Question: How do I know which MPTLL division is available and/or right for my child?
Answer: Use the table below to view the 2020 league options. Find the range when your child was born and follow that row to learn more. Click anywhere on the table to zoom and view larger.
Question: Can you tell me a little more about each baseball division?
Answer: MPTLL offers the Baseball Divisions listed below. Age ranges provided below are typical for these divisions to keep kids playing age appropriate baseball. However, we offer flexibility in the division age ranges based on specific player's skill level.
T-Ball is for boys and girls ages 4, 5, and first time or less skilled 6 year old players. Players will learn the fundamentals of fielding and hitting (off a tee). The primary goals are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. T-Ball rosters are typically composed of 10-13 players per team and tryouts/skill evaluations are not required. The T-Ball season begins in early March and will end prior to Memorial Day weekend (check the league calendar for specific dates). The cost for T-Ball is $175 if registered and paid before 12/15/19. Otherwise the program is $200 for players paying between 12/16/19 and 1/31/20.
Coach Pitch is for 6 year old boys and girls. The primary goal in coach pitch league is to provide a developmental league for players who aren't ready for minor league machine pitch and also not challenged by playing another season of T-Ball. A strong emphasis in Coach Pitch is making sure players have an enjoyable experience while continuing to learn the fundamentals of the game. Skill evaluations are held and players are drafted onto teams. The Coach pitch season begins in early March and ends the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for Coach pitch is $200 if registered and paid before 12/15/19. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying between 12/16/19 and 1/31/20.
Minor League Baseball Divisions
Minor League Baseball programs are for baseball players ages 7-12 years old. Minor League rosters typically have 12-13 players per team. Myers Park Trinity offers 2 minor league programs:
American League (AL) – machine-pitch; typically league ages 7-8:
6 year old players (depending on league availability) will have advanced skills in comparison to their peers. Skills evaluations are required for these players who may be drafted to an AL-machine pitch team based on evaluation performance. If a 6 year old player isn't drafted by an AL-machine pitch team then the player will be placed on a coach pitch team.
7 year old players - Almost all 7 year old players will play AL-machine pitch. Some 7 year old players playing for the first time or players not as skilled as their peers may request to play in the coach pitch league. We encourage parents to make this decision after their 7 year old has participated in a skills evaluation.
8 year old players - All 8 year old players play AL-machine pitch. Players are evaluated at a skills evaluation and drafted to a team based on their tryout performance.
The AL-machine pitch season begins with skill evaluations in mid-February and practices in early March. The season will end the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for AL-machine pitch is $200 if registered and paid before 12/15/19. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying between 12/16/19 and 1/31/20.
National League (NL) - kid-pitch; typically league ages 9-12
Little League® (Major League Division)
The Little League (Major) Baseball Division is for baseball players league ages 10-12. 11 and 12 year old year players drafted by a major league team during the previous season will return to their major league team and do not have to attend a tryout.
Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division
Presently MPTLL does not have an Intermediate (50/70) baseball division.
Jr. Little League Baseball Division
Junior Little League home games are played at Independence Park (Elizabeth Traditional School). Fields are a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Refer to the League Calendar for key dates throughout the season. All players must live in or attend a school located in the MPTLL boundary. If necessary, tryouts/skill evaluations take place in mid-February. Practices begin in mid-April and the season ends the last weekend of June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for Jr. Little League is $200 if registered and paid before 12/15/19. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying after 12/15/19.
Question: I have a 6 or 7 year who hasn’t played baseball before. Should he or she play T-Ball, Coach pitch or American League?
Answer: Little League requires all 6 year old first time players to play T-Ball or Coach Pitch before moving up the American League. For 7 year old players, the decision is the parents, however factors should include: how athletic the child is, experience playing other organized team sports with coaches, and player maturity. The more athletic, team sport experience and mature a 7 year old is, the more ready they are for the American League.
Question: My 6 year old has played 1 or 2 years of T-Ball and I feel he is ready for the American League. Can I sign him up for the AL?
Answer: Yes. However, a tryout/skill evaluation is required for all players playing machine pitch (AL). League graders might recommend to League officials to place the child in coach pitch, if, based on the scores, they feel like it is in the best interest of the child.
Question: Can a young or first time 9 year old player choose to play machine pitch an additional year?
Answer: Almost all 9 year old players play NL-kid pitch where players are drafted to a team based on their tryout performance. For safety reasons a few less skilled or first time 9 year old players may play AL-machine pitch. MPTLL uses skill evaluations to determine the appropriate league for your player. "Young" 9 year old players (Sep-Dec birthdates) are encouraged to play NL-kid pitch and remain with their Little League age group. That said, parents may request for their 9 year old to play in the AL-machine pitch but those players will not be eligible for a post-season all-star tournament team.
Question: When does MPTLL transition to the next "Age Chart" (for example 2019 to 2020)?
Answer: MPTLL and Little League International use 8/31 as the age determination date each year. As a result parents registering players for the Fall season should understand their player is considered one year older than their previous spring season. The fall season marks the beginning of a new calendar year for Little League so parents should use the age chart for the next spring season. Example; if a parent is registering their player in August 2019 then they should reference the 2020 Little League Age Chart to determine their players little league age. As a reminder the fall season at MPTLL is a developmental league focused on preparing players for the next level they will play in the upcoming spring season. During the fall scores are not kept and standings aren't monitored.