Guide to parents: Should my 8 year old player be in A League (register as 7/8 year old) or AA League (register as 8/14 year old)?
Parents of 8 year olds (on 8/31/2019) can choose to have their player play in either BYB's A League or AA League. Below is some information to help parents make that decision.
The A-league focuses primarily on teaching fundamental baseball skills. We use slower pitching machines, play games, but we don't keep score. It's the right place for a kid who is just learning the game or who needs to build up confidence
AA League is our introduction to more competitive baseball. We keep score and have playoffs. We use pitching machines, albeit a bit faster than in A League, and kids to pitch, too, as the season evolves. It's the right place for a kid who has developed some basic skills such as, for example, catches a slowly tossed ball, throws a ball straight, has swung a baseball bat; and, shows enough confidence and is likely to enjoy putting these skills to work and developing others in a bit more competitive situation than A League.
All 7 year olds (on 8/31/2019) will play A league and most of the 8 year olds (on 8/31/2019) will play AA league. But AA is not the right place for all 8 year olds and there will be a few 8 year old beginners who will play A.
AA is a two year league, and almost all 9 year olds play AA. Any child that chooses to play in A league in order to develop skills this year will rejoin with 9 year old colleagues next year in AA League.