Whitney Little League operates a Fall Baseball season. These programs run from approximately Labor Day until the week after Halloween.
Each Fall Ball division is open to all players who will be playing in that same division the following spring season. Thus, Fall Ball is a great opportunity for younger players who will be moving up an age division to accustom themselves to the more demanding game. It is also a great opportunity for 2nd year kids in these divisions to get extra reps and continued coaching so that they can continue to develop their baseball skill sets.
Fall Ball is designed as a developmental league. Fall Ball is a series of practice sessions and fun scrimmage games focusing on game fundamentals and skills instruction. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and sharpen existing skills in a less competitive environment than the regular spring season. Games are played but scores are not recorded and standings are not kept. Players are encouraged to try new and different positions. Unlike the spring league, there is no draft or assessments for Fall Ball. Any local youth is eligible to register and participate. Prior baseball or little league experience is not required.
FAQ: Fall Ball
Why should my son/daughter play in Fall Ball?
Fall Ball is great for all divisions. More reps = more consistent performance. If your son or daughter is moving from one younger division to the next older division, or plan on challenging to the next level, Fall Ball can be a great way for them to learn the new rule sets of that division giving them a great head start on the next season. This is especially helpful for players aging into minor A & majors because these divisions are where the most amount of rule changes take place and new skills are developed.
What will they learn? How will they be inspired? How will they grow?
Fall Ball is great because as the emphasis is on player development, players are given more opportunities to develop skills at positions they desire to grow at. This also makes the game a little more fun. Fall Ball also gives them the ability to get some consistency throughout the year rather than playing baseball for 3 month (during spring season) then taking 9 months off and planning on being just as good the next spring season.
How will this affect their childhood baseball years?
If you talk to any trainer in any sport, more quality reps = more consistent performance. Ultimately it comes down to the player, but they are entering a season where they can more refine their craft.
On the fence about Fall Ball?
Typically, if you are on the fence it is because you are concerned about the schedule or your child's commitment. Ultimately it is dependent on your individual child's desire to play baseball. This is why fall ball is so advantageous. As it allows kids to enjoy other sports and continue to grow in baseball as well as the commitment is on Sunday afternoons and possibly Friday evenings. If you are still having a difficult time about making a decision, ask yourself this: "Will a season like this allow my player to develop some confidence which will allow them to enjoy the game more?" If that answer is yes, you should seriously consider joining.