Candia Boys and Girls may participate in Baseball and Softball through Lamprey River Little League (Boys and Girls Baseball, 4-12 years old), Lamprey River Softball (Girls Softball, 6-16 years old) and Lamprey River Babe Ruth Baseball (Boys Baseball, 13-15 years old).
League Contact: Carl Carlson (Director) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lamprey River Little League
The Lamprey River Little League consists of the towns of Auburn, Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham and Raymond. If your child plays in the Farm, Minors or Majors Divisions you will be travelling to these towns to play games. Our home games are played at the CYAA Fields or Moore Park.
Registration opens in January with a mid-March deadline. The season kicks off with an evaluation session, typically held on the indoor turf on the last Saturday in March. Practices start in April and the first games start during the first week in May. A 12-game season plus playoffs wraps up by mid- to late-June.
All players who meet Little League's strict residency requirements are eligible for Lamprey River Little League sanctioned All-Star and Tournament teams, which play into July and possibly August. In past seasons we have fielded teams in the Little League State Tournament for 10U and 12U, while fielding an 8U tournament team and a 9-10 year old Matty Dobens Tournament team (Manchester South LL). The 12-year-old State Tournament champion moves on to the New England Regional Tournament which leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. In 2012 and 2016 the 12U Lamprey River All-Stars made it the New Hampshire State Championship.
Lamprey River Little League Website
Divisions of Play:
Note: Little League’s official age chart can be found here:
Majors Baseball – Player Pitch (Ages 9-12):
Majors Baseball is the highest competitive division of Little League. The team is comprised of approximately 12 players and governed by the official Little League rules. Players must attend Evaluations in order to participate in the Majors division. Any player not selected to a Majors team will automatically be selected by a Minors team.
Minors Baseball – Player Pitch (Ages 8-11):
Minors Baseball is a less competitive player pitch division. Lamprey River Little League follows a two division format for Minors, “AAA” and “AA”. AAA is more competitive and geared toward 10-11 year olds who are not yet ready for Majors. The division follows official Little League rules with only some minor modifications. The “AA” division, geared toward 8-10 year olds, is less competitive and features more rules modifications such as scoring limits and stealing restrictions. Evaluations along with parent recommendation allows for appropriate placement for each player.
Farm Baseball – Coach Pitch (Ages 6-8):
Farm Baseball is an instructional coach pitch league designed to help players develop the fundamental skills necessary to move on to play at the Minor division level. While games are played, results are not tracked and the rules are highly modified in order to emphasize skill development over competitiveness. Six-year-olds should have played a year of T-Ball before participating in Farm. Attendance at Evaluations is not required.
Tee-Ball – (Ages 4-6):
Tee-Ball is an introductory program for familiarizing players to the game of baseball. Here, they begin to develop their fundamental skills of throwing, catching, and hitting. Tee-Ball is a clinic style program designed to involve both parents and kids in learning the game. The clinics are usually held on Friday evenings at the Tee-ball field (look for the mini Green Monster!) or inside the field house.
Lamprey River Softball League
Candia is part of the the Lamprey River Babe Ruth Softball League. We are not currently fielding a Candia team in the league, but are maintaining a relationship with it so that girls ages 6-16 have a formal connection to play on teams in other towns. Contact the Director to get connected to the officials of the other town's associations.
NOTE: Babe Ruth Softball follows a different age chart than Little League Baseball. Contact the Director for details.
Lamprey River Babe Ruth
In 2017, Candia will be fielding its first Babe Ruth team in several years! The Registration form has been updated to include a Babe Ruth option. Boys 13-15 are welcome to participate.
Note: Babe Ruth Baseball follows a different age chart than Little League Baseball. Contact the Director for details.