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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palo Alto Little League
3672 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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