Recreational

  • 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 in this division, for safety reasons. Plastic bats only.
  • These games are broken down by age group.
  • No previous baseball experience required.

Competitive

  • Youth Competitive Division (Thursdays at 6 pm):  Ages 5-13
  • Adult Competitive Division (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm): Ages 14 and up
  • The Competitive Divisions are played with outs and (modified) strikes.
  • Games will last four full innings, unless otherwise announced as shortened due to time constraints.
  • A Miracle League of Arizona staff member will pitch to both teams.
  • If a batter swings and misses four times (foul balls do not count), they will be given the option of one more swing at a pitch or using a tee.  If the final swing is also unsuccessful, the batter will be out.  Youth players will automatically be given a tee after four misses.
  • Each half inning will end after either three outs are recorded or 5+ runs are scored.  All runs scored on the play which generates the fifth run count.  (Examples : Four runs already in plus a three-run homer = 7 run inning.  Four runs already in plus two-run double = 6 run inning).
  • No bunting.
  • No inside-the-park home runs in the Adult Competitive Division.   The maximum number of bases a batter can reach on a hit that does not clear the fence is three.
  • No extra base on an overthrow.  If a runner stops at first, second or third, they will remain there even if the ball rolls away.
  • Once the ball is returned to the pitcher, all runners must stop at the base they are currently at or running towards.
  • Base runners may not lead off.
  • Stealing second and third bases is permitted, after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand.  No stealing of home plate.
  • A player will receive one warning per season about throwing the bat.  Each time thereafter will be an automatic out.
  • There is no infield fly rule.
  • All batters and base runners must wear helmets.
  • The Youth Competitive Division uses plastic bats.
  • Adult Competitive Division players may use aluminum and wood bats.
  • All-games are played with a soft, baseball-size Easton Incrediball.
  • Standard Major League Baseball rules will be followed for all other plays.
  • Although volunteer support will be available, we ask that players wishing to join this division are able to bat and field independently and follow directions to stay on task.

*NOTE* – The Miracle League of Arizona staff will determine the suitability/skill level for participants 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.

Newcomers looking have an athlete participate, you can click HERE to create a registration account with us, and join our mailing list. Please call our office at (480) 686-8137 should you have any questions!

Interested Volunteers, please go to our Volunteer Page for information on submitting an application.