(See Rule 6.18 below for revision, March, 2019)
PLEASE READ ALL CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY.
We need consistency so our 3-4 year olds can start to see a pattern and to learn the rules which will be in place when they move up to 5-6 coach pitch. We want the kids to have fun and begin to learn the basic rules of baseball. Also, we want the coaches to be able to hold their attention span as the game goes on. Batting all 13 every inning makes it difficult to keep the attention of those in the offensive dugout as well as the 13 players on the field defensively. We have rules in place which everyone needs to go by. The rules everyone needs to use are repeated below. Some emphasis and clarification (in red) have been added. These rules are for the best results for the kids.
6.05 All players in the lineup will bat.
6.16 A team may score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning, including the last inning or record three (3) outs. (5 runs scored or 3 outs recorded, whichever comes first, ends the half inning). To stay on our time schedule, play 50 minutes and then end the game since we don't keep score and do not have a winner.
6.17 Score will not be kept. You DO need to count runs per inning to satisfy Rule 6.16. However, since game scores are not kept, there is no need to post scores online. MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN AND START LEARNING THE BASEBALL RULES!!!
6.18 During the first half of the season (first 4 games in spring, first 3 games in fall), all teams WILL BE REQUIRED to hit from a tee. At any time during the second half of the season (last 4 games in spring, last 3 games in fall), the coach of each team will have the option to convert to soft toss coach pitch as the team skills improve, or a team may continue to hit from a tee for the entire season if they choose. FOR YOUR LAST 4 GAMES IN SPRING AND LAST 3 GAMES IN FALL, YOU CAN USE A COMBINATION OF HITTING FROM THE TEE FOR SOME WHO ARE NOT READY FOR COACH PITCH, AND THE REMAINDER WHO ARE READY CAN SWING AT COACH PITCHES. ONCE AGAIN, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN AND START LEARNING THE BASICS OF THE GAME!!! (REVISED MARCH, 2019: WHEN USING COACH PITCH IN THE LAST HALF OF THE SEASON, EACH BATTER WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE (3) MISSED SWINGS. AT THAT POINT, THE BATTER WILL HIT FROM THE TEE UNTIL THE BALL IS PLACED INTO PLAY).