Effective January 1, 2020, USSSA, a governing body for youth baseball, will adopt a rule requiring that all players 13u players must swing a bat with no lighter than a drop-8 length-to-weight ratio and 14u players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop-5.
Dimensions of Fields for Middle-School-Aged Players
12 years old: Usually play on fields which are 50/70, meaning 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases. The wall will be around 200 feet from home plate. 13 years old: Will increase in distance to 54/80.
With bases set 80 feet apart and pitchers throwing from 54 feet, 14u play one of the most fascinating games in all of youth baseball.
Pony Baseball’s Pony division (13-14 year olds) play on fields whose pitching distance is 54 feet and whose base paths measure 80 feet.
Equipment: Metal cleats cannot be worn for divisions 12U and younger. Metal spikes may be worn in divisions 13U and older.
Weight drops vary in Senior League baseball, but players 10 years old and under often use -10 weight drop bat. Players 12 years old and under often use a -8 weight drop, and 13 year old players often use a -5 weight drop.
According to Baseball USA, the average time from home to first base (70’) for a 12-year old is 4.35 seconds or 16.1 fps. The average time for a 13-year old (80’ bases) is 4.79 seconds or 16.7 fps.
13u and Younger: All bats -5 or greater must be stamped BPF 1.15. Must be a baseball bat – no restriction on weight or length as long as bat has “BPF 1.15” stamp. All -3 bats must be stamped BBCOR. Wood bats allowed.
Small Field is commonly defined as a 46/60 field (46 feet = pitching distance; 60 feet = base path) Medium Field is known as the 50/70 field (50 feet = pitching distance; 70 feet = base path) Big Field is referred to as a 60/90 field (60'6″ = pitching distance; 90 feet = base path)
11U/12U pitch at 46 feet and the bases are at 60 feet. At Walker, it’s the closest base pegs (of three) and the closest pitching rubber.
Field and Equipment info:
Regulations may vary by organization, but these are typical guidelines for 14U: Pitching Mound Distance (feet): 60'6" Distance between bases (feet): 90.
12U softball’s pitching mound is secured at 40 feet. When players reach the 14U level, the pitching mound is moved back to 43 feet and that is where it will stay. The ball size will remain at 12 inches for the remainder of a softball players career as well.
Little League – Major Division
The Little League Baseball Division (also known as the Major Division) is for boys and girls ages 9 -12. A local league may choose to limit its Major Division to 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds, or 11-12-year-olds. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.
(Typically 60’ Pitching Distance)
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Players who turn 14 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 13u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
Starting January 1st, 2020, in all 13U Events all Players and all Teams must use a max drop of 8 (-8).
Field and Equipment info:
Regulations may vary by organization, but these are typical guidelines for 13U: Pitching Mound Distance (feet): 54 or 60'6" Distance between bases (feet): 80 or 90. Typical permitted bats: USSSA or USA or BBCOR.
On the other hand, the main reasoning behind the cleat rules is the safety of players on the field. Most of the restrictions on wearing metal cleats have to do with the age of players involved in a certain league. There’s no overall rule that regulates which cleats are allowed.
Starting January 1, 2020, all 13U baseball events and all teams in 13U events must use a maximum drop-8 or minus-8 bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped. All 14U events and all teams in 14U events must use a maximum drop-5 or minus-5 bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped.
Between these extremes, USSSA Baseball Bats are also available in drop 10 and drop 8 bat drops. According to USSSA guidelines, all 13U players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop 8 bat drop, and all 14U players must swing a bat no lighter than a drop 5 bat drop.
If it’s BBCOR, the most common bat size is 31/28, followed by 32/29. If you’re in USSSA or USA, the correct bat size for most 13-year-olds is a 32/27.
The maximum speed of 10-11 yrs., 12-13 yrs & 14-15 yrs. were 6.45, 6.77 & 7.70 m/sec. and average speed 5.76, 6.01 & 6.47m/sec respectively. Conclusions: The schools going untrained boys have smaller acceleration zone and the length of acceleration zone increase with increase of age.
The International Association of Athletics Federations recommends that 13-year-olds run no more than 10K at a time – approximately 6.2 miles. At a fast pace of six minutes per mile, this works out to just over 37 minutes, but at a slower pace of 11 minutes per mile, it works out to about an hour and eight minutes.
Therefore, middle school kids should only be running up to 12.8 miles per week, if they are planning to run in a 10K race. Kids up to age 14 should only run three times per week.Running Recommendations.
|15-16||Half Marathon: 13.1 miles|