Little League Age:
Eligibility for the Rye Little League is determined by the player's League Age, which is determined by Little League International's guidelines. These League Ages are calculated using the birthdate entered for your player. Go to: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Determine_League_Age/League_Age_Calculator.htm or use the guideline below to determine your child’s League Age and ensure proper registration for your player.
|L. L. Age
||Date of Birth is on or between:
||September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017
||September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016
||September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015
||September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014
September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013
||September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012
||September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011
||September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010
||September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009
Little League Descriptions
Rye Little League structures the Major Little League Division to include players who are 9 to 12 years old. Little League majors is a competitive division designed to create a more instructional environment for the players demonstrating the highest level of skill and understanding of the game. There is a more aggressive schedule at this level, typically four events (games/practices) per week. Major league play requires a serious time commitment to baseball. Players "fine tune" throwing, pitching, fielding, hitting, and base running skills. They also develop teamwork and sportsmanship skills required to win games in competitive play environment.
Rye Little League holds tryouts each year for major league players. It is recommended that players trying out should have experienced at least two years at the AAA League level. All 1st year players looking to play at the Major League level must try out. The professional staff at Seacoast United run the tryout, allowing for a fair and impartial system. There is only one tryout day (and one make-up day). If a player cannot attend the tryout, he/she will not be able to play major league and will be placed in the AAA.
Players who have been on a major league team the previous year do not have to tryout for the current year if age eligible, and they are placed back on the same team. Players who are not drafted are placed on an AAA league team.
AAA League (player pitch):
AAA level is for boys and girls ages 7-11 that possess the basic fundamentals of throwing, catching, battting, base running, and fielding. AAA is designed to give motivated young players an opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of the game. This is the first year of player pitched play.
The league is formed through a draft after a skills evaluation is conducted to help ensure both player development and balanced competition. All AAA level players must be evaluated, even those who played AAA level in the past. Evaluations determine the skill level and readiness of a child to play at the AAA league level. Players are asked to run, catch, and throw during the evaluation process. There is only 1 evaluation day, and if the player can not attend the evaluation he/she will not be able to play AAA baseball.
Scores and standing are kept at this level of play. There are typically three 1.5 hour events (games/practices) per week.
AA League (First year baseball, coach pitch)
The focus of this league is to provide an opportunity for players to develop basic skills as well as gain important game experience in a controlled environment. Coaches will pitch to their own players, and after 3 strikes a tee is used. Players are provided instructional feedback on baseball fundamentals from coaches during simulated games and practices alike. There are no walks or strikeouts. Teams meet twice weekly for sessions with an equal division of games and practice. No evaluations are required to play AA.
A League (T-ball)
A level (t-ball) is for boys and girls ages 4-6. This is an introduction level to baseball conducted in a fun atmosphere to teach the kids the basics of hitting and running the bases. No pitching occurs; hitting is done with the use of a tee only. Players will have two (45-minute) events per week. At the coach's discretion they will attempt to play 3 innings of baseball. T-ball teams are normally limited to 6 or 7 on a team in an effort to keep all the children engaged.