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AAA Minors Overview

"Minor" is probably the wrong name for this division as "Major" baseball is being played.    

The AAA Minors Division is for boys ages 9 to 11. In this level kids enhance their skills to eventually move up to the Majors Division. It uses a 60-foot baselines and 46-foot pitching distance from the mound to the plate. This is a live pitching division.

The Minors Division is the division where full Little League rules are introduced. The level of baseball is getting fantastic and it's a blast for parents as this is what we all dream of when we become parents. The snack becomes less important and the baseball becomes more of a passion for the kids. Playoffs are such a fun experience and many of the kids will have become the best of friends. You can also expect to see your first out-of-the-park homerun which will be something the kids and parents will never forget.

The Minor Division introduces walks and any base is fair game for stealing. The mound moves back four feet from where it is in the Farm Division which gives hitters more time to see the ball and that's reflected in the higher scores. Fundamentals are still enforced but game strategy and game decisions become more of the focus. The division starts to get more advanced, so all kids still play in the infield every game, but they start to find their natural positions and play more in those spots. At this age we also start the international tournament and World Series which can be the experience of a lifetime. 

AAA Minor games are played on our Minor field and sometimes the Major field which at times can feel like playing at a little Chase Field. Come down and take a look for yourself.

8-year-olds may play Minors based on Skill Evaluation Ranking only. All players are drafted onto teams every year. This division typically plays twice a week, normally one game during the week Monday - Thursdays and usually every Saturday. 

Team practices vary depending on field availability and Coach's schedule. 

During the pre-season (mid/end of September) teams typically practice twice a week. Once the season starts there are usually practices once a week based on field availability. 

Practice start times vary from 4:30PM to 7:30PM and are selected by the coach. Usually Minors teams practice at 6PM on weekdays.

Minors players are guaranteed 6 outs of play. Minors bats continuously through the line-up.

Skill Goals

  • Develop batting skills through proper stance and determination of pitches to swing at.
  • Develop fielding skills (infield and outfield positions, making the play at the correct base, backing up plays at the plate and in the field).
  • Develop base running savvy (when to run and listening to the 1st and 3rd base coaches).
  • Develop proper sliding technique.
  • Develop tracking skills for catching fly balls.
  • Pitchers learning proper throwing mechanics.
  • Develop good sportsmanship and respect for umpires.
  • Continued focus on good sportsmanship and team play!
  • Batting skills development including bunting, pitch selection and reading signals from Manager/Coach.
  • Increased development of catchers (signals, blocking, pass balls, making the throw from home to second, good throws back to pitcher on the mound and when pitcher is covering home plate) as importance of position increases at this level.
  • Pitching emphasis on good mechanics, injury prevention (ice), and development of pitching variety (fastball, change-up, location).
  • Develop base running skills for situational play.
  • Fielding emphasis on getting behind the ball and setting up the throw, getting ball to the correct position for the out or to keep the runners from advancing.
  • Arm strengthening through practice (long toss).

AAA LOCAL RULES

Minors AAA Division Local Rules
The official rules for Minors AAA are covered in the Handbook entitled “THE OFFICIAL REGULATIONS AND PLAYING RULES” for all divisions of Little League Baseball.  All managers and coaches will be given those handbooks and are required to become knowledgeable in these rules.  The following is intended to clarify some of the local rules, as well as to provide additional guidelines for Minors Division play.

HERE is an online copy of the rules.

DivisionMinors AAA
Primary Ages10 and 11
Team Size12
FormatKid Pitch
Field Size (Mound / Bases)46' / 60'
Outfield Fence (If Present)200'
# Players On Field9
UmpiresYes
Score ReportedYes
PlayoffsYes
DivisionAAA
Innings (max)6
Time Limit - Start New Inning1:45
Time Limit - Game MaximumNo Time Limit
Inning Completed3 outs or 5 runs
Max Runs5
Max Outs3
Mercy RuleN/A
Batting OrderBat Roster
Strike OutsYes
Base On ballsYes
Dead BallN/A
BuntingYes, Foul On 3rd strike = Out
DoublesYes
TriplesYes
Home RunsOver the Fence / Inside the Park
Advancing BasesFreely
Advance On OverthrowYes, Any Base
StealingYes, Pitch Must Cross Plate
Lead OffNo
SlidingYes, No Head First
Field PositionsNo Player may sit out 2 innings until everyone has sit out at least 1 inning. Every player shall play 1 of the first 4 innings at pitcher, catcher or the infield.
Infield flyYes
Throw from cacher to pitcherLive Ball
1st and 3rd situation: Throw from Catcher to 2nd BaseLive Ball
DivisionAAA
Pitching LimitYes (See Below Chart)
Catching LimitYes (See Below Chart)
Illegal PitchNo
Drop Third StrikeNo
Passed Ball / Wild PitchYes, No Scoring From 3rd Base when ahead by 5 or more runs
DivisionAAA
CleatsNo Metal
BallRegulation
Bat Size Max2 3/4
Bat LogoUSA
Trophies1st Place During Regular Season

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Cactus Foothills Little League

29455 N. Cave Creek Road, #118 Box 506
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

Email: [email protected]

Cactus Foothills Little League

29455 N. Cave Creek Road, #118 Box 506
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

Email: [email protected]
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