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Level of Play


Know your child's "Little League age".

To determine your child's playing age, please refer to the Little League Age Chart for Baseball or Little League Baseball's Age Calculator.



Determine which Division your child will play.

Sunnyvale Little League has 8 divisions: Challenger, T-Ball, Pioneer, Farm, Minors, Majors, Intermediate, Juniors and Seniors. The Divisions are aligned by age as follows. Your Little League age is your age on April 30th of the current year.

Division Primarily for Ages May also Include Ages***
Challenger 4 - 18 up to 22
T-ball 4 - 5
Pioneer 6 - 7 8
Farm 7 - 9
Minors * 9 - 10 8, 11
Majors * 11 - 12 10
Intermediate ** 13
Juniors ** 13 - 14
Seniors** 15-16
* Must sign up prior to tryouts. Must attend tryouts
** Date for Intermdiate & Juniors tryouts to be determined
*** Based on evaluation

Challenger is a division at Sunnyvale LL, and is offered to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Players not in the Challenger division play in their primary age division. For placement in Majors and Minors, a draft process ultimately determines which players play at which level. If you feel strongly that you belong in another division than your primary age division, please contact the appropriate Player Agent.

4 Year Olds
  • All 4 year olds play in T-Ball
5 Year Olds
  • Most 5 year olds play in T-Ball
6 Year Olds
  • Most 6 year olds play in Pioneer
7 Year Olds
  • Most 7 year olds will play in Pioneer
  • A few skilled 7 year olds may play-up to Farm
8 Year Olds
  • Most 8 year olds will play in Farm
  • A few skilled 8 year olds may try out for Minors
  • 8 year olds who are still developing skills may play in Pioneer, at parent request
9 Year Olds
  • 9 year olds will play in either Minors or Farm
  • 9 year olds who wish to play in Minors must try-out
  • 9 year old who are not drafted in Minors, will play in the Farm division.
10 Year Olds
  • Most 10 year olds will play in Minors
  • A few skilled 10 year olds may try out for Majors
  • Parents of 10's who wish to have their child removed from consideration for Majors should indicate that at the tryout check in by writing "minors only" when they sign in.
  • The draft process will determine which players are placed in the Farm or Minors divisions.
11 Year Olds
  • Most 11 year olds will play in Majors
  • A few 11 year olds who are deemed a safety risk may be placed in Minors at the discretion of the Majors/Minor Player Agent.
12 Year Olds
  • All 12 year olds will play in the Majors division
  • A 12 year old will only play in Minors by mutual agreement between the parents and league.
13 Year Olds
  • 13 year olds may have the option of playing in the Intermediate division or Juniors (based upon contingencies).
14 Year Olds
  • 14 year olds will play in Juniors.

A quick summary of the different divisions is provided below. Additional information can be found at this location.

Division Pitching Hitting Defense Games Practices
T-ball Fixed Tee,

No strikeouts,

No walks
Every player bats once every inning All players play defense, and rotate through all positions 1 per week

3 innings, about 1 hour
1 per week (about 1 hour)
Pioneer Coach pitch

No strikeouts,

No walks
Every player bats once every inning All players play defense, and rotate through all positions 1 or 2 per week

3 innings, about 1 hour
1 or 2 per week (about 1 hour)
Farm Player/Coach pitch

Strikeouts,

No walks
Continuous order - every player bats All players play defense, Infield / outfield play balanced ~50/50 1 or 2 per week

Up to 6 innings, about 1.5 hours
1 or 2 per week (only 1, if there were 2 games)
Minors Player pitch (46 feet mound distance)

Strikeouts

Walks
Continuous order 9 players on defense, No player sits out more than 2 innings per game Usually 2 per week

Up to 6 innings, about 1 hr 45 min.
About 2 per week (1.5 to 2 hours)
Majors Player pitch (46 feet mound distance)

Strikeouts

Walks
Continuous or Substitution, depending on local rules 9 players on defense, Minimum play 6 outs, try to play defense at least half the game. Usually 2 per week

Up to 6 innings, about 2 hours.
Usually 2 per week (about 2 hours)
Intermediate Player pitch (50 feet mound distance)

70 foot base paths
Continuous or Substitution, depending on local rules Based on local rules Usually 1 game per week, on Sundays

Up to 6 innings, about 2 hours.
Usually 2 per week (about 2 hours)
Juniors 60'6" mound distance

Up to 90 foot base paths
Substitution 9 players on defense, Minimum play 6 outs, try to play defense at least half the game. Usually 2 per week

Up to 6 innings, about 2 hours.
Usually 2 per week (about 2 hours)







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