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50/70 FAQ

In July 2015, the NPLL Board of Directors voted to adopt the Intermediate Division (50/70) to replace the Majors Division (46/60) of NPLL. The Intermediate Division is played on a larger diamond (50/70) with rules that are closer to conventional baseball, most notably lead offs, and steals.

Intermediate 50/70 Division FAQs


Q. Why did NPLL decide to play the Intermediate Division instead of the Major Division?

A. Over the past few years, NPLL had received feedback from players and coaches that they wanted to play and coach full baseball rules on a larger diamond. Concurrently, we have noticed a drop in player registrations after the players 12 year old season. With this in mind and after consulting with several leagues who have adopted 50/70 baseball, the Board of Directors felt that implementing a full 50/70 program would allow for a safer playing environment, be age appropriate, and assist with player development and player retention.

Q. What is the Intermediate Baseball (50/70) Division?
A. Little League’s initial testing of the Intermediate division started in 2010 and was fully adopted as a division in 2013. The Intermediate Baseball division is Little League’s newest baseball division for league age 11-13 year olds and is played on a larger diamond. The North Park Little League Board of Directors officially adopted this division in Summer 2015 for play beginning in Spring 2016.

Q. What are the Intermediate Baseball Division’s goals?
A.
The Intermediate Baseball Division aims to bridge the gap between Little League (46/60) to Junior League Baseball on a full-size diamond (60/90). It is a full baseball rules league for 11-13 year-olds that adds among other things, lead-offs, pick-offs, steals and balks.

Q. What does 50/70 mean?
A.
50/70 stands for the dimensions of the new playing diamond. A traditional Little League diamond maintains a 46 ft pitching distance from the pitching rubber to home plate and 60 ft base paths also known as a 46/60 diamond. With 50/70, the Intermediate Baseball diamond maintains a 50 ft pitching distance from the pitching rubber to home plate and 70 ft base paths.

Q. Where will the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball games be played?
A.
Our 50/70 division will play home games on the newly converted Ted Williams (Field 3) diamond.

Q. What will the mound height be?
A.
The height of the mound shall be 8 inches as outlined in Rule 1.07. The pitcher’s plate shall be rectangular slab of rubber measuring 24 inches by 6 inches.

Q. What are the pitching and catching restrictions for the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division?
A.
Players will follow pitching restrictions as defined by age as outlined in Regulation VI, whether or not the player participates in two divisions, i.e., the pitcher’s record “follows” the pitcher from one division to the next. Additionally, players must adhere to the catching restrictions also outlined in Regulation VI.

Q. What is the roster size for the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division?
A.
According to Regulation III, rosters may have no less than 12 players and no more than 15 players.

Q. What is a regulation game in this division?
A.
The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division game consists of 7 innings. The game is regulation after 5 innings or 4 ½ if the home team is ahead.


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