Baseball Divisions

Updated Monday November 11, 2019 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.

COACH PITCH

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in: 
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade (age 6, 7 & 8)

Prerequisite: 
Players have 1-2 years of T-Ball experience

ABOUT COACH PITCH
This program is where our newest players are taught fundamentals to support their entry into baseball/softball – this is full time coach pitch program

Coaches pitch will include player development programs appropriate to the level at which players are participating as we prepare players for advancement to player pitch divisions.

Scores and standings are not kept at this level.

RIF 1 safety balls and newest equipment is utilized for maximum player safety and interest

Travel to other communities can be expected (Easthampton and Hadley for example)

Teams of 9-10 players are preferred at Coach Pitch level

Five (5) players on infield during an active inning – there shall not be players in position of catchers or pitchers at Coach Pitch level.

All other non-infield players are in outfield working practice drills with a coach (no player shall sit idle)

These players swap each inning so equal in game versus practice time is achieved.

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players will be provided a full uniform (hat, practice shirt, uniform shirt, belt, socks and white pants)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY
NBSL will supply bats, balls and helmets
Players must have fielding glove – parents can purchase their own bats and helmets

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations

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ROOKIES – (into to player pitch)

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in:
1st, 2nd and 3rd grade (age 7, 8 & 9)

Prerequisite:
Players have 1-2 years of coach’s pitch experience and demonstrate abilities and focus appropriate to a player pitch program

ABOUT ROOKIES
Rookies has been designed as an introductory program to player pitch baseball/softball
While physical ability to participate necessary, NBSL believes it is more important to regularly demonstrate mental focus to avoid injury and maximize learning for each team.

Players will pitch at a 40’ mound distance as opposed to the 46’ in minors & majors

Rules of Minors will apply and introduced at this level, including, stealing, bunting etc..

Rookies player pitch will include player development programs appropriate to the level at which players are participating.

During the game RIF 5 safety balls and newest equipment is utilized for maximum player safety

Travel to other communities can be expected (Easthampton and Hadley for example)

Requests for a child to be placed with a specific coach or another player cannot be honored. 

Siblings in the same division will be placed together. 

Teams 10 players are preferred at Rookies level

Regular baseball positions apply at this level.

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players will be provided a full uniform (hat, practice shirt, uniform shirt, belt, socks and white pants)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY
NBSL will supply bats, balls and helmets
Players must have fielding glove – parents can purchase their own bats and helmets

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations

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MINORS 60’ BASEBALL

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in:
3rd - 4th - 5th - 6th grade (age 9, 10, & 11)

Prerequisite:
players have 2 years of Rookies player pitch experience 

ABOUT MINORS 60’ BASEBALL
This division is designed to further the education and development of player-pitch baseball

Players at this level must demonstrate a consistent ability to throw and catch a baseball for basic safety reasons. Also, the transition from Rookies play can be very challenging. We have observed that the vast majority of 8-year-olds benefit from an additional year of Rookie player pitch ball, even if they and their parents think they are ready for minors.

The focus at this level continues to be on individual skill development and understanding of situational play, including the development of pitching and the catcher position. The environment is competitive and standings are kept with playoffs after the season. However, the main emphasis remains on development and fun. Generally, kids will experience playing a few positions, including trying pitching if they are interested.

Season begins each March with spring training with games beginning in mid/late April for about seven weeks, followed by playoffs ending in mid/late June. There are typically 2 to 3 games scheduled per week. 

This division will compete against other teams from Easthampton, Southampton, Amherst and Belchertown for example. This expanded interleague play provides for a more competitive, diverse and enjoyable environment for all involved. As such, travel is required for away games to these communities.

Requests for a child to be placed with a specific coach or another player cannot be honored. 

​Siblings in the same division will be placed together. 

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players are provided: Practice Shirt, Uniform Top, Socks, Belt and Hat
Parents purchase WHITE baseball pants without lines (see NBSL online store)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY

  • NBSL will supply catching equipment, THREE bats and THREE helmets PER team
  • Players must have a fielding glove & rubber bottom cleats (no metal cleats allowed)
  • Parents are encouraged to purchase their own helmets for health & sanitary reasons
  • Parents can purchase their own bats

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations

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MAJORS 60’ BASEBALL

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in:
5th - 6th - 7th grade (age 10, 11 & 12)

Prerequisite:
players have 1-2 years of Minors experience

ABOUT MAJORS 60’ BASEBALL
This division represents the highest level of play on the 60' diamond

While the competitive feel increases at this level, coaches continue to focus on refining and improving skills, team building and teaching the game. Playing time may not necessarily be equal among players at the Majors level. 

All 10-year-old players new to Majors Division must exhibit the appropriate skills necessary for this level of play.

Season begins each March with spring training with games beginning in mid/late April for about seven weeks, followed by playoffs ending in mid/late June. There are typically 2 to 3 games scheduled per week. 

This division will compete against other teams from Easthampton, Southampton, Amherst and Belchertown. This expanded interleague play provides for a more competitive, diverse and enjoyable environment for all involved. As such, travel is required for away games to these communities.

Requests for a child to be placed with a specific coach or another player cannot be honored. 

​Siblings in the same division will be placed together. 

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players are provided: Practice Shirt, Uniform Top, Socks, Belt and Hat
Parents purchase WHITE baseball pants without lines (see NBSL online store)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY

  • NBSL will supply catching equipment, TWO bats and TWO helmets PER team
  • Players must have a fielding glove & rubber bottom cleats (no metal cleats allowed)
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own helmets for health & sanitary reasons
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own bats

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations

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INTERMEDIATE 70’ BASEBALL

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in:
6th - 7th - 8th grade (age 11, 12 and 13)

Prerequisite:
players have 1-2 years of Majors experience

ABOUT INTERMEDIATE 70’ BASEBALL
Intermediate baseball is available for youths aged 11, 12 and 13.
Players must demonstrate abilities necessary to transition from the 60-foot diamond to the 70-foot diamond in a competitive environment

The Intermediate Division will provide a bridge in players' progression toward the full-sized diamond. This division will help to better prepare player's skills, mental and physical development to become better engaged in the game of baseball.  

The Intermediate Division provides a game that more closely resembles “real” baseball, including rules regarding leading off bases, stealing and others that are in line with the sport on higher levels. For those players who are ready, it will allow players to be challenged and to play with and against like-minded players of similar ability in Northampton and our surrounding communities.

Games are usually played against teams from other communities, such as Easthampton, Southampton, Belchertown, Amherst, Agawam and Longmeadow, and includes travel to these communities.

Home games are usually played at Florence Fields.

Requests for a child to be placed with a specific coach or another player cannot be honored. 

​Siblings in the same division will be placed together. 

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players are provided: Practice Shirt, Uniform Top, Socks, Belt and Hat
Parents purchase WHITE baseball pants without lines (see NBSL online store)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY

  • NBSL will supply catching equipment, TWO bats and TWO helmets PER team
  • Players must have a fielding glove & rubber OR metal bottom cleats
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own helmets for health & sanitary reasons
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own bats

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations

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SENIORS 90’ BASEBALL

Typically appropriate for boys & girls in 
8th grade and above (age 14, 15 & 16)

Prerequisite:
players have 1-2 years Intermediate experience 

ABOUT SENIORS 90’ BASEBALL

This division is played on the full size 90-foot diamond in a competitive environment as players ready themselves for high school baseball.

Games are usually played against teams from other communities, such as Easthampton, Southampton, Huntington, Agawam and Westfield and includes travel to these communities. Home games usually are played at Arcanum Field, Florence Fields and/or Vets Field.



Important note: Due to scheduling conflicts, players are not normally allowed to participate in both Seniors 90 Baseball and other non-high school spring programs

SPRING TRAINING
Will be used to determine the player's readiness for this division - players MUST attend

UNIFORMS
Players are provided: Practice Shirt, Uniform Top, Socks, Belt and Hat
Parents purchase WHITE baseball pants without lines (see NBSL online store)

EQUIPMENT NECESSARY

  • NBSL will supply catching equipment, TWO bats and TWO helmets PER team
  • Players must have a fielding glove & rubber OR metal bottom cleats
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own helmets for health & sanitary reasons
  • Parents & players normally purchase their own bats

NOTE:  ALL Divisional Placements are Evaluation Based
NBSL makes all divisional placement decisions based on demonstrated ability shown during spring training evaluations