Major League (12 & Under) Baseball

Major League 12U baseball is played within the Auckland Baseball Association league under Little League rules.  Games are played on a junior diamond – with 70’ base-paths and a 50' pitching distance. Many players at this age have played through the 10U grade, however we also get many new players joining. These new players are taught skills first and soon learn the game. 

All kids, boys and girls, are welcome to register.  This grade is about learning the game, having fun, and some competition. Games are scored and team & player results are tracked on My Ball Club.

For the 2023/2024 season we hope to field teams of between 12-14 players.

Season Details: Registrations open in August,  Pre-Season training starts in September, with Season Training kicking off in early October, games start in late October.  ABA league breaks for Christmas resuming in mid January.  The season ends in late March or early April, with the Baseball New Zealand National Championship tournament generally in March/April.  

Age: For the 2023/20243 season players please see AGE CHART

Note: dispensations are not permitted to play down a grade.

What you need: All players are supplied with a club jersey for games, which must be returned at the end of the season.  If you would like to order a jersey with your name and number printed on it, they can be ordered here .

Players will need to provide the following equipment - see the guys at The Fieldhouse or The Dugout.

  • Cap - these can be purchased from our Tuck Shop or requested here.

  • Pants – grey baseball pants

  • Belt - Dark blue

  • Glove – players will need their own baseball glove. They do not need a glove that reflects their preferred playing position, but may prefer one such as a smaller infielders glove or larger outfielders glove. 

  • Shoes – Players may wear sneakers, football boots or baseball cleats, although cleats are not compulsory. No metal cleats are allowed.

  • Male players require a box / athletic protector - Auckland and New Zealand baseball rules require every male player to wear a box / athletic support. 

  • Optional – some players like to have their own bats, helmets or catchers gear. This is fine as long as it is suitable for the game – your coach will be able to advise on this. Please check first as equipment such as softball bats will not be allowed in the game. 

All other gear & equipment is provided by the club, including bats, batting helmets, catchers gear, balls etc. 

Training: Training is twice weekly for 90 minutes. - Tuesday & Thursday starting at 5.30pm.  Tuesday training is a skills based session with players in other youth grades. Skill stations will be set up with players being placed in ability groups to enable greater player development.  Thursday training sessions will be grade or team-based sessions, with team coaches.

Games: All home games are generally played on the #3 Junior Diamond at Crossfield Reserve, Glendowie.  12U games are typically held on Saturday Afternoon's at 1.30pm. 

Away games will be played during the season at other clubs from Hamilton to Orewa.  A schedule will be available closer to the season start date.

Cost: $225 for the season including your Training Shirt.  Fees cover equipment, field maintenance, ABA & BNZ Affiliation fees.

Safety: Many of the rules of baseball, particularly at the younger age groups are focused on player safety.  12U grade umpires will enforce these rules to ensure player safety.

Want to help out?  This grade is particularly good for parents getting to know the game. Get involved and support your team as a scorer, umpire, team manager, game-day coach or assistant coach. Just comment in your registration or let us know.

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