All BYA programs are recreation level, in-house programs. We provide family-oriented programs that focus on player development and instruction. We don't require player fundraising, there's no travel involved, and we accept boys and girls from all local communities (not just Baden). Our Spring season begins in late April and ends before the July 4th holiday. All players that participate in our Spring programs are eligible to play at no additional cost in our informal Fall Ball program that runs from mid-September to mid-October.
Tee-Ball – Open to 3 & 4 year-old boys and girls. At this age, the game is primarily focused on getting the players to swing the bat, hit the ball and run the bases. Each team will bat through the entire lineup each inning – no outs, no strikeouts. Games are played once a week and typically last 3 innings or 45 minutes max. Soft foam bats are provided by BYA. The BYA tee-ball program is a great way to introduce your child to the game of baseball in an instructional, yet fun and family-oriented setting. All players receive team shirt and BYA hat.
Rookie Baseball – Our in-house, Rookie Baseball program is designed for 5 & 6 year-old boys and girls who may or may not have tee-ball experience. The Rookie program plays a form of modified-rules baseball that focuses more on instruction than competition. The Rookie program concentrates primarily on the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, while fostering a respect for sportsmanship and team play. Offensive and defensive strategy is encouraged but not emphasized at this age level. Both coach-pitch and tee-hitting is used at this level. The Rookie Baseball program is a great way for players to learn the fundamentals required to compete at the 8U and 10U levels as they grow older. Each team will play a max of 10 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.
Baseball (8U | Coach Pitch) – Our non-competitive 8U baseball program is for 7-8 year-old boys and girls who have 1 or more years of experience playing Rookie Baseball (or who have played previously in our 8U program or other non-BYA program). This age group naturally tends to be slightly more competitive, but our coaches will emphasize instruction, sportsmanship and team effort over competitiveness. The 8U program is fantastic for players who want more instruction before moving on to a higher competitive level. The 8U program is coach-pitch and focuses on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and game strategy. At the end of the regular season, the 8U program will compete in an in-house single-elimination tournament or an in-house skills competition. Depending on registration numbers and team assignments, we may hold a few “mixed program” games during the season where an 8U team would play against a 10U team (following 8U rules). 8U players will also have the opportunity to play in additional summer tournaments after the regular season. Each team will play a max of 10 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.
Baseball (10U | Modified Kid Pitch) – Our semi-competitive 10U baseball program is for 9-10 year-old boys and girls who have 1 or more years of experience playing in the BYA 8U program (or similar). While emphasis still leans towards development and sportsmanship, we begin introducing elements of advanced game strategy and positional play. The 10U program is Kid Pitch (with coaches stepping in as necessary to keep games moving along). Our 10U teams will play a couple games against other local 10U teams which may require travel to other ball fields in the Beaver County area. At the end of the regular season, the 10U program will compete in either a single-elimination tournament or a skills competition. Depending on registration numbers and team assignments, we may hold a few “mixed program” games during the season where a 10U team would play against an 8U team (following 8U rules). 10U players will also have the opportunity to play in additional summer tournaments after the regular season. Each team will play a max of 10 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.