Other SportsLittle League making efforts to keep kids in baseball Little League Baseball is changing some rules and adding new programs in an effort to keep kids playing the game. by Staff Post January 13, 2010 All over the country, Little League baseball programs have been losing kids. Some kids are choosing to play other sports like soccer, others are choosing to play video games instead. Some children really love the game of baseball but feel they can not play when they get to a certain age because the field becomes to big for them.Little League Baseball has come up with a plan they think will help these children and keep them more involved in the sport. Currently the Little League division for 11 and 12 year olds is played on a field with 60 foot base paths and a 46 foot pitching distance. The next level up, 13 and 14 year olds, uses professional regulation fields, meaning 90 foot base paths and a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Thats quite a jump and I can see why some children may be overwhelmed.Local programs have been losing young ball players for two reason other then to other sports. Some kids are moving to teams that travel more and use an intermediate size field because they feel the smaller field is not enough of a challenge. Other children are dropping out of baseball completely because the big field is to much for them to handle at their age.The new program Little League is starting for 12 and 13 year olds will use an intermediate size field. This will hopefully ease the transition between the smaller field and the larger professional size field. This new division will use a pitching distance of 50 feet and 70 foot base paths.This is the first new division in Little League baseball since 1989. Little League has been in decline in the United States despite its growth in international countries. Little League baseball is hoping this new division will keep children interested in the game.If this new program gains enough interest, it could have its own tournament similar to the Little League World Series, by 2011. Post Views: 913The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsStaff PostLatest posts by Staff Post (see all) In The Zone Announces Initial Podcast Lineup - November 13, 2020 The Essential Resources You Need to Start Your Own Gym in 2020 - February 6, 2020 Wilder vs Fury II – How the second fight will be different to the first? - February 5, 2020 Early turnovers, defensive struggles plague the Scarlet Knights - January 26, 2020 Related TopicsBaseballLittle Leagueyouth sports Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 From Inspired to Being an Inspiration: Sports Broadcaster & “The Morning Roast” Host Kate Scott (VIDEO) by Candace Cordelia | posted on December 21, 2020 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020More in Other SportsThe Mockery of A Sport: Paul vs. AskrenJake Paul and Ben Askren are set to fight tonight, and as a fan... Lochte, Dressel and Ledecky all Chasing Gold at 2021 Tokyo OlympicsThe 2021 Summer Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 23 –...Poirier McGregor Trilogy Is a Hot Ticket but is the Donation Beef a Show?Before UFC 257, Conor McGregor predicted that he would win the fight, but more... Wrestlemania 37 Weekend ReviewThis past weekend was monumental for WWE, as for the first time in over... New Jersey school has the #1 High School Football team Is money affecting youth baseball?