Wellesley Baseball Leagues

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    Spring Baseball

    ROOKIE LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    This league is for any child currently in Kindergarten and any PreK child who will turn 5-years-old on or before 8/31/24.

    • Practices: One practice a week scheduled by the coach
    • Games: Sundays / 12:30pm - 1:30pm with assistance from Terriers Sports
    • Format: Tee Ball with introduction to Coach Pitch
    • Rookie Baseball Season: End of April to Mid-June (no games Memorial Day Weekend)
    • Cost: $220

    The goal of our Rookie baseball program is to provide an enjoyable setting for children to have fun learning basic baseball skills and to begin to appreciate the game. We do our best to keep the teams school based, but it is not always possible as we do group by age. (Little League aged 5-year olds together and older 5 & 6-year-olds together)

    The Sunday sessions are about 90 minutes long. Teams are split into small groups and coached the basics (hitting off a tee, easy fielding and throwing drills, baserunning, sliding, etc.) in a super fun atmosphere. Games are played against other teams and players are moved around into different positions and no scores are kept. The atmosphere is low-key and the emphasis is on FUN.

    Teams are formed in March and players are notified by coaches by the end of March.

    Players will be provided with a jersey & hat. They should bring their own glove, bat, and helmet. They are not required to wear baseball shoes or pants. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

     

    8U – A LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    8U - A baseball is a developmental, "coach pitch" league for 1st grade players, Little League ages 7 & 8. Teams are made up of all 1st graders, with the exception of those who have advanced to 9U-AA based on evaluations

    • Evaluation: Players will be evaluated in early March, along with any available coach feedback from prior seasons play, to make sure that the 8U - A league is the correct placement for them
    • Practices: 1 League sanctioned clinic will serve as the weekly practice for each team
    • Games: Saturdays / 1:30pm - 3pm
    • Format: 100% Coach Pitch
    • Single"A" League Baseball Season: Runs from the week of April 21 through mid-June, no games on Memorial Day Weekend. Final game will coincide with the end of Wellesley Public School year (mid-June)
    • Cost:$250

    LEAGUE OVERVIEW:

    • Single A baseball is strictly "coach pitch" with the optional use of tees as needed
    • Games are "small-sided" games, with instructional drills to compliment game play
    • All players will bat & field. No players on the bench
    • Teams will bat through the line-up, regardless of recorded outs
    • No score is kept

    PLAYER EQUIPMENT:

    • Uniform jerseys & hats are provided. WYBS does not issue pants.
    • Each player must have his/her own glove. Most players also have their own helmet and bat, but if you don't have one, the coach will have some to use.
    • All bats used for Little League MUST be stamped "USA Bat". If you would like more information on purchases, please email: wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    The games are for FUN and coaches should treat games as an opportunity to reinforce skills within the context of the game (especially infield play, teamwork, and game situations).

    Recruit parents to help make sure that players are not standing around or spending too much time watching others, and the players will receive ongoing coaching to reinforce proper techniques.

    Teams are formed in March and players are notified by coaches by the end of March.

    9U - AA LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    The 9U - AA League is coach pitch with an introduction to kid pitch throughout the season.
    Teams are comprised of all 2nd graders, ages 8 or 9, that have not yet moved up to the 10U-AAA League based on evaluations, plus any 1st grader (Little League ages 7 or 8) determined through the evaluation process to be fit for 9U-AA level gameplay.

    • Evaluation: Players will be evaluated in early March, along with any available coach feedback from prior seasons play, to make sure that the 9U - AA league is the correct placement for them
    • Practices: 1-2 practices a week scheduled by the coach
    • Games: Saturdays / 9am or 11am (most likely 9am)
    • Format: Coach Pitch, transitioning to Kid Pitch
    • 9U - AA League Baseball Season: Runs from the week of April 21 through mid-June, no games on Memorial Day Weekend. Final game will coincide with the end of Wellesley Public School year (mid-June)
    • Cost: $220

    Balanced teams will be formed based on an evaluation, but school districting will still be a main consideration for team placement.

    Coaches will emphasize having fun while teaching players fundamental techniques for throwing, catching, and hitting a baseball. Coaches should treat the games as an opportunity to reinforce skills within the context of the game (especially infield play, teamwork, and game situations). Players will begin to have the opportunity to pitch in games.

    Players will be invited to an evaluation in early March and coaches will contact their players by the end of March.

    Players will be provided with a jersey & hat. They should bring their own glove, bat, and helmet. They are not required to wear baseball shoes or pants. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    10U - AAA LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    The 10U - AAA League is a modified kid pitch league and is designed to start to introduce players to real baseball rules and gameplay, while continuing to foster development and keep the games exciting and action-oriented. Teams are comprised of all 3rd graders, Little League ages 9 or 10, that have not yet moved up to the Minors League based on evaluations, plus any 2nd grader (Little League ages 8 or 9) determined through the evaluation process to be fit for 10U-AAA level gameplay.

    • Evaluation: Players will be evaluated in early March, along with any available coach feedback from prior seasons play, to make sure that the 10U - AAA league is the correct placement for them
    • Practices: 1-2 practices a week scheduled by the coach
    • Games: Saturdays / 9am or 11am (most likely 9am)
    • Format: Real baseball, modified kid pitch rules (no walks)
    • 10U – AAA League Baseball Season: Runs from the week of April 21 through mid-June, no games on Memorial Day Weekend. Final game will coincide with the end of Wellesley Public School year (mid-June)
    • Cost: $350

    Balanced teams will be formed based on an evaluation, but school districting will still be one consideration for team placement.

    Coaches will emphasize having fun while teaching players fundamental techniques for throwing, catching, and hitting a baseball. Coaches should treat the games as an opportunity to reinforce skills within the context of the game (especially infield play, teamwork, and game situations). While players will have the opportunity to pitch in games, the focus will remain on ensuring game action with the purposes of developing skills to play at the next level.

    Players will be invited to an evaluation in early March and coaches will contact their players by the end of March.

    Players will be provided with a jersey & hat. They should bring their own glove, bat, and helmet. They are not required to wear baseball shoes or pants. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    MINOR LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    The Minors League is a competitive league, designed to be for Little League age players between 9 and 12 years old. It is a fully kid pitch league and is designed to be an opportunity for players to experience playing real baseball, with some slightly modified baserunning rules to help with gameplay and development. It is designed to be a stepping-stone to our Majors program and an opportunity to prepare players for that next level of play. The makeup of the league is comprised of any Little League age 11 player who has not yet been placed in Majors, plus any 3rd or 4th Grader (Little League aged 9 or 10) determined through the evaluation process to be fit for Minors level gameplay.

    • Evaluation: Players will be evaluated in early March, along with any available coach feedback from prior seasons play, to make sure that the Minors league is the correct placement for them, and to help inform the draft process.
    • Practices: Potential for 1 practice a week scheduled by the coach
    • Games: Monday & Wednesday evenings (some games under the lights at Reidy Field)
    • Format: Real baseball, with modified base stealing rules
    • Minors League Baseball Season: Runs from the week of April 21 through mid-June, no games on Memorial Day Weekend. Final game will coincide with the end of Wellesley Public School year (mid-June)
    • Cost: $350

    The AAA League is a competitive league comprised of 6-8 teams of no more than 12 players. The games are played with traditional Little League rules and include stealing bases. The AAA League offers continual emphasis on building skills as players are given more opportunity for position rotation and playing time than in the Majors. The season ends with playoffs where all teams will participate. There will be pre-season practices and WYBS umpires will officiate all games.

    Teams will be formed via a draft, after the evaluations and players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March. WYBS will do their best to identify coaching assignments before the evaluation if possible.

    Players will be provided with a team jersey & hat, and are required to dress in baseball pants and cleats (no metal spikes). Players will need to bring their own helmet, glove, and bat to all team events. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    MAJOR LEAGUE - SPRING 2024

    The Majors League is designed to be the most competitive league within our Little League program. It is designed for players Little League aged 10 – 12 who have been determined fit for Majors level gameplay. All Little League age 12 players are welcome to play Majors regardless of skill level.

    LEAGUE FORMAT & SCHEDULE:

    • Evaluation: Players will be evaluated in early March, along with any available coach feedback from prior seasons play, to make sure that the Majors league is the correct placement for them, and to help inform the draft process.
    • Games: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday evenings @ 5:30 or 7:30pm
    • Practices: One practice a week
    • Format: Real baseball per Little League rules
    • Majors Baseball Season: Runs from the week of April 21 through mid-June, no games on Memorial Day Weekend. Final game will coincide with the end of Wellesley Public School year (mid-June). This is inclusive of all regular season games (appx. 15) plus playoffs.

    Majors is the highest and most competitive level of play. Each team will use a continuous batting lineup, and defensive positions and pitching opportunities will be a coach's decision and may be less evenly distributed than in other leagues.

    All players will play in the field for a minimum of four innings in a six-inning game

    Umpires will officiate all games

    Additional on-field and safety rules, such as pitching limits, will be communicated to all coaches prior to the beginning of the season for them to strictly follow.

    Players will be provided with a team jersey & hat, and are required to dress in baseball pants and cleats (no metal spikes). Players will need to bring their own helmet, glove, and bat to all team events. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    INTERMEDIATE & JR/SR BASEBALL - SPRING 2024

    For players 13-16 years old.

    • Practices: Usually there are no practices
    • Games: Approx. 2 per weeknight at 6pm
    • Format: 13-year-olds on 50/70 diamond & 13+ year-olds on big diamond
    • Intermediate & Jr/Sr Season: End of April to Mid-June (no games Memorial Day Weekend)
    • Cost: $350

    Players who are baseball age 14 through 16(born between 9/1/07 - 8/31/10) will play in the Jr/Sr Big Diamond League. Players who are baseball age 13 (born between 9/1/10 - 8/31/11) will choose between the Intermediate League or the Jr/Sr Big Diamond League. This league is perfect for those players who play school baseball. We try to keep rosters a bit larger to accommodate conflicts.

    Intermediate - This league is open to players who are baseball age 13. Games are played on an intermediate diamond (50' pitching distance and 70' base paths). This league introduces all the rules and skills in baseball not available in Little League that apply at higher levels as well, including leading, pickoffs, balks, holding runners, and dropped third strikes. This league is a perfect transition for those who played little league before moving to the big diamond. Games will be against nearby towns.

    Jr/Sr Big Diamond - This league is open to players who are baseball age 13-16. More advanced 13-year-olds who wish to go directly from the Little League diamond to the big diamond can choose this league. Games are played on a full sized diamond against nearby towns.

    Teams are formed in March and players are notified by coaches by the end of March.

    Players will be provided a jersey and hat. If you need assistance or have questions about purchasing any equipment, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    Spring Travel Baseball

    RAIDERS TRAVEL BASEBALL - SPRING 2023

    WYBS is excited to offer Raiders Spring Travel Baseball for the 2023 season for U9, U10 and U11 age levels. Like Summer Travel Baseball, this program is intended for more dedicated players seeking an opportunity to compete against all-star caliber teams from nearby towns. The intent is to provide our athletes with a convenient, fun, and inexpensive avenue to develop their baseball skills alongside peers and classmates.

    2023 Season Overview:
    The season will run from early April to early June and consist of 9 regular season practices, and 9 competitive travel games on Friday evenings. Home games will be played at Reidy field. Away games will be played against nearby towns, typically within a 30 minute drive.

    Team Structure:
    Raiders is a competitive baseball program for dedicated players. Rosters will be limited to 12 players per team and we will hold pre-season tryouts if more than 12 sign up. Please refer to the Little League International Age tables for eligibility.

    Program Cost:
    The total cost of $125 to cover the cost of the program, including uniforms.

    Town Baseball Requirement:
    All Raiders players are required to play Town Baseball during the spring season. There are no exceptions to this policy. Raiders is a supplement, not a replacement. In addition, we expect to be diligent with regards to players’ arm safety and pitch counts. If your player wishes to pitch, we expect him or her to prioritize those pitches for this team.

    Participation Commitment:
    Due to the selective nature of the program, all players are required to make a full commitment and should prioritize baseball during the spring season.

    Williamsport Tournament Infomation

    WILLIAMSPORT ALL STAR TEAMS

    This may be the MOST SERIOUS commitment and honor that WYBS offers to our highest caliber baseball players. Following the completion of the Major League season, one team will be selected to represent Wellesley Youth Baseball in the International Little League Baseball Tournament (probably better known as “Williamsport” or the “Little League World Series”).

    This team is composed of players from the Major League teams who are selected based upon their superior play during the season. In order to be eligible for participation in the Williamsport tournament, players must satisfy Little League's eligibility requirements, including being either 11 or 12 years old and playing in not less than 60% of their team’s regular season games as of June 15th.

    The Williamsport tournament team is expected to be announced in early to mid June at which time practices can and will commence. District 10 Pool play will begin in early July (actual dates still TBD). Depending upon the success of the teams this very serious commitment that could run into August. The Williamsport teams are separate from the U12 and U11 summer travel teams.

    Williamsport Selection Process:

    • Our Williamsport team’s selection process will begin in mid-May with an email from Majors League Managers to the players on each team to solicit interest.
    • Each Major League Manager will then nominate the most deserving players out of those who have indicated interest and a willingness to make the commitment.
    • Those candidates are distributed to all the Managers, who then vote for all the players on the ballot and rank all the players from top to bottom (excluding players on that Manager's roster).
    • A Manager cannot vote for any of his/her own nominated players.
    • The top vote getters will be assigned to the team.
    • The Williamsport Manager along with the two Assistant Coaches will then be allowed to round out their roster by adding the final two or four players to their respective rosters.
    • Before the rosters are finalized, they will be reviewed and approved by the Williamsport Commissioner and the WYBS Presidents.
    • The team will be announced on a date sometime after June 1st.

    Summer Travel Baseball

    SUMMER TRAVEL LEAGUE - 2024

    Wellesley Youth Baseball & Softball invited boys and girls ages 8-12 to participate in our summer travel baseball program.

    Summer Baseball Overview:

    Beginning this summer, Wellesley will participating in the Tondorf Summer League, which has been successfully run for decades. We will be joining other baseball communities from Dover-Sherborn, Ashland, Wayland, Hopkinton, among others. We also see the Tondorf League schedule to be very favorable for families and summer vacation/camp plans, as the season will end before the end of July. It is currently scheduled to end on July 19 for all age groups.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    If we have a surplus of summer registrations, we have also a spot for teams in the U9/U10/U11 age groups to play in the Suburban Youth Baseball League (SYBL), which is the summer league that Wellesley has previously participated in. SYBL generally plays 2-3 games per week, starting in the end of June, with playoffs during the first week of August.

    U8 Friendship League:
    The Friendship League is an introduction to summer baseball. Wellesley plays against other area towns and generally plays 1-2 games during the week. The Friendship League is entirely kid pitch and there are specific rules that foster fun, fair, and educational gameplay

    Age: Born before 8/31/16
    Cost
    : $225 + $40 for a new jersey*

    Season: End of June - Early August
    Summer Evaluation: This is not a tryout! We expect to have multiple, balanced teams. The evaluation is expected to take place on the evening of May 20. More info on the details to come.

    *Most all U8 players will need a new jersey. This will be theirs and can be used in future summers as long as the jersey fits.

    U9 Tondorf Summer League:
    All games are played at the Cassidy Complex in Medway, which has 3 lit fields. Weekday games begin at 5:15pm & 7:15pm, and weekend games start at 9:00am and run all day (no more than one game per day)

    Each team plays a 10 game regular schedule, and all teams make the playoffs. For the U9 League, games are generally played on Fridays, Saturdays, & Mondays.

    Age: Born between 9/1/14 -  8/31/15
    Cost: $275 + $40 if a new uniform is needed.
    Season: June 14 - July 19 (Break on July 3-5)
    Summer Team Tryout: Expected to take place on the evening of May 18. More details to come very soon.

    U10 Tondorf Summer League:
    All games are played at the Cassidy Complex in Medway, which has 3 lit fields. Weekday games begin at 5:15pm & 7:15pm, and weekend games start at 9:00am and run all day (no more than one game per day)

    Each team plays a 10 game regular schedule, and all teams make the playoffs. For the U10 League, games are generally played on Saturday, Sunday, and one day Tuesday-Thursday.

    Age: Born between 9/1/13 - 8/31/14
    Cost: $275 + $40 if a new uniform is needed.
    Season: June 14 - July 19 (Break on July 3-5)
    Summer Team Tryout: TBD. More details to come very soon.

    U11 Tondorf Summer League:
    All games are played at the Cassidy Complex in Medway, which has 3 lit fields. Weekday games begin at 5:15pm & 7:15pm, and weekend games start at 9:00am and run all day (no more than one game per day)

    Each team plays a 10 game regular schedule, and all teams make the playoffs. For the U11 League, games are generally played on Saturday, Sunday, and one day Tuesday-Thursday

    Age: Born between 9/1/12 - 8/31/13
    Cost: $275 + $40 if a new uniform is needed.
    Season: June 14 - July 19 (Break on July 3-5)
    Summer Team Tryout: Expected to take place on the evening of May 17. More details to come very soon.

    IMPORTANT: All U11 players need to sign up for summer baseball regardless of the Williamsport Team selection, as that is a separate process. Any U11 player selected to the Williamsport Team cannot play on the Williamsport Team AND the Tondorf League team. Fees will be refunded for Tondorf.

    U12: League TBD:
    If we have enough registered players to support a U12 team, we will place a team in either the Tondorf League or the SYBL League.

    Age: Born between 9/1/11 - 8/31/12
    Cost: $275 + $40 is a new uniform is needed
    Season: TBD
    Summer League Tryout: For this group there will most likely be no need for a tryout.

    IMPORTANT: Any U12 player selected to the Williamsport Team cannot play on both the Williamsport Team AND a Tondorf/SYBL team

     

    Summer Hometown Baseball

    Hometown League baseball is a great alternative to the Summer Travel program, especially for those kids who are looking for something a little "lighter".

    There are 8 games scheduled - 2 per week. All 4 weeks will not be consecutive. Games are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings beginning at 6pm and ending around 7:30pm.

    Our teams are structured by grade and elementary school affiliation.  We are pleased to have great participation for this program, but with some team rosters at their maximum it may require us to split school groups on different teams.  Also, with summer attendance often inconsistent, we often ask players to help balance rosters for a night, but we never require them to.

    WYBS is partnering with Terriers Sports under the direction of Joe Roberts, a WYBS alum, form BU baseball captain and whose Terriers Sports programs are a Wellesley staple. 

    Age: Grades K-6 (just completed)
    Cost: TBD
    Season Dates: TBD  

    Each session will provide instruction and skill development to learn and practice the proper baseball fundamentals. Games are managed to maximize activity, and enjoyment for all. Student coaches will pitch and catch to help batters to have success and getting the ball in play. The game of baseball is challenging for many kids, and our staff will strive to help everyone enjoy having fun playing baseball.     

    WYBS will be providing t-shirts and a hat. Please have your child bring his/her glove, helmet and water bottle. If your child has their own bat, please bring it along, but we will have bats for those who don't. Most children will wear baseball pants, but they are not necessary. 

    This league is truly fun, old fashioned summer baseball. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like. 

    Fall Baseball

    ROOKIE LEAGUE - FALL 2023

    Age Requirement: Players must be 5-years-old by August 31, 2023 or entering Kindergarten or 1st grade

    • Season: Saturday, September 9 - October 28. Make-up day: Saturday, November 4 (weather permitting)
    • Game Day: Saturdays at 10am-11am
    • Format: T-ball
    • Cost: $145

    This is an introductory T-ball league for Kindergarten & 1st graders. The goal of the Rookie League is to have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of the batting stance and swing, fielding ground balls, throwing, and catching. There will be 30 minutes of practice in multiple skills stations and 30 minutes of a “small sided” game, where everyone on each team gets to bat and play the field. Practice will be centered on skill stations and competitions between groups.

    We don’t keep score, teams bat around, and there are no strikeouts. There may be some coach-pitch during games. Players will get hats & jerseys. If a coach chooses, there may be one weekday practice, but there is usually a practice time before each game.

    All players need is a glove. Coaches will have bats and helmets on hand if needed.
    Loads Of Fun - NO stress baseball!

    If you have questions, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    FARM LEAGUE - FALL 2023

    Age Requirement: Players must be entering 2nd grade.

    • Season: Saturday, September 9 - October 28. Make-up day: Saturday, November 4 (weather permitting)
    • Game Day: Saturdays at 11am-12:30pm
    • Format: T-ball and Coach Pitch
    • Cost: $145

    Coaches continue teaching basic baseball fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The teams will meet once a week with the sessions being split - 45 minutes of skills development and 45 minutes of a game.

    Virtually all standard baseball rules are adhered to with some limitations. Teams bat in a continuous order working through the lineup until there are 3 outs or everyone has had a chance to hit. Coaches will pitch and the tee can be used if a player is struggling to make contact.  Players will get hats & jerseys.

    All players need is a glove. Most players have their own bat & helmet, but coaches will have those hand if needed.  Loads Of Fun - NO stress baseball!

    If you have questions, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    MINOR LEAGUE - FALL 2023

    Age Requirement: Players must be entering 3rd or 4th grade.

    • Season: Saturday, September 9 - October 28. Make-up day: Saturday, November 4 (weather permitting)
    • Game Day: Saturdays at 9:30am-11am
    • Format: Kid Pitch
    • Cost: $160

    Coaches continue teaching basic baseball fundamentals and teamwork.The teams will play one game a week (hopefully) with umpires. Virtually all standard baseball rules are adhered to with some limitations. Teams bat in a continuous order, batting until three outs or 4 runs.

    Games are kid-pitch and catchers will be needed. Each player will receive a shirt and hat and is expected to have their own glove. Most players have their own bat and helmet, but coaches will supply them if needed.

    There may be a practice during the week that will be scheduled at the coaches discretion.

    If you have questions, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    MAJOR LEAGUE - FALL 2023

    Age Requirement: Players must be entering 5th or 6th grade.

    • Season: Friday and/or Saturday evenings, September 8 - October 27. Make-up day: Friday, November 3 (weather permitting)
    • Game Day: Saturdays at 9am-11am
    • Format: Kid Pitch
    • Cost: $160

    Games will have umpires. Players will get hats & jerseys. If a coach chooses, there may be one weekday practice, but there is usually a practice time before each game.

    Games are kid pitch with umpires. All players need is a glove. Most players will bring their own helmet and bat, but not necessary. Loads Of Fun - NO stress baseball!

    If you have questions, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    BIG DIAMOND LEAGUE - FALL 2023

    Age Requirement: Players must ages 13 & 14

    • Season: Early September through mid-October
    • Game Day: Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (2 per week), including some Friday night games under the lights.
    • Practices: Once a week - scheduled at the coach's discretion.
    • Format: Kid Pitch
    • Cost: $250

    This program will to provide kids with a chance to play an extra set of games while continuing to develop their craft/skill set. It will allows your child to stay in "baseball form" into the winter months and as they transition from little league to the regular size diamond in the spring.

    This program is a good fit for both players new to the big diamond as well as for this with a year or more experience. Playing time and positions will be allocated with an emphasis on development: kids will get chances to develop a "primary" position as well as try new ones. Most importantly, we strive to make the experience a fun means to get lots of reps against comparable competition alongside friends.

    We will field up to two teams in the Norwood Diamond Club Fall Ball League running Early September through mid-October in which our teams will compete in Norwood against teams from Norwood, Needham, Newton, Westwood, Canton, Dedham, Sharon, and other towns.

    Teams will be larger than Little League since we recognize that some may have conflicts on a given week or day. That's ok! If you are interested and think that you can make at least some of the games and practices please go ahead and register and we'll make it work.

    If you have questions, please email us at wellesleyybs@gmail.com

    Parents are always welcome to help out! (but must fill out a 2024 CORI form)

    U10 Jr. Raiders Travel Team

    JR. RAIDERS U10 TRAVEL TEAM

    WYBS intends to run up to 2 select teams (Red & Black depending on registration numbers) comprised of the top 20 – 25 WYBS players for the incoming 10U age group to serve as a pilot program in the 23/24 season. Rosters will not exceed 14 players per team. These teams will play in competitive travel leagues during the Spring and workout collectively as a group during the Fall & Winter.

    The program is designed to complement the existing WYBS seasons (fall, spring & summer) by providing kids with a higher level of interest in developing their all-around skills and knowledge of the game, as well as a desire to play with like-minded and skilled players looking for a more robust baseball experience similar to what you would find in a private club/travel baseball program.

    Coaches will be volunteer, with the exception of hiring professionals to help with strength & conditioning and/or specific skill building as desired.

    The goals of the program would be as follows:

    • Providing Wellesley kids an opportunity to play more competitive baseball in/around Wellesley
    • Developing a camaraderie amongst players at their individual age group and preparing them to play competitively in Middle School and High School
    • Develop their baseball fundamentals and skills, again preparing them for higher level baseball as they get older
    • Above all else, teaching them to play the game the RIGHT way on and off the field...with sportsmanship and respect for all involved
    • Winning games and championships will only be a bi-product or secondary goal of all listed above and should not be placed with equal or greater priority in any circumstance.

    Jr. Raiders will not be a replacement for WYBS, and all Jr. Raiders will be required to take part in Spring WYBS baseball at a minimum (Fall ball participation is also strongly encouraged).

    WYBS will hold an objective tryout in the late summer/early fall if needed to determine the enrollment and makeup of it’s Red & Black (provided there is enough interest) teams for the following year. Roster spots are not guaranteed year to year and must be earned each season. WYBS will do everything it can to accommodate any player that wishes to participate, but there may be circumstances that will require to have to cut players.

    A fee of ~$1,250 will cover the costs of the Fall Scrimmages & Practices, Winter Workout & Training program, Spring Travel Teams, as well as personalized uniforms and equipment.

     

    Jr. Raiders Season Schedule

    Fall Schedule: September 5th – October 31st

    TBD Weeknight

    Jr. Raiders may opt to play Fall Baseball in-town with other independent teams, will practice with those respective teams, and games will be Saturday mornings per the typical fall ball schedule

    In addition, the Jr. Raiders team will come together once per week during a weekday evening to either practice or play a scrimmage game (to not interfere with other Fall Sports activities i.e. Soccer, Football, etc)

    This will serve as the first opportunity for the team to practice together and work together as they begin preparing for the upcoming Spring Season. The instruction will help the individual prepare both for the Spring Travel games they will play as Jr. Raider, as well as for competing individually as part of a WYBS Majors or Minors team.

    There is a possibility to enroll the team in a fall tournament if desired

     

    Winter Workout Schedule: November 14th – March 30th

    TBD weekday evenings

    Evening Nights 6pm – 8pm. Days/times to be determined based on best options for team attendance

    Each week will rotate between Strength & Conditioning & Baseball Skills development

    Strength & Conditioning – Age-appropriate Strength & Conditioning w/trained professional instructor. Focus will be on dynamic movement and introducing the player to the concepts of developing a strong body & mind.

    Baseball Skills - Hitting, Fielding, Pitching, Baserunning with WYBS coaches

    1 Week break for Thanksgiving, 2 Week Christmas Break off from December 26th – January 8th, 1 Week break for Feb Vacation Week

    The instruction will help the individual prepare both for the Spring Travel games they will play as Jr. Raider, as well as for competing individually as part of a WYBS Majors or Minors team.

     

    Spring Schedule: April 1 – June 15th

    Monday/Wednesday/Friday if Minors OR Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday if Majors

    Jr. Raiders will go play either Majors or Minors Spring Season, will practice with their respective teams, and games will be during the week either Mon/Wed for Minors or Tues/Thurs/Saturday Nights for Majors

    Jr. Raiders will additionally compete in a Spring Travel league on Friday nights, very limited practices will be held during the spring to accommodate for the already busy schedule (games, Spring team practices, etc)

    This will result in 14 - 15 Regular Season WYBS games + Playoffs for up to around 18 – 20 games, plus an additional 7 – 10 Spring Travel games. Additional practices will take place throughout the season, mostly with their individual WYBS teams, but some limited Jr. Raiders practices may be scheduled from time to time.

    There is a possibility to enroll the team in a spring tournament if desired

     

    Summer Schedule: June 15th – Early August

    While this program will not include Summer Travel Baseball, Jr. Raiders will have the option to additionally compete in a Summer Travel league throughout the summer in the SYBL or other local league and compete in local summer tournaments, or may opt to take the summer off. The summer team may include additional WYBS players who were not part of the Jr. Raiders program, but have tried out for the Summer team.

    The team will practice together periodically throughout the summer, mainly ahead of the game schedule

    Summer Travel Baseball will end in early August and give everyone the rest of the summer off until we re-convene after Labor Day to start the next “season” of workouts.

    The summer schedule typically results in approximately 12 games, plus 1 tournament (3+ games), and a handful (3-5) of practices

    Winter Clinics

    2023 Wellesley Baseball Training Series with DC Baseball Academy

    Wellesley Youth Baseball has arranged a skills program with DC Baseball Academy starting in January 2022 and continuing through March. Programs will be coached and led by professionals from DC Baseball Academy. They will provide our Wellesley Baseball players (grades 3 - 6) instruction in baseball fundamentals - hitting, pitching, catching, fielding.

    These clinics are designed for the more experienced player. 

    The Programs: Each one hour program session will provide baseball training and skills fundamentals

    • Hitting: Proper balance, grip, stance, hand path, rhythm, foot work and core movements, power, confidence, and drills they can learn and do daily to have fun hitting.
    • Fielding: Proper ready positions, movements, fielding through the ball, foot work, glove work, and throwing mechanics.
    • Pitching: Proper pitching mechanics, and catchers will learn proper blocking, foot work, throwing techniques.
    • Dates: Session 1: Sundays: January 8 - February 5  •  Session 2: Sundays: February 26 - March 26
    • Times: Grade 3: 10 - 11am  •  Grade 4: 12 - 1pm  •  Grades 5 & 6: 1 - 2pm (same times for both sessions)
    • Cost: $150 per session

    DC Baseball Academy is a local baseball facility conveniently located at 10 Central Street, Framingham, MA. Please make sure your player brings their own baseball gear, wears sneakers, and has plenty of water as we cannot supply any of these items.

    Please call (508) 254-0767 if you have any questions.

    Summer Hometown League