Spring Baseball Programs
Palo Alto Little League offers a wide range of age and skill-based programs. Our goal is to create a fun, supportive atmosphere where kids not only learn baseball, but also learn teamwork, resilience, hard work, and the joy of being on a team with old friends and new ones! Click on any of the pictures below to learn more about our spring divisions.
The Whiffle Ball League is an entry-level league that is a fun, easy way to get your 4 year-old or young 5 outside and experiencing baseball. Your little one will have a great time while learning the basics of hitting, throwing, and catching and playing a fun game. The Whiffle Ball League plays just once a week for 45 minutes.
The Tee-Ball League is for beginning players 5 and 6 years old. Play is on a small diamond, and hitters use a tee and "safety" baseballs for an exciting batting and fielding experience every outing! Your young one will experience being on a team and the thrill of playing friendly games against other Palo Alto teams. Coaches focus on fun and teaching basic skills: throwing, catching, running, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
The Coach Pitch League is primarily for players 7 years old. 6 year olds with a previous season of Tee-Ball and 8 year olds may request to play in the league. Game play involves a coach pitching to his or her own players from a close distance. The level of play is intended to be more competitive than Tee-Ball, but still focused on fun and basic skill building.
The AA League (formerly Machine Pitch) is for 8 year olds with a previous season of Coach Pitch progressing to additional basic instructional training and is played upon a 60-foot diamond. The AA League employs a mechanical pitching machine operated by an adult to deliver pitches to batters during game play.
The AAA (Kid Pitch) League is for 9 and 10 year olds progressing to additional basic instructional training and is played upon a 60-foot diamond. 9 year olds may request playing in AA. Players are placed in this league after attending a skills evaluation if they are not drafted to PCL or Majors. The AAA League introduces kids pitching to opponents and falling back to coaches pitching if necessary to maintain the pace of the game.
PCL (Pacific Coast League)
This is a more competitive division with an instructional goal of preparing the players for the Majors division. The majority of players in this division are 9 and 10 year olds with some 11 and 12 year olds not drafted onto a Majors division team. PCL instruction focuses on more advanced fundamentals. Players go through a pre-season evaluation and are drafted onto teams by managers. Players may be "called up" to the Majors prior to or during the season to fill vacancies. Scores and standings are kept.
At the end of the regular season, all PCL teams participate in the Palo Alto city tournament that extends beyond the regular season. After the Palo Alto PCL city tournament has concluded, a subset of players are invited to represent the Palo Alto All-Star team in an All-Star tournament within District 52.
Majors is the most competitive division of Little League baseball and is split into two leagues – National and American. Once a player is drafted into one of the leagues, they will remain in their respective league for the rest of their Little League experience. Players aged 9-12 are eligible to be drafted into Majors after attending a tryout. Players not drafted onto a Majors division team will be placed into the PCL pool.
At the end of the regular season, Majors teams participate in a Palo Alto Majors city tournament that extends beyond the regular season.
National/American Interleague play. While the PALL Majors division is split into two leagues (National/American), each team will play every other team, irrespective of which league they are in. Additionally, the City Playoff Tournament will include teams from both National/American leagues. The key distinction between the National/American league teams is for All-Star purposes, with each league required to field its All-Star team with players selected from their respective league only.
50/70 offers players who have "aged out" of Little League Majors a chance to keep enjoying baseball, advance their skills and play with full baseball rules including leading off base. It's a great step for players to take prior to the 60/90 diamond of Babe Ruth and High School. The game utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. Teams play against other local bay area teams.