Division Structure and Guidelines

Verona Little League – Division Structure and Grade Guidelines

(**based on players grade for the 2019-2020 school year)

Rookies: Advanced Kindergarteners1, 1st and 2nd graders
Minors: Advanced1 2nd graders, 3rd and 4th graders
Majors: Advanced1 4th graders and 5th graders
Intermediate: Advanced1 5th graders and 6th graders
Juniors: 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

1Advanced is determined by the current year assessment data and a minimum threshold score as determined by the Verona Little League board of directors and the Registrar. VLL believes that in most cases it is in the best interest of our players to play in the standard Little League age-appropriate league and we may refuse special placement requests for safety, competitive balance and/or Little League compliance reasons.

2If your player is currently rostered on a Verona Little League sponsored tournament team, please refer to your child’s head coach for league placement guidance.

3If you want to discuss special placement in a league above or below your child’s grade-based league, please email your child’s name & special request to our league registrar at vllregistrar@gmail.com

4We do not currently have a program for players born after September 1st of 2014. Those with birth dates after this date are considered too young for Little League baseball and should consider playing with the Verona Rec department

League Descriptions:

Rookies Division – An introductory league for beginning players that uses a pitching machine and compressed safety ball. The focus is for kids to have fun and learn the fundamentals of the game. Ten fielders are allowed, and players will rotate to different positions in the field and in the batting order.

Minors Division – Players will experience live pitching (kid pitch) with continued emphasis on fundamentals and learning the game. Coaches will introduce baseball strategies with nine players in the field and limited stealing of bases allowed. Players will continue to play multiple positions and rotate through the batting order.

Majors Division – This division is the highest level of baseball on a Little League regulation field – 60-foot bases and a 46-foot pitching mound. Stealing all bases will be allowed with a stronger emphasis on baseball strategy.

Intermediate Division – Intermediate players will play with 70-foot bases and a 50-foot pitching mound. Players will be able to lead off and begin the adjustment to playing on a larger field.

Juniors Division – Current 7th through 9th Graders – This division introduces players to a regulation size High School/Major League Baseball field (60-foot, 6-inch mound and 90-foot bases) and uses all the rules of the game.