LONGMEADOW LITTLE LEAGUE AGES 4-12 CONTACT STEVE SCHIFFMAN SCHIFF143@AOL.COM
LIVE REGISTRATION ARE AT THE COMMUNITY HOUSE
SATURDAYJAN 24TH 10:30-12PM
THURSDAY FEB 12TH 630-8PM
SATURDAY FEB 28TH 1030-12PM FORMS CAN BE MAILED IN TO THE PO BOX ON TOP OF THE FORM
Longmeadow Little League offers the regular season (April-June), where all games are played in town. A summer league (July) includes several Longmeadow teams that compete in regional tournaments and the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series. The summer league and tournaments are included as part of the one-time registration fee. Children can also play up to the level of competition they are ready for, regardless of the age suggested for that league. League guidelines are listed below.
Tee Ball League (Ages 4-6): Tee Ball is the first step to learning to play baseball. In this league, basic skills are emphasized along with fun which is essential at this age. Coaches will emphasize building eye/hand coordination, supporting teammates, and handling personal failure when things don’t happen a certain way. Coaches will also teach proper baseball and bat grips, successful batting stances, base running, how to throw the ball, and how to catch the ball. Tee ball is offered for 4 and 5 year olds along with 6 year olds who have not played in the past.
“A” League (Ages 6-7): The A League will provide opportunities for children to learn more about the rules of baseball while practicing additional basic skills in a fun environment. Players will learn the importance of batting order, pitch counts, outs, and innings. Coaches will emphasize being a good teammate and staying alert between plays. Coaches will also teach successful batting swings, throwing motions, and sliding. Significant time will be spent in practices learning how to catch pop-ups, field grounders, and make good throws and catches. This league will use a modified three-inning baseball game and coach pitching as a platform to provide skill development.
“AA” League (Ages 7-9): The AA League will continue to build on skill sets introduced in earlier leagues. Coaches will emphasize team sportsmanship and additional skills in the areas of playing the infield, outfield, and base running. A special focus will be on teaching pitching and catching techniques as well as batter safety at the plate and runner safety on the base paths. Coaches will conduct practice sessions that focus on the use of proven techniques for building arm strength and throwing accuracy. This league includes six inning games that feature live player pitching and catching.
“AAA” League (Ages 9-11): The AAA League is an important developmental program for the Major League (see below). Players at this age are hitting developmental milestones that will allow them to play with greater speed and strength than in previous leagues. At this age, coaches will emphasize mechanics to ensure player safety, broaden the expectations for good sportsmanship including how to handle winning and losing, and teach what it means to be a good teammate. Coaches will also emphasize the mental part of the game including calling out plays on defense, giving signs for stealing bases, bunting, throwing to the appropriate base, and making accurate cut-off throws. These are six inning games with umpires. Players from AAA may be selected to play in regional summer tournaments.
Major League (Ages 10-12): The Major League offers the highest level of competitive play in Little League. Coaches develop players with advanced skills in fielding, batting, and base running. Players are taught to hone skills that will help them deal successfully with different situations such as where to play when runners are in scoring position or how to hit pitches located in different parts of the strike zone. The very best of the players in the Majors will be invited to participate in several tournaments held in the region including the Little League World Series. Placement in the Majors is attained through tryouts. This information will be given at registration.