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Before you register, determine your child's 'league age" using Little League International's Age Chart. Then review the age designations and descriptions below to determine your child's options.

If you are not sure if your child belongs in Tee, Rookie, Single A, AA, AAA or Majors, please contact that level's Diector; all email and phone numbers are on the web site under VLL Board.

If this is your first Spring season playing in Vienna Little League, you must attend a New Member Checkin and present proof of residence and age for your player. See New Member Checkin.

 

A. AGE GROUPS 4-8 YEARS OLD

There are three leagues in this age group:

  • Tee Ball - Ages 4-- 6
  • Rookie - Ages 6 and 7
  • Single A - Ages 7 and 8

TEE BALL

Tee Ball is an instructional and developmental league, no scores or standings are kept. The normal age spread is four to 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.

 

 

ROOKIE

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 Tee 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. Players who are six years old and have never played baseball will probably be better off to start their baseball development in Tee Ball.

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.

Rules are structured to encourage participation and skill development and games have a time limit of 75 minutes.

 

 

SINGLE A

Single A is an instructional and developmental league; there are no scores or standings.  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

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.

Following the regular season there is a Single A Field Day where all Single A players get to test their baseball skills.

 

 

B. AGES 9-12 YEARS OLD


Questions about AA, AAA and the Majors should be directed to the Directors of those levels or to the League Presidents of the American and National League--contact information available at VLL BoardThere are three leagues in the 9 12 age group:

  • AA - Ages 9-10 (some 8 year olds may be eligible to play AA; details below)
  • AAA - Ages 9-12
  • Majors - Ages 10-12

 

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 contact one of the Player Agents whose contact information may be found at VLL Board.

 

AA

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 under "Coaches Corner." Playing time: no player sits out a second inning before all players have sat out one inning. All players bat in a continuous batting order whether they are plahing a position defensively or not.

AA league teams practice two to three times a week and have at least one weekday and one Saturday game. No games are scheduled for Sunday, which is reserved for cancellations. 

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 in AA is typically limited to two per team but also depends on the number of players needed to round out rosters.  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.  Information on Tryouts is typically posted on the Registation tab sometime in December for tryouts which will occur in a February-March time frame. 

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

AAA

AAA 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.

The number of 9-year olds that may play AAA is determined by how many older players must be placed in the level. 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.

Playing time: no player sits out a second inning before all players have sat out one inning. All players bat in a continuous batting order whether they are plahing a position defensively or not.  Twelve year olds in AAA may not pitch.

Information on Tryouts is typically posted on the Registation tab sometime in December for tryouts which will occur in a February-March time frame.

MAJOR LEAGUES

The American and National Leagues  make up the Majors Division.  Based on Vienna's population, Little League International mandates that we have two leagues. 

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.

Players who wish to play in the Majors are required to tryout. They MUST tryout to be eligible for the Majors Draft. The age spread is 10-12 years, eligibility being determined by Little League International's Age Chart. 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 and play a weekday and a Saturday game. Sunday is reserved for make up games.  The Majors play an 18-game schedule. 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 continuous 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. 

Post-season play consists of the George C. Yeonas Championship series and, for those selected,  an 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.

 

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 on the Vienna Little League's free Challenger Program, please see the Challenger Page on the website.

Revised 29 November 2017