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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 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 2
nd 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 an occasional weekday game as well, along with 1-2 practice per week.  Games will be played at McIntire Park with practices held at various other baseball fields in the Charlottesville area.  The Spring 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 2nd.  All players interested in the Lower Minors Division (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 1st graders) who with to play in the Lower Minors division must attend the player evaluation to help determine if this divisions 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 Upper Minors division and we will 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 2019 registration will remain open until March 2nd and any kids who register after that date will be placed on a waiting list.  All children that would like to play Minors baseball are strongly encouraged to attend the Minors evaluations on March 2nd at McIntire Park.  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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