Brookline Baseball & Softball exists to offer quality youth baseball and softball programs to the children of Haverford Township, Pennsylvania. Brookline offers baseball and softball programs for boys and girls ages 4-12. The league seeks to offer solid, competitive ball for all children regardless of their ability. Some of the rules governing participation are amended to create a greater sense of fairness and inclusiveness for all players without regard to their ability. Brookline Baseball & Softball strives to keep an appropriate perspective so that winning does not become the only goal. Improved play in a supportive environment is the overriding goal.
The Brookline-Westgate Hills Merger on September 1, 2015 greatly expands the geographic area of our league. To continue the "neighborhood" feel of our younger leagues, children in our CO-ED and ROOKIE (instructional) leagues will be assigned to teams based on their family's residence, with games at either Chatham Park Elementary School or Westgate Park. Childen in the older (softball and baseball) leagues will be assigned to teams via our league-wide draft in March, 2016 and will play at Police Field, Genthert Field, or other Brookline facilities.
Tee-Ball League (4 years old— boys & girls born 5/1/11 to 4/30/12)
First sessions will be instructional with small groups working on very basic skills; fielding ground balls, proper throwing technique, and beginning batting. The field of play will be introduced along with base running. After this instructional period, the players will form teams and begin a schedule of Tee-Ball games. All children receive an equal opportunity to bat and play in the field. Parents are needed to participate and to help create an enjoyable, supportive, instructional, and non-competitive atmosphere.
Farm League (5- and 6-year-old girls, 5-year-old boys—girls born 1/1/09-4/30/11, boys born 5/1/10-4/30/11)
This league builds upon the learning stressed in Tee-ball. The basics of the sport are stressed: proper hitting technique, beginning base running, defensive positions in the field of play, fielding a hit ball, force-outs at first base, etc. Players face “live” pitching from a coach or parent. The pitching is a "soft toss" so the players can develop the skill of hitting a moving ball. After attempts at hitting four (4) pitched balls, each player would switch to hitting off a batting tee for the duration of their at-bat. All children receive an equal opportunity to bat and play in the field. Parents are needed to participate and to help create an enjoyable, supportive, instructional, and non-competitive atmosphere. Girls born 1/1/2009-4/30/2009 with two prior years in Farm are welcome to register for Rookie Girls.
Our Rookie leagues are focused on developing playing skills (pitching, batting, fielding, throwing, baserunning) in a less competitive instructional environment. With this primary goal in mind, games in Rookies are not umpired, no standings are kept, and there are no end-of-season playoffs.
Rookie Boys Baseball (6 and 7 years old—boys born 5/1/08 to 4/30/10)
An introduction to team play with emphasis on further skill development. A pitching machine is used to provide more consistent pitching to help the boys develop more confidence in their batting. Fielding skills are also stressed as the ball is put into play more frequently. While competitiveness begins to develop in boys, a learning environment is the goal. This is also a less competitive, learning environment with no standings kept and no playoffs.
Rookie Girls Softball (7*-8 years old—girls born in 2007 or 2008)
For developmental reasons, a pitching machine is used to ensure consistent pitching, but "girl-pitching" is introduced toward the close of the season. This is designed to postpone player-pitching until the girls are better prepared and to help build the girls' confidence in their batting and pitching skills. Windmill pitching clinics will be offered to help us introduce limited girl-pitching in May. Fundamental skills will be stressed in an enjoyable non-competitive environment. All girls receive awards at season's end. *Girls born between Jan 1 and Apr 30, 2009 who have already completed 2 years of Farm League participation are welcome to register for Rookie Girls.
Baseball Leagues play a full schedule of games with paid professional umpires, with standings determining the seeding for the end-of-season playoffs, culminating in a league championship in early June.
Prep League (8 years old—boys born 5/1/07 to 4/30/08)
The season will begin with the 3 innings of boy-pitch and 3 innings hitting off the machine, on May 1st one additional inning of live pitching will be added. To prepare the players for the skill of pitching, all players will be invited to attend a 2-session pre-season pitching clinic. In order to pitch during the Prep season, players MUST complete the pitching clinic. There will be a designated game during which all clinic attendees will be guaranteed to pitch, subject to league rules. The boy is expected to pitch the ball reasonably near the plate in order to pitch in future games. This league introduces the boys to competitive baseball and there is a single-elimination playoff at season’s end. Games are played at Genthert Field, Police Field, Westgate Park, or Chatham Elementary.
Minor League (9-10 years old—boys born 5/1/05 to 4/30/07)
This league introduces the boys to full competitive baseball. Basic rules of baseball are followed with some exceptions. Bases are set 60’ apart and the pitcher’s rubber is 46’ from home plate. Players pitch the entire game and base stealing in introduced. Modifications include: pitchers limited to a maximum of two innings per game and all boys bat in consecutive order throughout the game. Games are six innings long and each player must play in the field for a minimum of three innings. Games are played at the Police Field or Genthert Field.
Major League (11-12 years old—boys born 5/1/03 to 4/30/05)
Starting with the 2014 Season, the Major Boys league introduced advanced baseball to its in-house program. Major League rules are used with some modifications. Bases are set at 70’ and the pitcher’s plate at 50'. Base runners are permitted to take leads and pitchers learn to hold runners closer by using the “stretch” pitch delivery. The “dropped-third-strike” rule has been added. All players continue to bat in order throughout the game and must play a defensive position for a minimum of three innings. Free substitution is still allowed except for the pitching. Pitchers are subject to a pitch count to avoid the risk of overuse. Games last seven innings. Rosters are limited to maximize each player’s opportunity to play. Games are played at the Police Field or Genthert Field.
Bandits Travel Baseball Teams (separate 10-year-old, 11-year-old, & 12-year-old teams)
Brookline is for the fourth year fielding competitive travel baseball teams with a schedule of games against other teams from Southeast Pennsylvania that will run concurrently with Brookline's regular season. See our Bandits Baseball webpage for more information.
Softball Leagues play a full schedule of games with paid professional umpires, with standings determining the seeding for the end-of-season playoffs, culminating in a league championship in early June.
Minor League 9* and 10 years old—girls born in 2005 or 2006)
This league is an introduction to actual competitive softball. Girls begin to pitch the entire 6-inning games. More advanced skills are stressed to create an enjoyable but more competitive experience. Girls bat in consecutive order and play in the field a minimum of three innings. Playoffs are held at the end of the season. Some inter-league play might be arranged. Games are played at Genthert Field, Police Field, Chatham Park Elementary, or Westgate Park. *8-year old girls who have already completed 2 years of Rookie Girls participation are welcome to register for Minor Girls.
Major League (11 and 12 years old—girls born in 2003 or 2004)
This league is designed to introduce the girls to a fully competitive style of play. The regular (Amateur Softball Association of America) rules of softball are used with limited modifications. All girls bat in consecutive order throughout the game. Windmill pitching, base-stealing and sliding skills are stressed to create further learning and greater excitement. Games last seven innings. Brookline teams participate in inter-league play with teams from Hilltop. Home games are played at Genthert Field or Police "A" Field.
Girls DelVal Travel Teams (10U; 12U)
Brookline offers competitive travel softball teams, Blazers Softball, with schedules of games against teams from around Delaware County that run concurrently with Brookline's regular season. Girls must be registered to play in-house softball for Brookline to be eligible for the Blazers, and tryouts (in January) are mandatory. See our Blazers Softball webpage for more information.