Divisions of Play

UpdatedFriday March 6, 2020 by KYBSA.

Kingston Youth Baseball & Softball offers several divisions of play to ensure kids are learning the game at an appropriate pace.

While the primary factor in determining player placement is age, every child is different.  The progression of a child will vary based on the age at which the child starts playing, the amount of time the child has spent practicing, and individual athletic ability.  For younger children who have not successfully demonstrated the required skills for safe play, it is best to let the child play down a level to gain confidence and have fun rather than place the child in a situation where he or she is playing below the skill level of their teammates.  Whatever the progression, it is important to make certain that a child is not pushed too fast where he or she is not given enough time to learn, practice and master the fundamentals of the game.  Preseason player evaluation clinics will help insure the proper placement of each player.

KYBSA allows for requests to play-up one year ahead of age.  Players requesting to play-up must attend evaluation clinics and require approval of the Division Coordinator, Player Agent and League Director before being placed.  Player ability and division registration numbers will factor into the approval of these requests.

Baseball

Co-ed T-Ball: (Ages 3-5)*

Our T-Ball division is a co-ed program that encourages kids to have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of the game (throwing, catching, fielding, baserunning and hitting off of a tee).  Coaches will use small group station work at practices to maximize skill acquisition.  Games are fast moving and fun so that all kids are participating.  Team Managers will setup one practice a week to work on skills and the basics of a game.  Games are typically played on Saturday mornings and are 3 to 4 innings lasting 45-60 minutes.

* 3-year-olds must turn 4 before August 31st of current year to be elgible.

Rookie: (Ages 6-8)

Our Rookie baseball division is split into two divisions (Rookie A & Rookie AA).  It takes the game to a new level with the introduction of live pitching from coach-pitch, machine-pitch or kid-pitch.  At this level the kids begin to learn specific positions and play simulated games with a 3-out or 5-run rule per inning.  Each team will have one practice and one game scheduled per week.

  • Rookie A is intended for our 6-year old players and 7-year old players who are new to the game or in need of the fundamental development required for safe play.
  • Rookie AA is intended for our 8-year old players and 7-year old players who are ready for the next step.  This division will introduce players to kids pitching and catching. Post season tournament competition is available.

Placement Guidelines by Players Age for Ages 6-8

  • Age 6 – Children age 6 will play Rookie A.
  • Age 7 – Children age 7 will have the option of playing Rookie A or Rookie AA.  Players new to the game or in need of additional development will benefit from playing Rookie A.  Rookie AA will introduce players to kids pitching and catching. Players at the AA level should demonstrate the ability to safely and consistently catch the ball with the glove fingers up as opposed to basket catches with the glove fingers facing down. A ball hit or thrown at a AA player should result in the player making an attempt to catch the ball. The AA player should also be successful at putting the ball in play in most coach-pitch at bats.  A preseason player evaluation clinic will help insure the proper placement of each player.
  • Age 8 – Children age 8 will play Rookie AA.

Minors: (Ages 9-10)

The Minors division offers a fun and exciting experience with the addition of kids pitching and the use of a catcher. Games are 6 innings with the addition of umpires. Managers and coaches follow specific pitching guidelines to protect our young arms. Games are played on mid-week nights with some Saturday games. We also introduce inter-league play at this level with our neighboring Cal Ripken leagues.  Includes post-season tournament competition leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series.

Majors: (Ages 11-12)

Our Majors Baseball division brings the game to life on a 50/70 field and with the introduction to leading and stealing. Managers and coaches teach the traditional rules of baseball and the emphasis on pitching and catching becomes even more important. Games are 6 innings with the use of certified umpires. Games are played on mid-week nights as well as some Saturday games. We also inter-league play with neighboring Cal Ripken leagues.  Includes a tournament trail from District competition through the World Series featuring 8 International Champions. 

Babe Ruth: (Ages 13-16)*

Babe Ruth Baseball is for players who are 13-16 years of age.  This level introduces players to the full baseball field with 90 foot bases and pitching mound at 60 feet 6 inches. Home games are played at the field located at the Kingston Plaza, and we will interleague as well.  Three World Series are held in this division: one for 13 Year-Old players, one for 13 and 14 Year-Old Players, and the renowned 13-15 World Series.

* Babe Ruth League is conducting a test pilot program to allow league age 16-year-old players to participate in their local league's 13-15 year-old division.  These players will NOT be eligible for tournament competition.

Babe Ruth: (Ages 16-18)

The highest and most accomplished level in Babe Ruth Baseball. A favorite among high school players and coaches, this division prepares players for collegiate recruiting and the professional draft. This division allows players a chance to compete through a tournament trail to reach the 16-18 Year-Old World Series.

 

Softball

6 & Under: (Ages 5-6)

Our 6U Softball division introduces softball for the first time and is designed to be instructional and fun.  Coach pitch is used to build confidence and to ensure players achieve the best chance of success.  Coaches stay on the field during the game to continue to offer instruction as the game is played.  Practices are one night during the week and are set up by the team Managers.  Games will be played Saturdays.

8 & Under: (Ages 7-8)

Our 8U Softball division continues the introduction of softball and builds upon the skills learned during 6U.  Machine pitch (5 total pitches) is used to keep the game moving to ensure active participation by all players.  Rules of the game are introduced allowing for a better fundamental understanding of the game.  Practices are one night during the week and are set up by the team Managers.  Games will be played Saturdays.

10 & Under: (Ages 9-10)

Our 10U division inspires each girl’s confidence through attentive instruction not only in practice but in the games as well.  Girls will learn how to pitch, play several positions in the field, and are introduced to stealing bases.  Games are six innings and include the use of an umpire.  Practices are one night during the week and games will be played Saturdays.

12 & Under: (Ages 11-12)

Our 12U Softball division offers more advanced instruction and more competitive play. This is a kid pitch division with stealing and passed balls. Coaches are highly experienced and driven to take each player’s game to the next level.  Games are six innings with the use of a certified umpire.  Practices will be held one night during the week while games will be played Saturdays.

14 & Under: (Ages 13-14)

Our 14U Softball division is a fast pitch softball program for girls ages 13 – 14. Play is challenging, yet very rewarding.  The goal is to prepare players to play high school softball with the pitching distance set at 43 feet.  Players at this level should be well rounded and will be given the opportunity to fine tune technical skills and move toward more tactical play.  Practices will be held one night during the week while games will be played Saturdays.

16 & Under: (Ages 15-16)

Our 16U Softball division is a fast pitch softball program for girls ages 15 - 16.  At this age, the girls are competing under the same rules as New York State High Schools.  By this age, many girls have built a solid foundation of skills and abilities and have a love for the game. It is on this level that the girls can refine the skills learned and either prepare for the future or just play for fun.  Practices will be held one night during the week while games will be played Saturdays.