Practices 1-2 time per week decided by team parents
Games Saturday late afternoons @ Shadow Creek Sports Complex
Parents work together to Coach all players
1 parent needed to be Team Coordinator
*as of September 1, 2023
Goals of our 5-6yo T-Ball division:
TBall is more that just hitting off the tee.
Players should learn rules of the game.
Offensive - multiple base running; listening to the coach; knowing when to run & when not to run; learning how to hit the ball harder and farther with the right body mechanics.
Defensive - improved mechanics of: fielding the ball on the ground; catching the ball in the air; throwing accurately to a base; catching a thrown ball from another player; when to throw the ball, when to hold the ball; rules around getting the lead runner out.
The player should be proficient with the above and had enough practice opportunities in games to display these attributes before moving up to Coach Pitch.
Game Format / Rules:
7-9 players per team
Ball is hit off a tee, no pitching
Ball must travel 3 feet (to the green turf) or it is a foul
No walks or strikeouts
No fielder may cross the playing line (pitcher's mound rubber) until the ball is hit
At least 2 Parents need to be base coaches
No umpires are used for TBall games - please be reasonable and fair in calls made and strive for alignment with both team's coaches
Little League - like Rules and Positions; 3 outs or 5-run maximum score = end of half inning
Game time is 60 minutes
Multiple-base running (at risk)
When a batter hits the ball and it goes far, base runners can run as many bases as reasonably possible* (at the risk of getting out) just like real baseball; they do NOT have to stop at one base (like they do in our 3/4yo division)
*Given many of our players are new to the game, please be reasonable when base running and don't take unfair advantage just to score; remember there's a 5-run max rule per inning and we want kids to be able to bat multiple times during a game, but we also want to reward kids who do hit it far to be able to run multiple bases
Runner(s) may advance at risk 1 base on an overthrow
In the case of an overthrow, players can advance only 1 base. (Example. Short stop over throws to First: Batter can advance to 2nd base, 2nd base runner to 3rd, and 3rd base runner to home.) Additional overthrows that occur during that live ball can result in players continuing to advance another 1 base (each overthrow = 1-base advancement at risk).
Coaches should teach their fielders not to throw the ball around multiple times, risking overthrows. Teach fielders to attempt an out at a base, but then get the ball back to the pitcher or adult coach at the T.
Infield covers Home
Game time is 45 minutes
Every player bats and fields
Unlimited outs per half inning
Bat around – each player bats every half inning; 1 base per hit
Runners can only advance 1 base, no stealing, no advancement on overthrow
Last batter is “grand slam” hitter and can advance all the way around to home plate
Half inning is over when all players have batted once
Collect info on other sports involved, and set practice around