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Mostly 11 and 12 year olds (age as of 4/30/2019)*

Focus is on having fun while teaching and experiencing “real” baseball rules.  WHYBL is the only option in town that has a full local division/league playing on the 50’/70’ diamond. This format presents a whole new world of learning, growth and development for our players.

  • Played on the slightly bigger 50/70 diamond (a pitcher’s mound 50 feet from home plate, bases 70 feet apart) and under “real” MLB baseball rules (leading, stealing, pickoffs, etc.).  We feel the bigger playing area offers a safer environment for players while also offering a great transitional opportunity for players moving on to the regulation field after their Youth days (60-6/90 sized diamond).

  • All 11 and 12 year olds who are not already assigned to a Major league team are assessed and assigned to either the Major League or Minor League based on the results of the assessment.  For 2018, the number of 10 year olds that will be assigned to the Majors could be limited based on overall registration numbers.  No players under the age of "Baseball 10" will be considered for Majors.  Player assessments will be on 3/17.  Players will be called with Team assignment by 3/20 for Majors and 3/27 for Minors.

  • In this divsion WHYBL uses a player draft to form teams. Over our long history, we have found that the draft process  (as opposed to league officials assigning teams) at this age group is the best way to ensure parity within the league.  WHYBL also does not allow coaching partnerships, which can create a potential to “stack” teams.

  • Once on a team, players remain with that team until they graduate from the division (typically two seasons), as opposed to kids changing teams and coaches each year.  Seasons are only 7 or 8 weeks long...and consistent feedback from our families has been that this approach helps promote teamwork and lasting friendships between players, families and coaches.

  • Games will be played at Wolcott and Beachland Parks.  Major League will have 3 practices per week in April, 1 practice and 2 or 3 games per week in May and June.  All teams make the playoffs in Majors. 
  • In 2018 the season will end by June 17 for all leagues unless inclement weather dictates otherwise.
  • Games umpired by certified umpires.
  • All players will receive a jersey and hat they can keep.

  • Six-inning games.  All kids must bat throughout the games (continuous batting order) and play at least half of the game in the field.

* Most Major League participants are 11 or 12 years old.  Majors also consists of highly skilled 10 year olds.  While the WHYBL board attempts to place as many 11 and 12 year olds in the Majors as possible, the advanced skills required at the Major League level may dictate that some 11 and 12 year old players would be more comfortable playing at the Minor League level.  All players will be placed in the division deemed most appropriate.    

Questions?  Please contact our Major League Vice President, Bryant Piccioli - Bryant.piccioli@cigna.com or Jim O'Brien jmobrien@wlps.org