How To Determine The League Age Of Your Youth Baseball Player

First off, Happy New Year to everyone in my Rhode Island Baseball Community!!! I hope 2021 brings you and your family much happiness and joy. Ok, so leagues here in Rhode Island are opening up registration for the Spring 2021 season. Your son or daughter was born on September 1, 2009. That means that your child will be 12 years old this September, correct? Well, yes and no. Yes, your child’s age on September 1, 2021 is (in birth years) 12 years of age. However, No, your child’s league age according to Little League® is only 11 years of age. This league age is your child’s eligibility to play in certain levels or divisions of Little League® baseball. Here is more from their official website,

“Your player’s league age is determined by the Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Age Charts. The dates for baseball and softball are different, but each determines the division in which your Little Leaguer will play this season. The Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child on August 31 of the current year. The Age Determination Date for a Little League Softball player is the actual age of a child on December 31 of the previous year.”

Here is the league age chart for baseball, 2021 registration purposes:

If you son or daughter is participating in the Challenger Division, here is the league age chart:

If you have any questions after visiting the Little League® website, it is best to contact your local Rhode Island Little League. Eligibility software is on most league websites now as well. For example, when you enter your child’s age in the registration form on your league’s website, most will automatically select the appropriate division for your child’s league age. If all else fails, contact a league administrator, player agent, or league president for clarification.

Good luck with registration. If you have any questions, send me a message and I will do everything I can to assist. Email is

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