More Options Now Available in Teen Baseball Divisions of Little League
Little League International today announced a change to the regulations for 2012 that will allow more options in the teenage divisions of baseball.
Effective Jan. 1, 2012:
- The Senior League Baseball Division (previously limited to players league age 14-16) may now include players league age 13-16.
- The Big League Baseball Division (previously limited to players league age 16-18) may now include players league age 15-18.
- For Tournament Play, the age divisions will be: Junior League 13-14; Senior League 13-16; and Big League 15-18.
The Junior League Baseball Division remains for players league age 13-14 during the regular season. (Note: As before, 12-year-olds also are eligible for Junior League Baseball regular season play, under certain criteria.)
This gives local leagues wide latitude in tailoring their regular season teenage baseball divisions based on the available talent pool and age breakdown.
“All of the changes in the rules and regulations for 2012 will be announced in the next few days,” Patrick W. Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “We wanted to get this change out to our leagues and districts sooner, however, for planning purposes.”
The change also will affect pitch-count limits in Tournament Play, so the days of rest guide will apply to 13-18 year olds participating in the Senior and Big League divisions. Pitch count limits for the regular season remain the same as in 2011, based on the age of the pitcher.