Registration for Pennsbury Athletic Association’s (PAA) spring 2014 baseball and softball season is open online at www.paaball.com. PAA serves Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Morrisville Borough and the portions of Falls Township west and north of Route 1 and is sanctioned by Babe Ruth League and Cal Ripken Baseball.
Baseball is offered for players from five through 23 years of age and softball is offered for players from five through 18 years of age. Practices and games take place at Lower Makefield Township and Pennsbury School District fields.
PAA is providing expanded opportunities for young baseball players to play t-ball by reducing the registration fee by $25 and lowering the age requirement so that t-ball players can be five years of age by July 31st, 2014 to play.
The league is also transitioning to a Major-Minor format for 10-, 11- and 12-year-old baseball players this spring. The transition is designed to advance player development and balance competitive play. Major League teams will play on fields with 50′ pitching distance and 70′ base paths and Minor League teams will play on fields with 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths.
This spring PAA is adding a new baseball program for children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Boys and girls ages 6-16 are invited to join Team Pennsbury Magik to play baseball in a unique and non-competitive environment.
Pennsbury Magik players will be paired with a qualified volunteer who will play right alongside each child. Each Saturday during the spring season players will meet and work with a buddy at skills stations such as throwing, catching, hitting and running the bases. The players will then be divided into teams to “play ball” for an inning or two. Each week as the children progress, so will the program.
During the 2013 spring and fall seasons more than 1,200 young athletes participated in PAA’s in-house and travel baseball and softball programs.
All PAA coaches and managers must pass comprehensive, mandatory background screenings. To register for PAA baseball and softball and for additional information on PAA’s various programs visit www.paaball.com.