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  • NLLN Leagues & Divisions
  • Approved Bats
  • Players Need to Provide Batting Helmets for All Divisions
  • Game Day Responsibilities (Majors, AAA Minors, AA Minors)
NLLN Leagues and Divisions

Our league serves kids ages 4-12 in Northern Novato, CA. We have five divisions: Tee Ball, Rookie, AA Minors, AAA Minors and Majors. We operate two seasons; a Spring season and a Fall Ball season. Click here for a map of Novato Little League North Boundary Lines. (NLLN serves families residing in the Pleasant Valley, San Ramon, and Rancho elementary school neighborhoods).  

Tee Ball:  Tee Ball Division is an introductory level of baseball where players hit off a tee and safety baseballs are used. The emphasis is on fun in learning in this division and it's a great introduction to the fundamentals of baseball. The age group is 4-6 year olds. No scores are kept.

Rookie:  This division is the next step up from Tee Ball. This league is for 7-8 year olds and where a pitching machine is used. The emphasis is on instructing the young players about positions and rules of the game of baseball. No scores are kept.

AA Minors:  This division is for 8-11 year olds. This is the player's first experience of competitive baseball, although there is a continued focus on instruction and development of baseball skills and knowledge. The league uses a regulation Little League baseball. Scores and standings are kept, umpires manage the game, and there are league playoffs.

AAA Minors:  This division is for 8-11 year olds. This competitive baseball intended to prepare players to advance to the Majors. The league uses a regulation Little League baseball. Scores and standings are kept and umpires manage the game. There are league playoffs, city playoffs, and TOC playoffs.

Majors:  Majors are comprised of 10- 12 year olds. This is a competitive league where scores and standings are kept and umpires manage the game. There are league playoffs, city playoffs, TOC playoffs. All-Stars teams are comprised of players from this division.


Approved Bats
The NLLN Board of Directors has voted to allow certain metal, metal-composite and all composite bats. Over the past several years, Little League has imposed additional testing and certification measures in connection with approving composite bats for use in Little League games. The ONLY metal, metal-composite and all composite bats that are approved for play during entire Little League season are bats that appear on the official Little League Approved Bats list. Wood bats that are 100% wood are also acceptable at all levels of play.  For any questions about approved bats, please contact one of our Board members. 

Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. Click below to find the latest bat information, including the current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.


Players Need to Provide Batting Helmets for All Divisions

The NLLN Board of Directors has voted to require that players in all Divisions provide their own batting helmet. This is primarily to ensure that all players are protected by a helmet that fits properly and mitigate safety concerns.  The league has helmets available for anyone in need, please contact Scott Davis, Equipment Manager, at .

Game Day Responsibilities (Majors, AAA Minors, AA Minors)

NLLN is a volunteer organization that operates only through the volunteer efforts of a dedicated Board of Directors and the family and friends of children participating in the league. One of the obligations that every family member takes on when they have a child playing in the league, is contributing to an enjoyable game day experience or our kids, coaches and spectators. See detialed information at the following links:

1. NLLN Game Day Responsibilities (click here for documents under Team Parents - Game Day Duties)

2. GameChanger information and instructions (link to GameChanger training videos and scorekeeper training materials)

3. Template for team assignment of Game Day Duties (click here for documents under Team Parents - Game Day Duties)

Please contact Board Member Claudio Cipolina with any questions.