Non-Competitive

  • Games without strikes or outs, where each players gets the opportunity to hit and score a run. Each player gets paired up with a one-on-one helper we call a ‘buddy’ to assist and encourage the player for the game.
  • Games generally last 1 hour or 2 innings. Each team bats through the entire batting order before switching the field.
  • Metal/wood bats are NOT permitted for these leagues, for safety reasons. Plastic bats only.
  • These games are broken down by age group.

Competitive

    • For ages 14 and up (no age cut-off)
    • The Competitive League is played with outs and (modified) strikes
    • Batters get 5 strikes. After the fourth strike, they have the option of receiving a soft toss or using the tee instead of another pitch. If the last pitch or soft toss is missed, however, the batter will be out.
    • 3 outs or 5 runs in any given inning equals the change in field
    • Tie goes to runner
    • Although we will have volunteer support for players, this will be geared more towards safety and situational coaching, rather than one on one/hand over hand assistance. We ask that players wishing to play in this league be able to bat and field independently and follow directions to stay on task
    • Helmets are required to be worn by batter and this is the only league where metal/wood bats are permitted
    • Play is with a safety softball

    *NOTE* – The MLAZ staff will determine the suitability/skill level for child to play at this level. They will discuss with parent if this league is appropriate for child; however, final determination rests solely with the MLAZ staff.

    For a copy of the official competitive league guidelines, click Competitive League Rules and Guidelines

Youth Developmental League

  • For athletes 5-13years
  • The Developmental League is played with outs and (modified) strikes and teaches the basics of competitive baseball.
  • Batters get 5 strikes. After the fourth strike, they have the option of receiving a soft toss or using the tee instead of another pitch. If the last pitch or soft toss is missed, however, the batter will be out.
  • 3 outs or 5 runs in any given inning equals the change in field
  • Tie goes to runner
  • Although we will have volunteer support for players, this will be geared more towards safety and situational coaching, rather than one on one/hand over hand assistance. We ask that players wishing to play in this league be able to bat and field independently and follow directions to stay on task.
  • Play is with a whiffle ball, and plastic bats

*NOTE* – The MLAZ staff will determine the suitability/skill level for child to play at this level. They will discuss with parent if this league is appropriate for child; however, final determination rests solely with the MLAZ staff.

UPCOMING SEASONS: Fall 2017- September 30, 2017 – November 18, 2017

Winter 2018 (Tentative) – January 13, 2018 – February 24, 2018

Spring 2018 (Tentative) – March 17, 2018 – May 5, 2018

Newcomers looking to volunteer or have an athlete participate, you can click HERE to create a registration account with us, and join our mailing list.

*NOTE*-  We concluded our Spring 2017 season. See below for upcoming season start dates. If you are interested in participating, but are new or not yet registered, please contact our office at (480) 686-8137 or alex.mackay@mlaz.org