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FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

League At-A-Glance

 Tee Ball
Rookies
Tee Ball SluggersA LevelAA LevelAAA LevelMajors   Intermediate
League Age   4-66-77-97-108-1110-1213
Games per/week1122222
Practice per/week1112222
Team FormationNeighbor   NeighborNeighbor   DraftDraftDraftDraft
Spring Assessment   NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
OutsNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
PitchingTeeCoach/Tee Coach  Player   Player   Player   Player
StandingsNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
ScoresNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
UmpiresNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
BaseballTeeTeeTeeTeeHardHardHard
Field SizeN/A /60N/A /6042/6042/6046/6046/6050/70
Co-EdYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
 ScholarshipsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

League Structure

League Structure and Levels of Play
The league is divided into levels of play commensurate with player age, maturity, and ability. Player development is focal to all levels. To ensure a safe and positive experience, all league age 8 players and older (except returning Majors players) are required to participate in a skills assessment/tryout session. This session guides appropriate team formation.

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Tee-Ball Rookies
Age Range: League age 4; any new League age 5 and 6.
Schedule: One game/week (Saturdays), one practice/week (weekday evenings).
Team Formation: Teams are formed by neighborhood/school. Requests for coaches or teammates are accommodated, if possible.
Intent: Learning fundamental skills in a nurturing environment. Batter hits the ball from a batting tee. Fielders try to register outs, though base runners are not removed from the bases.

Tee-Ball Sluggers
Age Range: Mostly League age 6, some new 7.
Schedule: One game/week (Saturdays), one 60 min. practice/week (weekday evenings).
Team Formation: Formed by neighborhood/school. Requests for coaches or teammates are accommodated, if possible.
Intent: Geared toward older/returning players. Hybrid coach pitch and batting tee use. No strikeouts.  Outs are recorded, with emphasis on developing fielding and throwing skills.

A Level
Age Range: Mostly League age 7 and 8, some 9.
Schedule: Two games/week (weekday evening, Saturday), one 90 min. practice/week (weekday evening).
Team Formation: Formed by neighborhood/school. Requests for coaches or teammates are accommodated, if possible, though age and experience are considered in assigning teams.
Intent: Spirit of competition is introduced.  Wins and losses are recorded, outs are registered, and batters can strike out. Coaches pitch to batters and are positioned on the field during play.  Continuous batting order and time at all positions ensures positive experience for all.

AA Level
Age Range: Mostly League age 8 and 9; very few advanced age 7; some age 10 determined to not be ready for AAA.
Team Formation: League age 8 and older must participate in a skills assessment to determine eligibility for AA. Teams formed by a player draft. Not all eligible players may be drafted, and will then play Single A (with a call-up option).
Intent: Increased team competitiveness introduced. Players pitch, base stealing is allowed.  Continuous batting order, playing time distributed evenly,  all will play infield positions in every game. Increased playing time at key positions may occur. 

AAA Level
Age Range: Mostly League age 9, 10 , and 11, with a very few advanced League age 8.
Team Formation: League age 8 and older must participate in a skills assessment to determine eligibility for AA. Teams formed by player draft. Not all eligible players may be drafted, and will then play AA (with a call-up option). 
Intent: AAA is a completely competitive level. Continuous batting order, no player may sit out for consecutive innings. Position specialization begins to take place.

Majors Level
Age Range: Mostly league age 11 and 12, with a very few advanced age 10.
Team Formation: All newly-eligible Majors players (previously unassigned to a spring season Majors team)  are required to attend the skills assessment.  All returning Majors players (previously assigned to a spring season Majors team) are NOT required to attend the skills assessment. Teams formed by player draft.
Intent: Majors is highly competitive, and follows Little League rules and regulations. Majors level teams play “real” baseball at a competitive and supportive level.

Intermediate
Age Range: Primarily for recently "aged out" players who are League Age 13.  
Intent:  A transitional division with adjusted field dimensions to help players move from Little League to the "Big Field." Players pitch from 50' and the bases are 70' apart.  Play includes leads and steals.  Other Little League teams are played against. Focus is to help prepare players for high school baseball.  

Challenger
Age Range: League age 5 to 18, for individuals with physical or intellectual challenges.
Intent: The Challenger program is Little League's adaptive program for those with physical or intellectual challenges, allowing participation in a baseball program with the assistance of Majors teams. The season lasts approximately 6 games, weather depending.

FCKLL Special Pitch Count Rules

The eligibility of a player to pitch in a Little League Baseball game is governed by a tiered pitch count that is tied to the number of pitches throw in a game. This is to ensure player health and safety given the stress of throwing overhand on the arm and shoulder. The pitch count determines how many days of rest are required before a player may pitch again in a Little League game. 

FCKLL employs the use of special pitching rules in some Divisions, which are amended from Little League Baseball. Please reference your child's specific divisional Special Rules for the comprehensive rules. Below is a simple summary.

Pitch Count Rules At-A-Glance

Max Pitches

AA

AAA

Majors

Intermediate

1st Half of Season Pitches/Day

50

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

95, if 13+

85, if 11+

2nd Half of Season Pitches/Day

60, if 9+

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

50, if <9

85, if 11+

75, if 9-10

 

95, if 13+

85, if 11+

 

Pitches/Inning

30

30

 

 





















Pitches

1-20

21-35

36-50

51-65

66+

Days Rest

0

1

2

3

4

 




Majors Call-Up Policy

Temporary call-up
Used in the event of illness, vacation, and/or other conflict. The impacted Manager is to notify the Player Agent one (1) day or greater prior to game. The Manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster,” so as to not conflict with the call-up players scheduled AAA games. In concurrence with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player is temporarily assigned - no more than one (1) game - to the Majors roster, until the Majors player returns. The AAA player is required to play in the Majors game, and his/her assigned teams AAA game.   

Longer term call-up
Used in the event of injury or other conflict that results in player missing three (3) or more concurrent Majors events (games and practices, i.e. one week).  The Manager is required to notify the Player Agent of the issue and potential duration within three (3) days of injury during FCKLL event or within two (2) days of parent notification.  The Manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster." In conference with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player will be assigned to the Majors roster until the injured Majors player returns.  The AAA player will attend all practices and games of only the Majors team. In the event of injury, a doctor's note is required for the Major player to return to roster.

Permanent call up
Used in the event of injury that lasts the duration of the season, or player withdraw from league. Notify Player Agent of issue immediately. The manager is to select a player from the resulting Majors draft “Eligible Call-Up Pool Roster." In concurrence with the Majors manager, AAA Manager, Players Parents/Guardian and Player Agent, the AAA player will be assigned to the Majors roster permanently and considered returning Majors player in next season.

Contact

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League
P.O. Box 6612 
Falls Church, Virginia 22040

Email: [email protected]

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