The first experience in Baseball usually starts in the Tee Ball Division. Typically aged 5-7 the primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork.
Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League.
Tee Ball Practices every Sunday from 10:30-11:30 at Lions Park in our short season from Mid April to End of June.
Growing up fast and soaking up life & baseball (later on in Little League, many see that line vanish as life BECOMES baseball!) the time has finally come to make the move off the fields and onto a diamond… a diamond with DUGOUTS! Aged 7-8, our Little Leaguers have developed in leaps and bounds in their short careers and the Rookie division is set up so they can polish their skills before making the final step in baseball… pitching! Pitching is introduced to Rookies in practice; however they will continue to use the pitching-slinger during games.
With emphasis on development including base running, hitting, fielding and the newest challenge, pitching but most importantly SPORTSMANSHIP and FAIR PLAY rule the diamond.
Rookie teams play games with other Nelson Teams and usually have 1 practice per week with games every Sunday starting 11:30 or 2:00 pm.
Moving up to the minor division from Rookie is a major jump in your baseball career, with fully integrated player pitching and the opportunity to play at a more competitive level the Minor’s have become full out BALL PLAYERS! These 9-10 year olds play a varied schedule against other teams within the West Kootenay Division, which also includes regular practices for skill development.
When people think of Little League baseball, this is the division they think about. From ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series down to our regular season right here in Nelson, players are offered a fun Regular Season that focuses on skill development through practices and in-game improvement through games. The busy Major schedule has teams practicing regularly, and includes as many as 2-3 games per week with travel in the West Kootenay.
The Junior program is players first experience with leadoffs and pickoffs on a large diamond. The Juniors play out of Queen Elizabeth park with larger distances for pitchers and longer base paths.
The field and bats are bigger, the ball comes faster but the game is still played the same. During the regular season, emphasis is on skill development, fair play and fun.
The Senior program is a competitive program focused on skill development and providing in-game opportunities for players to improve. There are more practices and games than in the Junior level and players are expected to provide the necessary commitment level.
Home games and practices are played out of Queen Elizabeth Park.