About LMLL’s Minors Division
The Minors Division is an instructional, non-competitive baseball season for players born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010.
Who can play? Minors division is for boys and girls. Players of all abilities are welcome.
When are games and practices? Teams have one game per week on Saturdays. Times may vary from week to week; the game schedule is finalized in March, and will be posted under the Schedule tab at the top of the LMLL home page. There are practices (at most one team practice per week) on either Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening from 6-7:30pm. The season starts in April and runs until the end of the (LMSD) school year in mid-June.
Where are games and practices? Minors Division games and practices are held at several fields in Lower Merion Township; locations vary with each game, and will be finalized with team schedules in March. Directions and locations of all baseball fields are provided at the Field Locations link on the tabs at left. A detailed schedule will also be emailed by your player’s team coach before the season starts in April.
What do you do in practices? Coaches develop and reinforce the major baseball fundamentals, and begin teaching team plays. Fundamental include: proper throwing mechanics, batting stance and hitting fundamentals, 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 Minors Division is machine pitch.
- Batter is retired (out) after 6 pitches if no hit.
- Half-innings end after 3 outs, 6 runs score or full lineup bats.
- No score is kept
Players receive up to six pitches to put the ball into play; there are no walks. Defensive fielders make plays, and legitimate fielding outs retire a runner/batter. Games are four innings, which typically takes about an hour. No score is kept (all games are a tie, :-).
What do we need to bring? 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 have baseball pants (sweatpants are acceptable in a pinch). Do not wear shorts -- players in this division are taught to slide into the base on close plays. We recommend players wear baseball cleats, but sneakers are acceptable; 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 by the last week in 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 limited to residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth.
Where can I find additional information? We have a Frequently Asked Questions page about our Spring Season baseball programs, on the tabs at left. In addition, general inquires may be directed to the league at
. Minors Division inquiries may be directed to the Minors Division Commissioner, whose name and email address are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.
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