Western Little League, Cardinal Run Park, Lexington,KY

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WESTERN LITTLE LEAGUE LOCAL RULES

Western follows the Little League Baseball® age determination rules. Current rules indicate August 31 as the cut off date for ages during our spring and fall seasons. Ages for the fall season are based on the spring season that follows. Use the Little League Age Calculator to determine the appropriate age division for your child. However, we follow the April 30 cut off date for ages during summer baseball in non-sanctioned Little League tournaments, as that is the local standard in the Lexington area. For any questions, please email or with any questions.


SPRING SEASON 
The spring season is a traditional competitive season. Division standings are kept, there are playoff tournaments in each of the divisions, and teams finishing first and second in their division (both regular season and during the playoffs) are given trophies at the end-of-the-year closing ceremonies. During the spring season, teams typically play 2-3 times a week, including practices and games on Saturdays. The league doesn't schedule regular games or practices on Sunday, though games canceled due to inclement weather may be rescheduled on those days.

EVALUATIONS
Intermediate, Minors, and Rookie Division players are placed on teams using a draft. All coaches from the respective divisions attend tryouts.
Siblings playing in the same division are placed on the same team to make it easier on parents. If you have any questions regarding tryouts, please email the appropriate division coordinator. They will gladly answer your specific questions regarding your situation.


FALL SEASON
The fall season is focused on teaching fundamentals and player development. The league will incorporate camps and clinics to help improve player skill levels. The emphasis is development. Each player will automatically be grouped by age, unlike the Spring Season where you may have to attend an evaluation. If a parent really wants their child to “play up” in an age division based on his/her skill level, it must be requested on the registration form. All games are played on week nights, with weekends off. Ages are based on the upcoming spring season.


SUMMER SEASON
The summer season is for players who want to play at a more advanced, competitive level. Each age group 6-years-old and up has at least one team; some of have two teams. Players at each age level must try out and the coaches of each team select players at their own discretion. Teams generally practice multiple times per week and then compete in local and regional weekend tournaments, starting in mid-June through the end of July. Western may also form teams to compete in Little Little sanctioned tournaments. Our team won the 2017 Kentucky State Intermediate Tournament in our first year of Intermediate Division play. Registration for the summer season is completely separate from either the spring or fall seasons. Questions cans be sent to .   


AGE DIVISIONS FOR SPRING AND FALL SEASONS


Intermediate: Age 11-13
Advances Little League baseball by preparing players for the next level: pitchers thrown from 50 feet, bases are 70 feet apart and players can lead off, and games consist of 7 innings. Questions can be sent to .


Minors:  Ages 9-10 
Prepares players to move up to the Intermediate Division. Coaches start to work on individual skills such as hitting, defense and pitching. Games consist of six innings. This level introduces players to kid pitch. Players are allowed to steal bases and learn the art of base running.  Questions can be sent to  .

Rookie: Ages 7-8
Allows players to grow after Teeball. Coaches pitch to kids so they can learn to see the ball coming out of a pitcher’s hand. They learn to follow the ball all the way into the catcher’s mitt. They learn the fundamentals of the game such as fielding, hitting, throwing and defense. Games last six innings and all players bat and 10 play in the field. Questions can be sent to  .

Teeball: Ages 4-6
Lets children and parents have the experience of learning a game together. Teeball will introduce children to running bases, hitting off of a tee, fielding balls and catching popups. Games last one hour and we do keep score. All children play in the field and bat. A safety ball is used at this level and all children wear a batting helmet when hitting and running bases.  Players may request a coach/team at this level. In seasons where there are enough registrants, a separate "weeball" division may be created for 4- and 5-year-olds. Questions can be sent to  .