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Baseball fans all across America love to watch the Little League World Series, a tournament that takes place each August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania and is televised nationally by a major network.
Teams of 9-12 year old boys from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa compete on a “baseball diamond” that is clearly created for youngsters. In truth, Little League Baseball Field Dimensions are perfect for the age groups that play on them.
8 Little League Divisions
Little League baseball is played by boys and girls from age 4 all the way up to age 18. It is obvious, of course, that a four year old child needs to play on a field that is much, much smaller than the field needed to accommodate an 18 year old teenager.
There are actually 8 divisions in organized Little League baseball and, in virtually every division there are field dimensions that have been created specifically for the age group in that division.
This division is for very young children, aged 4-5. Youngsters play on a very small baseball diamond that does not include a pitching mound. They actually hit a baseball that has been placed on a tee at home plate.
The distance between bases is just fifty (50) feet. The game is non-competitive and this division exists as a way to introduce the sport to very young children and to teach them how to play it.
Youngsters that play in this division are age 7 to age 11. Rules allow local leagues to include boys or girls as young as age 6 to participate, as well. Field dimensions rules require that the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is just 46 feet.
The distance between each base is 60 feet and the outfield walls are generally just 200 feet from home plate. Local leagues have the option to extend the outfield walls, generally in centerfield, to 275 feet.
In this division, players get to participate in actual tournaments or “World Series. Boys and girls are eligible to play if they are age 9 to age 10. As is true for the “Minor League Division,” the pitcher’s mound is just 46 feet from home plate while the distance between each base measures a full sixty feet. Outfield walls are 200 feet from the batter’s box or home plate.
This is the division that plays in the world-famous “Little League World Series” that , as noted earlier, is televised nationally by a major network. Players are age 9 to age 12 although local leagues in the United States and around the world have the option of building their teams exclusively with kids that are ages 10, 11 and 12.
The field dimensions are identical to those used by younger players in other divisions. The pitcher’s mound is just 46 feet from home plate while the distance between bases is sixty feet. Outfield fences are reachable by the best hitters. They are just two hundred feet from the batter’s box.
This division was created in 2013 so that boys between the ages of 11 and 13 could play organized baseball. Unlike the divisions for younger players, this “intermediate league,” known as the “50/70 Division,” plays its games on a field that has the following dimensions.
The distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is a full fifty feet while the distance between each base is 70 feet. Outfield walls can extend to as much as 300 feet from the batter’s box.
Here, at last, is a Little League Division that enables players to perform on a “pro-style” baseball field. Participants are age 13 to age 14 and the infield mirrors the dimensions of Yankee Stadium or any other venue used by professional baseball teams.
That means that the pitcher’s mound is 60’6” from home plate and the distance between bases is 90 feet. Outfield walls, while not quite as far from home plate as those found in major league baseball parks, still extend about 300 feet from the batter’s box.
Players in this division are age 14 to age 16. They are, of course, physically stronger than boys that play in the younger divisions. As might be expected, these “Little League performers” play baseball on a full-sized baseball diamond. The distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is 60’6” while the distance between bases is 90 feet.
Those are major league dimensions, but boys in this age group are strong enough to compete on fields this large. They are even able to blast home runs over the outfield walls that are 300 feet or more from home plate.
This division features players that are age 16 to age 18. That makes them “big Little League performers.” So it should come as no surprise that games in this division include a pitcher’s mound that is 60’6” from home plate, bases that are ninety feet apart and outfield walls that stand 300 feet or more from the batter’s box.
This division has an annual World Series and local leagues have the option of choosing players from different squads to create an “all Star team” to compete in the big tournament.
There is even a “Challenger Program” for young boys and girls that are physically and/or intellectually challenged. Field dimensions for this division are generally small and games are non-competitive. Of course, all Little League fields include dugouts that are protected by walls or screens.
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