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Baseball

Baseball is offered for boys in grades 1-8.  Grades 1/2 is coach pitch, grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 is kid pitch and they play in the Suburban Baseball League.  We will also offer a competitive tryout team in grades 7/8 that plays in the JLS Baseball League.   See below for additional information.  

Grades 1-2 Recreation Baseball:

*Games are held in-town and are coach pitch.
*Season runs from the middle of April through the end of June.  If the weather is nice and fields are ready, we might start a little earlier.  
*Teams will typically meet 2 times per week.  One weeknight time that is set for the season (coach decides) and a weekend practice and/or game(s).  

Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 Recreation Baseball:

*This division will involve some travel to various Western Mass communities and is kid pitch. 
*Play is in the Suburban Baseball League:  https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wmasssuburbanbaseball 
*The season runs from early April through the end of June. Teams typically meet 2-4 times per week.
*3/4th home games/practices at Center Field and/or Beachgrounds (60 foot diamond).  
*5/6th home games/practices at the Woodlawn Field/COA (75 foot diamond).  
*7/8th home games/practices at the Beachgrounds Park and/or SHHS (90 foot diamond).

Grade 7/8 Competitive Baseball: The season will start in late April and through the end of July. Teams typically meet 3-5 times per week and play in the JLS baseball league.  This division may require a tryout based on total number of registrations.  This is for the competitive baseball players looking for more competition than in the Suburban League.  Home  games/practices at the Beachgrounds Park and/or SHHS (90 foot diamond).

Baseball Equipment Information

League Websites:
Grade 3-8 Recreation Baseball: https://www.leaguelineup.com/wmasssuburbanbaseball
Grade 7/8 Competitive Baseball: https://jls.teampages.com/

Equipment Information:
The baseball equipment requirements differ by the age group and league. We did our best to lay them out below.

7/8th grade requirements:
  • Metal or rubber cleats
  • White baseball pants and black belt
  • Glove
  • Batting helmet 
  • Rec Dept will provide a team hat and game shirt. We will also have catchers gear and team bats.  
  • Bats are NOT required to be purchased; however, if you decide to, here are the rules: In Koufax, no aluminum bat may have a minus factor greater than -5 and a diameter greater than 2 3/4 inches. Bats must be marked "BPF 1.15", "USA Baseball" or "BBCOR". Bats that have a minus factor of -6, -7, etc., are illegal. 
5/6th grade requirements:
  • Rubber cleats (metal not allowed)
  • White baseball pants and black belt.
  • Glove
  • Batting helmet 
  • Rec Dept will provide a team hat and game shirt. We will also have catchers gear and team bats.  
  • Bats are NOT required to be purchased; however, if you decide to, here are the rules: In Reese, no aluminum bat may have a minus factor greater than -10 and a diameter greater than 2 3/4 inches. Bats must be marked "BPF 1.15", "USA Baseball" or "BBCOR". Bats that have a minus factor of -11, -12, etc., are illegal. 
3/4th grade requirements:
  • Rubber cleats (metal not allowed)
  • White baseball pants and black belt.
  • Glove
  • Batting helmet 
  • Rec Dept will provide a team hat and game shirt. We will also have catchers gear and team bats.  
  • Bats must be marked "BPF 1.15", "USA Baseball" or "BBCOR". Bats can be any drop.  
1/2nd grade baseball requirements:
  • Rubber cleats or sneakers
  • Glove
  • Batting helmet
  • Rec Dept will provide a team hat, game shirt, bats and elastic-band pants. 

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Contact

South Hadley Recreation Department
116 Main Street 
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

Phone: 413-538-5030
Email: [email protected]

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