Murrayhill Little League

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Schools within MHLL boundary include:

- Fir Grove
- Nancy Ryles
- Hiteon
- Scholls Heights
- Sexton Mountain
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Baseball Divisions

T-Ball
2018 Fee: $100.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey, Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: None

Offered to primarily 4 to 6 years who are completing kindergarten, although several older pre-Ks and 1st graders who are first time participants play. Players should be at least 5 years old by August 31. Kids are placed on school area teams. Usually starts with hitting from tee, then may move to coach pitching. 2 games per week and weather permitting, typically 14 games per year. (one during the week and one on Saturday). No score is kept and the emphasis is on having fun. Teams bat through the line-up, and we try to get teams off the field after 3 innings. Baseball is a complex, and at times slow, game so we encourage the managers to keep it moving. The focus is on introducing kids to the sport, and getting them interested in activities associated with the game so that they want to continue with baseball/softball next year.

Baseball - Coast
2018 Fee: $150.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey and Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: Jersey

Primarily 6 and 7 year-olds, with a few 8s. We encourage players to begin in T-ball, but athletic 6 year olds with a high level of interest can play Coast initially, especially if trying to keep up with classmates, as can first time 7s. Any player with average or better skill development and one year of T-Ball should be ready, although pre-Ks that play often play a second year of T-ball in order to play with classmates in Kindergarten.

Teams are formed based on school area or by request. Coast is entirely coach-pitch, and as in T-ball, a Safety-Soft ball is used. Teams have 2 games per week. Whether teams play every Saturday depends on whether we have an odd number of teams. Like T-Ball, no score is kept. Coaches try to concentrate on the fundamentals of catching, throwing, fielding and hitting, and begin to focus on making outs.

Baseball - Farm
2018 Fee: $185.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey, Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: Jersey

Primarily 8 and 9 year-olds, with some 7s and 10s mixed in. Placed on school area teams or by request. For the majority of the season, machine pitching will be used for the last 4 innings of each game while "kid pitch" will be used for the first two innings of each game. A regulation hard baseball is used throughout the season. 1-2 practices and 2 games per week. 15-18 games for the season. The focus remains on player skill development and enjoyment. Outs are kept and runs are tracked for the purpose of monitoring the 5-run per inning rule, but winning and losing is not stressed (except perhaps in the heads of some players and coaches).

At this level the work begins to develop basic pitching and catcher skills. FARM is traditionally a level at which there is a range of age levels and some skill differences among teams as we continue to allow teams to stay together as much as possible, which results in a mix of teams with returning players and some that are mostly comprised of kids coming up from Coast. We encourage the coaches to take this into account as they manage game situations. We also encourage "returning" FARM players with strong baseball skills to try-out for Minors.

Baseball - Minors
2018 Fee: $235.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey, Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: NONE

Mostly 9, 10 and a few 11 year-olds, with the occasional 8 with advanced skills. At this level, players attend a required tryout in February or early March. Fundamental fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting are the key skills being evaluated. Players are placed onto teams using a player draft, with the primary goal being more balanced teams. Teams usually practice 2 times per week and play 3 games per week. About 24 games for the season with an end of year tournament.

Minors is the first year in which the scorebook is maintained and the win loss record is recorded. The goal of the coaches should still be to move the boys around to various positions, but by the end of the season those boys showing an aptitude for specific positions will be spending more time in those spots. Development of pitchers and catchers is a coaching focus.

Baseball - Majors
2018 Fee: $235.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey, Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: NONE

Mostly 11-12 year-olds, with a few 10s in most years. At this level, players again attend a required tryout to determine their skill level and for purposes of the draft. The managers and board members involved in tryouts evaluate fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting. All 12 year olds play Majors unless parents feel there is a safety concern or other compelling reason to stay at Minors (for this a waiver must be granted).

Like Minors, players are placed onto teams using a player draft in an effort to achieve a fair balance of talent among all Majors teams. All returning players are re-drafted each year. Teams practice 2 times per week and play 3 games per week. About 24 games for the season. This is the most competitive level of traditional Little League. Managers are encouraged to play all players at least 3 or 4 innings (discipline issues aside). Players tend to play the majority of their time at the positions they are best suited for and there is less shuffling around. Pitchers and catchers are decided upon based on experience.

Baseball - Juniors
2018 Fee: $285.00

Equipment Provided By League: Jersey, Cap
Equipment to Return At Season End: NONE

MHLL Juniors is open to all 13 and 14 year olds who live in the MHLL boundaries. All interested players are required to register and attend a try-out. Players tend to play the majority of their time at the positions they are best suited for and there is less shuffling around. Pitchers and catchers are decided upon based on experience. The goal for the regular season is to play roughly 25-35 games. Junior Baseball is played on a regulation diamond. Games are 7 innings and follow local High School Baseball rules.

We may be incorporating 6-8 games at the "50/70" distance into the standard Majors season. "50/70" is a slightly larger baseball field and pitching distance. These games will also include "lead-off" baseball. For more information on 50/70 please contact VP of Baseball, Joe Nichols at baseballupper@murrayhilllittleleague.com

 
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