LittleLeague

Ancaster Little League

It all starts with the love of the game, the excitement of being on the field and the cheers from the crowd.   Blastball & T-ball teach the basic concepts of the game and the fundamentals of how the game is played.  It is all about everyone having fun at the diamond!

Little League is played on local diamonds throughout the spring & summer.  All players are assessed for all of their fundamental baseball skill at the beginning of the season at a mass try-out.  Teams will then be drafted based on an even distribution of skills across all the teams.  The season will ends in a championship tournament.

Major & Minor players are invited to participate in the District Team try-outs for a chance to play on a team the could progress to the Provincial & Canadian Championships and play in the Little League World Series.  Try-outs are every June.  You can register for try-outs on our registration page.

Ancaster hosts three (3) tournaments for the Little League age group - John Stokoe, the Fathers Day Classic and every August long weekend the World T-Ball Tournament.  With 35+ teams from all over Ontario & the USA coming to play T-ball for four (4) days.

DBacks Diamond upgrade is underway

By ancasterbaseball | October 31, 2018

In an effort to improve field conditions for the safety of players and the quality of the game, Ancaster Baseball (in conjunction with The City of Hamilton) have invested in the Ancaster Community Centre CC4 diamond. The following work has been completed by Marco Clay, industry leaders in baseball diamond maintenance … – Trim all…

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Sharing our history in pictures

By leagueadmin1 | October 4, 2018

As part of our new web page we have been celebrating our history in pictures, Our main page has a gallery of past champions and memorable moments from our members. As we find them we add them. We have had many members send in pictures or requests for pictures to be posted. To help everyone…

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7U T-Ball Travel Team Try-outs

By leagueadmin1 | September 21, 2018

Ancaster Little League is pleased to announce the try-out for the 2019 Little League 7U T-Ball Travel Team. Any players born Sept 1, 2011 and younger are eligible. (Players born in 2011 before Sept 1st would not be eligible) This team will play in 3-4 competitive local tournaments next summer. The try-out schedule is as…

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11U Travel Team Try-out

By leagueadmin1 | September 19, 2018

The 11u travel team has a final tryout Thursday September 20th, 6pm at Smith park. Roster positions will be offered Thursday night.

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2018 Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations

By leagueadmin1 | September 19, 2018

Hi Ancaster Little League Families; The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday October 18 at 7 pm at the Upstairs Room of the Coach and Lantern at 384 Wilson St E, Ancaster. At the AGM executive members will give reports, and any nominations will be voted on. All nominations must be…

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8U Travel Team Try-out

By leagueadmin1 | September 14, 2018

The 8U Travel Team has added a try-out on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 6:00 pm at Smith Park.

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U10 try-out location change

By leagueadmin1 | September 11, 2018

Sept 12 U10 try-out is now at 6pm at Kitty Murray and NOT Smith park.

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11u Travel Tryout rescheduled

By leagueadmin1 | September 11, 2018

11u travel tryout rescheduled for September 10th to the 12th All other dates remain the same: Wednesday September 12th at smith park Sunday September 16th at smith park Monday September 17th at smith park Thursday September 20th at smith park (if necessary)

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Tryouts cancelled tonight

By leagueadmin1 | September 10, 2018

Due to inclement weather all of tonight’s try-outs have been cancelled.

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District & Travel Team Try-out Schedules – Updated

By leagueadmin1 | August 29, 2018

This post has been updated to reflect the correct birthdate ranges for each level of the Travel Teams.  We apologize for the confusion and thank those who identified the issue.  The District Teams requirements have not changed.  Registration for the District Team has been opened and can be completed on our webpage [link] As the…

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Blast Ball

Blastball, the introductory baseball program was developed as a fun way to teach all five fundamentals of baseball…hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and running for the young player ages 4 and 5.

Simplicity and continuous action is what makes BlastBall so much fun. There are no complex rules, no umpire is required, and you don’t even need to have a baseball glove.

BlastBall is played with a “soft” ball and a moulded bat for optimum safety. The batter hits the BlastBall off the BlastTee and runs to the BlastBase, which “honks” when stepped on. If the batter reaches the BlastBase (which is the only base used) before a defensive player either catches the BlastBall in the air or fields it and yells “Blast”, they score a run. It’s fast, it’s fun, everyone hits every inning, and the kids really learn the game of baseball properly.

Parents will love the game because of the continuous action. Kids will no longer be coming home with their pockets full of rocks and dandelions! BlastBall “Game Day” includes a period of instruction followed by an action packed game all completed within 1 ¼ hours. Games are usually held on the same day each week (Monday).

t-Ball

T-Ball is the second level of play in Ancaster Little League for young players primarily ages 5 and 6 who have played Blast Ball or who are new to the game of baseball. The primary focus of T-Ball is to teach children, coaches and parents the fundamentals of baseball setting the foundation and preparing them for Coach Pitch.

T-Ball is intended to be a fun, non-competitive skills development program. Game scores and individual team standings are not recorded. Players will be exposed to the basics of baseball including hitting, catching, throwing and base running. All players on the defensive team play in the field at the same time and every player hits every inning.

There is one practice per week on Saturday (maybe Sunday depending of field availability).  Games are played on Monday to Thursday evenings.  Each teams will play 1-2 games a week . Participation trophies are given to all players at the end of the season. The season starts with an Opening Day weekend in early May.

Rookie Ball

Typically for players aged 7 & 8, based on skill level.

At this level, players are introduced to scoring while further developing their basic baseball skills of hitting, throwing, catching and base running. Players are rotated throughout all positions on the field and given equal playing time as much as possible.

Players hit from a pitching machine from 44 feet at approx. 35 to 40 mph.

Minor Division

Typically for players aged 9 & 10, based on skill level.

Division, teams will start off the season using a pitching machine and will progress to live pitching as teams progress with developing pitching skills on their teams. The use of live pitching will be introduced on an incremental basis e.g. 4 innings Pitching Machine and 2 innings live pitching and progressing to the point where live pitching will be used for the whole game during playoffs.

Coaches focus on developing individual and team skills to field a competitive team.

Major Division

Typically for players aged 10, 11 & 12.

There are 11 to 13 players per team and are placed onto teams after an evaluation process before the start of the season. Teams are assembled based on an even distribution of skill level.

A maximum of 9 players in the field defensively for each inning. Players are rotated through the infield and outfield positions and may sit for one or two innings at the discretion of the coaches. Coaches focus on developing individual and overall team skills.

Major East
Players ages primarily age 11 with some players age 10 & 12 based on ability.

Each player must play a minimum of 2 innings in the infield and all players must sit once before any player sits twice. All players bat in a continuous batting order. Coaches focus on developing individual and overall team skills.

Game scores and standings are recorded. Upon completion of the regular season, a post-season playoff tournament is held. The top 2 teams from this tournament play on Championship Day and receive medals.

Major West
Players ages primarily age 12 with some players age 11 based on ability.

Each player must play a minimum of 2 innings in the infield and all players must sit once before any player sits twice. All players bat in a continuous batting order. Coaches focus on developing individual and overall team skills.

Game scores and standings are recorded. Upon completion of the regular season, a post-season playoff tournament is held. The top 2 teams from this tournament play on Championship Day and receive medals.