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Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdatedMonday March 29, 2021 byMoriches Bay Little League.
Q: What league division should my child be playing in?
A: The Little League Age Chart (see "Downloadable Forms & Files" to the left) provides the determination of baseball / softball age but basically here are the age ranges for the leagues:
Baseball: T-Ball- 5-6 years old AA- 7 & 8 years old AAA- 9 & 10 Majors- 11 & 12 years old Baseball players last year in Little League is when they turn 12 before August 31st. If a player turns 12 from September-December, he/she may play baseball the following year.
Softball: Minors 5-7 years old (will use tee) Minors-10U (ten & under) Majors- 12U (12 & under-softball players last year in Little League is the year they turn 13)
Q: What is the difference between the different divisions?
A: For Baseball:
-Teeball is for our beginning players that bat off a tee. Coaches will introduce pitching halfway through the season, but will then let the players bat off a tee if unsuccessful.
-AA is when the coach pitches to the players (they get 7 strikes to hit) and halfway through the season, we begin to ween the players to pitch (if they throw 4 balls, the coach comes in to pitch).
-AAA is the first year of competitive play when we hire umpires for the games. Some rules are in place to keep the offense from overscoring like only 5 runs per inning, 3 steals per inning, one base on an overthrow, and runners can't advance home on an overthrow. The mound is 46 feet from homeplate.
-Majors (11 & 12 years of age) still has the 5 run per inning rule but players can advance as many bases as possible on an overthrow and steals are unlimited. Umpires are present and the mound is also 46 feet from homeplate.
A: For Softball:
-Minors 5-7 is teeball for softball and the players use cushioned 10-inch softballs (baseballs are 9 inch to give you an idea).
-10U (10 years of age or under) is for players that are ready to advance into more competitive games where the players are pitching. Players use 11 inch softballs.
-12U (12 years of age or under) is the most competitive division in softball where we hire umpires for each game. Players use 12 inch softballs.
Q: Can my son/ daughter play on the same team as their friends?
A: In the younger age categories we do our best to accomodate all requests. When registering online, write a note in the comment section to inform us of friend or coach you request your child to play on same team with.
To keep a competitive balance, the players of AAA, Majors and Softball Majors will tryout and a draft will take place to create teams.
Q: My kids are similar in age. Will they play together?
A: Siblings of similar age, playing in the same division, will play on the same team (request it or write it in the comment section when registering online so we don't overlook it).
Q: What days are the games and practices?
A: The Tee Ball division & Minors Softball (5-7) will play their games on Tuesdays/Thursdays (6-7 pm arriving early to warm up) while the AA division & Softball 10U will play games on Mondays/Wednesdays (6-7 pm arriving early to warm up).
Every effort is made in the younger divisions to keep a set weekly game schedule; however, weather can seriously impact the scheduling. A practice schedule will be set by our volunteer coaches. Majors and AAA divisions will have a flexible Monday-Friday game schedule.
Q: Are there games on weekends?
A: In the younger divisions very few if any games are played on weekends. We have a special fundraiser event called "Day/Night at the Ballpark" each year on a Saturday in May which will be promoted for all to attend. There will be more information about this day as it approaches. The older divisions may play one Saturday where they play teams from other towns.
Q: Can my 4-year-old play t-ball?
A: Yes, players born on or before August 31st are eligible to play tee ball (must be turning five years old).
Q: What if my child is born after August 31st (still four years old)? Is there any way he/she can still play?
A: We make an exception only if a parent agrees to register to volunteer to help out with the team. Please do not volunteer if you think your child is not ready to play and be part of the team. You will have to register at one of our in-person registrations or contact us over the phone (see "Contact Us" in the left menu on the home page for the current phone number). Three-year-olds are too young to play!