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Arbutus Little League - Since 1953, everyday is a hit



  • League Age 5 to 6 years old.
  • Use the Little League Age Charts to find your child’s year of birth.
  • This division is an introductory program to baseball. This is about having fun, not the win-loss record.
  • Coaches will help their players develop the basics of throwing, hitting off a tee, catching, and good sportsmanship.
  • This is a non-competitive division, so scores and standings are not kept.
  • The teams are between 7 to 10 players each.
  • The season typically runs from April to the end of public school in June.
  • Little League's Parents Guide.

Game Schedule

  • Two weeknight game for one hour each starting at 6 pm.
  • The first 30 minutes of each game session may be practice and the other 30 minutes is game play. Later in the season, coaches can drop the practice portion.
  • Games will be played regardless of the number of players present. If teams are drastically unbalanced, the players in attendance shall be divided into 2 teams.

Practice Schedule:

  • This starts 1-2 week before the playing season begins in mid-April.
  • The first 30 minutes of each game session may be practice and the other 30 minutes is game play.  Later in the season, coaches can drop the practice portion.

Player's Equipment

  • Players are given a team shirt, pants, and baseball hat.
  • Cleats are optional.
  • Bats are provided.
  • Helmets are provided, but parents are encouraged to buy one.
  • Players must provide their own glove.
  • Before you buy, read "Players Equipment" on our Tips for Parents and Players webpage.

Game Rules:

  • Little League Rules
  • Two innings are played or one-hour, which comes first. An inning is defined as each player getting up to bat. The last batter of the inning clears the bases with a "home run". 
  • Fielding positions - All positions are fielded except catcher. If fewer than 9 players are in attendance, eliminate the positions in the order of pitcher, then outfield positions.
  • Batters hit from a tee, which the coach can adjust per player.  At the mid-point of the season, the coach may pitch the ball to the batter.  After 5 missed pitches, the tee should be used.  It is suggested that the coach pitch the ball overhand from a knelling position so the batter can swing level. Underhand pitches tend to be harder to hit since it will arch like a "rainbow". 
  • All plays on the ball must be made by team players. No coach/adult may field a ball.
  • There are no outs.
  • There is no stealing.
  • Scores are not kept.
  • Gloves must be used by all fielders.
Game Safety Rules
  • Make sure the players pay attention to thrown balls.  The player throwing the ball needs to make sure the receiving player is fully ready by looking at that player and holding their glove out ready to catch it.
  • Players sitting on the bench should not hold a bat.  Bats should be on the ground.
  • With a batter holding their bat at the tee, the home plate coach needs to hold the barrel of the bat steady in the ready-swing position over the batter's shoulder.
  • After a batter hits the ball, coaches need to immediately remove the bat from the field while the ball is in-play.  Batters must place their bat on the ground, not throw it.
  • When players are running to home plate, remove the tee from home plate.
  • Batters and all base runners must wear a helmet.

Arbutus Little League

5525 Shelbourne Rd 
Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Email : [email protected]
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