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Baseball

LYBS baseball levels are defined by grade, but age is also a factor in which division your child is eligible to play for.If your child is exceptionally young or old for their grade level, contact LYBS for guidance on selecting the right division or to request a waiver to play at a different level. For assistance email LYBS.


Kindergarten

T-Ball

T-Ball is offered to first time players who are 5 years old. T-ball is coed, with the emphasis on having fun.T-ball starts right after spring break and runs through the end of school. T-ball is one practice and one game per week. Teams play about 10 games during the season.

Games are usually on Saturday. Practice day and time are set by each Coach.


1st Grade

Cal Ripken A Ball (Coach Pitch)

A Baseball is designed as a transition for 1st graders with some knowledge of rules or with a year of T-Ball experience. The coach pitches to his/her own team the entire game, from a designated spot (usually in front of the regular pitching mound). Fundamentals are the focal point. An agreed upon number of coaches are allowed on the field and the pitching coach acts as the umpire. The goal is to get all the kids swinging aggressively at the ball. Generally, most kids are ready to move on to AA Baseball after one year of playing A ball. The season lasts from April through mid-June.

A practices are typically twice a week to start. Practice day and time are set by each coach. Once games begin, the coaches usually have one practice and 2 games.


2nd Grade

Cal Ripken AA Baseball (Machine Pitch)

AA Baseball is the next level of transition in the average child's development. Kids can play two years at the AA level. In AA ball there is a mixture of pitching machines, coach pitch, and player pitch. As always, the emphasis is on fundamental skills, including pitching, and the players begin to develop the ability to hit competitive pitching from an opposing player. Typically the season begins with machine pitch with a transition to player pitch as the season progresses. The season lasts from April through mid-June.

AA Teams usually start with 2 practices per week and then as games get into full swing, practices may be just once per week. Games are typically played 2x per week.

*At the end of the AA season, an All star team will be chosen by coaches in the league to compete in two local machine tournaments.


3rd & 4th Grade

Cal Ripken AAA Baseball (Developmental)

AAA Baseball is the next level of little league play after AA designed for players who are just getting into baseball or need more time to develop skills before playing with advanced rules. It will be played on local fields and the season will end mid-June. All AAA players are encouraged to attend the 3rd/4th grade level Evaluations.

Midget JBO (Competitive)

Midget JBO teams are competitive baseball teams for 9-10 year olds. Within this age group is 3 divisions of competition. Bases are to be 60′ apart; Pitching distance is 45′

National: Players with beginning or recreation level skills within each division
American: Players with intermediate level skills within each division
Federal: Players at the highest skill level within each division

This level plays more advanced rules. The season Teams also play weekend tournaments with post-season play available to teams that qualify. Players who wish to be considered to play Midget level must attend an evaluation session. ALL 3rd and 4th graders are encouraged to attend the 3rd/4th grade level evaluations.


5rd & 6th Grade

Junior JBO

Junior JBO teams are competitive baseball teams for 11-12 year olds. The season will lasts into July. Within this age group is 3 divisions of competition. Teams will also play weekend tournaments with post-season play available to teams that qualify. Juniors: Bases are to be 70′ apart; Pitching distance is 50"

National: Players with beginning or recreation level skills within each division
American: Players with intermediate level skills within each division
Federal: Players at the highest skill level within each division


Senior JBO: 7th & 8th Grade

Senior JBO teams are competitive baseball teams for 13-14 year olds. The season will lasts into July. Within this age group is 3 divisions of competition. Teams will also play weekend tournaments with post-season play available to teams that qualify. Juniors: Bases are to be 90′ apart; Pitching distance is 60'6"

National: Players with beginning or recreation level skills within each division
American: Players with intermediate level skills within each division
Federal: Players at the highest skill level within each division