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Mercer Island

Little League

Mercer Island Little League

Baseball Divisions

Seniors: 13 - 16 Yrs. Old

Seniors baseball plays on a full size baseball diamond (60’6’’ pitching rubber, 90’ bases).  As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars.  13-14 year-olds are eligible for Seniors baseball, but players are encouraged to participate in either Intermediate or Juniors.

Juniors: 12 - 14 Yrs. Old

Juniors is a level of Little League for 13-14 year-olds.   Like Seniors, basepaths are 90’ and the pitching distance is 60’6’’.  As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars.  The only real difference with Seniors is the age of the players.  13 year-olds are eligible for Juniors, but are encouraged to participate in Intermediate if possible. For the past few years, MILL has fielded one Juniors team, which competes against teams from other leagues around the area.

Intermediate: 12 - 13 Yrs. Old

Intermediate is Little League’s newest level.  It is to be used as a stepping stone between the traditional Little League Diamond and a full size diamond used in Juniors and Seniors.  Basepaths are 70’ and pitchers throw from 50 feet.  It is for League Age 13 year olds (11 and 12 year-olds are eligible but MILL encourages 11s and 12s to play in Majors or Coast).

Majors Baseball: 10 - 12 Yrs. Old

This is the most advanced and competitive division of Little League, which will include all 12 year olds, strong 11 year-olds and outstanding 10 year olds. Majors focuses on advanced skill development and preparation for all-stars and higher level play beyond age 12. Players will be drafted onto Majors teams based on ability. <<More>>

Coast Baseball: 9 - 11 Yrs. Old

Coast is intermediate player pitch baseball, primarily for 10 and 11 year-old players, as well as some highly skilled 9 year-olds. Coast teams will practice once per week, and play one weeknight game and one Saturday game. <<More>>

AAA Baseball: 8 - 10 Yrs. Old

AAA Baseball is entry-level player pitch baseball, for 9 and 10 year old players, as well as some highly skilled 8 year olds. In the first part of the season, there will be no stealing allowed and coaches will assist with pitching as needed (i.e. finish pitching to a batter after ball 4) in order to keep the games moving by reducing walks. AAA teams will practice once per week, and play one weeknight game and one Saturday game. <<More>>

'AA' Baseball: 8 - 9 Yrs. Old

AA Baseball is advanced machine-pitch baseball for 8 year-olds, 7 year-olds in 2nd grade, and 9 year-olds seeking more development, or a lesser commitment, before playing Player Pitch. Limited pitching by players will be introduced in the second half of the season. AA teams will have one weeknight practice per week, one Monday game, one Saturday game, and an end-of-season League Tournament. Teams may also have some team batting cage time during the season.Players hoping to play up an age (7s in AA, 6s in A) must have completed the level below and must be ready for the competition and structure of the higher league. Almost all kids are best suited to play their age appropriate division. Players who play up must all understand that they may not always be able to do so.

'A' Baseball: 7 Yrs. Old

A Baseball is intermediate machine-pitch baseball intended for 7 year-olds who have already played a year of Sluggers, 6 year-olds in 1st grade, and 8 year-olds seeking more development before AA. A teams will have one weeknight practice per week, and one Monday game and one Saturday game.Players hoping to play up an age (7s in AA, 6s in A) must have completed the level below and must be ready for the competition and structure of the higher league. Almost all kids are best suited to play their age appropriate division. Players who play up must all understand that they may not always be able to do so.

Sluggers Baseball 6-7 Yrs. Old

Sluggers Division is an entry-level machine or coach pitch division for 6 year-olds who have completed one year of T-ball and 7 year-olds who need more development or seek a lower level of commitment before advancing to the 'A' Division. Sluggers will have one weeknight practice each week in a "micro clinic" format and one Saturday game.

T-ball (co-ed) 4-6 Yrs. Old

This is for 5 year-old players, first year 6 year-old players , and 2nd year 6 year-old players still needing skill development before heading up to Sluggers. 4 year-olds are eligible, but need to be ready for the competition and structure of T-ball. Please no 3 year-olds. Players hit a ball from a Tee. All players bat and play in the field each inning (3 innings per game). One weeknight practice (Wednesday or Thursday) in a "micro clinic" format and one Saturday game per week.


FAQ:

My 8 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play up at the AAA level?

All interested 8 year-olds must contact the MIBGC at least two weeks prior to SYS.  The MIBGC and MILL VP’s will review each player and decide if the player can participate in SYS.  However, an invitation to SYS is not a guaranteed spot on AAA.  If the player receives high enough scores AND there is room in AAA, the player may be placed in AAA.  If an 8 year-old is invited to SYS, he/she must attend Show Your Stuff to be placed on a AAA team.

My 9 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play in Majors?

No. MILL prohibits any player from playing up more than three years.  E.g, 9’s can’t play in Majors.  8’s can’t play in Coast, 7’s can’t play in AAA.

My son was in Coast last season as a 10 year-old.  How come he didn’t move up to Majors this year as an 11 year-old?

For Majors, the coaches do a live draft of their team.  They select 12 players from all eligible players.  There are some players that are guaranteed places in Majors.  They are (1) League Age 12 year-olds. (2) League Age 11 year-olds in Sixth Grade (who played Coast last season) and (3) Players who played Majors the previous year.  The rest of the remaining players are drafted by the coaches from the pool of eligible players.

How do I figure out my son’s League Age?

Baseball League Age is determined by your child’s date of birth.  The age determination date is August 31st.  For example, if your son turns 9 on August 31, he is League Age 10.  If your son turns 10 on September 1, he is League Age 9.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Please review the Little League Age Chart to confirm your child’s League Age.  Softball has a different League Age cutoff.

My league age 9 year-old did not get selected to AAA.  How come?

At Show Your Stuff, we evaluate over 200 players in order to place them in the division that is most appropriate for them.   We want your child to succeed.  If your child was not placed in AAA we believe that AA was the most appropriate division for them.

My child is playing Player Pitch, can I request a buddy or a practice time?

No.  We do not accept buddy requests or practice time requests for Player Pitch Baseball.  We do not even consider school when making teams.  Our main priority is to create balanced teams.