The mission of Fort Hunt Little League is to provide a quality youth baseball program for the Fort Hunt community. Fort Hunt Little League is intended to provide boys and girls with the opportunity to experience baseball in an atmosphere that encourages a

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DIVISIONS OF PLAY

Fort Hunt Little League provides age-appropriate instruction in encouraging and supportive settings and is dedicated to promoting a love of the great game of baseball, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

FHLL provides player equipment; parents are responsible for baseball gloves, pants and shoes. Athletic cleats are recommended but not required. Athletic cups are recommended for all players and are mandatory for catchers.

T-BALL Divisions - Ages 4-6

Batters Learn to Hit Off a Tee. Advanced players Hit from Coach soft toss.  T-Ball Teams are formed in accordance with parent requests.

Objectives: Develop a love of the game. Players learn the rules of the game, names of defensive positions, base running, strikes and outs and are instructed in basic throwing, catching and hitting. Focus is on fun and playing with friends.

Rules Governing Play: Games are three innings or about one hour and are usually played weeknights at Waynewood Recreation Association fields or at other fields as may be assigned. All players bat every inning. No outs are recorded. All players play the field every inning.

Parent Support: During games, parent support is needed as coaches: two in the outfield, two as base coaches and one at the Tee to coach batters. 

Ages: Calendar Age 4 (age 4 before Aoril 1) and Baseball Ages 5 & 6.

Advanced Age 6 players repeating T-Ball may hit Coach Soft Toss.

A Division – Core Age 7 - Coach Soft-Toss

Coach Soft Toss. Prior experience in T-Ball recommended. Teams are formed in accordance with parent requests. Coaches continue instruction on basic skills and advance understanding of rules, positions and proper throwing, catching, fielding and hitting mechanics.

Objectives: Develop a love of the game and basic concepts of teamwork plus how outs are made, composition of an inning, proper catcher positioning and compliance with coach instructions.

Rules Governing Play: Players play various positions in the field. No published team standings. Emphasis on building baseball knowledge and improving mechanics. As in T-ball, all players bat in the lineup. An inning ends when three outs are recorded or when four runs are scored whichever occurs first. Balls and strikes are not called but the batter is out if s/he has three swings and misses. Foul balls count as a strike and the standard two-strike foul ball rule applies. Batters are out if unable to put the ball in play after five hittable pitches.

Fields: Stratford Landing Elementary School or other fields as may be assigned.

Parent Support: Parents are needed to coach, umpire and maintain safety and order on the bench.

Core Age: 7; may include some players age 6 and 8.

AA Division – Core Age 8 - Coach Pitch

Coach Pitch. Prior experience in A Division recommended. In spring, players are placed on teams via a player draft for which attendance at Player Assessments is mandatory to assure a fair draft and equitable distribution of players.

Objectives: Cultivate a love of the game and a sense of teamwork. Continued development of baseball skills. Become more comfortable at the plate. Develop situational awareness and make plays when fielding, identify the strike zone, demonstrate proper mechanics in throwing, catching, fielding and hitting.

Rules Governing Play: Players are out after three swings and misses or after receiving five hittable pitches. In AA games, an inning ends when there are three recorded outs or when four runs are scored whichever occurs first. All players bat. Players play a variety of defensive positions they can play safely.

Fields: Waynewood Elementary School fields or other fields as may be assigned.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance and score-keeping.

Tournament Play: Season standings determine the Regular Season AA Division Champion; an end-of-season tournament is conducted to determine the AA Division Tournament Champion.

All-League: Players and coaches select the most outstanding players as ‘AA All-League’ based on skill, attitude and coachability. These players are assigned to one of two teams and play in an AA All-League game at the end of the regular season to showcase their skills.

Core Age: 8; may include some players age 7 and 9.

AAA Division – Core Ages 9, 10 - Kid Pitch

Prior experience in AA Division recommended. Development continues and play becomes more competitive. Base stealing is in effect. Emphasis on pitcher-catcher-infield ball handling to control base runners. Players are assigned to teams by a Player Draft.

Attendance at Player Assessments in spring is mandatory to assure a fair draft and equitable distribution of players.

Objectives: Advance a love of the game, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Begin and continue to develop pitching and hitting, develop fielding and hitting skills. Record pitch counts. Skills: develop arm strength, teach relays, cutoffs, managing base runners, hitting and base running.

Rules Governing Play: In AAA games, an inning ends when there are three recorded outs or when four runs are scored whichever occurs first. Players continue to play a variety of positions in the field consistent with safety. 

Fields: Darsey Field and other fields as assigned.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance and scorekeeping. 

Tournament Play: Season standings determine the Regular Season AAA Division Champion; an end-of-season tournament determines the AAA Division Tournament Champion.

All-League: Players and coaches select the most outstanding players ′AAA All-League′ based on a combination of skill, attitude and coachability. These players are placed on one of two All-League Teams and play in an All-League game at the end of the season to showcase their skills.

District 9 Fun Tournament: AAA players are also eligible to volunteer for and play in District 9 LL ′Fun Tournaments′ against other LL District teams at the end of the season.

All-Stars: High-performing players are eligible for selection to an age-appropriate FHLL All-Star team in the Spring post-season. All-Star tournaments run through July each year.

Core Ages: 9 & 10; may include some players age 8. 

MINORS Division - Core Ages 10, 11

Fort Hunt Little League′s Minors division was created to provide a high level of competition for players who exhibit strong skills in pitching, catching, fielding and hitting. Players are placed on teams via a Player Draft for which attendance at spring Player Assessments is mandatory to assure a fair draft and equitable distribution of players. Players continue to play a variety of field positions consistent with safety.

Objectives: Advance a love of the game, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Continue to develop of pitchers, situational awareness, and a healthy competitive outlook. Emphasis on throwing, pitching, fielding, catching and hitting mechanics and ability to bunt. Advanced pitcher-catcher-infield ball handling.

Rules Governing Play: All players bat in the lineup. Coaches play the kids in more than one defensive position but expect to place players where they are most effective and for development.

Home Field: Hollin Hall Field 1 and other fields as may be assigned.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post- game field maintenance, and score-keeping.

Tournament: Season standings determine a Regular Season Minors Division Champion and an end-of-season tournament determines the Minors Division Tournament Champion.

All-League Selection: Players and coaches select ′Minors All-League′ players based on a combination of skill, attitude and coachability. Those players are placed on one of two teams and play in an ′Minors All-League′ game at the end of the season to showcase their skills.

Fun Tournament: Players are also eligible to volunteer for and play in District 9 LL ′Fun Tournaments′ against other LL District teams at the end of the season.

All-Stars: High-performing players are eligible for selection to an age-appropriate FHLL All-Star team in the Spring post-season. All-Star tournaments run through July each year.

Core Ages: 10, 11; may include some players age 9.

MAJORS Division - Core Ages 11, 12

Players baseball age 12 play in Majors. All Majors players are selected via a player draft for which attendance at the spring player assessments is mandatory to assure a fair Draft and equitable distribution of players across teams. Emphasis is on player development, team work, good sportsmanship. By the time a player is eligible for Majors, he or she generally has played several seasons and is familiar with the game and its rules.

Objectives: Players learn to react quickly, throw properly and accurately on the run and make consistently accurate throws to base. Pitching is more sophisticated and pitchers improve arm strength and improve mechanics.

Rules Governing Play: All players bat in the lineup. Coaches play the kids in more than one defensive position but expect to place players where they are most effective and for development.

Home field: Hollin Hall Field 2 or other field as may be assigned.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance and score-keeping.

Tournament: Division standings determine the Regular Season Majors Division Champion. An end-of-season tournament determines the Majors Division Tournament Champion.

All-League: Players and coaches select ′Majors All-League′ players based on a combination of skill, attitude and coachability and play in a ′Majors All-League′ game at the end of the season to showcase their skills.

Fun Tournament: Major's players are also eligible to volunteer for and play in District 9 LL ′Fun Tournaments′ against other LL District teams at the end of the season.

All-Stars: In addition, high-performing Majors Division players can be selected for the age-appropriate All Star team for play in the Spring post-season. All-Star Tournament play runs through July each year. The 11-12 All Star Tournament also called the Majors All-Star Tournament continues to State, Regional and International levels and culminates in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in August of each year.

Core Ages: 11 & 12; may include some players age 10.

INTERMEDIATE Division – Core Age 13

Advanced baseball rules apply including stealing prior to or during pitch. Prior experience in the Majors Division required for players younger than league age 13. Players are placed on teams via player draft. Play is on 50’/70’ fields – 50’ pitch distance and 70’ base paths (Majors field is 46’ pitch distance and 60’ base paths). The Intermediate Division is recommended for 13 year olds as a transition from the 46’/60’ field to the major league 60’6”/90’ field. Provides a mechanism for players to develop arm strength to compete on the larger field.

Objectives: Introduction to baseball’s full range of skill complexities. Includes pickoff moves and techniques, how to take a proper lead off, and as confidence grows, more effective communication between infielders and outfielders. The 50/70 diamond gives every player the opportunity for success while building both arm strength and the concentration and decision making skills mandatory for higher level play.

Field: Fort Hunt Elementary Field and other fields which may be assigned.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance, and score-keeping.

All-Stars: Players and coaches select high-performing players for the Intermediate All-Star team which participates in Little League All-Star tournament play through July each year.

Ages: 11 to 13. This Division is for players with advanced skills and the desire to understand and play under advanced baseball rules.  All players that are league age 11 and 12 must have one spring season of Majors play in order to eligible to register for this division.

JUNIORS – Core Ages 13, 14

For players age 13-14 (through age 15 in fall season). Prior experience in Intermediate Division is recommended. Player placement is by draft. Emphasis on preparing players for tournament and high school play.

Emphasis on baseball’s complexities including defensive communication, relays, cutoffs, rundowns, double-plays, pitcher-catcher-infield ball handling, holding runners on, pickoffs and advanced hitting, base stealing and base running techniques.

Field: Red Stevens Field.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance, and score-keeping.

All-Stars: Players and coaches select high-performing players for the Junior All-Star team which participates in Little League All-Star tournament play through July each year.

SENIORS – Core Ages 15, 16

For players age 15-16. Prior experience in Intermediate and/or Junior Division is recommended. Player placement is by draft. Emphasis on preparing players for tournament and high school play.

NOTE: Senior League play starts after the public high school baseball season ends in late May; for that reason, regular season Senior Division play continues deep into June.

Senior players compete in inter-league play with other local Senior Leagues within reasonable driving distance.

Emphasis on baseball’s complexities including defensive communication, relays, cutoffs, rundowns, double-plays, pitcher-catcher-infield ball handling, holding runners on, pickoffs and advanced hitting, base stealing and base running technique.

Field: Red Stevens Field.

Parent Support: Coaching, umpiring, field preparation, post-game field maintenance, and score-keeping.

All-Stars: Players and coaches select high-performing players for the Seniors All-Star team which participates in Little League All-Star tournament play through July each year.

CHALLENGER DIVISION – All Ages

Fort Hunt Challenger is Little League Baseball for boys and girls, ages 6-18, who have special needs that preclude them from participating in a mainstream Little League program.

Fort Hunt Challenger Baseball offers your player an opportunity to participate in baseball regardless of skill level. We Adapt the game to your child’s abilities. We don’t count strikes and we don't count outs. Everybody scores each inning and everybody wins. Each player has the opportunity to play defense, hit and score each inning.

Being on the field is just one of the benefits resulting from playing Challenger Baseball where socialization, friendship, and a feeling of success are part of the game plan.

Challenger is a two or three-inning non-competitive game played on weekend afternoons. For families, we offer a connection with other parents and siblings and a chance to cheer for your special player.

Players are teamed with buddies who are current and former Fort Hunt Little League players who assist players with batting, fielding, and running the bases.

All players receive uniforms and at the end of the season, trophies.