Spring Tryouts and Team Selection Process
Reading Little League Divisions
- PLEASE NOTE: League placement is based on the Little League International age chart and school grade level is not a factor for league placement.
- Parents/guardians can request for their player to play at a lower level than the age chart dictates.
- Little League Age Chart: https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/2021-baseball-age-chart
Spring Division Evaluations and Team Selections
- Registration for spring baseball will open in September.
- In late September or early October, Reading Little League will hold evaluations for all 9, 10, 11, and 12 year olds based on the Little League age chart for those that register to play the following spring.
- These evaluations help in the division placements as well as give coaches a player rating to help in the drafting process.
Majors (11-12 year old’s)
- The Majors and Triple A Division will not have more than 10 teams as these teams have limited field space and time to fit in the minimum number of games required by Little League to have kids eligible to play in the summer district tournaments.
- The number of 12-year-olds registered will determine the different league formations as the number of 12 year olds will determine how many 11 year old spots are available in the Majors Division.
- 60 twelve year old’s sign up to play.
- If the Board determines that 8 teams are appropriate for Majors, then there are 28 open spots for 11 year olds to play in Majors as each team will have 11 players per team (88-60=28).
- Once it is determined how many 11s are needed to fill the Majors Division, the President, Majors Director, Triple A Director, and the Player Agents will get together to review the player ratings to determine which 11 year old’s will be brought up to the majors.
- Once the 11 year old’s who are playing in Majors are determined, a ranking of all Majors players will be created.
- This ranking will be used by the Head Coaches to draft their teams.
- The player(s) of the Head Coach will automatically be picked in the corresponding round based on his or her overall ranking.
- E.g., if a Head Coach’s son or daughter is ranked 30th overall, he/she will be automatically picked in the 4th round (assuming there are 8 teams in the league).
- If the Head Coach’s kid is ranked 5th overall, he/she will be automatically picked in the first round.
- The draft order will be decided at the draft by pulling numbers out of a hat.
- The order of the draft is a snake, meaning the order of picks in a round is reversed for the next round.
Triple A (10-11 year old’s)
- The above process is similar at the Triple A level.
- Once the number of 11 year old’s that will be in Triple A is determined (based on the process above), the number of 10 year olds needed to fill in the difference can be determined.
- At this point the President, Triple A Director, Double A Director, and Player Agents meet to review the player ratings and decide who is going to play up in Triple A from the 10 year old group.
- The rankings and drafting are the same as Majors.
Double A (9-10 year old’s)
- Double A teams will comprise of all 9 year old’s, and all 10 year old’s that do not play in Triple A.
- The number of teams will fluctuate each year based on the number of registrants.
- The rankings and drafting are the same at this level as well.
Single A (8 year old’s)
- Since there are no evaluations for Single A, the player rankings, which will be used by managers to draft teams, will be created based on the prior year’s coaches’ evaluations.
- When a new player registers for Single A that did not play in the Rookie League it is tough to know the skill level of the player, so the parent’s rating entered at registration will be used as a guide.
- There is a draft which is the same as in all older leagues.
Rookie (7 year old’s)
- The Rookie League Director works with the Little League President to create balanced teams based on the parent’s player rating at registration.
- Additionally, we strive to created teams with players from two (or three) elementary schools so that players can make friends with kids from other schools while ensuring that they know other players on their team at this young age.
- The league may receive invitations to play in other tournaments throughout the year.
- Often, these invitations are time sensitive and teams need to be formed and uniforms need to be ordered quickly.
- The League Director at each level will coordinate coaches and players, collect payment from parents, order uniforms and be in charge of communications for the tournament.
- These teams will not have evaluations due to the time constraint of entering these tournaments.