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A review of the differences between Recreational and Competitive programs.
Recreation versus Competitive program

There is often a question as to what differentiates a recreation program from a competitive program. While there are probably different views on this subject, here are my thoughts.

Recreation programs generally have several components:

1.Scores are not kept in games and standings are not kept for the league.

2.Rules ensure that all players play equally, playing both infield and outfield, often a different position each inning.

3.Rules frequently assure that everyone bats once an inning and/or that after a specified number of runs are scored the offense and defense switch places.

4.Sportsmanship, player and coach behavior are emphasized.

5.Requires less of a time and money commitment.

Participation is the main priority in a recreation program.

Competitive programs generally have several components:

1.Scores are kept in games and league standings are maintained.

2.Tournaments before, during and after the season are offered for the teams.

3.There is often no requirement that all players must play, so coaches are able to play their best players at their best positions.

4.Teams are often picked through tryouts.

5.Can be a major commitment of both time and money

Winning is the main priority in a competitive program.

There are many models in use. Some recreation programs keep scores and standings and some competitive programs have participation rules. Therefore you should do a thorough job of investigating the various options available.

Two other topics to review for Recreation and Competitive teams are:

Coaching Philosophy
Team Rules