Other Sports Little League making efforts to keep kids in baseball Little League Baseball is changing some rules and adding new programs in an effort to keep kids playing the game. by Staff Post January 13, 2010 All over the country, Little League baseball programs have been losing kids. Some kids are choosing to play other sports like soccer, others are choosing to play video games instead. Some children really love the game of baseball but feel they can not play when they get to a certain age because the field becomes to big for them. Little League Baseball has come up with a plan they think will help these children and keep them more involved in the sport. Currently the Little League division for 11 and 12 year olds is played on a field with 60 foot base paths and a 46 foot pitching distance. The next level up, 13 and 14 year olds, uses professional regulation fields, meaning 90 foot base paths and a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Thats quite a jump and I can see why some children may be overwhelmed. Local programs have been losing young ball players for two reason other then to other sports. Some kids are moving to teams that travel more and use an intermediate size field because they feel the smaller field is not enough of a challenge. Other children are dropping out of baseball completely because the big field is to much for them to handle at their age. The new program Little League is starting for 12 and 13 year olds will use an intermediate size field. This will hopefully ease the transition between the smaller field and the larger professional size field. This new division will use a pitching distance of 50 feet and 70 foot base paths. This is the first new division in Little League baseball since 1989. Little League has been in decline in the United States despite its growth in international countries. Little League baseball is hoping this new division will keep children interested in the game. If this new program gains enough interest, it could have its own tournament similar to the Little League World Series, by 2011. Post Views: 725 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Staff Post Latest posts by Staff Post (see all) The Essential Resources You Need to Start Your Own Gym in 2020 - February 6, 2020 Wilder vs Fury II – How the second fight will be different to the first? - February 5, 2020 Early turnovers, defensive struggles plague the Scarlet Knights - January 26, 2020 DGS Staff Reflects on Favorite 2019 Metro-Area Sports Moments - December 31, 2019 Related TopicsBaseballLittle Leagueyouth sports Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Headlines Trending Videos Hockey Devils Hire Lindy Ruff Around the Nation You Know I’m Right, Episode 22: ESPN Radio New Lineup, Mahomes, MLB COVID-19 Testing (Audio) College Ivy League Cancels Fall Sports, Big Ten Seeking Modified Football Schedule Baseline Jumper Baseline Jumper, Episode 129: Who’s Coming to Orlando and Who Isn’t (Audio) FACES Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football GAMING 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions: Play-In Round Baseball Changes Fans Need to Know About the 2020 MLB Season Around the Nation You Know I’m Right, Episode 20: MLB And Craig Carton Are Back (Audio) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) FACES Women in Sports Interview Series: National Lacrosse League Host & Producer, Devan Kaney (VIDEO) Football “Overtime” – Ep. 43: New York Guardians 2020 Season Opener (Video) BIZ “Overtime” – Ep. 40: NY Raptors Thanksgiving Classic 2019 (VIDEO) Podcasts More in Other Sports You Know I’m Right, Episode 22: ESPN Radio New Lineup, Mahomes, MLB COVID-19 Testing (Audio) On the 22nd episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese discuss: ESPN Radio’s... “Ticket to Ride” Campaign Benefits Fantastic Friends of WNY PLB Sports and Entertainment (PBLSE), the creator of Flutie Flakes, has joined the “Ticket... New York Lizards, Major League Lacrosse Eye July Return The New York Lizards will open their 20th season against the Boston Cannons on... Angelo DeSalvo Enjoys Successful Career in Coaching High School Football Growing up in New Milford, New Jersey, Angelo DeSalvo enjoyed playing a multitude of... New Jersey school has the #1 High School Football team Is money affecting youth baseball?