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In-house Baseball Program

The In-House Baseball League offers opportunities for players to participate in a baseball league that is solely driven by the community of Northfield.  The goal of the In-House Baseball League is to give every child in Northfield from those entering Kindergarten through the 7th grade an opportunity to play and enjoy the great game of baseball.  

The In-House baseball League consists of teams from the NYBA who play each other.  All games are played at Sechler Park.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the NYBA In-House program is to provide an opportunity for Northfield youth to participate in baseball activity and develop baseball skills, knowledge of the game and sportsmanship.

*****2021 Information*****

Registration:

See the In-House Registration Page for the registration link and complete details

League Eligibility & Fees:

 League  Grade (2020-21 School Yr)  Fee
Tball  Kindergarden or 5yo by Sept 1, 2021  $99
Futures  1st Grade  $120
Rookies  2nd-3rd Grade  $140
Minors  4th-5th Grade  $140
SMCBL  6th-7th Grade  $150
An additional $50 fee will apply after the regular registration period closes. 

*Players will only be allowed late registration if space allows.  Once uniforms are ordered no late registrations will be accepted.

 League Days & Times: 

LEAGUE   Practice/Game Days Start Times
     
Tball

During School year: Tuesday/Saturday

After School concludes: Tuesday/Thursday

Weeknight: 6 or 7pm 

Weekend: 9 or 10am

*Times vary by week for each team

     
Futures

During School year: Monday/Saturday

After School concludes: Monday/Wednesday

Weeknight: 6 or 7pm 

Weekend: 11am or 12pm

*Times vary by week for each team

     
Rookies Tuesday/Thursday

Early start times: 5:45/6/6:15

Late start times: 7:15/7:30/7:45

*vary by week

Minors Monday/Wednesday

Early start times: 5:45/6/6:15

Late start times: 7:15/7:30/7:45

*vary by week

     
SMCBL Subject to SMCBL schedule TBD
 
Important Dates:
 
March 31: Registration Closes
April 3: Minors Evaluations
May 3/4: Opening day for Rookies and Minors
May 15: Opening day for Tball and Futures
May 29-31: Memorial Weekend, no baseball activities
June 23: Minors League HR Derby
June 24: Rookies League Skills Competition 
July 14: Last day for Futures League 
July 15: Last day for Tball League
July XX: In-House Classic (Rookies and Minors League)
 

*****GENERAL LEAGUE INFO*****

 In-House Leagues

Tball League 

The Tball League is a non-competitive league that emphasizes participation, good sportsmanship and fun for children who will be entering Kindergarten (5 years old by Sept. 1st of that year) or are currently enrolled in kindergarten.  The Tball League will run from mid-May through mid-July.  During the school year, mid-May - start of June, teams will be scheduled for 60 minute practice/scrimmage on Tuesday with varying start times of 6 or 7pm and Saturdays with varying start times of 9 or 10am. Once school has concluded, mid-June, teams will be scheduled for 60 minute practice/scrimmage on Tuesdays and Thursdays with varying start times of 6 or 7pm.  The format of the practice/scrimmage nights will be a group practice with stations for the first 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute scrimmage.  Each inning, teams will bat once through their batting order.  When in the field, players will be rotated around to different field positions each inning.  Players will run the bases one base at a time with the last player of the inning rounding all of the bases.  There are no outs, strike outs or walks and no score is kept.  At the conclusion of the season, every player will receive a participation award.

Futures League (Coach Pitch)

The Futures League is a non-competitive league emphasizing good sportsmanship, fundamental of baseball and understanding of the game as well as fun for players currently enrolled in Kindergarten (who have already played a year of Tball) or 1st grade.  In this league coaches pitch to the players.  The Futures League will run from mid-May through mid-July.  During the school year, mid-May - start of June, teams will be scheduled for 60 minute practice/scrimmage on Mondays with varying start times of 6 or 7pm and Saturdays with varying start times of 11am or 12pm. Once school has concluded, mid-June, teams will be scheduled for 60 minute practice/scrimmage on Mondays and Wednesdays with varying start times of 6 or 7pm.  The format of practice/scrimmage nights will be a group practice with stations for the first 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute scrimmage.  Each inning, teams will bat once through their batting order.,  When in the field, players will be rotated around to different field positions each inning.  For the first part of the season players will advance the bases one base at a time with the last player of the inning rounding all of the bases and there will be no outs.  Coaches will begin introducing multi-base running and outs toward the end of the season.  There are no strike outs or walks and no score is kept.  At the conclusion of the season, every player will receive a participation award.

Rookies League (Machine Pitch)

The Rookie League is a noncompetitive league focused on the fundamental of baseball, understanding of the game and skill development for those currently enrolled in 2nd and 3rd grade.  This league is machine pitch league.  For the first couple weeks, teams will focus on skill development with practices both Tuesday and Thursday.  For the remainder of the season, teams will have scheduled practices or games on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  To ensure skill development continues to progress throughout the season each team will have a practice night built into their schedule for every two games played.  Each inning will consist of 3 outs per side or once through each team’s batting order.  Players are allowed 4 swinging strikes.  There are no walks.  Games will be six innings or 80 minutes max, whichever comes first.  Score is not kept during the regular season.  Coaches act as umpires.  National Federation of High School Rules shall govern play except where modified in NYBA rules document.

An “All Star Break” will be held the end of June consisting of skill challenges instead of the usual practice/game schedule.   

The Rookie League teams will take part in the NYBA Classic, a competitive end-of-season tournament.  Medals will be awarded for teams placing first and second places in the tournament.

**Occasional Fridays or off day practice/games may be scheduled to accommodate field space

Minors League (Kid Pitch)

The Minor League is a competitive kid pitch league focused on the fundamentals of baseball, understanding of the games and skill development for those currently enrolled in 4th and 5th grade.   For the first couple weeks, teams will focus on skill development with practices both Monday and Wednesday.  For the remainder of the season, teams will have scheduled practices or games on Mondays and Wednesdays.  To ensure skill development continues to progress throughout the season each team will have a practice night built into their schedule for every two games played.  Each inning consists of 3 outs per side.  Players are allowed 3 strikes. After 4 balls a player can walk.  Games will be six innings or 80 minutes max, whichever comes first.   Score will be kept, however, standings will not be recorded.  This is to ensure that fun and skill development remain the priority.  These are umpired games.  National Federation of High School Rules shall govern play except where modified in NYBA rules document.  

Minors teams are created according to player evaluations that are held prior to each season, usually just before to Northfield Schools spring break.  For more information see the Evaluations page

An “All Star Break” will be held the end of June consisting of a home run derby instead of the usual practice/game schedule.  

The Minors League teams will take part in the NYBA Classic, a competitive end-of-season tournament.  Medals will be awarded for teams placing first and second place in the tournament.

**Occasional Fridays or off day practice/games may be scheduled to accommodate field space

SMCBL (South Metro Community Baseball League) League 

The SMCBL League is a competitive kid pitch league focused on continued player growth for those currently in 6th and 7th grade. 

The South Metro Community Baseball League (SMCBL), a partnership with other south metro assocations such as Farmington and Lakeville.  The league will run from the beginning of May to the end of July.  Teams will have 2 games each week which could be scheduled any night Monday-Thursday.  Games will be played in Farmington, Lakeville and Northfield.  Practices will be scheduled in addition to games at the coaches' discretion.

SMCBL will have two tournaments, one mid-season and one at the end of the season.

This league is governed by the SMBL League Rules.

 **Occasional Fridays or off day practice/games may be scheduled to accommodate field space

 

NYBA Policy Highlights

(For additional policies and rules see league specific rules posted under the rules section under the in-house portion of the website.)

In-House Baseball League team coaches

Parent coaches will be selected for the In-House teams from those who indicate interest All coaches must pass a criminal background check.  All coaches must complete the Trusted Coaches Program. which includes instructional videos; concussion training and a background check.  All coaches are expected to conform to the guidelines set forth by the NYBA.

In-house Baseball League team playing time guidelines

All coaches will do their best to play all players equally each game in the infield and outfield.  Equal play does not mean that all players will pitch and catch equally. Pitcher and catcher positions will be at the discretion of the coach.  Pitcher will be considered an infield position and catcher will be considered outfield position.  Exceptions to this rule would be the following:  Player game/practice attendance issues, shortened game for any reason ( rainout, 10 run rule, time limit, etc.).

All players should be allowed to play multiple positions and must have the opportunity to play both infield and outfield.  

Player safety should be taken into consideration when placing players at defensive positions.

There will be continuous batting and free substitution for all games.

For specific League level guidelines, please see corresponding Rules. 

Game/practice attendance

Every player's presence is important.  Unless otherwise exempted by the coach, all players are expected to attend all practices and league games.  Excused absences will be granted for vacations, school, religious and family events.  However, it is expected that the coach will be notified in advance of such events.  Unexcused absences may result in a reduction of playing time at the coach’s discretion.

 Late Registrations  

An additional $50.00 fee will be added after the regular registration period closes.  Late registrations will only be accepted if team space allows.  Once uniforms are ordered no late registrations will be accepted.

 

Contacts

In-House President

In-House Director

Minors Coordinator

Rookies Coordinator 

Tball/Futures Coordinator 
 

CAC/Scholarship Information

The NYBA is dedicated to providing the opportunity to play the great game of baseball to all the young athletes in Northfield. If you are in need of financial assistance with the league fees, please contact the Community Action Center of Northfield before you begin the registration process.

507-664-3550