Coquitlam Little League is proud to offer opportunities for 4-16 year olds in the Tri Cities area to play baseball. All 4 - 16 year olds play Regular Season baseball and there are Post Season opportunities for interested 8-16 year olds.
Regular Season: The focus of the Regular Season is fun, skill development and improvement. Players are placed on teams with similar skill levels to ensure that games are equal and all kids have the opportunity to put in their best effort. During the Regular Season, the emphasis is on practices focused on helping kids become better ball players and games to showcase what they have learned. There is also fair play, where coaches do their best to ensure that all kids get fair playing time so they can contribute to their team's success. For more information about each division, see the column on the right, or below, where you'll also find a link to each division's home page.
Post Season: The goal of Post Season is to win. For some teams, it means winning a tournament against other teams in the Lower Mainland and for others it means representing Canada on an International level at the World Series. https://www.coquitlamlittleleague.ca/postseason
All interested players are invited and encouraged to try out for their division's Post Season team. The Post Season commitment is more than the Regular Season commitment and there is an additional fee that ranges based on age and success of the team.
There are Provincial tournaments for 9/10, 11/12, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior teams. There is a World Series for 11/12, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior teams. There are also post season opportunities for the 8's (they get a taste of what post season is like in a fun, slightly more competitive environment), as well as Selects tournaments for kids from 9- 12 (these teams offer additional post season play for kids who don't make "the big team".
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 was undertaken in 2018 for 9-12 year old divisions. Divisions for the 9-12 year olds will be as follows. in addition to these changes, Rookie division went from 8-10, to 7/8:
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.
Coquitlam Little League believes that every player should have a successful season. Our division structure enables us to ensure that players will be able to compete with kids of similar ages and skill levels, which will contribute to their growth and development. Every child should have successes and failures as it contributes to healthy development. Scoring the winning run or recording the winning out means that another child will fail. By grouping players into similar ages and skill levels, we are creating more opportunity for players to have success and less opportunity for players to regularly fail.
How Many Teams Will Be In Each Division?
The number of teams in each division will be based on the number of players registered at each age and the completed assessments at evaluations.
Blastball (4-5 yr olds)
The youngest division within Little League is reserved for our 4 and 5 year old superstars who are picking up a baseball for the first time. Returning five year olds have the option of registering in the Blastball or Mini-Minor Division. Our Blastball program has been developed by a hired early years expert with a focus on a fun, active first exposure to organized sports, and follows Baseball Canada's Long Term Athlete Development Model. Our Blastballers play exclusively at Mackin Field on Wednesday evenings, starting April 28th, 2021.
Mini-Minor (5-6 Year Olds)
Mini-Minor is the 2nd step in your baseball career… the level that everyone remembers as pitching machine! Players continue to build on their baseball fundamentals with the extra challenge of hitting a moving ball. Defensive skills also come into focus in Mini Minor, as fielders pick up their gloves for the first time and learn to throw and catch like the big guys on TV! Coaches remain on the field throughout the game, taking advantage of key learning opportunities and to provide extra encouragement to everyone! The Mini-Minor division plays at Hartley Field in Mountain View Park. Practice and game nights both start at 6pm.
Rookie (7-8 Year Olds)
12 player teams play real games, keeping track of runs and outs. The emphasis remains on skill development, players learn more of the rules and tactics of the game, and continue to develop their sense of SPORTSMANSHIP and FAIR PLAY in a fun but slightly more competitive setting. We will introduce basic pitching mechanics in practice later in the season, but Slingers will continue to be used in games. Equal play of infield/outfield and rolling over the batting order will ensure that all kids get a comparable number of at bats and innings in the field. All games will be in Coquitlam against other Rookie division teams. Typically Rookie teams will have 2 games and 1 practise per week.
Rookie is also where parents take on even more important roles, scorekeeping, field prep and cleanup, slinger operator, umpire, and best of all, dugout parent, are vital roles on your child's team.
JUNIOR DIVISION (13-15 yr olds)
House (13-15 Year Olds)
The Junior House program focuses on skill development and participates in games against teams from other Little League programs around Metro Vancouver. Players are given opportunities to have success at their respective skill level and develop into leadership roles.
Timberjacks (13/14 yr olds)
The Blue Mountain Timberjacks program is for players who are looking for baseball opportunities outside of the regular season. Additional practices, tournaments and travel to games against Bantam PBL and Bantam BC Minor teams from around Metro Vancouver give players a more challenging schedule and opportunities to play against players of similar caliber.
*Both programs follows Little League mandatory play rules which ensure that players get a minimum 6 defensive outs and 1 at bat each game. Teams will play a minimum 12 game qualifying schedule against other Little League teams so players are eligible to tryout for summer all star teams.
SENIOR DIVISION (15/16 yr olds)
The 15-16 year olds play together during the regular season. The regular season begins on April 2nd and runs for 12 weeks. All weekday games/practices begin at 8pm at Blue Mountain Park and end at approximately 10:30pm. Games and Practices vary from week to week but include weeknights and weekends. Games and tournament locations vary from year to year but include Langley, New Westminster, Whalley, North Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. In order to be eligible for the post season team, selected players must live or go to school within the League boundaries and have played at least 60% of the Regular Season league games.