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
Candia has three facilities for Baseball/Softball. At the CYAA, we have two fields: a T-ball field and a 46/60 baseball diamond where Majors, Minors and Farm teams compete. A third field is in the process of being built which will add scheduling flexibility and enhanced features. At the town-owned Moore Park, we use the softball field for Girls Softball and Farm games. The Babe Ruth team uses the Moore School 60/90 diamond. In addition to these outdoor fields, we have access to the indoor turf at the CYAA field house, a valuable asset that allows for winter programs and practices during inclement weather.
Lamprey River Softball League
Candia is part of the the Lamprey River Babe Ruth Softball League. For 2018, we are organizing a 10U softball team. We are excited to bring a Candia team into the league for the first time in years. The registration form has been updated to include a softball option. If you are interested in softball but not at the 10U level, contact the director who can provide options for playing on a non-Candia based team.
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 traveling to these towns to play games. Our home games are played at the CYAA Fields, Moore Park or Moore School. All T-Ball activities are Candia-only and held at the CYAA.
Registration opens in February 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-June.
New for 2018: For T-Ball, April will be used to organize and train volunteers for a May start to the clinics.
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.
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 in Lamprey River 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.
Majors teams typically play or practice 4-5 times per week with games usually scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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 8-9 year olds, is less competitive and features more rules modifications such as scoring limits and stealing restrictions. Eight-year-olds who have played at least one year of Farm are encouraged to play AA Minors. Evaluations along with parent recommendation allows for appropriate placement for each player.
AAA teams typically play or practice 4-5 times per week with games usually scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
AA teams typically play or practice 3-4 times per week with games usually scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Farm Baseball – Coach Pitch (Ages 6-8):
Farm Baseball is an instructional coach pitch division 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.
Farm teams typically play or practice 3-4 times per week with games usually scheduled on Mondays and Saturdays.
T-Ball – (Ages 4-6):
T-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. T-Ball is a clinic style program designed to involve both parents and kids. The clinics are typically held on Friday evenings at the T-ball field (look for the mini Green Monster!) or inside the field house. Some coaches also hold a mid-week practice.
Lamprey River Babe Ruth
For the second year in a row, Candia will be fielding a Babe Ruth team in 2018! The Registration form includes 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.