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League Descriptions

Age chart for baseball and softball for 2018

For baseball (including TB and CP) "age" is the age of your child on August 31st, 2018.  

For softball "age" is the age of your child in the current year.

Please refer to the age charts below.

For health and safety reasons, we only accept players aged 5 years and older.


For baseball (including TB and CP) "age" is the age of your child on August 31st, 2018.   For softball "age" is the age of your child in the current year. For health and safety reasons, we only accept players aged 5 years and older.

9 LEAGUES OF PLAY (ages 5-18)
We have 9 leagues of play that include:  2 Instructional Baseball Leagues (ages 5-8), 4 Competitive Baseball Leagues (ages 9-17), 3 Girls Softball Leagues (ages 9-18).  We also offer a full Travel Team program for players looking for more baseball training.

WE NOW HAVE BASEBALL UP TO AGE 17 & GIRLS LEAGUES UP TO AGE 18!

REGISTRATIONS
Registrations are online and require a debit card or bank transfer. There are no in person registrations or payments with cash or cheque, as parents have to sign the online waivers for insurance purposes. The League reserves the right to require parents/guardians to supply copies of a birth certificate/passport in order to prove the age of the player.  For current schedule click here

If you would like to coach, assist or otherwise volunteer, please contact admin@londonsports.com

FORMAT
Our season is very short, from April to June. To make the most of it, we play most weekends each Saturday and Sunday, for a total of 11 games for the developmental leagues and 15 games for the competitive leagues. It is not a choice of one day or the other. The format is the same for all divisions: a one hour training practice followed by a game.

There is nothing scheduled during the week, unless an individual coach decides to run a practice session.

LEAGUES OF PLAY

Players are assigned to their league according to their age (see definition of age above), not their ability.

Developmental Divisions (ages 5 – 8)
The emphasis is on players (boys and girls) learning the basics of the game and sportsmanship.  All players play and beginners are welcome. 


- Tee-Ball (co-ed) -  ages 5 – 6
The basic fundamentals of hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules of the game are introduced to a young player. There is no pitching; rather a player (batter) hits off a “T” (a stationary device whereby a baseball rests until hit). Teams play against each other but all games are “Friendlies” (i.e. no games count in the standings). Everyone bats and plays. There are no set innings for a game rather everyone plays within a certain allotted time period.

Game times: Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am, Sunday 11:30am - 1:30pm

- Coaches Pitch (co-ed) -  ages 7 – 8
This is a development division for girls and boys. The fundamentals (hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules) of the game are emphasised to players. Coaches focus on providing further support by discussing playing insights (what players look for and where they field when playing). Coaches pitch to the batters and batters begin to be introduced to live pitching. Batters are given ample opportunity to hit and coaches work on hitters not being afraid of the ball and building their self confidence to hit. Teams play against each other but all games are “Friendlies” (i.e. no games count in the standings). Everyone bats and plays. There are no set innings for a game rather everyone plays within a certain allotted time period.
Game times: Saturday 9:30am- 11:30am, Sunday 11:30am - 1:30pm

 

Competitive Divisions (ages 9 - 18)
The emphasis is on players (boys and girls) learning the basics of the game, being introduced to competition and sportsmanship. The results of games count and are recorded weekly in divisional standings. At the end of the season, teams are seeded based off the regular season's final standing. All teams play in an open playoff tournament as part of our season to determine the 2018 Champion for each league.

All players play and beginners are welcome. Everyone bats and plays, regardless of skill level. 


- Minors Baseball - ages 9-10
This is a competitive division for girls and boys. The fundamentals (hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules) of the game are emphasised to players. Players (pitchers) pitch to one another in a competitive 6 innings game on a 42ftx60ft diamond. An umpire is used to call balls and strikes. Players learn how to compete; the emphasis is to build pitching and a player’s maturity on how to compete, but we highlight sportsmanship. Games count in the standings. Before each game there is a minimum of one-hour practice and then a competitive game is played.
Game times: Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm, Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

- Junior Girls Softball - ages 9-11 (developing fast pitch)
This is a competitive division for girls only. The fundamentals (hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules) of the game are emphasised to players. Players (pitchers) use a combination of slow and developing fast pitch to one another in a competitive 6 innings game on a 42ftx60ft diamond. An umpire is used to call balls and strikes. Players learn how to compete; the emphasis is to build pitching and a player’s maturity on how to compete, but we highlight sportsmanship. Games count in the standings. Before each game there is a minimum of one-hour practice and then a competitive game is played.
Game times: Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm, Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

- Majors Baseball - ages 11 – 12 
This is a competitive division for boys and girls. The fundamentals (hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules) of the game are emphasised to players. Players (pitchers) pitch to one another in a competitive 6 innings game on a 46ftx60ft diamond. An umpire calls balls and strikes. Players compete but we emphasis sportsmanship. Games do count in the standings. Before each game there is a minimum of one-hour practice and then a competitive game is played.
Game times: Saturday 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm – 5:30pm

- Senior Girls Softball - ages 12-14 (fast pitch)
This is a competitive Softball division for girls only. The fundamentals (hitting, base running, fielding, and the rules) of the game are emphasised to players. Players (pitchers) fast pitch to one another in a competitive 6 innings game on a 46ftx60ft diamond. An umpire is used to call balls and strikes. Players learn how to compete; the emphasis is to build pitching and a player’s maturity on how to compete, but we highlight sportsmanship. Games count in the standings. Before each game there is a minimum of one-hour practice and then a competitive game is played.
Game times: Saturday 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm – 5:30pm

- Junior Boys - ages 13-14  
The skill level and competition increases. Games are held on full size fields with 80' base paths, 54' pitching distance and 7 innings in length.  
Game Time: Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm

- Senior Boys - ages 15-17
The skill level and competition increases. Games are held on full size fields with 90' base paths, 60'6" pitching distance and 9 innings in length.  We play interleague games as part of the BBF's SuperLeague. Home games are played at the Scrubs, away games at other locations. Great league if your school doesn't offer baseball as a sport and you want to keep playing.
Game times: Saturday interleague 9:00am - 12:30pm

- Girls 18U Softball - ages (13*)14-18  (fast pitch)
The skill level and competition increases. We play interleague games and travel locally, usually not more than an hour. Many of the players in this league are members of GB National Youth Softball Team. Great league if your school doesn't offer fast pitch softball as a sport and you want to keep playing. We also offer International Tournament play.

(* Girls of ages 13-15 are allowed to play in both Senior and 18U upon request). By scheduling all of our training and games on Sundays, our schedule does not conflict with London Sports Sr Girls regular season's games, the GBFL and most National Team training sessions.  
Game Time: Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Travel Team (ages 8 - 17)
Travel team members, divided by age group, are selected through evaluations and tryouts of players registered in our Baseball leagues (CP, Minors, Majors, Juniors, Seniors). We play against other British clubs and compete in tournaments in the UK and abroad. Away games are played on the road and home games are played at Wormwood Scrubs on the weekend, but without interfering with our regular season's games.

We compete in all age groups in the Little League Tournament in June and the British Baseball Federation (BBF) Youth Championships in September, as well as other tournaments in the UK and abroad.

For players selected for this team, there will be an additional fee.
Click here for Travel Team details.