Newcastle Baseball

Background Photos Courtesy of Washington State History Museum and Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

Levels of Play

Shetland (Ages 4-6)
Focuses on instruction of the beginning player. Players learn the fundamentals of baseball. Game play is based on the player using a batting tee. A Safe-soft ball is used for safety. All team members bat and play the field each inning. No game score or standings are kept. When possible, players are assigned to teams with their schoolmates. Each player receives a baseball jersey and a hat. (If your son or daughter is not yet 5 please send an inquiry to board@newcastlebaseball.com

Pinto (Ages 7-8)
Players continue to learn the basic fundamentals of baseball with an introduction to more advanced concepts. A modified pitching structure is used until either a strikeout is recorded or six balls are delivered. This is a "coach-pitch" division. There are no walks. A Safe-soft ball is used for safety. The score is kept during games. When possible, players are assigned to teams with their schoolmates. Each player receives a baseball jersey and a hat.

Mustang (Ages 9-10)
Players begin training in the complete game of baseball. Games are played with regulation baseballs, base stealing is permitted; leadoffs, and pitching from the stretch are introduced. Teams are formed by a draft. The regular season includes games with teams from within the same division . Interlock games against teams from other leagues may also be played. There is an end of season tournament. Players may try out for the summer tournament team.

Bronco (Ages 11-12)
Players continue their development in the complete game of baseball. The diamond is extended to 70 feet and the pitching mound is 48 feet. There is a stricter enforcement of balks. Teams are formed by a draft. The regular season includes games with teams from within the same division . Interlock games against teams from other leagues may also be played. There is an end of season tournament. Players may try out for the summer tournament team.

Pony (Ages 13-14)
Players continue their development in the complete game of baseball. The diamond is extended to 80 feet and the pitching mound is 54 feet. Divisions are made up of similar caliber teams. The regular season includes games with teams from within the same division . Interlock games against teams from other leagues may also be played.

Colt (Ages 15-16)
High School Junior Varsity level baseball with a focus on instruction and competition. Teams will play regular season games in the Colt division of Pony baseball, games against local select teams and enter local and regional tournaments. Competitive tryouts are held in August and May.

Palomino (Ages 17-18)
High School Varsity level baseball with a focus on a high level of competition. Teams will play regular season games in the Palomino division of Pony baseball, games against local select teams and enter highly competitive local and regional tournaments. Competitive tryouts are held in August and May.