Plainview Little League Division Structure
A child's path through our program begins as early as 3 years old with the Mini Hawks program. When in Kindergarten, children enter Little League proper and continue on in Little League through age 12 (as determined by Little League International). Children are then offered the chance to continue to play in town with their friends on Senior level teams. All Little League programs are open to children who reside within our Little League boundary which coincides with the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district. Children residing out of the school district but attending a school within the district are also permitted to participate.
In addition, we are proud to offer a Challenger division for children aged 5+ who have special needs. The Challenger division plays in the spring and fall. The Challenger division is open to all children with special needs regardless of residency.
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The following is a list of our Spring divisions by gender:
Pre-K (Children entering Kindergarten Fall 2019): Mini Hawks (Co-ed)
Blast Ball, the introductory program of Plainview Little League, was developed as a fun way to teach all five fundamentals of baseball…hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and running. Simplicity and continuous action is what makes BlastBall so much fun. There are no complex rules, no umpire is required, and you don’t even need to have a baseball glove. Click here for our Blastball rules. The Mini Hawks sessions will be 1 hour on Sundays at 1:30pm.
Pre-K (Children entering Kindergarten Fall 2018): Lil Hawks (Co-ed)
This is a co-ed program designed to introduce boys and girls who are in pre-K to the basics of baseball/softball. Lil Hawks play at 1:30 on Sunday afternoons during the spring season. The Lil' Hawks sessions will be 1 hour on Sundays at 1:30pm.
Boys - Baseball
Baseball is played on weeknights and on Saturdays. Weeknight games/practices generally begin at 6pm, but may begin earlier at the start of the season when the sun sets earlier. Games played under the lights will begin later.
Kindergarten: Boys T-ball
When the children reach Kindergarten, the boys and girls separate. The focus of the t-ball division is on teaching the fundamentals of the game. Although there are 'games' no score is ever kept.
1st Grade: Boys Clinic
In 1st grade, the boys proceed to a division in which we continue to stress the fundamentals while introducing a pitching machine to help teach hitting. Batting tees are used at the beginning of the season and then the boys transition to the machines.
2nd Grade: Boys Rookies
In 2nd grade, the boys begin the season using pitching machines and end by taking the mound to pitch. Umpires are used when player pitching begins. At that point, scores are kept but there are no standings or playoffs.
3rd Grade: Single A
Single A is the first of the competitive baseball divisions. At this point, scores and standings are kept and there is a season-ending playoff to crown a champion.
4th Grade: Double AA
in Double AA, the pitching mound is at the standard Little League distance of 46'. The games are highly competitive and the level of play increases dramatically.
5th Grade: Triple AAA
Triple AAA baseball is standard Little League baseball with few modifications.
6th/7th Grade: Boys Majors
7th grade boys must be Little League age 12 in order to participate. This means that the boys born early in the year (until April 30) are considered to be Little League age 13 and move into our Senior program. Our Majors division is a wood-bat division.
Girls - Softball
Girls Clinic Division will only consist of teams from Plainview, while the older Divisions will have games against neighboring town teams. Girls Rookies is comprised of Plainview and Jericho teams. Girls Minors includes teams from Plainview, Jericho and Farmingdale and Girls Majors includes all of the prior town teams as well as Syosset. Games will be played in Plainview as well as the other participating towns.
Softball is played on weeknights and on Sunday afternoons (12pm or later for Clinic, 1pm or later for all other divisions). Weeknight games/practices generally begin at 6pm, but may begin earlier at the start of the season when the sun sets earlier. Games played under the lights will begin later. There are occasional Saturday night softball games on lighted fields.
Kindergarten/1st Grade: Girls Clinic
After Lil Hawks, the Kindergarten girls combine with the 1st grade girls. The focus of the Girls Clinic division is on teaching the fundamentals of softball. The coaches pitch to the girls with the option of using batting tees.
2nd Grade/3rd Grade - Girls Rookies
In the Rookies division, the girls use a pitching machine. Because of the difficulty in mastering the windmill delivery, the girls are not ready to pitch in games at this age. Umpires are present at the games and scores are kept, but there are no standings.
4th Grade/5th Grade - Girls Minors
At this point, the girls begin to pitch. Rules become a bit more relaxed and more in line with competitive softball. Score and standings are kept. Playoffs occur and a champion is crowned.
6th Grade/7th Grade - Girls Majors
The Majors division is highly competitive with many girls able to pitch with control and speed. Standard Little League rules are used with few modifications. The division is open to all 7th graders regardless of birth date. Score and standings are kept. Playoffs occur and a champion is crowned.
Note: Forming softball divisions by combining girls in different grades is consistent for all town softball programs throughout Long Island and the US. This is not unique to our league.