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 at age 13 (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, like all other youth sports leagues in town (basketball, football, etc.), WHYBL uses a player draft to form teams. Over our long history, we have found that the draft process (as opposed to the league creating 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.
Also like all other youth sports leagues in West Hartford, once drafted a player stays on that team until they graduate from the division (typically two seasons), as opposed to kids having a different coach and teammates every year. Seasons are only 7 or 8 weeks long...and consistent feedback from our families has been that this approach helps promote teamwork and builds 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.
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. No players will be "cut".