Spring Baseball League Overviews

UpdatedThursday April 29, 2021 byMolly Bryant.

Overview

League

Grade

Games

Team Placement

Max Bat Size

Rookie T-Ball

Pre-K

8

School Grouping1

T-Ball Bat or up to 33" length, 2 5/8" diameter

Bantam

K and 1st

14

School Grouping1

Up to 33" length, 2 5/8" diameter

Mustang

2nd

14

School Grouping1

Up to 33" length, 2 5/8" diameter

Minor

3rd and 4th

14

Draft

Up to 34" length, 2 5/8" diameter

Major

5th and 6th

14

Draft

Up to 34" length, 2 3/4" diameter

Pony

7th and 8th

14

Draft

Up to 36" length, 2 3/4" diameter

 

 

  • All coaches are background checked by Choice Screening after teams are formed.
  • Late fee of $25 if signed up after registration end date (and wait listed)
  • Refund less $30 administrative fee if registered before cut-off.
  • Full refund if placement could not be accommodated via wait list

Rookie T-Ball League – Pre-K

An instructional and non-competitive league where boys and girls focus on developing the fundamentals of fielding and hitting. Players (and parents) learn the basics of baseball - positions, hitting, running, defense, teamwork and sportsmanship. Note: for 2020, the Catcher position has been eliminated for Rookie, Bantam and Mustang leagues to ensure propre social distancing between players.

  • Games are played with age appropriate rule modifications.
  • Score is not kept.
  • Coaches are volunteers and normally parents.
  • Coaches focus on teaching positional awareness, hand eye coordination and baseball fundamentals.
  • A safety ball (flexball) and safety base at first base are used throughout the season.
  • Games are held on Wednesdays with a few exceptions on Saturdays.
  • Most games will be played at the fields located by Richmond/Haines.
  • No more than two (2) baseball related events (practices/games) in any given week.
  • Practices are held on Monday or Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for the first few practices.
  • Rookie level clinics may be scheduled throughout the year to familiarize players with additional drills for team and home practice.
  • Clinic dates will be communicated upon schedule publishing.

Registration Ends:

April 1st

Ages

Pre-K (Must be 5 years old by 8/31 or try out to “play up”)

Games Played:

8

Practice/Season Start:

Mid May

Season End:

Last week of June

Team Placement:

By school boundry1

Bantam League – Kindergarten and 1st Grade2

A non-competitive, instructional league to learn the basic skills of baseball; i.e., positions, hitting, running, defense and sportsmanship. Note: for 2020, the Catcher position has been eliminated for Rookie, Bantam and Mustang leagues to ensure propre social distancing between players.

  • Coaches pitch to their team.
  • Games are played with age appropriate rule modifications.
  • Scores are kept but not reported.
  • Team standings are not maintained.
  • Coaches are volunteers and normally parents.
  • Games will be limited to five innings or 90 minutes
  • Most games will be played at the Richmond/Haines fields or Munhall Elementary fields.
  • Practices and/or games will typically be held three days a week with the final schedule being published two weeks prior to the season’s start.
  • Games non-competitive play to be scheduled on a Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons with the possibility of a Friday evening game or two.
  • No more than three (3) baseball related events (practices/games) in any given week.
  • Bantam level clinics may be scheduled throughout the year in order to introduce players to additional drills that can then be practiced at home or during scheduled practices.
  • Clinic dates will be communicated upon schedule publishing

Registration Ends:

March 15th

Games Played:

14

Practice/Season Start:

Late April

Games Begin:

Mid May

Season End:

Last week of June

Team Placement:

By school boundry1

Baselines:

60 ft

Mustang League – 2nd Grade2

A non-competitive, instructional league to learn the basic skills of baseball; i.e., positions, hitting, running, defense and sportsmanship. Note: for 2020, the Catcher position has been eliminated for Rookie, Bantam and Mustang leagues to ensure propre social distancing between players.

  • Players are introduced to pitching.
  • Games are played with age appropriate rule modifications.
  • Scores are kept but not reported.
  • Team standings are not maintained.
  • Coaches are volunteers and normally parents.
  • Games will be limited to five innings or 90 minutes
  • Games non-competitive play to be scheduled on a Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday afternoons with the possibility of a Friday evening game or two.
  • Most games will be played at the Munhall Elementary fields.
  • Practices and/or games will typically be held three days a week with the final schedule being published two weeks prior to the season’s start.
  • Clinic dates will be communicated upon schedule publishing

Registration Ends:

March 15th

Games Played:

14

Practice/Season Start:

Late April

Games Begin:

Mid May

Season End:

Late June

Team Placement:

By school boundry1

Pitchers Mound:

40 ft

Baselines:

60 ft

Minor League – 3rd and 4th Grade2

A competitive league with emphasis on full skill development, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

  • Games are played with age appropriate rule modifications.
  • Scores are kept and team standings are posted after games are played.
  • Games will be limited to six (6) innings or two (2) hours whichever occurs first.
  • Players pitch for the entire game with each pitcher limited to two (2) innings.
  • Each game will have an official umpire.
  • Base stealing is introduced but limited to stealing only second base.
  • 2-3 practices per week before games begin the week of April 29th
  • Most games will be played at the fields located by Davis Elementary School with limited travel to surrounding communities of West Chicago, Geneva and Batavia.
  • We will attempt to schedule games on Tuesdays, Thursdays, an occasional Friday evening, and Saturdays.
  • No regular season games scheduled on Sunday except for end of season tourney (June 30th if needed).
  • Two (2) Mid-Season cross over games against Geneva and Batavia (subject to change)
  • One (1) All Star Game (only selected players).
  • End of Season Tournament (single-elimination).
  • Regular games end June 15th.
  • Make-up games and practices week of June 17th.
  • Playoffs begin June 24th (please keep that whole week open – all days through July 1st)

Registration Ends:

March 1st

Games Played:

14

Practice/Season Start

Early April

Season End

End of June

Team Placement

By draft

Pitchers Mound:

44 ft

Baselines:

60 ft

Major League – 5th and 6th Grade2

A competitive league with emphasis on refining skills of playing baseball, improving teamwork and sportsmanship while remaining instructional.

  • Games are played with age appropriate rule modifications.
  • Scores are kept and team standings are posted after games are played.
  • Games will be limited to seven (7) innings or two (2) hours whichever occurs first.
  • Players pitch for the entire game with each pitcher limited to two (2) innings.
  • Each game will have an official umpire.
  • Lead-offs are introduced.
  • Practices begin week of April 1st and teams will have 2-3 practices per week before games begin.
  • Most games will be played at the Fields located by East Side Sports Complex with potential travel to surrounding communities of West Chicago, Geneva and Batavia.
  • Mid-Season Tournament Games Against Geneva and Batavia.
  • No specific days of the week outlined at this level due to scheduling with Geneva and Batavia.
  • End of season playoff/tournament.

Registration Ends:

March 1st

Games Played:

14

Practice/Season Start

First week of April

Season End

End of June

Team Placement

By draft

Pitchers Mound:

48 ft

Baselines:

70 ft

Pony League – 7th and 8th Grade2

A competitive league with the emphasis on more detailed and advanced skills, continuing with instruction and sportsmanship as our highest values.

  • Majority of games will be played on weekdays with some possible weekend games.
  • Practices can be on weekends or weekdays.
  • Most games will be played at the Fields located by East Side Sports Complex with potential travel to surrounding communities of West Chicago, Geneva and Batavia.
  • Mid-Season Tournament Games Against Geneva and Batavia.
  • No specific days of the week outlined at this level due to scheduling with Geneva and Batavia.
  • End of season playoff/tournament.

Registration Ends:

March 1st

Games Played:

14

Practice/Season Start

First week of April

Season End

Last week of June

Team Placement

By draft


1 While we try our best to align teams to players that are in the same elementary school district boundaries, we do have to, on occassion, divide school grouping amongst more than one team.

2 Players that are under the age requirements but prepared to play at this level may do so if they qualify through a player evaluation and board approval process. Evaluation dates to be announced.