East Side Little League
Ages 10-12 (Majors and Minors)
Playing on the 46/60 Field Designed for Majors and Minors.

Objective: The purpose of the Majors/Minor 46/60 programs is to develop players skills, maturity, knowledge of the game and learn how to play on teams.  The Majors Program is a competitive program dividing the players across two Divisions.  The Minors Program focuses more on a relaxed level of play supported by player development.  Both Majors and Minors focus on learning proper baseball fundamentals through drills, practices, repetition, hard work and commitment. 

INTRODUCTION: The 46/60 Major and Minor League Programs are designed for 10-12 year old players who play on the Little League playing field called the 46/60 (46 foot pitching distance to home plate and 60 foot base paths). Player maturity, abilities, skill levels and interests are different.  The goal of the Majors program is to develop advanced skills and, while enjoyment is still promoted, the competitive aspect of the sport increases significantly. Games are played.

Little League International mandates that all twelve year old players must play in the Majors program unless both the parent/player agree to opt-out and play in Minors program. Minimum playing time in the Majors is two defensive innings with one at-bat and Minors is three defensive innings with one at-bat.  Minors utilize a continuous batting order. If you are uncertain where you want your child to play, please contact the Major and Minor Directors by February 15 to discuss. 

PLAYER EVALUATION: All players are required to attend at least 1 of the 3 player evaluation tryouts (see "Calendar"). Players are evaluated for the purpose of allocating players to teams by a draft.  The Majors have their player evaluations/tryouts first.  The Major draft is held and players are selected to fill open positions on Team Rosters by the assigned Managers.  Returning players are not re-drafted in the Majors, so a player drafted at 10, will stay on the same team for three years.  The Minors hold a draft after the Majors each year for the players opting for the Minors, not selected by the Majors or returning to the Majors.  All players are selected and put on either a Majors or Minors team before the season starts.  Teams will comprise of twelve to thirteen players. After player evaluations, drafts and selection, the rosters will be sent around to Managers by the Directors. 

PLAYING UP: ESLL does not allow Farm players to Playup in Majors or Minors program for any reason. Each age bracket and program is designed to serve a purpose for staging player development. The Majors and Minor age programs are an important stage of player development.  Learning how to pitch, hit, run, field and throw with consistency and proper mechanics should not be rushed. Drills are important.  Developing good muscle memory through repetition and practice should be the concentration and focus. 

UNIFORMS: ESLL will provide Jersey shirts, colored socks and hats.  Parents can expect to purchase a baseball glove/mitt, a bat, white pants and plastic baseball spikes. Jerseys are returned at the end of the season and not retained by the players.

BATS: Bats need to be approved for little league play.  Please check with the Director or Manager - or access the approved bat list on Little League International web page for each year. Bats for little league play have 2 1/4 inch barrels and are made from Aluminum Alloy or Composite.

FIELDS: Practices and Games are typically played at March, Carman and Cloud Fields.

What is Expected from Players?
  • Players will learn the basics of pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding.
  • Players learn the more advanced aspects of hitting, pitch selection, using the whole body in the swing.
  • Players will learn defensive strategies. 
  • Players will learn to mentally prepare themselves for what to do if the ball when it is hit to them.  
  • Players will learn signals and follow coaching instructions.  
  • Players will learn how to bunt, and the importance of sacrificing.
  • Players will learn how to advance the base runner with hitting on the left or ride side of the field. 
  • Players will learn by practicing drills, throwing around the bases, hitting off the "tee", fielding ground balls and pop-ups with cut-offs.  
  • Players will learn to hit soft toss, front toss, coach pitch and kid pitch.
  • Players will develop hand-eye coordination and bat swing-techniques without the fear of being hit by a pitched ball.
  • Players will develop an awareness of fielding positions. They will learn how to block and knock the ball down.  
  • Players will learn how to overcome the fear of the ball during pitching, hitting and fielding. 
  • Players will learn positive mindsets and learn to overcome the anxiety of making errors.
  • Players will learn to catch fly balls and throw to cutoffs.
  • Players will develop throwing overhand with proper mechanics, building arm strength and accuracy.
What is Expected from Volunteers and Parent Coaches?
  • Parents need to complete a background check by Mid-March.  Please check the Volunteer Page and utilize the Volunteer Form.  There is no cost for the back ground check.
  • Parents Volunteers should participate in the League Safety Meeting and Coach preparation sessions.  Please check the League Calendar.
  • Parent Managers and Coaches should learn how to run a good practice with drills. 
  • Parents on the field of play working with children, must have a back ground check.
  • Parent Managers and Coaches will be given a roster of players with contact information.  
  • All player information is confidential and not to be given out to anyone or used for any other purpose than to afford team practices and games.

GAME RULES: The Official Little League Rule Book will be used for the East Side LL programs, unless superseded by one of the following special East Side League Rules:

  • Pitching Counts per game are tracked by Managers and Coaches - and must be forwarded to the Program Directors.  
  • ESLL follows the strict guidelines of the number of pitches thrown and the number of innings played by catchers.
  • The Majors and Minors have Manager's Manuals distributed at the beginning of pre-season by the respective Director.  
  • Please refer to any special rules in the Manager's Manuals.  

PRE-GAME PREPARATION & SET-UP, POST GAME CLEAN-UP

Both teams are in charge of field set-up, which is to include:

  • Layout of foul lines and batter's box;
  • Raking of base paths, batter's box, skin infield areas and pitchers mound;
  • Placing of bases and removal of them at the conclusion of the game;
  • Each team is to supply one (1) game baseball;
  • Raking the field after the conclusion of the game;
  • Ensuring all trash is removed from the dugouts and placed in the proper containers.
  • In case of inclement weather during the day, both managers should be at the field early to prep it for the game.

General Guidelines

  • It is expected that all Players receive at least 2 innings on defense and one at bat in the Majors.  In the Minors, Team strive to provide equal playing time both on offense and defense.
  • The games will consist of 6 full innings regardless of score.  A regulation game is when four full innings are played.
  • Generally, games will be played within two hours, but there are no limits technically.
  • Evenings games should be called at dusk when visibility creates a hazardous situation.
  • Managers and Coaches must be properly attired with Team Baseball Hat, League issued or matching team shirt, pants/shorts, baseball shoes with rubbers spikes (metal cleats not permitted)/sneakers. Cutoffs and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
  • Both managers at the field decide rain-outs. Every effort should be made to get the game in. Decisions should be made at the field unless a downpour is occurring.
  • Makeup games must be scheduled through the League Director and held within two weeks of the scheduled game - unless approved by the Director.

Equipment and Uniforms

  • A manager/team may not assess players a fee, or request payment for, any uniforms including, special hat, shirts, socks, etc., or equipment such as bats, helmets, etc., without expressed permission of the Board of Directors. All items purchased for team use are the property of East Side Little League and Little League Baseball.
  • Player's names are not permitted on the back of the uniform shirt.
  • Only uniforms supplied by the League are permitted. 
  • Uniforms should not be worn in travel ball outside ESLL, unless approved for by the Director.
  • All equipment must meet Little League, Inc., safety requirements.

PLAYOFFS: 
At the completion of the Major and Minor Program seasons, a post-season playoff will be held for each program.  Majors do not play Minors teams.  The winning team in each program will receive a trophy.  Both the Major and Minor playoff winners may also play their counterpart winners in West Side Little League.

District wide All-Stars Tournament
In addition to Major and Minor Playoffs, two Major Division ten year old and eleven year old All Star Teams will be selected representing ESLL ending play in the Pennsylvania State Tournament.  ESLL comprises of two Charters covering American and National boundaries.  Two Major Division twelve year old All Star Teams will also be selected from our respective geographic boundaries to represent ESLL ending play in the Little League World Series on the 46/60 field.  

Players will be invited to participate in the All-Star program by the respective age level.  The Major Director will convene a Managers Meeting whereby they will nominate their players and vote for who makes the two teams.  Managers cannot vote for their own players. Players are not allowed to play up.  The players receiving the most votes are ranked and then selected.  If a player does not want to participate in All-Stars, please inform your Manager before June 15.  If after that, a player can pull their name from the roster and the next player in rank order will be invited.

UMPIRING: Remember, the umpires in both the Majors and Minors are unpaid and volunteer their time so please treat them with respect. Trained volunteer umpires enforce a combination of rules put forward by the Little League Charter and the Local ESLL Board and one parent from the home team is expected to umpire in the field for each game. 

GAME RESULTS: Game scores and division standings are tracked. Directors can utilize ESLL's Twitter account to notify the community of game results.     

NUMBER OF GAMES: There will be approximately fifteen to twenty regular season games, depending on the number of teams.  Games are played two to three times per week and parents/players can expect one practice per week in the Majors and Minors program. Practices will start in March and regular season games will end in mid-June whereby playoffs and the Championship are then played. Games are at 6:00 on weekdays and various times on Saturday's. Arrive time is usually about one hour before game time for warmups. Saturday rainouts are typically played on the very next day, Sunday, or the following Sunday.

MINORS PROGRAM: The Minor League Program (10-12 years of age) is a place where boys can play baseball in a more relaxed atmosphere. Players at this level, while just as skilled at the Major League level, have the chance to further develop their level of play. These players are eligible to tryout for the Major League Division in subsequent years and must be selected to play at that level by age 12.

COACHING: If you are interested in Managing or Coaching a team, please contact the respective Director. ESLL strongly recommends attending coaching and umpiring sessions to learn the rules and how to hold practices.  Working with 10-12 year old young men and women requires clear communication, following rules and good discipline.