Three Rivers Little League is a competitive youth baseball and softball league for boys and girls ages 8 to 14. TRLL boundaries include the towns of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Edwards and Vail, and reaching as far as the rural areas of Red Cliff, Minturn, Bond, and Marble.
Three Rivers Little League is a 501(c)3 non-profit run by nearly 100 volunteers. TRLL is a chartered member of Little League International located in Colorado Distric 1 in the Southwestern Region. The District 1 offices are located in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Early bird registration opens Friday Dec 21, 2018. The cost is $225.
Regular registration begins Feb 16, 2019. The cost is $275.
Save $50 by registering and completing payment by Feb 15, 2019.
Baseball players must be between the LLI league age of 8 and 14 years old. 7-year-olds with exceptional experience and ability may be eligible to register and play with an approved waiver from the TRLL Board of Directors.
The below dates are a general guideline. Dates are subject to change depending on Little League International and District 1 requirements. Weather and field availability may be a factor in cancellations or postponements.
December 21,2019 Registration Opens and Early Bird Registration Begins
February 15, 2019 Early Bird Registration Ends
Feb 16, 2019 Regular Season Pricing Begins
March 1 to 4, 2019 Assessments
March 4 to 18, 2019 Division Are Assigned and Teams Are Picked
March 4, 2019 Registration Closes
March 18, 2019 Practices Begin
April 6, 2019 Opening Day/Regular Season Begins
May 31, 2019 Regular Season Ends
June 3, 2019 All Star Teams Are Picked
June 15 to July 15, 2019 All Star Games District 1
GAMES and PRACTICE
TRLL offers 16 to 20 regional games with relatively minimal travel considering the large territory that our league covers from Aspen to Vail and surrounding communities. We do our best to schedule games with the least amount of travel. The number of games may vary depending on weather cancellations and field availability.
Due to our high altitude and limited playing fields: Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale players practice a majority of the time at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.
Players in Glenwood Springs practice a majority of the time in Glenwood Springs.
Vail, Avon and Edwards players practice a majority of time at Mountain Recreation fields in Edwards and Mountain Recreation fields in Eagle. Eagle teams practice at the Mountain Recreation fields in Eagle. Gypsum teams practice at the Mountain Recreation Fairgrounds, Gypusm Sports Complex and the 2nd Street Field in Gypsum.
All fields are subject to weather, playability conditions, and availability. Practice location, frequency of practices, and times, are determined by each team’s coaching staff.
DIVISIONS and TEAMS- BASEBALL
Players are placed in Divisions based on age, experience, ability, and the overall numbers in a division. Age is not the only determining factor. For example, an 11 year-old may be best placed on Minors, Major Minors, or Intermediate 50/70 depending on ability, experience, size, and strength.
Players are placed on Teams by the school they attend and/or the towns they are near. Depending on overall league numbers, teams may be formed across two or more towns and schools. We strive to have no less than 12 players, and no more than 15 players, on a team. Teams in the Minor division may have more than 15 players.
TRLL has 4 divisions of play established by Little League International. The following divisions and their descriptions are general guidelines. Players may be asked to play in a division outside of the target age.
Minors is an introductory division. Players are learning the rules of the game and developing fundamental skills. There is no leading off or stealing. The batting line up at games includes the entire roster in attendance whether playing defense on the field or not. Each player in attendance at games is guaranteed 6 consecutive outs in the field and 2 at bats.
Target Ages: 8, 9, 10
Field Size: 60 foot bases/46 foot pitcher’s mound.
Major Minors Baseball
Major Minors is a division for kids with more experience and knowledge of the game and/or older players with little experience that need to build skills. Younger players with strong skills and more experience may be eligible and appropriate for this division. There is no leading off but stealing is allowed. Only the 9 players in the field playing defense are placed in the batting order, but substitutes are guaranteed to play a minimum of 6 consecutive outs in the field and 1 at bat.
Target Ages: 10, 11
Field Size: 60 foot bases/46 foot pitcher’s mound
Intermediate 50/70 Baseball
Intermediate 50/70 is an introduction to a slightly larger field and the full rules of baseball including leading off, stealing, balks, and dropped third strike. Game day batting line ups include only the 9 players in the field playing defense. Each player in attendance at games is guaranteed 6 consecutive outs on the field and 1 at bat.
Target Ages: 11, 12
Player Pitch/Full Baseball Rules
Field Size: 70 foot bases/50 foot pitcher’s mound
Juniors play on MLB size fields. For many players that have played and grown up through Little League, Juniors is an acknowledgement of their hard work and dedication to the game. It prepares them for playing in high school and beyond. Since the start of TRLL in the 1990s, 13 year-olds have been designated to play Juniors. TRLL will continue the policy for 2019. Unless a 13 year-old has no experience or demonstrates an specific need to play in the lower division of 50/70, they will be placed on a Junior team. A 13 year-olds that plays Intermediate 50/70 will need an approved waiver from the TRLL Board of Directors.
Target Ages: 13, 14
Player Pitch/Full Baseball Rules
Field Size: 90 foot bases/60’6” pitcher’s mound
DIVISIONS and TEAMS- SOFTBALL
Girls’ Major softball teams are formed across several towns within the TRLL boundaries. Typically, there is a team from the Eagle Valley, one from Glenwood Springs, and one from Aspen/Basalt/Carbondale. Team location and size may vary depending on registration numbers. Major rosters are comprised of 10 to 15 players. Major teams play approximately 12 to 15 games. Games are played within TRLL boundaries [Eagle, Gypsum, Glenwood Spring], but also travel as far as Grand Junction to find good and appropriate competition.
Target Ages: 9 to 12
Player Pitch/Full Softball Rules
Field Size: 60 foot bases/40 foot pitcher’s mound
Girls’ Junior softball teams are formed across several towns within the TRLL boundaries. Typically, there is a team from the Eagle Valley, one from Glenwood Springs, and one from Aspen/Basalt/Carbondale. Team location and size may vary depending on registration numbers. Junior rosters are comprised of approximately 10 to 15 players. Junior teams play approximately 15 to 20 games. Juniors play games within TRLL boundaries [Eagle, Gypsum, Glenwood Springs], but also travel as far as Grand Junction to find good and appropriate competition.
Target Ages: 13 to 15
Player Pitch/Full Softball Rules
Field Size: 60 foot bases/40 pitcher’s mound
TRLL picks players and forms teams to compete in LLI District 1 All Stars. Players are picked by coaches, the board of directors, and the players themselves.
TRLL competes in as many divisions of District 1 All Stars as the number of eligible players and coaches allow. Players may compete in one division for the regular season but qualify to compete in a division above or below for All Stars.
District 1 All Star tournament is held in or near Grand Junction. The All Star season begins in early June and the tournament is held between the end of June to the middle of July. Successful teams move on to the Regional Tournament in Texas held in July and August. Players that are placed on all stars teams should be prepared to be available to practice and travel between June and the end of July. All star players will incur additional fees and travels expenses.
All volunteers, players, parents, coaches, umpires, and any one involved or near TRLL is expected to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity. We follow LLI.
Every player is required to sell 10 raffle tickets to friends, family, neighbors and/or acquittances. Some players go the extra mile and sell as many as 40 or 50. Raffle proceed go to help run the league in all aspects of operation from field improvements to uniforms.
We believe this is a way for players to become involved in the operation of TRLL and to become better aware of what it takes to play Little League baseball, to promote their sport and play, and to get out into the community and develop social skills and interaction.
TRLL needs unpires. In order to attract quality comitted umpires we pay umpires per game. More and better umpires may be the single most important factor in making TRLL better. Umpires are the only TRLL staff that is paid. Please consider umpiring and if you know anyone who would be even slightly interested in umpiring, please have them contact us. Or, let us know and we'll reach out to them.
TRLL and the players needs your help. We have a lot of territory from Aspen to Vail and many ways that you can help from team parent, to town and player representitives, to helping with assessment, to coaching, or the board of directors. No matter your experience there are ways to help big and small. Please consider making a difference and stepping up to the plate.
All TRLL coaches are volunteers. Coaches are picked, assigned, and evaulated each year by the TRLL BOD. TRLL needs more good coaches. All coaches and are required to submit an application including their coaching experience, submit to a background check, and complete a concussion and first aid certification course.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TRLL is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. For more information on becoming board member or getting involved as a coach, player or town representative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.