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About LMLL’s Rookies Division

The Rookies Division is an instructional, non-competitive baseball.

Who can play?  Rookies division is A TON OF FUN! It's baseball for boys and girls of all abilities.

 

Eligibility:  For birth dates between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

 

When are games and practices?    Once per week on Saturdays.   Game times and locations may vary from week to week. There is an individual team practice session, then a game with another team (at the same field) immediately following the game.  The season starts in early April and runs until the end of the (LMSD) school year in mid-June.

When are games and practices?  Rookies meet once per week for two hours on Saturdays from 11am-1pm.   Note that we are going to play INDOORS for the first few weeks and go outside in early April.  

We will provide some skill instruction lead by professionals, or each team will practice for 20 minutes before the game.  The season starts on March 23rd and ends June 8th.

What do you do in practices?  Coaches introduce and teach players the main baseball fundamentals:  proper throwing mechanics, proper stance and hitting fundamentals, basic fielding skills, above-the-waist catching, and base running.  We emphasize having fun together as a team, learning positive sportsmanship, and developing players’ confidence in their athletic abilities.

How do games work?  The Rookie Division season starts with three games of either coach pitch or tee-ball if needed.  Beginning in week 4 and continuing through week 10, Rookie games are coach-pitch.  Every player gets a chance to bat once in each inning; innings change after a team’s full lineup bats.  Fielders throw hit balls to the appropriate base, and legitimate fielding outs retire a runner/batter.  Games are three-to-five innings, which takes about an hour and 10-20 minutes.  No score is kept.

What do we need to bring each Saturday?  Players need: (1) a baseball glove, (2) water bottle, (3) team shirt, and (4) team baseball cap.  The team shirt and cap are distributed at the first team meeting.  Players should wear clothes for running (shorts in hot weather are fine), and sneakers or cleats (optional) for footwear; no Crocs or sandals.  Players are welcome to bring their own baseball bats, but that is by no means necessary.

What about drop offs?   At this age group, each player must have a parent (or other responsible adult, e.g., neighbor, grandparent, nanny, etc.) present for the duration of the practice and game.

When will I learn what team my player will be on?  Parents will be contacted (via email) by the player’s head coach approximately the middle of March, who will provide field schedule information, team name and other players on it, and any additional logistical information.  Please be sure we have your preferred email address when you register online.

Do we need to be township residents?  Lower Merion Little League is open to residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth and children that attend private school in Lower Merion Township.

Where can I find additional information?  We have a Spring Baseball/Softball FAQ page about our Spring Season baseball programs, on the tabs at left.  In addition, general inquires may be directed to the league at upport@LMLL.org.  Rookie Division  inquiries may be directed to the Rookie Division Commissioner, whose name and email address are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.

Game times and fields are subject to changes

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rev. mww 12/8/2018