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Welcome to Alameda Little League! California District 4

Welcome to Alameda Little League! California District 4

Programs

Our Programs at a Glance:

 
 Tee BallFarm Single A Double ATriple A  MajorsIntermediate 
 League Age 4-56-7 7-8-9 8-9-10 9-10-11 11-12 13 
 Roster Size 12+12+12+12+12+12+12+
 Games per week 111-21-21-222
 Practices (pre-season) 11 22221
 Practice (regular season)* 1111111
 Team Formation Player AgentPlayer AgentDraftDraftDraftDraftDraft
 Spring EvaluationsNoNoYesYesYesMandatoryYes
 PitchingNoCoach PitchMachine PitchPlayer Player Player Player 
 Base Stealing No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 
 StandingsNoNoYes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
 Scores No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
 End of Season TournamentNo No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
 UmpiresNo No Yes - 1 Yes -1 Yes - 2 Yes - 2 Yes - 2 
 BaseballSafety Ball Safety Ball Hard Ball Hard Ball Hard Ball Hard Ball Hard Ball 
 Field Size 40/6040/60 40/60 40/60 40/60 40/60 50/70 
 Co-EdYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

* The manager may schedule an additional practice or batting practice.

The Season

Regular Season:
Little League Baseball is a spring season. Registration opens by mid-September and remains open until early January. In addition to this website, we place a posting under "What's Happening" in the Alameda Journal Sports Section announcing registration. Evaluations for the competitive divisions are held in January. Practices begin soon afterwards. For the younger players, Farm (coach pitch) and T-Ball teams are formed in February with practices soon afterwards. Opening Day is usually the 1st or 2nd Saturday in March. The season culminates in early June. Competitive divisions each hold playoffs. All teams make the playoff tournament. 

Post Season Play:
The teams in Intermediate, Majors, AAA and AA who win their respective divisions advance to the District Tournament of Champions. Players ages 10 through 13 are eligible for All Star teams. The All Star selection process is approved by the Board of Directors as are all the teams. The 12 year old team is can advance as far as the Little League World Series held annually in Williamsport, PA. 


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Divisons of Play

Tee Ball

Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 4-5 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. Rules of the game are designed to accommodate the need for teaching. As a Non-Competitive Division, the primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball, to allow them to experience the value of teamwork and give them the opportunity to play baseball with their friends. No score is kept, no outs can be made and the last batter in each inning clears the bases!

Farm

Farm Baseball is for boys and girls 6-7 years old who are moving toward hitting a pitched ball. The team coach pitches the ball. Rules of the game are designed to accommodate the need for teaching. Put outs can be made at the bases. As a Non-Competitive Division, the primary goals of Farm are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball, to allow them to experience the value of teamwork and give them the opportunity to play baseball with their friends. No score is kept. Outs are not tallied. Usually one half of the line-up bats per inning.

Single A

Single-A Baseball is for boys and girls 7-8-9 years old who can hit a ball pitched from the mound area. We use a pitching machine as the players are not yet ready to throw a 40 foot pitch. As with all of Little League Single A is an instructional division. The pitching machine is used for consistency, so the players can work on building the fundamental skills of hitting and fielding. This is the first competitive division. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of AA Baseball are to create a fair and balanced competition throughout the division and provide a suitable vehicle for team and individual skills development. Score is kept. Only swinging strikes are counted. Players may be put out at base. The half of the inning ends when three outs are tallied. The game is 6 innings in length. For competitive balance purposes teams will be selected via a draft process. Therefore, it is required that any players who would like to play in either of these divisions must attend the player evaluations.

Double A

Double A is for boys and girls 8-10 years old who are transitioning from machine/coach pitched play to batting against opposing youth pitchers. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of AA Baseball are to create a fair and balanced competition throughout the division and provide a suitable vehicle for team and individual skills development. In addition to the rules mentioned in Single A, players may steal bases. Balls and Non-swinging strikes are called.

Triple A

Triple A Baseball is for boys and girls 9-11 years old who are continuing to develop their abilities in a competitive baseball environment. Triple A Baseball is Alameda Little League's highest Minor division before moving on to Little League Majors baseball. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of AAA Baseball are to create a fair and balanced competition throughout the division, provide a suitable vehicle for team and individual skills development and prepare the players for Majors Division play.

Majors

Majors Baseball is for boys and girls 11-12 years old who are refining all the skills they have been building up in the Minor divisions in this next stage of competitive baseball. Majors Baseball is also known as the Little League Baseball Division. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of Majors Baseball are to create a fair and balanced competition throughout the division, provide a suitable vehicle for team and individual skills development and stage the players for much higher levels of play.

Intermediate (50/70)

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball is for boys and girls 13 years old who are preparing to transition from 46/60-foot fields to 60/90-foot sized baseball fields. 50/70 Division allows players preparing for higher divisions and high school baseball to incrementally transition by providing the opportunity to develop on a larger field prior to making the move to 60/90 foot sized fields. As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of Intermediate (50/70) Baseball are to provide the players a suitable vehicle to transition from traditional sized Little League Baseball fields to fields that will prepare players for most competitive arenas of Youth Baseball such as High School.


Challenger

The Little League Challenger Division® was founded in 1989, and is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. Alameda Little League started its Challenger Division in 2014.

Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school.

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