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SYC Little League Divisions

As you read the descriptions of the various divisions within SYC Little League, keep in mind that the age ranges given for each division are intended to be guidelines for the purpose of registration. Remember, for all divisions above Tee Ball, evaluations and/or tryouts will be required and your child will be placed in a division according to his skill level, not just his age. During the registration process you will be given the option to select a preference for a division other than what your child's age would indicate. He may be selected for that preferred division based on tryouts.


           

Tee Ball - ages 4-6
           
Minor League Coach-Pitch - ages 7-8
           
Minor League Player-Pitch - ages 9-10
           
Major League - ages 11-12
           
Intermediate (50/70) - age 13
           
Challenger Division - ages 4-18

*York County Baseball League (13-16)
*Not affiliated with Little League Baseball


Ages 13-16 will enter teams in the York County Baseball League (13-year-olds are also eligible for this league).  For more details on this league, click here.

Please view the PA D-14 Interlock Rules Clarifications for all divisions except for Tee Ball and Challenger. For more information, please see the PA District 14 Little League Website.

For more information on the Challenger Division, an adaptive baseball program for children with physical and developmental challenges, click here.

Tee Ball Division: Ages 4-6

Tee Ball is an introduction to baseball and players hit the ball off a batting tee. The players learn basic rules and skills in non-competitive games. The emphasis is on fun and instruction and coaches ensure equal participation while fostering a love of the game. Tee Ball is open to boys and girls.

At this age group, each player must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of the practice or game. Practices will begin in March. Teams will practice twice a week (1 weeknight and 1 weekend) until games begin on April 16th. Once games begin, practices will be reduced to 1 weeknight practice per week. Weeknight practices typically begin at 6pm or 6:15 and last about an hour. Weekday practices can be on any night of the week (M-F). The season will end on Sat, June 11th.

Teams will be formed in early March.  At that point, you will receive a welcome email from your coach regarding practice and game schedules etc.  

Age Group: 4 - 6 year olds
Field Size: Games are played on a 60-foot base path
Ball Type: Soft compression ball
Season: Spring
Schedule: Saturday games, weeknight practices
Teams consist of 8-10 players

The league provides hats, jerseys, team bats and helmets. Parents are responsible for providing a glove, cleats (if desired) and gray baseball pants.

2017 SYCLL Tee Ball Rules 


Minor League Coach-Pitch Division: Ages 7-8

The Minor League Coach-Pitch Division is an instructional division in which the goal is the teach players the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and throwing along with the basic rules and strategies of baseball. The focus of this division is fun, fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Minor League Coach-Pitch is open to boys and girls. Official scores will not be reported for the regular season. Scores will be kept during playoffs. Players must participate in a pre-season evaluation. Some 6- year-olds who have played at least a year of Tee Ball may play in this division after passing a safety evaluation along with a recommendation from a coach. 

Each player must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of each practice or game. Practices will begin in March. Teams will practice twice a week (1 weeknight and 1 weekend) until games begin on April 16th. Once games begin, practices will be reduced to 1 weeknight practice per week. Weeknight practices typically begin at 6:00 or 6:15 p.m. and last about an hour. Weekday practices can be on any night of the week (M-F). The season will end on Sunday, June 12th. Skilled players are eligible to be selected for the District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament which is held in the last few weeks of July.

Age Group: 7 - 8 year olds, typically 1st and 2nd Grade. Some 6-year-olds.
Tournament Eligibility: District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament.
Field Size: 35'-40' coach pitching distance, 60' base paths
Ball Type: Semi-hardball
Season: Spring
Schedule: Saturday games, weeknight practices
Teams consist of 10-12 players

The league provides hats, jerseys, team bats and helmets for the regular season. Parents are responsible for providing a glove, cleats, and gray baseball pants. Many parents purchase bats and helmets for their players at this level. Parents will also be responsible for purchasing a uniform for their player should he be selected for a tournament team.

2017 SYCLL Minor League Coach Pitch Rules


Minor League Player-Pitch Division: Ages 9-10

The Minor League Player-Pitch Division continues to build on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and throwing while incorporating player pitching and increased levels of  competitiveness. Stealing and more advanced base-running strategies are introduced. The skills learned in this division will prepare participants for eventual play in the Major League Division in future seasons. Coaches will emphasize sound baseball mechanics and strategy while promoting fun, teamwork, sportsmanship and a passion for the game. Minor League Player-Pitch is open to both boys and girls 9 to 10 years of age. Many 11-year-olds will also be placed in this division if they need more time to prepare for the Majors Division. Some 8-year-olds with exceptional skills may be able to play at this level after a successful tryout and a recommendation from a former coach. 


All players must participate in a pre-season evaluation/tryout. A regular season champion is crowned and an All-Star Game is played. Playoffs are conducted at the end of the season with the winners & runner-ups receiving medals or trophies. Skilled players in this division may be selected to represent SYC Little League in either the International Tournament (mid-June to mid-July) or the District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament which is typically held in the last two weeks of July.

Age Group: 9-10 year olds, typically 3rd and 4th Grade. Many 11-year-olds, exceptional 8-year-olds.
Tournament Eligibility: International or District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament
Field Size: 46' pitching distance, 60' base paths
Ball Type: Hardball
Season: Spring/Summer
Schedule: Saturday and a few weeknight games, weeknight practices
Teams consist of 10-13 players

The league provides hats, jerseys, team bats and helmets for the regular season. Parents are responsible for providing a glove, cleats, and gray baseball pants. Many parents purchase bats and helmets for their players at this level. Parents will also be responsible for purchasing a uniform for their player should he be selected for a tournament team.

2017 SYCLL Minor League Player Pitch Rules


Major League Division: Ages 11-12

Widely known as Little League Baseball, this competitive division is for boys and girls who are 11 and 12 years old. Tryouts will be required and players who have previously played baseball with SYC will also have their former coaches' evaluations taken into account. All 12-year-olds and some 11-year-olds will play in this division. 10-year-old players who exhibit exceptional skill may also be selected for the Majors Division. 

Teams in this division will play other SYC Majors Division teams and will also play interlock ("travel") games against Majors teams from surrounding Little Leagues such as Dallastown, Hanover, Spring Grove, etc.

Near the end of the regular season, a team of 11 and 12-year-old All-Stars will be chosen to represent SYC in the Little League International Tournament for a chance to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Tournament play will begin around June 20 and continues through August. The length of a team's post-season will depend on how far they advance in the tournament. Players in this division are also eligible to be selected for the District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament, which is usually held in the last few weeks of July.

Age Group: 11-12 year olds, typically 5th and 6th grade. Exceptional 10-year-olds.
Tournament Eligibility: International or District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament
Field Size: 46' pitching distance, 60' base paths
Ball Type: Hardball
Season: Spring/Summer
Schedule: Saturday and weeknight games, weeknight practices
Teams consist of 10-13 players


The league provides hats, jerseys, team bats and helmets for the regular season. Parents are responsible for providing a glove, cleats, and gray baseball pants. Many parents purchase bats and helmets for their players at this level. Parents will also be responsible for purchasing a uniform for their player should he be selected for a tournament team.


Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division: Age 13

The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division was introduced in January, 2010, as a pilot program for 13-year-olds and some 12-year-olds which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.

The division, which is new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 with postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Many of the Junior League rules will be used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

Teams in this division will participate in interlock play against Intermediate Division teams from surrounding Little Leagues (Dallastown, Hanover, Spring Grove, etc.) Skilled players will be eligible to represent SYC in the Intermediate (50/70) International Tournament.  The culmination of the International Tournament is the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series held in Livermore, CA, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Age Group: 13 year olds, typically 7th grade. Exceptional 12-year-olds.
Tournament Eligibility: International Tournament
Field Size: 50' pitching distance, 70' base paths
Ball Type: Hardball
Season: Spring/Summer 
Schedule: Saturday and weeknight games, weeknight practices
Teams consist of 10-13 players

The league provides hats, jerseys, team bats and helmets for the regular season. Parents are responsible for providing a glove, cleats, and gray baseball pants. Many parents purchase bats and helmets for their players at this level. Parents will also be responsible for purchasing a uniform for their player should he be selected for the International Tournament team.

League Schedule

2017 League Schedule (Spring) 
January 1 - Registration opens
January 24 - Last day to register without $25 late fee
January 25 - Register with $25 late fee
January 31 - Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.
February  6 (week of) - Player evaluations and tryouts
February 13 (week of) - Player evaluations and tryouts
March 1 - Teams announced
March 5 - Practices begin
March 18- Field Cleanup Day (Date depends on weather)
April 8 - Opening Day for games
May  - Warrior Youth Baseball Day - Date Pending
May 13- SYC at York Revolution Day (Game Time 6:30 p.m.)
June 5-9 - SYC Playoffs  for Minors Divisions
June 10/11 - Championship & All-Star Weekend
June 12-16 Tournament of Champions
June 19 (Approx.) - Little League International Tournament begins
July 15 (Approx.) - Little League District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament begins