FABA Standards for Competitiveness and Inclusiveness for Each Age Level

How things change as players move to older levels

Updated Tuesday February 10, 2015 by FABA.

Parents and players are always interested in what to expect when their player signs up for FABA baseball. Common questions are:

  • If there are more than 9 players on the roster, how much time will my player get on the field?
  • Does every player get an equal amount of playing time?
  • If my player wants to play a particular position, will he/she get the opportunity?
  • Will my player get time in the infield or mostly in the outfield?
  • Are we keeping score at this level? Statistics?

At FABA, we have standards for the level of competitiveness and Inclusion that players and parents can expect at each age level. Younger divisions are more inclusive allowing players and coaches to more easily discover individual abilities and preferences. Older levels are more competitive as we teach players how they each play their part on a winning team.

This document explains FABA’s standards for each division. 

Tee Ball (4-6)

  • Playing Time: Equal
  • Positions: Any they want
  • Score: Not kept
  • Standings: Not kept
  • Statistics: Not kept

American League and Coach Pitch (6-8)

  • Playing Time: 
    • Equal
    • Bench time will be evenly distributed among all players.
  • Positions: 
    • Players begin to gravitate toward positions for which they show performance.
    • Everyone gets time in infield if desired.
    • Everyone who wants to pitch should get at least 2 innings/season.
  • Score: Kept and published
  • Standings: Kept and published
  • Statistics: Kept at coach's discretion

National League (8-10)

  • Playing Time: 
    • Equal
    • Bench time will be evenly distributed among all players.
  • Positions: 
    • Players continue to gravitate toward positions for which they show performance.
    • Everyone gets time in infield, though not necessarily equally.
    • Pitching is up to coach, but should be inclusive.
  • Score: Kept and published
  • Standings: Kept and published
  • Statistics: Kept at coach's discretion

Senior League (10-12)

  • Playing Time: 
    • Every player gets at least 3 innings/game
    • Bench time will be distributed among all players, though not necessarily equally.
  • Positions: 
    • Positions are assigned by coach based on performance and interest. 
    • Pitching is up to coach, but should be somewhat inclusive.
  • Score: Kept and published
  • Standings: Kept and published
  • Statistics: Kept at coach's discretion

Jr. and Sr. Babe Ruth (13-17)

  • Playing Time: 
    • Every player gets at least 3 innings/game
    • Bench time will be distributed among all players, though not necessarily equally.
  • Positions: 
    • Positions are assigned by coach based on performance and interest. 
    • Pitching is up to the coach.
    • Score: Kept and published
  • Standings: Kept and published
  • Statistics: Kept and published at the coach’s discretion

Tournament Teams (all age levels)

  • Playing time: Determined by the coach
  • Positions: Determined by the coach
  • Score: Kept and published
  • Standings: Kept and published
  • Statistics: Kept and published at the coach’s discretion




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