What is Little League Intermediate (50/70) Division?
- The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division was introduced in January, 2010, as a pilot program for 12 and 13 year-olds which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.
- The division, which was new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 for players league-age (11-13) with postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).
- Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.
- The culmination of the International Tournament is the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.
Why did we choose to participate in this division?
- Since we now have a Junior High School (7th – 8th grade) Armstrong Riverhawks Baseball team, this division provides the appropriate “step-up” from the traditional Little League Major Division and before either Little League Junior Division or 14U PONY Division.
- Little League Baseball is a structured program, with clearly defined rules, no local league-specific rules permitted.
What is the difference from PONY Bronco Division (11-12)?
- PONY Bronco Division allows players (11-12) to participate and reverts to Major League Baseball rules if there is a rule that is not outlined in the PONY rule book. PONY Baseball also allows local leagues to insert their own additional rules, which can lead to confusion and other issues. Intermediate (50/70) Division is almost identical to PONY Bronco Division rules, but within the Little League structure and has a clearly defined set of rules.
- PONY Bronco Division is typically for (11-12) year olds. Little League Intermediate (50/70) Division is for (11-13) year olds.
Can players double roster?
- Yes, (11-12) year olds can double roster in both Little League Major Division (11-12) and Little League Intermediate (50/70) Division (11-13).
What type of bats are permitted in Little League Intermediate (50/70) Division?
- Players can choose to either use the approved USA Baseball bats or BBCOR -3 bats. BBCOR -3 (drop 3) bats are utilized in the older divisions, Little League Junior and Senior Leagues, PONY 14U and above, as well as High School and College Baseball.
How many teams will we play?
- We currently have (5) other organizations involved in this division this season. More may come onboard in the coming months. Those organizations are: Apollo, Deer Lakes, Indiana, Lower Burrell and Lower Valley.