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Summer Baseball Program Overview

Overview
Andover Little League has summer teams for children of all ages and skill levels. All children interested in playing baseball this summer are encouraged to participate. However, the number of teams, games and tournaments will vary each year depending on the number of players registered in each age group. Program offered will also be a function of volunteers willing to help with coaching, staffing snack shack, and maintaining fields.

The various age groups and tournaments are described below. Also included below is the duration and time commitment associated with the various summer alternatives. 

Please note that Little League District and Baystate Tournament teams are highly competitive and include a significant time commitment with games and practices that occur through most of the summer on both weekdays and weekends. In many cases, players on District and Baystate team rosters may only play the minimum inning and at-bat requirements associated with those tournaments.

Uniforms
All registered summer players with the exception of District teams will be provided with uniforms, including: hats, shirts and socks. Pants will not be provided – please discuss with coach prior to purchasing pants as the coach will determine what color pants the team will wear. District teams will purchase their own uniforms except for hats, which will be provided by Andover Little League. 

Age Eligibility 
Little League Districts and Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League
Little League District tournaments and the Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League follow Little League age rules. The 2019 Little League age chart for 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old age groups is as follows:

BIRTH MONTH

AGE GROUP

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

2014

2014

2014

4

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

2013

2013

5

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2012

6

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

2011

2011

7

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2010

2010

2010

2010

8

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2009

2009

2009

2009

9

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2008

2008

2008

2008

10

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2007

2007

2007

2007

11

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2006

2006

2006

2006

12



Baystate Tournament 
The Baystate Tournament has different age requirement than those listed above. These requirements include:

  • a player's date of birth must fall between 5/1/06 and 8/31/07 to be Baystate age 12.
  • a player's date of birth must fall between 5/1/07 and 8/31/08 to be Baystate age 11.
  • a player's date of birth must fall between 5/1/08 and 8/31/09 to be Baystate age 10.
  • a player's date of birth must fall between 5/1/09 and 8/31/10 to be Baystate age 9.
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    General Commitments and Expectations for Age Groups
    Below you will find bullet points providing brief descriptions of, among other things, the time commitment, types of balls used, basepath and pitching dimensions, and likely travel associated with each age and program category.

    6 and 7 Years Old (K & 1st Grade)

    • 2 hours per week playing weeknights
    • Player/coach pitch with a RIF (Reduced Injury Factor) Level 5 ball
    • 60’ base-paths; 37-46 ft pitching distance
    • In-town
    • 5-6 Weeks in duration
    • Teams created by age group commissioners

     

    8 Years Old (2nd Grade) Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League

  • Average 2-3 nights per week; weekdays only
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 60’ base-paths; 46 ft pitching distance
  • 4 weeks in duration likely completed by end of July
  • Opponents will be other local towns
  • Regular season and playoffs
  • Teams created by age group commissioners

 

9 and 10 Years Old (3rd and 4th Grades) Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League

  • Average 2-3 nights per week; generally weekdays only
  • Less competitive of 9/10 year old leagues
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 60’ base-paths; 46 ft pitching distance
  • 4 weeks in duration likely completed by end of July
  • Opponents will be other local towns
  • Regular season and playoffs
  • Teams created by age group commissioners

 

9 Years Old (3rd Grade) Baystate Tournament

  • 2-3 games per week plus practices playing all-start teams from surrounding and local towns
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 60’ base-paths; 46 ft pitching distance
  • 6 weeks in duration likely completed by mid-August
  • Opponents will be other towns within approximately 40 miles
  • Teams created by members of the Board – tryouts and drafts may be held
  • Andover Little League reserves right to create one or two-tiered teams based on interest

 

10 Years Old (4th Grade) Baystate Tournament

  • 2-3 games per week plus practices playing all-start teams from surrounding and local towns
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 60’ base-paths; 46 ft pitching distance
  • 6 weeks in duration likely completed by mid-August
  • Opponents will be other towns within approximately 40 miles
  • Teams created by members of the Board – tryouts and drafts may be held
  • Andover Little League reserves right to create one or two-tiered teams based on interest (if there are not enough players and or coaches for a second team, players will be encouraged to participate in Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League.

 

10 Years Old (4th Grade) Little League Districts

  • Player selection based on spring season rankings and evaluations team
  • 2 teams for town based on school districts
  • Majors and AAA 10's to be considered
  • Play other towns in elimination tournament(s)
  • Can last well into July

 

11 and 12 Years Old (5th and 6th Grade) Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League

  • Average 2-3 nights per week; generally weekdays only
  • Player Pitch Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League
  • Less competitive of 11/12 year old leagues
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 70’ base-paths; 50 ft pitching distance
  • 4 weeks in duration likely completed by end of July
  • Opponents will be other local towns
  • Regular season and playoffs
  • Teams created by age group commissioners

 

11 Years Old (5th Grade) Little League Districts

  • Player selection based on spring season rankings and evaluations team
  • 2 teams for town based on school districts
  • Majors and AAA 10's to be considered
  • Play other towns in elimination tournament(s)
  • Can last well into July

 

11 Years Old (5th Grade) Baystate Tournament

  • 3 games per week plus practices playing all-start teams from surrounding and local towns
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 60’ base-paths; 46 ft pitching distance
  • 6 weeks in duration likely completed by mid-August
  • Opponents will be other towns within approximately 40 miles
  • Teams created by members of the Board – tryouts and drafts may be held
  • Andover Little League reserves right to create one or two-tiered teams based on interest (if there are not enough players and or coaches for a second team, players will be encouraged to participate in Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League.

 

12 Years Old (6th Grade) Little League Districts

  • Player selection based on spring season rankings and evaluations team
  • 2 teams for town based on school districts
  • Majors to be considered
  • Play other towns in elimination tournament(s)
  • Can last well into August

 

12 Years Old (6th Grade) Baystate Tournament

  • 3 games per week plus practices playing all-start teams from surrounding and local towns
  • Player pitch with Little League balls
  • 70’ base-paths; 50 ft pitching distance
  • 6 weeks in duration likely completed by mid-August
  • Opponents will be other towns within approximately 40 miles
  • Teams created by members of the Board – tryouts and drafts may be held
  • Andover Little League reserves right to create one or two-tiered teams based on interest (if there are not enough players and or coaches for a second team, players will be encouraged to participate in Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League.

 

13 Years Old (7th Grade)

  • 2 or 3 games/practices per week
  • 7 inning games on traditional baseball field
  • Baseball will be used
  • 90 ft basepaths
  • 60 ft pitching
  • Play other towns
  • Playoffs
  • Evaluations for team placement
  • Teams created by draft

 

14 Years Old to 16 Years Old (8th through 10th Grades)

  • 2 or 3 games/practices per week
  • 7 inning games on traditional baseball field
  • Baseball will be used
  • 90 ft basepaths
  • 60 ft pitching
  • Play other towns
  • Playoffs
  • Evaluations for team placement
  • Teams created by draft

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question – When can I start my summer?
Answer – The Merrimack Valley Small Diamond traditionally concludes prior to the end of July and games are traditionally played only on weekdays. Baystate teams can play into early August and games will be played throughout the week, including weekends. In fact, successful Baystate teams will participate in weekend tournaments and makeup games are often held on weekends. District teams will continue to play until eliminated, so a District team can be eliminated as early as the first or second week of July. Conversely, so long as the team continues to wins, they can continue through Districts, Sectionals, States, Regionals through to the World Series which concludes in the second half of August.

Question – When a team is eliminated early in the District tournament, what happens after the District tournament?
Answer – In certain situations, players can play in the Baystate tournament or the eliminated team may elect to enter other local tournaments.
 
Question – What should a family that goes away most weekends and may only be able to make a few of the games and practices do?
Answer – Andover Little League expects a full commitment regarding games and practices. If a player can’t make such a commitment, then the player should decline the spot so that another deserving player can participate. A similar commitment is expected for Baystate teams. The Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League is a good alternative for players seeking a less competitive option requiring lesser time commitments.
 
Question – Does a player need to play on club team to make a Little League District team?
Answer – No.
  
Question - What are eligibility requirements to play on a District team?
Answer – All players that play in the Andover Little League spring baseball season are eligible.  Players must register for the summer baseball season.

Question – When are the District teams selected?
Answer – The selection meeting will be held during the first week of June.  Team rosters will be announced shortly thereafter.

Question - If a player makes a District team in a prior year, do they automatically make team next year?
Answer – No. Players are selected each year and do not receive an automatic selection by virtue of playing on a prior year’s team.

Question - What if my child does not make a District team?
Answer – Andover Little League provides every player an opportunity to play summer baseball. Other alternatives include the Baystate Tournament and the Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League. While your son or daughter may not be selected for a Baystate or District team, they will have an opportunity to continue to practicing and develop in the Merrimack Valley Small Diamond League games.  
 
Question - How many kids will be on each team?
Answer – Approximately 14 players will be selected to each team.
  
Question - Are there any alternates for the Districts teams?
Answer – No

Question - How many kids will be on each team?
Answer – District team sizes will vary based on the preference of the Head Coaches. Baystate and Merrimack Valley Small Diamond teams will vary based on registration numbers and number of coaching volunteers.
 
Question - Are there any alternates for the Districts teams?
Answer – Due to rostering rules and play requirements imposed by Little League, there are no alternates.

Question - How are District teams selected?
Answer – Selections by spring coaches based on evaluations by the same coaches in the spring.

Question - Can a younger player play up on an older District team?
Answer – Yes, on rare occasions younger players will have an opportunity to play up; however, older players will be given deference when players are considered close in demonstrated skills and abilities. 
   
Question - Can an older player play down for a younger District team?
Answer – No.
 
Question - When do Districts practices and games likely start?
Answer - Little League usually allows practices to begin for summer ball on June 15. This is a practice that is governed by Little League International. Practice schedule is at the discretion of the Manager. More than likely, the District teams will begin practicing while the spring season is still being played. Districts games are expected to start as early as the last week of June.

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