All 7 and 8 year olds will be assigned to the Instructional League. The Instructional League is machine pitch using regular baseballs.
Players will be assigned to teams utilizing school and buddy request. Please note buddy requests on registration. We will do our best to accommodate all requests, but our goal is to balance the skill level on all teams as much as possible.
Time commitment consists of 1 practice per week in April. After the season starts in May, there will be 1 practice on weekdays and 2 games on weekends. All teams make the playoffs.
Focus is on having fun and teaching basic baseball fundamentals, rules, sportsmanship and teamwork.
Players are introduced to real games and scorekeeping, but WHYBL allows for coaches to be on the field for real-time instruction during games.
A pitching machine (coach operated) is used to provide a safer environment for hitters and pitchers. With a pitching machine, there is minimal chance a batter will be hit, keeps “pitchers” at a safer distance, minimizes wear on young pitching arms, etc. The pitching machine tends to move games along at a better pace as well, because of the consistency and accuracy. This format builds confidence in young hitters as there are no walks, fewer strikeouts, and more balls hit in play.
Players will receive a game jersey and hat they can keep.
Six-inning games. All kids must bat throughout the games (referred to as a continuous batting order) and play a minimum of 4 innings in the field. There are 10 defensive players in this division.