T-Ball (Ages 4-6; boys and girls). Must be 4 years old by August 31st
Tee Ball is a non-competitive, instructional league designed to provide first time players the opportunity to learn, develop and practice the fundamental baseball skills. Players hit off of a T and everyone bats and plays the field. Outs and runs are not counted at this level. The focus is on learning basic playing skills and baseball terminology. The parents have the discretion to choose whether their 6 year old plays T-Ball or Instructional, but it is recommended that 5 year olds who have not played Tee Ball before begin in this division before moving up to Instructional.
Instructional (Ages 5-7; boys and girls).
This is a league designed to play by Tee Ball rules with Coach Pitch. It is non-competitive and instructional, and provides players with the opportunity to continue learning fundamental baseball skills. Any player who has already played tee ball is eligible to move up to Instructional.
Little League's Parent's Guide to Tee Ball
Little League's Tee Ball Program Overview and Resources
Little League's Tee Ball Online Curriculum Guide
Little League's Tee Ball Video Practice Guide for Coaches
75 years ago Carl Stotz saw that there was a gap when it came to youth sports; there was no organized youth baseball league for pre-teens. So, with the help of George and Bert Bebble they organized what would become the first three teams in Little League: Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber, and Jumbo Pretzel. Now, 75 years later, Little League Baseball and Softball is played in over 80 countries by over 2 million children and Elgin National Little League is proud to be a part of the tradition.
Little League Softball was established in 1974 and today 360,000 athletes participate on more than 24,000 softball teams in over 20 countries. Softball initially began with only two divisions, Little League and Big League, but now offers programs for girls ages 4 through 16. Every year, local Little Leagues enroll players within their boundaries to create teams and play a regular season against neighboring communities. In June, leagues have the opportunity to select and enter all-star teams to compete in the Little League International Tournament.
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.
2 Local Little Leagues offer the Challenger Division, for more information on the program click the links below:
Bartlett Little League
Tri-Cities Little League