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SPBA Division Information

Baseball Academy
The Baseball Academy is for all 4 year old players.   This program has allowed the Instructional league to be a true learning environment for 5-6 year olds, with a separate opportunity for 4 year olds to participate and learn the fundamentals before being put into game situations with 5 and 6 year olds.  

The Instructional Division is for boys and girls 5-6 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The Instructional Division is a coach pitch division though players may opt to hit a ball off a batting tee. The primary goals of this division are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. The Instructional Division plays all games on E Field or F Field at the Evans Field Complex. All games consist of up to four innings or a two hour time limit. 

American division players will continue to work on the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, and hitting while learning more of a team concept. During the game, coaches are permitted on the field to pitch to their own players and to reinforce defensive positions in the field. This division is more competitive while reinforcing the idea that winning and losing and sportsmanship go hand-in-hand. Outs are recorded and the score is kept in this division, however, the goals of this division are sportsmanship, teamwork, fundamentals, and most importantly, safety. All games consist of up to 6 innings and are played on either, A Field or F Field at the Evans Field Complex. 

The Minors Division is an entry level to organized competitive baseball. Kids pitch in this division with continuous batting orders and required substitutions. Stolen bases and bunting is introduced at this level as well. Games are six innings and played two to three times per week on either A Field or C Field at the Evans Field Complex. 

Building on the foundations from Instructional through Minors, the Major League division is a closer step towards "real" baseball than the Minor League. The Majors Division plays modified Bronco rules with 70' bases and a 50' pitching rubber, introduces leading off, pick-off moves, and only using 3 outfielders (all previous divisions allowed 4). Games are six innings and played two to three times per week on C Field at the Evans Field Complex. 

The Pony division is a competitive, travel baseball division. There is a greater level of commitment as half the games are away. Pony baseball rules are used in this division. This division plays teams from the surrounding neighborhoods of Bethel Park, Elizabeth, Baldwin, or any other team on the schedule. Home games are played on D Field at Evans Field Complex.