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What is the game and practice schedule at this level?

Teams begin practices in March and games on Opening Weekend in early April. The season ends in mid- to late June. Teams have practice once per week, typically on a weeknight or Sunday afternoon; there will be two practices per week (one on a weeknight, one on a weekend day) during the preseason if fields are available. All games are played on Saturday mornings or afternoons; game schedules will be made available in late March or early April. Games typically last approximately 1.25 hours. 

 

 

When will I hear from a coach?

Teams are formed in March to enable preseason practices.

 


The website and the flyers say my 6-year-old kindergartner needs Tee Ball experience to play Rookies, but I know (s)he’s ready…

This rule is in place to ensure player safety, and also to ensure that the quality of play is not diluted by players who simply aren’t physically mature enough to participate at this level.  The spirit of this rule is to encourage players to progress through Tee Ball to Rookies to hone their skills and build teamwork with schoolmates and friends.   This being said, if you child did not play Teeball but he or she can catch a tossed ball and hit a tossed pitch, sign him/her up for Rookies.

 

What does a typical game look like?

Coaches pitch a soft, safety ball to players. After 6 good pitches without a ball put into play, the player hits from the tee.  Every player bats and plays the field in each inning.  Players begin to learn the concept of force outs, and the position of catcher. Coaches serve as umpires. Basic skills are enhanced as position play becomes more emphasized.


What does my player need?

The league provides a team t-shirt and a hat for each player, as well as a tee, helmets, catcher’s gear, and bats at each game.  Players at this level need their own glove, and will need to bring their own water, juice, etc. to each game.  Cleats and baseball pants are not required, but are recommended at this level.


What else is required?

Your participation as a parent.  Even if you don’t step up as a head coach, parents must be present at these games.  Helping players learn how and where to throw the ball, and which direction to run and when to run there is a full team effort.  More importantly, it really is fun!

 If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact or the Rookies Commissioner!