The families of our young players often inquire about how to choose the correct division when signing up for Glendora National Little League. Our registration system will automatically select the division/s your player qualifies for based on their age. The information below is intended to provide assistance for those families. This document is for guidance only and does not supersede or amend the official rules of Little League Baseball or GNLL's Local Rules.
"League Age"" The Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child as of August 31 of the current year. See the Little League Age Chart or use the Official Little League Age Calculator to quickly determine your child's League Age.
League Ages 4, 5, and 6 (for new players). This is where all new players should start. RIF Safety baseballs are used in this division. The ball is placed on a tee for all players during the first half of the season. For the second half of the season, a parent or coach may soft toss three (3) balls to a batter. If the ball is not put in play, a tee is used. This division is intended to be purely for fundamental baseball instruction and fun. This is a non-competitive division. Games are not scored and standings are not kept.
Single A / Machine Pitch
League Ages 6, 7 and 8. This division may be appropriate for some advanced League Age 5 players who are able to play catch well and hit a ball thrown from the mound more than half of the time. Standard Little League baseballs are used in this division. A Blue Flame machine is used to throw baseballs from immediately in front of the mound for the entire season. During the first half of the season, a batter is "out" after 8 pitches. During the second half of the season, a batter is "out" after three swinging strikes or 8 pitches, whichever comes first. No scores or standings are kept for this division. This division is the final step before competitive baseball begins in AA.
League Ages 8, 9 and 10. Sometimes appropriate for advanced League Age 7 players who are highly proficient in playing catch and who can also defend themselves from hard-hit baseballs while playing in the infield. Players must try out and must be drafted on to AA teams. This is a competitive division. This is the first division where all games are scored and standings are kept. AA Baseball is "player-pitch" baseball and is played on a field with 60 foot base paths and a pitcher’s mound that is 46 feet from home plate. Players are drafted in rounds. Managers evaluate players at tryouts and draft accordingly.
League Ages 9, 10, and 11. Sometimes appropriate for League Age 12 players who are beginners or for whom it may be a safety risk to play in Majors. Players must try out and be drafted on to AAA teams and all games are scored. AAA Baseball is "player-pitch" baseball and is played on a field with 60 foot base paths and a pitcher’s mound that is 46 feet from home plate. Players are drafted in rounds. Managers evaluate players at tryouts and draft accordingly.
League Ages 11 and 12. Rarely appropriate for League Age 10 players. Players must try out and be drafted on to Majors teams. Majors Baseball is "player-pitch" baseball and is played on a field with 60 foot base paths and a pitcher’s mound that is 46 feet from home plate. Players are drafted in rounds. Managers evaluate players at tryout and draft accordingly.
League Ages 12 - 13. Utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. This division offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths). As a Competitive Division, the primary goals of Intermediate (50/70) Baseball are to provide the players a suitable vehicle to transition from traditional sized Little League Baseball fields to fields that will prepare players for most competitive arenas of Youth Baseball such as High School, Junior Little League and Senior Little League.
Frequently Asked Questions
GNLL frequently asked questions about registering, evaluations, divisions, equipment playing, volunteering sponsorships and more.
Q: Can anyone register to play with VPLL regardless of where they live?
A: Unfortunately, no. Per Little League International rules, only players who reside or go to school within VPLL’s boundary may register. Your child is eligible to play for VPLL if either your home or school address is within VPLL’s boundaries.
Q: What are Villa Park Little Leagues boundaries?
A: Villa Park Little League's boundaries include Villa Park and parts of Orange, CA. Orange areas include Serrano Heights, Mabury Ranch, homes located off Via Escola in Orange, the Olive area in Orange and extends as far west as the Santa Ana River. Visit the league boundaries page to confirm the address where your residence or school is located.
Q: What does the term "League Age" mean? How does Little League determine a child’s “League Age”?
A: A player’s “League Age” is not necessarily the same as their current age. You can determine your child’s League Age by using the Little League International age calculator. The player’s league age is critical in determining division assignment and All Star eligibility. Note: Age groups for each division are listed below (see Question 12).
Q: When is registration for the Spring season?
A: Registration typically opens during the first week of October and closes the beginning of January.
Q: Why does registration open so far in advance of the season?
A: Registrations opens early as the league needs to identify the number of potential players as early as possible in order to schedule enough fields, recruit and train enough managers and coaches, purchase insurance, etc. In addition, we are required to charter team counts and player registration data with Little League International prior to the Season.
Q: When is registration for the Fall season?
A: Registration typically opens during the first week of August and closes the middle of September.
Q: What is included in the registration fee?
A: Each player's registration fee includes players uniform (jersey and hat), snack bar tickets, paid umpires, player/team picture package and administrative costs to run the league (insurance, field permits, maintenance, upgrades, etc.).
Q: What levels of play are provided in Villa Park Little League?
A: We offer Tee Ball, Intermediate Single A, Advanced Rookie, AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate (50/70), Junior League (60/90), Senior League and Challenger Divisions. For more information on our divisions, see our Divisions of Play.
Q: Why are there tryouts and when will they be held? Does my child need to try out?
A: All registered players will be assigned to a team regardless of ability. With the exception of our T-ball Division, Single A and Rookie divisions, all players must tryout. Tryouts give managers an opportunity to evaluate and assess each player's skill level; this helps evenly distribute the talents pool and helps make sure we place our players in the correct division of play. Tryouts will test the basic hitting/fielding/throwing/running abilities of each player. Find out more about tryouts/evaluations.
Q: What should we bring to tryouts?
A: Come prepared to play baseball. Players will need to bring their own glove and wear plastic/rubber cleats. Players are also encouraged to bring their helmet and bat (only USA Baseball bats are permitted). Helmets and bats will be available for those players that do not bring them. A baseball hat and pants are recommended.
Q: What happens in the draft?
A: The draft is where the managers of the competitive divisions (AA, AAA, Majors) pick their teams for the season. Managers make their player selections based off of tryout notes and past seasons watching the players in the league. The draft is done to help maintain an even playing field among the various teams.
Q: Can I play with specific friends or for a specific manager/coach?
A: Friend and manager/coach requests can be made in the non-competitive and undrafted divisions (T-Ball, Single A, Rookie). For the competitive and drafted divisions (AA, AAA, Majors) friend and manager/coach requests cannot made in order maintain the competitive balance of teams.
When requested, VPLL makes every effort to arrange non-competitive teams (T-Ball, Single A, Rookie) based on friend and manager/coach requests, however based on the number of registered players for a division of play, it may not be possible in all situations. For the competitive divisions (AA, AAA, Majors), manager/coaches may "freeze" their kids to their team with Player Agent approval. Most requests are approved provided the competitive balance of all teams is maintained.
Friend or manager/coach requests can be sent to email@example.com. Requests must made prior to the close of registration and before teams are formed.
Q: I have two or more kids - can they play on the same team?
A: We make all reasonable efforts to ensure siblings are kept on the same team. Due to varying age/skill levels and the use of a draft to create teams, there is no guarantee the request will be accommodated but every effort is made. We cannot guarantee or place other familial relationships on the same team. Our primary mission is to have evenly matched teams determined by a fair draft process.
Sibling requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must made prior to the close of registration and before teams are formed.
Q: Can my child play up a division?
A: Yes, but players must attend tryouts/evaluations and be drafted for upper divisions (AA, AAA, Majors).
Q: Can my child play down a division?
A: Yes, players can play down a division as long as there are no safety concerns.
Q: My child has never played before? Will they be ok?
A: Yes. At VPLL we pride ourselves in affording each child, no matter what their experience level or lack thereof, the chance to learn the game of baseball by our league appointed Managers and approved volunteers. The best way to learn the game is to play!
Q: My child has special needs? Can they play at GNLL?
A: Unfortunately we no longer have a Challenger Division at GNLL. If you are interested in volunteering to start this division up again, please reach out to Eli at email@example.com
Q: What equipment / apparel does the league provide?
A: Jersey and hat will be provided by the league. Each team will have a set of catchers gear that the players can use. (Managers will be given all of the equipment they will need for the season).
Q: Who manages/coaches the teams?
A: Managers and Coaches are volunteers. They are mostly parents. All Managers, Coaches and Volunteers that have regular contact with players are required to complete a volunteer application and pass a background check.
Q: What kinds of bats are allowed?
A: Little League rules require that all non-wood and laminated baseball bats that are used in Little League Majors and below. Refer to the Official Little League site for all but rules and information. Visit USABAT.com for the full and up to date approved bat list.
Q: When does the season start?
A: Practices for the spring season may officially begin around mid January to late January with Opening Day taking place in late February each year.
Q: When does the season end?
A: The Spring season generally ends early to mid-may. The Machine Pitch Tournament and All Stars (league age 9-12) generally starts immediately after the regular season ends and finishes in July or August.
Q: How many times/week are games & practices?
A: For most divisions there will be about 2 - 3 team meetings per week (Example: 2 practices with 1 game, or 1 practice and 2 games). This can be increased in our older divisions and decreased in our lower divisions. For upper divisions, tournament time at the end of the season may have more practices and games.
Q: Where will practices be held?
A: Practices will be held at the Villa Park Little League Fields at Cerro Villa Middle School. Practice days and times are determined by each team's manager.
Q: Where are the games played?
A: Games are played at the Villa Park Little League Fields at Cerro Villa Middle School. Tournament and inter-league (AAA, Majors) may be played at visiting fields.
Q: Where can I find the rules for Little League baseball?
A: Little League Rules & Regulations can be found here. The rule set is updated each year before the spring season. In addition to Little League International's Rules, VPLL has local rules that do not supersede any rule that has been outlined by the official rules of Little League Baseball.
Q: Are parents expected to volunteer?
A: No, as a 100% volunteer-based league, we depend on volunteers to assist at every level including managers, coaches, board members, event organizers, schedulers, field maintenance, etc but it is not mandatory.
Q: Are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: We have a ton of volunteer opportunities at Villa Park Little League; whether it be Board members, managers, coaches, field duty, snack bar, team moms, score keepers, or umpires we are always on the lookout for great new volunteers to add to our team. Villa Park Little League is always accepting generous labor donations for various repairs, improvements, new additions, and upgrades. If you or your family can assist with carpentry, roofing, concrete, dirt work/grading, or landscape we would love to hear from you! All donations are tax deductible. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on current volunteer opportunities.
Q: What do I do if I want to be manager or coach? What if I've never managed or coached before?
A:Complete baseball knowledge is not required to help coach Little League; we will provide you with resources such as clinics, rule books, and website links to help make you a great coach. Email us for more information and fill out a volunteer Application or returning Volunteer Application.
Q: Any other questions or concerns?
Please email us at email@example.com.