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Organized leagues

Baseball is played at a number of levels, by amateur and professionals, and by the young and the old. Youth programs use modified versions of adult and professional baseball rules, which may include a smaller field, easier pitching (from a coach, a tee, or a machine), less contact, base running restrictions, limitations on innings a pitcher can throw, liberal balk rules, and run limitations, among others. Since rules vary from location-to-location and among the organizations, coverage of the nuances in those rules is beyond this article.


Following is a list of organized leagues:

  • Youth Leagues
    • Little League, a youth program, headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (USA).
    • Dizzy Dean Baseball a youth program in the USA.
    • American Legion Baseball, a youth program, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.
    • USSSA Baseball a youth and adult program, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri (USA).
    • Ripken Baseball, a youth program, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland (USA).
    • Babe Ruth League, a youth program, headquarted in Trenton, New Jersey (USA).
  • High School
    • In the USA, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and each state association governs the play of baseball at the high school level.
  • Collegiate Level
    • List of Collegiate Summer Baseball Leagues
    • NCAA, including NCAA Division I and the College World Series, are collegiate level baseball programs played in the USA.
    • National Club Baseball Association (NCBA)
  • International Competition
    • Many international baseball events are coordinated by the International Baseball Federation, including The World Cup and The World Baseball Classic.
    • As an Olympic sport, see earlier section on the status of baseball in the Olympic games, and the article "Baseball at the Summer Olympics."
  • Semi-professional baseball
    • Independent Baseball
  • Professional baseball
    • Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States;
    • Minor League baseball in the United States;
    • Negro League baseball, defunct since 1958, in the United States.
    • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
    • Mexican Baseball
    • Japanese Baseball
    • Taiwan professional baseball
    • Korean Baseball Organization (KBO)
    • Australian Baseball
There are also smaller professional leagues in China, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and many others.


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