Majors 60 is the introduction to merit-based baseball in Lancaster Youth Baseball and Softball. Majors 60 is played on a 60’ base path and 46’ pitcher’s mound distance. The majority of the players in Majors 60 will be 10 or 12-years-old. Experienced 9-year-olds may be on Majors 60 teams if they meet all requirements.
In Majors 60 players are introduced to more competitive play. Coaches continue to emphasize the development and use of good baseball mechanics for throwing, catching, fielding, and batting. Players also develop an increased understanding of how to play in different game situations. Majors 60 provides a “real” baseball experience and prepares players for the higher level of competitive play in Majors 70.
Developmental Guidelines for Majors 60
Players entering Majors 60 should be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Players entering Majors 60 should have command of the basic skills of baseball (fielding, catching, throwing, batting and base running). Players should also understand appropriate actions in game situations, such as when and where to make put-outs, how to steal bases, how to tag-up on fly balls, and how to execute cut-offs.
- Players who don’t meet the developmental guidelines for Majors 60, should remain in Minors for an additional season.
Majors 60 Division Details
- Games last a maximum of six innings or 120 minutes.
- Teams observe continuous batting; the batting order includes all players on the team.
- 9-10 defensive players may take the field during each half-inning.
- Players compete for positions and playing time, although every child in Majors 60 plays a minimum of two defensive innings each game (1 infield, 1 outfield).
- Adult and teen umpires call Majors 60 games.
- Regular season standings are kept.
- Majors 60 teams compete in an end of the season playoff tournament.
- Teams will typically have 1 practice and 1-2 games each week. The season, which begins in late April and ends in late June, includes approximately 12-16 games.