Levels of Play at 3&2 | The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County, Inc.
The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation serving the youth of our community since 1951.

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T-Ball (Pre-K, must be 4 before June 1st of current year)
T -ball is a great introduction to baseball and the 3&2 program serves youth from preschool through high school.T-Ball is for preschool age boys & girls (4-5 years old) and we have two sessions of T-ball to offer in the Spring/Summer. The first six-game season will start mid April and run through the end of May.  The second six-game season will begin the first week in June and will go into mid July, depending on rainouts. Games will be played on Saturdays on area fields. Uniform T-shirt, hat and participation award provided.  No games played over the Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends.

All of the equipment is provided by the league, including a batting tee, reduced injury baseballs, batting helmets and catchers mask. Players who sign up as an individual will be placed on a team in their area. Parents are needed to serve as coaches.

Teams at 3&2 are formed within the boundaries of each of the High Schools and by the current grade level of the players.

For the T-ball program, we understand that some children attend preschool outside their high school attendance area. T-ball teams can be formed from a neighborhood, a preschool, or better yet, by where they will attend kindergarten. Once they get into kindergarten, however, they will need to return to their proper high school attendance area.

Recommended team size of no more than 12 players and no fewer than 10.

Kindergarten Coach Pitch and/or Machine Pitch
At the kindergarten level, teams have the option of playing coach pitch the entire year, machine pitch or playing half the season as coach pitch followed by a second half of machine pitch. This level remains very instructional with coaches on the field. No score is kept and the game is played with the softer safety baseballs.
  • Ten-game season starts in early April.
  • Teams are formed by grade school boundaries as best as possible.
  • One hour games are played on weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Uniform shirts, hat and equipment provided.
  • Every member of team plays defensively each inning.
  • Participation awards provided.
1st and 2nd Grade Machine Pitch
League play, safe consistent pitching machines allow for lots of offense and many defensive opportunities. After playing through a 14-game regular season schedule, every 1st and 2nd Grade machine pitch team advances to the season ending playoffs in July.
  • Teams formed by grade and high school boundaries.
  • Safe, consistent pitching machines build confidence in players.
  • T-shirts, hats and insurance is provided, equipment is the responsibility of the individual team.
  • Perfect transition from coach pitch to player pitch at 3rd grade level.
  • Lots of offense – that means plenty of defensive opportunities.
  • 10-player defensive line-up with four outfielders.
  • 90-minute games played in early evening and weekends.
  • Instructional – Score & standings are kept at all levels.
  • Championship tournament in July for all teams (optional).
  • Teams bat through entire roster.
  • Instructor coach on field in 1st grade.
  • Sponsor Not Required (Sponsors can be used for purchasing equipment & misc. items).
  • Includes one paid, trained umpire per game.
  • 14-game season starts in early-April.
3rd & 4th Grade Divisions - At this level, the players get their first taste of real baseball.
  • Teams bat through entire roster.
  • Minimum three innings playing time required defensively.
  • Pitching is limited to a certain number of pitches over a period of time.
  • Teams are seeded in 4-5 leagues.
  • Championship tournament in July for all teams (optional).
  • In-season tournaments available for teams.
  • Teams my be formed in advance by high school boundary and grade.
  • 14-game season starts in early-April.
5th & 6th Grade Divisions - Participation is still required and teams continue to bat through the entire roster. Rules become closer to real baseball rules.
  • Players can lead off and steal with the pitch.
  • Minimum three innings playing time required defensively.
  • Pitching is limited to a certain number of pitches over a period of time.
  • Teams are seeded in 4-5 leagues.
  • Championship tournament in July for all teams (optional).
  • In-season tournaments available for teams.
  • Teams my be formed in advance by high school boundary and grade.
  • 14-game season starts in early-April.
7th and 8th Grade Divisions
  • Tryouts begin with the start of the 7th grade season.
  • Tryouts, if necessary, are permitted.
  • Players earn the right to have more playing time by working hard and improving their individual and team skills.
  • Most managers try to play as many people as possible in each game, but it is not mandatory to do so.
  • Teams seeded into 3-4 leagues.
  • Championship tournament in July for all teams (optional).
  • In-season tournaments available for teams.
  • 16-game season starts in mid-April.
  • Several national organizations also host state, regional and national play that teams may qualify for.
  • Plenty of tournament opportunities within 3&2 and in the area.
High School Divisions
There are three leagues within the high school divisions; Federal, American and National.
  • The Federal League is designed for the player that does not try out for or does not make the high school team (some exceptions are made) but still desires to play baseball through the high school years. If a high school has a third team in summer play (typically freshmen) that team will play in the junior/senior level of the Federal League.
    • Teams are formed generally from a given high school area in early March after the tryouts have been conducted for the high school team.
    • The Federal League is divided into two levels of play; freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors.
    • 14-game season starts just before Memorial Day and concludes in late July.
    • Games are played on Mondays, Thursdays and weekends.
  • The American League (generally the next spring season's junior varsity level team from a given high school) and the National League (generally the next spring season's varsity level team) are most often coached by a coach from the high school. 
    • Teams are formed from a given high school area.
    • 7-game season starts after Memorial Day.These are weekly 9-inning games. 
    • Games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Within the 1st grade through 8th grade leagues, the following information pertains regarding competitive levels of play.

Metro League
At the 1st-8th grade levels, 3&2 will have its METRO League for highly-competitive AA, AAA and Major classified teams. Teams can be formed without regard to high school attendance area. If enough highly-competitive teams for this league cannot be put together, the league will not be formed at that given age level. In that case, teams will be given the option to play in the METRO League at the next older age group.
The season starts the first of April and will be played primarily on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Some games are played on Mondays and Thursdays as needed. In order to get all the games in, an early game and a late game will be played on weekday nights while school is still in session. 7th and 8th grade teams typically play double headers.
3&2 league teams which are comprised of players from a single high school attendance area or who are considering merging with team(s) or player(s) from other areas should consult with Neil Rutkowski or Jeff Chalk before attempting to get into this league. On a year-by-year basis, teams that played in this league may or may not be invited to return to the league based on quality of play.

1st League
At the 1st-8th grade levels, 3&2 also has a league for competitive AA-level teams who maintain the high school boundary area restriction. Other than this restriction, all other information about the METRO League (above) also pertains to the 1st league, including when games are played.
2nd-6th Level League Teams
At the 2nd-8th grade levels, teams (formed by high school boundary areas) are placed into leagues based on the record the team had the previous year and whether or not a team has added or lost players that make the team more or less competitive. Teams at the 2nd level of play are generally more skilled than teams in the 3rd level of play, and so on.
Feedback from the manager is essential in making sure the team is placed in the correct league. Starting in November, the 3&2 web site will show in what level of play each team has initially been projected for the following spring season.
The season starts in early-April and runs through July, culminating with the playoffs. Games will be played on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The number of games and cost per player is determined by grade level and is set by the Board of Directors in November.
1st Grade Leagues
In the 1st grade, teams are randomly placed in leagues with the exception of the METRO and 1st leagues. Teams in those leagues have requested to be there for higher levels of competition. All teams at these levels (except the METRO League) must adhere to the high school boundary team formation rules.