Gear Up for the Season
About the T-Ball Division
The T-Ball Divisions are for girls who are 4 (Micro) to 6 years of age on January 1st of the current season. In T-Ball the girls progress from hitting off a tee to easy parent pitch. The emphasis is on the development of softball skills and gaining familiarity with the rules and strategy. The score is not kept as we want the girls to thrive in a low-pressure environment. There are no playoffs and the emphasis is on player development and having fun, not winning. Teams will be assigned in mid-March and the T-Ball season will commence at the beginning of April. Practices are usually one day a week and each team will have one or two games scheduled per week. Weeknight games are scheduled for 6:00 pm and Saturday games are played throughout the day at the Petticoat Fields on Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square. Games are 3 innings or 1 hour in length – whichever comes first. The T-Ball season is expected to end the first or second weekend in June. The T-Ball Division tries to accommodate requests made on registration forms.
1) Games will be three innings or one hour, whichever comes first
2) No score keeping of any games.
3) Stress fundamentals – this is an instructional division.
4) No pitching by players.
5) Play may be delayed any time for instruction and coaching. Use discretion concerning frequent stoppages of play.
Two (2) defensive coaches, ONLY, may be positioned on the field to instruct the players during the game.
6) EQUIPMENT and FIELD DIMENSIONS:
a) Base distance to be forty (40) feet.
b) Ball is to be an 11” Incrediball supplied by the league.
c) Regulation softball bats or league supplied bats, ONLY.
a) Players may play one defensive position for no more than two (2) innings per game.
b) A maximum of seven (7) infielders will be used in the field:
(1) l playing pitcher (fielding only)
(2) No catcher
(3) 5 infielders (first, second, third base, short stop, short field)
c) Balance of team are to be outfielders
d) Two (2) coaches for the defense may be positioned in the field to instruct defensive players.
e) All batters will advance ONE base per at bat, last batter runs through all bases
a) Each team member will bat in order, using all team members in the lineup.
b) The maximum number of batters in an inning will be the highest number of players present on either team.
c) Ending an inning – the inning ends after the maximum number of batters have batted. The offensive coach
must inform the defensive team when the batter which constitutes the maximum is at the plate.
d) Players must stay behind the fences at all times unless batting or base running.
a) Helmets must be worn by batter and base runners during games and practices.
b) First half of the season – a batting Tee is to be used for all innings.
c) Second half of the season – an offensive coach is to pitch. A Tee may be used after two (2) strikes.
(1) (Highly recommended to use the Tee after 2 strikes in order to keep the game moving.)
d) There will be no strikeouts – if a batter has difficulty, a coach may assist.
e) No base on balls will be awarded.
10) BASE RUNNING
a) Leads are NOT permitted.
b) Runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit.
c) Each runner may only advance one base per play, last batter runs around the bases to home
a) No penalty for infield overthrows–there will be no advancement of a runner due to an infield overthrow.
a) Assume game is “on” unless cancelled by the League on the League website.
b) Make-ups will be rescheduled when possible and made up within the next week. Exceptions will be allowed during holidays and severe backlogs.