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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 last 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 lead-offs 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.

Q - When is registration?

A - Registration opens November 14th and will be open until March 31st, providing we don`t reach capacity first.

Q - How much does it cost to play?

A - 2019 Registration prices are follows....

Early Bird - Nov.14th to Dec.14th = $157.50

Regular - Dec.15th to Mar.15th = $182.50

Late - Mar.16th to Mar.31st = $217.50

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

A - 3 days a week.  Monday's and Thursday's are a 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 also 2 hours or so starting 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.  They will play about 12 games over that time frame.

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.

Q - What are my volunteer requirements?

A - Each family must complete 1 volunteer shift (up to 3 hrs) per child registered.  A volunteer shift can be a shift in the concession or it could be selling 50/50 tickets at our May Long Tournament, there will be many opportunities to work off your requirements before, during and even after the season. Follow this link to receive some more info.

Q - What are my Fundraising requirements?

A - You have 2 options to choose from here.  You can either NOT take part in our Purdy's fundraiser, at a reduced rate, or you can take part and purchase the required amount to then re-sell them and recuperate your money.  Follow the link to receive some more info.

Q - My son or daughter is bored in Novice, they play at a higher level than this division.  Can they move up to 11U ?

A - It is possible but there are a few criteria that they must meet first. Each child will be looked at on a case by case basis and the final decision must be approved first by the Player Agent, see our executive board page for their contact info.  If they do get approved to move up they must still do the required time in that next division making the amount of years spent in the 9U Novice division 3 instead of 2 

Bat Sizing...

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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