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West Hartford Little League includes divisions for all children, ages 4–12. Baseball divisions consist of the following programs:

Learn more about each baseball division by clicking on the corresponding links above.


Rookie Tee Ball

Often, a family’s first introduction to Little League® is in the Tee Ball program. Tee Ball is the entry level division for boys and girls, ages 4 & 5. The experience is grounded in fun, fitness, and fundamentals while also being a key to growing a child’s love for the game. This division will focus on teaching the very basic fundamentals of baseball, such as proper swing mechanics and proper throwing technique using only the safest and most appropriate equipment for this age group. The teams will meet once per week on Sunday afternoons and the sessions will be split into part practice and part game. This will be a non-competitive atmosphere with the focus on teaching and having fun for both players and coaches. There will be no game standings and there will be no playoffs. WHLL makes special provisions in the Rookie Division for buddy requests and so that your child has the chance to play with other classmates from his/her elementary school.


Instructional / Coach Pitch

This division is for boys and girls, ages 6 & 7. All players will be encouraged to swing the bat with a coach pitching the ball. This division will continue to teach the fundamentals of the game while learning more of the "rules of the game" in an effort to become more well-rounded and "smart" players. Teams will meet twice per week with a practice on Saturday and games scheduled for Sundays. Before games start, there will be two practices per week. There will be no regular season standings and no playoffs for this division. NOTE: As of 2010 rule updates, there will be no batting tees allowed during Instructional games. WHLL makes special provisions in the Instructional Division for buddy requests and so that your child has the chance to play with other classmates from his/her elementary school. There are no coach requests.


Minor League

This division is for boys and girls, ages 8, 9 and 10. It is designed to teach the finer skills of the game of baseball and to further develop individual skills including pitching, catching and the outfield. This is a player-pitch league. The focus will shift to more real game situations in this division in preparation for the jump to AAA. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 42 feet. Teams may meet up to three times per week with weekday and Saturday practices. Once the season begins, there will be games every Sunday and mid-way through the season, games will be played on weeknights as well. Saturday practices will continue until the end of the season. There is a playoff tournament for all teams at the end of the regular season.


AAA League

This division is for boys and girls, ages 9*, 10 and 11. It is designed to teach more advanced skills as a final step in preparation for movement up into the Major League Division. Skills developed here will be beyond those found in Minors. The focus will shift to more advanced and competitive game situations in this division with advanced concentration on specialty positions like pitching and catching. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet. Teams will meet up to three times per week with weekday and Saturday practices. Once the season begins, there will be games every Sunday and mid-way through the season, games will be played on weeknights as well. Saturday practices will continue until the end of the season. There is a playoff tournament for all teams at the end of the regular season. 


Major League

This division is for boys and girls, ages 10*, 11 and 12 and is our most competitive division. There will be regular season standings and a playoff tournament at the end of the season. The focus will be to continue to develop individual skills and teach the more complex aspects of the game in a more competitive atmosphere. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet. Teams will meet up to three times per week with practices being scheduled for a weeknight and on Saturdays. Once the season starts there will be games every Sunday and on weeknights throughout the season. Saturday practices will continue until the end of the season.


PRACTICES

Practices are the last piece to pulling every season together. Practices are established by a lottery system for Instructional, Minors, AAA and Majors. The lottery occurs at the final coaches meeting before the season starts. Within 48 hours of this meeting, parents are notified of their teams and coaches. Practice schedules are literally the final step before season kick-off. By virtue of our lottery system, WHLL is unable to take special requests in advance for specific practice times and days. WHLL also does not allow for team/roster changes due to practice conflicts after practice schedules have been established and distributed to your designated team. Once a practice time has been set for a team, that time is firm and no changes will be allowed. 

The West Hartford Little League remains committed to not regularly scheduling any games or practices on Fridays and to not regularly schedule any games for Saturdays. Because of the growth of the league and the lack of available fields, it is necessary to schedule practices on Saturdays. We realize that this may present a conflict for some players due to religious obligations. No player will be penalized in any way if they cannot attend Saturday practices. We totally understand, respect and support a family’s obligations that would prevent a player from attending Saturday practices.


PLAYER EVALUATION SESSION

* All players ages 812 must attend our player evaluation session to be held in mid-March. All players will be evaluated at this time so that we can distribute the players amongst the teams as fairly as possible. We may invite a number of 9-year olds to play up into the AAA Division and a number of 10-year olds to play up into the Majors Division. The number of players invited to play up will be based solely upon the number of open slots available in those divisions and the abilities of the players based on the evaluation at the group session. The final decision as to whether or not those players who are chosen to play up will be the parents and players alone. You may decline any invitation to play up if you so wish. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will 9 year old players be asked to play in the Majors Division. Majors are STRICTLY limited to 10, 11 and 12-year old players.