Koa Sports

Bethesda Area Baseball League

Bethesda Area Baseball League - Best Youth Player Development


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: Download the BABL Vision Sheet here.


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.


How can I play Koa BABL?

Tryouts take place twice a year (early June and late October). Please view our baseball tryouts page for details! Unsure which age range you should try out for? Check our Age Determination Chart for Spring 2020.

If you have any questions about our BABL program, then please contact andrew@koasports.org. Koa Baseball serves customers in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Wheaton, Kensington, Potomac, Glen Echo, Takoma Park, and the District.


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 (15U) 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) 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) and, Saturday games at Cabin John Regional Park. Practices will be held Monday's 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 (29.5M views, recent spots with Clayton Kershaw) to host the game. Check out the Koa and Domingo experience 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.

Check out some of the kids' sports camps Bethesda, MD families have to choose from with Koa Sports!

Frequently Asked Question

Will my son be playing with other boys his age?

They will be playing with other kids in the same age group, within 1-2 years. We like having our boys playing alongside their peers as much as possible.

It looks like BABL tryouts are the same time as travel baseball tryouts. Can I just tryout for BABL?

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

Can my son play on a team with his friend?

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.

When will we find out if we've made the team?

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.

What days are practices going to be?

Each team will have one clinic per week in which all teams will be present. BABL AAA clinics will be on Wednesdays, BABL AA clinics will be on Thursdays, and BABL A clinics will be on Fridays during the season. Additionally, teams in BABL AAA and AA will have one individual team practice per week. Practice dates and times vary by team.

Where will the practices be held?

All practices will be held in the Bethesda area.

What if I have to cancel my registration down the road?

Koa Sports- Refund Policy

Camps and Clinics

If you come to the first day of your Koa program (camp & clinics only, this does not apply for leagues) and have such a terrible time that you no longer wish to participate in the program, we’ll refund you with 100% of the cost.

Recreation Leagues- Flag Football & Field Hockey

If you cancel your registration before the registration close date, we’ll refund you 100% of the program cost.

If you cancel your registration after the registration close date and find someone to take your spot, we’ll refund you 80% of the cost.

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.

Koa Teams that require Tryouts (BABL, Travel Baseball, Select Hoops, DT Field Hockey, and Club Field Hockey)

If you cancel your registration after you have accepted your position on the team you will be charged for the full price of the team.

*Injuries will be a case by case basis handled by Programs Directors and Koa Management

**Any refund policy disputes will go directly to Koa’s Board- Program Directors CAN NOT deviate from the stated policy.

Can I yell and scream and complain about the umpires and fight with other parents?

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!

What happens when my son's practice or game is rained out?

Rain is a part of life. For our baseball teams, unfortunately, 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.

Get to Know Koa


Our Bethesda Area Baseball League (BABL) is a safe, “in-house” league where advanced 3rd through 9th 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.

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Questions?
Email koabaseball@koasports.org
Call (301) 229-7529 (PLAY)