Juniors

Juniors Baseball (13-14) is the first level where players play on 90 foot base paths and 60 foot pitching mound. For most players, this will be their first experience playing baseball like the big leagues. Read more

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