Little League International approves age changes for tournament ball

Item 8 (2016 Implementation) – Affects Tournament Player Eligibility – Baseball and Softball 9-10, 10-11, and 11-12 Year Old Divisions

Player Eligibility

Players are eligible for Tournament Play, provided they meet the criteria established by the Little League “Residency and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement,” “Participation In Other Programs” and the following:

9-10 Year Old DivisionAny player League Age 8, 9, or 10, with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible player in 60 percent (60%) of the regular season games as of June 15, with the exception of the school season, on a:

1. Little League (Major) Division team, or;
2. Minor League team.

Little League (Major) DivisionAny player League Age 10, 11, or 12, with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible player in 60 percent (60%) of the regular season games as of June 15 on a Little League (Major) Division team, with the exception of the school season.

Synopsis: This would provide participants three years of eligibility for the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 Divisions of the International Tournament. This would also provide local leagues additional flexibility in their player selection.


Item 9 (2016 Implementation) – Affects Tournament Team Practice – All Divisions of Baseball and Softball

Try-outs or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 1. Tournament team practice may only take place against other teams within the same or contiguous districts in the same division, providing such practice is done out of uniform. [The Little League group accident insurance program underwritten by an AIG member company for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 1.]

Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privileges by the Tournament Committee.

Synopsis: This would change the requirement for tournament team try-outs and practices solely to June 1.

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