Program Description: South Park's Majors Baseball program is designed for players ages 11 and 12. As with all divisions of baseball at South Park, players will focus on developing and enhancing their fundamentals (hitting, fielding, throwing, etc.). There is additional emphasis on developing pitchers and catchers and improving players' overall knowledge of game situations. In order to minimize the chance of injury, pitchers in the Majors Baseball division are governed by rules that restrict the number of innings that they are allowed to pitch during any one week or over a three day span. Games consist of 6 innings, with maximum run rules in effect for competition purposes. By rule, every player must play at least one inning in the infield on defense during each game, and coaches are encouraged to rotate players to as many positions as possible during the season to provide opportunites for player growth. All games are professionally umpired and there is a winner / loser of each game. However, in order to promote player development, regular season standings are not maintained. The ultimate champion and runner-up for the season are determiined via the end-of-season tournament whereby the tournament brackets are determined via blind draw. During the Fall season, the bases are set at 70' and the mound at 50'. Lead-offs, steals and pick-offs are allowed during the Fall.
Age Requirement: Age is determined as of April 30, 2018. Players registering for Majors Baseball should have a birth date between 5/1/05 and 4/30/07.
Team Selection: Teams are selected via player draft subsequent to the player evaluation sessions. The goal of the player draft is to create teams of equal abilities, thus leading to a balanced and competitive league.
Season: Practices will begin in late August and will generally be held once a week as well as on weekends prior to the commencement of games. Once the regular season begins, currently estimated to be around September 9th, practices will generally be held once a week and on Sunday afternoon if the game schedule allows. Games are generally one night during the week as well as on weekends. The regular season, as well as the end-of-season tournament, will be completed by November 4th.
Location: Practices and games will be held on the majors field at South Park's facility located at Carmel Middle School or at our facility located at Lansdowne Elementary School.