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Division Overview

Division Age Group (as of Jan 1 (Girls) or Aug 31 (Boys) of the current calendar year. Description
Tee Ball (Boys & Girls) 4-5 This is where it all begins! Your son or daughter are introduced to the game of baseball. T-Ball is a non-competitive division that emphasizes teaching the basic rules and fundamental skills of baseball. We believe in developing an environment of friendly batting and fielding. There is little emphasis on winning, but much on fun, effort and fundamentals. Every child plays in the field and bats each inning. During the week, teams practice once and play games typically once per week. Games are 1 hour and typically 3-4 innings. Coach pitching maybe introduced, but players generally hit the ball off a "tee." Teams are chosen at a friendly draft and family and friend requests may be made. Requests to play with friends must be made at sign-ups. Division organizers will do their utmost to accommodate requests made on your registration form.
Instructional (Boys & Girls) 5-6 In this division the environment is friendly competition. There is no score keeping. Everyone plays in the field and everyone bats. This is a step up from Tee Ball. Teams practice and play 1 to 3 times per week. Games are 1 hour and typically 3-4 innings long. Coaches pitch to the players instead of hitting off of a tee. Requests to play with friends must be made at sign-ups. Division organizers will do their utmost to accommodate requests made on your registration form.
Minor League Baseball 7-9 This is an exciting advancement as real baseball is played. Players at this level are expected to hustle, play their best and have FUN in a safe and learning environment. Players continue to learn and refine the basic fundamentals of baseball while developing a broader knowledge of the game. Batters hit off a pitching machine to ensure an easy to hit ball each at bat. Teams practice and play 1 to 3 times per week. The runner must be stopped versus an uncompetitive timeout. Runs are scored. Games are 90 minutes or 6 innings long which ever occurs first. The managers and coaches attend a training clinic to learn basic skills and practice drills to teach the young players the basic fundamentals of baseball. This will help the players achieve specific objectives for throwing, catching, fielding, base running and hitting. Teamwork, respect for the volunteer coaching staff and good sportsmanship is expected from the players and parents to insure a positive learning environment to help the players develop their baseball and life skills to the best of their ability.
Major League Baseball 9-10-11-12 This is the first division where kids “live” pitch to each other. Kid pitch is for more experienced players who are ready to learn to pitch and to hit pitched balls. Development of pitchers and catchers and overall baseball IQ is emphasized at this level. No leadoffs. At this level, stealing is introduced. Games are played on a 65 foot diamond with 46 foot pitching.
Senior League Baseball 13-14 This is the most competitive form of baseball played within HCCYL and the closest to MLB rules Baseball. At this stage we again increase the size of the diamond, players move up to 70-foot diamonds with 50-foot pitching.
Minor League Softball 7-8-9-10 This is an intermediate level girls softball division and the introduction of live pitch. Players at this level are expected to hustle, play their best and have FUN in a safe and learning environment. Players continue to learn and refine the basic fundamentals of softball while preparing for to adjust their skills for the next division in girls’ softball. They must learn how to throw and catch competitively. The runner must be stopped versus an uncompetitive timeout. Runs are scored. Teams practice and play 1 to 3 times per week. Games are 90 minutes or 6 innings long which ever occurs first. Teamwork, respect for the volunteer coaching staff and good sportsmanship is expected from the players and parents to insure a positive learning environment to help the players develop their softball and life skills to the best of their ability.
Junoir League Softball 11-12-13-14 This is exciting junior level girls softball. Players at this level are expected to hustle, play their best and have FUN in a safe and learning environment. Players continue to learn and refine the basic fundamentals of softball while also gaining advanced skills. Teams practice and play 1 to 3 times per week. The runner must be stopped versus an uncompetitive timeout. Runs are scored. Games are 90 minutes or 6 innings long which ever occurs first. Teamwork, respect for the volunteer coaching staff and good sportsmanship is expected from the players and parents to insure a positive learning environment to help the players develop their softball and life skills to the best of their ability.