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Division Descriptions


T-Ball
 
This program is designed for children baseball-age 4, 5 and 6 years old (Pre-K & K or those 1st graders who are just being introduced to the sport) who are interested in developing their skills throwing, hitting, and catching; often this is a child’s first exposure to organized baseball.  Primary focus is skill development in a fun and encouraging environment with some game-type activity.  With safety in mind, a softer version of the traditional baseball is used.  Generally, each session will include various skill drills and a few innings of game situations where in players are introduced to the basic rules of baseball, field positions, and running the bases. 

The T-Ball program is conducted on Saturday mornings in 1 session: 9-10:30 AM at Washington Park.

AA Ball - Coach Pitch

This program is designed for baseball-age 6-7 (1st graders) who have a basic skill set (can catch, field, throw, and swing a bat) and are now ready for more of a commitment to baseball [some 6 yr olds, who have played 1 year of T-Ball, will be considered with appropriate skill level and if numbers warrant].  The schedule will consist of 2-3 practices and/or games per week.  Games are conducted under modified baseball rules with coaches pitching to each player.  A RIF5 baseball is used for safety purposes (softer version of traditional baseball).  Practice sessions will focus on further skill development and game knowledge.

AA Farm Ball - Kid Pitch

This program is designed for baseball-age 8 years (2nd graders) who are ready for more advanced baseball concepts, competition, and commitment; teams will play or practice 3-4 times per week.  This is the first entry into a Kid-Pitch level of play where the coaches will work to add additional exposure to more advanced skills will be introduced throughout the season.  


AAA Ball (Minors)

This program is typically designed for baseball-age 9 and 10 years olds  (3rd/4th graders) who are ready for more advanced baseball concepts, competition, and commitment; teams will play or practice 3-4 times per week.  Games feature a 6-inning format with certified Umpires, base stealing, bunting, and players pitching (vs. Coach pitch). Games are conducted using certified umpires and follow the complete set of ITBL game rules. During the season the coaches will select an All-Star team to compete during a single elimination tournament against teams from surrounding communities.

Majors

This program is typically designed for baseball-age 10-12 year olds (5th/6th graders).  This is the most competitive level of baseball with season standings being recorded to determine a Regular Season champion and a Post-Season tournament to determine the Tournament champion.  Games are conducted using certified umpires and follow the complete set of ITBL game rules. Teams play 2-3 games per week; practices are at the discretion of the Manager. During the season the coaches will select an All-Star team to compete during a single elimination tournament against teams from surrounding communities.

Evaluations/Tryouts

Evaluations and/or Tryouts are used at all levels, except T-Ball and AA-Coach Pitch, for all players seeking to move up a division from the previous year or are new to the League.  The primary purpose of the evaluation is to assess player skill levels and safety factors.  At the AA and AAA level, every effort is made to create evenly matched teams, with players who can safely participate at that level, to help foster player development and skills.  Tryouts for the Minors and Majors level are used to evaluate talent more closely and players are chosen for teams via a traditional draft method.