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Gilmanton Youth Organization

2022 Baseball & T-Ball Programs (2022 Registration Jan 18 - Mar 15)

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Baseball & T-Ball

2021 BALL IS ON!!! Registrations will be open from Feb 15 through and including Mar 15. 


Gilmanton Youth Baseball is part of the nationally known and respected Cal Ripken Baseball Organization. GYO fields teams at 4 age levels, from ages 4-12. Players will participate in T-Ball, Rookies (Coaches Pitch), Minors, and Majors, depending on their ages and skill level. Player safety is always our top priority and we strive to put players in a situation where they can enjoy the game without fear of injury. GYO is part of the Suncook Valley Cal Ripken Baseball League.

The league consists of 8 surrounding towns: Alton, Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, and Pittsfield. Home games are played at the GYO baseball diamond, closest to the concession stand. Practices start in early to mid-April depending on the division and games start the last Saturday in April through mid-June. T-Ball teams do not travel and play all games locally at GYO Park. 

T-Ball (ages 4-6)

Practice is one weekday night, with all games played on Saturdays at GYO Park. Learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for better swings, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. In order to participate, players must be age 4 as of April 30, no exceptions are allowed. 

Minimum Required Skills: None

Equipment: T-Ball players will need a baseball glove. We have helmets, but kids are welcome to bring their own. Cleats are optional for this age group.

Practices are held one weeknight per week, based upon coach availability. Games are Saturday mornings starting at 8:00, and each game is comprised of three innings, lasting about 30 minutes.

The T-Ball player is ready to move up to the Rookie division when: The player will still likely miss more balls than they catch, but there should be some ability to catch a ball thrown from a short distance directly at the player.

Rookie Division (ages 7-8 as of May 1)

Practice or Game on two weekday nights at the GYO baseball fields – with games on Saturday mornings. Coaches pitch to the batters in the Rookie division, allowing for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. The Rookie league emphasizes learning the rules of baseball and provides competition against other towns to prepare them for the next level.

Minimum Required Skills:

  • Catching - First year players will miss or drop many thrown balls. Second and third year players should show improvement and catch at least 50% of accurate thrown balls.
  • Throwing – Should be able to throw 20 feet
  • Batting - None

The Rookie player is ready to move up to the Minor division when: Player demonstrates ability to catch most thrown balls, stands at the plate with confidence, without bailing out when facing live pitching.  Should have consistent success making contact against a coach pitched ball. The player should have adequate focus and attention during games from all positions.

Minor Division (ages 9-10 as of May 1)

Practice one weekday, with games Tuesday and Saturday. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. Features a 46’ pitching distance and 60’ base paths. Games are pitched by players.

Minimum Required Skills: 

  • Catching - 67% of thrown balls
  • Throwing - From second base position to first base with accuracy and enough quickness to beat a runner.
  • Fielding - Should be able to field most direct ground balls. May still have difficulty with catching and tracking fly balls.
  • Batting - Correct stance and approach to the plate. Has general knowledge of the strike zone. Does not back out of batters box on all thrown pitches.

The Minors player is ready to move up to the Majors division when: Player demonstrates ability to catch all thrown balls. Shows solid fundamentals in fielding, throwing, and batting. Has confidence batting against any Minor division player pitcher.

Majors Division (ages 11-12 as of May 1)

Practice one weekday, games Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Features a 46’ pitching distance and 60’ base paths.

Minimum Required Skills:

  • Catching - Catches all thrown balls.
  • Throwing - From third base position to first base with speed and accuracy.
  • Fielding - Should be able to field all direct ground and fly balls. Tracking fly balls may still be difficult for some.
  • Batting - Correct stance and form. Shows confidence facing player pitchers throwing 45+MPH.

Baseball & T-Ball Coordinator

Justin Shirley
[email protected]

New Bat Policy

An important note about bats: The Cal Ripken League has decided to change the type of bats used in games for Rookies, Minors, and Majors. It is a safer bat, designed to reduce the velocity of hit balls. GYO will provide these new bats for players to use during games. If your child wants to use his own bat, it must be a "USA Baseball" approved bat, with this logo:

This is for Rookies, Minors, and Majors only. Here are some examples of these bats. They are widely available and vary in price.

Batting Cage

Please review the batting cage policy for details on how to use this great resource.