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2018 SPYA Spring Baseball


Baseball Commissioner: Chris Giovenco
Baseball Coordinator: Mike Viola
In-House Coordinator: â€‹Zach Roberts

 


In-House Programs

 

BlastBall

Representative: TBD
Age:       4 and 5 (5 not entering Kindergarten in Fall 2018)
Session:    1 Day/Week (Sundays at 6p)
The Blastball League is an introductory league for 4 and 5 year olds that is meant to be FUN while teaching the five basic fundamentals of baseball; hitting, throwing, catching, running, and fielding. Blastball League is designed to promote a greater interest in the game of baseball at a younger level since it allows for more touches and constant action for young people's short attention spans. Most importantly, Blastball is safe as the game is played with a foam bat and ball with no gloves required.

T-Ball

Representative: TBD
Age:        5 and 6 (cannot be 7 before May 1 2018)
Practice:   1 & 2 Days/Week (rotating days/times)
Game:      Saturdays (9a-4p)
A program recommended for 5 and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. All batters will hit the ball from a batting tee which is adjusted to height that allows for a level swing. All players present for the game bat in order each inning as well as play a defensive position in each of the four innings. Adult coaches are stationed on the field to provide instruction. The primary goal is to begin to teach young players the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team setting. Players should have their own glove and bat for T-Ball.

Prep A - Coach Pitch:

Representative: TBD
Age:       7 Years Old (cannot be 8 before May 1 2018)
Practice:   1 & 2 Days/Week (rotating days/times)
Game:      Saturdays (9a-4p)
Prep A League is a coach pitch league designed primarily for 7 year olds. Prep A is designed to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  All players present for the game bat in order each inning as well as play a defensive position in each inning.  Adult coaches are stationed on the field to provide instruction.  Prep A League continues teaching the fundamentals of the game of baseball in a safe, supportive team environment. Players will need to have their own glove and bat.

 

Prep AA - Coach and Player Pitch:

Representative: TBD
Age:       8 Years Old (cannot be 9 before May 1 2018)
Practice:   1 & 2 Days/Week (rotating days/times)
Game:      Saturdays (9a-4p)
Prep AA League is a coach pitch league designed primarily for 8 year olds. Prep AA is designed continue to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  All players present for the game bat in order each inning as well as play a defensive position in each inning.  Adult coaches are stationed on the field to provide instruction.  In the second half of the season, players will have the opportunity to pitch to batters during the final innings of the game.  This allows the players to begin to get a feel for pitching which they may want to do at the next level of play.  Prep AA League continues teaching the fundamentals of the game of baseball in a safe, supportive team environment.  Prep AA increases the base distance to 55'. Players will need to have their own glove and bat.


2018 SPYA Recreation Leagues

 

Parkland Youth Baseball League

Representatives: Mike Viola
A:         9/10 Year Olds (cannot be 11 before May 1st 2017)
AA:       11/12 Year Olds (cannot be 13 before May 1st 2017)
AAA:     13/14/15 Year Olds (cannot be 16 before May 1st 2017)
Majors:   16/17/18 Year Olds (cannot be 19 before May 1st 2017)

Youth organizations from the surrounded areas have organized an association with the purpose of providing 9-18 year olds (as of May 1st) a place to play baseball; learn the fundamentals of the game; and experience the enjoyment of the game, while also having the opportunity to experience competition and develop sportsmanship. Practices are held on average 2 times a week beginning the 1st week of April. The league consists of a 12-16 game schedule that begins late April and ends the middle of July.

 


2018 SPYA Lehigh Valley League (LVL) Travel Programs 



All teams in the Lehigh Valley League are selected via a series of player evaluations.  Acceptance of a position on these teams requires full commitment from the players and parents.  All players selected to be on an evaluated team for SPYA must make SPYA baseball their primary sport and SPYA their primary team commitment for the season.  Players selected to these teams must commit to attend SPYA practices and games over any other sports or teams.  These teams have restrictions on where players can reside to play on an SPYA Lehigh Valley League Team.  Click here for more information on our boundaries for these teams.
 

Lehigh Valley Baseball League

Representative: Jorge Medero
Biddy:         9/10 Year Olds (cannot be 11 before May 1st 2017)
Midget:       11/12 Year Olds (cannot be 13 before May 1st 2017)
Knee Hi:      13/14 Year Olds (cannot be 15 before May 1st 2017)
The Lehigh Valley Baseball League is comprised of youth organizations in the Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Each team is selected through a series of evaluations which are held over a two week time period beginning in the March. The cut-off date for each age division is May 1st. Practices begin immediately after the teams are selected. The season begins mid-April and concludes in the middle/end of July.

Lehigh Valley Junior Legion

Representative: Chris Giovenco
The team consists of 14-15 year olds (as of May 1st) and is selected through a series of evaluations which are held over a two week time period beginning in March. The season is comprised of 18-22 games from mid-May through middle/end July.

Lehigh Valley Connie Mack

Representative: Lon Barnaby     
The team consists of 15-16 year olds (as of May 1st) and is selected through a series of evaluations which are held over a two week time period beginning in March. The season is comprised of 22-24 games from mid-May through middle/end of July.

Lehigh Valley Senior Legion

Representative: Tom Kahn         
The team consists of 16-18 year olds and is selected through a series of evaluations. The season is comprised of 18-22 games from Mid-May through Mid-July.

 


Registration Requirements

 

The online registration system requires players to register at the proper age level, based upon a May 1st cutoff date. At times, players who miss the May 1st cutoff may be allowed to “Play Up” if the following conditions are met and with the approval of the SPYA Baseball Commissioner:

       1. The player’s birthdate is “In-Season” (May, June, or July)

       2. The player previously played baseball for SPYA

       3. The coach of the previous year’s team recommends that the player “Play-Up”.

If all 3 conditions are met, and with the approval of the SPYA Baseball Commissioner, the player will register at the appropriate age level using the online registration system and will be moved to the next age level where the player will play for that season.


 

2017 SPYA Fall Programs

Parkland Youth Baseball League


Representative: Mike Viola
Biddy:    8/9 Year Olds (cannot be 10 before May 1st 2017)
Midget:     10/11 Year Olds (cannot be 12 before May 1st 2017)
Knee-Hi:    12/13/14 Year Olds (cannot be 15 before May 1st 2017)
Majors:    15/16/17 Year Olds (cannot be 18 before May 1st 2017)

Players register to play at the level that they will be playing the following spring.  Practices are held on average 2 times a week beginning the 1st week of August. The league consists of an 10-12 game schedule that begins mid-August and finishes with a tournament that usually concludes in mid-October.