About the A Baseball Division
The A Baseball Division is a transition league to competitive organized baseball for players aged 7-8. Games are played on 60’ Little League diamonds, with a mixture of kid-pitch and coach-pitch. Players of all abilities are absolutely welcome.
Who can play? Players born after Sept 1, 2014 and on/before Aug 31 2015. Softball Rookies and Softball Minors are available for girls as well as an option. Any player can play down in the Baseball Minors division, or up to the Baseball AA division. Simply directly register for the division you prefer, there are 6 month bands around the birth dates in each registration engine.
Click HERE to Register for A Division for Spring 2023.
When are games and practices? Teams have one game per week, usually on Saturday and we may have 1 team play on Sundays (no games/practices Friday night or Saturday) depending on interest. There are weeknight games scheduled as well, but usually a maximum of 1 per week. Times may vary from week to week. PRELIMINARY game and practice schedules are posted under the Schedule tab at the top of the LMLL home page. There is at most one team practice per week, usually a weekday evening from 5:45-7:30pm.
When does the season start and end? First practices are typically scheduled for the mid/third-week in March. No games on Easter or Memorial Day weekends. Season runs through early to mid-June.
Where are games and practices? Single-A 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 on March 28..
What do you do in practices? Coaches develop and reinforce the major baseball fundamentals, and teach team plays. Fundamental include: refining throwing mechanics, accuracy, and developing longer (‘crow-hop’) throws; reinforcing correct batting technique and improving hitting skills; developing individual fielding skills and team plays; teaching ‘look-ahead’ base running and decision-making about advancing. Proper pitching mechanics are introduced and developed in players who wish to pitch. We emphasize having fun together as a team, learning positive sportsmanship, and developing players’ confidence in their athletic abilities.
How does “kid and coach pitching” work in games?
We begin with coach pitch and phase in kid pitching to begin to prepare players for the future. There are no walks and kids typically get 6-7 pitches.
What do we need to bring? Players need: (1) a baseball glove, (2) water bottle, (3) team baseball cap, (4) a Youth Size Protection Cup, and for games (5) his/her team uniform (shirt, baseball pants, socks). Uniforms and caps are distributed at the first team meeting. We recommend players wear baseball cleats, but sneakers are acceptable. Players cannot wear shorts, as they are taught to slide into the base on close plays. We encourage players to bring their own favorite baseball bat, batting gloves, and batting helmet (but these are not required).
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, or to non-residents if your child attends a school in Lower Merion Township.
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 President@lmll.org. A-Division inquiries may be directed to the A-Division Commissioners, whose names and email addresses are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.