This league is for 7-12 year olds. The teams play at the highest level of competition and will represent Longmeadow in the John L. Sullivan League.
All 7-9 year olds and some 10 year olds play on a travel team using a 60-foot diamond. The remaining 10 year olds and all 11–12 year olds play on travel teams using a 75-foot diamond. In addition to playing on an intermediate diamond, the 11–12 year olds league uses the Official Rules of Baseball; pitchers hold runners on base, runners take leads and steal.
The Travel baseball program will field teams that compete in skill appropriate divisions with 2–3 games per week plus practices. Each team will be limited to 12–14 players. Travel is modest as teams participating are local towns and half of the games should be in Longmeadow. Carpooling for travel games is available. The schedule — approximately 20 games — leads to a league tournament for each team. Depending on player availability, teams may participate in regional post-season tournaments.
The philosophy of the league is to try to balance the teams so that each player can be a contributing member to the team. Games may be scheduled for any day of the week. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate and develop their instructional and coaching skills as a head or assistant coach. Players participating on baseball teams in other towns are not eligible to play in these leagues.
Coordinator: Jeff Evans 413-234-0949