Incoming and current Kindergartners, turning 5 and 6 by Aug. 31st are invited to play in our T-Ball Division. Teams are set up so players can play with their friends as much as possible. This is an introduction to baseball where basic skills are taught and the game is played with a soft baseball. Games are 3 innings, with each player batting once in each inning.
In addition to a Tee, live pitching is introduced in our Farm Division for current 1st and 2nd Graders, turning 6 - 8 by Aug. 31st . Teams are set up so players can play with their friends as much as possible. The next steps in baseball are taught at this level and defensive outs are recorded in addition to working on catching and throwing. Games are 5 innings long, with an inning ending when 9 batters come to the plate. A softer baseball is still used.
Competitive Division (Coaches/Kid Pitch):
If you feel your child is ready for a more competitive style of baseball, try our Competitive Division for 7 - 9 year olds or players who have played one year in our Farm Division. In this division, coaches will pitch innings 1, 2, & 5 and kids will pitch innings 3 & 4 with a no walk and no stealing rule. Scores and standings will be kept and the games are played with a real baseball. Players are expected to confidently catch and throw a baseball in this Division. The players are drafted in an attempt to make the teams as even as possible and rules are in place to keep the games competitive.
The first steps toward playing a real baseball game occur in the Minor Division. This division is for 3rd and 4th graders turning 8 - 10 by Aug. 31st. The players are drafted in an attempt to make the teams as even as possible and rules are in place to keep the games competitive. EYB hires umpires to officiate these games, which are completely kid pitch. Walks and Strikeouts are all part of Minor Division Games. Games are 6 innings long. Due to EYB's affiliation with Little League Inc., players that sign up with EYB and make the All Star team, will be eligible to compete in the Little League Tournament in July.
A few more elements of the game are added in the Major Division. This division is for 5th and 6th graders turning 11 - 12 by Aug. 31st. Once again a draft is used in an attempt to even out the teams through out the division and umpires are hired to officiate the games. Players are introduced to Bunting and Stealing in this Division and play 7 innings. Due to EYB's affiliation with Little League Inc., players that sign up with EYB and make the All Star team, will be eligible to compete in the Little League Tournament in July.
Bases are lengthened to 80 feet, pitching to 54 feet and Lead-offs and Pick-offs are added to the Pony Division. This division is for players turning 13 - 14 by Aug. 31st. Games are played in the West Suburban Basebal League.
This division is for 9th - 11th graders with players turning 15 to 17 by Aug. 31st. Games are in the months of June and July. Bases are lengthened to 90 feet, pitching to 60 feet 6 inches. Games are 9 innings and will be played in the North Suburban Youth Baseball League.
Registration for our Spring Baseball league will begin in October each year.