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Lower Minors Division Overview

Lower Minors (Competitive Machine Pitch Division) – (League Age 7-9)


What
:  For players who can consistently hit a thrown ball and have developed fielding skills, the new Competitive Machine Pitch division will provide a fast paced, competitive atmosphere in which players will rapidly accumulate playing experience and build confidence.  Score is kept during games and rules generally match those of the Upper Minors division (without stealing bases).  Standings are kept during the season and there is a postseason tournament.  To ready the players for Upper Minors, a goal of this division will be to introduce kid pitching as the season progresses. 


Who
:  The Competitive Machine Pitch division is aimed for league age 8 players (generally 2nd graders).  This division may also be appropriate for competitive league age 7 players (generally 1st grade) and league age 9 players (generally 3rd grade) who would like more experience prior to Upper Minors.


When and Where
:  Parents should expect Competitive Machine Pitch teams to play each Saturday, with some weekday games as well, along with 1-2 practices per week.  Most games are played at McIntire Park with practices held at various other baseball fields in the Charlottesville area.  The Competitive Machine Pitch season runs from Mid-March through Early June with approximately 10 regular season games played.

Minors evaluations will be held on March 3rd.  All players interested in Competitive Machine Pitch, including returning players, are strongly encouraged to attend the player evaluations which help balance the talent across the division.  Children league age 7 (typically first graders) who wish to play in this division must attend the player evaluation to help determine if this division is appropriate for them.  While an effort is made to accommodate player requests in assembling teams, balancing talent across teams is a priority in the Competitive Machine Pitch division and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.  Please note any teammate requests in the “Teammate Request” Section when you register your child on the McIntire website.

Registration Information:   Spring 2018 registration will remain open until March 3rd and any kids who register after that date will be placed on a waiting list.  Please be sure to sign up for the league newsletter McIntire Newsletter or check back to our website for schedule updates.

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