Little League coming to Garden City

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 06:31 PM.

The Crestview Little League is part of Florida’s District 1 that includes leagues in Niceville, Shalimar, Destin and DeFuniak Springs.

There will be some changes in the rules for the 11- to 12-year-old intermediate league this year, which is the one most people associate with Little League baseball.

For the first time since Little League started, the boys will play with the more advanced rules that allow base runners to lead off as opposed to having to stay on base until the ball crosses home plate.

Along with the lead offs, pitchers may attempt to pick off moves on base runners.

“At 11 and 12, most of the kids now are in the sixth and seventh grade and playing middle school ball, and they are learning that part of the game," Hill said. “All of the leagues now are teaching that part of the game for that age group.

“There is no setting now where the kid won’t know what leading off is or what a balk is.”  

Plans are to have evaluations and the draft the first two Saturdays in February and to start league play March 9, Hill said.

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