Palmer Township Athletic Association

Contacts

Baseball Commissioners

Ages 12 & Under
Jeff Bowman
baseball@palmeraa.org

Ages 13 and up
Matt Rusnock
mrusnock23@gmail.com

 
BASEBALL

Palmer youth baseball provides instructional baseball to local youth players beginning at age 5. All participants are required to be current residents of Palmer Township.

Our coaches are local volunteers that have offered their time to teach our youth athletes good sportsmanship and competitive, organized baseball. Palmer Baseball offers a program in both spring and fall. This is a recreational program and all youth athletes within the township are welcome to participate. Home games are played in multiple locations including Palmer Elementary School, Briarcliff Park, and Fairview Park depending on the age level. The focus of our program is on providing an instructional and fun environment for our youth athletes to learn the game of baseball and increase their skills and love of the game as they progress through the various divisions, leading up to the high school level.

League Websites: GEABL Youth (T-Ball, Rookie, Farm) | GEABL (Minors, Majors) | Bushkill Valley

Spring Season Divisions - Early April to mid June

T-Ball: 50' Bases - 40' pitcher's mound. Players who are 5-6 years old.

T-Ball is a low-pressure baseball training program and is intended for players with little or no diamond experience. Players are introduced to the great game of baseball and learn the basic fundamental skills in a fun team setting. Home games are played at Briarcliff Park (Palmer Pool Fields). Season typically includes 8 games and practices are held based on coach and field availability.

Rookie:55' Bases - 42' pitcher's mound (Coach-Pitch)

Rookie is an instructional league for 6-7 year olds that is intended to continue to develop basic skills, to expand on fundamentals, and promote self-confidence. All players shall be given the opportunity to learn several defensive positions through fielding and improve offensively with their batting. Accuracy in throwing & catching shall be stressed in Rookie to improve fielding skills and to afford players the opportunity of becoming potential pitchers in Farm. Players will not pitch in Rookie as pitching will be performed by a coach. Season is typically 10 games and home games are held at Briarcliff Park (Palmer Pool Fields).

Farm:55' Bases - 42' pitcher's mound (Coach/Player-Pitch)

Farm division is intended for 7 and 8 year olds and expands on the principles of Rookie, while allowing players to learn how to pitch. In order to speed up the game while still developing young pitchers, after the pitcher has pitched 4 balls the coach of the batter will step in to pitch. Season is typically 12 games and home games are played at Briarcliff Park (Palmer Pool Fields).

Minors:60' Bases - 46' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

USA BATS REQUIRED

Minors division is intended for 9 and 10 year olds (or some 11 year olds in 5th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will be introduced to the complete game of baseball with league specific rule modifications for this age group. Scores are kept at this level and team standings are used to seed the playoffs. There will be a Minors All-Star game at the end of the season. Season is 16 games and home games are played at either Palmer Elementary School (Fields 1, 3) or Lower Briarcliff Park (Palmer Pool Fields).

Majors:70' Bases - 50' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

USA BATS REQUIRED

Majors division is intended for 11 and 12 year old boys and girls (or some 13 years old in 7th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will learn more advanced baseball including dropped third strike rule, infield fly rule, leads and stealing home. Scores are kept at this level and team standings are used to seed the playoffs. There will be a Majors All-Star game at the end of the season. Season is 16 games and all home games are played at Palmer Elementary School (Fields 7, 8)

Bushkill Valley:90' Bases - 60', 6'' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

BBCOR BATS REQUIRED

The Bushkill Valley League is intended for 13 and 14 year olds (or 15 years old in 9th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will continue to advance their baseball knowledge and skillset on a full sized field. More advanced concepts of baseball will be introduced as players are prepared for competing at the high school level. Season length depends on the number of teams but typically is around 18 games and all home games are played at Fairview Park.

Fall Season Divisions - Early September to late October

Minors:60' Bases - 46' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

Minors division is intended for 9 and 10 year olds (or some 11 year olds in 5th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will be introduced to the complete game of baseball with league specific rule modifications for this age group. Scores are kept at this level and team standings are used to seed the playoffs. There will be a Minors All-Star game at the end of the season. Home games are played at either Palmer Elementary School (Fields 1, 3) or Lower Briarcliff Park (Palmer Pool Fields).

Majors:70' Bases - 50' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

Majors division is intended for 11 and 12 year old boys and girls (or some 13 years old in 7th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will learn more advanced baseball including dropped third strike rule, infield fly rule, leads and stealing home. Scores are kept at this level and team standings are used to seed the playoffs. There will be a Majors All-Star game at the end of the season. Home games are played at Palmer Elementary School (Fields 7, 8)

Bushkill Valley:90' Bases - 60', 6'' pitcher's mound (Player-Pitch)

The Bushkill Valley League is intended for 13 and 14 year olds (or 15 years old in 9th grade if player meets age criteria). Players will continue to advance their baseball knowledge and skillset on a full sized field. More advanced concepts of baseball will be introduced as players are prepared for competing at the high school level. All home games are played at Fairview Park.