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Summer Baseball

We are pleased to offer a variety of Summer baseball programs, providing an opportunity for everyone to find a league that suits them.

Program Ages Travel? Invitation Only?
Summer Sandlot 7-9 No No
Jimmy Fund Travel Teams 8-12 Yes No
Lynn Tournament Team 9 Yes Yes
District Teams 10-12 Yes Yes
Bay State Teams 9-12 Yes Yes


Summer Sandlot

Summer Sandlot is for younger players who want to continue with a beginner-level of baseball similar to Rookie and Single A. The program will run two days per week for five weeks. The goal for registration is to get enough kids to have 4-8 teams each playing one game during the week and one on the weekend. Players 7-9 years old 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 Sandlot.

Jimmy Fund Travel Teams

The Jimmy Fund League is a competitive travel league that involves travel to neighboring towns such as North Reading, Wakefield, and Woburn. We generally field multiple teams in each division of play: 8 year olds, 9/10 year olds, 11/12 year olds). The divisions have similar levels of play to our Double A, Triple A, and Majors Spring programs respectively. At the youngest ages, please be sure your child is ready for a higher level of competition.

This program is open to all 8-12 year olds and there are no evaluations. Jimmy Fund League coaches and directors will make teams as balanced as possible.

Lynn Tournament Team

The Lynn Tournament Team will play all games in Lynn against other North Shore towns. This team consists of highly skilled 9 year old players. If you are selected for this team you will need to be prepared to practice or play a games 3-4 times per week starting in late June through early August. This team requires a big commitment from players, coaches, and families.

An invitation is required to be evaluated for this team. See below for more on the selection process. Registration opens after the team is announced.

District Teams

The District Teams are the highest level of competition that Reading Little League offers in any season. We enter a single team in each age group: 10, 11, and 12 year olds. Teams that win the district tournament may go on to compete at sectionals. If the 12 year-old team wins the sectional tournament they will have the opportunity to compete at states and potentially the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.

These teams are a big commitment of time and effort. The competition is fierce and the expectation is that the team will have a practice or game every day of the week. 100% participation in practices and games is expected, and vacations are highly discouraged until mid-to-late August depending on how far the team advances.

An invitation is required to be evaluated for these teams. See below for more on the selection process. Registration opens after the teams are announced.

Bay State Teams

Bay State Baseball is a highly competitive travel baseball league which goes from late June through mid August and requires a major commitment from coaches, players, and families. The expectation is that there will be practices or games 4-5 days per week with games against teams from all over the eastern part of the state.

The District team at each age group will also be entered into Bay State. Each year, Reading Little League will determine whether to enter an additional team at each age group depending on skill level at the age group, available field space, and level of interest.

An invitation is required to be evaluated for these teams. See below for more on the selection process. Registration opens after the teams are announced.

The Invitation Process

Participation on our District, Bay State, and Lynn Tournament teams is by invitation only. Players are invited to evaluations based on the recommendations from Spring league head coaches.

Coaches are looking for highly skilled players that:

  1. love baseball
  2. are team oriented
  3. are committed to constant improvement as a player, teammate, and person.

Each Spring league head coach submits a list of players from their team and from across the league that they think have a reasonable chance of making an invitation-only team. This process generally produces a list of 20-25 players at each age group.

  • Invitations for the 9 year old age group will come from the Double A director.
  • Invitations for the 10 year old age group will come from the Triple A director.
  • Invitations for the 11 year old age group will come from the Majors director.
  • Invitations for the 12 year old age group will come from the Majors director.

An evaluation may be held so players can show their hustle, attitude, fielding, hitting, throwing, and live game skills. Players will be evaluated by 4-5 coaches who are not from the age group being evaluated. Evaluations are only one tool used to pick the final rosters. Other considerations include regular season performance, positional considerations, etc.

Please note that District and Bay State teams are highly competitive and don't require equal playing time. Some players may only play the minimum inning and at-bat requirements as required by tournament rules.

Contact

Reading Little League
PO Box 614 
Reading, Massachusetts 01867

Email: [email protected]

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