Ages 4, 5 & 6Updated Tuesday April 28, 2015 by Nashua Cal Ripken.
General – No Minimum of kids to play a game, Coaches may combine players from one team with another team if needed to balance a roster in the event a team cannot field a minimum of 6 positions. This can be done since this division is not keeping track of wins and losses. All players will play in the field each inning, up to 9 Infielders (1st, 2nd, 3rd, SS, 3xP, C, Gap Between 1st and 2nd) and remaining players in the Outfield. Every player should play the infield at least 2 innings per game, but as we are developing all players, it is highly recommended that fielders be rotated between the infield and outfield as much as possible. Exceptions should be made solely on the basis of safety (a child at first base must be aware and capable of blocking a ball even if catching it is not possible). No score or records are maintained at this level.
Pitching – The use of a tee is mandatory at this level at the beginning of the season. Based upon coaching and league coordinator evaluation throughout the season, the use of coach or machine pitch may be introduced by end of the season. Two to Three pitchers should be used for defensive purposes, one on either side of the mound and one on the mound.
Catchers – Catchers are not used at this level and coaches must instill bat control at the plate, on deck circle, and dugout to insure safety of players and coaches.
Batting – All players shall bat each inning (completely through the entire order) regardless of the outs called in the field of play. Once the batting order has reached the last batter, the coach shall announce “Last Batter” and this player will complete a walk off home run regardless of the play in the field. Coaches shall rotate batting line up each inning so that all players have the opportunity to bat first, last, and all in between throughout the entire season.
Umpiring – All calls are made as a cooperative effort by the coaches from both teams. The coaches for the team at bat will operate the tee and instruct batters at home plate and/or first base, and make calls on plays in the field. The coaches for defense should be either in the outfield (for providing instruction to both infield and outfield positions) or on the mound for providing instruction to the pitchers.
Rules – Players should be incentivized to put the ball in play and run hard through first base during every at bat regardless if contact is made. Players called out as a result of a play shall remain on the field at the base closest to the play (for example, a play at first will result in the player remaining on first base). The inning is over once all players have completed an at bat for the inning. Each at bat shall result in a single regardless of the distance or fielding of the defense. Players should be taught to recover the ball and make a throw to first base (or closest base as season progresses).
Field Maintenance - Home team sets up and drags infield before game, Away team tears down and drags field after game.
Stealing – No Leading or Stealing under any circumstances.
T-Ball - Bats may be used at this level.
Rainouts - are either determined by the league president for the entire league, or if the league chooses to hold games and it is questionable, it is up to the head coaches to decide. Note: Makeup games are very hard to come by.