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T-Ball is an instructional league to introduce kindergartners to throwing, fielding and hitting a ball and the fun of playing on a team. Before every simulated game, children will work with their coaches on these basic fundamentals.  Players hit from a batting tee.
 
Age Requirement: Kindergarten 
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies a t-shirt and cap with team name plus all equipment.  Player wears own pants and sneakers or cleats and brings a baseball glove and helmet.
 
Fee: $50 per player, if registered by January 31, $100 after January 31 
 
Manager/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL Manager/Coaches training is scheduled for late March.  The DLL Tee Ball Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers. 
 
Schedule: Please see the Season Calendar page.  Please note, all T-Ball games are on Saturdays and all are on the Darien Varsity Baseball field at DHS. 
 
Questions: Email/call the T-Ball Commissioner or VP of House Baseball per the Contacts page.
 
 
At this level, kindergarten girls have the opportunity to play either in the all girls Tee ball softball league, or the Tee ball baseball league.  Additional information on the Softball program can be found at the tab on this page, above. 
 
 
 
The “A” Ball League is an instructional league for girls and boys in first grade. Before every simulated game, children will work with their coaches on basic fundamentals, such as throwing, fielding and hitting the ball. Players will hit pitches thrown by the Coaches.
 
Age Requirement: First Grade
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies t-shirt and cap with team name plus all equipment. Player wears own pants (uniform, sweats, etc.) and cleats/sneakers and brings his/her own baseball glove and helmet.
 
Fee: $75 per player if registered by January 31, $125 after January 31
 
Manager/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL Manager/Coaches training is scheduled for late March.  The DLL A Ball Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers. 
 
Schedule:  Please consult the Season Calendar page. Please note, all A League games are on Saturdays only.
  
Questions: Email/call the A Ball League Commissioner or VP House Baseball per the Contacts page
 
 
At this level, first grade girls and boys have a choice between A baseball or A softball. 

 
 
The AA League is a program designed for second graders as the last instructional league before organized, competitive play.  Teaching stations are set up prior to every game to fine tune throwing and hitting mechanics.  During the game, coaches are permitted on the field to pitch to their own rosters and reinforce defensive positions in the field.  During the second half of the season, player-to-player pitching will be permitted.  In addition, "AA+ games and clinics will also be provided for further instruction and skill development. AA+ provides AA players the opportunity to play additional games utilizing AAA rules.
 
Age Requirement: 2nd grade.
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies team jersey and cap plus all equipment.  Player wears uniform pants and cleats/sneakers and brings his/her own baseball glove and helmet with face cage.
 
Fee: $150 per player, if registered by December 31, $200 after December 31
 
Managers/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL manager/coaches training will be scheduled prior to the start of the season. The AA Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers. 
 
Schedule:  Please consult the Season Calendar page.  Regular AA games are on Saturdays, and AA+ games and clinics are on Sundays.  There are no weekday practices in AA.

Questions: Email/call the AA League Commissioner or VP House Baseball per the Contacts page

 
 
The AAA League is the first level of competitive baseball, although the focus continues to be on instruction and teaching the foundations of the game.  There are required substitutions a running batting order and two innings of mandatory infield play.  There is a minimum of 3 practices/games per week.  A hard baseball is used, and there is player-to-player pitching.  This league introduces competitive play, and recognizes a league champion after an intra-league post-season playoff.
 
 
Age Requirement: 3rd grade.  However, some 8 year old 2nd grade players may be included in this league to fill a limited number of roster spots.  A separate evaluation will be held in March for 8 year-old second graders (see Tryouts).  Any 8 year-old 2nd graders selected to play in AAA will be selected on their skill level and roster availability.  All 3rd graders will participate in the first AAA evaluation in February.  
See the Season Calendar page for dates and times for each evaluation.
 
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies team jersey and cap plus all equipment.  Players wear uniform pants and cleats and bring his/her own baseball glove and helmet with face cage.  Please refer to the Equipment section.
 
Fee: $275 per player if registered by December 31, $325 after December 31
 
Managers/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL manager/coaches training will be scheduled prior to the start of the season. The AAA Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers/Coaches.
 
Schedule:  Please consult the Season Calendar page.  Typically, a AAA team will have 4 events per week (2 games and 1 practice), although in some weeks, particularly those where rained out makeup games are played, there may be more than 2 games.
 
Evaluation Session: All 3rd Graders are guaranteed a spot in AAA, and are required to attend an evaluation session.  This is a competitive league where scores and standings are kept, so the evaluation is important to help the league balance the teams fairly.  Please see the Evaluations & Tryouts page for more information.
Questions: Email/call the AAA League Commissioner or VP House Baseball per the Contacts page.
  
 
The Minor League is the second most competitive league.  There is a running batting order,required substitutions and two innings of mandatory infield play .  There are a minimum of 3 games or practices per week.  A hard ball is used.  A league champion is recognized after a postseason, round robin tournament.
 
Age Requirement: 4th, 5th and 6th Grade.  However, some players in 3rd Grade may also be called up to play in the Minors (based on his/her AAA evaluation).
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies team jersey and cap plus all equipment. Player wears uniform pants and cleats and brings his/her own baseball glove and helmet with face cage.
 
Fee: $275 per player if registered by December 31, $325 after December 31 
 
Managers/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL manager/coaches training will be scheduled prior to the start of the season. The Minors Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers/Coaches. 
 
Schedule:  Please consult the Season Calendar page.  Typically, a Minors team has 4 to 5 events in a week (2-3 games, 2-3 practices).

Evaluation Session: All players who wish to play in Minors must attend an evaluation session. Please see the Evaluations & Tryouts page for more information. 
Questions: Email/call the Minor League Commissioner or VP House Baseball per the Contacts page.
 
 
 
The Major Leagues is a competitive league for the players with the highest skill levels.  There are a minimum of 3 practices and games per week.  A hard ball is used.  There are limited substitutions, but each player must be in the field a minimum of three full innings per game and at least one turn at bat.  A league champion is recognized after a post season, intra-league playoff.  There are also All Star selections for local, state and regional tournament play.
 
Age Requirement: 10, 11 or 12 years old by the upcoming April 30th.  Players must tryout for this league.  Players who will be 12 by April 30 of the respective season will automatically be on a Majors team (but still must try out).
 
Uniform & Equipment: DLL supplies  team jersey with team name and cap plus all equipment.  Player purchases pants and wears cleats. Brings his/her own baseball glove and helmet with face cage.  
 
Fee: $275 per player if registered by December 31, $325 after December 31
 
Managers/Coaches Clinics: Mandatory DLL manager/coaches training is scheduled in March. The League Commissioner will be in contact with all Managers. 
 
Schedule: Please consult the Season Calendar page.  Typically, a Majors team has 4-5 events each week (2-3 games, 2-3 practices).
 
Tryouts: All players who wish to play in Majors must attend a Tryout session. Please see the Evaluations & Tryouts page for more information. Returning Majors players do not need to attend a tryout.

Questions: Email/call the Major League Commissioner or VP House Baseball per the
Contacts page. Please see the Evaluations & Tryouts page for more information.