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Rookies FAQ
Posted Oct 22, 2019

What ages can play rookies? Rookie level baseball is for 1st and 2nd graders. Boys progress from tball to rookies baseball. Girls typically progress from tball to 8U softball. See softball page for more details.

When do practices start? Practices will begin the week after Spring Break, the week of March 30, 2020. Practices will be twice a week in evenings until games start. Once games start, there will be one practice a week in addition to games.

When do games start? Games will start the week of April 27, 2020 and be either on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays.

When does the season end? There will be a end of the season tournament the weekend of June 6-7, 2020 (weather permitting).

What does my child need? The league provides a game jersey and a hat. Your child will need a glove, gray baseball pants and helmet. Each team will have bats, but you can purchase one if you would like.

 

*The dates are subject to change based on the number of players and coaches that register, and the weather in the Spring.

 
Rookies Rules of Play
Posted Mar 29, 2016

Rules of Play - Rookies (1st Year Division)
1) Bases are 60 feet apart.
2) Games will last 90 minutes, no new innings after 75 minutes from the start of the game.
3) Batters, players on deck and base runners must wear a helmet AT ALL TIMES. If helmet is removed before player reaches dugout, outs will be recorded.
4) The batting order will include all players present and must bat entire roster during the game.
5) Each batter will receive a maximum of 5 pitches (by machine). Three strikes (batter must have swung the bat) and the batter is out. After five pitches the batter is out (good or bad pitches) Batter will not be called out on fifth pitch if player fouls off the pitch.
6) Pitching machine should be set 40-45 feet from home plate. Coaches will determine which machine will be used for the game. BEFORE THE GAME - test settings, distance from mound, etc. Settings for pitching machines will be provided to coaches before the season starts.
7) Kid Pitch will be implemented at the half way point of the season and happen the first 2 innings of the game. Pitching distance for kid pitch will be 35 feet. Kids will throw a maximum of 5 pitches per at bat. If batter is still alive after 5 pitches, the machine will be used to finish the at bat (if batter has 1 strike against them they will get 2 swings off the machine, 2 strikes against them they get 1 swing off machine). 1 “take pitch” will be allowed.
8) No walks will be awarded, however in the event a batter is hit by kid pitcher, they will be allowed to take 1st base. Balls and Strikes will be called by batting teams coach, standing behind pitcher.
9) Pitching limit will be 1 inning per pitcher.
10) 5 run rule per inning, unless 3 outs occur. Not every batter will bat every inning.
11) No leading off or stealing bases.
12) No advance on overthrows.
13) Balls hit to the outfield, base runners can advance until the ball is thrown by the outfielder.
14) No thrown bats/helmets will be allowed. 1 warning per team per game, then outs will be given. Any bat thrown more than 10 feet, or hits any player (ie catcher), or equipment thrown out of anger will be considered thrown gear.
15) Up to 2 (defensive) coaches can be on the field (behind the infield) for instructional purposes. Batting team coach will be on field with pitching machine.
16) Up to 10 kids on the field for defense. 4 outfielders, must stand at least 20 feet behind baseline. Outfielders cannot come in and cover a base.
17) Protective cups are required
18) Keep track of score
*Be ready to start and take the field at your starting time
*Have your players warmed up before game time.
*Have your lineup made up before you arrive

 

Rules of Play - Rookies (2nd Year Division)
1) Bases are 60 feet apart.
2) Games will last 90 minutes, no new innings after 75 minutes from the start of the game.
3) Batters, players on deck and base runners must wear a helmet AT ALL TIMES. If helmet is removed before player reaches dugout, outs will be recorded.
4) The batting order will include all players present and must bat entire roster during the game.
5) All players on roster will be required to play at least 3 innings per game.
6) Pitching machine should be set 40-45 feet from home plate. Coaches will determine which machine will be used for the game. BEFORE THE GAME - test settings, distance from mound, etc. Settings for pitching machines will be provided to coaches before the season starts.
7) Kid Pitch will be implemented at the beginning of the season and will be in play for all innings. Pitching distance for kid pitch will be 40 feet. Kids will throw a maximum of 5 pitches per at bat. If batter is still alive after 5 pitches, the machine will be used to finish the at bat (if batter has 1 strike against them they will get 2 swings off the machine, 2 strikes against them they get 1 swing off machine). 1 “take pitch” will be allowed.
8) No walks will be awarded, however in the event a batter is hit by kid pitcher, they will be allowed to take 1st base. Balls and Strikes will be called by batting teams coach, standing behind pitcher.
9) Pitching limit will be 2 innings per pitcher.
10) 5 run rule per inning, unless 3 outs occur. Not every batter will bat every inning.
11) No leading off or stealing bases.
12) No advance on overthrows.
13) Balls hit to the outfield, base runners can advance until the ball has been thrown in from the outfielder AND is in the glove of an infielder.
14) No thrown bats/helmets will be allowed. 1 warning per team per game, then outs will be given. Any bat thrown more than 10 feet, or hits any player (ie catcher), or equipment thrown out of anger will be considered thrown gear.
15) Up to 2 (defensive) coaches can be on the field (behind the infield) for instructional purposes. Batting team coach will be on field with pitching machine.
16) Up to 10 kids on the field for defense. 4 outfielders, must stand at least 20 feet behind baseline. Outfielders cannot come in and cover a base.
17) Protective cups are required
18) Keep track of score
*Be ready to start and take the field at your starting time
*Have your players warmed up before game time.
*Have your lineup made up before you arrive