In conjunction with Hatfield-Towamencin Baseball's affiliation with Cal Ripken Baseball, the Intramural (IM) Baseball program is structured to accomplish the following:
The IM season typically begins at the end of March and runs through early to mid-June. Several practices are scheduled at the beginning of the season to teach the fundamentals of the game while reviewing the rules of the specific league. Games begin after a few weeks of practices, typically in the first or second week of April, depending on weather and field conditions, and are played two to three times per week. Weeknight games begin at 6:00 PM and weekend games are held on Saturdays with the first game at 10:00 AM. For the competitive leagues (Minors, Majors, Sr. Majors), playoffs are held to crown a league champion over the last week or two of the season (late May / early June).
Hatfield-Towamencin Baseball occasionally partners with surrounding communities for "inter-league" games (generally at the Sr. Majors level). These games between the IM teams of each community provides the kids exposure to a variety of players and fields. Many of the players they face in these "inter-league" games may become their teammates in middle or high school.
A description of each intramural division follows:
INTRAMURAL –INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUES:
The Instructional League level is comprised of "Quick-Ball" (ages 4-6), Junior Midgets (ages 6, 7), and Senior Midgets (ages 7, 8) teams. At these levels the emphasis is on skill development and knowledge of the game. No score is kept; no standings maintained, no playoffs. Coaches are very involved on the field during games for these leagues. In Quick-Ball, players hit off a batting "tee” for the first half of the year, and are exposed to coach-pitch after Memorial Day. The Jr. Midgets league is primarily coach-pitch. The Sr. Midgets league begins with coach-pitch, and introduces player-pitch fundamentals throughout the season.
Quick-Ball - An introductory, noncompetitive league intended primarily for first year players (typically ages 4, 5 or 6); although some second year players participate based on coaches’ evaluations and skill development. Games are played on a 50-foot diamond (approximately). Rather than use a traditional batting "Tee", a special low-impact foam-ball is used to teach the fundamentals of catching, fielding and hitting a thrown ball. Each player is provided a plastic bat and ball so they may play in their backyards between games and formal practices. A weekly progression of skill development goals are followed to ensure maximum fun and measurable improvement in player skill and baseball aptitude. This league also features an All-Star Day skills competition during the TYA Softball / Baseball All Star Day event.
Junior Midgets - A noncompetitive league intended for youngsters in their second or third year of playing baseball (6 and 7 years old). The games are played on a 50-foot diamond (approximately), with coaches pitching a Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball. The emphasis is on "putting the ball in play”. Games are scheduled only within a given division; no inter-divisional play is scheduled. This league features an All-Star Day skills competition during the TYA Softball / Baseball All Star Day event.
Senior Midgets - A noncompetitive league intended for youngsters in their third year of playing baseball (7 and 8 years old). Older players (9 yrs old) that are not prepared for the Minors division are admitted based on coaches’ evaluations and the League Commissioner. The games are played on a 60-foot diamond and pitching is primarily done by the coaches, with a gradual progression to player-pitch. This league features an All-Star Game during the TYA Softball / Baseball All Star Day event.
INTRAMURAL –COMPETITIVE LEAGUES:
The Intramural Competitive League level is separated into Minors, Majors, and Sr. Majors divisions based on age and ability. In these leagues, the score is kept, standings are maintained, an All-Star game is scheduled, and playoffs are held. Trophies are awarded to the first and second place teams in each league at the conclusion of the season playoffs. League assignments are based on experience and skill level, as determined by prior year performance and pre-season skill evaluations.
PLEASE NOTE: Commissioners from the competitive leagues reserve the right to move players to the appropriate league based on skills evaluations and the number of teams being fielded.
Minors - A fully competitive league, this division is intended primarily for boys entering their first season of competitive play. This division is primarily comprised of 9 year olds, with some more experienced 8-year olds and less experienced 10-year olds as well. Selection to this league is fundamentally based on the skill level exhibited by the player during a pre-season skill evaluations and the prior years coach’s evaluation. It is the first level where competition is introduced and all games exclusively involve player pitching. The games are played on a 60-foot diamond. The league features include: league standings, an end-of-the-season championship tournament involving all teams, and an All-Star game.
Majors - A fully competitive league, this division is intended primarily for boys ages 9 through 12 with one or more years of competitive experience. Selection to this league is based on the skill level exhibited by the player during a pre-season skill evaluation and the prior years coach’s evaluation. The games are played on a 60-foot diamond. The league features include: league standings, an end-of-season championship tournament involving all teams, and an All-Star game.
Senior Majors - A fully competitive league, this league is intended primarily for boys ages 10 (and in 5th grade) through 12 with several years of competitive experience and who have demonstrated a significant level of skill and knowledge of the game. Players are generally participating in their third and fourth season of competitive play, although some second year players are accepted based on coaches’ evaluations and pre-season skill evaluations. The games are played on a 70-foot diamond - base runners may "take a lead" and occasionally get "picked off", balks are called, and players are introduced to many of the aspects of baseball experienced on full-sized (90 foot) diamonds. The league features include: league standings, a championship playoff series, and an All-Star game.