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Brighton Baseball & Softball Leagues
Age ranges are based on birthdates determined by Little League International
 

SIP (for Saturday Instructional Program)

  • Ages: Boys and girls who are 5 or 6 years old.
  • Overview: SIP is the first level of Brighton Baseball. It’s intended to teach kids the basics of baseball (throwing, running, hitting, fielding, rules) in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. Games are held on Saturday mornings, starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pitching/ Hitting: Players may hit off a batting tee if the coach thinks it would enhance a batter’s skill, or coach can pitch/toss.
  • Scoring: Score is not kept. All games end in a tie.
  • Equipment: In the interest of safety, we use a soft baseball, manufactured by Incrediball, Inc.

 
Rookies Baseball 

  • Ages: Boys and girls who are 6 to 8 years old.
  • Overview: This level is intended to help kids improve in the fundamentals of baseball (fielding, hitting, throwing, running) and begin to learn the rules and strategies of the game to prepare them for more structured baseball and softball leagues. Again, the focus is on providing an enjoyable experience for players.
  • Pitching/Hitting: Coach pitch only.
  • Scoring: Score is not kept.
  • Equipment: This is the first level where kids play with a regulation baseball.

 
Rookies Softball 

  • Ages: Girls who are 6 to 8 years old.
  • Overview: This level is intended to help kids improve their fundamental softball skills (fielding, hitting, throwing, running) in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere. Players rotate positions after each inning to give them a chance to experience infield, outfield, base and non-base positions. Games are played Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Mondays at 6:30 p.m., along with a few inter-town games on weekends.
  • Pitching/Hitting: Coach pitch only. The coach of the batting team pitches UNDERHAND. No balls or strikes will be called by the umpire, unless the batter refuses to swing at pitched balls. If this occurs the umpire will warn the batter once, and then call subsequent pitches (in the strike zone) as strikes.
  • Scoring: Score is not kept.

 
Minors Baseball

  • Ages: Boys and girls who are 8 to 10 years old.
  • Overview: Minors is a big step toward playing real, competitive baseball. It’s the first year scores and standings are kept, umpires are used, players pitch to each other, and general Little League Baseball rules are followed. The intent at this level is to foster sportsmanship, skill development and a love for the game.
  • Pitching/Hitting: This is the first level at which players pitch. However, after 4 balls coaches step in and pitch to give players additional chances to hit the ball.
  • Scoring: For the first time, score is kept for games and there is a winner and a loser of each game.

 
Minors Softball

  • Ages: Girls who are 8 to 10 years old.
  • Overview: Minors is the first year in Brighton Baseball where scores and standings are kept, umpires are used, players pitch to each other, and conventional baseball rules are followed. The intent at this level is to foster sportsmanship, skill development and a love for the game within the spirit of competition. Games are played on Saturdays at 1p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., and the schedule includes frequent inter-town games.
  • Pitching/Hitting: This is a developmental level for pitching. Players pitch until the ball is hit, the batter strikes out, or three balls are called. There are no walks. A coach (from the batter’s team) will come in to pitch after ball 3 until the ball is hit or the player strikes out.
  • Scoring: For the first time, score is kept for games and there is a winner and a loser of each game.

 
Majors/Intermediate Baseball

  • Ages: Boys and girls who are 11 to 13 years old. This program will be divided into two divisions. Players will be placed in these divisions based on the number of players/teams in each age group and the results of the player evaluations.
    • Majors (11 or 12 years old) will play on a conventional Little League field.
    • Intermediate (12 or 13 years old) will play on a larger field (with 50 foot pitching and 70 foot base paths) and with regular baseball rules (base stealing, running on a dropped 3rd strike).
  • Overview: This is when the games start to look like real baseball. The intent at this level is to have players refine their skills and understand more sophisticated strategies. Score is kept and the games are competitive.  
  • Pitching/Hitting: At this levels, players pitch exclusively. No coach pitch. For the first time a pitch count limits the number of pitches a player may throw. (9-10 year olds: 75 pitches per day; 11-12 year olds: 85 pitches per day.)
  • Equipment: Majors games are played with a regulation baseball. A helmet with cage required for all batters in Brighton house league games.

 
Majors Softball

  • Ages: Girls who are 11 or 12 years old.
  • Overview: Most girls at this level are capable players and more advanced skills such as bunting, stealing and sliding are permitted. The intent at this level is to have players refine their skills (especially pitching) and understand more sophisticated strategies. Score is kept, although there is a 5-run per inning “mercy” rule. 
  • Pitching/Hitting: At this levels, players pitch exclusively. Because pitchers are refining their accuracy, coaches are asked to encourage batters to swing at pitches that are close instead of waiting for walks. Games are played on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., all against teams from other towns.

 
Juniors Baseball

  • Ages: Boys and girls who are 12-14 years old.
  • Overview: This level is very similar to Majors, except the skill level is generally higher and games are played on a larger field: 90 foot baselines, 60 foot pitching distance. The teams participate in an inter-town “house” league consisting of teams from neighboring towns including Irondequoit, Gates-Chili, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Pittsford, Fairport, Penfield, Rochester, Greece, and others. There are two games a week for a total of 16 regular season games.

 
Seniors Baseball

  • Ages: Boys and girls 14 to 16 years old.
  • Overview: At this level, most players know rules and strategies and have developed excellent skills. The teams participate in an inter-town league consisting of teams from neighboring towns including Irondequoit, Gates-Chili, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Pittsford, Fairport, Penfield, Rochester, Greece, and others.
  • Games are played on regulation baseball fields: 90 foot base paths, 60 foot pitching distance. Home games are played at the Brighton Varsity field and Moore Corporate Field at Buckland Park, on Westfall Road, with some of those games played under the lights! The schedule includes two games a week for a total of 16 games.
  • There are also summer tournament opportunities for this age group, and announcements with regards to tryouts and schedules will be available in June.
  • Equipment: League rules permit metal cleats and do not restrict bat weight.
  • However, for safety reasons we prefer that players use molded cleats and -3 oz. length/weight bats.

 
Juniors/Seniors Softball

  • Ages: Girls who are 13-16 years old.
  • Overview: At this level, most players know rules and strategies and have developed excellent skills. Games last seven innings and there is a six-run per inning limit for the first six innings. The teams participate in an inter-town league. Games are played on Sundays until the modified season finishes, then 3 times a week through June.