Developmental Youth Baseball – Bethesda Area Baseball League

Koa BABL (Bethesda Area Baseball League) provides a competitive community for developing baseball players living in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Wheaton, Kensington, Potomac, Glen Echo, Takoma Park, and the District of Columbia. Koa BABL is a safe, engaging “in-house” baseball league where advanced 3rd through 9th grade athletes can tryout and be drafted to a team. BABL gives athletes an opportunity to make and reinforce friendships, and explore the finer points of baseball in a competitive local environment. It’s a 2-3-day a week commitment that includes a clinic, a team practice, and game(s) on Saturday. If you are interested in seeing Koa’s vision for BABL:

Professional Coaching & Baseball Staff
The first reason why families invest in Koa Baseball is the quality of our leadership. All of our 30+ coaches are former high school and college baseball players. The majority have coached at the same level. We train each in the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Our year-round administration includes our CEO, program director, head of player development, and two baseball operations staffers. We also rely on our outstanding Parent Assistant Coaches (PACs) to assist our head coaches during practices and games. If you are interested in seeing what is expected of our PACs, please download the PAC role here.

Draft Process – How to Get Into the League
The journey begins with a tryout. If we feel that your son has the core skills and potential as a new BABL player, then we’ll offer him an invite to our draft. Athletes workout for our coaches for a second evaluation. Coaches will hold a draft after each player is evaluated (behind closed doors, not publicly like on ESPN). Our draft helps us to field teams that are relatively equal in skill level. We aim for fairness in all things.

Tryouts  
Tryouts for Fall 2017 are closed. If you have an interest in playing for Koa, please schedule a player evaluation with Casey Leister by emailing caseyl@koasports.org or call our office at 301-229-7529. Unsure which age range you should try out for? Click here to check our Age Determination Chart for Fall 2017/Spring 2018.

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Playing Up
We encourage playing up in BABL baseball. Where does your son fit in? Come in for a 20 minute, $40 metrics evaluation. Please call 301-229-7529 to set up your evaluation!

Here are the average metrics for our current Koa BABL players:

Age Group Average Throwing Velocity Max Throwing Velocity Average Hitting Velocity Max Hitting Velocity Average Pro Agility Max Pro Agility
BABL A (10U) 37.20 mph 47 mph 38.40 mph 50 mph 5.91s 5.13s
BABL AA (12U) 42.33 mph 53 mph 49.07 mph 62 mph 5.74s 5.25s
BABL AAA (14U) 50.50 mph 58 mph 52.78 mph 67 mph 5.51s 5.10s

BABL A (9U/10U)
Consists of a Friday skills clinic (90 minutes in length) at Luxmanor Local Park and Saturday games at Cabin John Regional Park. Practices are a 60-minute pre-game workout. BABL A is a two-day-per-week commitment. We will schedule 6 winter workouts, roughly 10 games (includes playoffs) and 6-8 clinics (weather permitting). Roster size is 12-13 players.

BABL AA (11U/12U)
Consists of a Thursday skills clinic (same specs as the BABL A clinic, just more advanced stations) at Luxmanor Local Park and Saturday games at Cabin John Regional Park. Practices will be held either Monday or Friday (depending upon your team) at a dedicated field in the Bethesda area. BABL AA is a three-day-per-week commitment. We will schedule 6 winter workouts, roughly 10 games (includes playoffs), 10-12 practices, and 6-8 clinics (weather permitting). Roster size is 12-13 players.

BABL AAA (13U/14U/15U)
Consists of a Wednesday skills clinic (same specs as the BABL AA clinic, just more advanced stations) at Richard Montgomery High School and Saturday games at local area fields. Practices will be held on Mondays at a dedicated field in the Bethesda area. BABL AAA is a three-day-per-week commitment. The season will include roughly 10 games (includes playoffs), 10-12 practices, and 6-8 clinics (weather permitting). Roster size is 12-13 players.

Postseason Tournament
At the end of every season, we offer a one day, single elimination tournament at Cabin John Regional Park for A and AA and at Richard Montgomery High School for AAA.

All-Star Game
BABL seasons culminate with an All-Star Game for selected players. In 2014, we flew in YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala (7M views, recent spots with Clayton Kershaw) to host the game. Check out some highlights from our 2015 All-Star Game below:

Multi-station Clinics
Led by Koa’s team of high-energy, professional coaches, we teach the boys how to act like ballplayers. Running on and off the field, recognizing game situations, and being accountable to their teammates are qualities that we aim to instill in each Koa player.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The boys will be playing with other boys in the same age group, within 1-2 years. As much as possible, we like keeping boys playing alongside their peers.

Absolutely. If you don’t want to be considered for our travel program, simply state that on your registration form.

After try-outs (and a subsequent skills workout), we divide the boys up based on skill level and position. We do take requests, but we do not guarantee they will be honored. Our main obligation is to ensure the teams are equal in skill level.

Directly following the try-outs, we’re going to start forming the teams. All players will be contacted within 7-10 days to let them know our decision.

Practices are held either Monday or Friday, depending on which team your son is on. Your son is more than welcome to attend alternate practices with another team if he has a conflict.

All practices will be held in the Bethesda area.

If you cancel your registration after the registration close date, you and Koa will need to find a replacement player together. Then we’ll refund you 80% of the program cost in cash. If you cancel your registration after the registration close date and fail to find someone to take your spot, we’ll credit your Koa account with 80% of the cost. Once the season is started, we only issue refunds under extremely extenuating circumstances.

NO. We’re absolutely committed to making our playing fields a positive environment for everyone to enjoy. This is NOT a league for parents to live through their children or take away from the kids’ experience. It’s about two things: getting better and having fun!

Rain is a part of life. For our baseball teams, it means rainouts. The county has jurisdiction to make the call about closing fields due to rain. In case of field closures, Koa will do what we can to make up rained out games or practices but we cannot guarantee that every event will be rescheduled.

We have a built-in rain makeup week at the end of each season, and we schedule extra team practices indoors to compensate for any rained out practices.

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Get to Know Koa.

Our Bethesda Area Baseball League (BABL) is a safe, “in-house” league where advanced 3rd through 8th grade athletes (better than rec but not yet ready for travel) can tryout and be drafted to a team, make and reinforce friendships, and explore the finer points of baseball. It’s a 2 to 3-day weekly commitment that includes a clinic, a team practice, and a game on Saturday.