DIVISIONS & AGES
"When you start the game, they don't say 'Work Ball!' They say, 'Play ball!" - Willie Stargell
Ages overlap divisions so players can be placed according to ability.
T-Ball (age 4 to 7) - A structured program to introduce basic concepts and skills, begin learning sportsmanship, and most important... have fun. Teams typically have 7 to 10 players so everyone gets plenty of chances and stays involved. Players hit off a tee on a field with bases 50 feet apart. Safety baseballs are used and every player bats each inning. Tee Ball does require at least one parent/guardian to be present at each practice and game.
Rookies (age 7 to 10) - Coaches use a sling pitching machine to deliver consistent pitches so players have more confidence and focus on making contact. Rookies play on a field with a 46 foot pitching distance and bases 60 feet apart (46/60). Leads and steals are not allowed. Games are played according to standard rules, score is kept, and players strive to win, but the emphasis is on effort, skill development, and fun.
Minors (age 8 to 11) - Minors play on a field with a 46 foot pitching distance and bases 60 feet apart (46/60). Players pitch but with specific limits. Leads and steals are not allowed. The games are more competitive than Rookies, but the focus remains on development and fun.
Majors (age 11 to 13) - Majors play on a field with a 50 foot pitching distance and bases 70 feet apart (50/70) as in middle school. Leads and steals are allowed with limitations. Practices focus on development, while games are more competitive than Minors.
Advanced Baseball teams (during the season) and All Stars (after the season) may be offered in one or more age groups in the spring season. Teams are chosen strictly by merit and there may be extra fees and/or fundraisers required.
* Exceptions include injury, illness, and conduct issues.
The North County Youth Baseball League is program of North Palm Beach Baseball, Inc, a Florida nonprofit not affiliated with any municipality or other baseball program.