Baseball Division

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CapCity Baseball is for players ranging in age from 4 to 14.  We have 7 divisions of baseball.  The National, A, AA, AAA and Majors Divisions all play on Little League International (LLI) regulation size fields (60’ base paths and 46' pitching mounts).   All these Divisions are expected to be inclusive and to provide a safe, positive, instructive, environment and follow the player participation rules set forth by LLI.  The 13U and 14U Divisions follow the Little League International format for rules and field sizes.  Visit LLI for more information.

 

National Division

4, 5, and 6 Year Olds

This is Cap City’s division for its youngest players. Children 4, 5, and 6 years old are introduced to the basics of hitting, catching, throwing, fielding, and base running in a non-competitive environment. Each player has the opportunity to come to bat and run the bases each inning. The player’s coach will pitch (soft toss) to the player. Outs are not kept at this level.

Players are placed on a team by the National Division commissioner.  Team/School/Coach/Friend requests can be made but cannot always be granted.

Teams practice and play games once a week. Games are typically on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Practices are usually during the week.

A Division

6 to 8 Year Olds

The A Division is for children league ages 6 to 8 whose skills range from those who are new to the game to others who are continuing to refine the basics of hitting, catching, throwing, fielding and base running.

This is a machine pitch league where outs and scores are kept for the first time but without a major emphasis on games results.

Players are placed on a team by the A Division commissioner.  Team/School/Coach/Friend requests can be made but cannot always be granted.

Teams usually practice once a week for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Games are typically held on either Saturday or Sunday each week and vary from a late morning to an early evening start time.

AA Division

8 to 10 Year Olds

The AA division is designed to be a transitional developmental division for children league age 8 to 10. The AA tends to be a little less competitive than AAA or Majors, and several of the rules are altered to facilitate the development of the players and enhance the game day experience (for example, limit of five runs per inning and limited stealing).

This is a kid-pitch division with umpires calling balls and strikes.  The AA focuses on developing pitchers and catchers as this is the first time these two positions become a critical part of the game.  This is also the first time players learn to hit live pitching and develop that "good eye" ability to read a pitch at the plate.

Players are placed on a team by the AA Division commissioner.  Team/School/Coach/Friend requests can be made but cannot always be granted.

Teams usually practice once a week for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Games are typically held on either Saturday or Sunday each week and vary from a late morning to an early evening start time.

AAA Division

9 to 11 Year Olds

AAA is for players league age 9 to 11.   It provides a place for competitive play with a narrowed range of the player skill sets.  AAA is designed to maximize fun and skills development for players who need more of a challenge than they would receive in the AA Division but who are not quite ready for the Majors.  A player in AAA will have more opportunity for development at key positions versus the Majors.

Every player league age 9 and higher who has played one spring season in the AA Division will be required to participate in try-outs held at the beginning of the fall season.  Players will be assessed and a draft will be conducted to ensure that fair and balanced teams can be created.  A player selected to AAA in the Fall will remain on the same AAA team in the following Spring season.

Teams in AAA usually practice once a week for about 1 1/2 hours.  Games are typically held on either Saturdays or Weekday Evenings.

Majors Division

10 to 12 Year Olds

The Majors division is comprised of players who have demonstrated skills commensurate with the highest level of play that CCLL has to offer.  The Majors division has faster/better pitching and overall higher quality of play than the AAA or AA Divisions.  Only players league age 10-12 are eligible to play in the Majors, although most of the players in the Majors are league age 11 or 12.  All players who are league-age 12 will presumptively play in the Majors regardless of experience or development unless there are compelling reasons otherwise.

Tryouts for the Majors (as well as AAA Division) take place prior to the Fall season each year.   Players will be assessed and a draft will be conducted to ensure that fair and balanced teams can be created.  A player selected to the Majors in the Fall will remain on the same Majors team in the following Spring season.

Every player league age 9 and higher who has played one spring season in the AA Division will be required to participate in tryouts held at the beginning of the fall season. Any 10 or 11 year old who is not drafted onto a Majors team will be eligible for the AAA draft.  Consistent with LLI rules, unless a waiver is granted, all league age 12 year-olds must register for the Majors, try-out, and be drafted.  In very limited circumstances a waiver may be requested to have a 12 year-old play in the AAA Division.

Teams usually practice once a week for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Games are typically held 1 or 2 times per week on either Saturdays or Weekday Evenings.

Juniors

13 and 14 Year Olds

13U/14U Junior League Baseball Division utilizes a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.  Junior League rules permit runners to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allow an on-deck batter.   Modified diamond dimensions may be used at times during the regular season.

Teams usually practice once a week for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Games are typically held 1 or 2 times per week on either Sundays and/or one weekday Evening.

About Capitol City Little League

Capitol City Little League is a volunteer run organization focused on introducing and teaching baseball and softball to our children - ages 5 to 14.  Each season, more than 500 children participate in CCLL.  See boundaries for eligibility.
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Mailing Address

Capitol City Little League
P.O. Box 5764
Washington, D.C.  20016