As with the Intermediate level, our continued responsibility is to teach the fundamental skills of baseball in a safe and enjoyable setting which promotes sportsmanship and an atmosphere conducive to the emotional and physical growth of our players. Our goal is to teach baseball to all of our players, providing opportunities for all to play in a variety of baseball positions, regardless of their level of experience or skill. Our hope is that coaches will assess their success by the degree to which they have met these goals, rather than by the number of games won or lost.
That being said, this is the first division in which records and scores are officially recorded and there are playoffs. That leads to more competition. As a result, it is a delicate task for coaches to balance the competitive aspects with our essential goal to promote positive emotional growth and a successful experience for all of our participants, who will have a variety of ability levels. Coaches in Majors will consider a player’s ability level when positioning players, but are still strongly encouraged to make sure that all players play both the infield and the outfield. No player should be assigned a position and limited to only playing that position. Such an approach is discouraged as it seems inevitably to lead players to stop playing baseball.
The required time commitment for coaches at this level is similar to that in Intermediate. At this level, teams practice once a week (on a week night) at Ryder Park or Nelson Park for one hour and may have one or two games per week; one on a weekday night and one on Saturday morning, at Ryder and Nelson. Games at this level are supposed to be 6 innings, but may be called due to darkness or the start of the next scheduled game.
Majors is the last division played on the “little” field with 46 feet from pitching rubber to home plate and 60 feet from base to base. After Majors, players move on to the Senior League and the dimensions that middle school, high school, college, and professional baseball leagues use.
Majors Baseball Rules