Spring Baseball Programs

Spring 2023 Programs

Palo Alto Little League offers a wide range of age- and skill-based programs. We welcome first-time players and 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.

Click on any of the pictures below to learn more about our spring divisions and which program is right for your 4- to 15-year-old girl or boy. Questions? Email registration@pabaseball.org

 

Register 4- to 12-year-old players: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/338099

Register 13- to 15-year-old players: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/344584

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Wiffle Ball is an entry-level program that is a fun, easy way to get your 4-year-old or young 5 in Pre-K or TK 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.

Practices and Games: Wiffle Ball games are on Sundays and last 45 minutes. A parent or guardian must be present throughout each session.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023; play starts in March.

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The T-Ball Division is for beginning players in kindergarten. Play is on a small diamond, and hitters use a tee and "safety" baseballs for an exciting batting and fielding experience at 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.

Practices and Games: Teams practice once per week Monday through Friday at 4:30 P.M. or 6:00 P.M. The weekly one-hour practice schedules are determined by team managers after teams are formed in late February. Teams play one game per week on Saturdays, at various starting times.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023., and practices start in March.

Questions? Contact agent_tball@pabaseball.org.

 

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The Coach Pitch Division is primarily for players in the first grade and for those in the second grade who request to play at the Coach Pitch level. 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 T-Ball but is still focused on fun and basic skill building.

Practices and games: Practices are on either Mondays or Wednesdays and games on either Tuesday or Thursday and every Saturday. Schedules are determined after teams are formed in late February.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023; play starts in March.

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The AA Division (formerly Machine Pitch) is for second graders and for 9-year-olds with limited previous experience. Players progress to additional basic instructional training, and the game is played on a 60-foot diamond. The AA League uses a mechanical pitching machine operated by an adult to deliver pitches to batters during game play.

Practices and Games: AA teams usually play two games per week at Greer Park. One of the games is a weekday evening game and one game is on Saturday. Teams usually have one weekday field evening practice at Greer Park and one batting practice at Middlefield Field per week. Details vary by team and will be finalized when teams are formed.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023; play starts in March.

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The AAA Division is a kid pitch league for 9- and 10-year-olds. They are progressing with additional instructional training and play on a 60-foot diamond. (9-year-olds with limited experience may request to play at the AA level.) Players are placed in this league after attending a skills evaluation.

AAA is the default league for 9-year-old players.

The AAA League introduces kids pitching to opponents; as a fallback, coaches pitch when necessary to maintain the pace of the game.

Practices and Games: AAA teams usually play two games per week at Greer Park. One of the games is a weekday evening game and one game is on Saturday. Teams usually have one weekday field evening practice at Greer Park and one batting practice at Middlefield Field per week. Details vary by team and will be finalized when teams are formed.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023; play starts March.

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PCL (Minor League)
This is a more competitive division with an instructional goal of preparing players for the Majors division. The majority of players in this division are 10- and 11-year-olds with a few 9-year-olds and 12-year-olds. PCL instruction focuses on more advanced fundamentals. Scores and standings are kept.

PCL is the default league for 10-year-old players and for 11-year-olds who do not play in Majors.

Players go through a pre-season evaluation and are drafted onto teams by managers.

At the end of the regular season, all PCL teams participate in the Palo Alto PCL city tournament. After the tournament, a subset of players are invited to represent the Palo Alto Little League All-Star team in the 11u  All-Star tournament in District 52.

Practices and Games: PCL teams usually play two games per week at either Middlefield Ballpark or Hoover Park. One of the games is a weekday evening game and one a Saturday game. PCL teams usually have one weekday field evening practice and one batting practice per week. Details vary by team and will be finalized when teams are formed.  If you have time conflicts, please be sure to note them when registering--managers will do their best to honor requests.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 1, 2023; play starts Feb. 11, 2023. There is a mandatory tryout and skills evaluation on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 4-5, 2023.

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Majors League
Majors is the most competitive and advanced division of preteen Little League baseball. Players aged 10 to 12 are eligible to be drafted into Majors after attending a skills evaluation. Players not drafted onto a Majors division team are placed into the PCL draft pool.

Majors is the default league for 12-year-old players.

At the end of the regular season, Majors teams participate in a Palo Alto Majors city tournament. After the 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 and, if successful, all the way to Williamsport, PA.

Practices and Games: Majors usually play two games per week at Middlefield Ballpark: one game in the early evening (typically, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) and one game every Saturday. During the season, most teams practice one day per week and have batting practice once every week--but this is at the manager's discretion.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 1, 2023; play starts Feb. 11, 2023. There is a mandatory tryout and skills evaluation on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 4-5, 2023.

For Spring 2023, we will accept registrations for both Intermediate (50/70) and Junior (54/80) divisions. It is likely, however, that there will be only Juniors teams this year.

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Intermediate (50/70) offers players 13-year-old players, who have "aged out" of Little League Majors, a chance to keep enjoying baseball, to advance their skills, and to play using true 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.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 15, 2023. Play begins in mid March.

Juniors (54/80) is designed for players 12-14 years of age (as of Aug. 31, 2022) and play on a larger, 80-foot base path field. It's the perfect next step for baseball. Those who have "aged out" of 12-year-old Little League or 50/70 can register for Juniors and play baseball at the next level of skill and size.

Key Dates: Registration closes on Feb. 1, 2023. Play begins in mid March.

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