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Dec, 2019

2020 Spring Baseball & Softball Registration Open!

Below is a short explanation of each Baseball and Softball Division and season timeline employed by Elgin Classic Little League. Also included is a link to the Little League Age Calculator that we follow to determine ages.

The AAA, Major, Intermediate, and Junior Divisions for baseball and the Minor A, Major, and Junior Divisions for softball all require a player evaluation to ensure that player is in the correct division. Elgin Classic creates teams based on the skill level of its players - creating competitive balance between teams.

Player evaluations are TBA at a location to be determined.

Teams for most divisions will be chosen in late February to early March and practices start soon after depending on division and weather. Our Opening Day Ceremony at Wing Park will be held in late April.

Games for some of the older divisions start mid April but most division games start late April or early May. The season runs through May and June with Little League All-Stars tournaments in July.

If you are NOT sure about which division to place your child, make a best guess or reach out to a board member. We will make a final determination after your child is evaluated.

Register soon to take advantage of the early bird discount available through January 12! On January 13, all registration fees will increase by $25. Late fees will be applied after February 15th. Registration closes February 21st.

This year, treat tickets for all home games will be included in the registration fee for Tee Ball, AA, AAA, Majors Baseball, Minor B, Minor A, and Majors Softball.

Beginning this year, the non-volunteer fee will be $150, but no longer charged at registration. A check will be due at the time of uniform pick-up. We will hold on to the check and return to you at the last game of the season provided enough volunteer hours/events have been completed. More details will follow in the new year, but in general these events include managing, coaching, working as team parent, helping prep fields, assisting in the concession stand, and helping on Field Day as well as other opportunities. If the minimum number of volunteer hours/events has not been completed, checks will be cashed.

After reviewing the Baseball and Softball Divisions below you can log into (or register) your account at www.elginclassicll.com and register your child(ren).

BASEBALL

TEE BALL DIVISION - $45 ($70 after January 13)
4-6 Year Old Players

Tee Ball is for boys and girls, 4-6 years old, who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.

In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching.

The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

AA DIVISION - $150 ($175 after January 13)
Little League Age 6-8 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic AA Division is for 6 year boys and girls who have 1-2 years of Tee Ball experience and for 7 and 8 year old boys and girls with little or no baseball experience.

Hitters do face live pitching from other players, but coaches pitch half of the time. Scores and win-loss records are not kept except for an end-of-the-year fun tournament. Players are given opportunities to play all positions.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

AAA DIVISION - $175 ($200 after January 13)
Little League Age 8-10 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic AAA Division is for highly skilled and experienced 8 year old players and for 9 and 10 year old players. High skilled 10 year old players are encouraged to play in the Majors Division.

Coaches do not pitch in the AAA Division. Game scores and win-loss records are kept. Elgin Classic teams typically participate in metro division competing against other local Little League teams.

The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

MAJOR DIVISION - $200 ($225 after January 13)
Little League Age 10-12 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Major Division is for high skilled 10 year old players, 11 and 12 year old players. 11 and 12 year old players with NO baseball experience may need to play in the AAA Division for all or part of the season.

The Major Division is more competitive than AAA with Elgin Classic teams competing against teams from several other local Little Leagues. The regular season culminates in the Sperry Tournament which invites the top teams to participate at the end of June. The Major Division is also the age level of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Players will have a chance to earn a spot on our 12 year old Majors All Star team that will compete for a chance to advance to Williamsport.

The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION - $200 ($225 after January 13)
Little League Age 11-13 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Intermediate Division is for high skilled 11 year old players and for 12 and 13 year old players.

The Intermediate level provides a stepping stone to a full-sized baseball diamond. Balks are introduced into the game as well as lead-offs. Elgin Classic teams compete against teams from other local Little Leagues. The regular season culminates in the Hamms Tournament which invites the top teams to participate at the end of June.

The diamond used is a 70-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 50 feet.

JUNIOR DIVISION - $200 ($225 after January 13)
Little League Age 13-14 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Junior Division is for high skilled 13 year old players and for 14 year old players.

The diamond used is a 90-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 60 feet.

SENIOR DIVISION - $140 ($165 after January 13)
Little League Age 15-16 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Senior Division is for 15 and 16 year old players. The Senior Division does not begin until June due to IHSA rules regarding high school athletes participating in outside sports.

The diamond used is a 90-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 60 feet.

There is also opportunity from the Majors Division through Seniors for players who qualify for more than one division based on Little League Age to “Dual Roster” and play for two different teams in two different divisions. For example, a 12 year old may register and play for both a Majors team and an Intermediate team. He or she would receive a jersey for both teams and would be eligible to play games for both teams. Stay tuned for more information as well as discounted cost for a 2nd division.


SOFTBALL

MINOR B SOFTBALL DIVISION - $150 ($175 after January 13)
6-8 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Minor B Softball Division is comprised of league age 6-8 year old players who are new to softball and Little League. This is an instructional division.

All 6 year old players that play in the Minor B Division will have at least 1 year of T-Ball experience.

The Minor B division is an instructional and educational division.

MINOR A SOFTBALL DIVISION - $175 ($200 after January 13)
9-12 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Minor A Softball Division is comprised of league age 9-12 year old players who are either new to softball and Little League or only have a year or two of experience.

If a family requests that an 11 or 12 year old play down in the Minor A Division due to safety concerns, they will need approval from the League. An 11 or 12 year old that plays at this level will NOT be eligible for Majors All Stars.

MAJOR SOFTBALL DIVISION - $200 ($225 after January 13)
9-12 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Major Softball Division is comprised of league age 9-12 year old players who are experienced softball players looking for a competitive level of play.

9 year old players may be on a Majors team if they have received an approved waiver from Little League.

JUNIOR SOFTBALL DIVISION - $200 ($225 after January 13)
13-14 Year Old Players

The Elgin Classic Junior Softball Division is comprised of league age 13-14 year old players who are experienced softball players looking for a competitive level of play.

Click here for the Little League Age Calculator.