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OCLL Division Description

OCLL Division Descriptions

Tee Ball: (4-5 YR OLDS)

Who is it for?  Tee Ball is a non-competitive, instructional division, to introduce players to the sport of both baseball and softball.  The core ages for this level are 4-5 year olds.  Players will be placed on teams by the OCLL board. Our Tee-ball program will be for both boys and girls at this time.

What Skills are Taught? Little League has developed a curriculum that will be given to each team to follow, this program is a 10 week program, but due to scheduling we may not include all 10 weeks, but will try to offer as many weeks as time will allow.  Skills will include Throwing, grip, hitting running the bases etc.

How is the Game Played? For the first few weeks the players will concentrate on practicing, after which we will incorporate games at one time per week, with the other day that week as a practice.

Pitching Machine: (6-7 YR OLDS)

Who is it for?  Pitching Machine is a non-competitive, instructional division, one level above T-ball.  The core age for Pitching Machine is baseball age 7-8.  Players league age 6, with at least one season of T-ball may consider playing Pitching Machine.  Some players are new to the game, although many have played T-ball.  Teams are formed by Manager draft.    

What Skills are Taught?  Managers and coaches further a players understanding of the rules and positions, while working on improving throwing and catching.  Key concepts learned in this Division are how outs are made, how to react when a ball is hit in the air, and following the base coach’s instructions.  When playing the catcher position, proper positioning behind the plate is taught.  Use of a pitching machine helps players learn to take aggressive swings and build hitting consistency.  The flow of the game is introduced, as players understand how outs are made and what makes up an inning.     

How is the Game Played?  A pitching machine is used in this Division and players play designated positions.  There are 10 defensive positions, as there are 4 outfielders.  The pitching machine is operated by a coach of the team at bat. Defensive coaches are in the outfield to help direct plays before and as they happen.  The coaches on the field act as the umpires for the game. Score may be kept, but is not recorded.  There are no standings and the emphasis remains on building baseball knowledge and strong fundamentals, therefore there will be no end of season tournament at this level.  An inning ends when the defensive team records 3 outs, a maximum run limit is reached, or everyone bats in the inning.  Everyone sits the bench from time to time but will always hit in the lineup.  Coaches will play players in a variety of positions they can play safely.  Strikes are called,  if a hitter swings three times and misses, then the hitter is out.  Foul balls will also count as a strike and the standard two-strike foul ball rule applies.  A batter is out after five pitches.   Detailed rules are listed on our website when the season starts.     Players are responsible to bring their own gloves helmet, bat and shoes.  Athletic cleats are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Athletic cups are highly recommended for all players and are required for anyone playing catcher.


Season?  Season will run from the 1st weekend in June to the end of July, 12-14 game season.

Minor (8-9 yr olds)

Who is it for?  This division further develops their baseball skills.  The core age for the Minor Division 8-10 year old boys and girls who want to continue to develop their baseball skills.  Most of the players in Minor’s played in the Pitching Machine Division at least one season as a 7 or 8 year old. However, any eligible aged player with appropriate baseball skills is welcome, even if this is his or her first experience with baseball.  Teams at this level are also selected thru a manager draft, supervised by a board member.  
 
What Skills are Taught?  The major difference between Minor and Pitching Machine is that kids are pitching and runners can steal bases.   Also, the fielding and hitting will have improved and an increased element of competition is added. From an instructional standpoint however, the main objective in this division is to continue to develop players in the field and at the plate, teach fundamentals and good sportsmanship, win or lose.  Pitching becomes a bigger focus.  Pitch counts are recorded and closely monitored for the pitcher’s safety.  Key concepts learned at this age are more aggressive plays, both offensively and defensively.  Players begin making longer throws, hitting the cutoff, and tracking and catching fly balls.  Offensively, they are aware of signals from the coach, know to adjust the approach after 2 strikes, and know when to take the extra base.     

How is the Game Played?  The Diamond is 60 ft bases with 46 ft pitching distance.  Every player is in the batting lineup for every game. On defense, players will learn to play a variety of positions he or she can play safely.  While all players bat, only Ten players take the field on defense.  Coaches will play the kids in all positions they can safely play. Everyone sits the bench from time to time but always hit in the lineup.   League standings are kept to determine seeding for the end of season   Single elimination tournament is conducted to determine the Minor Division Tournament Champion. This enables all players the opportunity to experience post-season excitement!  In addition, there are opportunities to make the 8/9 and 9/10, year old All Star Teams that participate in the District 6 All Star Tournament.  These teams typically plays well into July.  Players are responsible to bring their own gloves helmet, bat and shoes.  Athletic cleats are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Athletic cups are highly recommended for all players and are required for everyone playing catcher. 

 Season?  Season will run from the end of /Early May to mid July, 12-14 game season. 

MAJORS 10-12 yr olds

Who is it for?  This is the premier Division for Little League. The core age for Majors is 11-12 years old.  The age range is wide to accommodate those that have significant baseball instruction and are ready for Majors, as well as players needing additional instruction on baseball’s complexities before playing full baseball.  In this Division, there is a greater emphasis on team play, which includes teams working together to win games. By the time a player is eligible for Majors, he or she generally has played a few seasons of baseball and is very familiar with the way the game is played.   Teams at this level are also selected thru a manager draft, supervised by a board member.  


What Skills are Taught?  Stamina and concentration are important.  Longer accurate throws are expected and full attention is required.  Players learn to react quickly, throw properly and accurately on the run and make consistent, hard throws to any base or the plate.  Pitching is more sophisticated as pitchers develop more arm strength and improved form.

How is the Game Played?  The Diamond is 60 ft bases with 46 ft pitching distance.  All players bat in the lineup the whole game, but only 9 players take the field on defense. Coaches will play the kids in more than one position, but look for overall balance on the team and develop players accordingly. Everyone sits the bench from time to time but always hit in the lineup.  In addition, there are 10/11 and 11/12 year old All Star Teams that participate in the District 6 All Star Tournament.  These teams typically play well into July.  Players are responsible to bring their own gloves helmet, bat, and shoes.  Athletic cleats are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Athletic cups are highly recommended for all players and are required for everyone playing catcher. 

Season? .  Season will run from the end of /Early May to mid July, 12-14 game season

Intermediate (11-13 yr olds)

Who is it for?  This is the transition division to get the players more prepared for the larger field. The field size for this division is 70 ft. bases and 50 ft. pitching distance.  The core age for Intermediate is 11-13 years old.   In this Division, there is a greater emphasis on team play, which includes teams working together to win games.   Teams at this level are also selected thru a manager draft, supervised by a board member.  

What Skills are Taught?  Longer accurate throws are expected and full attention is required  A greater emphasis on baseball’s complexities is taught.  Communication between infielders and outfielders is consistent, effective, and results in improved defensive plays.  Players are expected to make accurate, hard throws from second base, shortstop and third base to any other base.  Experience at the lower Divisions has given players in the Intermediate Division improved ability to judge the ball as it comes off the bat and react instinctively. 

How is the Game Played?  Intermediate Division exposes players to the full baseball experience, but with shorter bases – 70 foot bases, lead-offs, pick-offs, stealing, balks, etc. The number of registered players determines the number of teams. One of the most exciting advantages of the Intermediate division is that it offers players a Transition to prepare for the next level, senior baseball. (90 ft bases/60’6 pitching).  League standings are kept to determine seeding for the end of season ending single elimination tournament is conducted to determine the Division Tournament Champion.  In addition, players selected for the All Star team will participate in the District 6 All Star Tournament.  This team typically plays well into July.     Players are responsible to bring their own gloves helmet, bat and shoes.  Athletic cleats are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Athletic cups are highly recommended for all players and are required for everyone playing catcher.   

Season?  Season will run from the end of /Early May to mid July, 12-14 game season

Senior (13-16 yr olds)

Who is it for?  For girls and boys ages 13 to 16 yrs. old. The field size for this division is 90 ft. bases and 60’6” pitching distance. In this division, there is a greater emphasis on team play, which includes teams working together to win games.   Teams at this level are also selected thru a manager draft, supervised by a board member.  

What Skills are Taught?  Longer accurate throws are expected and full attention is required  A greater emphasis on baseball’s complexities is taught.  Communication between infielders and outfielders is consistent, effective, and results in improved defensive plays.  Players are expected to make accurate, hard throws from second base, shortstop and third base to any other base.  Experience at the lower Divisions has given players in the Senior Division improved ability to judge the ball as it comes off the bat and react instinctively. 

How is the Game Played? Players at this level are exposed to the full baseball experience,  lead-offs, pick-offs, stealing, balks, etc. The number of registered players determines the number of teams.  League standings are kept to determine seeding for the end of season ending single elimination tournament determine the Division Tournament Champion.  In addition, players selected for the All Star team will participate in the District 6 All Star Tournament.  This team typically plays well into July.     Players are responsible to bring their own gloves helmet, bat and shoes.  Athletic cleats are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Athletic cups are highly recommended for all players and are required for everyone playing catcher. 

Season?  Season will run from the end of /Early May to mid July, 12-14 game season . 

Challenger

Who is it for?  Challenger is a non-competitive, adaptive, instructional division for intellectually and physically challenged youth to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Participants can range in ages 5-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school. Teams are established by the Challenger Coordinator.

What Skills are Taught?  Players are taught basic fielding, catching and how to hit the ball. The value of the Little League Challenger program is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of the participants’ self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play; and the disciplines of teamwork, citizenship and fair play which are hallmarks of the Little League program.    

How is the Game Played? Games are scheduled for an hour and a half. Each team will bat through their entire line-up, each batter advancing one base, with the final hitter “clearing the bases” with a homerun hit.  Players are pitched to by a coach or buddy and are given a set number of pitches. If the player does not make contact they can elect to use a Tee. Based on needs a Tee can be used in lieu of pitches. Buddies are in the field and with players to help them direct a play and to make sure that all the players stay safe.  While the division is non-competitive, there is still an attempt made at the play, however no out will be scored and no runner will be removed from the base.

Softball

Who is it for?  For girls ages 6 to 16 yrs. old. The field size is the same for all softball division, the 60 ft base paths.  The only change is the pitching distance:

  • Pitching Machine (6-8 yr olds) – 35’-0” pitching machine distance

  • Minor Softball (8-10 yr olds)  – 35’-0” pitching distance

  • Major Softball  (11-12 yr olds) – 40’-0” pitching distance

  • Junior Softball (13-14 yr olds) – 43’-0” pitching distance

The skills taught and how the games are played are the same as for baseball divisions.


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