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50/70 Youth Baseball in Bloomington: Only at Smithville Diamonds
50/70 Youth Baseball in Bloomington
50/70 Intermediate Youth Baseball
We have some exciting baseball news that will affect 11-13 year old baseball players (age as of April 30, 2015) and we need your help. Smithville Diamonds Little League will, once again, offer the "Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division." Teams in the new division will play on a field with a 50’ pitching mound distance and 70’ base paths. This new division offers a field size in between what they have played on since age 7 (46’ pitching distance and 60’ base paths 46/60) and what they will play on beyond age 13 (60’ pitching distance and 90’ base paths 60/90 also used by High School and Major League Baseball). To help illustrate this, we have included a chart below.
Player Ages (as of 4/30)
Little League Division
42' Coach Pitch
Major League (MLB)
To make this work, we need for parents and players to help us promote this.
This Intermediate Division will bridge the gap for players who have "outgrown" 46'/60' baseball and for those who wish to play baseball into high school or beyond. In the past, rising 13 year olds who finished the 11-12 year old division were expected to begin playing on a 60’/90’ field. This huge adjustment, with a 30’ jump in base paths and 14’ jump in pitching distance may have deterred kids from continuing to play baseball. The new 50/70 Intermediate Division offers a bridge for the 11-13 year olds, and follows the current trend in youth baseball. This division will follow "real" baseball rules by allowing base runners to lead off. In turn, this will require pitchers to learn to hold runners on base and attempt to pick them off.
Just like the option in other Little League divisions, Intermediate baseball can form an all-star team. There is a District, State and Regional tournament that culminates with a World Series in California.
Smithville Diamonds firmly believes that the 50'/70' Intermediate Division will, over time, provide more opportunities for our players and a better chance for them to continue to develop their skills and progress in baseball.
Smithville Diamonds Little League (SDLL) is the only chartered Little League organization in Bloomington and Monroe County Indiana. SDLL is made possible by volunteers, sponsors, participation fees, and fundraisers. We are located 5 miles south of Bloomington.
Our thriving league has provided youth baseball and youth softball to area children for more than 40 years. Our league is comprised of three age divisions in softball (7U, 10U and 12U) and five age divisions in baseball (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13) including a 4U co-ed instructional league. We utilize four fields (two with grass infields) all within the same ballpark facility. We also feature a full concession stand with food, beverages, snacks and candy.
See the 2015 Season Info tab above for detailed information. Register NOW for the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT.
Due to the large number of complaints and the very young children present on the property, “NO PETS” signs have been posted and this rule will be enforced. PLEASE DO NOT BRING PETS TO THE SMITHVILLE GROUNDS.