At the Majors 70 level, coaches increase the instructional focus on baseball strategies and tactics while continuing to reinforce the fundamental skills. Players are introduced to a 70’ base path and 50’ pitcher’s mound distance at this level. Infield fly rule is called. Balks, leading, stealing are now introduced as well as most baseball rules apply. Teams may only use 3 outfielders.
Majors 70 is the most competitive level of baseball in Lancaster Youth Baseball and Softball. Most players in Majors 70 will be 12 and 11-years-old, although qualified 10 year-olds may also be drafted onto Majors 70 teams if they meet the Player Assessments.
Developmental Guidelines for Majors 70
Players entering Majors 70 should be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Players entering Majors have demonstrated command of the basic skills of baseball (fielding, catching, throwing, batting and base running). They also understand appropriate actions in game situations, such as when and where to make put-outs, how to steal bases, how to tag-up on fly balls, and how to execute cut-offs.
Players who don’t meet the developmental guidelines for Majors 70, should remain in Majors 60 or Minors for an additional season.
Majors 70 Division Details
- Players compete for positions and playing time, although every child in Majors plays a minimum of two defensive innings and gets one at-bat each game.
- Teams observe continuous batting; the batting order includes all players on the team.
- Games last a maximum of six innings.
- Adult and teen umpires call Majors 70 games.
- Season standings are tracked and regular-season champions are recognized.
- Majors teams participate in a end-of-year tournament at the conclusion of the regular season.
- Teams will typically have 1 practice and 1-2 games each week. The season, which begins in late April and ends in late June, includes approximately 12-16 games.
*Playing time guidelines are based on a roster of 12 players. If additional players are added to the roster, this will affect playing time guidelines.