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Levels of Play

A Ball (Draft)

6th graders and 5th graders – 12 and 11 year olds. Anyone age 12 years old or turning 12 years old during the season can only play A Ball. If there are not enough 12 year olds to complete pre-determined 12 or 13 player rosters, 11 year olds are drafted at the A ball level to round out rosters.

A Ball level typically practices for 1.5 hours on Saturday or Sunday, takes batting practice in the Spring Rock cages for 1 hour one night per week along with optional batting practice 1 hour before games.

B Major (Draft)

5th graders and 4th graders – 11 and 10 year olds. Anyone age 11 years old or turning 11 years old during the season and not drafted in to A Ball will play in B Major. If there are not enough 11 year olds to complete pre-determined 12 or 13 player rosters, 10 year olds are drafted at the B Major level to round out rosters.

B Major level typically practices for 1.5 hours on Saturday or Sunday and takes batting practice in the Spring Rock cages for 1 hour one night per week.

B Minor (Draft)

4th graders and 3rd graders – 10 and 9 year olds. Anyone age 10 years old and not drafted in to B Major will play in B Minor. 9 year olds are drafted at the B Minor level to create rosters of 12 or 13 based on the pre-determined optimal team size.

B Major level typically practices for 1.5 hours on Saturday or Sunday and takes batting practice in the Spring Rock cages for 1 hour one night per week. The B Minor level is the first level where 100% of the season is a player pitch season.

C Ball (Non-Draft)

2nd graders – 9 and 8 year olds. 9 year olds or a player turning 9 years old during the season may only play C Ball if they are currently in 2nd grade.

C Ball level typically practices for 1.5 hours on Saturday or Sunday. At the C Ball level the season begins with coaches pitching for games transitioning in early May to a player pitch/coach pitch combination.

Coach Pitch (Non-Draft)

1st graders – 8 and 7 year olds. 8 year olds or a player turning 8 years old during the season may only play Coach Pitch if they are currently in 1st grade.

Coach pitch typically practices for a short period of time, 20-30 minutes, prior to the start of games. Based on coaches discretion teams may end the season by beginning games at the assigned game time. Coaches are then allowed to remain on the field to coach and instruct during games. Due to the age and attention span of children, parents are asked to help monitor the kids while at bat, on the bench, or in the field.

T Ball (Non-Draft)

Pre-K and Kindergarten – 4, 5 and 6 year olds. Kids playing T Ball one year do not automatically graduate to Coach Pitch the following season. All girls and boys interested in baseball or softball begin in T Ball including anyone interested in moving on to softball as they get older. T ball may be divided into two levels of play, Pre-K and Kindergarten where the two levels play separately and not against each other.

T Ball typically practices for a short period of time, 20-30 minutes, prior to the start of games. Based on coaches discretion teams may end the season by beginning games at the assigned game time. Coaches are then allowed to remain on the field to coach and instruct during games. Due to the age and attention span of children, parents are asked to help monitor the kids while at bat, on the bench, or in the field.







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