The Prep league is made up exclusively of 13 year olds. This league is to help in the transition between the small Little League fields with 60 foot base paths to the standard 90 foot base path of traditional baseball. The Prep league starts in the beginning of April and ends the last week of June. Because both the American and Senior Leagues do not start until mid May there is an abundance of field availability until then, so the majority of the Prep schedule is played in the first 6 weeks of the season. We need at least 48 13-year-olds to have a Prep league.
The National League and American Leagues are for 14 and 15 year olds, predominately 8th graders and high school freshmen. If we have at least 96 14 and 15-year-olds, then we will have 2 leagues. The National League is made up mostly of 14 year olds (8th graders), and its season starts when the Prep season does, and runs until the end of June. As with the Prep league, the majority of the games are usually played in the first 6 weeks. Both the Prep and National league teams play between 17 and 21 games, depending on the season. The American League is made up predominately of 15-year-olds (High School Freshmen). Since may of our players in this age are on High School teams, we do not start our season until after the JV season is over, in the middle of May. If we do not have enough players (96) in the 14-15 year old age category, then we just have an American League, which starts in mid-May. The American League usually plays about 15 games.
The Senior League is for players 16 and above. An exception is made for those high school sophomores who are still 15 and play on their high school team, and want to play with their classmates. Those players have a choice of playing up in the Senior League or playing in the American League. Since we have many players in the Senior League who play both varsity and junior varsity high school baseball, the Senior season also starts in mid-May. Seniors usually play about 15 games. Depending on when the player's birthday is, he/she can be eligible to play Babe Ruth Baseball the summer after his/her first year in college.