Spring, Post-Season, Summer Rec, and Fall Baseball Explained
Spring Season Baseball
Spring Little League Baseball is designed to give boys (and girls) of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to develop a love of the game and to participate in a fun as well as competitive activity while developing their physical skills and an appreciation for teamwork and sportsmanship. At the lower age levels (T-ball, Rookie A and Rookie AA) players learn the fundamentals of the game in a non-competitive setting where fun, exercise, and participation are emphasized. As the players move into higher levels (AAA, Minors, and Majors), teams will win and lose games in a progressively more competitive setting, but throughout the program participation, effort, and fun are the watch words. Players of all skill levels participate at all levels of our program, and even in the “majors” league we value enthusiasm and effort and ensure that all players get a full opportunity to play and enjoy the game. For each level of the program, there is a more specific description. Please read those descriptions before deciding at which level your son or daughter should register.
Post Season Baseball
The West Windsor Little League is excited to offer its best players the opportunity to compete in post-season baseball each summer. Post-season teams are more competitive, as opposed to recreational, although we certainly still expect the players to have fun and to emphasize development and sportsmanship. As such, post-season players are asked to commit to practicing extensively and attending all games.
There are two types of post-season teams. "District" teams represent our league and compete for state-wide honors. "Tournament" teams play all-star quality teams in other age-group tournaments over the summer. Both provide a tremendous opportunity for players to improve their skills while competing against the best teams from other towns.
Post-season teams are grouped by age, with players age 7-12 eligible to play. Registration begins in May. There is no charge to register for post-season play. You will be charged only after your son/daughter has been placed onto a team and you have accepted the placement. Try-outs take place in early June. Practices and games begin shortly thereafter, and can run into August, depending on how well a team plays.
Summer Season (Rec Baseball)
For those players who do not wish to participate in competitive post-season baseball, the league offers a truly “recreational” summer program, devoted to non-competitive games in a fun atmosphere. The summer “rec” program allows players to keep playing and working on their skills, but in a no-pressure setting with little or no formal practice time. Games are typically once per week. Players are grouped together by age and skill level depending on registration and may play against some other town teams. Registration for the summer program happens in May/June.
Fall Season Baseball
The Fall baseball season is a relaxed eight-week program starting after Labor Day weekend. Teams are grouped into three age brackets (6/7, 8/9, and 10/11/12) and play games against other towns in the District in addition to other WWLL teams. The emphasis is on fun with no scores kept for any division. The 6/7 division is only coach pitching. Games are played on Friday nights and weekends with one practice on a weeknight. Registration for Fall Ball takes place in late July, early August.