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IN-HOUSE BASEBALL OVERVIEW

WYSI sponsors seven (6) in-house recreational baseball leagues. The in-house leagues range from Instructional (t-ball/coach-pitch) to competitive player pitch for the older leagues.

All in-house programs focus on teaching the players the fundamentals of the game by introducing rules as the player progresses up through the leagues. This process allows the player to focus on the necessary skills at each level rather than an excess of rules.

The in-house leagues are open participation (i.e.; no tryouts) which means all players will be placed on a team that register before the cutoff and prior to the league capacity no matter skill level or experience. Please note, WYSI does conduct evaluations in an attempt to keep teams evenly matched.

Games and practices occur across a variety of locations in Westfield but no travel is required. Our facilities include Shamrock Springs 4Plex, Grand Park, and other Elementary Fields. Our competitive leagues (A - Seniors) will practice or play a game 2-4 nights a week which includes one Saturday game.


INSTRUCTIONAL

T-Ball and coach-pitch league for ages 5 and 6 (as of May 1 of the current season). Instructional league is a one-day-per-week commitment (a 45-minute practice followed by a 45-minute game). Instructional league will be scheduled for 8 games with no end-of-season tournament. During games, emphasis is placed on introducing players to the fundamentals of the game in a fun, non-competitive setting. There are no outs, every player hits each inning, and there is no scorekeeping. Batters run one base at a time and fielders are encouraged to only make plays to first base. Players should only play one year of Instructional baseball.

Expected Skill Development: Basic Throwing, Basic Catching, Basic Hitting, Base Direction, Dugout Behavior, Field Safety

League Rules

League Manger: Justine McFall



A (Single A)

Overhand, coach-pitch league for ages 6 and 7 (as of May 1 of the current season). A is a two-day-per-week commitment (a 60-minute practice and a 60-minute game). A will be scheduled for 8 games followed by an end-of-season tournament. A utilizes the Instructional approach with a further focus on hitting, throwing, and base running. Outs are counted. Three swinging strikes will result in an out. Players age 6 as of May 1 of the current season are eligible to play in either Instructional or A.

Expected Skill Development: Throwing, Catching, Hitting/Strikeouts, Force Outs, Tagging Up, 

League Rules

League Manager:  Brooke Kavanaugh



AA (Double A)

Overhand, coach-pitch league for ages 7 and 8 (as of May 1 of the current season). AA is a three-day-per-week commitment (a 60-minute practice and two 75-minute games). AA will be scheduled for 10 games followed by an end-of-season tournament. The rules and game environment are similar to A, with an emphasis on preparing players for kid-pitch at the AAA level. Players age 7 as of May 1 of the current season are eligible to play in either A or AA.

Expected Skill Development: Throwing, Catching, Hitting/Strikeouts, Force Outs, Tagging Up, Extra Base Hits

League Rules

League ManagerTJ Merrell


AAA (Triple A)
Overhand, kid-pitch league for ages 9 and 10 (as of May 1 of the current season). AAA is a three-day-per-week commitment (a 60-minute practice and two 90-minute games). AAA will be scheduled for 12 games followed by an end-of-season tournament. 

Teams play one game during the week and one game on Saturdays. There are two practices during the week. Game rules are more competitive with rules similar to middle school baseball, although no lead-offs or stealing home are allowed. 

Expected Skill Development: Throwing, Catching, Strike Zones/ Walks, Pitching, Stealing, Stopping Lead Runner

League Rules

League Manager: Kevin Nicolini


Majors
Player-pitch league for ages 11 and 12 (as of May 1 of the current season). Majors is a three-day-per-week commitment (a combination of 90-minute practices and 90-minute games). Majors will be scheduled for 14 games followed by an end-of-season tournament. Game rules continue to transition to middle school baseball rules.

Expected Skill Development: Throwing, Catching, Strike Zones/ Walks, Pitching, Stealing Home, Stopping Lead Runner

League Rules

League Manager: Dave DeCraene 


Seniors
Player pitch league for ages 13, 14, and 15 (as of May 1 of the current season). Seniors is a three-day-per-week commitment (a combination of 90-minute practices and 120-minute games). Seniors will be scheduled for 14 games followed by an end-of-season tournament. Majors will not be scheduled on weekends. The Seniors league enables boys that don't play on the Westfield Middle School teams the opportunity to continue playing baseball and develop their skills. Seniors will be evaluated after Westfield Middle School tryouts. Game rules are the same as middle school baseball.

League Rules

League Manager: TBA 



 

Season Calendar

February 23 - Registration Deadline
February 25
 - Player Evaluations at WHS MPIF (A, AA, AAA & Majors only)
March 20-24  - First practices
April 1-8 - no practices (Westfield Spring Break)
April 15- Opening Day
Mid May - All Star Evaluations 
June 5-23 - Playoffs (A, AA, AAA, Majors and Seniors) 

General Info

Registration Information - 2023
LeagueAges*Fees#Max # Players
Instructional5-6$125192
A6-7$175168
AA7-8$175144
AAA9-10$205168
Majors11-12$205120
Seniors13-15$19572


* Ages based on player's age on May 1 of the current season

 # Register on or before February 9 (Early Bird Registration date) and receive a $20 discount (the discount will be applied at the end of the registration process)

Registration Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline (save $20) - February 9 (11:59 pm)
Final Deadline - February 23 (11:59 pm)
note: the deadline for the Seniors League is March 17 (11:59 pm)


Commissioners

 Questions?

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LEAGUECOMMISSIONER
Overall
(In-House)
Stephanie Hodge  Email Jason 
 InstructionalJustine McFallEmail Jason

  ABrooke KavanaughEmail Nathan

  AATJ MerrellEmail Brad

  AAAKevin NicoliniEmail Jamie

  MajorsDave DeCraeneEmail Justan

  Seniors John

  All Stars

 John


Player Evaluations

A, AA, AAA & MAJORS
Date: February 25 
Time:

  Last names A-L 4:00-4:45
  Last names M-Z 4:45-5:30

AA
  Last names A-L 5:30-6:15
  Last names M-Z 6:15-7:00

AAA
  Last names A-L 7:00-7:45
  Last names M-Z 7:30-8:15

Majors
  Last names A-L 8:15-8:45
  Last names M-Z 8:30-9:00
Where:Westfield High School (MPIF - Door 13)
What to Bring: Glove, Athletic Shoes (Optional: Bat, Helmet)

SENIORS
Date: late March (date TBA - after the Middle School tryouts)
Where: TBA
Time: TBA


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