Junior is the division of Little League baseball for 13-14 year olds. Junior rules allow players to lead off and steal bases.
The Junior season will begin around the second week of April. (Practices will begin approximately two – three weeks before their first game, weather permitting) The players then play an average of two games per week (working around Memorial Day) for a total of 10-12 games. At the end of their season the Junior team may choose to participate in one of two tournaments, the Tournament of Champions or Rally Days. These two tournaments are generally held the last two weeks of June. Closing ceremonies will be held on approximately the last Saturday in June.
All players in the Junior division who play for Pleasant Hill Little League will be eligible for all-stars. At the end of the season the coaches will nominate kids from their team that they feel are ready for All-star play. Pleasant Hill Little League combines with Southeast Polk Little League for All-star teams so representatives from both leagues will meet and decide which kids will be on the All-star team. If picked for All-stars the player will be expected to be available for practices and games from late June through mid to late July (depending on how far they get in the tournament).
A tee shirt and hat will be provided. Players should check with their coach for the color of baseball pants they will need. Players will need cleats.
- Players are required to have a glove
- Pleasant Hill Little League will provide the balls for practice and games
- Players at the Junior level should provide their own bats
- Pleasant Hill Little League will provide the coaches with 2-3 bats for players to use if they forget thiers
- Bats for Juniors can be metal/alloy, wood or composite
- If metal/alloy it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter
- If wood it shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part
- If composite it shall not be more than 33 inches. All composite barrel bats shall also meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
- At the 50/70 Level the player should provide their own batting helmet to provide for a better fit
- Because of safety regulations, Pleasant Hill Little League is required to provide batting helmets in case a player forgets theirs