8U-13U Baseball Moves to NKB.
Our 8U-14U teams will compete across a number of leagues, including NKB, Crosstown, and Independent. At the 8U level, the Longhorns will be creating & running a local "8U Machine Pitch" league for teams in the immediate area (VH, CS, Ft Mitchell, Park Hills, Fort Wright, Edgewood). 9U-13U will be "player pitch" as in previous years.
All of our 8U & Above baseball teams will play a full regular schedule featuring a wider range of teams to compete against. Longhorns fees for the season continue to be as affordable as any other league in the area, and our "all-in" fees include: Full practice & game schedule (15-18 games), end of season tournament, full uniform, team equipment, and special events throughout the season, including "Longhorns Night."
10U-13U Tournament Teams Are Also Moving to NKB.
10U-13U Tournament Teams will also either play in NKB or as an Independent, and also play in 4-6 additional weekend tournaments. Weekend tournaments will allow for more competitive, tournament-style baseball to continue to develop our advanced players & teams. All Tournament Team fees for the season also continue to be as affordable as any other advanced league in the area, and "all in" fees include: Full practice & game schedule (15-18 games), end of season tournament, weekend tournament fees, 2 full uniforms (home & away), a practice jersey, team equipment, and special events throughout the season, including "Longhorns Night." Game schedules will be from late April through late June. Practices will occur during weeknights (Coach's decision on time & day) in Villa Hills at either Franzen Park or Villa Madonna.
Age Ranges Listed on the Registration Page
Ideal age ranges are listed for each team on the registration page. Players may be permitted to play up 1 year (level), but this is discouraged. For example, a player in 8U may be permitted to play 9U, but not up to 10U. Players who wish to play up one level will have to be approved to play up a level by the Villa Hills Longhorns Athletic Assoication Board. Several factors go into the decision process to play up a level, not just your player’s talent level.
INSTRUCTIONAL BASEBALL: Tee Ball and Machine Pitch
The Villa Hills Longhorns will again offer Instructional Tee Ball to our young athletes (normally ages 4-5). We also offer a local league for our intermediate baseball players, with the league moving to a "Machine Pitch" program (in place of "Coach Pitch"). This will allow our players (normally ages 6-7) to get better, more consistent pitching while also preparing them for their entry into 8U "Machine Pitch" in the 2nd grade. More details are available for each age group on the registration page. The Longhorns do not specifically mandate certain age ranges to the Tee Ball & Machine Pitch levels, as we think this is a decision parents should make based on their own child’s skill level. The general “rule of thumb” is that any first-time player should start with Tee Ball, and progress to Machine Pitch after 1-2 years, or when their skill level dictates.
2023 Registration for all age levels is now open for the season.