League Overview

The Evergreen Park Athletic Association is a chartered member of Little League Baseball Inc., for ages 5-16 and is a proud member of Illinois Little League District 8.

The E.P.A.A. is made up of six divisions or leagues of play:  T-Ball (ages 5-6), Pee-Wee (7-8), Minor League (9-10), Major League (11-12), Junior League (ages 13-14), and Senior League (ages 15-16).  The Senior team plays it’s games at Evergreen Park High School.  Players who are considered league age 14 years old and in high school can play either Junior League or Senior League.  For all-star structure information click on the all-star link on the main page.

The E.P.A.A. also participates in inter-league play will all other members of Illinois District 8 Little League (Alsip, Chicago Ridge, and Palos).  This includes home and away games.

Players must play in the league their age is.  The league age determination date is April 30th.  The only exceptions would be for safety or players who turn 5-years old by September 1st are still eligible to play T-ball.  To view the League Age chart click here.

The League offers a Sunday League for players ages 9-14. To view the Sunday League FAQ click on the Sunday League link.

T-Ball (ages 5-6)
The Tee-Ball Division is for boys and girls ages 5-6-years old who want to learn the
fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee.
Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching. The primary
goals of Tee Ball is to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow
them to experience the value of teamwork. Rosters are usually composed of between
11 and 14 players. No live player pitching is permitted in this division. Generally, the
diamond used is a 60-foot diamond, but the league has the option to use a 50-foot
diamond.
Also, after several games, coaches pitch to their own players. Coaches also serve as
catchers. Players still have the option to use a tee once coach pitch begins. No score
is kept. Basic game rules are taught, and players are rotated among all of the different
fielding positions. Basic fundamentals of throwing, catching, fielding and beginning
hitting are taught.

Pee-Wee (ages 7-8)
The Pee-Wee Division is for boys and girls ages 7-8. It lets players build on the basic
fundamentals learned in T Ball. Fielding skills are expanded as players learn to field a
ground ball and throw to a base, catch a pop fly and learn how to get an out for their
team.
The catcher and pitcher positions are introduced. Players continue to play and learn
all defensive positions. Hitting is taught through the use of some modified rules at the
beginning of the season. Base running skills are introduced but no stealing of bases is
allowed. Scores are kept and standings are used for seeding at a year-end tournament
for which all teams qualify.
Also, an 8-year-old All-Star team gives children of this division the opportunity to
experience tournament competition.

Minor League (ages 9-10)
The Minor League Division is for boys and girls ages 9-10. The diamond used is a
60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.
Baseball fundamentals continue to be developed although players will begin to learn
several specific infield and outfield positions instead of all defensive positions. Base
stealing and bunting are used in game situations and infield/outfield skills continue to
be stressed. Scores are kept and standings are used for seeding at a year-end
tournament for which all teams qualify.
Also, it gives children of this age the opportunity to experience tournament
competition, up to state level with a 9- and 10-year-old district team. There is also a 9-
year-old all-star team that will come from this division.

Major League (ages 11-12)
The Major Division is for boys and girls ages 11-12. The diamond used is a 60-foot
diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.
Strong fundamental skills and team strategies are stressed in this more competitive
level. A strong commitment to the program is expected. Players will use and enhance
the skills used at the minor league levels so that their team can be competitive with
other teams. Scores and standing are kept for a year-end tournament for all teams.
Also, it gives children of this age the opportunity to experience tournament
competition, as the league may enter one team in the International Tournament. The
culmination of the International Tournament is the Little League Baseball World
Series, featuring teams from around the globe. There is also an 10- & 11-year-old
District Tournament team that competes up to state level.

Junior League (ages 13-14)
The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 13-14,
using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. (A
modified diamond of 80-foot bases and 54-foot mound is used by the E.P.A.A. for
home games during the regular season.) Scores are kept and standings are used for
seedings at a year-end tournament.
The E.P.A.A. chooses a Tournament Team of 13-14-year-olds from within this
division, and enters the team the International Tournament. The culmination of the
International Tournament is the Junior League Baseball World Series, featuring teams
from around the globe. There is also a 13-year-old District Tournament team.

Senior League (ages 14-16)
The Senior League Baseball Division is for boys and girls 14-16 years old, using a
conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. The
E.P.A.A. also chooses a Tournament Team from within this division, and the team
competes in the International Tournament. The culmination of the International
Tournament is the Senior League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around
the globe.