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Bloomington Junior League Baseball Association

Minor (9-10)

Minor (9-10)

 The playing age of each child shall be determined by the player’s age on April 30th of the current year. Further playing age information can be found in the By-Laws under Article II.

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the Bloomington Junior League 9 & 10 year old Minor Division is to provide a competitive environment for the game of youth baseball. The objective is to expand on the development of basic baseball skills through advanced techniques and initiation of proper execution. Games will be played according to Cal Ripken League regulations with minor BJLBA modifications. Primary goals will include: understanding of rules and strategies, teamwork and unity, encouraging a competitive spirit, promoting fair play, and positive character development in winning and losing.

The following ideas are helpful in understanding the BJLBA Minor division mission statement.

Character Development

Fair Play
 – A coach should promote the idea of fair play at all times.

Team Unity 
– A coach should stress group involvement to foster teamwork and a sense of belonging for all members of the team.

Self Confidence 
– Children possess different levels of skill and potential. One child may be able to hit a home run while another, at best, struggles to develop a swing. A coach should acknowledge each child’s accomplishments based on their potential and ability. Positive reinforcement develops self-confidence.

 – Practice time at this age is best used on basic fundamentals of hitting, throwing, catching, and base running. Drills should be fun and challenging. With the aid of parents, skill stations of 3 or 4 players can provide much needed repetition. Drills should be fun and challenging. Player Pitchers are used in this division and special care should be exercised in the development of their arms.

– Offensive and Defensive strategies become a more important part of the game, adding to the mental challenge of competing.

 – This division is competitive. Friendly competition is encouraged.

 – Children should now understand the role of discipline as it relates to interacting with teammates, practicing and attaining goals.

– Get the players excited about baseball and feeling they are an important part of the team.