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Before you register, take a moment to read this thoroughly. It will save you anxiety later on. Please go to the section that pertains to your player(s).

If you have any questions or are confused about an issue, please send a note to your director. All Directors email addresses and phone numbers are on the web site under VLL Board (top of page).

A. AGE GROUPS 5-8 YEARS OLD

There are three leagues in this age group:
T Ball - Ages 5 and 6
Rookie - Ages 6 and 7
Single A - Ages 7 and 8

TEE BALL - The Tee Ball Director is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (www.vll.org). The email address is also listed. Please direct all queries pertaining to Tee Ball to this individual.

Tee Ball is an instructional and developmental league, no scores or standings are kept. The normal age spread is five and six years old. Please note that no five year old may play in the Rookie League. This is a Little League International rule and VLL may not make any exceptions. A six year old may skip T Ball if he/she is in the first grade at school. Tee Ball is played on a regulation Little League baseball diamond. There is no pitching, but the offensive players hit the ball off of a tee. Rules are structured to encourage participation and skill development and games have a time limit of 75 minutes. All new members of Vienna Little League must show proof of age and proof of residency. Note: All new members (first time registrants or those who did not play the previous spring season) are required to attend one of the VLL New Member Sessions. THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS. Failure to comply will result in disqualification of your child from the league. This is a LLI rule and VLL must abide by it.

At the New Members Meeting, parents must provide one of the following documents:
Proof of age: birth certificate, valid passport, valid military ID
Proof of residency: voter card, utility bill, mortgage payment

Information regarding times, dates, and venue of the New Members Meeting may be obtained by going to the VLL web site and clicking on parents page in the left hand column.

All questions regarding practices, games, team structure and team/coach preferences may be addressed at the New Members Meeting. No registrations will be accepted.

All registrations must be performed on line. Please go to the web site: www.vll.org and read League Overview for further information on Vienna Little League.

ROOKIE - The Rookie Director is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (www.vll.org). The email address is also listed. Please direct all queries pertaining to Rookie to this individual.

Rookie is an instructional league with no scores or standings kept. No five-year old may play in the Rookie League. To be eligible for Rookie, you must have played T Ball the previous year, or be six years old and in the first grade in school. The usual age spread is 6 and 7 years old. The main difference between Tee Ball and Rookie is that in the Rookie League, the batters hit with a coach pitching the ball rather than off the tee. Players who are six years old and have never played baseball will probably be better off to start their baseball development in T Ball. Rules are structured to encourage participation and skill development and games have a time limit of 75 minutes.

Note: All new members (first time registrants or those who did not play in the previous spring season are required to attend one of the VLL New Member Sessions. THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS.

At the New Members Meeting, parents must provide one of the following documents:
Proof of age: birth certificate, valid passport, valid military ID
Proof of residency: voter card, utility bill, mortgage payment

Information regarding times, dates, and venue of the New Members Meeting may be obtained by going to the VLL web site and clicking on parents page in the left hand column

All questions regarding practices, games, team structure, and team/coach preferences may be addressed at the New Member Meeting. No registrations will be accepted.

All registrations must be performed on line. Please go to the web site: www.vll.org and read League Overview for further information on Vienna Little League.

Note: If your player registered for the previous spring season AND you had your documents verified at a previous New Members Meeting, you do not need to attend a current year session. However, if you have not had your documents verified (or are unsure) you should attend one of the current registration period sessions.

Please go to the web site: www.vll.org and read League Overview for further information on Vienna Little League.

SINGLE A - The Single A Director is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (www.vll.org). The email address is also listed. Please direct all queries pertaining to Single A to this individual.

Single A is an instructional and developmental league; there are no scores or standings. Single A is a coach pitch league as the players bat while one of their coaches pitches the ball. Single A plays a 6-inning game with three outs per inning, as opposed to batting through the entire batting order in each inning as in Tee Ball and Rookie. There is a time limit for each game when six innings cannot be played. The normal age spread is 7 and 8 years old. This level is primarily for 8 year olds, although a 9 year old may play if his or her parents request it. Each team may include up to two 7-year olds. A 7 year old must have played in the Rookie League in the prior season to play Single A the current year. An 8 year old may play in the Rookie League if the parents request it. It is sometimes a good idea to have the 8-year-old play in the Rookie league if the player has little or no baseball experience. Following the regular season there is a Single A Field Day where all Single A players get to test their baseball skills.

Note: All new members (first time registrants or those who did not play the previous spring season are required to attend one of the VLL New Member Meetings. THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS.

At the New Members Meeting, parents must provide one of the following documents:
Proof of age: birth certificate, valid passport, valid military ID
Proof of residency: voter card, utility bill, mortgage payment

Information regarding times, dates, and venue of the New Members Meeting may be obtained by going to the VLL web site and clicking on parents page in the left hand column.

All questions regarding practices, games, team structure, and team/coach preferences may be addressed at the meeting. No registrations will be accepted.

All registrations must be performed on line. Please go to the web site: www.vll.org and read League Overview for further information on Vienna Little League.

Note: If your player registered for the previous spring season AND you had your documents verified at a New Member Meeting, you do not need to attend a current year New Member Meeting. However, if you have not had your documents verified (or are unsure) you should attend one of the current sessions.

Please go to the web site: www.vll.org and read League Overview for further information on Vienna Little League.

B. AGES 9-12 YEARS OLD
There are three leagues in the 9 12 age group:
AA - Ages 9-10 (some 8 year olds may be eligible to play AA.  Please read details below)
AAA - Ages 9-12
Majors - Ages 10-12

Please note that 9 year olds are not eligible to play in the Majors. All players between the ages 10-12 are eligible for the Major League draft and Major teams currently may only carry up to two 10 year olds on given major teams roster. This is a local VLL rule subject to a vote by the BoD.

Little League rules stipulate that all eligible players are subject to be drafted. In the event that you do not wish your son/daughter to be drafted into the majors, you MUST do the following: Step 1: Send an email addressed to one of the three player agents explaining why you wish your player to remain in the minor leagues. Please be specific. Step 2: The VLL Board of Directors will vote on each request. In the event that your request is turned down, your player will be eligible for the draft. Step 3: Drafts are conducted to complete team rosters.

The main points of contact for this process are the 3 Player Agents. Their names and email addresses are on the VLL web page under VLL Board of Director (top menu). Please call any of the three Player Agents to discuss any aspect of the draft, player eligibility, major leagues, etc. If you send an email, please remember to address your email to one of the three Player Agents.

AA - The AA Director is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (www.vll.org). The email address is also listed. Please direct all queries pertaining to AA to this individual.

AA is the first level/ league where the players actually play little league baseball. The players pitch and catch, records are kept, and there is a tournament at the end of the season. There are some modified rules from AAA and Majors to encourage skill development. A complete set of the Local Rules is available on the Vienna Little League web site.

AA league teams practice anywhere from two to three times a week. There is at least one weekday game and one game on Saturday. No games are scheduled for Sunday, but in the event of game cancellations due to weather, the makeup games may be played on Sunday.

AA teams are formed by a draft, so special requests for specific teams may not be honored. A player should be fairly experienced to play at the AA level. At a minimum, a player should have completed Single A before participating in AA. The typical age range is 9 and 10 years old. There are a few 8 and 11 year olds that participate in AA. The participation of 8 year olds depends on the number of players registered and number of volunteers as well as other factors that impact the overall operation of VLL. Typically, the number of 8 year olds is limited to a maximum of 2-3 per team. An 11 year old may play AA if the parents request it. This would be beneficial if the 11-year-old player is inexperienced. Players in this age group MUST tryout. Players who do NOT tryout will be placed on teams via a blind draw.

To get info on tryout dates and times, please see the tryout page on the VLL website under parents page in the left hand column.

The George C. Yeonas Championship Series occurs after the season. This tournament determines the Town of Vienna AA champion.

AAA - The AAA Director is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (www.vll.org). The email address is also listed. Please direct all queries pertaining to AAA to this individual. This is total Little League baseball with all the rules observed. The age spread is 9-12 years old. The majority of the players are 10 years old with the next age group 11 years old; players in this age group MUST tryout. There may also be a number of 12 year olds in AAA. A player who does NOT tryout will be placed on a team via a blind draw. Eligible players in AAA may be called up to the Major Leagues in the event a Major League team loses a player (for whatever reason) and falls below the required 12-man roster. AAA teams may also be required to play some night games (starting at 8pm) although this is usually late in the season. There are two post-season tournaments in which AAA teams may participate. One is the year-end Town Tournament and the other is the District 4 sponsored Wayne Starliper Tournament. Eligibility for each is found in the local rules on the web site. The number of 9-year olds that may play AAA is determined by how many 12, 11s, and 10s are available to play AAA. All 12s and 11s not drafted into the Major Leagues must play AAA unless a parent requests otherwise. Thus, the number of nine-year olds eligible to play in AAA varies from year to year but the number is usually one to three.

To get info on tryout dates and times, please go the VLL web site and click on parents page and then tryout information.

MAJOR LEAGUES - There are Two Major Leagues that make up the Majors Division. They are:
American League
National League

The  leagues are required due to Little League Internationals rules and regulations and are also based on league size and population.

Each league at the major level has eight teams for a total of 16 Major League teams. There are a maximum of 12 players on each team roster. All team rosters are formed by a draft. No special requests may be honored at the major league level such as car pools, playing with friends, or playing within a neighborhood.

Players who wish to play in the Majors are required to tryout. They MUST tryout to be eligible for the Majors Draft. The draft order is determined by the standings of the previous year. The teams with the worst record get to select first. The age spread is 10-12 years, eligibility being determined by the age of the player on April 30th of the current year. Nine year olds are ineligible to play in the majors in Vienna Little League.

Major league teams practice anywhere from two to four times a week. There is at least one weekday game and one game on Saturday. No games are scheduled for Sunday, but in the event of game cancellations due to weather, the makeup games may be played on Sunday. The majors play an 18-game schedule: Teams play each team in their league twice and all other major league teams once. Outdoor team practice typically begins March 1st and the season ends around mid June.

The current participation rule for players in the majors is 3 innings in the field and at least 1 at bat per game. In the event a game is shortened because of darkness or any other reason and a player does not get to bat or play three innings, that player must start the next game his team plays. A complete set of the Local Rules is available on the Vienna Little League web site.

Note: Per Little League International (LLI) all 12 year olds are required to be drafted into the majors. If you are a parent of a 12 year old who does not wish to play in the Majors you must request a waiver from Little League via the VLL Player Agents. To initiate this process the parent must write a letter (email is acceptable) addressed to one of the Player Agents stating why the parent wishes the player to remain in the minor leagues.

The Player Agents are listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page (top column)

Post-season play consists of the George C. Yeonas Championship series and the All Star season. The GCY Championship series pits the first and second place teams in each league to determine the town champion. Depending on the dictates of the Board of Directors, more or fewer teams may be eligible for the tournament.

Each league has a president and the current president is listed under the VLL Board of Directors on the VLL web page.

Each presidents phone and email address is on the web page under League Contacts. Players that are currently on a Major League team do not need to try out.

To get info on tryout dates and times, please see the tryout page on the VLL website under parents page in the left hand column.

Challenger Division - The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

For additional information and contacts on the Vienna Little League Challenger Program please see the Challenger Page on the website.