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The BYA is an officially chartered Little League program in Pennsylvania, District 4.  All BYA programs are recreation level.  We provide family-oriented programs that focus on player development and instruction.  We don't require player fundraising, there's very little travel involved, and we accept boys and girls ages 3 - 12 from the Baden, Ambridge and Economy areas.  Our Pre-Season development and conditioning programs begin in February.  Regular Season begins in mid-April and ends before the July 4th holiday.  All players that participate in our Regular Season are eligible to play at no additional cost in our informal Fall Season program that runs from mid-September to mid-October.

Please select a season below for more information.

Pre-Season (February - March)

Rookie Baseball Skills & Drills

Our 4 week Skills & Drills program for our 5 & 6 year-old players.  We'll cover all fundamental baseball skills to get our young players ready for the upcoming season.  Includes baserunning, hitting and fielding drills designed for young players making the transition from tee-ball and preparing players who hope to move on to our 8U Coach Pitch program.


This program is open to boys and girls who will be 5 or 6 years old on August 31, 2020, and who played in BYA programs last season or are planning to play in BYA programs for the upcoming 2020 season.  The practices will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30PM - 8PM starting on February 4, 2020 at the Baden Academy Gymnasium.  Click here to register.


8U Skills & Drills Clinic

BYA's 8U Skills & Drills Clinic is a 4-week player development program designed to refresh and polish player skills in preparation for the upcoming 8U spring baseball season.  Focus areas will include throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and situational drills. Participants are expected to come to each session with a willingness to work hard and learn more about the game.  We keep things instructional and fun, but please be aware that this is not a once-a-week, indoor recess program.  After 4 weeks of conditioning, we expect noticeable improvement in all participants.


Indoor practices are held on Wednesdays at the Baden Academy gymnasium and will last 90 minutes (6:30pm - 8:00pm).  Sessions will start on February 5, 2020 and end on February 26, 2020.  This program is open to boys and girls who will be 7 or 8 years old on August 31, 2020, and who played in BYA programs last season or are planning to play in BYA programs for the upcoming 2020 season.  Click here to register.


10U Spring Training

The regular season is right around the corner and it's time to get game ready!  Our 10U Spring Training program for 9-10 year-old players is the perfect mix of skill development and conditioning to prepare the players for opening day.  We'll mix in drills from all aspects of the game - hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and situational drills.  This is also when we start working on the important intangibles of the game - leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship.  10U Spring Training is always one of our most popular programs and the kids have a blast, all while getting ready to play ball!


This program is open to boys and girls who will be 9 or 10 years old on August 31, 2020, and who played in BYA programs last season or are planning to play in BYA programs for the upcoming 2020 season.  The practices will be held on Tuesdays from 6PM - 8PM starting on March 3, 2020 at the Baden Academy Gymnasium.  Click here to register.


12U Spring Training

The regular season is right around the corner and it's time to get game ready!  Our 12U Spring Training program for 11-12 year-old players is the perfect mix of skill development and conditioning to prepare the players for opening day.  We'll mix in drills from all aspects of the game - hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and situational drills.  This is also when we start working on the important intangibles of the game - leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship.  This is our first season for 12U baseball and our coaches are excited to get the program started!


This program is open to boys and girls who will be 11 or 12 years old on August 31, 2020, and who played in BYA programs last season or are planning to play in BYA programs for the upcoming 2020 season.  The practices will be held on Wednesdays from 6PM - 8PM starting on March 4, 2020 at the Baden Academy Gymnasium.  Click here to register.

Regular Season (April - June)

Tee-Ball - For 3- & 4-year-old boys and girls.  At this age, the game is primarily focused on getting the players to swing the bat, hit the ball and run the bases.  Each team will bat through the entire lineup each inning - no outs, no strikeouts.   Games are played once a week and typically last 3 innings or 45 minutes max.  Soft foam bats are provided by BYA.  The BYA tee-ball program resembles the Little League Tee-Ball program and is a great way to introduce your child to the game of baseball in an instructional, yet fun and family-oriented setting.  Parent participation during games & practices is encouraged.

Rookie Baseball - Our in-house, Rookie Baseball program is for 5- & 6-year-old boys and girls with or without tee-ball experience.  The Rookie program plays a form of modified-rules baseball that focuses more on instruction than competition.  The Rookie program concentrates primarily on the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, and it uses modified rules that allow greater offensive and defensive opportunities.  Both coach-pitch and tee-hitting is used at this level.  The Rookie Baseball program is a great way for players to learn the fundamentals required to compete at the 8U and 10U levels as they grow older.  See more details about this program here .  Each team will play a max of 10 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.

Baseball (8U | Minor) - Our 8U coach-pitch baseball program is for 7- & 8-year-old boys and girls who have 1 or more years of experience playing Rookie Baseball (or similar).  This age group naturally tends to be slightly more competitive, but our coaches will emphasize instruction, sportsmanship and team effort over competitiveness.  The 8U program is fantastic for players who want more instruction before moving on to a higher competitive level.  The 8U program is coach-pitch and focuses on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and game strategy.  Our 8U teams will be competing against other BYA 8U teams and against other local 8U teams.  At the end of the regular season, the 8U program may compete in a single-elimination tournament or an in-house skills competition. Each team will play between 10-16 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.  8U players may also have an opportunity to play in additional district-level Little League tournaments after the regular season.

Baseball (10U | Minor) - Our 10U kid-pitch baseball program is for 9- & 10-year-old boys and girls who have 1 or more years of experience playing in the BYA 8U program (or similar).  While emphasis still leans towards development and sportsmanship, we begin introducing elements of advanced game strategy and positional play.  The 10U program introduces kid pitching for the first time.  Our 10U teams will be competing against other BYA 10U teams and against other local 10U teams.  At the end of the regular season, the 10U program may compete in either a single-elimination tournament or a skills competition.  Each team will play between 10-16 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.  10U players may also have an opportunity to play in additional district-level Little League tournaments after the regular season.

Baseball (12U | Major) - Our 12U kid-pitch baseball program is for 11- & 12-year-old boys and girls who have 1 or more years of experience playing in the BYA 10U program (or similar).  At this age, gameplay is much faster and more strategic.  Player safety also becomes more important at this age.  Our 12U teams will be competing against other local 12U teams and will play home games at the BYA fields and away games at other local fields.  At the end of the regular season, the 12U program may compete in either a single-elimination tournament or a skills competition.  Each team will play between 10-16 regular season games and can expect to play or practice 1-2 times per week.  12U players may also have an opportunity to play in additional district-level Little League tournaments after the regular season. 

Fall Season (September - October)

We believe there's such a thing as "too much baseball".  After a long regular season, it's time to slow it down a bit.  No more practices and strict schedules.  Think of BYA Fall Ball as the type of baseball we older folks played when we were kids - sand lot, wiffle-ball pickup games.  We'll give the kids a few minutes of instructional drills, then it's a game of wiffle-ball or kickball.  Some of the most spirited, competitive games have taken place during Fall Ball, under the lights on those crisp, autumn evenings.  Fall Ball activities are included for all age groups and typically run once a week from Labor Day - Halloween.  Best of all it's FREE to all players who played with us in the regular season!

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