The following will help determine which league you should register your child for the 2018 baseball season. The SAYB registration section of our website (www.sayb.org) will automatically confirm you are registering your child in the appropriate league.
Instructional League: Ages 6-8 (Primarily grades K-2) Players born 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012.
Junior Minor League: Ages 9-10 (Primarily grades 3-4) Players born 9/1/2007 – 8/31/2010 (includes "play-up" dates).
Amer. & Nat. League: Ages 11-12 (Primarily grades 5-6) Players born 5/1/2005 – 8/31/2008 (includes "play-up" dates).
Big League: ages 13-15 (Primarily grades 7-9) Player's birth date must be between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2006
Sr. Big League (Ages 16-19): Not affected by the above (Little League only).
As you may know, over the past few years Little League of America has twice changed the way a player’s age will be determined for competitive play. The proposed changes take effect next season (2018) however, Little League is already using the changes in 2017 for determining ages.
The date used for determining a player’s age has been moved from April 30 to August 31. Little League’s intention with the change is to lower the age of players at the Major League (age 11-12) level. Once fully implemented, if a player turns 13 during the summer they will not be eligible to play Little League.
The age change has created some confusion of how to treat ages in the interim. The age-band of kids directly impacted are those players born between May 1, 2006 and August 31, 2006. Under Little League’s prior age calculations, this group would have been included as part of the 10 year old age group. Under the new age calculations these kids will be age 11 for 2017 and age 12 for 2018.
Traditionally, SAYB’s Junior Minor league is for players ages 9-10, and the Major Leagues (National and American) are for players ages 11-12. Under the new age calculations, these impacted players are 11 this year. However, for the 2017 season SAYB will allow kids in the 5/1/06-8/31/06 age band to continue to play in the Junior Minor league. This allows your child the option to continue playing in Junior Minors with his/her classmates or if you feel he/she is not ready for the higher-level play in SAYB’s Major Leagues.
The option for your child to play up with their new Little League age group in the Major Leagues is still available. Your choice – whatever is best for your player. Major League teams are divided between National League (players selected by tryout process in February) and American League (players not selected for National League).
In making the decision, there are a few things to understand if your child (born between 5/1/06 – 8/31/06) plays Junior Minors this year:
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Simser (email@example.com) or Merlin Misialek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last year, Little League International instituted a change regarding how the age of a player is determined.
Before last year, Little League International had used April 30th of each year as the cutoff date for determining the age of a player. For example, a player born on April 29, 2004 would have been classified as a Little League “12” year old this upcoming season. However, a player was born on May 5, 2004 would have been classified as a Little League “11” year old.
For the 2015 baseball season, Little League changed the cutoff date from April 30th to December 31st. Based off feedback from League Officials, Coaches and Parents, this date prevented many classmates and friends from playing in the same age group. This led Little League to revise and approve a new date for establishing the age of a player.
For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.
For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017 and 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.
For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2016 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017 and 2018 season, these players will use the August 31 age determination date.
In an effort to make sure as many players as possible have the opportunity to play with children in their same grade, SAYB has voted to allow for children to "play-up" one year in the Junior Minor and AL/NL Leagues. SAYB has also voted to allow 6 year old children to play in the Instructional League.
Shoreview Area Youth Baseball understands the Little League’s policy can be confusing. We have devoted a significant amount of time determining potential issues and opportunities related to this change. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SAYB at SAYB.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merlin Misialek – SAYB registration