What Division should my child play in?

Unlike other sports, Little League baseball has the concept of a “baseball age” which can be different from a player’s actual age or school grade.  Little League age starts on September 1st and ends on August 31st. 

Refer to this chart to determine the baseball age of your child.

 

2024 Little League Age Chart

 

In the older age groups, players are grouped by ability in addition to their baseball age.  Refer to the chart below divisions they are eligible to play in. 

Baseball Age Chart 2024

If you have any questions about what division your child should play in, please contact the Registrar, Cory Wright (registrar@dunbarbaseball.ca).

Dunbar Little League does not currently offer “Challenger Baseball”, an adaptive baseball program. But Dunbar Little League does strive to be inclusive of all abilities so if your child has special needs and they are playing in Dunbar Little League, please indicate this at the time of registration and discuss with your assigned head coach. If your child needs adaptations beyond what we can offer, please visit littlemountainbaseball.com/challenger or bcchallenger.com

Majors A

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball ages 9 – 12-year-olds (2024 Little League Age Chart)

Majors A is Dunbar Little League’s (DLL) most competitive division.   Teams are formed by way of a draft that is done by the head coaches of each team in the spring before the season starts.  There are no friend requests at this level.  Once a player is drafted to a Majors A team, that player stays with that team until they age out of Little League.

Most players in this division are baseball aged 11 or 12 and have played multiple years of baseball.  Some exceptional baseball age 10-year-olds may be drafted if their pre-season assessment scores are high enough AND their parents request their child be considered.  

To ensure safety, players that are new to baseball are encouraged to play in Majors B, even if they are a baseball aged 12.

All players registered in this division are required to attend pre-season assessments unless they are already on a Majors A team. 

Player’s baseball aged 10 – 12 who register for Majors A but are not drafted onto a Majors A team, will be placed in the Majors B draft.  

Player Commitment

Teams will have at least 1 fielding practice and 1 batting practice each week.  There may be additional practice times scheduled at the discretion of the head coach.

There will be one or two games per week.  Games typically last 2 hours and players are expected to arrive 1 hour before the game for warm-up activities and remain for a total of 3 hours. 

Between games and practices, players can expect to play baseball approximately three – four times a week. Players are rotated through infield and outfield positions as per DLL rules and coach direction.  

Scores are kept, standings maintained, and there are playoffs during the final third of the season to determine who gets a spot in the championship game on closing day.

Team rosters will normally consist of 12 players.  Siblings living at the same address who play in the same division are permitted to play on the same team by sending a written request to the Registrar.  

Parent Commitment

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization.  Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with duties such as field prep (practices and games), scorekeeping, pitch-counting, score-board, announcing and concession duty.  

Majors A Field Location

Most games and practices will take place at Currie Field at Memorial West Park (4701 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, B.C.)  

Required Equipment

  • Batting helmet

  • Baseball glove

  • Baseball pants

  • Athletic jock/jill

  • Cleated shoes (no metal cleats)

Majors B

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell  (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball ages 9 – 12-year-olds (2024 Little League Age Chart)

Teams at this level are selected by a draft in the spring and therefore, all players registered in this division are required to attend pre-season assessments.

There are no friend requests at this level.  

Players will play on their drafted team for this season only.

Most of the players in this division are baseball aged 10 or 11.  However, some exceptional baseball 9-year-olds may be drafted onto a Majors B team if their assessment scores are high enough AND their parents request their child be considered to play up a level.   

Baseball age 12-year-olds are eligible to play in this division if they are not drafted onto a Majors A team.  

Players that are baseball 9 or 10 who registered for Majors B but are not drafted onto a Majors B team will be placed onto a team in the Minors division.  This is done with the intention to place each child in a situation where they can have fun and develop their skills most successfully.  

Players are rotated through infield and outfield positions as per DLL rules and coach direction.  Scores are kept, standings maintained and there are playoffs.  Umpires are provided by the league. 

Players who are recommended by their coach may have the opportunity to be “called up” to play Majors A games if the Majors A game does not conflict with the player’s own team game.  

Player Commitment

Teams will have at least 1 fielding practice and 1 batting practice each week.  There may be additional practice times scheduled at the discretion of the head coach.

There will be one or two games per week.  Games typically last 2 hours and players are usually expected to arrive 1 hour before the game for warm up activities and remain for a total of 3 hours. 

Between games and practices, players can expect to play ball three to four times a week at a minimum.  

Scores are kept, standings maintained, and there are playoffs at the end of the season to determine who plays in the championship game on Sunday.

Team rosters will normally consist of 12 players.  Siblings living at the same address who play in the same division are permitted to play on the same team by sending a written request to the Registrar.  

Parent Commitment

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization. Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with duties such as field prep (practices and games), scorekeeping, pitch-counting, score-board, announcing and concession duty.  

Majors B Field Location

Most games and practices will take place at Memorial West Park (4701 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, B.C.), on the East Diamond, with occasional games taking place at Currie Field at Memorial West Park.

Required Equipment

  • Batting helmet

  • Baseball glove

  • Baseball pants

  • Athletic jock/jill

  • Cleated shoes (no metal cleats)

 

 

 

Minors

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell  (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball ages 9 – 10 year old (2024 Little League Age Chart)

This division marks the continuing progression from Mini-Minors to Minors as we add player pitching and some base stealing.  Players are rotated through infield and outfield positions as per DLL rules and coach direction.  Scores are kept, standings maintained and there are playoffs.  Umpires are provided by the league. 

All players registered in this division are required to attend pre-season assessments, for the creation of balanced teams.

Teams are balanced based on assessment scores.  Friend requests may be considered provided that the friend request is mutual and both players attended assessments.  Siblings living at the same address who play in the same division are permitted to play on the same team by sending a written request to the Registrar. Building competitively balanced teams will override friend requests.

In some cases, the Division Coordinator or Player Agent may recommend placing a baseball age 9 player registered for Minors into the Mini-Minor A division.  This is done with the intention to place each child in a situation where they can have fun and develop their skills most successfully.  

If your child is a baseball age 8 and would like to play up in Minors, please contact the Registrar to make arrangements to attend an assessment at UBC in the winter.

Players who are recommended by their coach could be called up to play Majors B games if the Major B game does not conflict with the player’s own team game.  

Player Commitment 

Teams will have at least 1 fielding practice and occasional batting practice.  There may be additional practice times scheduled at the discretion of the coach.

There will be one or two games per week.  Games typically last 2 hours and players are usually expected to arrive 1 hour before the game for warm up activities.  

Between games and practices, players can expect to play three to four times a week.  

Scores are kept, standings maintained and there are playoffs at the end of the season to determine who will play in the championship game on closing day.

Team rosters will normally consist of 12 players.  

Parent Commitment

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization. Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with duties such as field prep (practices and games) and scorekeeping.

Minors Field Location

All games and practices will take place at Memorial West Park (4701 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, B.C.), on the East Diamond (Southeast Corner).

Required Equipment

  • Batting helmet

  • Baseball glove

  • Grey baseball pants

  • Athletic jock/jill

  • Cleated shoes (no metal cleats)

 

Mini-Minor A

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell  (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball ages 7 – 8 year olds (Little League Age Chart)

This division is a progression from Mini-Minor B to a more competitive level of baseball.  Level 5 balls continue to be used to reduce the risk of injury to players.

There are several changes to the rules from Mini-Minor B:

  • The batting tee is no longer provided so players can “strike out”.  Note:  this rule is frequently waived for the first few weeks of the season until the players get accustomed to the higher pitching speed.

  • We no longer bat through the order each inning.  An inning ends when 3 outs are recorded by the defense or max runs are scored by the offense. 

  • We introduce score keeping and division standings at this level.   Standings are maintained.  At the end of the regular season, there are playoffs. 

If your child is a baseball age 6 and would like to play Mini-Minor A, please contact the Registrar to make arrangements to attend an assessment. 

Player Commitment

Teams will have one practice (1-1.25 hour) and 1 game (2 hours total time from setup to teardown).   There may be additional batting practice times, depending on cage availability and coach interest.

Team rosters will normally consist of 12 players.  Players are permitted to request one friend (mutual), and the Division Coordinator will do his/her best to accommodate that request.  Friend requests are made at the time of registration.  Please note that building competitively balanced teams will override friend requests.

Parent Commitment

Mini Minor is NOT a drop-off activity. An adult must stay at the park for the duration of each session. 

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization. Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with duties such as field prep (practices and games), keeping the players in line on the bench, snack duty and scorekeeping.

Mini Minor A Field Location

Games are played at the Mini – Minors diamond at Balaclava Park (Balaclava and 31st Avenue). Practice days/times are set by team coaches and division coordinators.  We cannot accept requests for practice days or times from non-coaching parents. 

Required Equipment

  • Batting helmet

  • Baseball glove

  • Athletic jock/jill

  • Cleated shoes are recommended (baseball or soccer)

 

Mini-Minor B

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell  (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball ages 6-7 year olds (Little League Age Chart)

Your baseball age 6-7 year old will be introduced to more basic concepts of baseball such as “outs” and will learn to hit the ball from a slow-pitching machine, using softer baseballs. A batting tee will be provided after a predetermined number of attempts to hit from the pitching machine.  All players are in the batting order and each team will hit through the order every inning.  No scores or standings are kept.

Player Commitment

Teams will have one practice (1 hour) and 1 game (approx 2 hour total time including warmup, field prep before and after the game). 

Team rosters will normally consist of 12 players.  Players are permitted to request one friend (mutual), and the Division Coordinator will do their best to accommodate that request.  Friend requests are made at the time of registration.  

Parent Commitment

Mini Minor is NOT a drop-off activity. An adult must stay at the park for the duration of each session. 

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization. Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with duties such as field prep (practices and games), keeping the players in line on the bench, and snack duty.

Mini Minor B Field Location

Games are played at the Mini – Minors diamond at Balaclava Park (Balaclava and 31st Avenue). Practice days/times are set by team coaches and division coordinators.  We cannot accept requests for practice days or times from non-coaching parents. 

Required Equipment

  • Batting helmet

  • Baseball glove

  • Athletic cup

  • Cleated shoes are recommended (baseball or soccer)

 

T-Ball

Coordinator

If you have any questions about this division, please contact the Division Coordinator, Ted Bell (divisioncoordinator@dunbarbaseball.ca).

About this division

For baseball 4 – 6 year olds (Little League Age Chart)

T-Ball is the first introduction for children to learn to play baseball. It is designed for 4 – 6 year olds and consists of two age groups who play separately: T-Ball Jr for players who are baseball age 4 – 5 and T-Ball Sr for players who are baseball age 6. Everyone bats every inning, but the ball is placed on a tee rather than pitched.  No score or standings are kept. Regular bats are used and bat safety is paramount.  Helmets are required for all players.

Player Commitment

1 practice ( 1 hour) and game (1 hour)  per week.  Games are mostly played on Saturdays but there could be a few Sunday games.  Start times will vary throughout the day.

Team rosters will normally consist of 8-10 players.  Players are permitted to request one friend (mutual), and the Division Coordinator will do their best to accommodate that request.  Friend requests are made at the time of registration.  

Parent Commitment

  • Bench Parent

  • Snack Duty

T-Ball is NOT a drop-off activity. An adult must stay at the park for the duration of each game and practice session.  

Dunbar Little League is a volunteer run organization. Parents will be placed on a rotational schedule to help with bench and snack duties.

T-Ball Field Locations

T-Ball diamond is in Memorial park just west of Currie Field

Required Equipment

  • Baseball batting helmet

  • Baseball glove