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Vienna Little League

Vienna Little League

About VLL

Vienna Little League (VLL) is an all-volunteer organization serving more than 1,000 boys and girls each year.  VLL is chartered by Little League International (LLI) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which mandates most of the rules that govern how we operate.

Players can participate in VLL from age 4 through age 13. In those 10 years, players can experience up to 7 levels of play from Tee Ball to the Intermediate Division. Here are descriptions of the divisions of play.

Director-Formed Divisions

VLL’s Director-Formed Divisions, primarily for players ages 4-9, are developmental levels ranging from tee ball to advanced coach pitch. To the extent possible, team formation considers teammate, schoolmate, and/or neighborhood requests, while leaving room for teams to welcome new families every season. No scores or standings are kept, promoting a focus on skill development, playing time equity, and good sportsmanship.

Tee Ball is primarily for League Age 4 and 5 players, with some beginners who are League Age 6. Teams have a 60-minute practice during the week, and a 60-minute game on Saturday. All players bat once every inning and an emphasis is placed on playing multiple positions in the field during the game.

Rookie is primarily for League Age 6 and 7 players, with some novice players who are League Age 8. This is our introductory coach-pitch level, with the use of a batting tee when needed to promote good pace of play. Teams have a 60-minute practice during the week, and a 75-minute game on Saturday. All players bat once every inning and an emphasis is placed on playing multiple positions in the field during the game.

Single A is primarily for League Age 8 players, with a limited number of experienced League Age 7 and newer League Age 9 players. Each week, teams typically have a 60-minute weekday practice and play two 6-inning/2-hour games (one weekday, one on Saturday). Play is exclusively coach pitch and introduces the concept of 3 outs per inning (as opposed to Rookie, where every player bats every inning). Minimum play requirements are prescribed so players gain experience at multiple field positions.

Draft-Eligible Divisions

VLL offers competitive play in the AA, AAA, and Majors divisions, where scores and standings are kept during the Spring Season. These divisions are kid-pitch with some modified rules at the AA and AAA levels to promote pace of play and introduce advanced concepts for older players. Teams are formed via draft and, as a result, do not consider teammate, schoolmate, or carpool requests. All age-eligible players must attend a tryout to be in the player draft pool.

AA is primarily for League Age 9 players, with a limited number of experienced League Age 8 and newer League Age 10 players. This is our introductory kid pitch level, with some modified rules to promote pace of play. AA teams typically have a 90-minute practice during the week and play two 6-inning/2-hour games (one weekday, one on Saturday). To further skill development, all players remain in the batting order throughout the game and minimum play requirements are prescribed so players gain experience at multiple field positions. All AA teams compete in the Town Tournament held in early June, and 1-2 selected teams represent VLL in the annual Cervenak Championship with neighboring Leagues.

AAA is primarily for League Age 10 players, with a limited number of experienced League Age 9 and newer League Age 11 players. This is our experienced kid pitch level.  AAA teams typically have activities 4 times per week: a 90-minute field practice, a 60- batting practice, and two 6-inning/2-hour games (one weekday, one on Saturday). To further skill development, all players remain in the batting order throughout the game and minimum play requirements are prescribed so players gain experience at multiple field positions. All AAA teams compete in the Town Tournament held in early June, and 1-2 selected teams represent VLL in the annual Cervenak Championship with neighboring Leagues.

Majors is the highest level of competition in Vienna Little League. Teams include League Age 11 and 12 players along with advanced League Age 10 (limit 2 per team). Once a player is drafted to a Majors team, the player remains on that team through his/her 12-year-old season. Majors teams typically have activities 5-6 times per week, including 2-3 field practices, batting practice, and 2 games (one during the week, one on Saturday). Nine players are in the batting order, with substitutes guaranteed minimum play of 1 at bat and 3 defensive innings in the field. The top 4 teams in each league (American League and National League) compete in the Town Tournament held in early June.

Intermediate Division

Intermediate Division is designed for players League Age 13 to help with their transition to the 60/90 “big field.” Play takes place on a 50/70 field, with advanced concepts of leads, pickoffs, and balks. Intermediate teams typically practice 1-2 times per week and compete in weekly games against other Little Leagues in Northern Virginia.

Challenger Division

Challenger Division, offered by VLL since 1989, is for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges to play adaptive baseball in a supportive, nurturing, and fun environment at NO COST to our families. Challenger players may begin participating in the program at age 4.  The Challenger season runs from Opening Day (April) through the first weekend in June. Games are played on Sunday afternoons. Our VLL Majors teams and local high school players volunteer and provide on-field coaching support throughout the season. No experience necessary. Players will participate in skill development as well as play in a 3-inning game where every player gets to hit the ball (tee or coach pitch), run the bases, and score a run. The games are very fun and everyone has a great time. Basic adaptations are implemented where need be. Parents can watch from the stands or participate on the field. The first game of the season immediately follows the VLL opening day ceremonies at Yeonas Park around 11 a.m. All subsequent games are generally played on Sundays at 1:00 PM on Nance Field at Yeonas Park.

 

Contact

Vienna Little League
P.O. Box 61 
Vienna, Virginia 22183

Email: [email protected]

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