Spring Baseball and Softball
The spring program teaches and reinforces the mechanical and strategic elements of the sport through practices, clinics and games. At the youngest ages, we emphasize the fundamental skills of throwing, fielding and batting. Older children, who have learned - although not necessarily mastered - the fundamentals, are exposed increasingly to game situations to apply what they have learned.
Overall, the spring program is considered recreation (as opposed to competitive). We accept all registrants (age 6-15 for baseball and 6-15 for softball) who apply in a timely manner and provide coaching, uniforms and place to play.
However, being recreational does not mean that we do not take our baseball and softball seriously. We try to focus on the fun of performing as well as we can at the sport, both as individuals and as a team.
Most leagues start right after the April school vacation and run until about mid-June, usually before school lets out. One exception is that Babe Ruth starts at about the beginning of April vacation.
To help answer questions about schedules, those for the most recently completed spring and summer seasons will remain posted on the site as the best examples of what how the upcoming season schedules may look. However, please note that changes may occur due to differences in field availability and the number of participating teams in each league.
To learn more about the specifics of each league that we offer in the spring, click on one of the following:
|This Instructional League is intended to teach basic skills (throw, hit, catch flies, field grounders, run bases) to small groups of boys and girls. The first half of each session is devoted to instruction through station training. The second half of each session is used for game playing using a batting tee. Saturdays mornings at Westside Field.|
|This Instructional League further teaches basic skills (throw, hit, catch flies, field grounders, run bases) to small groups of boys and girls. The first half of each session is devoted to instruction through station training. Saturdays mornings at Westside Field.|
|This Instructional League reinforces basic skills (throw, hit, catch flies, field grounders, run bases) to small groups of boys and girls. Teams will share a field and set up practice stations in the first portion of each session. Teams will then play a game, with players pitching to one another under modified rules intended to encourage pitching development while simultaneously providing opportunities for other players to hit and field. Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winchester.|
|Full uniforms using Majors rules. Players pitch. Games are weekdays at 5:45 and some weekends at various times. Fields are located throughout Winchester.|
|This league, while competitive, continues to focus on development. Full uniforms using Majors rules. Players pitch. Games are weekdays at 5:45 and some weekend days. Games are weekdays at 5.45, with some Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Westside, Ginn and MacDonald Fields. Teams play on the 60-foot diamond.|
|A competitive league where players are drafted onto teams based on tryouts held each fall. Full uniform. There is a limit of three 10-yr olds per team. Games are weekdays at 5.45, with some Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Westside Field. Teams play on the 70-foot diamond, with full baseball rules including leads and pitching from a stretch.|
|More advanced combined league with neighboring communities. Full uniform. Games are Saturdays AM, Sundays PM and some weekdays at 5:45. Players are organized into teams and SYBS determines in which of two divisions those teams will play. The B division is intended for more developmental competitive play. The A division is intended for more experienced and physically able baseball athletes. Both divisions allow players of any age (13, 14,15). Team combine for a joint practice each week and play games on weekday evenings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Further, their is a full Babe Ruth combined practice/game on Saturday late in the afternoon.|
Play starts the first week after April vacation and will end with a round robin tournament for 10U ,12U, and 14U. All times and days of games are subject to change based on field availability.
SYBS will provide shirts and visors to all participants. Black softball pants and red socks are recommended to complete the uniform (not provided by SYBS).
Helmets are required for all batters and face masks are required for 1B, 3B and pitchers. SYBS will provide helmets and face masks for 6U and 8U programs only. Participants in the 10U, 12U and 14U programs are responsible for providing their own helmets and face masks.
|Clinic + Game: Introductory league focusing on teaching and reinforcing fundamental skills (i.e., throwing, catching, hitting, fielding and base running). Games will be tee and coach pitch. Teams will be school based as best possible.||Saturday Clinic 2:30pm at Nutile Field (combined 6U & 8U). Weekday scrimmage/game at Nutile/Ginn Field (day and time TBD).|
|Clinic + Game*: Instructional league building on the fundamentals learned in 6U. Games will be coach pitch. Teams will be school based as best possible.||Saturday Clinic 2:30pm at Nutile Field (combined 6U & 8U). Weekday game at Ginn Field vs Winchester teams (day and time TBD).|
*New in 2019, an additional weekday game is available to interested 8U participants to play against a local town (day and time TBD).
|Game + Practice: This league will be part of a new league for the Winchester Youth Softball program that includes teams from Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Brighton and Waltham. This league will continue to build on skills but games will be player pitch with coach pitch after 4 balls (i.e., no walks). Winchester teams will be comprised of Winchester players selected by the coaches.||Game days are currently scheduled for Monday and Friday (times and locations TBD). With multiple teams from Winchester, the expectation is that the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.|
|Game + Practice: This league will be a part of the league which includes teams from surrounding towns. Players pitch and stealing is allowed, along with other league-specific rules.||Game days are currently scheduled for Monday and Wednesday (times and locations TBD). With multiple teams from Winchester, the expectation is that the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.|
|Game + Practice: This league will be a part of the league which includes teams from surrounding towns. Players pitch and stealing is allowed, along with other league-specific rules. Players are required to provide their own helmet and face mask.||Game days, times and locations are TBA. With multiple teams from Winchester in this league, the majority of games will be in Winchester. Practices will be scheduled by the coach.|
|* as of Dec of 2018|
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