Because of the size range of the players and the speed of the play (pitchers can pitch in excess of 60 miles per hour and balls are hit faster than that), safety in the Majors division is a serious concern for all. If your child is drafted to Majors and your team's coaching staff are uncomfortable with them playing in the infield with hard balls travelling at high speeds then it is likely most of your child's play will be in the outfield until they are very comfortable with this situation through practice and skill development. The application of this safety concern is at the discretion of the coaching staff.
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Little League International mandates a minimum of only two defensive innings (6 defensive outs) at this level. Although Little League International mandates a minimum of only 2 defensive innings (6 defensive outs) per player at this level, Dunbar local rules are that players will field at least 4 innings per game with at least 1 inning played in the infield. Note that this local rule does not guarantee that your child will play all positions. There is a range of strategies used by coaches in our league to meet these play time minimums and remain competitive. Teams must bat through the order, meaning that all players will get a chance to bat in every game.
Coaching in the Majors division requires a significant time and skill commitment. In general, Majors division coaches have previous baseball coaching experience and at least a Level 1 coaching certificate from Baseball BC. Some coaches in the Majors division do not have children in the League. The Board of Dunbar Little League appoints coaches based on interest, background, experience, and needs of the League. If you are interested in coaching, ensure to indicate your interest during registration, and you may also contact the Majors Coordinator and/or the President.
Kids can have a rewarding experience, competitive play, and just plain fun in either the Majors or Minor A divisions. Players who are not selected for the Majors division are placed on a Minor A team.