Divisions

  • 5U (Blast Ball)
  • 7U (T-Ball)
  • 9U (Tadpole)
  • 11U (Mosquito)
  • 13U (PeeWee)
  • 15U (Bantam)
  • 18U (Midget)
  • 25U (Junior Men)
  • Challenger

5U (Blast Ball)

Born in Years: 2014 & 2013
Ages (at start of year): 3 – 4

Description:

  • 5U (Blast Ball) division is an excellent introduction to the game of baseball.
  • 5U (Blast Ball) is meant to put FUN into the game of baseball.
  • The emphasis is on the 5 FUNdamentals of baseball
    • Throwing
    • Base Running
    • Receiving
    • Hitting
    • General Knowledge

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • runners/cleats
  • protective jock/jill

7U (T-Ball)

Born in Years: 2012 & 2011
Ages (at start of year): 5 – 6

Rules: 7U Division Rules

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 50 feet and pitching machines throw from 36 feet.
  • Games are 3 innings in length.
  • 7U (T-Ball) division is designed to get young people interested in the game of baseball by the active participation of all players.
  • The ball is hit from a batting tee and a soft version of a baseball is used.
  • The emphasis is on the 5 FUNdamentals of baseball
    • Throwing
    • Base Running
    • Receiving
    • Hitting
    • General Knowledge
  • Games are 75 minutes in length (no innings started after 75 minutes)

Equipment Required

  • glove
  • runners/cleats
  • protective jock/jill

9U (Tadpole)

Born in Years: 2010 & 2009
Ages (at start of year): 7 – 8

Player Evaluations: More details to follow…

Rules: 9U Division Rules

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 60 feet and pitchers throw from 42 feet.
  • Games are 4 innings in length and 5 innings in play-offs.
  • 9U (Tadpole) division is about having fun and continuing to develop the players’ primary baseball skills of hitting, base running, fielding and throwing.
  • “Live” pitching is introduced at this level. A combination of pitching machine and live pitching is used for the games, along with a soft version of a baseball. Back catchers are introduced at this level as well.
  • Teams will be allocated 3 (three) field times per week, which is typically 1 (one) practice on Saturday, 1 (one) game on Sunday, and 1 (one) game or practice during the week.
  • The Spring Season runs from early April to mid/late June.
  • Summer Ball may be offered at this level depending on the interest of players and coaches and would run from late June to late July.
    • Travel off the North Shore would be required for Summer Ball.

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (rubber)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet

11U (Mosquito)

Born in Years: 2008 & 2007
Ages (at start of year): 9 – 10

Player Evaluations: More details to follow…

Rules: 11U Division Rules

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 60 feet and pitchers throw from 46 feet.
  • Games are 6 innings in length.
  • 11U (Mosquito) division is a fun transition to learning the skills to play real baseball including pitching, back catcher, hitting a pitched ball, stealing bases and backing up other positions.
  • A regular baseball is used at this level.
  • Pitch count rules are in effect to protect the young pitchers arms from injury.
  • No lead offs are allowed and players cannot steal until the ball crossed the plate on a pitch.
  • The Spring Season runs from early April to mid/late June.
    • Evaluations are held before the season starts to ensure balanced teams.
  • Summer Ball will be offered for both 1st and 2nd year players.
    • Evaluations and selection are conducted in mid June and play during the month of July.
    • Full commitment is required/expected by players for Summer Ball.

MSET (Mosquito Select Exhibition Teams):

This is a team “within” a team for those who wish to play even more competitive ball during the season and develop their skills. A player must commit to both their regular season team and the MSET. Read More…

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (rubber)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet.

13U (PeeWee)

Born in Years: 2006 & 2005
Ages (at start of year): 11 – 12

Player Evaluations: AA Tryouts – More details to follow…

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 70 feet and pitchers throw from 48 feet.
  • Games are 7 innings in length.
  • 13U (PeeWee) division is the first level where full baseball rules come into effect.
  • Pitch count rules are in effect to protect the young pitchers arms from injury.
  • Leadoffs are permitted and balks are called.
  • The Spring Season is tiered into two levels (“A”, “AA”).
    • Players may try out for the “AA” level for a more competitive level of play.
  • Players not selected to “AA” will be selected to one of the “A” teams which offer a more recreational level of play in the Spring.
  • Travel off the North Shore will be required at the “AA” level and possibly at the “A” level depending on the number of teams in our association.
  • Summer Ball is offered to all levels of players, whether you played “AA” or “A” during the Spring Season.
    • Evaluations are held at each level to set up Summer Ball teams at each level.
    • Summer Ball runs from late June to late July.
    • Travel off the North Shore will be required for all levels of Summer Ball.
    • Full commitment is required/expected by players for Summer Ball.

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (rubber)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet.

15U (Bantam)

Born in Years: 2004 & 2003
Ages (at start of year): 13 – 14

Player Evaluations: AAA Tryouts – More details to follow…

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 80 feet and pitchers throw from 54 feet.
  • Games are 7 innings in length.
  • 15U (Bantam) division is tiered into three levels (“A”, “AA”, “AAA”).
    • Player may try out for the “AA” or “AAA” teams that offer a more competitive level of play.
  • The “AA” and “AAA” teams will play one continuous season from early April to beginning of August.
    • Evaluation and selections for “AA” and “AAA” teams are made prior to the start of the season with full commitment through to the beginning of August.
    • Travel off of the North Shore for away games against other associations will be required throughout the season.
    • There are additional fees required at the “AA” and “AAA” levels over and above the base registration fee that will be determined by the start of the season.
  • Players not selected to the “AAA” or “AA” teams will be selected to one of the “A” teams which offer a more recreational level of play.
    • Summer Ball is offered at the “A” level and runs from late June to the end of July.
    • Full commitment is required/expected by players for Summer Ball.
    • Travel off the North Shore will be required for Summer Ball and possibly for the Spring Season.

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (metal baseball spikes are allowed at this level)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet
  • For “AAA” level players you are also required to use a wood or wood composite bat which you will be required to provide.

18U (Midget)

Born in Years: 2002, 2001, & 2000
Ages (at start of year): 15 – 17

Player Evaluations: AAA Tryouts and AA Assessments – More details to follow…

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 90 feet and pitchers throw from 60 feet 6 inches.
  • Games are 7 innings in length.
  • 18U (Midget) division is tiered into two levels (“AA”, “AAA”).
  • Players may try out for the “AAA” team that offers a more competitive level of play.
  • The “AAA” teams will play one continuous season from early April to beginning of August.
    • Evaluation and selections for “AAA” teams are made prior to the start of the season with full commitment through to the beginning of August.
    • Travel off of the North Shore for away games against other associations will be required throughout the season.
    • There are additional fees required at the “AAA” level over and above the base registration fee that will be determined by the start of the season.
  • Players not selected for “AAA” will be selected for one of the “AA” teams.
    • Summer Ball is offered at the “AA” level and runs from late June to the end of July.
    • Full commitment is required/expected by players for Summer Ball.
    • Travel off the North Shore will be required for Summer Ball and possibly for the Spring Season.

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (metal baseball spikes are allowed at this level)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet
  • For “AAA” level players you are also required to use a wood or wood composite bat which you will be required to provide.

25U (Junior Men)

Born in Years: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, & 1993
Ages (at start of year): 18 – 24

Description:

  • Base paths are set at 90 feet and pitchers throw from 60 feet 6 inches.
  • Games are 9 innings in length, with a minimum of 7 innings in the event of a mercy.
  • 25U (Junior Men) division is about giving players the chance to play.
  • All teams travel to play other associations within the lower mainland.
  • This is a single season league, with games starting in mid April and running until end of July.

Equipment Required:

  • glove
  • cleats (metal baseball spikes are allowed at this level)
  • protective jock/jill
  • baseball pants
  • batting helmet
  • This is a wood bat league so players are required to supply their own bats.

CHALLENGER

Ages (at start of year): 5 – 18

Highlands Little League hosts the North Shore Challenger Baseball Division, meant to appeal to players aged 5 through 18 with physical or cognitive disabilities living on the North Shore.

Challenger Baseball is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities.

Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. Able-bodied “Buddies” are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. These Buddies assist the Challenger players with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the base path, assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing, or providing protection for the Challenger player from a batted ball, are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball.

Each participant is treated like every other player in the conventional baseball program. All players are outfitted in uniforms, use the same equipment, and play their games at the local baseball parks. A team picture is a must for Challenger, as it is in the other divisions.

Last but not least, the smiles are plentiful and free! The joy on the face of each participant in Challenger Baseball makes it very clear how much fun they are having. No pressures, no playing time issues, everyone just has fun! It’s what baseball is supposed to be all about.

Games are held every Saturday morning, from early April to mid June, at Delbrook Park in North Vancouver and last from 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

Cost: Is offered at no cost to the player/family

For more information please go to Highlands Little League website at www.highlandsbaseball.com

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