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The NCBSA conducts a wide range of programs for boys and
girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade who are
interested in playing baseball and softball. Participation is limited to New Castle Residents, or children enrolled in the Chappaqua School System.
Players school grade, not age, determine the division they will play in for all our Recreational programs. There are more specific age guidelines for the Travel Team Programs, and are driven by the leagues that they play in. The Recreational team coaches will provide details of these and more Travel program information during the season if they are not specifiied below.
The philosophy of the NCBSA towards our Spring recreation
program is to provide a participatory program in which children with
all levels of ability can learn and play baseball and softball
safely, with as much fun as possible. Our emphasis is on the
teaching and development of fundamentals skills, and not on
competition. We expect all players to be accorded equal playing
time and to be given the opportunity to try playing different
positions in the field, regardless of ability, and we expect our
coaches and, in turn, our parents to help provide a safe, joyful and
nurturing playing environment for our kids.
Our Spring baseball and softball seasons run from early
April until mid June. We have over 1,000 children participating on
over 90 teams in our Spring program. The Spring seasons are
intended to be participatory in nature -- we hope that all players,
regardless of ability, can have fun playing ball. Our emphasis is
on skill development and the invaluable lessons that participation
in youth sports programs can provide -- sportsmanship, team work,
and camaraderie. Our program is organized into several Divisions,
primarily by grade level, as described below:
Our entry level program for both boys and girls ages 5 and 6 who are in Kindergarten. We try to introduce the
fundamentals of throwing, catching and the basic rules of playing
the game. Hitting is done off of a batting tee. We conduct sessions
once a week on Sunday afternoons. Sessions typically involve a
45-minute practice followed by a 45-minute scrimmage against another
team, where each team bats through the order. Commencing with the
2006 season, we created separate boys and girls Developmental
A continuation of our entry level program for boys and girls ages 6 and 7 who are in 1st grade. Hitting is also done off of a batting
tee, and again, sessions are once a week on Sunday afternoons. As
with the entry program, we have created separate boys and girls
Developmental 1st grade divisions commencing with the
For all three of our youth Baseball divisions (2nd to 6th grades), the season begins with a series of 3-5
practices. Thereafter, each team (other than in the Juniors
Division) has 2 games and 1 practice per week, until the last two
weeks of the season when we schedule games only. We do not keep
team records or standings during the season in an effort to
de-emphasize winning and losing. With the exception of the Majors
American division, there are no playoffs. Our youth division teams
play on Little League size fields – base paths of 60 feet and
pitching distance of 46 feet.
Juniors - 2nd grade - At this level we
introduce a pitching machine that is run by coaches during games and
practices. There are no walks. Other than for the rules relating
to the pitching machine, the games are played consistent with
regular Little League baseball rules (e.g., 3 outs to an inning; 9
players in the field including a catcher). Practices are held on
Saturday afternoons and games on Sunday afternoons.
Minors - the Minors Division includes players
who are in the 3rd and 4th grades, usually 8 through 10 years old.
This is the first level at which we introduce live pitching.
National League - 3rd graders
American League - 4th graders
Majors - the Majors Division includes players
who are in the 5th and 6th grades, usually 10
through 12 years old. This is the first level at which we introduce
stealing after a pitch has reached the plate. The Majors American
League division holds playoffs at the end of the season, with
playoff games officiated by certified “patch” umpires.
National League - 5th graders
American League - 6th graders
Our Seniors program for baseball is organized in conjunction
with the Central Westchester Baseball Association ("CWBA"). This
association includes teams from other surrounding communities -- Mt.
Kisco, Bedford Hills, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, etc. The NCBSA
sponsors several "New Castle" teams that compete in this league
among themselves and against teams from these other towns. Although
this inter-community play results in brand of baseball that is more
competitive than our other Spring recreation baseball programs, this
program still comfortably accommodates players of all abilities who have a desire to play the game. Play is conducted
under the auspices of official High School Baseball Rules, as
modified by the CWBA.
7th Grade Division – commencing
with the 2006 season, this Division will play on a full regulation
field of 90 foot base paths and a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6
inches. Home games will be played at the Horace Greeley High
School Varsity and JV baseball fields.
8th Grade Division – same full
regulation field and High School rules as for the 7th Grade Division, but for players in the 8th grade.
The NCBSA softball program is chartered by the American
Softball Association ("ASA"). The ASA is recognized by the United
States Olympic Committee and the International Softball Federation
as the governing body of amateur softball in the United States. As
our Spring program is recreational in nature, NCBSA modifies ASA
rules to allow more opportunity for instruction.
Instructional Division- 2nd grade –
this division provides the opportunity for further skill development
and better understanding of game situations. An 11" RIF softball is
used. Commencing with the 2006 season, we used a pitching
machine that is run by coaches during games and practices. Games
and practices are held on Sunday afternoons.
Minors and Majors Divisions
For the Minors and Majors Divisions, the season begins with
a several practices. Thereafter, each team has two games and one
practice per week for the duration of the Season. Like our baseball
programs, we do not keep team records or standings during the season
in an effort to de-emphasize winning and losing. Pitching clinics
are offered during the season to supplement instruction.
Minors Division - 3rd and 4th
grade – this Division provides the opportunity for further skill
development and better understanding of game situations. Players are
given the opportunity to pitch, but after four balls are thrown, the
coach of batting team comes in to pitch in order to keep game
moving. The pitcher returns to face the next batter. An 11" RIF
ball is used.
Majors Division - 5th and 6th grade – In this Division players do all pitching with no coach
intervention. Stealing is added in this division to encourage
development of catchers. A 12" RIF ball is used.
Seniors Division- 7th and 8th grade. The Seniors Softball division is a continuation of our
softball program for older girls. While currently under review, in
past seasons the teams from New Castle have participated in a league
where they competed against the other New Castle teams as well as
teams from other towns. Each team typically practices once per week
and plays two games each week.
Travel Team Programs
NCBSA has been participating in the WPBA summer Baseball and
Softball leagues for the past 9 years. The WPBA (the Westchester
and Putnam Baseball Association) is a competitive travel league
ranging in age groups from 9 and under to 18 and under for baseball
and age groups from 10 and under to 16 and under for softball.
Try-outs for the travel teams generally are held in late April or
early May. Information on the travel team try-outs will be
communicated through the Spring recreation program coaches and
posted on the NCBSA website at www.ncbsa.com. All NCBSA players are eligible to try out for
the travel teams for their respective age groups, provided that they
are actively participating in our Spring recreation programs for
that season. The Summer travel team season typically begins in
mid-June and continues until early August, and involves a
substantial time commitment during the season for games and
practices each week.
Fall Travel Team Programs
The baseball and softball programs offered in the Fall are
essentially continuations of the Summer travel program for those
teams where sufficient player interest is expressed. On occasion
the NCBSA has sponsored Fall-only teams when there have been
sufficient numbers of qualified travel team level players interested
in playing baseball or softball only for the Fall season. The Fall
travel team season typically runs from early September until the end
The NCBSA conducts various coaching skills clinics for all
head coaches and assistant coaches, including clinics held at the
Pro Swing facility in Mount Kisco. Dates for each clinic are posted
on the NCBSA website at www.NCBSA.com.
The NCBSA also conducts players skills clinics for each of
the different age groups and divisions. The players clinics
generally will take place in late March and early April. Dates for
each clinic are posted on the NCBSA website at www.NCBSA.com.
Coaches and Other Volunteers
The NCBSA is a volunteer organization. In order to provide
the 1,000 plus children in our program the best youth sports
experience possible, we expect and need for the parents of those
children to volunteer their time and assistance. Among other
things, every season we need additional parents to serve as coaches
and assistant coaches, and to volunteer to umpire games.
All NCBSA coaches are required to have a current NYSCA
certification (video programs to obtain the certification are
offered each Spring).
Code of Conduct
We expect parents and players alike to abide by the Code of
Conduct they sign during the registration process. We also adhere
to the National Standards for Youth Sports.
Additional information on the NCBSA and our programs,
together registration information and forms, can be obtained online
from the NCBSA’s website at www.ncbsa.com.