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Upper Minors Division Overview

Upper Minors Division (League Age 8-11)

Upper Minors is the 2nd highest division of McIntire Little League, and the earliest division that is exclusively kid pitch.  Upper Minors is a competitive baseball division with modified Little League rules (stolen base limits, inning scoring limits, etc.).  Score is kept during games, standings are kept during the season and there is a postseason tournament.  The most skilled players may be eligible for a McIntire All Star team.  This division is designed to prepare players for the Majors division by the time they reach league age 11.

When and Where:  The Upper Minors season runs from early March through early June with approximately 12 regular season games played.  Parents should expect Upper Minors teams to have 1-2 games each week with an additional 1-2 practices per week. Fall Upper Minors Kid Pitch runs from early September through the end of October with one game and one practice per week. All games are played at McIntire Park with practices held at various other baseball fields in the Charlottesville area.

Who:  The Upper Minors division is designed primarily for league age 9 and 10 players (generally 3rd and 4th graders).  The division is also appropriate for league age 11 players (generally 5th graders) who do not play in the Majors division, and some league age 12 players may play as well (though may not pitch).   Players who are league age 8 (generally 2nd graders) are eligible for this division, but must attend the skills assessment to determine if the division is appropriate (Competitive Machine Pitch is typically more appropriate for league age 8 players). 

Minors Evaluations will be held on March 6th.  All players interested in the Upper Minors Division (Competitive Kid Pitch), including returning players, are strongly encouraged to attend the player evaluations which help balance the talent across the division.  Children League Age 8 (typically 2nd graders) who wish to play in the Upper Minors division must attend the player evaluation to help determine if this division is appropriate for them.  While an effort is made to accommodate player requests in assembling teams, balancing talent across teams is a priority in the Upper Minors division and we will not be able to accommodate all requests.  Please note any teammate requests in the “Teammate Request” Section when you register your child on the McIntire website.

Registration Information:   
Spring 2021 registration will remain open until March 6th and any kids who register after that date will be placed on a waiting list.  All players in the Minors Divisions are strongly encouraged to attend the Minors Evaluations on March 6th at McIntire Park.  Fall 2021 registration opens early July through mid August with no evaluations. Please be sure to sign up for the league newsletter McIntire Newsletter or check back to our website for schedule updates.

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