SPRING 2024 REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!
Welcome to El Cajon National Little League!
Thank you for visiting our website and showing interest in our league. Registration for Spring Ball 2024 is now open for our Tee Ball through Senior divisions!
Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024. Makeup tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2024. Please note that your player MUST BE REGISTERED first to play in order to participate in tryouts.
Please read through the descriptions below of all the different divisions we offer in our league. This will help answer any questions as to which division to possibly enroll your player.
If you have any other questions or would like more detail about our league, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you so much again for your interest and we look forward to having you at El Cajon National!
Explanation of Divisions
ECNLL offers some combination of the following divisions based on the number of registered players at each level. ECNLL reserves the right to adjust the divisions offered and division ages as appropriate based on the number of players registered. Ages are determined using Little League International's "League Age" and not actual age. To determine your player's "league age", please click on the link to the official Little League Age Calculator.
Tee Ball and Rookies Divisions:
• These divisions are 100% instructional - no wins, losses, nor standings.
• Coaches and/or teammates may be requested and ECNLL will try to accommodate the requests, but they cannot be guaranteed.
• Coaches may be on the field on defense
Ages 4 - 6: Players who are league age 4 - 6 and have not played organized baseball should start with Tee Ball. This is the entry level into organized baseball for most children. It is 100% instructional and done in an encouraging and nurturing setting. Players will be taught the basics of the game: how to hit, run the bases, catch, throw, and work as a team. Every child bats and plays the field every inning. Teams switch after the full lineup hits. Players hit and run to first base only and do not leave the base even if an out is made. The defense works to try to make an 'out'. Game time can be up to 90 minutes, no more than three innings depending on the number of kids present.
ROOKIES: Coach (First Half) / Machine Pitch (Second Half)
Ages 6 - 8: Players who are league age 5 or 6 that have participated for one regular season in the Tee Ball Division are eligible. A step up from Tee Ball, this division's season is divided in half; coach pitch for the first half and machine pitch the second half. Players will be given up to five (5) pitches from a short distance by their coach and if unsuccessful will hit off the tee. If a pitching machine is used, players will receive seven (7) pitches. Three (3) swinging strikes or seven (7) pitches without a hit will result in an out. If an out IS MADE the batter will return to the dugout. Batters and runners may advance more than one (1) base on hits to the outfield, but there is no advancing on overthrows or stealing. The catcher position is introduced at this level and the infield is limited to the standard infield positions. Teams in this division will field a 10th player. Games are generally 90 minutes.
**For Minors B (commonly referred to as CAPS), Minors A and Majors**
For the Spring Season only (not applicable to Fall Ball) - All players league age 7 and above must participate in try outs, which will be held around the beginning of each new year. After tryouts, players will be drafted onto the appropriate division for their age and skill level. Players age 6 can participate in tryouts if they would like to be considered for the draft into the CAPS division, and only if they have played at least one regular season of Tee ball. Teams will keep score and standings will be kept in these divisions.
Minors A and Majors only: ECNLL holds Tournament of Champions (TOC) at these two levels, with the winners advancing to District 41's Tournament of Champions, and are eligible for All-Stars post season.
MINORS B aka CAPS
Ages 6 - 9: This division starts with coach pitch at the first half of the season, and will have Full Kid pitch at the start of the second half of the season. Catchers play a bigger role. The batting order is the complete roster, however only nine (9) players may be in the field at a time on defense. Players are guaranteed play according to Little League rules. All extra base hits are allowed. Players may steal 2nd or 3rd base once the pitch has crossed the plate and players may advance to 2nd and 3rd base on a passed ball or overthrow but 3rd base is locked -- no advancing home via steal, passed ball or overthrow on a steal. A team's turn at bat is over when four (4) runs have scored or three (3) outs have been made until the fourth inning. Games are 105-130 minutes in length.
**This division participates in Little Stars, a district tournament for player age 7 & 8s only.**
Ages 9 - 10 with some 11 year olds: This division is for players who are not ready for Majors. This division is completely player pitch, no coach pitch. The Catcher position becomes an extremely important role on the field. Third base is no longer locked and the run limit is five runs for each half inning. Umpiring plays a more important role at this division. Games are typically about 2 hours long, with no new inning starting after 2 hours of play.
**Minors A participates in District 41 TOC and players in this division are eligible for 8 - 10 All Stars.**
Ages 10 - 12: Players who are league age 10 - 12 are eligible to be selected to a Little League (“Majors”) Division team for the regular season. This is the level of baseball played at the Little League World Series seen on TV. The local league board of directors may restrict this division to players who are league age 10 - 12 or 11 - 12. Drop third strike is enforced in this division.
**Majors participates in District 41 TOC and players in this division are eligible for 10 - 12 All Stars.**
Ages 11 - 13: Players who are league age 11 - 13 are eligible to be selected to an intermediate team for regular season. Players league age 11 - 12 can play on both majors and intermediate during the same season if they want to double roster. Intermediate plays on a 50/70 field size and introduces leading off and rules more similar to High School baseball.
Ages 14 - 16: For Juniors/Seniors with some advanced 13-year old's. Senior division plays standard baseball on a full size field with 60 foot pitching distance and 90 foot bases. Similar to high school baseball. Games must be a minimum of five (5) innings within a time limit or 7 innings and can be more than two (2) hours in length.
Players who are league age 14 - 16 are eligible to be selected to a Senior League Division team for the regular season. The local league board of directors may decide to have a different age-cutoff for this division, provided it is within the grouping noted. For example, the Senior Division in a local Little League could be limited to players who are league age 15 - 16.
**Seniors participates in All Stars.**
Those who are not included among the league ages listed above are not eligible for any baseball division in Little League for the current season.
PLEASE CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE DIVISION FROM THE LIST PROVIDED AFTER YOU START THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND ENTER YOUR PLAYERS DATE OF BIRTH. THE SYSTEM WILL GIVE YOU THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE IMPORTANT - **Based on EVALUATIONS, the League has the decision to change your selection.**
BENEATH THE DIVISIONS ARE ROLES YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR AS WELL (MANAGER, COACH, TEAM PARENT, ETC...) PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP MAKE ECNLL THE BEST IT CAN BE!