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T-Ball Rules and Information

 

OVERVIEW AND GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  • Coaches are responsible for games starting and ending promptly within their assigned field times.  There are no umpires or officials assigned for T-Ball.
  • Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their players & parents at all times.  Unsportsmanlike conduct by any player/parent must be dealt with immediately.  If there are questions about conduct please contact any AYBA Board Member.
  • Two Innings at a minimum are played (assuming less than 1 hour).  If time allows and both coaches agree, a 3rd inning can be played before expiration of time, it’s at both coaches discretion.
  • The diamond shall be 50 feet between bases
  • There will be NO scorekeeping for any games and everyone WINS.  Players and coaches should shake hands upon completion of the game.
  • The Home team is responsible for getting the bases and the “tee” from the small equipment shed before the first game.
  • The home team is responsible for picking up and returning the bases and the “tee” back to the equipment shed.

 

BATTING

 

  • The AYBA T-Ball league is about having fun while introducing and developing core baseball/softball skills to each player.  Every inning the entire team will have an at-bat regardless of how many outs are made.
  • Every player will hit from a tee while at-bat for the first half of the season (no exceptions).  This will help develop proper hand-eye coordination and allow coaches to teach proper fundamentals of swinging the baseball bat.  In the second half of the season beginning June 14, 2018, every player may have the opportunity to hit 3 pitched balls from his/her coach.  If there is no contact made after the 3rd pitch, the coach must set the ball on the tee for the player to hit.   
  • After every child bats one time per half-inning, teams will switch to hit or play the field.
  • All batters and base-runners on the field surface (not the dugout or bench) MUST wear a helmet.  Batting helmets are not provided by AYBA but may be available if needed.
  • The batting tee will be placed directly on home plate or if conditions dictate as close to home place as possible.
  • Balls hit off the tee must go 10’ from the tee or are considered foul balls and the batter goes again.

 

 

RUNNING

 

  • Base coaches are encouraged for 1st and 3rd base to help instruct their players the fundamentals of properly running the bases.
  • Batters should only advance 1 base on a hit ball.  The last batter of the inning may run around all bases.
  • Players cannot leave their current base until the ball is hit. (No leading off, etc)

 

FIELDING

 

  • AYBA T-Ball is about developing the fundamentals of baseball/softball and learning to play the game properly.  For infield play, there is only one player allowed to play each appropriate position. (P, 3B, SS, 2B, 1B).  Therefore there are 5 players allowed within the base-paths at any given time.  The remaining players play outfield positions backing up the infield positions.
  • There will NOT be a player catcher in T-Ball.  A Coach should be the catcher for their team.
  • No one player should play the same position the entire game or year.  It is the responsibility of each coach to rotate their players to play different positions during the season to gain experience.
  • There are unlimited outs per inning.  In this developmental league think of outs as more important than runs and its just as important to reward players for fielding and throwing as it is hitting.
  • If a team clearly makes an out either by throwing it to a player in a force out scenario or by tagging a runner properly, the player is considered out and shall return to their proper bench.
  • Coaches are allowed on the diamond/outfield while their team is fielding that half of the inning to help instruct and aid in coaching his/her players, which base to throw, etc.
  • Stopping of hit balls (unless foul) by coaches is not permitted.  Players must retrieve the ball.

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