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Wilshire Riverside Little League

Wilshire Riverside Little League

Which level of play is right for my child?

Getting your young Little League baseball or softball player into the right division is the most important first step in helping us create a memorable experience for your player, and your family. The appropriate divisional placement will increase confidence, skill development and most importantly, FUN!!

Review the criteria below. If you feel your child has mastered most (if not all) of the criteria listed, they are most likely ready for the next level of Little League Baseball or Softball. As always, feel free to contact the Wilshire Riverside Board of Directors with any questions at the following link: WRLL Board of Directors

Age requirements: Player MUST reach the assigned age according to Little League Age Chart play the upcoming season in each of the divisions below.

We recommend the level of play based on baseball skill and grade level

Step 1: Determine your player's Little League Age. This is the child's age on or before August 31 of the spring season.  Use the League Age Chart for easy reference. 

Step 2: Determine desired Level of Play  using the following eligibility guidelines and recommendations by League Age:

 Levels of Play by Spring Season League Age

    • 12 Year Old (6th grade).  Eligible for Majors and 50/70.  WRLL Recommends:  All 12s should play Majors as their primary level.  Some may also choose to play 50/70 for additional game experience, exposure to a larger field and more standard baseball rules (e.g., runners leading off, pitching from the stretch, etc.).
    • 11 Year Old (5th grade).  Eligible for Minors, Majors and 50/70.  WRLL Recommends:  Most 11s should play Majors.  Some 11s playing Majors may also choose to play 50/70 for additional game experience.   All 11s should attend the Majors pre-season assessment (tryout) in February.  However, following the assessment, the WRLL Board and Majors Coaches may recommend that 11s needing additional development play Minors. 
    • 10 Year Old (4th grade).  Eligible for Majors and Minors.  WRLL Recommends:  Most 10s should play Minors.  Highly skilled 10s can request to attend the Majors pre-season assessment in February to see if they are ready to play Majors.
    • 9 Year Old (3rd grade).  Eligible for Minors and Farm AA.  WRLL Recommends:  Most 9s should play Minors.  All 9s should attend the Minors pre-season assessment (tryout) in February.  However, following the assessment, the WRLL Board and Minors Coaches may recommend that 9s needing additional development play Farm AA.
    • 8 Year Old (2nd grade).  Eligible for Farm A, Farm AA and Minors.  WRLL Recommends: Most 8s should play Farm AA.  Highly skilled 8s can request to attend the Minors pre-season assessment in February to see if they are ready to play Minors.  8s new to baseball might fit better in Farm A.
    • 7 Year Old (1st grade).  Eligible for Farm A and Farm AA.  WRLL Recommends:  Most 7s should play Farm A.  Highly skilled 7s and those with Farm A experience may play Farm AA. 
    • 6 Year Old (Kindergarten).  Eligible for T-Ball and Farm A.  WRLL Recommends Most 6s should play T-Ball.  Highly skilled 6s and those with T-Ball experience may play Farm A.
    • 5 Year Old (pre-K).  Eligible for T-Ball and Farm A.  WRLL Recommends:  Most 5s should play T-Ball. 
    • 4 Year Old (pre-K).  Eligible for T-Ball.  WRLL Recommends: Only 4s (pre-K) interested in baseball and comfortable in a group/team setting should register for T-Ball.

T-Ball (boys & girls / ages 4-6) - Typically pre-k to 1st Grade

Wilshire Riverside Little League offers a T-Ball program for players ages 4-7; and their parents or guardians, that is specifically designed to provide a foundation and introduction to basebll and softball that is grounded in fundamentals, fitness, teamwork, and having fun. Your T-Ball player will learn the following basics during their season:

  • How to properly grip the ball
  • How to rotate your body and take a rhythm step toward the target
  • How to catch the ball when thrown
  • How to set-up for a ground ball
  • Understand the general idea of getting the out at firstbase
  • How to properly swing the bat and hit off a tee
  • How to run through first base, and stop at the others
  • Understand the idea of a force out and a tag out
  • How to be a supportive teammate
  • How to treat coaches and opponents with respect.

Single A Farm (boys & girls / ages 6-7) - Typically 1st - 2nd Grade

Wilshire Riverside Little League offers a Single A Farmball program for players ages 6-8 that have a good grasp of most, if not all, T-Ball criteria (above), and ready to learn the following basics during their Single A Farmball season:

  • How to see the ball out of the pitchers (coaches) hand, and hit the ball on a regular basis
  • Understand how outs are made; including groundouts, force outs, tag outs and fly outs
  • Understand that when you are put out you must go sit on th bench with your teammates
  • Catchers should have a general idea of where to squat and be able to catch the ball and throw it back to the pitcher in a timely manner

Double A Farm (boys & girls / ages 7-8) - Typically 2nd - 3rd Grade

Wilshire Riverside Little League offers a Double A Farmball program for players ages 7-9 that have a good grasp of most, if not all, T-Ball and Single A criteria (above), and ready to learn the following basics during their Double A Farmball season:

  • Hitter will know how to confidently face a player pitcher
  • Hitter will know the proper way to move out of the way of a pitch, and time their swing to the pitch speed
  • Catcher will know how to provide a proper target for the pitcher, and throw the ball back to the pitcher accurately and timely
  • Pitcher will know the basics of pitching (including balance and squaring the shoulders to the taregt)
  • Runners must know how/when to run through first base and/or tale a turn towrads second base
  • Fielders will have a fairly good grasp of where to go for the easiest out
  • Fielders should know how to run a relay on balls hit to the outfield
  • First baseman should have a good grasp on how to move around the first base bag

  Minors Baseball (ages 9-11) - Typically 3rd to 5th Grade


Wilshire Riverside Little League offers a Minors Baseball program for players ages 9-11 (with some exceptions for tested 8 year olds) that are ready for a faster paced, team game, and able to grasp the team concept at-bat, and in the field during their Minors Baseball or Softball season. Skills and attributes necessary for Minors play include the following:

  • Hitters will have an understanding of the game situation, receive signs from the thirdbase coach, and be able to bunt correctly.
  • Fielders should be able to catch a flyball, and have a good grasp on the angles needed to back-up a teammate.
  • Catchers should have an idea of how to block a pitch in the dirt, and have proper mechanics of throwing a base stealer out.
  • Teams should know how to handle a run-down (pickle or hotbox)
  • Players should be able to make a proper slide into a base.
  • Pitchers will be able to show proper mechanics on their wind-up, and throw properly out of the stretch.
  • Pitchers will begin to learn the importance of changing speeds on their pitches.
  • All players will always treat umpires, opposing players and coaches with the upmost respect.

Majors Baseball (ages 10-12) - Typically 5th to 6th Grade

Wilshire Riverside Little League offers a Major Baseball program for players ages 10-12 that have spent at least one productive season at the Minors level. Skills and attributes are evaluated by WRLL coaches at a  league-wide try-out session, and players are then drafted accordingly. Ten and eleven year old players that try-out for Majors, but are not drafted, are offered spots in the Minors Division.

50/70 Baseball (ages 11-13) - Typically 6th - 7th Grade


Wilshire Riverside Little League may offer a 50/70 Baseball program for players (ages 11-13) that have spent at least one productive season at the Majors level, and are prepared for a transition to a much faster paced game on a larger field of play (50' pitchers mound & 70' bases). 

Skills and attributes are evaluated by WRLL coaches at a  league-wide try-out session, and players are then drafted accordingly. -- The 50/70 program should act as a supplement to players already enrolled in WRLL at the Majors level. Opportunities may be limited due to available players and coaches


Contact

Wilshire Riverside Little League
PO Box 12494 
Portland, Oregon 97212

Email: [email protected]

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