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MJWS Little League Divisions with "Suggested" League Ages: 
Mount Jumbo Westside LL sorts players into the divisions described below with consideration given to a variety of factors, including a player's league-age, ability and experience.  MJWS players age 4-16 must live within our boundaries or attend a school within our boundaries.  Details at Player Info/Player Eligibility.

T-Ball Division:  *Age 4 - 6 

  • *Players will  need to have turned 4 years of age by the start of the season (3/31). Parents of 4 yo's will be asked to be available to help coach.
  • An introductory, fun level for boys and girls where players start forming their love of the game.
  • Basics taught:  hitting, catching, throwing, running and fielding, and a fun environment will be priority.
  • Games are not focused on score, rather on learning how the game flows from inning to inning.
  • Players will hit from a tee, teams may introduce coach pitch throughout the season.
  • Teams are kept small to allow the coach to maximize one-on-one time with each player. 
  • The season starts approximately mid-April with games scheduled through May/early June.
  • Games are 1-2 times per week and practices are typically no more than once a week, depending on the coach.
  • Required Equipment:  Baseball Mitt.  Helmets & bats available for use. (Optional equipment: baseball pants, cleats etc.  Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards)

Rookie (aka coach pitch):  League Age 6 - 8 (6yo's  must have played 1 year T-ball)

  • A fun, developmental level building on the skills introduced in t-ball.  
  • Game rules are beginning to be more enforced while still allowing coaches to have teaching moments. 
  • Modified rules also help the flow of the game while providing a fun environment.   Equal playing time is a goal.
  • Scores may be kept but team standings are not maintained by the League.
  • This division is designed to introduce the basic rules of baseball and start the kids on basic hitting, throwing, and catching.
  • Players progress from hitting pitches from a coach or machine to kid-pitch toward the end of the season.
  • Fundamentals include:
    • Proper batting stance/grip, and base-running.
    • Defensive positions and where to play the ball.
    • Throwing accurately to designated targets, consistently catching thrown balls, proper fielding of grounders and easy pop-ups,
    • Proper use of equipment including, no throwing bats, wearing catchers gear, batting helmets, etc).
    • Appropriate dress for practice and games.
    • Good sportsmanship: being positive, cheering for your team, shaking hands after game, etc.
  • The season starts Mid-April and runs through early June.
  • Games are 1-2 times per week and practices are typically no more than once a week, depending on the coach.
  • Required Equipment:  Mitt, cleats & pants (optional).  Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards.

Minors Division:  League Age 9 - 10 

  • A moderately competitive level with some rule modifications.
  • This division continues development and is designed to introduce players to pitching.
  • Players should already be able to hit, throw and catch with proficiency.
  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized.
  • 100% kid-pitch.
  • Typical Skills: consistent ability to throw and catch, can hit an easy pitch most of the time, hitting balls to the outfield more often. 
  • Stealing is permitted with some exceptions.  Players have an increased awareness of more complex situations.
  • Team selection by skills assessment and team draft in March.  
  • Players registering for a Minors team will need to attend the skills assessment.
  • "Home Plate" Umpire/Coach will call balls/strikes.
  • Teams and families practice good sportsmanship. Providing positive encouragement, and respecting coaches, umpires and opponents.
  • Scores and standings are kept for the first time and there is a tournament.
  • The season starts Mid-April and typically ends in early June with a City Tournament for the top seeded teams at the end of the season.
  • Games are 2 times per week and practices can be up to 5 days a week, depending on the coach.
  • Required Equipment - Mitt, Cleats, Baseball Pants, Athletic Cup. Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards.
  • This division will have an All-Star team representing the division at the end of the season.

Majors Division:  League Age 11 - 12

  • A competitive level.  Scores and standings are kept; there is a tournament.
  • Typical baseball rules are strictly enforced.
  • Players must be able to hit, throw, and catch with a high proficiency.
  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized; not all kids will play all positions.
  • 100% kid-pitch. 
  • Skills include: Consistent ability to throw and catch, can hit a more difficult pitch most of the time, hitting balls to the outfield more often, and have increased baseball awareness of more complex situations.
  • Team selection by skills assessment and team draft in March.
  • Players registering for a Majors division team must attend tryouts.
  • 10 yo's wanting to try for a Majors team must meet minimum skill requirements and have played 1 year on a minors team. If your league age 10 player meets the requirements, you can mark your plans to attend tryouts on the registration form.
  • Uniformed umpires will be provided for all games.
  • Teams and families continue good sportsmanship, positive encouragement; Respecting coaches, umpires and opponents.
  • The season starts Mid-April and typically ends early June with a City Tournament for the top seeded teams at the end of the season.
  • Games are 2 times per week and practices can be up to 5 days a week, depending on the coach.
  • This division will have an All-Star team representing the division at the end of the season.
  • Field Size: 46/60 - 200
  • Required Equipment:  Mitt, Cleats, Baseball Pants, Athletic Cup.  Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards.

Intermediate Division:  League Age 13

  • Team selection might include a skills assessment and team draft.
  • Advanced level of baseball knowledge and skill required. 
  • Lead offs, pick-offs and steals are allowed.
  • Players usually understand baseball situations with minimal adult guidance. Can make routine infield and outfield plays, pitchers can throw harder with increasing accuracy and variation, batters increasingly able to hit the ball over the fence. 
  • 7 inning games.
  • Extended field dimensions (50' mound to plate, 70' base paths, 300 outfield)
  • Required Equipment:  Mitt, Cleats, Baseball Pants, Athletic Cup. 
  • Optional:  Batting glove, slide shorts
  • Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards.
  • This division may have an All-Star team representing the division at the end of the season.

Junior & Senior Baseball:  League Age 14 - 16

  • Advanced level of baseball knowledge and skill required.
  • Team selection by skills assessment and team draft as needed.
  • Required Equipment:  Mitt, Cleats, Baseball Pants, Athletic Cup, Batting Glove, Slide Shorts.
  • Personal Bats must meet Little League Safety Standards.
  • Full field dimensions (60/90 - 300). 
  • This division will have an All-Star team representing the division at the end of the season.

Player Age Determination

Division eligibility is partly based on "League Age" 

To determine your player's league age*, use Little League's Age Calculator:

Click HERE for Calculator

*Our younger players will need to have turned 4 years of age by the start of the season (3/31). This is specific to our League.

Registration Information

On-line Registration:  Open January 31.

  • To register, create a user account or log in to your current Little League account.  Follow the prompts to provide your player's information. 
  • Volunteers will also "register" through the website.
In Person Registration:   None scheduled at this time.

Weather Considerations

Spring sports means navigating spring weather—including rain.  Here’s a few things to consider:

1.)  Players need to come dressed for the weather; jerseys preferably on top. Always plan to show up and assume the game will be played through the rain.

2.)  Grounds crew/coaches use their discretion whether or not it's safe for play; when there’s an umpire on the field it becomes their responsibility.  We understand the inconvenience, and try to make an official call on field conditions by 5:00 pm.  If you haven't heard from us, plan to play.

3.)  In most cases, the game should be played in order to meet the minimum game requirement for minors & above to be eligible for tournament play (both the city tournament and all-stars). Rescheduled games will be held when fields and umpires are available.

Gear Swap - Donate Useable Gear

Mt Jumbo Westside encourages players & families to pass along their good, used baseball gear to our Gear Swap corner at our clubhouse.   You're welcome to donate or find something you need.  Items must be clean, in good, useable condition and meet safety standards as appropriate.  The Gear Swap will be available on field clean up day, and other days as needed.

Suggested items:
Baseball pants, cleats, baseball gloves, batting helmets or gloves, bats.

Contact

Mount Jumbo Westside Little League
Mount Jumbo Westside Little League, 2120 S Reserve St PMB 341
Missoula, Montana 59801

Email: [email protected]

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