Tee Ball Division

Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls ages 4 through 6 who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. No live pitching is permitted in this division.

  • The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and allow them to experience the values of teamwork.
  • Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching.
  • Rosters may be composed of between 12 and 20 players, but most leagues have rosters in the 12 to 15 range.
  • Generally, the diamond used is a 60-foot diamond, but the league has the option to use a 50-foot diamond.

For more information about T-Ball, contact Danny Snider.

Minor Division (Coach Pitch/AA & AAA)

Minor League Baseball programs for boys and girls may be operated within each division for younger players with less experience. The minor league may be composed of players ages 7 through 11.

  • Divisions may be established within the Minor League for “machine pitch,” “coach pitch” or “player pitch.”
  • By local option, a player who is league age 6 for the current season and has played a year in Tee Ball may be “moved up” to a coach pitch division.
  • A local league may have its 7 and 8 year olds in the Minor League Coach Pitch Division, while its 9 year olds could “play down” in the coach pitch division, and some of the 8 year olds could play up. This is entirely the choice of the local league’s board of directors.
  • Rosters may be composed of 10 and 20 players, but most leagues have rosters in the 10 to 15 range.
  • The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

For more information for AA and Coach Pitch, contact John Funderburk. For more information for AAA, contact Ken Papineau (National League) or Brian Whitlock (American League).

Major Division

The Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, is for boys and girls ages 9 through 12.

  • The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.
  • The Sarasota Little League has a Tournament Team, called the All Stars, of 11 and 12 year olds from within this division.
  • This team may enter the International Tournament.
  • The culmination of the International Tournament is the Little League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the globe. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

For more information for the Majors (National), contact Ken Papineau. For Majors (American), contact Brian Whitlock.