***PLEASE NOTE: The bat standards have changed effective 1 Jan 2018. Bats will need to meet the USA Bat guidelines in order to be used in games this season. Please see the new guidelines for additional details. https://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx
Baseball League Link:
Game schedules and directions to all fields can be found at the link: http://www.kmsbr.org/welcome.html
Questions and Answers:
What is the purpose of the Henniker Youth Athletic Committee?
The Henniker Youth Athletic Committee is a town-based organization whose mission is to provide rewarding athletic opportunities for Henniker youth. Children participating in our programs will experience a positive environment focused on learning the rules, skills and strategies of the sport, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Henniker’s approach to athletics ensures that every child has the opportunity to participate regardless of their skill.
What league does Henniker play in?
Henniker baseball and softball are chartered with Babe Ruth, and most teams play in the Kearsarge Mountain South (KMS) league. For baseball, the KMS league encompasses the towns of Henniker, New Boston, and Weare. For softball, KMS encompasses Goffstown, Henniker, New Boston, Weare, Hopkinton and Hillsborough. (The age 13-15 baseball teams play in Kearsarge Mountain North.)
When does the season start?
Practices generally start during the first week of April, weather permitting, and games usually start in the first week of May.
How long does the season last?
The regular season ends at about the same time school ends in June. If your child chooses to try out for an All-Star team and is selected, he or she could be playing through July.
Is there any "Fall Ball"?
There may be teams put together to play baseball in the fall. This is available to any player that played in the Spring.
10u teams will be made up of any player who will be available to play 10u the following season. This is true with 12u also. Babe Ruth may also offer fall ball.
What are the different age levels?
Age 5-6: The 5-6 Tee Ball program serves as an introduction to the game, focusing on learning fundamentals and having fun. Players start the season batting from a tee, until they are ready for the coaches to pitch to them. Teams are coed, and usually practice once a week. Games are played in Henniker on Saturdays, and last about an hour. No scores or standings are kept. There are no outs, and all players play the field and bat each inning. Each player receives a hat to keep and a shirt to be returned.
8U Rookies (8 and under) baseball and softball: At the Rookie baseball and softball level, players begin to refine their skills and learn how the game is played. The games are more structured, and traditional positions are played in the field. A pitching machine may be used, and the sides switch when either the batting team scores five runs, or the fielding team makes three outs. Games are five innings, and usually run about an hour and a half. A scorebook is kept. All players are in the batting order, and no player sits on the bench for two consecutive innings. Teams usually practice once a week, and play both home and away games. Each player receives a hat to keep and a uniform to be returned.
10U Minors (10 and under) baseball and softball: For baseball and softball players at the 9-10 level, most of the traditional baseball and softball rules are followed. Special rules include a five runs-per-inning rule, and players who pitch are limited to three innings per game and six innings per week. All players are in the batting order, and every player must play at least two innings in the field. Softball players use an 11 inch ball, pitch from 35 feet, and cannot lead or steal. Base ball players use a Babe Ruth approved base ball, pitch from 46 feet, and can steal but cannot lead. Games are played against other towns, and there are playoffs at the end of the season.
12U Majors (12 and under) baseball and softball: At this level, softball players use a 12 inch ball, pitch from 40 feet, and are allowed to steal. Halfway through the season, pitching rules are relaxed and player may pitch six innings in one game (but are still limited to six innings per week). All players must play at least two innings in the field, and come up to bat at least once a game. Games are played against other towns, and there are playoffs at the end of the season.
14U (14 and under) softball: At this level, the team plays in Kearsarge Mountain South, but may also play Kearsarge Mountain North teams as well. Most of the traditional baseball and softball rules are followed. All players must play at least two innings in the field, and come up to bat at least once a game. There are playoffs at the end of the season.
Babe Ruth (13-16) baseball: At this level, Major League field dimensions and rules are in effect. This team plays in the Kearsarge Mountain North league, and there are playoffs at the end of the season.
How do I determine my child's age level?
A child's league age for tee ball and baseball is determined by their age on April 30th of the current year. A child's league age for softball is determined on a calendar year basis, i.e. their age on December 31st of the prior year.
Do you hold tryouts?
Henniker baseball and softball are primarily recreational, so there are no tryouts for the regular season. Every player who signs up is placed on a team. We do, however, use evaluations to ensure that our teams are evenly matched.
Once the regular season ends, tryouts are used to select All-Star teams. These All-Star teams are comprised of players from several towns, not just Henniker.
8u Rookies level All-stars teams are put together by each town within the league. Four or five players from each of the teams is selected by the coaches to play together in a Jamboree against the other towns within our league.
How much playing time will my child get?
Henniker Baseball is primarily recreational, and all players will play in every game. During the regular season, players will have equal playing time. When participating in playoffs / postseason games, Henniker Baseball will follow the KMSBR league minimum playing time requirements.
Who makes the All-Star team?
Starting at the Minors (10u) level, all players are eligible to try out for an All-Star team, which plays after the regular season ends. During a series of All-Star tryouts, players are evaluated based on their performance and attitudes, and an All-Star team is selected. The all-star experience offers more instruction, and practices may be held daily. The All-Star teams may compete throughout most of the summer. The All-Star teams include players from Henniker, Weare, Hillsboro, and New Boston (except 13-15 baseball, which plays in KMN rather than KMS.)
7-8 level All-stars teams are a a little different and are put together by each town within the league. Coaches pick 4 or 5 kids form each of the teams and ask them to play. They play in a Jamboree against the other towns within our league.
How do I volunteer to be a coach?
Henniker baseball and softball are always looking for volunteers to coach our kids.. Contact the Henniker baseball director for details.
How do I volunteer to be an umpire?
Henniker baseball and softball are always looking for volunteers to umpire baseball and softball games. Contact the Henniker Baseball Director for details.