Ancaster Little League (4 - 12)

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.

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Jays clinic

By ancasterbaseball1 | March 16, 2019

Click here to register … https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/community/baseball-academy/instructional-clinics

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Mass Evaluations Apr 13

By ancasterbaseball1 | March 14, 2019

Hello parents …. each year, we hold a Little League Mass Evaluation day. This enables us to form balanced teams for the season and also provide a free, fun day for the kids. This year, it will be held indoors. Date: Saturday, April 13 Times (please arrive 15 min early to register) 9am-10am T-Ball (Sept…

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Umpire Workshops

By ancasterbaseball1 | February 7, 2019

Ancaster Baseball, in conjunction with The Hamilton District Baseball Association, are happy to announce 3 ‘FREE’ preseason umpire workshops. These gym sessions are not intended as a replacement for attending a Baseball Ontario Umpire Clinic, but rather some free basic training to help build confidence in our newer umpires. In order to reach out to…

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Players in action …

By ancasterbaseball1 | February 6, 2019
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celebrating 64 years …

By ancasterbaseball1 | January 19, 2019
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1958 opening day

By ancasterbaseball1 | January 19, 2019

Little League Park, as we know it today, built in 1955 by the Veterans of Spring Valley and others in the Ancaster community.  

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Indoor Training is underway!

By leagueadmin1 | January 2, 2019

Baseball indoor training is going to be held on Saturdays at Ancaster  Senior  Public  School. 4-6 year olds are welcome from 9 – 10 am 7-9 year olds are welcome from 10-11am 11- 12 year olds are welcome from 11 – 12 am Scheduled dates are: Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb…

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DBacks Diamond upgrade complete

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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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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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.