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Baseball

Instructional Baseball 

Ages 6-8

A Baseball
Ages 6-7

A-Ball is geared toward teaching sound baseball fundamentals, such as proper throwing, fielding and batting techniques. The A-Ball program is your child’s first opportunity to hit a pitched baseball (an adult pitcher will pitch to your child). Your child will play in all of the defensive innings and will bat in all innings of a regular game. Our program will attempt to place players on teams grouped roughly by neighborhood elementary schools. If you would like to request a “buddy” for your player to be assigned on a team with, please coordinate with the other family before registering, as we can only guarantee “Mutual Buddy Requests.”

  • AGE: Your child should be 6 years old by August 31, 2021 to participate. Most children who play A-Ball are 1st graders, but some kindergarteners who are 6 years old play.
  • TEAMS: A-Ball teams are made up of 10 to 13 players.
  • PRACTICES: Teams typically practice one afternoon each week for about 90 minutes. Weekly practices start in early March.
  • GAMES: Teams will play 8 games on Saturdays during the season. Games are 3-4 innings and typically last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Games are played from early April through early June.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Field Preparation, Team parent, etc.
  • FEE:  $195. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.
AA Baseball
Ages 7-8

AA-Ball is for league age 7 year-olds who have at least one year of A-Ball experience; or any 8 year-olds (regardless of prior experience). AA-Ball features a more aggressive style of play and is designed to help your child make the transition from instructional to competitive baseball. AA-Ball focuses on good baseball fundamentals. An adult pitcher will pitch to your child from a distance of at least 36 feet with a flat overhand pitch. Strikes and strikeouts are called at AA-Ball. Outs are recorded, and three outs will retire the side. Your child will play in at least 3 of the 4 defensive innings (more defensive innings if more innings are played), but may not bat in all innings since outs are recorded. Our program will attempt to place players on teams grouped roughly by neighborhood elementary schools. If you would like to request a “buddy” for your player to be assigned on a team with, please coordinate with the other family before registering, as we can only guarantee “Mutual Buddy Requests.”

  • AGE: Your child should be 7 years old by August 31, 2021 to participate. Half of the children who play AA-Ball are 2nd graders. The other half are made up of 3rd graders who aren’t 9 years old, who are playing their second year of AA-Ball, and 1st graders who are 7 years old.
  • TEAMS: AA-Ball teams are made up of 10 to 13 players.
  • PRACTICES: Teams typically practice one afternoon each week for about 90 minutes. Weekly practices start in early March.
  • GAMES: Teams will play 8 games on Saturdays during the season. There will be a 2 to 4 mini-game AA Sluggers Jamboree on the weekend following the regular season. Games are 4-6 innings and typically last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Games are played from early April through the middle of June.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Field Preparation, Team parent, etc.
  • FEES: $195. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.

competetive Baseball 

Ages 9-12

AAA Baseball
Ages 9-10
 
  • If your player is NOT 9 years old by August 31, 2021, they are required to register for AA-Ball; even if they have already played AA-Ball. Your player may participate in the player evaluations, but 8 year olds will only be drafted to a AAA team if there is room on a team.

This is considered the first year of minors competitive baseball. Players will expand on the skills taught at AA. This is the first year that kids pitch in a game. Standings are kept and there is a tournament at the end of the year.

  • AGE: Players must be 9 years old by August 31, 2021 to participate. 8-year olds who played AA last year are welcome to try out for AAA, but there will be a limited number of slots allocated for 8-year olds based on registrations. Interested 8-year olds must still initially register for AA baseball, and notify the baseball Player Agent (playeragent-baseball@eastlakell.org) of their desire, and will need to attend the AAA player evaluations. Those 8-year olds who are actually drafed onto a AAA team will have their registration transferred from AA to Competitive Baseball by the Registration Officer, and the player will be responsible for an additional payment in order for the total paid to equal the registration registration fee for the Competitive level.
  • TEAMS: AAA teams are made up of 12 players. Teams are created by a skills evaluation and draft process in early February.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have three (3) “events” per week; three practices until season begins, then two games (1 weekday and 1 weekend) and one practice each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Games are 6 innings in length with three outs per inning. Practices start in early March and games are played through June.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.
Coast baseball
Ages 10-11

This is the highest level of minors competitive baseball. Players will work on hitting and pitching of different speeds. Standings are kept and there is a tournament at the end of the year.

  • TEAMS: Coast teams are made up of 12 players. Teams are created by a skills evaluation and draft process in early February.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have three (3) “events” per week; three practices until season begins, then two games (1 weekday and 1 weekend) and one practice each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Games are 6 innings in length with three outs per inning. Practices start in early March and games are played through June.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.
majors baseball
Ages 10-12

All 12-year-olds will be drafted onto a majors competitive baseball team, per Little League regulations. Players must be ready to hit a variety of pitching. Defensive awareness includes where to make the play and how to run the bases. Standings are kept and there is a tournament at the end of the year.

  • TEAMS: Majors teams are made up of 12 players. Teams are created by a skills evaluation and draft process in early February.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have 4 to 5 “events” per week. 3 practices until season begins, then 2-3 games per week (weekday and weekend) and 2 practices (one field and one batting) each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Games are 6 innings in length with three outs per inning. Practices start in early March and games are played through June.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.

big diamond Baseball 

Ages 13-16

intermediate 50/70 baseball
Age 13

The Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division is a program for 13 year olds and is an introduction to big field baseball where players can add more skill and strategy to their game. The base path distance increases to 70 feet and the pitching distance increases to 50 feet. Defensive awareness along with knowing where to make the play and how to run the bases becomes a more critical part of the game. Base stealing, sliding, and lead offs are allowed starting at this level. Metal or molded rubber cleats depending upon fields utilized.

  • TEAMS: Intermediate 50/70 teams will typically have between 12-14 players.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have 4 to 5 “events” per week. 3 practices until season begins, then 2-3 games per week (weekday and weekend) and 2 practices (one field and one batting) each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Practices start in early March and games are played through June. There will be approximately 22-25 games during the season and games are 7 innings in length with three outs per inning.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • UMPIRES: Eastlake Little League is continuing to use a Big Field Umpire program for the 2020 season utilizing paid professional umpires.
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.
juniors baseball
Age 14

The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for 14 year olds and is an introduction to the conventional 90-foot diamond with 90 feet base paths and a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Metal or molded rubber cleats depending upon fields utilized and no metal cleats on artificial pitching mounds.

  • TEAMS: Juniors teams will typically have between 12-14 players.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have 4 to 5 “events” per week. 3 practices until season begins, then 2-3 games per week (weekday and weekend) and 2 practices (one field and one batting) each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Practices start in late February to early March and games are played through June. There will be approximately 22-25 games during the season and games are 7 innings in length with three outs per inning.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • UMPIRES: Eastlake Little League is continuing to use a Big Field Umpire program for the 2020 season utilizing paid professional umpires.
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.
seniors baseball
Ages 15-16

The Senior League Baseball Division is a program for ages 15-16, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Bats must be 2-5/8″ diameter and must meet BBCOR performance standards not weighing, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (drop -3 only) (e.g. a 32 inch long bat must weigh 29 ounces). BESR rated bats are not be allowed. Metal or molded rubber cleats depending upon fields utilized.

  • TEAMS: Seniors teams will typically have between 12-14 players.
  • PRACTICES & GAMES: Players will usually have 4 to 5 “events” per week. 3 practices until season begins, then 2-3 games per week (weekday and weekend) and 2 practices (one field and one batting) each week. Practices typically last 2 hours and games are 3 hours; including warm-ups. Practices start in early March and games are played through June. There will be approximately 22-25 games during the season and games are 7 innings in length with three outs per inning.
  • VOLUNTEERS: Parent participation is necessary on many levels from Coaching, Umpiring, Field Preparation, Score Keeping, Team Parent, etc.
  • UMPIRES: Eastlake Little League is continuing to use a Big Field Umpire program for the 2020 season utilizing paid professional umpires. 
  • FEE: $295. There is a family cap of $500. Financial aid is available upon request.