LEVELS OF PLAY

2018 LEVELS OF PLAY

Our goal at Westview Youth Baseball is to build teams of comparably skilled players to allow the maximum amount of learning and development success for each player.

This includes recreational T-Ball and Coach-Pitch levels, Midgets recreational and competitive teams, and competitive Juniors and Seniors

We hold annual evaluations for Midget, Junior and Senior levels. We use independent evaluators with parent volunteers to score players so that they can be placed on a team at a skill level-appropriate level of play.

While players can 'play up' to a higher skill level with league approval, no player will be allowed to play down below the level age cut-off for League Age

JBO "League Age" is the player's student school grade

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SKILL/AGE LEVELS:

Soft-Toss/Tee Ball (Kindergarten - 1st Grade) - For first time players

Season runs April - June; one practice per week M-F and one game on Saturday. Each event is one hour long. Weeknight schedule is set per coaches' requests around April 1st. Tee Ball/Soft-Toss is played at Oak Hills HOA Recreation Field and Bethany Elementary School. We will attempt to honor Friend, Coach and School teammate requests at the Tee Ball level.

Coach Pitch (1st - 2nd Grade) -- For players ready to hit off live pitching

Season runs April - June; 2 practices per week on week nights, 2 games per week on weekends. We will attempt to honor Friend, Coach and School teammate requests at the Coach Pitch level.

10U - Midgets (2nd - 4th Grade; 46/60ft) -- Kid pitch only

Season runs April - July and includes tournament play. All players will take part in scheduled evaluations with independent evaluators during the month of February. Based on skill level, players will placed on teams at a recreational (International), developmental competitive (National), or competitive (American and Federal) level of play.

Teams at the National, American and Federal levels will be built based on coach draft at the conclusion of evaluations.

10U-International -- Recreational level

Recreational level for players still becoming comfortable with basic baseball skills. In order to maintain competitively balanced teams, coach and friend requests will be considered, but not guaranteed.

Rules of play based on 10U-National levels. Kid pitch (no machine- or coach-pitch); walks, strikeouts; lead-offs and stealing, except at 3rd base.

One weeknight game and one Saturday game per week at Five Oaks Middle School. Regular season ends at the end of June, but season concludes with a weekend 10U-International tournament at the beginning of July.

10U-National -- Developmental competitive level

Developmental level for players that are comfortable hitting, throwing and catching. Coach and friend requests will not be permitted at competitive levels. Teams will play in Westside JBO Midgets National league. Two weeknight games per week, with regular season ending at end of June. Teams typically participate in two weekend JBO tournaments each season, and have the opportunity to participate in Districts and State post-season play throughout the first half of July.

Rules of play based on 10U-National levels. Kid pitch (no machine- or coach-pitch); walks, strikeouts; lead-offs and stealing, except at 3rd base. Each game will have an umpire.

10U-American and Federal -- Competitive levels

Competitive levels of play with complete baseball rules. Additional commitment required for participation in competitive levels of play. Teams built based on evaluated skill levels and coach draft following evaluations. Season runs April - end of July with weeknight games and typically includes 3-4 weekend tournaments throughout the season. Teams have the opportunity to participate in District and State post-season play throughout July.

12U - Juniors (5th - 6th Grade; 50/70 ft)

Season runs April - July and includes tournament play. All players will take part in scheduled evaluations with independent evaluators during the month of February. Based on skill level, players will placed on teams at a recreational (International), developmental competitive (National), or competitive (American and Federal) level of play. Teams at the National, American and Federal levels will be built based on coach draft at the conclusion of evaluations.

14U - Seniors (7th - 8th Grade; 60/90 ft)

Season runs April - July and includes tournament play. All players will take part in scheduled evaluations with independent evaluators during the month of February. Based on skill level, players will placed on teams at a recreational (International), developmental competitive (National), or competitive (American and Federal) level of play. Teams at the National, American and Federal levels will be built based on coach draft at the conclusion of evaluations.