2017 Levels of Play

Updated Thursday December 15, 2016 by North Lake Little League.

Placement Guidelines - Baseball

The cutoff date to determine a baseball player's league age is based on their year of birth.

For baseball players born on or after 9/1/2005, a player's age is their age as of August 31, 2017.  Thus, their "league age" is whatever age they are on 8/31/17.

For baseball players born on or before 8/31/2005, a player's age is their age as of April 30, 2017.  Thus, their "league age" is whatever age they are on 4/30/17.

Note that Little League International has amended their league age policy so that players born between May and August of 2005 will NOT lose their 12-year-old season in 2018.  Link.

Level League Age Description Fee
T-Ball 4-6 When first learning, children league age 4 to 5 typically play T-Ball. This is a training ground for the youngest players. Many children league age 6 play T-Ball as well. These teams are coed teams. All 4-year-olds will be required to play T-Ball again next season. 4-Year-Olds must be able to follow directions and be willing to participate. $120
Rookie 6-7 Six-year-olds may play at the Rookie (coach pitch) level if they are comfortable catching, throwing, and swinging at a pitched ball. Most children league age 7 play at the Rookie level if they have learned to catch balls thrown at face level and above with the glove held vertically rather than horizontally and are comfortable hitting a ball pitched by an adult. These are co-ed teams. $160
Sluggers 7-8 NEW for 2016.  Instructional league aiming to bridge the gap between Rookie and Farm.  Players at this level are beginning to make plays in the field, and can safely handle a ball thrown at face level - able to deflect if not catching.  The player successfully puts the ball in play in most coach-pitch at bats.  Slugger games will be comprised of six 3-out innings, use a soft-core baseball, and feature coach pitching.  Emphasis is player safety and development. $170
Farm 8-10 Most players at this level have learned to catch balls thrown at face level and above with the glove held vertically rather than horizontally (like a basket catch). The player successfully puts the ball in play in most coach-pitch at bats.  Players in this division will face a standard "hard" baseball.  Games follow standard baseball rules, with kids pitching, but have modifications (coach pitching after 4 balls, limited stealing) to encourage player development. $175
Minors 9-11 Players participate in player tryouts and, depending on their fielding and batting abilities, are drafted to play in the Minors or Majors division. Based on ability, players 10 and under may also be placed at the Farm level for further player development and playing time. $205
Majors 11-12 Players participate in player tryouts and, depending on their fielding and batting abilities, are drafted to play in the Minors or Majors divisions. $205
Juniors 13-14

Northlake IS hosting a Juniors team for 2017!  Juniors play is more relaxed than select ball, but still takes place on 90' fields.  For questions about Juniors, contact Danny Howe at baseballvp@northlakell.org.

$210
Placement Guidelines - Softball

The cutoff date to determine a softball players league age is 12/31. For the 2017 season, a player's league age is their age on 12/31/2016.  Thus, a player's "league age" is whatever age they are at the beginning of the calendar year.

 

Level League Age Description Fee
T-Ball 4-6 See Baseball above, T-Ball teams are co-ed. $120
Rookie 6-7 See Baseball above, Rookie teams are co-ed. $160
FarmSB 7-8 Coach-pitch developmental games for softball.  Girls. $160
89'ers 8-9 Girls who play 89'ers are of league ages 8 or 9 and are not ready for full-time player-pitch. At this level, girls pitch and can potentially be assisted by a coach to come in and provide pitching as well. $175
Minors 9-11 Full-time player pitch. Girls should exhibit the ability to throw and catch and have a sound understanding of softball theory. Tryouts may be required. $205
Majors 11-12 Competitive level of play for girls league age 11-12. Note: Players can attain the age of 13 AFTER 1/1. At this level, stealing is legal upon a pitcher's release of the ball and rules such as a dropped third strike apply. Pitchers are required to throw from a distance of 40 feet. Tryouts may be required. $205
Juniors 13-14 Fastpitch for girls who are fairly advanced in skill level and/or age. Girls league age 12 can play Juniors. Some girls league age 12 might be asked to "co-league" if there are not enough participants at the Junior level. A 12-year-old must participate in at least 60% of games at either the Majors or Juniors level in order to be qualified for All-Stars at that level. $210
Seniors 15-16 Please email president@northlakell.org if you are interested in playing softball in the Seniors division. -
Big League 17-18 Please email president@northlakell.org if you are interested in playing softball in the Big League division.

 




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