• Bellefonte Little League would like to introduce our Intermediate 50/70 League. Starting in the fall of 2015, Bellefonte Little League started the with one team limited to Little League age players of 13 year old. In the Spring of 2016 the program will be an official Intermediate 50/70 baseball division with at least two teams and will play interleague with neighboring leagues.  The 50/70 division utilizes a modified baseball field with a 50ft pitching distance and 70ft base paths. Our new divisional structure for League 13 year old players, based on the guidelines from Little League International. Bellefonte home games and practices will be at the Spring township field. 
     
    Bellefonte Little League believes that this will provide an opportunity for players to not only transition incrementally from a 46/60 field to a full-size 60/90 baseball field at League Age 14, but allow Bellefonte Little League to adapt to the changing environment of youth baseball and leverage our past experiences and converted fields.  Plus, the 50/70 Baseball Division will enable players to play baseball in a fashion similar to the baseball watched on TV!  
     
    Intermediate 50/70 FAQs

    What does 50/70 mean?
    Through age 12, Little League players typically leverage a pitching mound that is 46 ft from home plate.  The distance between the bases is 60 ft.  In the new 50/70 division, the pitching mound is increased to 50 ft and the distance between bases is 70 ft.
     
    Why create a 50/70 division?
    In the past, players who are league age 13 went directly to a field with a 60 ft pitching distance and 90 ft base paths from the 46 ft by 60 ft field that they were used to playing on.  The new 50/70 division offers a bridge to smooth the transition for 13’s who want to play baseball on the larger fields at age 14.  Plus, it gives a new opportunities for 13’s to make the transition to more advanced baseball.
     
    Is my Child able to play for Bellefonte 50/70 division?
    All players Little League 13 year old and live or attend a school in the Bellefonte area school district can register for the 50/70 division. If you are in a neighboring league that does not have a 50/70 league please contact the Bellefonte Little League for information to register with us. baseball@bellefontelittleleague.org

    Are the 50/70 rules different?
    Yes.  Base runners get to lead off and pitchers have to learn to keep runners on base and/or try to pick them off.  There are other rules (such as the type of bat a player can use) which will be communicated over the coming weeks to participants selected to play 50/70.

    Can a League Age 11 or 12 participant in 50/70 ?
    No.  A Bellefonte Little League player who is League Age 11 or 12 can only play in the Little League Major/Minor leagues.

    Will there be a Little League All Star and World Series play for the 50/70 division?
    Yes.  Little League will hold district, state and regional tournaments leading up to the World Series. 

    What is the costs associated with playing in the Intermediate 50/70 division?
    Registration fee for the 50/70 division is $40 per player. All players and families are also required to participate in all Bellefonte Little League fundraising activities.

    When and where registration for the Intermediate 50/70 division?
    Registration is 
    January 7th and 8th 6pm to 8pm. Also on Saturday January 9th 9am to noon. At the Bellefonte Area Little League board room located at the fields in the concession stand building.
     
    More questions?
    Please reach out to baseball@bellefontelittleleague.org with additional questions.