Hardball (Ages 10-21)

Updated Wednesday January 27, 2016 by South London Baseball Association.

As outlined on our program objectives page, the hardball program is designed to meet Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Long Term Athlete Development model; Stage 3: Learn to Train, Stage 4:Train to Train and Stage 5: Train to Win. These stages are progressively introduced as athletes get older and begin to have different expectations of their sport experience. 

Starting out in hardball, our Mosquito players transition from the Learn-to-Play program. This is done using the My First Pitch. My First Pitch is an introduction to the pitching position and the skill set required to effectively perform this position safely. To assist with introduction, South London Baseball offers Mosquito players an opportunity to attend a season long training program with Centrefield Sports. The program includes five (5) instructional visits to Centrefield Sports (2 in May, 1 in June, 1 in July and 1 in August) to learn how to properly pitch and modify bad habits before they take over.

As players age, they are progressively introduced to different elements of the game, helping to grow their sport experience. Base stealing, curve balls, inning duration increases, rule changes etc. are all introduced overtime so athletes can work on their fundamental skillset at a young age without worrying about all the rules of the Major Leagues. As players age and become more specialized, playing one or two sports, rules are added to various elements of the game.
The table below provides a brief overview of the game differences in age divisions as players progress through our programs:


Division

Distance Between Bases

Distance to Pitching Mound

Is Base Stealing Allowed?

Are Curve Balls Allowed?

Number of Innings Played

Mosquito

65'

44'

Yes*

No

6

Peewee

75'

50'

Yes

No

7

Bantam

90’

60’-6”

Yes

No

7

Midget

90’

60’-6”

Yes

Yes

7

Junior

90’

60’-6”

Yes

Yes

7

*Mosquito division allows stealing but only after the pitcher has thrown the ball to the plate.