Niskayuna Baseball : Playing Levels

Niskayuna Baseball Recreation League Playing Levels

The NBL has the following levels:

Cal Ripken Levels:

T-Ball    

4 to 5 year olds.  Hit from tee.  Emphysis on safety, skill development and fun.  Played on the Lower Field 1, and sometimes the GE Tee Ball Field.  Season starts normally end of April or first weekend in May.  Games played on Saturday. 1 game per week.  Typically in the am. Teams created by age, school and parent self assessment at Registration. Coaches will work with team parents to schedule a practice during the week. Players bat around each inning.  The ball used is a soft-tee ball.  The league is non-competitive; no scores are kept.  All games are played on Saturdays, although make-up games may be scheduled on weeknights.  Each game is kept to a one-hour time limit or three innings (whichever comes first) to match game span with attention span of the age group. Trophies are not included in registration, but Coach and team may choose to do so on their own.

A           

6 to 7 years old.  Utilizes parent pitching.  60' diamond.  Played on the Lower Fields, primarily Field 2, and sometimes the GE Field 1.  Teams created by age, school and prior season assessments.  Season starts end of April and ends last week of school. Trophies are not included in registration, but Coach and team may choose to do so on their own.

AA         

8 to 9 years old.  Kids pitch with parent take over after a set amount of pitches.  Older kids from Niskayuna Modified, Freshman, JV or Varisity will umpire - schedule permited. Standings are kept.  Teams are created by age, school and prior season assessments.  Played on the Lower Fields, primarily Field 3, and sometimes GE Field 1.   Prior summer 8U All Stars that are A ball eligible may elect to play AA. Season starts end of April and ends last week of school. Trophies are not included in registration but Coach and team may choose to do so on their own.

AAA      

10 to 11 year olds, with prior summer 8U All Stars that are 9 years old.  Teams created by the League selected managers, than having all players attend a Workout and then there is a Draft a few days later.  The draft is completed in a serpentine fashion, after assigning draft positions to the Managers kids. Kids pitch. Stealing after the ball crosses the plate. Umpires. Standings kept. Playoffs. 60' diamond.  46' Pitching Distance.  Played on the Lower Field 4 and sometimes GE Field 1. Season starts end of April and ends last week of school.

Majors   

11 to 12 years olds.  Same as AAA but 70' diamond. 50' Pitching Distance.  Played on the Upper Majors Field, and many times played into the night under the lights.

Babe Ruth Levels:

Babe Ruth  

13 to 15 year olds.  90' diamond. 60' 6" Pitching Distance.  Season starts end of April and plays through the last week of school.  Teams stay the same each season, but replenished from new players coming from Majors.  Those players teams determined by the League working with the Babe Ruth Managers.  Games played on the Babe Ruth field at the Upper field complex, and many times played into the night under the lights to accommodate players playing Modified, Freshman, or JV schedules.

Senior Babe Ruth   

16 to 18 year olds.  Same as Babe Ruth however play other teams from the Capital Region.


Connie Mack/Mickey Mantle Level:

90' Diamond. Similar to Senior Babe Ruth but older players beyond 18 years old.

Travel/All Stars
The league also supports travel teams from 8U to 12U, in Cal Ripken, and 13U-15U in Babe Ruth.  Locally we play in the  Empire State Baseball League, and are located in the Middle Atlantic Region for Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth .    Senior Babe Ruth plays in the Northeast Senior Babe Ruth League.

Travel and All-Star teams will hold tryouts prior to each session.

Spring is a travel team; Summer an All-Star team, and Fall a travel team.

Players interested in Summer All Stars are encouraged to play Spring travel.