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Spring Baseball League Information

 


While “opening day” differs from league to league, all leagues end no later than July 20th. 

INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE (Kindergarten and 1st grade) 
Instructional league that focuses on learning rather than competition; coaches pitch with a “flex” baseball. No scores are kept. The goal is to have fun and learn about baseball. Practices start early May. Games start around Memorial Day and go through approximately the second week in July. Games are held during the week and on Saturdays. 
 
ROOKIE LEAGUE (2nd Grade) 
The Rookie league focuses on the development of fundamental skills for fielding and hitting with the introduction of Kid Pitching. Coaches and Players pitch using a “flex” baseball. No scores are kept. The goal is to have fun and develop skills. Practices start early May. Games start around Memorial day and go through approximately the second week in July. 
 
MINOR LEAGUE (3rd and 4th Grade) 
Instructional, but competitive league with players pitching hardballs. Scores and standings are kept; end of season playoff tournament is held. The goal is skill development while having fun. 60’ bases with stealing introduced. Practices start in April. The season will attempt to be completed by July 4th (weather permitting).
 
MAJOR LEAGUE (5th and 6th Grade) 
Instructional, but competitive league with restricted base stealing allowed. End of season playoff tournament is held. The goal is skill development while having fun. 70’ bases. Practices start in April. The season will attempt to be completed by July 4th (weather permitting).

PONY LEAGUE (7th and 8th Grade) 
Instructional, but competitive league. This is the last transition before official sized fields are used. Balks, leadoffs, base stealing are all in effect; end of season playoff tournament is held. 80’ bases. Practices start early April. The season will attempt to be completed by July 4th (weather permitting).

COLT LEAGUE (Freshmen - Juniors)
Regulation baseball on regulation sized fields (90 foot bases and 60 foot, 6 inches pitcher’s mound). Compete against other community teams in either a competitive or recreational league (based on skill assessment). Illinois high school rules. Metal cleats allowed. Practices start late May/early June. 
 
POWER LEAGUE (AGES 6 – 17) 
The Batavia Power League is a league for baseball players ages 6-18 with a variety of special needs on and off the field. Weekly practices focus on teamwork and basic skill building, while weekly games focus on what it means to compete with emphasis on how to win and how to lose. Power League aims to be an inclusive league while improving all baseball skills needed to participate in league play and encompasses the enjoyment that comes with being a part of the game.

PLAYER PLACEMENT GUIDELINES 

  •  INSTRUCTIONAL/ROOKIE – Assigned to teams by league president (geographically by town quadrants and schools as best possible) 
  • MINOR/MAJOR/PONY – Skills evaluated by prior season’s coaches, then draft/lottery 
  • COLT – Skills evaluated by prior season’s coaches, then assigned to competitive or recreational team