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Majors Baseball - 12U

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 11 or 12 years old on April 30th shall be eligible to play in the Majors division. A player review and draft process may be held to form teams or equalize skills across teams. The Majors level is both competitive and instructional with admittedly more emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game than at the Minors level. Coaches focus on fielding a competitive team while also providing the players with a fun learning experience. All players are ensured playing time. Players should focus on refining their baseball skills with a strong emphasis on speed and consistency. Games are umpired by a hired umpire. At this level, the difference between an average player and a good player is the ability to consistently execute the required skills quickly.

Players in the Majors level should:

  • Advanced TEAM Concepts, including on-time to practice and games, prepared to play baseball (including the preparation, function and organization of individual safety equipment in the dugout)
  • Advanced warm up and training techniques
  • Understand how to go back on a fly ball
  • Correct base coverage receiving a throw or fielding a ball
  • Covering bases and correct defensive position back up
  • Properly execute a double play (turn the ball quickly)
  • Execute a rundown (pickle) - both as a runner and a fielder
  • If applicable, correct pitching/catching mechanics including coverage of the plate, wild pitches, and throwing out base runners
  • Outfield use of a relay for plays at the plate
  • Show proper batting stance, bat position, and swing execution
  • Reasonable competence in making contact with the ball
  • Know the difference between bunting for a base hit and a sacrifice bunt
  • Demonstrate proper base running techniques including:
    • Exploding off the base after the ball crosses the plate
    • When to tag up vs. going half way
    • Proper sliding techniques
    • Know what can happen after a ball is caught in foul territory
    • Dropped 3rd strike
  • Always show good Sportsmanship on and off the field (no bad mouthing other players

Game/Practice Days:

  • TBD (30 days prior to HVAA scheduled opening day)


  • $80/player



River Valley League Baseball Rules

Due to limited in house team numbers, the River Valley Baseball/Softball League was created in 2018 with a purpose of expanding play to other neighboring communities. These communities include, and may not be limited to, Greenwich, Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Schuylerville. Teams will host games and travel to other communities during the Spring sports season.


Provided Equipment:

  • T-shirt and hat
  • Little League standard baseballs
  • Bats - view bat rules
  • Batting helmets with facemask.

Equipment Needed:

  • Baseball pants (no jeans or shorts)
  • Baseball glove size 12 to 13½
  • Cup must be worn for catcher. Optional for field player.
  • Rubber cleats
  • (Optional) Some parents or players choose to purchase their own batting helmet for comfort
  • (Optional) Individual bat and/or gear bag

Contact Us

Hoosic Valley Athletic Association

P.O. Box 281 
Valley Falls, New York 12185

Email Us: [email protected]
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