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Lower Division A Baseball Overview

AGE RANGE:  Players Little League Ages 6-7, as defined by 2022 Little League Baseball Age Chart.

Lower Division A baseball is the first level of our instructional Minors baseball programs. “A” Ball is geared toward teaching sound baseball fundamentals such as proper throwing, fielding and batting techniques. The “A” program is your child’s first opportunity to hit a pitched baseball (an adult pitcher will pitch to your child). Should the player not put the ball in play from the coach-pitch, they are given opportunity to hit from a Tee.  Your child will play in all of the defensive innings and will bat in all innings of a regular game.

We will attempt to place players on teams grouped roughly by neighborhood elementary schools. If you would like to request a “buddy” for your player to be assigned on a team with, will not 100% guaranteed, please coordinate with the other family before registering we will need "mutual agreement" for cross-referencing.

TEAMS

  • Teams will be capped at 8 players per team, and might grow to 9 total.
  • Total number of teams is ultimately determined by the total registrations and number of league Manger volunteers.


PLAYER LEARNING TARGETS

  • Ball Grip: Fingers on top – thumb below – 4 Seam
  • Fielding: Ready steps, Glove positioning, Move feet, Receive, Suck up
  • Defense:  Player positioning, “defensive areas”, defensive movement basics and where to throw the ball 
  • Two-Hand Catching: Thumb to Thumb and Pinky to Pinky
  • Throw: Target Shoulder, Follow-Through
  • Hitting: Grip, Athletic stance, hand positioning, head still at ball
  • Base Running: Through 1B


SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 

The Division A Program begins the forth week of March with four dedicated weeks to practice - (2) team practices per week.  There is a pause of practice times during SVSD annual Spring Break.  In the last week of April, Division A transitions into weekly games.  Teams are scheduled for 10-12 games.  The season concludes prior to completion of the SVSD school year (early June).  

Activity
Week 1Practice 2x/week
Week 2Practice 2x/week
Week 3
Practice 2x/week 
Week 4SVSD Spring Break  
Week 5Practice 2x/week  
Week 61-2 Games/week
Week 71-2 Games/week
Week 81-2 Games/week
Week 91-2 Games/week
Week 101-2 Games/week
Week 111-2 Games/week


Volunteer Managers select preferred practice times slots - day and time of week.  League does not guarantee team placement onto a specific team that practices certain days of week. 
 

Games are scheduled Monday’s and Wednesday’s with occasional Friday’s or Saturday’s

Lower Division AA Baseball Overview

AGE RANGE:  Players Little League Ages 7*-8, as defined by the 2022 Little League Baseball Age Chart.
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League Age 7 players must request play-up request in registration process and receive approval

Lower Division AA baseball is the second level of our instructional Minors baseball programs – it’s for players who have at least one year of “A” Baseball experience. “AA” Ball features a more aggressive style of play and is designed to help your child make the transition from Minors (instructional) baseball to the more competitive Upper Division baseball at AAA. “AA” focuses on good baseball fundamentals.

Games include a modified “Player-pitch” and "Coach Pitch"

  • The first half of the season is "Coach Pitch"  where the Coach pitches overhand. 
    • A batter is out after swinging as missing three pitches, or swinging and watching seven pitches in the strikezone.
  • Staring 5/1 Player Pitchers will pitch to each batter.
  • Kid pitchers will pitch from 40 feet from home plate.
  • There are strikes and strikeouts, and outs are recorded (three outs will retire the side).
  • Players are limited to 50 pitches or less per game and will be required to following LL Blue Book rules for required days rest before pitching again.  
  • Runners cannot advance any futher when the fielder has attempted to make a throw to another defensive teammate covering a base (infield and outfiled).
  • No stealing ofr advancing on wild pitch/passed ball.
  • Your child will play in at least 3 of the 4 defensive innings (more defensive innings if more innings are played), but may not necessarily bat each innings since outs are recorded.

We will attempt to place players on teams grouped roughly by neighborhood elementary schools. If you would like to request a “buddy” for your player to be assigned on a team with, while not 100% guaranteed, please coordinate with the other family before registering we will need "mutual agreement" for cross-referencing.

TEAMS

  • Teams are targeted at 10 players per team.
  • Total number of teams and roster players is ultimately determined by the total registrations and number of league Manger volunteers.


LEARNING TARGETS

  •  Pitching: Leg raise, drive to target, “throw from leg
  • Fielding: Ready steps, glove positioning, movement to ball, receive, suck up, set feet
  • Defense:  Enhanced defensive movement, understanding and where to throw the ball base on basic scenarios
  • Throw: Hand/ball positioning, wrist snap
  • Hitting: Athletic stance, hand positioning, head still at ball, weight transfer
  • Base Running: Making turn through 1B to 2B


SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

The Division AA Program begins first week of March with three dedicated weeks to practice - (2-3) team practices per week, and transition to games starting the forth week of Mach. Our vision is when games start to offer teams that want an optional practice per week, based on field availability. 

AA Teams will end their season with pool-play and Valley Tournament vs SVLL.  


Activity
Week 1Practice 2x/week
Week 2Practice 2x/week
Week 3
Practice 2x/week
Week 4Spring Training Games / 1 Practice
Week 5Spring Training Games / 1 Practice
Week 6SVSD Spring Break
Week 7Spring Training Games
Week 8Interlock games
Week 9Interlock games
Week 10Interlock games
Week 11Interlock Pool Play
Week 12Interlock Pool Play 
Week 13
Interlock Pool Play 
Week 14-15
Valley Tournament 

Volunteer Managers select preferred practice times slots - day and time of week.  League does not guarantee team placement onto a specific team that practices certain days of week. 
 


Games are scheduled Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with occasional Friday’s or Saturday’s.  Game schedule is impacted by total number of available fields, total number of player registrations and Division teams.  

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