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Junior Coaches Pitch Local Rules

Junior Coach Pitch is a Tee Ball division designed to introduce the fundamentals of baseball to the players and encourage them to fully participate and have fun.

  • Max innings – 3 innings.
  • Time Limit – 1 hour. Refer to Rules Across All Divisions concerning application of time limits.
  • A Softtouch or Softstitch safety baseball will be used.
  • No official score is kept.

Offense

  • The manager and coaches from the offensive team coach bases and pitch/operate the tee. (One coach must remain in the dugout.)
  • All batters will bat each inning.
  • The ball must be hit into fair territory for the batter to advance to first base.
  • Outs: prior to Spring Break, outs will not be called; following Spring Break, coaches should acknowledge an out was made, but may optionally allow players to stay on base for base running experience.
  • Runners will not advance on overthrows.
  • The batting team's manager or coach will pitch overhand from a knee, or underhand while standing, to the batters from approximately of 20' away. If a player is unsuccessful in putting the ball in play after 2 swings or 4 total pitches (if the batter does not swing at 2 pitches), the player will hit from the tee. When a tee is used, it should be placed just in front of home plate (not directly on top of home plate).
  • When a ball in play is caught or stopped by an infielder or outfielder, base runners (including the batter) will advance one base. If a hit ball advances beyond the outfielders without being stopped or caught, the batter and any base runners may advance two bases (at risk of being tagged out).
  • When the last batter in the line-up comes to the plate, the coach will announce such. Upon putting the ball in play, the batter and runners will continue around the bases until the all reach home plate.

Defense

  • All players on the team will take fielding positions every inning. A five (5) player infield (no catcher), including a player placed at the mound area near the pitching coach, is used. All other defensive players should be distributed evenly throughout the outfield. Coaches may move player between positions during an inning provided it does not interfere with the flow of the game.
  • Players are to be rotated to different fielding positions each inning. Each player must play an infield position at least one inning each game. No player will play position of pitcher more than two (2) full innings any one (1) game.
  • Up to three (3) coaches from the defensive team may be in the field to help instruct defensive players. Play may be suspended to teach player(s) proper fielding techniques, as appropriate. A defensive coach will also serve as catcher to return balls to the pitcher.
  • All players should attempt a put-out, especially the infielders. They are NOT to automatically throw it back to the coach on the pitcher's mound unless the play has stopped. This will also be stressed to the outfielders. Outfielders will be instructed to throw the ball into the second baseman / shortstop. Coaches in the field will direct the players on the proper plays.
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