Armstrong Athletics is proud of our heritage offering Little League Baseball to the residents of our local communities. We offer the following divisions of play listed below:
Armstrong Athletics Little League Baseball (East Region, Pennsylvania District 26):
Divisions of Play:
Tee Ball Division (age 4-6): $100.00
Minor Division, Machine Pitch(age 7-8): $125.00
Minor Division, Player Pitch (age 9-10): $125.00
Major Division, Player Pitch (age 11-12): $125.00
Intermediate Division (age 11-13): $125.00
ARMSTRONG LITTLE LEAGUE BOUNDARY:
Any child who attends West Hills Primary/Intermediate or Lenape Elementary School is eligible to play for Armstrong Little League.
Tee Ball (age 4-6):
The Little League Tee Ball program provides volunteer coaches with everything they need to create an environment where players will learn the skills of the game, while having fun and staying active. Parents and legal guardians of Tee Ball players are crucial to the extension of the program, and their satisfaction is equally important to its success. The outreach and inclusion of this division sets the foundation for continued participation in the local Little League program.
Tee Ball players use bats and balls (baseballs and softballs) designated specifically for use in this division. Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this entry level of Little League.
Armstrong Athletics Tee Ball program follows the same season schedule as the upper level baseball programs, with the season’s games starting around the first week of May. Typically 2 games per week are scheduled, depending on the number of teams and field availability. The Tee Ball Season typically ends around the middle of June. Practices will begin prior to the season as weather permits and scheduling will be dependent on field availability and Managers of teams.
There is no End of Season tournament or All-Star Tournaments for this level of play.
Minor Division, Machine Pitch (age 7-8):
Minor League Baseball programs are for both boys and girls may be operated within each division for younger players with less experience. Divisions may be established within the Minor League for “machine pitch,” “coach-pitch” or “player-pitch.” Players that are League Age 7-8 within Armstrong Athletics are eligible to participate in our “machine-pitch” division. Armstrong Athletics has chosen to utilize the “machine-pitch” option for this age group to streamline games and provide consistent pitching for our younger players.
Minor Division, Player Pitch (age 9-10):
Players League Age 9-10 are eligible to participate in our Little League Minor Division “player-pitch” program. This is a step-up from “machine-pitch” and begins to introduce young players to live player pitching.
Major Division, Player Pitch (age 11-12):
The Little League Baseball Division (also known as the Major Division) is for boys and girls ages 9 -12. A local league may choose to limit its Major Division to 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds, or 11-12-year-olds. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 10-12-year-olds from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament.
Regular season players in the Little League Baseball Major Division have the opportunity to dual roster, meaning he/she can play in the Little League Major Baseball Division and Intermediate 50/70 Division during the same season. Achieving tournament eligibility is possible in either division, but a player must choose one division of play to participate in during the tournament season.
Intermediate Division (age 11-13):
The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division was introduced in January, 2010, as a pilot program for 12- and 13-year-olds which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.
The division, which was new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 for players league-age 11-13 with postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).
Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.
The culmination of the International Tournament is the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.