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NWLL Divisions

Kid hitting ball on t ball stand

T-Ball for Ages 5 and 6 - T-Ball stand and focus on fun

T-Ball – Ages 5 & 6 (Tues/Thurs 6:00 to 7:30pm)

Boys & Girls are introduced to the game of baseball/softball.  An ‘incrediball’ is hit off a tee.

Games are scheduled on Tuesdays and ThursdaysSHOES WITH CLEATS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Coach pitching ball to player at dusk

Coach Pitch Ages 7 and 8 - Coach pitches ball to player or pitching machine is used

Coach Pitch – Ages 7 & 8 (Mon/Wed 6:30-8:30pm)

Coaches pitch to players. A maximum of 7 pitches will be used for each player. Therefore the player has to try to make contact with the ball. If a player does not hit the ball after 7 pitches they shall be called out. Stealing bases and bunting will NOT BE PERMITTED, runners cannot advance once an infielder is in control of the ball. All basic little league rules will apply.  Players will continue to develop their fundamental skills and learn the rules of baseball. A ‘volunteer’ umpire is introduced using a liberal strike zone. There will only be a maximum of 5 runs per inning.

Games are scheduled on Mondays and WednesdaysSHOES WITH CLEATS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Young baseball pitcher in wind up about to through the ball

Minors Ages 9 and 10 - Players start pitching

Minors – Ages 9 & 10 (Tues/Thurs 6:30-8:30pm)

At this level pitching by the players becomes part of the game and as many players as possible are encouraged to do so, at least in practice. At the minor league level, base stealing, sliding and bunting will also be introduced. Umpires in this division will allow a fairly liberal strike zone to encourage hitting. (Please note: While every effort will be made to supply registered Umpires for the Minor games, if no umpires are available, coaches must pull volunteer parents to umpire.) RUBBER CLEATS ARE OPTIONALAll other little league rules apply. The object of the game is to get the ball into play as often as possible. 

Attendance at the Evaluation sessions is mandatory at this level.

Games will be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus one practice on Sundays per week.

This is the first age group (if enough players are willing to participate) that an All-Star team can continue with Tournament play till the end of July.

Safety:

  • all catcher masks must have a dangling throat protector
  • on deck batter rule:
    • Majors and lower: no on-deck batter (this includes the playing field and all areas outside the playing field)
    • between innings and before game start, the 1st batter is allowed to have a bat in hand. 

Maximum runs:

  • 5 run max and 10 runs max last inning

Timelines: 

  • No new inning starts after 8:15 pm
Players sliding into plate and attempting to be tagged out

Majors Ages 11 and 12 - Follow Little League rules precisely

Majors – Ages 11 & 12 (Mon/Weds 6:30-8:30pm)

This division uses advanced strategies and follows the rules and regulations of Little League precisely. An All-Star team is formed at the end of the season for Tournament play leading to Prairie and Canadian Championships and possibly the Little League World Series.

Attendance at the Evaluation sessions is mandatory at this level.

Games will be scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays plus one practice on Sundays per week.

Baseball player leading off

Intermediate Age 13 - Lead offs and larger diamonds

Intermediate – Age 13

Teams in this division are again evaluated for the purpose of drafting them onto teams. Depending on registration numbers, teams may be tiered based on skill level. The teams would then play a seeding round, as part of the regular playing schedule, to determine the appropriate competitive level.  Leading-off and larger diamonds are two of the biggest changes. Again, All-Star teams can continue with Tournament play after the regular season ends. Intermediates play up to 3 interlocking games per week against other leagues in District 3 (NW Calgary).

Attendance at the Evaluation sessions is mandatory at this level.

Practices will be set by coaches; the game schedule is set by District 3.

Pitcher Catcher and Umpire large baseball diamond

Juniors Age 14 - Lead offs and larger diamonds

Juniors – Age 14

Teams in this division are again evaluated for the purpose of drafting them onto teams. Depending on registration numbers, teams may be tiered based on skill level. The teams would then play a seeding round, as part of the regular playing schedule, to determine the appropriate competitive level. Leading-off and larger diamonds are two of the biggest changes. Again, All-Star teams can continue with Tournament play after the regular season ends. Juniors play up to 3 interlocking games per week against other leagues in District 3 (NW Calgary).

Attendance at the Evaluation sessions is mandatory at this level.

Practices will be set by coaches; the game schedule is set by District 3.

Cather and umpire with dust coming from catchers glove after a catch

Seniors Ages 15 and 16 - Competitive citywide games

Seniors – Ages 15 to 16

NWLL works in conjunction with other District Leagues to evaluate and assign players to teams that reflect appropriate age and skill levels. Teams play up to 3 interlocking games per week in a competitive citywide schedule.

Attendance at the Evaluation sessions is mandatory at this level.

Practices will be set by coaches; the game schedule is set by the Districts.


NWLL Division Movement Policy

We have already received many requests from parents, wanting their child to play up an age group. 

NWLL subscribes to a philosophy of athlete development which is a systematic approach to maximize a participant’s involvement in our sport.  This framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete’s career to provide them the opportunity to reach his/her full potential in baseball and as an athlete.  Tailoring a child’s sport development to suit basic principles of growth and maturation enables them to reach their full potential and increase lifelong participation in baseball as well as other physical activities.  Our model is consistent not only with the Little League player development model but also that of Baseball Canada.

This model is divided into stages in which participants will move from simple to more complex skills.  It is based on scientific research and is focused on common, key principles of individual development which many sporting organizations consider to be best-practice.

During the initial stages of our model, the emphasis is on physical literacy.  Time is spent on learning the basics of athleticism (Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed).  During these initial stages, coaches’ also work on developing a participant’s Baseball IQ.  Each year of participation from T-Ball through to the Senior program builds and adds to the child’s development and provides them the opportunity for life-long participation.  Additional information regarding Long-Term Athlete Development Stages can be obtained at sportsforlife.ca web site.

As an association, we recognize the desires of both players and parents to be challenged.  However, care and caution must be used in doing so as it is important to recognize players may be physically capable of advancing, but not socially or emotionally. 

NWLL does provide the opportunity for those players one (1) year under-aged (Coach Pitch and above ONLY) to try and play up an age-group.  In doing so, the player is required to register in their age-appropriate league level.  Once the evaluation schedule has been established, those wishing to be considered for a higher age group can then contact the registrar and advise of this and they will be provided with the opportunity to attend the evaluations for consideration at the higher level.  However, the player MUST attend a minimum of 2 of the higher-age evaluations sessions AND 1 of their age-specific evaluation sessions, if applicable.  A non-refundable evaluation fee of $10.00 is to be paid at the time of the evaluations.  This will be applied to the remainder of the registration fee for the higher age division, should the player be drafted. 

Spring Minor, Major, Intermediate, Junior and Senior age division teams are established based on a draft system as per Little League standard practice.  To be considered eligible for the draft the one-year under-age player must evaluate higher than the 50th percentile for the age-group.  At the draft, the head coaches must draft the age-appropriate eligible players first.  Once all eligible age-division appropriate players have been drafted to a team, the eligible under-age players will then be considered for the draft to any remaining roster spots.  Any undrafted under-age players will then be required to return to their age-specific division.  The evaluation fee will not be refunded should this occur.  Please note, any under-age players successfully drafted to play up during the spring season are not eligible to play Summer All-Star tournament baseball in the over-age division nor their age-specific division.  The exception is only those aged 10 drafted to Majors will be eligible to return to Minors for the All-Star team.  This is based on Little League International tournament play rules. 

Two-year underage players are not considered eligible to play up nor are players from T-Ball.

Friend requests are not accommodated at any draft-eligible division.  One reciprocated friend request will be considered at the T-ball and Coach Pitch levels only, as indicated elsewhere on the NWLL web site.