2020 Major Division Structure

After reviewing the evaluation numbers, consultation with coaches, families & other Little Leagues and keeping in line with the Coquitlam Little League Guiding Principles, a division restructuring occurred for 9-12 year old divisions in 2018. Following further review during the off season, and careful consideration during and after evaluations, the structure for the 2020 season for 9-12 year olds will be as follows:

Minor (9 Year Olds)

The Minor division will focus on skill development and a better understanding of baseball. Players and coaches will use the Rookie experience as a foundation to become better baseball players and better athletes. The season will start with the pitching machine (slinger) and pitching will be taught and introduced into games as the season progresses. Professional coaches will be brought in to support players and coaches as they practice and play games against other 9 year olds in Coquitlam Little League.

Major A (10-12 Year Olds)

The Major A division will follow a similar development model to the Minor division. Teams will start the season with the pitching machine and pitching will be introduced through the season. This division is designed to give all players in it the opportunity to learn to pitch and have success against kids at a similar skill level. Stealing will also be be gradually introduced at this level. Professional coaches will be brought in to help coaches and players develop their baseball skills and awareness. Equal play of infield/outfield and rolling over the batter order will ensure that all kids get the same amount of at bats and innings in the field. All games will be in Coquitlam against other Major A teams.

Major AA (10-12 Year Olds)

Like the Major A division, the Major AA (formally Major B) division will be made up of similar caliber players. The season will start with pitching and stealing. Practices and games will be more balanced to allow players the opportunity to test what they have practiced with more in game experiences. Professional coaches will be brought in to help players with specific position based skill development. The Major AA division will also roll over the batting order each game to ensure that all players get a comparable number of at bats. Mandatory play in the infield and outfield will also give every player comparable innings in the field. 30% of the games will be outside of Coquitlam against other Little Leagues.

Major AAA (11-12 Year Olds)

The Major AAA (formally Major A) division will face competition from around the Lower Mainland. Players will begin to narrow their focus on a few positions where the majority of their in game time will be. Unlike Major A and AA, the batting order is reset every game based on coach's decision and at bat performance. There is mandatory play at the Major AAA level but it does not have to be comparable innings in the infield/outfield and there is no guarantee that player's will pitch or catch in games.

The division restructuring is our attempt to better align skills to maximize learning and fun. Countless hours have been put into this decision and the reasons for it. We know there is not perfect system but this structure provides more opportunities for all players to have more success and fail less often.

To further support players and coaches in each division, coaches from Major A, Major AA and Major AAA will be connected as 'coaching teams' to share ideas, answer questions and support each other.

2019 Team Parent Manual can be found here.

2019 Coaches Manual can be found here

CLL Guiding Principles
After research, evaluation and consultation, the Coquitlam Little League Board of Directors is proud to share a set of guiding principles that will help guide the decision making process: - Support a fun, encouraging community for all families - Offer players an opportunity for success at their respective skill level - Maximize opportunities for players to have in game experience. - Maximize opportunities for players to develop their baseball knowledge and skills to help them reach their full potential. - Offer a postseason program that competes at a National level. - Increase lifelong participation by encouraging responsibility and offering opportunities to volunteer.
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