Minors - age 9-10-11
Updated Monday July 31, 2017 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.
Minors Division (60' field) - (open to 9, 10 and 11 year old boys & girls)
Typically appropriate for children in: 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th grade
Prerequisite: players have 2-3 years of Coaches Pitch experience
This division is designed as the initial level of player-pitch baseball
Eight-year-olds seeking to play minors need to demonstrate a consistent ability to throw and catch a baseball for basic safety reasons. Also, the transition from coach pitch to player pitch can be very challenging. We have observed that the vast majority of 8-year-olds benefit from a second year of Rookie/Farm ball, even if they and their parents think they are ready for minors.
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 position. The environment is competitive and standings are kept with playoffs after the season. However, the main emphasis remains on development and fun. Generally, kids will experience playing a few positions, including trying pitching if they are interested.
Season begins each March with spring training with games beginning in mid/late April for about seven weeks, followed by playoffs ending in mid/late June. There are typically 2 to 3 games scheduled per week.
This division will compete against other teams from Easthampton, Southampton, Amherst and Belchertown. This expanded interleague play provides for a more competitive, diverse and enjoyable environment for all involved. As such, travel is required for away games to these communities.
Requests for a child to be placed with a specific coach or another player cannot be honored.
However, siblings in the same division will be placed together.
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend
Players will be provided a uniform top, hat and socks.
Parents are asked to purchase WHITE baseball pants.
NOTE: DIVISIONAL PLACEMENT IS EVALUATION BASED - NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions