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Viera Suntree Little League Est.1997

Viera Suntree Little League

Description of Divisions

Division Age
(Yrs)
 Practice  & Game Days / Times  Description of
Division & Division Expectations
Required EquipmentAll Star Eligible
 T-BALL  4-6 Practices are weeknight from 5-6 pm on the TBall field.

There can also be a Saturday practice until the start of the season's games. 

Games are held on Saturdays.
T-Ball is a program that sets the foundation for a child’s learning of baseball.  The number one priority is to provide the best baseball experience possible for each and every player. 
It is our mission to create a positive, organized, enjoyable, environment that promotes a love of the game. 
 

During the season your child will have 5 main goals:

1. Learning the basic rules – the right direction to run when the ball is hit; runners must touch bases; how to record outs (catch the ball in the air, throw to first, or tag the runners); running past first base, scoring a run; three outs constitute an inning.

2. Throwing mechanics – turn the body so that the front shoulder points toward the target; keep the elbow above the shoulder; step toward the target with the non-throwing foot and release the ball.

3. Tracking – follow the ball with the eyes to the glove, whether on the ground or in the air; use 2 hands to catch and field; try to catch the ball out in front of the body.

4. Hitting – how to hold and swing the bat; batting safety (when not to swing bats, wearing helmets); hitting off a tee; hitting softly tossed pitches.

5. Learning positional play – If the ball is hit to your buddy let him/her field it; learn the positions and the area each player should cover.

A glove, with a helmet and bat being optional.

Children MUST wear sneakers or molded cleats for their own safety.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players can chose to wear baseball pants in the Fall.  
NO
 BASEBALL

Minors "A"



 5-8 
Prior to staring games:
2 practices per week
(1 weekday & 1 weekend)  
-Weekday Practices start at 5PM.  
- Weekend Practices are either 9, 11, 1, or 3PM.  
- All practices last for 1 hour 30 minutes

After Games Start:
- 1 Weekday practice starting at 5PM
- 1 Weekday game starting at 5PM
- 1 Weekend game starting at either 9, 11, 1, or 3PM. 
- All Games last 1 hour 45 min

"A" players continue to learn fundamentals to basics. This is a MACHINE PITCH division.

No scores or standings are kept.  Players are given 6 "pitches" and if no hit is obtained it is a strike out. 

In this division, instruction is provided to improve throwing skills, catcher skills, and batting skills.  Players are placed in "positions" on the field and taught basic baseball rules.

The teams increase their instruction as the season progresses in preparation for pitcher and catcher position when moving up to AA .

Every player bats and is rotated into all fielding positions in the game. This is a continual batting order division with a max of 10 players on the field (4 outfielders). 
A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, molded cleats and batter's helmet. Athletic cups are suggested but only required for catchers. 

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season. 
      NO
 Minors "AA" 7-9Games are played on Tuesdays (5:00 pm start) and Saturdays (varied times dependent on number of teams).  

Practices can occur on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and some Saturdays until the start of the season.

Weeknight practices begin at 5:00 pm.. 

Game times during the week are at 5pm. 

Saturday games vary based on the league schedule.
Minors AA (Kid Pitch) is a modified kid pitch division. 

Players at this level should be able to catch the ball, know the positions, know the difference between safe and out, what constitutes an inning, the difference between a force and tag play, the difference between fair and foul balls, how to take a batting stance without assistance, and how to run the bases (run through first, stop on second, stop on third, run through home plate).


Pitchers are allowed to throw up to 40 pitches a game. 

After a pitcher walks three hitters in one inning, the offensive team's coach comes in to pitch the remainder of the inning. 

Outside of the rules that govern the use of pitchers, the rules are generally the same as Minors A. 

There is NO base stealing at this level. 
A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, batter's helmet, molded cleats and athletic cup (males).

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season. 
NO
 Minors "AAA" 8-11 Practices and games are held on weeknights starting at 6:30 PM and SaturdaysAAA is just a step below Majors and is a "draft' level division.

A child should have experience in baseball.  All players are REQUIRED to complete a player assessment in January. Then, managers draft players to form teams. The draft is supervised by the division VP, Player Agent, and League President.

The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitching preparedness, live batting and aggressive base running. We strive to prepare the entire team to pitch and catch in this division.

At the end of the Spring season, there is a AAA tournament with full Little League rules.  This is a great introduction to those looking to move up to competitive divisions.
A player must provide a fielding glove, helmet, bat, molded cleats, and athletic cup (males).

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, belt, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniform include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season. 
YES
 Majors 9-12 Practice is generally 2 times per week, between 6 - 8:30 PM.

Games are typically set on Tuesday and Friday Nights.

There is no time limit. 
The Majors Division is a "draft" level division and is our most advanced competitive division. It is oriented for experienced player's league age 11 and 12; however, league age 9 and 10 players are eligible to be drafted to a Majors team.

All players are REQUIRED to complete a player assessment in January. Then, managers draft players to form teams. The draft is supervised by the division VP, Player Agent, and League President.

Players pitch and Little League substitution rules are applied for 9 batters in the lineup. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept.

This level focuses on more advanced player and skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds, harder hit balls and the overall pace of a game is much faster.

Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. 

At the end of the season, all of the teams in the division play in an in-house tournament to determine the best team in the division.

After the tournament, the teams will compete in a county tournament against other Major Division teams from across Brevard to determine the best team in the county.  
A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, molded cleats, athletic cups (males)and batter's helmet.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, belt, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season. 
YES
 Intermediate (50/70)11-13 Games are played on Sundays, which are double headers. 

Practice is "as available". 
The division is a transitional program using 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

This division plays 7 inning games. A "draft" may be held dependent on the number of players registered for the division.

This is division is a supplement division to Majors and Juniors. Therefore, players only playing in 50/70 might not practice during the week due to time conflicts with Majors or Juniors practices.

Teams play other Little League Organizations in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, as well to our home 50/70 field at Suntree Fields.

This division does have its own All-Star team. Players can only participate on one All-Star team during tournament play (ie players can no participate on Juniors AND 50/70.)

 A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, molded or metal cleats, athletic cups (males)and batter's helmet.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, belt, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season.
 YES
 Juniors12- 14 Practice is twice a week (6:30-8:30 PM)

Once games begin practice is 1 time per week with 2 games. 
Juniors uses a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

In this division, players can lead off bases for the first time and can steal at any time. This division plays 7 inning games.

Depending on the number of registered players,  a draft might be used to create teams.

Teams are scheduled to play other leagues in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, and home games at Viera Regional Park.
 A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, molded or metal cleats, athletic cups (males)and batter's helmet.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, belt, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season.
YES 
 Seniors13- 16Practice is twice a week (6:30-8:30 PM)

Once games begin practice is 1 time per week with 2 games. 
Seniors use conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

This division is a continuation of the Juniors with the same rules, practice schedule and games.

A player MUST provide the following equipment: a fielding glove, bat, molded or metal cleats, athletic cups (males)and batter's helmet.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring Season (pants, belt, socks, jersey and hat).

Fall uniforms include hat and jersey. Players must provide their own baseball pants during the fall season.
 YES
SOFTBALL

 Minors
(Coach Pitch or CP)



 4-7

Practices are held on weeknights on the Softball field from 5-6pm. There can also be a Saturday practice until the start of the season's games. 

Games are held on any day of the week.

Minors CP is a program that sets the foundation for a child’s learning of Softball.  The number one priority is to provide the best softball experience possible for each and every player. 


It is our mission to create a positive, organized, enjoyable, environment that promotes a love of the game.  

Scores are not kept. When 5 runs are scored, or 3 outs are recorded the inning is over.  No standings are kept.

Players are placed in "positions" on the field and taught basic softball rules. The teams increase their instruction as the season progresses in preparation for the Minors Kid Pitch Division.

There is no base stealing at the Minors CP Level.

During the season your child will have 6 main goals:
1. Learning the basic rules – the right direction to run when the ball is hit; runners must touch bases; how to record outs (catch the ball in the air, throw to first, or tag the runners); running past first base, scoring a run; three outs constitute an inning.

2. Throwing mechanics – turn the body so that the front shoulder points toward the target; keep the elbow above the shoulder; step toward the target with the non-throwing foot and release the ball.

3. Tracking – follow the ball with the eyes to the glove, whether on the ground or in the air; use 2 hands to catch and field; try to catch the ball out in front of the body.

4. Hitting – how to hold and swing the bat; batting safety (when not to swing bats, wearing helmets); hitting off a tee; hitting softly tossed pitches.

5. Learning positional play – If the ball is hit to your buddy let him/her field it; learn the positions and the area each player should cover.

6. Basic Pitching – Each player will be given some basic pitching instructions. This will be more to prepare the players for the Minors Kid Pitch Division.

Teams are scheduled to play other leagues in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, and home games at Viera Regional Park.
 
A glove, with a helmet and bat being optional.

Girls MUST wear sneakers or cleats for their own safety.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring Season (pants, socks, and a sleeveless jersey).

Fall uniforms consist of a jersey only. In the Fall, players will be asked to wear either white pants or black pants. 
 NO
 Minors
(Kid Pitch
or KP)
 8-10 Practice is generally 2 times per week, between 6 - 8:30 PM.

Games are typically set on any night during the week and 1 Saturday game.
"KP" players continue to learn fundamentals to basics. 

Pitching rubber is 35’ to home plate.

Scores are kept. When 5 runs are scored, or 3 outs are recorded the inning is over.  No standings are kept.

In this division, instruction is provided to improve throwing skills, catcher skills, and batting skills. 

Every player bats and is rotated into any of the fielding positions in the game. This is a "continual batting order division" with a max of 10 players on the field (4 outfielders).

Players at this level should be able to field, catch, and throw the ball with accuracy across the field or from the outfield to the infield.

The players should know the positions, know the difference between safe and out, what constitutes an inning, the difference between a force and tag play. The players should know the difference between fair and foul balls. 

When batting, they should know how to take a batting stance without assistance, and how to run the bases (run through first, stop on second, stop on third, run through home plate).

Pitching rules are governed by Little League. There are no pitch counts kept in Softball, but Little League has very specific rules for Pitchers in Softball. 

Minors Kid Pitch is just a step below Majors and is a "draft" level division.

A child should have experience in softball to play at the Minors KP Division.

All players are REQUIRED to complete a player assessment in January. Then, managers draft players to form teams. The draft is supervised by the division VP, Player Agent, and League President.

The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of softball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitching preparedness, live batting and aggressive base running. We strive to prepare the entire team to pitch and catch in this division.

Teams are scheduled to play other leagues in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, and home games at Viera Regional Park.

 A glove, with a helmet and bat being optional.

Girls MUST wear molded cleats for their own safety.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, and a sleeveless jersey).

Fall uniforms consist of a sleeveless jersey only. In the Fall, players will be asked to wear either white or black pants.


 YES
 Majors 11-12 Practice is generally 2 times per week, between 6 - 8:30 PM.

Games are typically set on any night during the week and 1 Saturday game. There is no time limit. 
The Majors Division is a "draft" level division and is our most advanced competitive division. It is oriented for experienced player's league age 11 and 12.

All players are REQUIRED to complete a player assessment in January. Then, managers draft players to form teams. The draft is supervised by the division VP, Player Agent, and League President.


Players pitch and Little League substitution rules are applied for 9 batters in the lineup. The standard nine softball defensive positions are used and scores are kept.

This level focuses on more advanced player and skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds; harder hit balls and the overall pace of a game is much faster.

Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Softball.

Pitching rubber is 40’ to home plate.

Teams are scheduled to play other leagues in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, and home games at Viera Regional Park.

A glove, with a helmet and bat being optional.

Girls MUST wear molded cleats for their own safety.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, and a sleeveless jersey).

Fall uniforms consist of a sleeveless jersey only. In the Fall, players will be asked to wear either white pants or black pants.


 YES
      
 Juniors 13-14 Practice is twice a week (6:00-8:00 PM)


Once games begin practice is 1 time per week with 2 games. 


In Juniors, the pitching rubber is 43’ to home plate.


Aside from the distance from the rubber to home plate, the rules between Majors and Juniors are generally the same.

Teams are scheduled to play other leagues in Brevard County, which requires travel to their fields, and home games at Viera Regional Park.


A glove, with a helmet and bat being optional.

Girls MUST wear molded cleats for their own safety.

Complete uniforms are provided during the Spring season (pants, socks, and a sleeveless jersey).

Fall uniforms consist of a sleeveless jersey only. In the Fall, players will be asked to wear either white pants or black pants.


 YES
Challenger 5-18 Practice 1 time per week and 1 game per weekend (Usually on Sundays)Little League established the Challenger Division in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball. 

VSLL fielded its first Challenger team in Spring 2007. The Challenger Division utilizes other players from VSLL as “buddies” for the Challenger. Each Challenger player is paired with their "buddy", who helps them hit, field and run the bases. 

Registration for this division is free of charge. 

  
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