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Welcome to LTJBSA!

Welcome to LTJBSA!

Lawrence Little League operates softball divisions at varying age and skill levels each season. Our goal each year is to place players in the appropriate division to provide them a positive experience and to allow them to be grow their skills. These descriptions are a guide, and may be altered based on registration numbers.

Overview: Majors  |  Minors  | Rookies 

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Majors Division

Our most competitive division for our oldest players, featuring full Little League rules including unlimited stealing, dropped third strike, and no limit on runs per inning. 

πŸ₯Ž Age: Girls league age 10-12. Players age 9 and below are not eligible for this division. 

πŸ₯Ž Schedule: Teams practice once a week and play one or two games a week. The season is 12 games. Games between in-house teams are supplemented by home and away games against other Mercer County area Little League Majors programs. 

πŸ₯Ž Draft and Roster: Team rosters are created annually through a draft. All 12 year-olds are guaranteed placement in this division, but teams may not have more than eight 12-year-olds on a roster.  Since placement on teams is through a blind draft, we do not honor requests to place any child on the same team as a sibling, friend, or coach.

πŸ₯Ž Coaches: Team Managers register through the website and their player is automatically assigned to the team. Assistant coaches are added to the staff of the team their player is drafted onto.

πŸ₯Ž Rules:  Lineups are set by the Team Manager, which includes all players present at the start of the game. Any players arriving after the start of the game will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. Substitutions are unlimited, but all players must receive 1 at bat and play six consecutive defensive outs in the field during a game.  Full Little League rules apply, including unlimited stealing, bunting and slap hitting, unlimited bases on overthrows, and active dropped third strike and infield fly rules.

πŸ₯Ž Pitching: All player pitched. 40-foot pitching distance. 12” ball is used.

πŸ₯Ž Standings and Playoffs: Playoffs are determined by regular-season record.

Minors Division

An all player-pitched division for players who have at least one year experience playing in the Rookies league.

πŸ₯Ž Age: Girls league age 8-9-10. Players age 7 and below are not eligible for this division. 

πŸ₯Ž Schedule: Teams practice once a week and play one or two games a week. The season is 12 games. Games between in-house teams are supplemented by home and away games against other Mercer County area Little League Majors programs. 

πŸ₯Ž Draft and Roster: Team rosters are created annually through a draft. Since placement on teams is through a blind draft, we do not honor requests to place any child on the same team as a sibling, friend, or coach.

πŸ₯Ž Coaches: Team Managers register through the website and their player is automatically assigned to the team. Assistant coaches are added to the staff of the team their player is drafted onto.

πŸ₯Ž Rules:  Lineups are set by the Team Manager, which includes all players present at the start of the game. Any players arriving after the start of the game will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. Substitutions are unlimited, but all players must receive 1 at bat and play six consecutive defensive outs in the field during a game. Bunting and slap hitting is allowed. Players only receive 2 attempts to steal second base in an inning, and may not leave the base until the pitch reaches the batter. Stealing of home is phased in during the season. The dropped third strike and infield fly rules are not active.

πŸ₯Ž Pitching: Coach-pitched for first 4 games. Player pitcher is phased in by the midpoint of the season. When players pitch, they must start the inning. After 4 balls by a player, a coach finishes the at-bat (no walks). Coaches may throw a maximum of six pitches to a batter. 35-foot pitching distance. 11” ball is used.

πŸ₯Ž Standings and Playoffs: Playoffs are determined by regular-season record.

Rookies Division

A coach-pitched league for players with at least one year of Tee Ball experience. Instruction in this division focuses on fielding, team play, and situations.

πŸ₯Ž Age: Girls league age 7-8-9. Players age 5 and below are not eligible for this division. 

πŸ₯Ž Schedule: Teams practice twice a week and play one games a week. The season is 12 games. Games between in-house teams are supplemented by home and away games against other Mercer County area Little League Majors programs. 

πŸ₯Ž Draft and Roster: Team rosters are created annually through a draft. Since placement on teams is through a blind draft, we do not honor requests to place any child on the same team as a sibling, friend, or coach.

πŸ₯Ž Coaches: Team Managers register through the website and their player is automatically assigned to the team. Assistant coaches are added to the staff of the team their player is drafted onto.

πŸ₯Ž Rules:  Lineups are set by the Team Manager, which includes all players present at the start of the game. Any players arriving after the start of the game will be placed at the bottom of the batting order. Substitutions are unlimited, but all players must receive 1 at bat and play six consecutive defensive outs in the field during a game. There is no stealing and no bunting, The dropped third strike and infield fly rules are not active.

πŸ₯Ž Pitching: Coach-pitched all season. Batters see a maximum of 6 pitches during an at-bat. 35-foot pitching distance. 11” β€˜non-RIF’ ball is used.

Draft & Roster Creation

Lawrence Little League utilizes a draft process to create rosters. Players are drafted based on their age and skill level. Our goal is to set up teams and divisions that are fair and balanced so we can provide a better learning experience for all players.

For returning players, coaches will track their skill level year-to-year. For new players, we may ask your child to participate in a short workout so the coaches can become familiar with them. 

 Here is an outline of the process:

  1. We use a waterfall draft by Division,. with the order Majors β†’ Minors  AAAβ†’ Minors AA β†’ Rookies. 
  2. Registered Managers for a division are assigned a team name.
  3. Registered, eligible players are organized by age in descending order.
  4. Team Managers' names are drawn randomly out of a hat to determine draft position. 
  5. The draft begins, with Majors managers first selecting from the oldest kids in each age group. 
  6. Once all roster spots in the division are full, the draft for the next division begins.  

During the draft, managers will balance the competitiveness of the division by ensuring certain skill positions are equally distributed (i.e. we don’t allow one team to have 3 catchers while another team doesn’t have any).  

The use of a draft process means that the League and Coaches will make the final determination of your player's placement within a specific division of play. Your selection of a division during the registration process is used as a guide only. Additionally, due to our draft process, we cannot honor requests to place your child on the same team as a sibling, friend or coach.

Contact

Lawrence Township Junior Baseball & Softball Association
100 Eggert Crossing Road, PO Box 6923
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

Email: [email protected]

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