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Welcome to the Reading, Massachusetts Little League Home Page.

In 2014 Reading Youth Baseball joined Little League® and as such we are now a member of Massachusetts Little League, District 13 (
www.eteamz.com/madistrict13).  

We are excited to be able to offer so many levels of Little League Baseball throughout the year.

Winter Baseball:
We start right after New year’s with our 10 week Reading Little League indoor Winter Clinic at the Team Boston Baseball Academy in North Reading. The clinics are 1 hour on Saturday evenings starting January and running through April. 

Spring Baseball:
Starting April 1st (and sometime earlier depending on the weather) we go right into our town Spring Leagues.  These generally have 500+ likd:

  • Majors (12 year olds and some 11/10s)  
  • Triple A (11 year olds and some 10/9s)
  • Double A (9-11 year olds)
  • Single A (8 year olds)
  • Rookie ball (7 year olds)
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Summer Baseball:
From there we offer a wide variety of summer baseball programs:

  • District All Stars (10, 11, 12 year olds) – Invitation to tryout required
  • Baystate Baseball Travel Teams (9, 10, 11, 12 year olds) – Invitation to tryout required
  • Lynn Tournament Team (9 year olds) – Tryout Required
  • Jimmy Fund Travel Teams (8 yr olds, 9/10 yr olds, 11/12 yr olds)
  • Summer Sand Lot (in town league 7, 8 year olds)

Summer Sand Lot Program
This is for younger players who want to continue with a beginner-level of baseball (Rookie, Single A, etc.). The program will run two days a week for five weeks. The goal for our registration is to get enough kids to have four to eight teams and play one game during the week and one game on the weekend. Players seven to nine years old (as designated by the Little League age chart) who want to play some fun, in-town baseball and are looking to improve their baseball skills in a coach-pitch league should sign up for Summer Sand Lot.

Jimmy Fund Program
Before signing up for Jimmy Fund, please consider whether your son or daughter is prepared for a higher level of competition and kid pitch. If not, Summer Sandlot may be the better option.

Jimmy Fund is a fun and competitive travel league that involves travel to neighboring towns such as North Reading, Wakefield, and Woburn.  This program is open to all 8-12 year olds. There are no tryouts for these teams. Jimmy Fund coaches and directors will make teams as balanced as possible. There are three levels of Jimmy Fund play:

8/9 -- eight and nine-year olds: similar to Reading Little League’s Double A Level
9/10 -- nine and ten-year olds: similar to Reading Little League’s Triple A level
11/12 -- eleven and twelve-year olds: similar to Reading Little League’s Majors level

For the following opportunities, coaches from the spring leagues will nominate players who they believe are qualified to play at each level. From these nominations, age-level tryouts will take place in early June and the teams will be announced roughly one to two weeks afterward.

9 year-old Lynn/Wyoma Tournament Team 
Registration will open after the team is announced. Invitation to tryout is required.

This team consists of highly skilled nine-year old players. A tryout for this team will take place in early June. All games are played in Lynn against other North Shore towns. If you try out and make this team you will need to be prepared to practice or play a game three to four times a week starting late June through early August. This team requires a big commitment from the players, coaches, and families.

Bay State Travel Teams (9, 10, 11, 12 year olds)
Registration will open after the teams are announced. Invitation to tryout is required.
Bay State baseball is a highly competitive level of travel baseball which will go from late June or early July through early to mid-August and requires a major commitment from players and parents. The expectation is that there will be three to four days a week of either practices or games. Teams will generally be made up of the players from the District team (below) and ten to eleven other players. There will be one Bay State team at the nine-year-old level, and two teams at the ten, eleven, and twelve-year-old levels. A signed commitment letter from each player is needed.

District Team (10, 11, 12 year olds)
Registration will open after the teams are announced. Invitation to tryout is required.

This is the highest level of competition that Reading Little League offers. The 12 year-old team will enter the Little League World Series tournament.  This is a very big commitment of time and effort as the competition is fierce and the expectation will be that the team will have a practice or game every day of the week. 100% participation in practices and games is expected, thus vacations are highly discouraged until possibly mid-to-late August, depending on the team's fortunes. A signed commitment letter from each player is needed.

 
Fall Baseball

Once the Summer is over we start right up again with Fall Baseball. This program has grown tremendously over the past few years. Last year we had 14 full teams. The more kids we have the easier it is to form leagues of kids with similar skill sets. Ideally we would like to be able to build a league of 4-6 teams in each age bracket (7/8, 9/10, and 11/12 year olds). Fall Baseball league has 3 divisions: Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner. 

Advanced
This league will primarily consist of 11 year-olds who played Majors, as well as 10 and 11 year-olds who played AAA during the spring season. The rules will be consistent with those of the Reading Little League Majors Division. Some Double A players with extensive baseball experience and physical skills may also be placed in this division. Players should expect to see pitching in the 45-55 mph range.

Intermediate
This league will primarily consist of 9&10 year-olds who played Double A or 8 year-olds who had success in Single A this past spring. The rules will be consistent with those of the Reading Little League Double A and Triple A Division. Players should expect to see pitching in the 30-40 mph range.

Beginner
This division will primarily consist of 7 and 8 year-olds. It is intended for newer players or those that would like to play in a coach-pitch environment (run similarly to the Reading Little League Summer Sand Lot)

Be ready to take advantage some of our instructional clinics as throughout the year there will be announcements for hitting clinics, pitcher’s clinics, catcher’s clinics and the like.

Take the last half of October, all of November and all of December off to rest your arms and start up again in January.

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