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Divisions of Play


4 Year Old Players

Benicia Little League does not currently offer a program for 4 year old players. Please review the information for Tee Ball.

For all remaining age groups - please review the descriptions of each division below.


Tee Ball

Tee-Ball 
[ Ages 5 - 6 ] Tee Ball is an introductory division focused on instruction where players hit off a tee rather than a pitched ball. Soft, Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls are used for safety. No scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs and no player sits on defense. Players are taught the basic fundamentals of baseball including throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and base running.

Time Commitment: One weekday practice, one game (Saturday) per week. Game times rotate from 9:00am till late afternoon. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger. Season begins in March and continues into the 1st or 2nd week of June.

Team Formation: Teams are formed in February with the exact date determined by the recruitment of Managers for the division. Once teams are formed - players families are notified, and the Team Manager will communicate practice times and locations.


Farm

Farm 
[ Ages 7 - 8 ] The Farm Division consists of league age seven, eight and nine year old players. The division is comprised primarily of seven and eight year old players, six year olds may request to play up into Farm providing the submit a request to play up form to the Player Agent. Teams are organized by league age, neighborhood and school attendance when possible.

This is an instructional division where players hit "live" Reduced balls pitched by a special pitching machine from a short distance, or by coaches depending upon the current season approach. No scores are kept but at this level outs are recorded with three ending each half inning. On defense each team will have ten (10) defensive positions. The fundamentals of baseball are reinforced and players are introduced to additional aspects of the game.

Time Commitment: Two weekday practices, one game (Saturday) per week. Game times rotate from 9:00am till late afternoon. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger.Season begins in March and continues into the 1st or 2nd week of June.

Team Formation: Teams are formed in February with the exact date determined by the recruitment of Managers for the division. Once teams are formed - players families are notified, and the Team Manager will communicate practice times and locations.


Minor B

Minor B 
[ Ages 9 - 10 ] The Minor B Division is the first “draft” level division consisting primarily of league age nine and 10 year old players. All players are required to attend Tryouts and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent and League President.

League age eight players are NOT allowed to tryout for Minor B per Little League international rules.  Eight year old players wishing to play up into Minor B must complete a Request to Play Up form, and submit that form to the Player Agent.

Coaches pitch in the first pre-season (non-competitive) games of the season, and players pitch in the remainder of the season. All players in the line-up bat. The standard nine defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept for the player pitch portion of the season. Trained volunteer umpires from the Minor B teams enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitch preparedness, live batting and aggressive base running.

A post-season tournament will determine the champion for the division. The top 2 teams will receive trophies.

Time Commitment: Two weekday practices, one weekday game, one weekend game (Saturday) per week. Saturday Game times rotate from 9:00am till late afternoon. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger. Weekday games may will be played on either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur depending upon scheduling, and rotate for each team. Season begins in March and continues into the 1st or 2nd week of June.

Team Formation: Teams are formed in late January / early February depending upon the weather. Minor B teams are created via Little Leagues Draft Process where a manager selects the players for his/her team. The Minor B Draft is conducted after completion of the Minor A Draft.


Minor A 
[ Ages 9 - 11 ] The Minor A Division is a "draft" level division consisting primarily of league age ten and eleven year old players. All players are required to tryout and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the VP of Little League, Player Agent ,and League President.

Players pitch and all players in the line-up bat. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitch preparedness, live batting and aggressive base running.

A post-season tournament will determine the champion for the division. The top 2 teams will receive trophies. Depending upon league circumstances (end of season dates, TOC start date, District All Stars, etc.) winning teams may represent the League in the District 53 Tournament of Champions (TOC).

Time Commitment: Two weekday practices, one weekday game, one weekend game (Saturday) per week. Saturday Game times rotate from 9:00am till late afternoon. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger. Weekday games may will be played on either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur depending upon scheduling, and rotate for each team. Season begins in March and continues into the 1st or 2nd week of June.

Team Formation: Teams are formed in late January / early February depending upon the weather. Minor A teams are created via Little Leagues Draft Process where a manager selects the players for his/her team. The Minor A Draft is conducted after completion of the Majors Draft.


Majors 
[ Ages 10 - 12 ] The Majors Division is "draft" level and is Little League's (and our) most competitive division of play. It is oriented for experienced player’s league age eleven and twelve years old however league age ten players are eligible to be drafted to a Majors division team. All players are required to tryout and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent and League President.

Players pitch and Little League substitution rules are applied for the 9 batters in the lineup. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. This level focuses on more advanced skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds, harder hit balls and the overall pace of the game is much faster. Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball.

An end of season playoff  using various formats to determine the 1st and 2nd place teams. Tournament format is determined each year by the league competition committee.

The top 2 teams from the Majors division (Champion and 2nd place participants) will receive trophies. Depending upon league circumstances (end of season dates, TOC start date, District All Stars, etc.) winning teams may represent the League in the District 53 Tournament of Champions (TOC).

Time Commitment: Two weekday practices, one weekday game, one weekend game (Saturday) per week. Saturday Game times rotate from 9:00am till late afternoon. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger. Weekday games may will be played on either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur depending upon scheduling, and rotate for each team. Season begins in March and continues into the 1st or 3nd week of June to include Play-Offs.

Team Formation: Teams are formed in late January / early February depending upon the weather. Majors teams are created via Little Leagues Draft Process where a manager selects the players for his/her team.


Intermediate 50/70 
[ Ages 12 - 13 ] Little League’s Intermediate 50/70 Division was introduced in January, 2010, as a pilot program for 12 and 13 year old players which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.  It became a new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 and now includes postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series in Livermore, CA.

The division is designed to help players transition 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).  Many of the Junior League rules are also used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, attempt to steal at any time, and allow an on-deck batter.

For more information, visit: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/baseball/llint5070bb.htm

Time Commitment: In 2017, our goal is to run a full intermediate division. Players should plan on at least one to two weekday practices, one weekday game, and one weekend game. The games will be held at fields across District 53, so parents must be willing to drive to and from these games. Practice schedules will be determined by the manager(s). Season begins in March and continues into the 1st part of June with District 53’s Intermediate 50/70 Tournament of Champions before postseason tournaments begin.

For more information about our Spring Intermediate 50/70 program, please contact our VP of Upper Division.

Derek Trammell

VP Upper Division - bllvpseniors@gmail.com


Juniors 
[ Ages 13 & 14 ] All Juniors players must attend the Juniors Tryout in order to be selected during the draft. All games are played on a full size field with 90' bases and 60'6" pitching mound. This division is competitive with scores and standings kept. Though standings are kept, the focus of the division is on skills development as players transition from the Little League ("little") field and on to the standard ("big") baseball field.

Teams play in a post season tournament which typically begins after the close of Benicia's school year. Working with our governing Little League District [ District 53 ] there will be one of two types of post season tournament:

  • In-House Tournament - where only teams that participated in the regular season compete for 1st and 2nd place in the division. This is often referred to as the City Championship.
  • Tournament of Champions (TOC) - where teams from all over District 53 participate, and the winner becomes the District 53 TOC Champion.

Time Commitment: Two weekday practices, one weekday game, one game (Saturday) per week. Game times rotate from 9:00am till 6:45pm. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger. Weekday games may will be played on any day of the week, and rotate for each team.

Team Formation: Juniors division teams are formed nearer the end of February after the Majors and Minors programs have been started. Juniors teams are created via Little Leagues Draft Process where a manager selects the players for his/her team.


Seniors (Full Season) 
[Ages 15 & 16] The Senior division is open to all 15 & 16 yr. olds.  The division does not begin forming until completion of high school tryout process - typically begining in the first week of February. Once High School tryouts are completed, players may contact the league and register for the Spring Season Regular Season.

Our Seniors program has a long history of playing games in District 57 (San Ramon area / 680 corridor), as well as competing against other districts in east and north bay area.

Games are played both at Fitzgerald and at off site locations.

Time Commitment: One or two weekday practices, multiple games per week. As BLL works with other Districts and Travel Teams outside of Benicia, a large portions of games may be played outside of town. Parents and/or Players should be prepared to travel to North Bay, and East Bay locations for games. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger.

Team Formation: Seniors teams are formed after the completion of High School tryouts. This allows those players who did not become a member of the Freshman, JV, or Varsity teams to continue playing in preparation for the next school tryout session.

Because we wait for the conclusion of High School tryouts,  team formation is near the end of February, beginning of March.

Seniors (Second and Post Season)

The Second Season does not begin until completion of high school baseball season. Benicia Little League leadership works with the High School teams to coordinate registration for players, and provides a special fee to cover the shorter season.

High School players who sign up for the Second Season are eligible for post season (Seniors Tournament) play in which Benicia Teams have been extremely successful.

Time Commitment: One or two weekday practices, one to multiple games per week. As BLL works with other Districts and Travel Teams outside of Benicia, a large portions of games may be played outside of town. Parents and/or Players should be prepared to travel to North Bay, and East Bay locations for games. Practice days and times are determined by the team Manger.


Challenger 
[ Ages 11- 22 ] The Challenger Division of Benicia Little League is designed for children with special needs. Any child that faces mental or physical challenges that would keep them from participating in a typical sports program, ages 11-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, is eligible. The program is free of charge.

Challenger teams may include those who have:

  • Impaired vision, hearing or mobility
  • Autism, down syndrome, mental retardation or developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or other physical handicaps
  • Attention Deficit Disorder or related attention / focus challenges

Teams meet at Ribiero field once a week, on Saturday, to play. They will play the same team each week, which will also be comprised of special needs athletes. The length of game, style of play and game rules are tailored to the players. There are no outs! All players will have the opportunity to come into home! Volunteer parents manage and coach the teams and typical peers from Benicia Little League’s majors division volunteer to assist the players.