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9U - Novice/Tadpole

The Novice/Tadpole Division plays 4 innings per game. There are 60 feet between bases and 42 ft. from pitching rubber to home plate. Pitchers are used for the first two innings and a pitching machine is used for the other 2 innings. There is a maximum run limit of 2 runs per inning with pitchers, and 4 runs per inning with pitching machine, except in the final inning where unlimited runs may be scored. No leadoffs or base stealing is allowed. No more than 10 players on the field at one time and no more than 6 infielders including pitcher and catcher with 4 outfielders.

For a full set of 2018 GVBA House rules for the 9U Division please click here

Age Requirements -

Age limits for this division are 7/8 year old.

For next season, April 2019, you will have to be 7 or 8 as of December 31st 2018.

FAQ's -

Q - When is registration?

A - We like to encourage people to sign up as early as possible, early bird registration has been open anywhere from October to January.  Keeping checking back often, watch our Facebook  or sign up for our email list to keep up to date.

Q - How much does it cost to play?

A - 2018 costs were $147.50 for "earlybird" level and $182.50 for "Regular" pricing.  Both only a $12.50 increase over 2017 in order to cover an increase of umpire costs. "Earlybird" pricing runs until a pre-determined date where members get a cheaper price for registering earlier. This helps us immensely in our pre-season planning.  We did try a payment plan option in 2018 but it wasn't really used that much despite a lot of initial interest.  That option is being reviewed

Q - What kind of commitment does Novice require? How many sessions a week?

A - 3 days a week.  Monday's and Thursday's are any combination of practice/practice or practice/game.  Practices have been between 6-7pm but that is subject to change, even though we don't expect it to be in 2019. Weekday evening games will be from 6pm until about 8pm with Saturday morning games between 9am and 12pm

Q - Where do we have our practices and games?

ATypically at Ed Fisher Park or A.T. Gordon and sometimes down at JDF Ballpark.

Q - How long is the season?

A - The season starts approximately the second week of April and runs until about the 3rd week of June.

Q - What equipment does my child require?

A - The must haves are a helmet, glove, cleats and ball pants.  The league will supply a team shirt and hat to each player along with a couple of bats for the team to share.

Max Bat Length : 30"

Max Barrel width : 2 5/8"

Max Drop Weight : Unlimited (The difference between the bat length and weight. ie. 30" Long x 20oz is a "drop 10")

Notes : Bats with greater than 2 1/4" barrel must be marked with "USABB" Logo

If you have any questions about the Novice division please contact...

Novice coordinator -

Larry Snook


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