Most age groups within KVBSA are structured into multi-tiered leagues to promote competitiveness. These leagues are identified as Community, Advanced, and Open. The Community league is geared toward newer teams or those teams which draw from a smaller pool of players. These teams would be classified as AA in USSSA. The Open league is geared toward the highly competitive teams which recruit talent from a broad pool of players and would be classified as AAA or Major in USSSA. The Advanced league is between Community and Open and geared toward teams that are high AA or AAA.
Team managers determine which league within an age group they wish to participate, although a team's previous season record will serve as a guide to place teams in the most appropriate league. Also, KVBSA has residency guidelines which influence the league a team will participate in.
In recent years, KVBSA age groups have supported the following leagues:
Within these leagues, teams are separated into divisions based on number of teams, geography, talent, or a combination of these except for 14U which usually splits based on Early start (April) versus Late start (following high school season). The structure is determined during age-specific meetings scheduled throughout February and early March.
While KVBSA allows flexibility in determining the divisions within each league, we have defined some guidelines on how divisions and game schedules should be setup.
During the month of February and early March, KVBSA holds a meeting for each specific age group to define the league structure within that age group. This includes assigning teams to divisions and identifying the number of games to be played against each opponent.
Once the league structure for a specific age group is defined:
Each age's league structuring meeting will be facilitated by Jeff or Steve and will follow this general outline:
Teams MAY NOT begin scheduling until KVBSA approves the final structure.