Age group descriptions

T-Ball

This program is recommended for 4 to 6 year old players to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. All batters will hit the ball from a batting tee which is adjusted to a height that allows the batter to swing level. The entire teams bats through the line up each inning, whether playing defensively or not. Adult coaches are stationed beyond the infielders in order to provide instruction to all defensive players. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive and FUN team environment. Game times are approx. 1 hour.

T-Ball teams in Nottingham do not travel, they play in town.  Past schedules have had our T-ball teams playing games on Friday evenings (roughly 5:30-7:30 pm), and they play once per week.  They will also have one practice per week and that day is dependent on the coach’s schedule.

T-Ball players will be provided a helmet and bat, but should bring their own glove and a bottle of water.  Parents signing up 4 year old players will be asked to help to ensure the team is well supported with supervision.

 

Farm

Designed primarily for 6, 7 and some 8 year olds. At this level kids know the basics but are learning to play their positions correctly, they are learning some basic game strategies and working on their throwing, fielding and hitting skills. At the Farm level coaches are pitching to the players from a kneeling position.  The score isn’t kept and umpires are not used.  Teams will travel between the towns of Nottingham, Deerfield, Northwood, Auburn, Raymond and Candia.  At the end of the season, there may be a Jamboree, but this level does not have playoffs.

Bats, helmets and catcher’s equipment are provided.  Players will need a glove, baseball cleats, a bottle of water and a protective athletic cup is recommended.

Minors

Recommended for 8, 9 and some 10 year olds. These are more or less experienced level players and they will continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand more game strategy. At this level players are now pitching in games, however this tends to slow the game down due to the skill level of the pitching. It is at the minor league level that players first experience end-of-season playoffs.  There is also the opportunity to try out for post-season tournament competition, with district, state, and regional levels of play.

Bats, helmets and catcher’s equipment are provided.  Players will need a glove, baseball cleats, a bottle of water and a protective athletic cup is required.

Preseason there will be practices at least once or twice per week and when games begin there will be one to two games per week and at least one practice. Teams will travel between the towns of Nottingham, Deerfield, Northwood, Auburn, Raymond and Candia.

AAA

Recommended for 10 and 11 year olds.  AAA is a Minors division intended to help children further develop their skills in preparation for higher level play.  Expectations are generally the same as Minors with some rules resembling Majors level play.

Preseason there will be practices at least once or twice per week and when games begin there will be two games per week and at least one practice. Teams will travel between the towns of Nottingham, Deerfield, Northwood, Auburn, Raymond and Candia.

Majors: Recommended for 11 and 12 year old players.

Little League Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this age group. The game is played on a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet.

Preseason there will be practices at least twice per week and when games begin there will be at least two games per week and at least one practice. Teams will travel between the towns of Nottingham, Deerfield, Northwood, Auburn, Raymond and Candia.

There are post season playoffs and an opportunity to try out for post-season tournament competition, with district, state, and regional levels of play.

Equipment is provided, however players need their own gloves, cleats, bottle of water and it is required they wear a protective athletic cup.

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