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2020 Levels of Play

For the 2020 season, Crystal Little League and Robbinsdale Little League will be combining to form teams.  The following is a description of the intended levels of play we plan to offer, depending on registration numbers. 

Games are typically played Monday-Thursday and Saturday.  Practice dates are up to individual teams. Crystal and Robbinsdale fields and parks will be used for games and practices.  Attendance is expected at all levels for games and practices.  Coaches should always be notified when your player will not be in attendance

Rookie:

The Rookie division is the entry level of play in Little League focusing on baseball basics and fundamentals.  It is designed for players 5-7 years of age (beginning level 7 year olds).  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams.  This division uses a pitching machine for all games and players are assisted by coaches on the field during games.  All kids bat and playing time is equal for all players.  Teams will have up to 3 games/practices per week. The season ends at the end of June.

B-Minor: 

The B-Minor division is the second level of play.  It is designed for players 7-9 years of age (higher skilled 7 year olds, 8 year olds, beginning level 9 year olds).  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams.  This division uses a pitching machine for the first half of the season and potentially changes to kid pitch for the second half.  This level of play stresses fundamentals and player development.  This level utilizes up to 10 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat and playing time is equal for all players.  Teams typically participate in a Rookie Weekend/Jamboree at Plymouth/New Hope.  Teams will have up to 3 games/practices per week. The season ends at the end of June.

A-Minor:

The A-Division is the seconds highest level of play.  It is designed for players 9-12 years of age.  12 year olds are not allowed to pitch at this level.  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams. This level of play continues to work on fundamentals and player development, is competitive and begins to work on strategic baseball.  The regular season is made up of a combined intra- and inter- league schedule.  This level is kid pitch and utilizes 9 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat and playing time is roughly equal for all players.  Teams will have up to 4 games/practices per week.  The regular season ends near the end of June with teams playing in an end of the season A-Minor tournament hosted by Crystal and Robbinsdale. Players have an opportunity for additional post season play in July.

Major:

The Major Division is the highest and most competitive level of play in Little League.  It is open to players 10-12 years of age. Players are expected to attend league tryouts and teams are formed through a ‘draft’ process each year.  This level of play continues to work on fundamentals, is fast paced and strategic.  The regular season is made up of a combined intra- and inter- league schedule.  This level is kid pitch and utilizes 9 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat but playing time may not be equal for all players. Teams will have up to 4 games/practices per week.  This division prepares players to move to the next level of baseball.  The regular season ends near the end of June with teams playing in an end of season tournament in surrounding cities. Players have an opportunity for additional post season play in July.

    Congratulations!

    The following players were randomly drawn to receive credit for one dibs shift this season.  Our last registration incentive is a $25 gift card for the concession stand.  One winner will be chosen from anyone who registers today until 11:59pm on Friday, March 13th.  The winner will be notified via e-mail by Sunday, March 15th.   

    1.  Zion B.                 6.  Jefferson K.M.

    2.  Davis B.               7.  Evan R.

    3.  Maxwell S.         8.  Elijah R.

    4.  Jackson W.        9.  Rylee V. 

    5.  Ryan H.                10.  Sam K.M. 

    Spring Training Information

    Please arrive a few minutes before the start time for your group so we can get everyone checked in.

    Please wear tennis shoes-no cleats.  You'll need to bring your baseball glove too!

    2020 Regular Season Registration is Open!

    Registration for the 2020 baseball season is underway.  Why not get it done today and cross it off your to do list!

    New this year-all players registering January 15th-February 15th will be put into a drawing for a credit for one dib shift.  Five lucky families will be drawn.  Winners will be notified February 16th.  

    Our first registration incentive was a free spring training session.  Since we have combined with Robbinsdale Little League, we are happy to say that ALL spring training sessions will be free for every player that wants to attend.  So we are going to enter everyone family who registers by February 15th into a drawing where we will pull TEN lucky families names for a free dibs shift.  

    Also new this year, if you refer a new family to Crystal Little League, make sure they put your name in the referral box on the registration and your family (the referring family) will receive credit for one volunteer shift!

    Crystal Little League baseball is located in Crystal, Minnesota. We are a Little League baseball program for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 that are residents of the City of Crystal.  Field Locations

    Message From the President

    Greetings Crystal Little League families and friends.

    As you are all probably aware of it, Crystal Little League is operated and sustained by volunteers. Without the hard work of volunteers, Crystal Little League would not be able to survive. A number of these volunteers are members of the Crystal Little League Board of Directors. Because there is a continuous pattern of turnover with Little League players, there is also a continuous pattern of turnover among the CLL Board members.


    Typically, every year brings a number of outgoing board members to the end of their service, opening up opportunities for new volunteers to step in to carry on the duties of that position, as well as bring new ideas to the program. Some positions are easily transitioned into, while others may require “shadowing” or having an incoming member work with an outgoing member for a period of time to learn the roles and responsibilities of that position.


    I am reaching out to the Crystal Little League families asking for you to consider volunteering to join the Crystal Little League Board of Directors. Positions that may soon be vacated or already have been vacated include Registrar, Information Officer/Website Administration, Tournament Coordinator/Coaches Coordinator and Scheduling Coordinator. Some of these positions would require “shadowing” the current board member to help with the transition into the position.


    If you are interested in joining the Crystal Little League Board of Directors, or would like more information regarding any position, please contact any current Board Member. Contact information for all Board Members is on the Crystal Little League website www.crystallittleleague.com . Click on the “Board” tab to find contact information.

    John Ripka

    President – Crystal American Little League Baseball

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