Rio Linda Little League Baseball and Softball Division Explained

(This page was created to help parents and players understand the different divisions and to guide you in choosing the right division for your player.)

It is incredibly important for the safety and development of the players that they are kept in their appropriate age division. Also, note that your player can try out for the higher division, and if drafted can play "up" for the season. We want to be sure that all parents understand that when younger players play in the higher division, they may experience reduced playing time. We know this can be frustrating for both the players and their parents. Please remember, we cannot move your player down a division once he/she has played in the higher division. 

Everything on this page is based on league age. To determine your players league age click on one of the following links.

2018 Softball Age Chart         2018 Baseball Age Chart  or use the Little League Age Calculator

 
Baseball Divisions
TeeBall - Ages 4 - 6
This division is geared towards the first year players, it is an instructional program where children are taught the fundamentals of hitting, running, fielding and throwing in a fun environment. Games are shorter, score is not kept and everyone hits! We are going to try and keep teams at 10 players to keep the game moving a little faster for our youngest players with short attention spans.
 
Rookie A - Ages 5 - 7
This division is geared towards our second & third year players that may not be quite ready for the "big leagues"! This is an instructional division focused on baseball fundamentals, rules, strategy, sportsmanship, and the mechanics of throwing, fielding, defense, hitting and base running. This division is coach pitch all season long. Outs are recorded but score and standings are not recorded. 
 
AA Minors - Ages 7 - 8 (formerly Farm)
This division is the first step in getting players ready for the upper divisions! This division is kid-pitch all season long. There are no walks. When a player reaches 4 balls, the coaches come in to finish the count. This division is still instructional, just like Rookie A, however both outs and score are recorded, standings are still not recorded.

AAA Minors - Ages 9 - 10 (formerly Minors)
This division is instructional and competitive. Outs, score and standings are all recorded. Players that are league age 10 that want to remain in Triple AAA to get another year of experience before moving up to the Majors will be allowed to do so.

Majors - Ages 10 - 12
This division is competitive. Players from the Major division may qualify for the league's 11-12 year old tournament team that has an opportunity to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport. 

 

 Intermediate 50/70- Ages 12 - 13

The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is a program for 12- and 13-year-olds which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. The division offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Juniors - Ages 13 - 14

Like the Majors, the Juniors division is competitive. A full range of tournament play is offered including a World Series.

 
Softball Divisions
TeeBall - Ages 4 - 6
This division is geared towards the first year players, it is an instructional program where children are taught the fundamentals of hitting, running, fielding and throwing in a fun environment. Games are shorter, score is not kept and everyone hits! We are going to try and keep teams at 10 players to keep the game moving a little faster for our youngest players with short attention spans. 

 

8U - Ages 6 - 7

This division is geared towards our second & third year players that may not be quite ready for the "big leagues"! This is an instructional division focused on baseball fundamentals, rules, strategy, sportsmanship, and the mechanics of throwing, fielding, defense, hitting and base running. This division is coach pitch all season long. Outs are recorded but score and standings are not recorded. 

10U - Ages 8 - 9

This division is the first step in getting players ready for the upper divisions! This division is kid-pitch all season long. There are no walks. When a player reaches 4 balls, the coaches come in to finish the count. This division is still instructional, just like 8U, however both outs and score are recorded, standings are still not recorded.

12U - Ages 10 - 11
This division is competitive. Players from the 12U division may qualify for the league's 11-12 year old tournament team that has an opportunity to advance to the Little League Softball World Series. 

Juniors 14U - Ages 12 - 14
The Juniors division is competitive. A full range of tournament play is offered including a World Series.

 

The chart below is designed to help you understand what division to sign your player up for during registration.

Player League AgeExperienceBaseball DivisionSoftball DivisionComments
4NoneTee BallTee Ball 
5NoneTee BallTee Ball 
51 Year of Tee BallTee Ball or Rookie ATee Ball 
6NoneTee BallTee Ball 
61 or 2 years of Tee BallRookie A8U 
7NoneRookie A8U 
71 or 2 yearsAA Minors8U 
8 AA Minors10U 
9 AAA Minors10U 
104 years or lessAAA Minors12UPlayers abilities will be reviewed during assessments, final division will be decided at that time.
105 Years or moreMajors12UPlayers abilities will be reviewed during assessments, final division will be decided at that time.
11 Majors12U 
12 MajorsJuniors 
12 50/70  
13 50/70  
13 JuniorsJuniors 
14 JuniorsJuniors 

 

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