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AGES 9-12 YEARS OLD

There are three leagues in the 9-12 age group:
AA - Ages 9-10
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 the 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 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 three Major Leagues that make up the Majors Division. They are:
American League
Colonial League
National League

The 3 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 five teams for a total of 15 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, and are required to tryout, 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.