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Division Summary by Age

The table below shows where kids of a certain age typically play.

PLAYER AGE

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Majors

15%

85%

100%

AAA

5%

15%

75%

15%

AA

5%

50%

85%

10%

CP

5%

75%

95%

45%

TBall

100%

95%

25%

Divisions of Play

SSLL strives to teach baseball to our youth in a positive, encouraging environment.  Starting with T-Ball and advancing through the competitive Majors division, we strive to teach kids to love America's pastime.

Challenger Division:

The Challenger Division enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

 
T-Ball Division:

Designed for players ages 4-6 as their first introduction to baseball. FUNdamentals are emphasized. It is a safe and fun environment for all players.
 
A Division (Coach Pitch):

Designed for players ages 7-8.  Coach pitch and safety balls make the game fun and enjoyable for everyone as the players get more comfortable with baseball.
 
AA Division:

Designed for players ages 8-9.  This is a 'player-pitch' level with basic baseball fundamentals stressed. It is designed to be a recreational level in which A Ball graduates are introduced to more of the fine points of baseball.
 
AAA Division:

Designed for players ages 9-12.  The play now becomes more competitive with the teams formed by coaches and the little league board while still emphasizing baseball fundamentals. This level is designed to be a true minor league preparing players to move to Majors.  A skills Evaluation is required to allow SSLL to create balanced teams.
 
Majors Division:

Designed for players ages 11-12 who have gone through a Skills Evaluation in which they are graded by the Competition Committee and then drafted by managers/coaches of a Majors team. This is our most competitive level stressing baseball fundamentals. Players from this level are those that most Little League fans are familiar as Majors players generally make up the All Star teams that represent their leagues in postseason play.

 
Intermediate Division:

Designed for players aged 13 who desire to continue playing Little League baseball.  The field dimensions grow to 50' pitching and 70' base paths.  This is a competitive division which continues to prepare players for the next level.

 
Juniors :

This is SSLL's final step and is designed for players ages 13-14. This is true baseball as the base length is increased to 90' and pitching is from 60' 6". The Juniors level prepares players for future high school and American Legion play.

Challenger Division

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide. 

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players.

Spokane South Little League major division players participate each year with the Challenger division as "buddies".   The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

Parents and teenagers are strongly encouraged to become involved in this uniquely-rewarding division of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, teenagers may become buddies, while parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.