Divisions

Updated Thursday January 26, 2017 by Bryan Viggiani.

We offer five playing divisions for boys and girls that are tailored to meet a variety of abilities with age-appropriate play. Teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and fun are central to all levels, from oldest to youngest!
 

Majors
“Little League Baseball Division” 
(League Ages 10 to 12; child born between May 1, 2004 and Aug. 31, 2007)

The Little League Baseball Division is known as the Majors Division at National Little League. It is for boys and girls ages 10 to 12. All league-age 12-year-olds must play in the Majors division. National Little League traditionally has a firm limit of 12 players per team. The Majors Division at NLL will be comprised mostly of league-age 11- and 12-year-olds with a limited number of 10-year-olds. The infield diamond has 60-foot basepaths and the pitching distance is 46 feet. A postseason tournament is held, with trophies going to the regular season and tournament-winning teams. 
Along with NLL's postseason playoffs, the Majors regular-season champion traditionally also competes in the City & County Tournament against the Majors Division champions of other Little Leagues in District 13 (Albany County). 

AAA 
(League Ages 9 to 11; child born between May 1, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2008)
The AAA Division is the first level at National LL where teams play their games "across the street" on the NLL Majors Field. AAA rosters are typically composed of between 12 and 15 players and teams are created by a player draft. Players not drafted in the Majors Division will, under most circumstances, play in AAA. Based on experience and ability, 9-year-olds may play in AAA or in Farm. As the "Minors" division to National's "Majors" division, some players in AAA may have the opportunity to "play-up" occasionally, should a Majors team be shorthanded for a game. A postseason tournament is held, with trophies going to the regular season and tournament-winning teams. 

Farm 
(League Ages 7 to 9; child born between Sept. 1, 2007 and Aug. 31, 2010)
Farm is for boys and girls who have progressed in experience and ability to a level that will allow them to compete in a "player-pitch" division. Based on experience, some some 7-year-olds may play in either Farm or in Rookie. Rosters are typically composed of between 12 and 15 players. Tryouts are held for players at the Farm level. Teams in Farm are created by a player draft by the league's managers. All Farm games are played on the Farm Field. This is the first league where our young players at National LL encounter games with umpires and a scoreboard. A post-season tournament is held, with trophies going to the regular season and tournament-winning teams. 

Rookie
(League Ages 6 and 7; child born between Sept. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2011)
Rookie is the next level of development from Tee-Ball. Rookie at National Little League is a "coach pitch" division. Additional emphasis is placed on baseball fundamentals as players move up from the Tee-Ball division. Based on experience, some some 7-year-olds may play in Rookie or in Farm. Rosters are typically composed of between 10 and 15 players, and teams are selected by the league's Player-Agent. Rookie games are played on the Tee Ball/Rookie field with a limited number of games on the Farm Field. 

Tee-Ball 
(League Ages 4 and 5; child born between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2013)

Tee-Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 4 and 5 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In Tee-Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. The primary goals of Tee-Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. Rosters may be composed of between 10 and 15 players, depending on the number of children who register. No live pitching is permitted in this division. Teams are selected by the league's Player-Agent. Score is not kept, outs are not recorded, and all players bat each inning. Games are three innings or less.

There are no tryouts for Rookie or Tee-Ball.

 

For more information on how Little League International determines "league ages," please see Little League International's Web article. 

You can also use Little League's League Age Calculator to determine your child's "Baseball Age" for the 2017 season. 

For Majors, AAA and Farm: Although the parent or guardian selects a playing division for the child when registering online, National Little League will make the final determination regarding the playing level in which a child will play through manager selections in our player-draft process.   

If you have any questions about the appropriate division for your child, please contact Sridar Chittur, league player-agent, at playbaseball@nllalbany.org.   

Birthdates above are for 2017 season.