The 4 & 5 year old Tee Ball program provides an instructional environment where players will learn the skills of the game, while having fun and staying active. Parents and legal guardians of Tee Ball players are crucial to the extension of the program, and their satisfaction is equally important to its success. The Tee Ball program sets the foundation for continued participation in higher levels of Attleboro Youth Baseball.
The 8-week schedule allows the players exposure to the game without an overwhelming time commitment. Tee Ball players will use baseball tees, bats and baseballs designated specifically for use in this instructional division. Within the games coaches may choose to pitch to players. During the 8-weeks coaches will hold optional weekday practices with a single game played on weekends.
The focus shall be on developing additional skills to assist players with their transition to full coach/player pitch at the next levels, while still providing full participation and ensuring the players have fun.
The 6 year old Instructional division is an extension of tee ball. This division was created to help players of all skill levels to learn the progression of this great game. Like Tee Ball players will play an 8-week schedule to allow more exposer to the evolution of the game. At this age we will start with players hitting off the tee for the first couple of weeks and will progress to coach pitch. If a player struggles after a few swings, we will put the tee back to promote swing mechanics and will give that player another try on their next at bat. We will also transition to 3 outs or 4 runs scored in an inning in an effort to keep the game moving. Coaches will be encouraged to work on the fundamentals of the game while working to promote Team, Sportsmanship and most importantly FUN!
The Rookies 7 & 8 year old division is a developmental division with the emphasis on skill development. This is the next progression in the game. In this division players will be introduced to the rules of baseball including balls and strikes called. Coaches will be pitching for the first three weeks of the season. As we move into week 4 coaches will pitch for the first time through the batting order and then we progress to player pitch. This year players will use a real baseball. Participants will learn all positions and play a minimum of 4 defensive innings and a continuous batting order is kept. Our Rookie Division is the first step into competitive baseball. Learning the game and SAFETY is the highest concern and is taken into consideration for all player skill levels.
The Minor 9 & 10 year old division is the second step of competitive baseball. Using 9 players on the field. Players will rotate positions learning to play competitive baseball rules. Standings are kept with double elimination playoffs to end the season. All players will be in a continuous batting order. All players will participate defensively in at least
four innings and there will be rotation between infield and outfield positions. Four runs maximum per inning except last inning.
The Majors 11 & 12 year old division is the last competitive division for kids 11 and 12 years old on the small diamond. The focus will remain on skill development while also being competitive with standings being kept and double elimination playoffs to conclude the season. All players will be in a continuous batting order. All players will participate defensively in at least four innings and there will be rotation between infield and outfield positions. Four runs maximum per inning except last inning.
BABE RUTH 13-15
Babe Ruth Division is for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wish to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. Babe Ruth Division games are played on standard 90′ diamonds under Official Baseball Rules used by Major League Baseball. Typical season consists of 10 or more regular season games followed by double elimination playoffs. Most games are played Monday – Friday with some weekend games. Most teams hold 2 – 4 practices before the first scheduled game is played. Once the season starts there could be additional practices scheduled from time to time depending on field availability. Players will need to supply their own baseball glove, baseball pants, and cleats. Each Babe Ruth Division baseball team has use of an equipment bag that includes a batting helmet and a bat. However, most players supply their own batting helmet and bat.
The Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges from the ages of 5-18 or up to 22 if still enrolled in school. The program is flexible and adaptive to the players and usually the games last a few innings with all players playing defensively and bat every inning. Players are assigned buddies who assist Challenger athletes in the areas of batting, base running and defense, but only if needed.