Divisions / Minor
The Minor division is for 9 to 10 year olds.
All 9 and 10 year old players must register for the Minor division.
All 11 year old players must register for the Major division.
8 year old players may request to tryout for the Minor division by emailing the Player Agent at email@example.com but there will be an added cost to evaluate at this level. After the evaluation, the Player Agent will confirm which division the player will play in based on the criteria developed by CWLL.
Minor division is the transition of Baseball from Rookie Ball to real baseball where pitching becomes part of the game for your child. The focus in this Division is on teaching the players the fundamentals of baseball in a true little league baseball environment. Your child's coaches will be teaching and working with your child to learn the basic pitching fundamentals in order for them to achieve a level of success when they are on the pitching mound.
The game moves to larger diamonds (60' baselines) and follows most of the rules in the Little League Rulebook; however we also employ "House Rules" which we have found appropriate for better play at this level.
In the Minor division, players are evaluated and selected onto teams at the start of the season. Batters face live pitching for the first time and a maximum of ten players are on the field defensively for each inning. Players are rotated through the infield and outfield positions and may sit for one or two innings per game, depending on number of players in the lineup. All players bat through the order. This evaluation process assists us to build balanced teams for season play; we may also offer the more advanced players the opportunity to "ladder up" to our Major Division. Minor is the first Division where an All-Star team will continue with Little League Tournament play after the regular season.
Minor is still a development Division for our young players, and the focus remains on teaching the fundamentals of batting, throwing, fielding and the introduction of pitching. The goal is for players to learn how to pitch in game situations and for them to continue to develop their hitting, throwing and fielding skills in a fun and safe environment.
Parent volunteer duties include field preparation, field cleanup, scorekeeping, and tracking pitch counts.
“Teammate” requests for team placement are NOT accepted in the Rookie, Minor, Major and Senior divisions. “Sibling” requests for team placement will be considered at all levels for players eligible to play within the same division.
Where do we play?
- 2 diamonds located at Richmond Green Park
- 1 diamond located at Rosscarrock Community Centre
- 1 diamond located at Optimist Athletic Park
- 1 diamond located at Battalion Park
- 1 diamond located at Stanley Park
- Indoor practice facility at Springbank Park For All Seasons
- 1 practice diamond located in Signal Hill
- 1 practice diamond located at Springbank Hill
- NEW LOCATIONS COMING 2022/2023 – Westsprings and Aspen diamonds
When do we play?
Games and practices can take place at 6pm on any weekday evening and at 9am, 12pm, or 3pm on weekends. Frequency of games and practices for teams is approximately 2 games and 1-2 practices per week. Games and practices are no longer then 2 hours in length.
Games and practices will commence late April and run until late June.
What equipment is required?
- Numbered baseball jersey and belt (which must be returned at the end of the season), ball cap, baseball pants and baseball socks are supplied by CWLL with the cap, pants and socks kept by the player.
- All players must supply their ball glove, batting helmet, and running shoes or cleats (non-metal).
- All players must supply and use groin protection.
- ATTENTION: Beginning in 2016, CWLL is requiring players have their own helmet to ensure proper fit and hygiene. While not required, a face shield is highly effective in reducing the likelihood of sustaining a facial injury if hit by a pitch. Please ensure the helmet is CSA approved, and mark it to identify it as your child's.
- Many players have or will wish to purchase their own baseball bats. There are very strict rules about the dimensions and composition of bats allowed for Little League play. For further information on bats: CLICK HERE
- Each team will have an adequate supply of approved bats provided by CWLL.
What are the fees?
- $325 per player plus $25 field maintenance fee for total fees of $350.
- Family discount: 2nd child is $10 off; 3rd child is $15 off; and 4th child is $20 off.
- Financial assistance with registration fees is offered by KidSport at www.kidsport.ab.ca please visit their website to determine eligibility.
- Online registration is available commencing on January 1.
All players aged 7 to 18 years of age must go through an evaluation process to ensure that players are placed in the appropriate division based on age, ability, skill level and safety considerations.
Players will be evaluated with other players of the same league age as defined by Little League Baseball. Evaluations will be held for the following age groups: 7-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds, 11-12 year olds, 13, 14-16, and 17-18 year olds. The teenage evaluations may be conducted at the District level.
Attendance at evaluation sessions is MANDATORY.
A 9 year old could be assigned to either the Minor or Rookie Ball Divisions based on his/her evaluation results. A 9 year old determined to be skilled enough to play in the Minor Division cannot choose to play in the Rookie Ball Division. This applies even if the player has a sibling in the lower division.
Some 10 year old players may be invited by league officials to try out for the Major Division and would be required to also attend the 11-12 year olds evaluation session. In these cases the following criteria will apply: 1) must have played the previous year in the Minor Division, 2) must be one of the top players in his/her age group, 3) there must be available spots in the Major Division, 4) must be recommended to play up and invited to try out for the higher division.
Some 8 year old players may be invited by league officials to try out for the Minor Division and would be required to also attend the 9-10 year olds evaluation session. In these cases the following criteria will apply: 1) must have played the previous year in the Rookie Ball Division, 2) must be one of the top players in his/her age group, 3) there must be available spots in the Major Division, 4) must be recommended to play up and invited to try out for the higher division.
Minor Division Tiers
The Minor Division may be tiered into A and B teams in order to create a better and more balanced competition amongst the players within the division. This decision will be based on a number of factors and will be made prior to the start of each season. The player evaluation process will be used to assign players if a tiered structure is implemented in any given season.
If you are interested in coaching in the Minor Division, please identify this on the online registration form or contact the Minor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Heppner, the VP of this division at email@example.com