Majors National League (NL) is a competitive division for
league age (as of April 30th) 11 and 12 year olds. Players who qualify for
placement on a Majors NL team should expect one practice a week on Saturdays
with games scheduled for Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mandatory parent
participation is essential for Majors NL. Parents are responsible for field
maintenance before and after games as well as scorekeeping, score board, pitch
count and concession duties. Full commitment from players and parents is
In order to ensure balanced teams in Minors AA, Minors AL
and Majors NL, Forest Hills Little League (FHLL) holds Player Evaluation
Sessions in February to assess the skill level of all players ages 9-12 yrs.
Players are grouped by age and assessed in the areas of Pitching, Batting and
Fielding. Each category is scored out of a possible 10 points. The scores are
then averaged to create a Total Score. The players are then ranked based on
this Total Score.
At the end of each season, every Head Coach is asked to
complete a Player Evaluation Form. Coaches assign a score from 1-10 in the
areas of Fielding, Catching, Throwing Strength, Throwing Accuracy, Batting,
Pitching, Coachability and Attendance/Commitment. In addition, coaches are
asked for their recommendation for player placement the following season.
Attendance at the Player Evaluations Session(s) is
mandatory. If a player fails to attend, placement on a Majors NL team is not
guaranteed, regardless of league age. Without a current assessment, FHLL will
use the Coaches Evaluation from the previous season to then place the player in
an appropriate division.
Minors AL and Majors NL teams are formed through a Player
Draft which is attended by the Head coaches, the Division Coordinator and the
Player Agent. Minors AA teams are created by the Minors AA Coordinator.
Both the Total Average Score from the Player Evaluation
Session(s) along with the Coaches Evaluation from the previous season are
considered when preparing the Draft List for Majors NL and Minors AL.
Little League rules dictate that Majors NL teams may have
up to twelve players with each team limited to a maximum of eight 12 year olds.
The balance of the team will be comprised of the highest ranking 11 year olds. In some cases, a high-ranking 10 year old may also be considered for Majors NL.
All league age 12 year olds are eligible to play on a
Majors NL team. However, some 12 year olds may opt to play in Minors AL.
FHLL may recommend that some 12 year olds with low
rankings consider playing Minors AL as the level of play in Majors NL may be
beyond their ability. The safety of our players is paramount. Additionally,
FHLL wants all players to be put in a position where they are most likely to succeed. There is no hiding
in baseball. Repeated strike outs and errors can be detrimental to a childs self-esteem.
The decision to play Minors AL is ultimately up to the
parents and the player. Should the player choose this option, the parents are
asked to sign a waiver. The player is ineligible for post-season play on the
11/12 All-star Team.
Traditionally, many of the 12 year olds who opt for Minors
AL have a positive experience and return to play Juniors the following year.
Those who insist on playing Majors NL, despite FHLLs recommendations, often
quit baseball, some even before the season is through.
The main priority of FHLL is to ensure that all players
are safe, have fun, foster a love of the game, improve their skills and want to
return the next season. To that end, FHLL is committed to placing players where
they are likely to experience the most success.