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T-ball

Boys and Girls ages 4 - 6

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T-ball division

T-Ball Division - Recommended for 4, 5 and 6 year-olds, teaches the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, while learning to bat from a tee. Practice begins mid-May and games begin after Memorial weekend, teams play two (2) games per week  for a total of 14 games. When registration numbers allow, this division is divided into two (2) age groups:

  • Novice - 4 year olds and first year 5 year olds. = basic fundamentals and fun.
  • Advanced (Modified Coach Pitch) - Second year 5 year olds and 6 year olds. Advanced division uses "Coach Pitch" concept in conjunction with tee ball, outs are recorded to award defensive play.

Should numbers not allow the division to split into Novice and Advanced, games are played using "T-ball Advanced rules".

T-ball Rules

CYBSA SUPPLEMENTAL RULES

 

RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION NOVICE AND ADVANCED (MODIFIED COACH PITCH)

  • Home team is responsible for setting the pitcher’s rubber, bases, and home plate prior to game time.
  • Home team shall choose to occupy either the first base or third base dugout side of the field during the game.
  • Each team will provide one volunteer umpire to officiate the game. The two volunteer umpires shall alternate between the position behind home plate and the position on the field every other inning. The volunteer umpires control the game and their decisions are final in all cases. For additional information, please see "How to Ump a Game" handout provided by CYBSA.
  • Both the home and the visiting team shall each provide one new game ball to the volunteer umpires for use during the game.
  • Only managers and/or assistant coaches may act as base coaches. No players are permitted to act as base coaches.
  • Every player present at the game must play a minimum of two complete innings defensively.
  • Each team will position ten defensive players, with four players stationed in the outfield (at least 10 feet behind the baselines). In cases where a team cannot position ten defensive players (i.e., is only able to position 8 or 9 players), the opposing team must limit its defensive alignment to 9 players.
  • Time Out and Advancement Rule: After a ball is hit or overthrown to the outfield, play stops when an attempt is made to get the ball in the possession of the player pitcher (Time Out Rule) at this point all play stops. A runner may not advance at this point unless he is already at least halfway to the next base.. Any runners halfway to the next base may choose to (A) continue to advance at their own risk of being tagged out or (B) return to the preceding base without risk of being tagged out (Advancement Rule).
  • In the event the ball is overthrown into foul territory, play is stopped and the "Advancement Rule” will apply (i.e., no additional bases will be awarded).RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION NOVICE
    • Batters shall receive up to five swings at a ball placed on a tee positioned at home plate. There are no called strikes or balls. Failure to put the ball into play upon the fifth swing constitutes a strike out. (Note: the player catcher must be positioned on the third base dugout side when a right handed batter is batting and on the first base dugout side when a left handed batter is batting. The player catcher is only permitted to move to the catcher position behind home plate after a batter puts the ball into play and the tee is removed from home plate by a coach.)
    • The offensive inning is concluded after every player present at the game has batted 1 time. The last batter of the inning, once reaching first base safely, must continue to circle the bases until either tagged out or scoring, either of which will end the inning.
    • Each team will provide one volunteer scorekeeper. Volunteer scorekeepers are responsible for maintaining a count of the following items each inning: (1) the number of swings each player takes from a tee and (2) the number of players that have batted (i.e., ensuring that every player present at the game has batted 1 time each inning). (Note: as indicated in Table 1, the duration of the game is 90 (1 hr 30 min) minutes or six complete innings, whichever comes first.
  • See TABLE 1RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION ADVANCED (MODIFIED COACH PITCH)

 

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    • Batters shall receive up to five pitches delivered from their team’s manager (or assistant coach) stationed at the pitcher’s rubber. All five pitches must be delivered to a coach catcher, not a player catcher. There are no called strikes or balls against batters attempting to hit from a coach pitcher. If a batter fails to put the ball into play upon the fifth pitch, the ball shall be placed on a tee positioned at home plate. Once the ball is placed on the tee, the batter receives up to three swings. Failure to put the ball into play upon the third swing constitutes a strike out. (Note: the player pitcher can be positioned on either side of the coach pitcher. The player catcher must be positioned on the third base dugout side when a right handed batter is batting and on the first base dugout side when a left handed batter is batting. The player catcher is only permitted to move to the catcher position behind home plate after a batter puts the ball into play and, if applicable, the tee is removed from home plate by a coach.)
    • The offensive inning is concluded after 3 outs have been recorded by the defense or 10 batters have batted. The tenth batter of the inning, once reaching first base safely, must continue to circle the bases until either tagged out or scoring, either of which will end the inning.
    • Each team will provide one volunteer scorekeeper. Volunteer scorekeepers are responsible for maintaining a count of the following items each inning: (1) the number of pitches each batter receives from a coach pitcher; (2) the number of swings each player takes from a tee; (3) the number of outs recorded by the defense, including the number of batters (i.e., ensuring that no more than 10 batters have batted each inning if three outs have not been recorded by the defense). (Note: as indicated in Table 1, the duration of the game is 90 minutes (1 hr 30 min) or six complete innings, whichever comes first. Therefore, if six complete innings have not been played before 90 minutes (1 hr 30 min) has elapsed and score is being kept, the final score shall revert to the last complete inning.
  • See TABLE 1

 

TABLE 1

RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION NOVICE AND ADVANCED (MODIFIED COACH PITCH)

SUBJECT RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION NOVICE

 

RIPKEN T-BALL DIVISION ADVANCED (MODIFIED COACH PITCH)
Distance between bases: 50’ 50’
Pitching distance: 35’ 35’
Maximum innings per game: 6 6
Time limit: 1 hr 30 min 1 hr 30 min
Maximum number of runs a team may score in an inning: n/a 10
Mercy Rule - game shall end if either team is loosing by: n/a 10 runs (after 4 innings)
A game can end in a tie: n/a Yes
Maximum number of defensive players on field: 10 10
Minimum number of players to start and finish a game: 8 8
Automatic outs called for missing (9th) player in batting order: n/a No
If a team cannot field the minimum number of players required to start a game within 5 minutes after the time set for the game to begin, borrow players from opposing team and play Yes, borrow/lend players and play game Yes, borrow/lend players and play game
A team shall bat their entire roster (i.e., the batting order shall include every player on the team roster who is present five minutes before the time set for the game to begin): Yes Yes
A player that arrives late to a game may be inserted at the end of the batting order Yes Yes
If a player is removed from the batting order due to injury or illness, an automatic out shall not be charged (that player, however, may not return to the batting order or game): Yes Yes
If a player is removed from the batting order for a reason other than injury or illness (e.g., ejection), an automatic out shall be charged at that player’s scheduled appearance in the batting order for the remainder of the game: n/a Yes
Free substitution on defense: Yes Yes
Leadoffs and stealing (including home): No (i.e., no base runner may leave the base until the batter makes contact with the ball) No (i.e., no base runner may leave the base until the batter makes contact with the ball)
Infield Fly Rule: No No
Bunting: No No
Contact Rule enforced: Yes Yes
Runners who are “out” as a result of a defensive play must return to the “dugout”: Yes Yes

 

 

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