is based on skill
level and ability rather than just age. The Minor league is for
children with less experience playing the sport in the age group of 7 to
12. Divisions may be established within the Minor League for
machine pitch, player pitch or adult pitch. The goal of this
division is to train and prepare the children for eventual selection to
a Major Division team. Your child will continue to learn the
fundamentals of the game, team building and games skills.
is normally organized with two-year age brackets. The age brackets
are as follows: Ages 7-8, Minor Ages 9-10, Ages 11-12. Depending on the
league you will find variation in the name and age breakdown of these
divisions. The 7-8 year old league normally coaches will do the
pitching and more baseball rules are in play. In many cases the
children get 4 strikes. Starting at age nine games are played at a
slightly more competitive level. Children participate in fall
evaluations to look at their baseball skills. Such things as
throwing accuracy and strength, hitting ability and speed are
examined. Team selection is then balanced based
on player skills.
Any candidate who will be 7
years old before April 30 and who will not be 13 years old before May 1
of the current year is eligible for the Minor League.