Tee Ball Description:
Players ages 5 & 6. Using a T-ball batting tee, 6U focuses on instruction of beginning players. 10 players are fielded defensively and all players bat. No leading off or stealing of bases is allowed. Mandatory two inning defensive play rule. In addition, each team member must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. Maximum of 5 coaches in baseball and 4 coaches in softball are allowed on the field at any time.
Fall, 2020 Season Changes
Goal: The small team format is designed to accomplish the following:
- Reduce player contact while providing a fast-paced game that gives each player an opportunity to play several fielding positions and have more at-bats.
- Increase the amount of coaching instruction each player receives during practice.
- Encourage parents new to baseball to coach by reducing the administrative responsibility of creating fielding and battling line-ups.
- Provide scheduling flexibility should a player, team or coach be exposed to COVID-19.
Team Setup: Each team will consist of five players that will be assigned based on OHYSA Blue Book procedures.
Practices: Each team will be paired with a second team for their scheduled practice times.
Games: Games will be played under OHYSA Blue Book Rules with following modifications:
- A game will consist of three teams playing at once.
- Team 1 will hit first. Team 2 will play the infield and Team 3 will play the outfield.
- The infield will consist of a Pitcher, 1st Baseman, 2nd Baseman, Short Stop and 3rd Baseman.
- The outfield will consist of a left fielder, left-center fielder, right-center fielder, right fielder and a catcher.
- Team 1 will hit until the last to occur:
- Each player has batted, or
- Three outs are made by the fielding team or the hitting team scores three runs, whichever occurs first. If three outs are made before each player has batted the bases will be cleared of remaining base runners to simulate a normal baseball half-inning.
- In their next at-bat, Team 1 will pick-up where they left off in their hitting rotation from their prior at-bat (i.e. they will follow a normal hitting lineup rotation).
When Team 1 finishes their at-bat, teams will rotate as follows:
- Team 1 will become the outfield team (note the catcher will already have a helmet).
- Team 2 will bat, and
- Team 3 will become the infield team.
Team rotations will continue for the duration of the game. The hitting team rotates to outfield, the outfield team rotates to infield and the infield team rotates to batting.
Each time a team rotates to the infield or outfield players should play a different fielding position than their previous rotation. Coaches must consider player safety and preparedness when assigning infield positions.
Dugout Setup: To minimize player contact, the three teams should setup their “dugout space” in separate areas.
- As a suggestion, Team 1 can setup inside the 3rd base dugout, Team 2 inside the 1st base dugout and Team 3 along the 1st base or 3rd base fence line just beyond the dugout.
- To help expedite team rotations, teams should consider having each player group the equipment they intend to use (not their entire bat bag) outside the dugout. In most instances, this will include their bat, helmet and glove. By having equipment out and ready teams should be able to rotate more efficiently.
- When teams come in to hit each player should put on their helmet (as noted above every plater will bat each inning) and proceed to the inside of a dugout for safety. Each team’s bats can be lined up along the dugout fence on the field side (i.e. not in the dugout, but along the dugout fence) and be readily available when it’s the player’s turn to hit.
Pitcher’s Equipment Cleaning: Each team will be assigned a protective mask and heart guard for the pitcher to wear. In between innings, it is critical a coach wipe down the protective mask’s padding with a disinfectant to ensure it is clean for the next player’s use. It is up to each coach’s discretion as to whether or not the heart guard receives similar treatment.
Commissioner’s Notes: This method of play is a widely used setup for inter-squad games during practice. For the format to be effective, it is important to consider the following:
- Coaches must encourage swift rotations by the players. It is critical for players run to their positions and equipment to stay organized.
- Having adequate parent participation is important. Each team should have no more than three coaches for each game: one to stand by the team’s equipment to help players rotate and get them to the plate to hit, a second to load the tee and a third to coach 3rd base. Should a team want one of their coaches to be a 1st base coach they will need to share the duty of getting their players to the plate timely to hit. Coaches should closely follow their own team and avoid contact with the other teams’ players.
Frequently asked Tee Ball Questions
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Regulation games will be a maximum of four (4) innings, but no regulation inning (one through four) may be started after fifty (50) minutes. The game will have a kill time of one (1) hour and five (5) minutes. There is a School Night Curfew (no inning may start after 9:30 PM).
For 6U League, in Spring and in Fall, a maximum of three (3) team meetings per calendar week is allowed during the declared pre-season period, and a maximum of three (3) team meetings per calendar week (including games) is allowed during the regular season.
It shall be the policy of the Baseball/Softball Program to provide awards to individual players for the recognition of participation and achievement of excellence in play during the regular season. These awards shall be distributed in then following manner:
All team members in the WeeBall, 6U and 8U Leagues shall receive a participation trophy.