We offer a variety of summer baseball programs:
- Jimmy Fund Travel Teams (8 year olds, 9/10 year olds, 11/12 year olds)
- Summer Sand Lot (in town league 7, 8, 9 year olds)
Leagues by invitation only:
- District Teams (10, 11, 12 year olds)
- Baystate Baseball Travel Teams (9, 10, 11, 12 year olds)
- Lynn Tournament Team (9 year olds)
Summer Sand Lot Program
Summer Sand Lot 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 4-8 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
Jimmy Fund is a fun and competitive travel league that involves travel to neighboring towns such as North Reading, Wakefield, and Woburn. 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.
This program is open to all 8-12 year olds. There are no evaluations for these teams. Jimmy Fund coaches and directors will make teams as balanced as possible. There are three levels of Jimmy Fund play:
8 - eight 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, invitations will be sent for age-level evaluations to take place in early June. Teams will be announced roughly one to two weeks afterward.
Bay State Travel Teams (9, 10, 11, 12 year olds) Invitation to evaluation 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. There will be one or more Bay State teams at the nine, ten, eleven, and twelve-year-old levels. A signed commitment letter from each player is needed.
Registration will open after the teams are announced.
District Team (10, 11, 12 year olds) Invitation to evaluation is required.
The District Team 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 mid-to-late August, depending on the team's fortunes. A signed commitment letter from each player is needed.
Registration will open after the teams are announced.
9 year-old Lynn/Wyoma Tournament Team Invitation to evaluation is required.
The Lynn/Wyoma Tournament Team will play all games in Lynn against other North Shore towns. This team consists of highly skilled nine-year old players. If you 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.
Registration will open after the team is announced
Invitation only Summer Teams (Baystate/District Teams/Lynn Tournament Team)
Participation to play on the District Team and/or the Baystate team is by invitation only. The District team is also a Baystate Team and will play both schedules during the summer. Each year, Reading Little League will determine whether to enter 1 or 2 Baystate teams at each level based on many factors such as; skill levels of a potential 2nd team, available field space, level of interest from the age group etc.
Players will be invited to try out for the District Team based on recommendations from the spring league Head Coaches. Coaches are looking for kids with ability who: (1) love baseball; (2) are team oriented; and (3) committed to constant improvement as a baseball player, teammate and person. Players are selected each year and do not receive an automatic selection to future teams by virtue of playing on a prior year’s team.
Each Spring League Head Coach submits a list of players to the League Director that they think have a reasonable chance of making the team. The lists are compiled from all the Head Coaches and the invitations are sent. This process generally produces a list of 20-25 of the top players.
Invitations for the 9 year old Baystate and Lynn League team will come from the Double A Director
- Invitations for the 10 year old District and Baystate team will come from the Triple A Director
- Invitations for the 11 year old District and Baystate team will come from the Majors Director
- Invitations for the 12 year old District and Baystate team will come from the Majors Director
An evaluation may be held so that the player can show their hustle, attitude, fielding, hitting, throwing and live game play skills. At the evaluation, there will be 4-5 evaluators (generally coaches from an age group higher or lower than the kids that they are evaluating) who are not coaching the summer travel team. The evaluations are only one tool used to pick the players who make the final roster. Other considerations include regular season performance and position considerations (pitching, catching, etc.
Please note that District and Baystate Tournament Teams are highly competitive. In many cases, players on the District and Baystate team rosters may only play the minimum inning and at-bat requirements associated with those tournaments.
The league may receive invitations to play in other tournaments throughout the year. Often, these invitations are last minute and teams need to be formed and uniforms need to be ordered quickly. The League Director will ask a coach or two to form their own team, collect payment from parents, order uniforms and be in charge of communications for the tournament. These teams will not have evaluations and are solely the responsibility of the Head Coach to put together.