About Lenape Valley Baseball Association
LVBA is a volunteer-run Baseball Association for ages 4-35. We do not offer softball (please contact www.lvsoftball.org). In 2016 LVBA fielded 45 teams with approximately 500 roster positions.
The LVBA Board of Directors is always looking for hard workers, and creative thinkers. Please look for our VOLUNTEER LINK after every section to find out more how you can become part of the LVBA Board.
Board Meetings are usually held the fourth Thursday of the month. A General Meeting and Board of Directors Election Meeting is held in late October or early November. The December meeting is usually held in early December. The current meeting place is Borghi's Restaurant, (at the intersection 202 and 152 North) at 8:00 pm. Please check the homepage for upcoming meeting dates and times.
LVBA participates in the following divisions/leagues:
In House Baseball
- Youth Baseball/Small Field LVBA participates in Little League Baseball at this level (referred to as In-House) - ages 4-12
- Inter Township League or ITL (sometimes referred to as Juniors (ages 13-15), or Seniors (ages 16-18) - Though part of our in-house program, teams do travel to local communities.
Teams are formed in mid to late March, and teams begin practicing in late March/early April. Games begin in early April and run through the end of school. There is usually one game midweek, and one on the weekend, mostly Saturdays. Seniors ITL plays on Sundays. Games are played at Swartley Winkelman Field, Chestnut Street Park, Unami Middle School, and North Branch Park.
In House Baseball fees are set annually by the Board of Directors. Registration deadlines vary by year and are created to allow for preparation for the season and the purchase of uniforms.
- STBL-Suburban Travel Baseball League (referred to as Travel) - ages 8-15
- Connie Mack Baseball - ages 13-16 (http://bmcm.homestead.com)
- American Legion Baseball. Lenape Valley Baseball does not have its own American Legion Baseball program. However, some LVBA players (those living in New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough) are eligible to try out for the Lansdale Canoneers American Legion Baseball team. This is a change from 2011: New Britain Borough and New Britain Township were formerly part of Warrington American Legion Baseball, but have been moved to Lansdale. Other LVBA players, living in Warrington, are part of the Warrington American Legion Program. Please check the Bux Mont American Legion Website to see which team you are eligible to tryout for. (http://www.eteamz.com/buxmontlegion/)
- Fall Ball - Ages 7-13
- Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament
Registration for LVBA is an online process through our website. Spring registration is usually late December through mid-February, though roster spots are on a first come first served basis dictated by the number of players signed up and the managers available. Registration announcements are sent via email. To Join Our Email List: https://leagueathletics.com/JoinEmailList.asp?org=lvbaseball.org.
2017 Season Registration
Registration for the 2017 Spring Season will begin on or before January 1, 2017 at www.lvbaseball.org.
LV Baseball Registration is completely online at this website. Please see the Registration tab above.
Only those players registered by February 19, 2017 will be guaranteed placement on our teams.
February 20, 2017 will begin our Late Registration/Wait List process. Placement on a team at this point will be on a first come-first served basis, based on our roster needs.
Our 2017 LVBA registration rates are shown below. In addition, each family is required to purchase ONE $50 book of raffle tickets worth $50. Sell all the raffle tickets and you keep the $50.00.
The raffle helps us make capital improvements that benefit the organization.
Prizes for the Raffle tickets will be
A drawing will be held at Closing Ceremonies to determine the prize winners.
First Child (age 7-up) 2017- $165 (includes $50 in raffle Tickets to be sold)
Second Child (age 7-up) 2017- $115
Third Child 2017- $90
Fourth Child and over FREE
Travel Baseball $160.00
Refunds are specifically covered in our bylaws:
E. Refunds of the registration fee must be made in writing to the LVBA President and must be submitted prior to March 15th (spring season.) Additional fees (i.e. online fees) will not be refunded. No refunds will be issued after March 15th.
Refunds are generally available (less a $5.00 administrative fee) before a player has been placed on a team. Once a player is placed on a team, any change of the roster may be disruptive to the competitive balance of the team, and refunds will be discussed based on individual circumstances.
Youth baseball/Small Field, Travel and ITL regular seasons run from early-April to mid-June. Excessive rainouts may extend the seasons/playoffs.
Connie Mack regular season begins in late May and ends in mid July.
Fall Ball takes place during September and October and sometimes early November.
- Ages 4-6: either 50 or 60 foot distance base paths
- Ages 7-10: 46 feet pitching distance/60 foot base path distance Fields
- Ages 11-12: 50 feet pitching distance/70 foot base path distance Fields
- Ages 13 & up: Major League sized fields (60 feet 6 inches pitching distance/90 foot base paths)
Youth Baseball/Small Field/In-House is our intramural league that forms teams to play against LVBA members only, in divisions broken up primarily by age, with rules designed to slowly evolve the emphasis from fun, to learning, to playing to win, without ever losing sight of fun and sportsmanship. Essentially a pay-to-play setup, we make every effort to find room for everyone, and form balanced teams, based on the number of players registered. There are rules for minimum playing time in each division. Pitchers are limited by our pitch, or inning, count rules, determined by the leagues we play in, or by additional rules created by LVBA. It is the parent's responsibility to work in conjunction with the player's managers and coaches, and be aware of the pitch count rules, to assure pitcher's arms are protected. Pitch count rules can be found in the separate rules for each division.(Rules)
Playing Up/Playing Down
LVBA reserves the right to move players up or down in divisions, despite the players age, to provide the safest, most appropriate playing environment for all players. Requests made to play up or play down will be considered by the division commissioner, the player agent and the league president, based on previous years manager evaluations, personal knowledge, further inquiries and, most importantly, space availability.
The Youth Baseball/Small Field (please note: link to the LVBAs division-specific rules):
(Playing age is players age on August 31st)
Single A Division (ages 4-6)
Though listed as Tee Ball on Registration, this division may be divided into an American and National League to account for development within this age group. The American League Division is a tee ball league, and the National League Division is for the older and/or more advanced players, where coach pitch is introduced. New players are placed on teams by the Commissioner either randomly or based on any knowledge we have of their abilities, and returning players are placed on teams by the division commissioner, based on the previous years' manager evaluations. Games are played usually one weekday and one Saturday game per week from early April to the end of school. Practices are at the discretion of the manager, and based on field availability. No score is kept and having fun and learning the very basics of the game is the primary objective. ( Single A-AL Rules Link) (A-NL Rules Link)
Double A Division (ages 7-8)
This division may be divided into an American and National League to account for development within this age group if registration allows. The American League Division is a coach pitch league, and the National League Division is for the older and/or more advanced players, where kid pitch is introduced. Teams are formed by the Commissioner, based on the previous years manager evaluations. Games are played usually one weekday and one Saturday game per week from early April to the end of school. Practices are at the discretion of the manager, and based on field availability. Individual game scores are kept but no standings are maintained and having fun and expanding on the basics of the game is the primary objective. Winning is part of the learning process, but there is no playoff tournament in this division. Pitchers in the National League Division are restricted by pitch count rules which we track as a league. There is an All Star Game for both AA-AL and AA-NL. After the season an 8-year old Tournament team may be formed to play in summer tournaments. (AA-AL Rules Link) (AA-NL Rules Link)
Triple A Division (ages 9-10)
This is the first level of baseball where winning becomes weighted by a seeded tournament at the end of the season. All teams make the playoffs and play in a double elimination tournament where the Champion and Finalist teams receive individual player trophies. The managers, based on the previous years manager evaluations, draft players onto teams. Games are played usually one weekday (often Tuesday or Wednesday) and one Saturday game per week from early April to the end of school. Practices are at the discretion of the manager, and based on field availability. While there is still an emphasis on fun, winning becomes the underlying objective of every game and managers and coaches are encouraged to begin the process of teaching more advanced baseball. Scores and standings are kept and pitchers are restricted by pitch count rules, which we track, as a league. It is the parent's responsibility to work in conjunction with the player's managers and coaches, and be aware of the pitch count rules, to assure pitcher's arms are protected. Pitch count rules can be found in the Triple A Rules which are linked below.
After the in-house post-season tournament, a 9-year old Tournament team may be formed to play in summer tournaments, and a 10-year old Little League District Tournament team is formed from the best players in the Division, and may compete in summer tournaments and Little League District play up to the state level. (AAA-Rules Link)
Majors Division (ages 11-12)
Commonly referred to as Majors baseball. While fun, sportsmanship and learning are always high priorities for LVBA, at this level of baseball winning remains weighted by a seeded tournament at the end of the season. All teams make the playoffs and play in a double elimination tournament where the Champion and Finalist teams receive individual player trophies. Players are drafted onto teams by the managers, based on the previous years manager evaluations. Games are played usually one weekday (often Tuesday or Wednesday) and one Saturday game per week from early April to the end of school. Practices are at the discretion of the manager, and based on field availability. While there is still an emphasis on fun, winning becomes the objective of every game and managers and coaches are encouraged to continue the process of teaching more advanced baseball. Scores and standings are kept and pitchers are restricted by pitch count rules, which we track, as a league. It is the parent's responsibility to work in conjunction with the player's managers and coaches, and be aware of the pitch count rules, to assure pitcher's arms are protected. Pitch count rules can be found in the Majors Rules which are linked below.
After the in-house post-season tournament, 11-year old and 12-year old Little League District Tournament teams may be formed from the best players in the Division, and compete in summer tournaments, Little League District play, and beyond.
Inter Township League / ITL / Juniors & Seniors (ages 13-18) play continues the In-House program after players leave Youth Baseball/Small Field. The biggest change here is the move to the major league size field (90' bases and 60'6" pitching distance). It is here that we see our largest decline in registration, from around 9-10 Little League Majors teams to about 4-5 Juniors (age 13-15) teams.
Juniors (13-15) and Seniors (16-18) division are again pay to play, but these teams travel to local communities. LVBA is usually in a division with Plumstead, Doylestown and Deep Run. Juniors play mostly Tuesday and Saturdays, and Seniors generally Wednesdays and Sundays from early April to the end of school. Home games are typically played at North Branch Park or Unami Middle School Varsity Baseball Field. ITL has rules for minimum playing time. (ITL-Rules Link)
Travel Baseball League (ages 8-15) is a more competitive league in which LVBA fields teams to play on Friday evenings and Sundays from early April to the end of school. These games are played against local communities, mostly within a 45-minute driving radius. Only LVBA In-House players are eligible to try out for Travel teams, though players who make their school baseball team may opt out of In House Baseball. The number of teams per division is determined by the number of managers and players available, and then teams are selected by managers based on player skills. Some 12 & under age divisions have A and B breakdowns based on skill that play only against like teams (A vs. A, B vs. B), while the older divisions allow multiple teams per division and LVBA will determine, as needed, how the players will be distributed in those divisions. Travel baseball has no minimum playing time, but LVBA by-laws supercede these rules and require limited mandatory participation. Travel tryouts are held in the fall prior to the upcoming season and invitations are sent via email.
Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament (referred to as the Cooperstown Teams) is an independent, for-profit business near Coopers-town, NY where for a per-child-fee, 100 teams from around the country spend a specified week at the CDP facility and play at least 7 games. LVBA has two grandfather certificates for separate weeks to this tournament and once a manager is chosen for this team (through an LVBA bylaws-regulated process), it is up to the manager to form a team willing, and able, to pay for this experience. LVBA players and parents spend months fundraising to pay for their trips, and most families turn this into a family vacation, renting hotels, homes or camping in the area. Manager selection has historically gone to Travel coaches who have coached a team through the LVBA-STBL system. Access to this tournament is not limited to the LVBA controlled certificates. Anyone can apply and form a team to go, but there is a waiting list. Plan ahead several years to try to get a certificate. (http://www.cooperstowndreamspark.com)
Connie Mack (ages 13-16) Lenape Valley Connie Mack competes in the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League. The A-team plays to qualify for the State Connie Mack Tournament. Any combination of B1, B, C1 and C teams play in their own divisions and have their own post-season playoff tournaments. LVBA determines which teams to form based on the number of players that register at each of the age/skill levels. Teams are formed by manager selection starting with the A-team, and working down to the C team(s). The only limitation to a players eligibility to play is their age, which limits how far down a player can play. LVBA makes every effort to place players on a team, but will do so based more heavily on ability, not age. Connie Mack has no minimum playing time rules. Please note that boundary lines for Connie Mack vary slightly from our current small-field inhouse league (Little League). If a player finds that he has played LVBA but lives in another Connie Mack boundary he may have a choice to play either LV Connie Mack or for the team where he lives. Please contact an LVBA Connie Mack Board member for more information. (http://bmcm.homestead.com/)
Senior Connie Mack (ages 17-35) LVBA fielded a Senior Connie Mack team in 2011. There is an opportunity to continue this program within LVBA if a coach steps forward to put together a team.
Fall Ball (ages 7-13) A less formal fall league is offered from September to early November with emphasis on development and staying sharp. Playing age is based on child's age as of September 1, 2017.
What Equipment Do I Need?
- Batting helmets, catchers equipment and catchers mitts, and baseballs are provided.
- Uniforms (Hats and T-Shirts) are provided as part of the registration fee for all divisions.
- Players supply their own cleats, glove(s) and bat(s). Each League we participate in has their own rules regarding bat sizes that are subject to change from year to year.
- ITL currently allows wood bats or BBCOR rated bats
- Metal cleats are allowed on the 90 Field. (Age 13 and up)
Fees are not guaranteed to remain the same. They are reviewed annually by the LVBA Board.