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BASEBALL RULES
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Baseball/Softball Rules

Tee ball:

Baseball

Tee Ball

(ages 3-4)

Ball type

Soft

Inning length

Either half or whole team bats

Game length

50 Minutes

Outs

No

Playoffs

No

Base distance

Up to 25 ft (May vary by location)

Pitching distance

NA

Purpose:

To build fundamental skills and knowledge of the game of baseball, (hitting, catching, throwing, fielding, base running)

Measurements:

Bases are 25 feet apart

Batting:

Play:

Score & Umpires:

Coaches will act as umpires and score will not be kept.

Equipment:

Intro to Coach Pitch:

Baseball

Intro to Coach Pitch

(ages 5-6)

Ball type

Soft

Inning length

Half the team bats

Game length

50 Minutes

Outs

No***

Playoffs

No

Base distance

Up to 35ft (May vary by location)

Pitching distance

Up to coach

Purpose:

During this transition from tee ball to coach pitch, players will continue to build fundamental skills learned from tee ball while introducing hitting a pitch and better fielding techniques.

Measurements:

Bases are 35 feet apart

Batting:

Play:

Score & Umpires:

Coaches will act as umpires and score will not be kept.

Equipment:

Coach Pitch (baseball and softball):

Baseball

Coach Pitch

(ages 7-9)

Ball type

Soft

Inning length

Half the team bats

Game length

50 Minutes

Outs

Yes*

Playoffs

No

Base distance

Up to 45ft (May vary by location)

Pitching distance

Up to coach

Softball

Coach Pitch

(ages 7-9)

Ball type

11"

Inning length

All batters hit

Game length

50 Minutes

Outs

Yes

Playoffs

No

Base distances

Up to 35ft apart

Pitch distance

Up to coach

Purpose:

During this transition, players will continue to build fundamental skills learned from tee ball while introducing hitting a pitch and better fielding techniques.

Measurements:

Batting:

Play:

Score & Umpires:

Equipment:

Kid Pitch (baseball and softball):

Baseball

Kid Pitch

(ages 10-12)

Ball type

Hard

Inning length

3 outs or 5 runs

Game length

60 Minutes

Outs

Yes

Playoffs

Seasonal**

Base distance

55ft (May vary by location)

Pitching distance

45ft

Softball

Kid Pitch

(ages 10-12)

Ball type

12"

Inning length

All batters hit

Game length

50 Minutes

Outs

Yes

Playoffs

No

Base distances

45ft apart

Pitch distance

35ft

Purpose:

Measurements:

Umpires:

Batting, Strikes, and Outs

Strike Counts

Score:

Equipment: