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 Each year, we receive a few questions as to what distinguishes the different divisions within WLL.  Following is a brief explanation of each:



Major Leagues:

WLL most competitive spring program.  Comprised generally of 8-9 teams of 12 players.  By Little League International rules all 12 year olds must play in the majors.  This means the majority of the players in the Majors will be 12 year olds.  The balance of the league is comprised of 11 year olds and on an occasional basis 10 year olds based upon the results of the spring draft.  (See spring draft procedures for detailed explanation of that process).  Any player under 12 must have played one full season in the Minors before being eligible to play in the Majors.  Every player plays at least 3 innings per game.

Games typically begin in mid-April and run through mid-June.  All games are played at Morrison Field and are held Monday - Friday 5:30p and 7:00p start times and weekends.


Minor League:

The largest of all divisions, the Minor League Division is comprised of 4th, 5th, & 6th graders.  Typically, we have 12-14 teams of 12 players.  Players are selected according to the draft procedures described in the "Spring Draft Procedures" tab.  Coaches are still providing significant instruction but the kids are becoming more competitive as well.  Focus is on teaching & learning baseball skills along with good sportsmanship in a competitive game scenario.

Games typically begin in mid-April and run through mid-June.  All games are played at Sheehan School Fields and are held Monday - Friday 5:45p start times and on weekends.  Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with other spring sports such as Soccer & Lacrosse, but there are the occasional conflicts.


International League:

This division is comprised exclusively of 3rd graders.  Teams are generally comprised of 10-12 players, equally balanced through a draft process.  The kids do play competitive games, but the emphasis at this level is on player development and sportsmanship.  The goal at this level is not to win the division title, but to ensure kids are learning proper skills and mechanics to ensure each individual player has the greatest chance of success.

Games typically begin in mid-April and run through mid-June.  All games are played at Sheehan School Fields and are held Monday - Friday 5:45p start times and on weekends.  Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with other spring sports such as Soccer & Lacrosse, but there are the occasional conflicts.


Instructional League:

This division is comprised exclusively of 2nd graders.  Teams are generally comprised of 10-12 players. The kids do play , but the emphasis at this level is on player development and sportsmanship. This is the first year of kids learning to pitch to each other.  The coach will step in a pitch to a batter after a pitcher has thrown 4-5 balls.  The goal at this level is not to win, in fact scores and team records are not kept.  The goal is to ensure kids are learning proper skills and mechanics to help each l player has the greatest chance of success.  Innings are three outs or limited to once through the batting order.

Games typically begin in late-April and run through mid-June.  All games are played at Downey School Field and are held Monday - Friday 5:45p start times and on weekends.  Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with other spring sports such as Soccer & Lacrosse, but there are the occasional conflicts.


Rookie Division:

This division is comprised of 1st graders only.  Teams are typically 10-12 players.  Everyone plays continuously.  This is the first time players will be seeing "live" pitching.  Coaches pitch to batters and each team bats continuously through the lineup.  All players are positioned and play on defense.

The kids play games, but 100% of the focus is on player development.  Scores are note kept, in fact, every game ends in a tie as a result of batting through the entire line up!  

Games typically begin in late-April and run through mid-June.  All games are played at Hanlon School Field and are held Monday - Friday 5:45p start times and on weekends.  Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with other spring sports such as Soccer, but there may be the occasional conflict when trying to make up a rain out game.


K-Ball Division:

The introduction to Little League baseball in Westwood.  This division is comprised exclusively of children currently enrolled in kindergarten.  We strictly enforce this policy regardless of how talented a pre-K player may be.  The player MUST be in kindergarten.  Teams are generally 12-14 players per team.

Comprised of both boys and girls this is next largest enrolled division in the program.  The entire focus is development.  Kids are taught the basics of proper fielding & throwing mechanics, they learn to hit by hitting off a tee.  Games are typically 3-innings where each team bats once through the line up each inning.

Games begin in late-April and run through early to mid June.  All games take place on the School Street fields and are held Monday - Friday 5:30p with some games on the weekend.  Every effort is made to avoid conflicts with spring sports such as soccer.


Babe Ruth:

This is the "post-grad" program.  Players have graduated from the small, comfortable confines of Morrison Field and are now playing on the "big diamond."  Teams are comprised of 13-15 year olds and they play a competitive schedule that begins in early May and runs through June.

This is the program that prepares players for the competitive levels of High School baseball and beyond.

For more information on this league, please contact the Coordinator for the League at the contact information available under the Contacts Link on the left hand side of the page.