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Which division is appropriate for my player?

At Lockhart Little League we strive to provide several divisions to accommodate age and varying skills.  Parents need to know which division is right for their child.  We have attempted to provide guidelines below in the hope of eliminating confusion and to give the player the best chance of success. A rule of thumb on which division to choose for your child is to work your way backwards by age given that Juniors consists of mostly 13 and 14-year-olds, Majors consists of mostly 11 and 12-year-olds, Minors 9 and 10, Boys Peewee 8, Coach Pitch 6-8, and T-ball 4 - 6. Minors and Majors division are full kid pitch and most kids will play 2 years in each division. The 1st year in the division helps the kid to adjust and get comfortable. The 2nd year is where they shine and can be a leader on their team. If a child only has 1 year in either of the upper divisions (Minors/Majors) this could stunt their development. Due to this, we recommend that a child follow our below recommendation for division placement and not be held back unless there is an issue of safety. We allow kids to move forward if they are skilled enough and they evaluate properly for a higher division than their age would call for.

League Age is determined by:

BOYS - Your child's age on August 31 of the current year 
* Exception: kids born in 2005 will use April 30th as their league age cutoff)

GIRLSYour child’s age on December 31st of the prior calendar year.

T-Ball (League Age: 4-6)

LEVEL OF PLAY: LOCKHART LL offers a T-ball division for players of league age 4-6. The division is designed to provide a foundation and introduction to baseball and softball that is grounded in fundamentals, fitness, teamwork, and most importantly, having fun.  Most players cannot catch or accurately throw the ball in this division. Again, it is about socialization and learning the very basics of the game.

COMMITMENT: T-ball teams typically have one 1hr practice on a weeknight. Coaches will choose one to two practices per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. T-ball teams have one 55 minute game, usually on a Saturday morning. Game start as early as 9 am and as late as 3pm. Times can change from week to week. Games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Coach Pitch (League Age: 6-8)

LEVEL OF PLAY: This is for players league age 6-8. It is recommended that a league age 6-year-old play two years of T-ball before moving up to this division. This division is for that player who is still learning to accurately throw and catch the ball. Most players in this division can hit the ball with some consistency. This division is Coach Pitch only.

COMMITMENT: Coach Pitch teams have one to two practices a week, usually 60 – 75 minutes. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Teams usually have two 75-minute games per week; one during the week, and one on Saturday. Saturday games start as early as 9 am and as late as 3pm. Times can change from week to week. Games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Boys Peewee (League Age: 8)

LEVEL OF PLAY: Peewee baseball is for players 8 years of age. This division is for the player who wants a more competitive experience. The player should have a good grasp of how to put a player out. They should be able to accurately throw the ball most of the time. They should be able to get the glove up and in position as the ball is thrown to them.  They should also feel comfortable being in the batter’s box and facing live pitching from a coach. This level will start to introduce player pitching.  Kids pitch the first 4 pitches of an at bat, and the coach pitches the final two.

COMMITMENT: Peewee teams have one to two 60 – 90 minutes practice per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Teams have one 1.5hr game on a either a M, T, TH or F night (usually 6-7:30pm) and one 1.5 hr game on Saturday games start as early as 9 am and as late as 3pm. Times can change from week to week. Games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Minors - Kid Pitch (League Age: 9-10)

LEVEL OF PLAY: This division is for players ages 9-10 who are ready for a faster paced game that includes live pitching from players, stealing, and bunting.  Players should feel comfortable attempting to catch the ball. They should be able to throw accurately most of the time. They do not necessarily need to be able to make the throw on a line from 3rd to 1st. They should also feel comfortable attempting to catch a fly ball. They should feel comfortable in the batter’s box and have a good grasp of what is a ball and what is a strike. The players should all understand how to make outs.

COMMITMENT: Minors teams have one to two 60 – 90-minute practices per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Minors teams have one 1 hr 45-minute game on a either a M, T, TH or F, and one 1 hr 45-minute game on Saturday. Saturday games start as early as 9 am and as late as 3pm. Times can change from week to week. Games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Majors - Kid Pitch (League Age: 11-12)

LEVELS OF PLAY: This division is for players ages 11-12. Players in this division should have spent at least one productive season in minors before considering this level. This is a much faster paced level than minors. The pitching is more refined with many throwers able to deliver off-speed and breaking pitches in addition to locating their fastball. Hitters should feel very comfortable seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and be able to make contact most of the time.

COMMITMENT: Majors teams have one to two 60 – 90-minute practices per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Majors teams have one 2hr game on a either M, T, TH or F night (6-8:00pm) and one 2hr game on Saturday. Saturday games start as early as 9 am and as late as 3pm. Times can change from week to week. Games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Juniors - Kid Pitch (League Age: 13-14)

LEVELS OF PLAY: This division is for players ages 13-14. Players in this division should have spent at least one productive season in majors before considering this level. This is a much faster paced level than majors. The pitching is more refined with many throwers able to deliver off-speed and breaking pitches in addition to locating their fastball. Hitters should feel very comfortable seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and be able to make contact most of the time. Games are played on high school regulation field.

COMMITMENT: Junior teams have one to two 60 – 90-minute practices per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Junior teams have two or three games a week, depending on number of teams. Travel will be involved in these division. . Home games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

Seniors - Kid Pitch (League Age: 15-16)

LEVELS OF PLAY: This division is for players ages 15-16. Players in this division should have spent at least one productive season in Juniors before considering this level. This is a much faster paced level than Juniors. The pitching is more refined with many throwers able to deliver off-speed and breaking pitches in addition to locating their fastball. Hitters should feel very comfortable seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and be able to make contact most of the time. Games are played on high school regulation field.

COMMITMENT: Senior teams have one to two 60 – 90-minute practices per week. Practice times, days and locations are chosen by the Head Coach. Senior teams have two or three games a week, depending on number of teams. Travel will be involved in these division. . Home games are played at Lockhart Sports Complex on 700 Carver St, Lockhart.

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