How do I contact the league?
You can contact us by mail:
Holden Baseball Program, Inc.
P.O. Box 117
Holden, MA 01520
Or follow us on Facebook: Holden Baseball
How does Holden Baseball decide on player placement for the levels of play?
Holden Baseball takes into consideration several important factors in the player placement process, including:
- The ongoing modifications to player age rules made by Little League Baseball, Inc.
- Constructive feedback from Holden families who have players in the league
- Current player school grade considerations
- Effective player development that allows for enjoyment of the game at each level
- Player tryout scores at Holden Baseball tryouts
- Coach evaluation scores of all players from the prior baseball season
It is important to understand the age cutoff guidelines set by Little League Baseball: all players from T-Ball through Little League Intermediate follow an August 31st age cutoff to determine their "Little League Age". For example, a player registered for Spring baseball who is currently 8 years old, but will turn 9 on August 3rd of 2019, would be considered "LL-9". A player who is currently 8 years old, but will turn 9 on September 20th of 2019, would be considered "LL-8".
What levels of play are offered and when are games played?
For the 2019 season, Holden Baseball offers the following levels of play:
- LL Instructional: T-Ball level for first year players who will be 4 or 5 years old by no later than August 31, 2019.
- LL Rookie: T-Ball level for players who will be 5 or 6 years old by no later than August 31, 2019, AND have already completed their first LL Instructional season at age LL-4 or LL-5. This level is ALSO for first year players turning 6 by no later than August 31, 2019.
- A Level: Coach pitch level for players who will be 7 years old by no later than August 31, 2019, OR players turning 6 by no later than August 31, 2019 that have already played 2 seasons of T-Ball at LL-4 and LL-5.
- AA Level: Coach pitch / kid pitch level for players who will be 8 or 9 years old by no later than August 31, 2019, AND have not been drafted for a AAA team after attending a tryout. This level is ALSO for players turning 7 by no later than August 31, 2019 that have already played 3 seasons (Instructional, Rookie, and Single A) due to starting baseball at LL-4. In addition, all players who are in 3rd grade in school will automatically be assigned to the AA level (or higher). The AA season starts with coach pitch, and the coaches will move towards kid pitch as the players continue to develop their fundamentals.
The four levels shown above (LL Instructional through AA) play a 12 game season starting in early May, with games on weekends and one weeknight practice per week.
- AAA Level: consists of LL-8, LL-9, and LL-10 players. Players who are LL-8 or LL-9 may be selected for this level based on coach feedback from the previous season, and player tryout scores. All LL-8 players must attend a tryout to be considered for AAA. There are no exceptions. All players who are LL-10 will automatically be assigned to the AAA level (or higher). In addition, all players who are in 4th grade in school will automatically be assigned to the AAA level (or higher).
- LL-Minors Level: consists of LL-9, LL-10, and LL-11 players. Players who are LL-9 or LL-10 may be selected for this level based on coach feedback from the previous season, and player tryout scores. All players who are LL-11 will automatically be assigned to the LL-Minors level (or higher). In addition, all players who are in 5th grade in school will automatically be assigned to the LL-Minors level (or higher).
- LL-Majors Level: consists of LL-10, LL-11, and LL-12 players. Players who are LL-10 or LL-11 may be selected for this level based on coach feedback from the previous season, and player tryout scores. All players who are LL-12 will automatically be assigned to the LL-Majors level. In addition, all players who are in 6th grade in school will automatically be assigned to the LL-Majors level.
The three levels shown above (AAA through LL-Majors) play a 12 to 20 game season (depending on level and team count) starting in late April, plus playoffs in June. The teams can play games on weeknights and weekends, and have one practice slot per week. These levels have game scores, umpires, team standings, etc.
- LL-Intermediate Level: This is a new level for 2019, and consists of LL-13 players born between 09/01/2005 and 08/31/2006. This level is played according to LL 50/70 Intermediate rules, and the field size is larger than the LL field, but smaller than the Babe Ruth field. This level will require some travel to local towns due to the field availability. Players eligible for this level (who have played Holden Baseball previously) will receive an email from the league president with details.
- Babe Ruth Level: is for players who will be 13, 14 or 15 by no later than April 30, 2019 (the Babe Ruth age cutoff is April 30, not August 31). Because of the age cutoff overlap between LL and Babe Ruth, some players graduating from the LL-Majors level will be eligible for both levels (LL-Intermediate and Babe Ruth), and they can choose either one. Babe Ruth is played on a regulation diamond with 60 foot mound and 90 foot bases. Babe Ruth teams play a 20 game schedule followed by a double-elimination playoff.
What equipment is required?
The only required equipment is a glove, and for boys looking to play the catcher position a cup. As players move up through the league they will find that many players also have cleats, as well as their own helmets and bats.
Where can I find information on Legal Bats?
Please consult the Little League website to determine which bats are approved for Little League play. Holden Little League is obligated to obey the posted bat rules without exception. We cannot allow a player to use a bat from a previous season which is now deemed illegal.