Exciting News for the 9-12 Year Old Division!

 

After much research into the way that other leagues in the area structure their divisions, and in an effort to provide a fun and competitive environment for our players, Langley Baseball has made the decision to restructure our 9-12 yr old division.

For the 2019 spring season, we are excited to announce that we will be implementing 3 divisions for our 9-12 yr old players.

Minors Division
This division will concentrate on developing skills, and will be open to all 9 yr old players, most 10 yr old players (pending evaluations) and some 11 yr old players (pending evaluations). The objective of this division is to introduce the younger players to pitching and to give all players a chance to pitch against like skilled players (coaches will be brought in to pitch to players after the count has reached 4 balls to encourage players to hit, get on base and increase the amount of balls put into play for the defence to field). Stealing bases (3rd and home) will also be introduced in games. All games will have umpires, and parents are all expected to keep proper scores, pitch counts and to set up and take down the field before and after each game. All games will be played in Langley, either at Conder Park or City Park against other teams in the division. The schedule will consist of 2 games (1 weekday and 1 weekend) and at least 1 practice a week. The Mother’s Day tournament will be reintroduced as an in-house tournament for the Minors division (all Minors teams will have a berth in the tournament).

Majors B Division
This division will feature a more competitive atmosphere and will be open to highly skilled 10 yr olds, and moderately skilled 11 and 12 yr olds (all pending evaluations). Occasionally, a 9 yr old who can compete at this level may be considered. Games will be player pitch only and will feature all typical Little League rules for this age group (stealing, dropped 3rd strike, etc.). Players will have the flexibility to try different positions and all players will be given the opportunity to pitch at the coach’s discretion. All games will have umpires, and parents are all expected to keep proper scores, pitch counts and to set up and take down the field before and after each game. Teams will be entered into an interlock schedule with other leagues and will travel to other parks for games, as well as host other clubs at our City Park fields. The schedule will consist of 2-3 games and 1-2 practices a week. Teams will have the opportunity to enter other Majors B tournaments.

Majors A Division
This division will feature our most competitive atmosphere and will be open to our highest skilled 11 and 12 yr old players (pending evaluations). Occasionally, a 10 yr old who can compete at this level may be considered. Players will begin to narrow their focus on a few positions where the majority of their in game time will be. There is mandatory play at the Major A level but it does not have to be comparable innings in the infield/outfield and there is no guarantee that players will pitch or catch in games. Players will be expected to make at least 80% of all games and practices. All games will have umpires, and parents are all expected to keep proper scores, pitch counts and to set up and take down the field before and after each game. Teams will be entered into an interlock schedule with other leagues and will travel to other parks for games, as well as host other clubs at our City Park fields. The schedule will consist of 3 games and 1-3 practices a week. Teams will have the opportunity to enter other Majors A tournaments.

We understand that some of you may be disappointed that we are making these changes, but please keep in mind that the division restructuring is our attempt to better align skills to maximize learning and fun. Countless hours have been put into this decision and the reasons for it. We know there is no perfect system that fits every type and skill of player, but this structure provides more opportunities for all players to have more success and enjoyment.

If you have any questions regarding this format, please contact your division coordinator.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring!