MINORS (AA / AAA)
Minors consists of two divisions, AA and AAA. These two divisions are typically made up of players between the ages of 8-11. AA offers the players the first chance to pitch from 46 feet. The games continue for 6 innings, umpires are provided and score is kept. However, there are no overall season standings in AA. The batting order is continuous, meaning all players bat regardless of whether or not they played in the field during a given inning. There are rules in place to limit excessive base stealing and to encourage pitcher and catcher development, as well as to maintain the pace of play in AA. There are typically three events in any given week with a mix of games and practices. The Baseball league is made up of teams in both Granby and East Granby. In AAA, we have been adding in other towns since the 2016 season and due to the success of the initial year, we are going to continue that practice. Softball AA and AAA compete against several surrounding towns.
AA is still considered a developmental league therefore, players should rotate through all positions where permissible. Coaches may decide not to play a player in a position that they feel could constitute a safety issue for a player based on their level of development. At a minimum, each player will play 4 innings in the field and should be given the opportunity to play infield at some point during a game. Players can be rotated through the batting order. Players will be substituted during a game, and no player should sit two innings in a row, nor twice prior to all players having sat at least one inning. This will also be the first level where players will get a chance to pitch. Coaches will determine who will have the opportunity to pitch based on skill and safety. In addition, to help with pitcher safety and to keep the pace of play going, coach pitch will occur for the first 3 innings for the first half of the season and the first 2 innings in the second half of the season. Coach pitch will also occur when a player has walked/hit with a pitch 4 batters in an inning or 3 consecutive batters. Batters will also have the opportunity to hit off of a tee if they receive 4 balls by a player pitcher. By the end of AA players should be able to feel comfortable hitting off a player pitcher, knowing what to do in basic baseball situations, and be able to throw accurately to first base from any position in the infield. The goal of AA is to prepare each of the players with the knowledge and skills to move onto AAA/Majors.
AAA is considered a transition league where players are being prepared for Majors. Score and standings are kept at this level and will include a end of the season playoff. Managers should start the season rotating all players through positions and batting order, however as the season progresses, they may transition to more of a “set” batting order, and play certain players in positions they possess the skills for. Players will play at minimum 4 innings in the field and should still be given the opportunity to play both infield and outfield. Like AA, players will be substituted during a game, and no player should sit two innings in a row, nor twice prior to all players having sat at least one inning. By the end of AAA, players should be able to comfortably hit off a player pitcher, have a good understanding of baseball rules, and knowing what to do in most baseball situations. The goal of AAA is for the players to gain a firm understanding of baseball rules, knowledge and skills that will allow the player to move onto the Majors level.
o Minors Baseball is our developmental league
o Players can expect to play 2-3 years in Minors.
o Minors consists of two divisions AA and AAA.
o Minors teams are formed by a draft. We do not accept player/coach placement requests.
o All players must attend our annual Baseball Assessments.
o Players who are age 7 who played EGLL Farm previously can request to be evaluated for Minors Baseball. They will be eligible for the Minors draft based upon player skill, player safety, and overall team composition. (I want to say if the numbers work out)
o Players who are 8 will be placed in AA.
o The majority of 9-year olds will play AA. A small number of players age 9 with AA experience will be evaluated to determine if they are eligible to be drafted in AAA.
o Minors typically have 2-4 practices or games each week.
o AAA plays a number of out of town games in area towns.
Majors is the most competitive division and it can be made up of player ages 10-12. Most years, Majors will consist of only 11-12 year olds for baseball. 10-yr olds may be pulled up during a year where there are not enough skilled 11 and 12 year olds, to help round out the teams.
The game is still played on a 60 foot base path and the pitchers throw from 46 feet. There are still some rules in place to curb excessive stealing but this level plays pretty close to real baseball rules. Expect two to three games a week of 6 inning games with a practice. The Baseball league is made up of teams in both Granby and East Granby. Like AAA, we introduced additional towns in 2016 and will continue this practice going forward. Softball competes against several surrounding towns. At this level, managers will begin the year rotating all players through positions to assess their skill level and playing preferences. However, at this level, managers will transition quickly into set batting orders, and will play certain players in specific positions during the season. Players will play a minimum of 4 innings in the field and the batting order will be continuous. Players will rotated in the field so that no player sits 2 innings in a row. This is not a “win at all costs” league, however we do strive to provide a competitive atmosphere that meets the needs of both our most competitive players, as well those still learning the game. By the end of Majors, players should have a complete understanding of the game of baseball that will prepare them for the transition from a little league field to a regulation baseball field. The goals of majors is to prepare our players to play at the next level of baseball including district play and juniors’ baseball.
o Players can expect to play 1-2 years at Majors.
o Majors’ teams are formed by draft. We do not accept player/coach placement requests.
o All 12-year olds will be placed in Majors.
o Remaining spots will be filled by 11 and 10-year olds based on ability. Any 11 or 10-year old who has prior AAA experience and would like to be eligible to play in Majors MUST attend evaluations. If an 11 or 10-year old does not attend the evaluations he/she will not be eligible to play in majors.
o Majors typically have 4+ practices or games each week.
o Majors plays a number of out of town games in area towns.