Pony Baseball - 8U (Ages 8 & under)

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 6, 7 or is 8 years on April 30th shall be eligible to play in the Pony division. It is recommended that any 6 year old has played at least one year and any 5 year old has played at least two years of Tee Ball before participating in Pony baseball. At the Pony baseball level, all games will be coach-pitch; however, coaches will be working with boys to identify those interested in pursuing pitching or catching positions. A Little League approved standard baseball ball will be used at this level. As with Tee Ball the coaches collectively umpire. The primary objective at this level is to ensure that each player has a "positive experience" with baseball, desires to play again the following year, and has learned the skills listed below.

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Minors Baseball - 10U (Ages 10 & under)

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 9 or 10 years old on April 30th shall be eligible to play in the Minors division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. It is recommended that any 8 year old has played at least two years of 8U Ponys and participates in the skills assessement for the best level placement before participating in Minors baseball. Players should be placed on teams according to their ability, not just their age. This is to give children the opportunity for continuous improvement, and since all children develop differently, proper placement is the best way to ensure kids are challenged and are having fun. It’s also needed to guarantee teams in each Division are competitive, fair, and balanced. The Minors level is both competitive and instructional, but with an instructional emphasis during the regular season. At the Minor baseball level all games will allow player-pitched balls with strikes and balls called. It is critical that coaches of this division provide sound training and good balance of playing time and position rotations for all players. HVAA utilizes one of the Hoosic Valley Central School JV or Varsity players to umpire to keep games impartial. At this level, the difference between an average player and a good player is the ability to consistently execute the required skills quickly. Players in the Minors level should:

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Majors baseball 13U (Ages 13 & under)

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 11, 12 or 13 years old on April 30th shall be eligible to play in the Majors division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. The Majors level is both competitive and instructional with admittedly more emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game than at the Minors level. Coaches focus on fielding a competitive team while also providing the players with a fun learning experience. All players are ensured playing time. Players should focus on refining their baseball skills with a strong emphasis on speed and consistency. Games are umpired by a hired umpire. At this level, the difference between an average player and a good player is the ability to consistently execute the required skills quickly. Players in the Majors level should:

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Senior League (Ages 13 to 18)

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 13-18 on May 1st, shall be eligible to play in the H.V.A.A. Senior League Division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. The Senior level is both competitive and instructional with high emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game more than at any other level. Coaches focus on fielding a competitive team while also providing the players with a fun learning experience that will prepare each player to compete at the High School level. All players are ensured playing time based on performance, and participation throughout practices and games. Players should focus on refining their baseball skills with a strong emphasis on speed and consistency that will transition into High School play. Games are umpired by Capital District Umpires. At this level, the difference between an average player and a good player is the ability to consistently execute the required skills quickly and apply them to practice and game situations. Players in the Senior league level should:

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