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Baseball is offered for boys and girls 4 to 13 years old. League age requirements are determined by Little League International. Please use the League Age Calculator near the bottom of this page to find your child’s league age.Within the baseball program are teams in the following divisions: T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Rookies, AAA, Majors and Intermediate. Below are descriptions and information about each division. 

T-Ball
T-ball is designed for boys and girls 4 and 5 years old as well as 6 year olds with no baseball experience. It is an introductory program where players are introduced to the game of baseball. Players bat using a tee and/or soft toss from a coach. Scores and standings are not kept, teams typically play once during the week and once on the weekend. Players will be provided a uniform shirt and hat. 

Coach Pitch
Coach Pitch baseball is designed for boys and girls 6 to 8 years old who have played at least one year of t-ball. It is an instructional division that will focus on throwing, catching and batting skills to prepare players for advancement to player pitch divisions. Scores and standings are not kept, teams practice or play twice a week. Players signed up for Coach Pitch do not participate in spring training and will be placed on teams in early April. Players will be provided a uniform top, hat, gray baseball pants and socks. 

NOTE: DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT AT ALL PLAYER PITCH LEVELS IS EVALUATION BASED - ELL makes all divisional placement decisions 

Rookies
The Rookies Division is designed for boys and girls 7 and 8 years old who have played at least one year of Coach Pitch baseball. This division will be entirely player pitch with umpires calling balls and strikes. Players will pitch from 40’, rather than the 46’ distance of AAA and Majors. The environment is competitive with teams from other surrounding towns being involved in league play.

The transition from coach pitch to player pitch can be very challenging. Players at this level must demonstrate a consistent ability to throw and catch a baseball for basic safety reasons. The focus at this level continues to be on individual skill development and understanding of situational play, including the development of pitching and the catcher positions. However, the main emphasis remains on development and fun. Generally, players will experience playing different positions. Uniforms: Players will be provided a uniform top, hat, gray baseball pants and socks. 

AAA 
The AAA division is designed for players 9 and 10 years old. This is a player pitch league in which scores and standings are kept and includes the opportunity to compete against teams from surrounding towns in District Two. Emphasis is based on applying the fundamentals learned at the lower levels and continuing to learn game strategy, while learning the skills specific to each position. Teams will typically play 2 games a week. Uniforms: Players will be provided a uniform top, hat, gray baseball pants and socks. 

Majors
Majors is a competitive division designed for 10 to 12-year-olds in which scores and standings are kept. This division represents the highest level of play on the 60’ diamond. Our teams will compete with other towns in District Two. While the competitive feel increases at this level, coaches continue to focus on refining and improving skills, team building and teaching the game. Playing time may not necessarily be equal among players at the Majors level. Players will be provided a uniform top, hat and socks. Gray pants are also available, but we have found that most players at this level choose to provide their own pants. For this reason we ask parents to purchase a pair of gray pants. 

Intermediate
The Intermediate division is a competitive division open to 11, 12 and 13 year olds. All 13 year olds will play in this division. We strongly encourage 12 year olds to play in this division, though they do have the option of playing in majors on the 60’ diamond. The Intermediate Division provides a game that more closely resembles “real” baseball, including rules regarding leading off bases, stealing and others that are in line with the sport on higher levels. For those players who are ready, it will allow players to be challenged and to play with and against like-minded players of similar ability in Northampton and our surrounding communities. Easthampton teams will compete with other towns in District Two. The teams typically play 2 games per week. 

NOTE: DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT AT ALL PLAYER PITCH LEVELS IS EVALUATION BASED - ELL makes all divisional placement decisions 

 

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