Pony Baseball - 8U (Ages 8 & under)

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 6, 7 or is 8 years on December 31st shall be eligible to play in the Pony division. It is recommended that any 6 year old has played at least one year 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 modified approved safety ball will be used at this level since this is likely the first-time boys will experience pitching vs. hitting off of a tee. 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 December 31st 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. 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 (4) player-pitched balls, then the coach will provide up to (3) additional pitches. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of "walks", and to reinforce contact hitting for both offensive (batters) and defensive (fielders) positions. In addition, it also allows for pitching and catching skill advancement during game play. It is critical that coaches of this division provide sound training and good balance of playing time and position rotations for all players. An A.S.A. approved 11" softball will be used for all innings (not 'incredi-balls' or safety balls as in previous divisions). Coaches typically collectively umpire or utilize one of the Hoosic Valley Central School Varsity players to keep games impartial. In addition to the skills taught at the preceding levels, players should successfully demonstrate the following skills:

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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 December 31st 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 Hoosic Valley Central School Varsity player. 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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