SPRING TBALL SEASON Opening Day March 2, 2019
Closing Day May 11, 2019
Weekday practices at 5:30pm
TENTATIVE START WEEK FOR PRACTICES IS February 4, 2019.
ALL games are on Saturdays at 9:00 am or 10:30 am.
Tball participants MUST turn 5 before May 1, 2019 unless approved by director.
TBALL PARTIPANTS ALSO CANNOT TURN 7 BEFORE MAY 1,2019
All Tball players will be given a major league hat & team shirt. Players need to purchase white or gray baseball pants, Tball glove, helmet & Tball bat. Please put players name on all items. A bat bag for carrying all equipment is also very convenient.
SPRING Tball Registration CLOSED
Please Contact Doug Wigley with any Inquiries.
T-Ball League Rules & Program Goals
The T-Ball Leagues goals & objectives in priority order are:
1. Safety of the Children
PRIORITY #1: SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN
This is the top priority of everyone: coaches, players, and parents. If you feel there is an unsafe condition, please bring that to the attention of the head coach, or any coach, on the field so that coaches are aware of your concern and appropriate action can be taken.
The head coach of each team has the primary responsibility for the safety of their players in and around the fields during practices and games.
Head Coach Responsibilities
1. Head Coaches (or the coach/parent who is in charge of a practice or game) are responsible for and will establish procedures to assure safety of the children on their teams and the areas on and around the baseball fields.
Game Safety: Recommend positions of coaches for each team during games are:
A coach of the team in the field should be positioned behind the pitcher. This coach needs to assure that their players are paying attention and ready before the ball is hit. The hitter will not hit the ball until the fielding teams coach behind the pitcher indicates his/her team is ready.
Coach #2: At 1st Base. Helps first baseman with fielding (especially thrown balls from other fielders) and assures safety of fielders and runners on and around 1st base.
Other coaches: positioned behind the infielders as needed.
A coach of the team at bat must be behind the batter when a player is hitting. That coach will assure the area around home plate is clear before the batter swings. This coach also waits to the fielding teams coach at the pitchers mound to indicate that his team is ready before allowing the batter to attempt to swing and hit the ball. The only two people at home plate should be the batter and the coach/parent supervising the hitter. There will be no catcher position.
Coach #1: Batting coach.
Coaches #2 and #3: At 1st and 3rd bases (and 2nd if need) - assist runners to guide them around the bases.
NOTE: The batter and base runners are to wear helmets when hitting and running the bases at all times.
PRIORITY #2: HAVE FUN, TEACH GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
This is a developmental program and coaches, parents, and players should assure that all the players feel good about playing as well as develop their skills as the season proceeds.
There will be a wide range of abilities and skills and the focus should be on positive encouragement and feedback. We should all do our best to celebrate of the success of each player on matter how small or great.
General: All cheering by coaches, players and spectators should be of a positive nature.
End of games: After all games, the coaches and players will line up and shake hands at the end of each game. Coaches should also gather their teams for a group cheer for the other team (as well as their own team) after the teams have shaken hands. This is a great time to let the children know how prove you are and pass any information about upcoming practices, games, or other scheduled events.
Team Snacks: If you've played in recreational leagues, you know this is a big part of the activity for younger players. However, team snacks should be enjoyed after the teams have shaken hands and coach has addressed his team as a group and completed a team cheer.
PRIORITY #3: TEACH THE BASICS OF BASEBALL
As this will be the first exposure to baseball for many of these children, take every opportunity to teach the basics of baseball.
Scoring: No score is kept. There are no winning or losing teams.
Rule #1. Number of Innings: Games are usually 3 innings with each team being at bat each inning.
Rule #2. Time Limit of Games: Games should be about 45 minutes and not longer than 60 minutes. Head coaches may shorten or lengthen the number of innings in games if they both agree on the change to meet the 45-60 minute time frame for games. The objective is to maximize play while keeping games to a reasonable length of time.
Rule #3. Game Ball: Home team provides the game ball.
Rule #4. Order of Batting: Home team bats last. The home team normally will be in the third base dugout/bench.
Rule #5. All Player Hit Each Inning: All players on the hitting team bat each inning. Each player hits, reaches first base, proceeds to the next base with each successive hit, and scores.
Rule #6. Number of Swings: All players will have unlimited swings off the tee until they put the ball in play. The ball should be hit in fair and approximately 10 feet from the tee to be in play. The coach behind the batter will use their best judgment as to when a batter has had a hit. Generally, if the ball rolls about 10 feet, then that should be counted as a hit and the batter should run to first base.
Rule #7: All Batters Reach Base: The batter, after getting a hit, will run to first and stay on base after each hit. (Note: This is true even if the fielding team makes a put out at first).
Rule #8: All Base Runner Advance: Base runners will stay on base and run/advance to the next base with each hit by the next hitter.
Rule #9: Last Hitter Grand Slam: At the end of each inning, the last batter will hit the ball and run around the bases. A grand slam home run!!! (note: I recommend the coaches have a system to ensure that all players get to bat last.) The fielding team should remain in the field until the last hitter has scored. The coach behind home plate will be announced by the coach behind the plate.
Rule #10. Fielding Team Plays: The fielding team players should make a play on the batted ball and attempt a put out at first base or other appropriate base if there is a force play. Runners remain on base even if there is a successful put out at any base.
Team practices will be 1 day a week Monday through Thursday at 5:30 pm and will be determined by Coaches after speaking with parents and League Director to determine field availability.
Games will be played on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am OR 10:30 am.
Schedule WILL be posted at the top of the page.
All T-Ball Games are played on the New Doug Wigley T-Ball Fields at the Hull Rd Sports Complex at 700 Hull Rd. off of U.S.1 just north of the Iron Horse on the left.