Fall Baseball 07/18/2014
Newington Little League Fall Baseball
Fall Program Overview
Rally Wood Bats - Coming to Newington on Monday 8/25!
Today, many baseball players use wood bats to train with because they are little heavier and have a smaller sweet spot. If you are interested in purchasing a wood bat, a representative from Rally Bats will be at Legends Field (the big diamond at Clem complex) on Monday 8/25 6pm-8pm. They will have a large assortment of wood bats to choose from. Prices are around $60 for an adult bat and $45 for the youth models. Prices include laser engraving. Prices may be a few dollars more if paying with credit card.
Newington Little League Fall Baseball (NLLFB) is designed to build skills at all levels. Our goal is to provide age and skill appropriate instruction and competition for players from ages 7 – 13. A player’s age is calculated based on their 2015 baseball age (age as of 4/30/2015). If a player was baseball 10 during the current (2014) season, that player is considered baseball 11 for NLLFB. NLLFB is designed to prepare players for the level they will play at in 2015.
Our ability to run the fall programs described below is 100% dependent on the number of players registering. If we do not have enough players for a particular program, that program will not be run.
Every effort will be made to accommodate ALL players wishing to play baseball in the fall however for the 50/70 and Transition League programs it may be necessary to hold try outs. Try outs will only be held if we have too many registrants for a single team but not enough to field multiple teams.
Fall baseball programs run from September through October.
NLLFB will have the following programs available for the 2014 fall season:
7 - 9
Focus on building skills.
9 – 11
Focus on building skills.
9 – 12
More emphasis on games.
Advanced rules. Larger field.
Advanced rules. Big diamond.
Please read the following program descriptions carefully and evaluate your player’s skill fit for each program. NLLFB’s goal is to provide a fun environment where a player can improve their baseball skills at their pace. Placing a player in a program where they will be overmatched results not only in a frustrated player but significantly reduces the player’s ability to improve. Instruction will be given at program-appropriate levels and players are expected to have the minimum skills required to succeed and grow in the program they choose.
The Junior program is a local program (little-to-no travel) with an emphasis on skills building. Players are assigned teams and will play games. In addition to a weekly team practice, there will be one program-wide (all kids participate) skill clinic per week focusing all participants on a single skill (e.g., throwing, hitting, base running, etc.). The Junior program is designed to help players transition from T-ball into the Minors and for players already in the Minors build skills.
Games will be held on weekends against the other in-town Junior program teams. An occasional game may be scheduled against another local town (e.g., West Hartford, Wethersfield, etc.) in order to ensure a reasonable number of games.
This program is targeted at players age 7 – 9 (as of 4/30/2015).
The Instructional program is a local program (little-to-no travel) with an emphasis on skills building. Players are assigned teams and will play games. In addition to a weekly team practice, there will be one program-wide (all kids participate) skill clinic per week focusing all participants on a single skill (e.g., throwing, hitting, base running, etc.).
Games will be held on weekends against the other in-town Instructional program teams. An occasional game may be scheduled against another local town (e.g., West Hartford, Wethersfield, etc.) in order to ensure a reasonable number of games.
This program is targeted at players age 9 – 11 (as of 4/30/2015).
The Little League program is the same as the Spring and Summer seasons. There will be no program wide skills clinics – all practices will be at the team level. Games will held be on weekends against both other Newington teams as well as surrounding local towns.
If there is enough interest, one or more travel teams can be created to play in the Central CT Fall Baseball League based in Wallingford. This is a travel team playing games throughout central CT.
Twelve year olds are eligible to play in the Little League program if they do not want to play in the 50/70 program however, this program is focused on development for ages 9 – 11. Please use your judgment in determining where to place your twelve-year-old player.
This program is targeted at players age 9 – 12 (as of 4/30/2015).
The 50/70 program begins the transition from Little League to the big diamond. 50/70 refers to the distance of the pitchers mound to home (50 feet vs. 46 in Little League) and the distances between the bases (70 feet vs. 60 in Little League). The rules in this program are closer to “real” baseball rules. Runners can take leads and steal at any point (unlike in Little League where leads are not permitted and the runner cannot leave the base until the ball gets to the batter). This introduces a new set of skills required for both base runners and pitchers.
This program will be a travel program with the intent to enter one or more teams in the Central CT Fall Baseball League. We may also play games against surrounding local towns.
This program is targeted at players age 12 (as of 4/30/2015).
The Transition League is for current (2014) 12-year-old players only. It is designed to help transition players from Little League to the big diamond where the pitchers mound is 60 feet from home and the distance between the bases is 90 feet. Rules for the Transition League are similar to the 50/70 League (leading/stealing).
This is a travel program with the intent to enter one or more teams in the Central CT Fall Baseball League. We may also play a few games against surrounding local towns.
This program is only for players age 13 (as of 4/30/2015).
Costs for NLLFB programs will range from $50 - $100, depending on the program. The heavy travel teams will cost more than the in-town and local travel teams. Prices will be finalized for each program when formal registration opens in August.