Most people know Little League through the Major Division for 9-12 year olds. But today Little League provides organized youth sports for a wide range of ages.
Tee Ball Baseball and Softball is for boys and girls 4-6 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct youngsters in the fundamentals of baseball and softball and allow them to experience the value of teamwork but most of all, to have fun.
Minor League Baseball and Softball programs may be operated within each division for younger players (12 and under) with less experience. The Minor League may be players ages 7-12. Divisions may be established within the Minor League for machine pitch, adult pitch, or player pitch.
Little League Baseball and Softball (also called the Major Division) is for players ages 9-12. A league may choose to limit its Major Division to 10, 11 and 12 year olds, or 11 and 12 year olds.
Junior League Baseball and Softball for 13 and 14 year olds links Little League and Senior League.
Senior League Baseball is for players 14 to 16 years old. Senior League Girls Softball is for players 13 to 16 years old.
Big League Baseball is for players 16 to 18 years old. Big League Girls Softball is for players 14 to 18 years old.
NOTE: Boys Softball in each division is available if enough players sign up.
Challenger Division was established for children ages 5-22 who are physically and/or mentally disabled.
Second Season (or, the Training and Development Program) was established to provide an extra season for those leagues wishing to extend the benefits of Little League beyond the traditional end of the regular season. The rules of Second Season are somewhat relaxed, providing a more instructional atmosphere.
How A League Is Organized
Each Little League program is organized within a community. The league establishes boundaries with certain restrictions. It is only from within this territory that the league may register its players. All league personnel, including the officers, managers, coaches, umpires, field auxiliary, etc. are volunteers interested in providing the benefits of a Little League program to the youth of their community. Each league is guided by a board of directors. The local league board of directors, elected from and by the adult members of the league, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the league within the rules, regulations and policies of Little League.
This District has eight leagues. The district administrator is an experienced volunteer elected by the constituent leagues to counsel, direct, and provide leadership in the policies and rules of the Little League program and to serve as liaison between the leagues and the regional director.
The district administrator organizes the district tournament and attends the periodic Little League International Congress, where Little League rules and regulations are democratically reviewed and revised for the betterment of the program.
New Mexico District 5 is a part of the Southwest Region located in Waco, Texas. All regions are a part of the Little League Baseball and Softball International program located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.