Determining League Age (updated 3/5/21)
Children from 4 years old to 18 can be Little Leaguers®. With several age-specific divisions, there are fun, competitive baseball and softball opportunities for boys and girls around the world.
But, before players can put on their Little League uniform, they need to determine their league age. To learn a player’s league age, Little League uses an Age Determination Date, with both Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® having distinct, different dates.
Little League’s baseball and softball divisions do have slight differences regarding the age classification of players. Based on the number of players registering to play in a given season, each local league has the option to adjust the age groupings of the players in their league, in accordance with Little League rules and regulations. This allows all participants, from Tee Ball and Coach Pitch to Senior League and Big League, to have a fun, meaningful experience.
Little League International publishes official age charts for baseball and softball that can be used to manually determine a player’s league age. Another way to find a child’s league age for the upcoming season is by using the League-Age Calculator.