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Habersham County Little League

Habersham County Little League

Our Softball and Baseball Divisions

As a board, when it comes to establishing our program’s divisions, it’s our goal to accomplish three things:

  • We want our players and their families to have the best possible experience.
  • We want to encourage skill development putting players of similar physical development, experience, and skill into the same division.
  • We want our players to be as well-prepared as possible for participation in postseason tournament play.

Our divisions have been designed with these goals in mind.

Softball Divisions

Our softball program is divided into six divisions:

  • Tee Ball: ages 4-6.
  • Rookie League: ages 7-8.
  • Minor League: ages 9-11.
  • Major League: ages 9-12.
  • Junior League: ages 13-14.
  • Senior League: ages 14-16.

Creation of Junior League and Senior League softball teams will depend on there being enough interested players to field those teams. If you have a player interested in either of these leagues please let us know by sending us an email.

Baseball Divisions

Our baseball program is broken into seven divisions:

  • Tee Ball: ages 4-5.
  • Machine Pitch: ages 6-7.
  • Rookie League: age 8.
  • Minor League: ages 9-11.
  • Major League: ages 9-12.
  • Junior League: ages 13-14.
  • Senior League: ages 14-16.

Challenger Division

Our Challenger Division is geared towards ensuring a great experience for every player. The Challenger Division is open to special needs players ages 4-18 but please do contact the Board if you have a player outside the listed age range who wishes to participate.

Tee Ball

Our Tee Ball division consists of a softball division for players ages 4-6 and a baseball divisions for players ages 4-5.

Tee Ball is designed for our youngest and least-experienced players. It consists of tee-ball play where our goal is to encourage the development of a basic understanding of the game, and to ensure our youngest players have a blast.

As the season progresses and the kids gain experience, the tee ball division will also include some coach-pitch.

Tee ball is a ton of fun for the players, coaches, and parents. Competition is present, but very much secondary to skill development and good old-fashioned fun.

Machine Pitch

Our Machine Pitch League is open to 6 and 7 year old baseball players (there is no machine pitch division for softball players). The use of the machine minimizes the risk to players and helps them to develop batting skills while facing pitching that is consistent and predictable.

The use pitching machines in this league leads to exciting games with lots of action. This means lots of fun for the players, an exciting game for the spectators, and ample opportunity for the development of field awareness and position skills as there are lots of hits in this league.

Rookie League

The Rookie League division consists of two separate leagues: a baseball league for 8-year old players and a softball league for 7-8 year old players.  

Rookie league is a kid-pitch league that provides players with the opportunity to gain confidence batting against age-appropriate live pitching. It also allows our youngest pitchers to develop their skills against kids of the same age and similar physical ability.

Rookie league provides players with a competitive introduction to kid-pitch softball or baseball in a safe and well-matched environment.

Minor and Major League

Our Minor and Major Leagues operate in tandem. Minor League consists of players between 9 and 11, and Major League consists of players between the ages of 9 and 12. There are separate softball and baseball divisions in our Minor and Major Leagues. 

Once signups are complete the HCLL Board meets and determines how many Major League teams to create based on the number of participating players. The Major League teams are then created by first drafting all 12 year-olds and then filling out the Major League team rosters by drafting players from all available 9-11 year olds.

Once the Major League teams are formed up, the Minor League coaches will draft their teams from the 9-11 year old players.

This produces a Minor League where less-experienced players develop their skills without having to face the most experienced players. Simultaneously, in the Major League our most experienced players will participate in the most competitive level of play possible.

Junior and Senior League

Our Junior and Senior Leagues are formed up much the same as our Minor and Major Leagues. There are separate softball and baseball divisions in our Junior and Senior Leagues.

Once signups are complete the HCLL board will meet to decide how many Senior League and Junior League baseball and softball teams to create.

All 15-16 year-old players will play in Senior League while 13 year-old players will play in Junior League. The 14 year olds will play either Junior or Senior League based on a draft held by the coaches of the Junior and Senior League teams.

Can a Player Move Up or Down a Division?

As a general rule, players need to remain in the division dictated by their age.

The HCLL Board will consider requests for exceptions on a case-by-case basis. However, exceptions will usually only be allowed if leaving the player in their normal division would cause a safety issue for the player or for other players in that division.

The Board has ultimate authority in deciding whether a player should play in their normal division or will be allowed to move to a different division, and decisions made by the Board are final.

There are a few special cases that we do expect will result in players moving up or down a division. These special cases include:

  • Six year-old baseball players may play tee ball rather than machine pitch, provided their physical development does not cause them to pose a danger to other tee ball players.
  • Experienced seven year old baseball players may play in Rookie League (kid-pitch).

Our divisions have been designed with a great deal of thought and care by our board, which is composed of some of our most experienced coaches and parents of players of all ages and experience levels.

Contact

Habersham County Little League
P.O. Box 2241 
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523

Phone: 706-426-1903
Email: [email protected]

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