Day League Player Progression

UpdatedSunday March 15, 2020 byDerek Olsen.

BYLB DAY LEAGUE PROGRESSION:

 

Tee Ball (Ages 5-6)

Tee Ball is generally the first introduction to organized baseball for most players. Wiffle ball maybe a good place to start.  The primary objective by the end of the season is to ensure that each player has FUN and a "positive experience" with baseball, desires to play again the following year, and has successfully demonstrated the skills listed below.

  • Warm up techniques
  • Names of defensive positions
  • How to execute a throw (proper grip)
  • Proper fielding position (down and ready)
  • How to hold a bat properly
  • What to do after the ball is hit (as a batter and a runner)
  • Knows how, why and when to run to the next base

 

 

Rookie Ball (Ages 7 -8)

A safety ball will be used to start with since this will be the first-time children will be pitched to versus hitting off a tee. As with T-Ball, the primary objective at this level is to ensure that each player has a FUN and "positive experience" with baseball, desires to play again the following year, and has learned the skills listed below.

  • TEAM concept
  • Warm up techniques
  • Number of outs per inning
  • Fielding techniques (proper down and ready position)
  • Catching a fly-ball
  • Uses both hands to catch the ball vs. one handed or trapped catches
  • Understands where to make the defensive play
  • Proper Batting position
  • Proper base running (on the ground vs. in the air)
  • Good Sportsmanship (End each game with a High Five)

 

 

Minor Baseball (Ages 9 -10)

The Minor level is where the players should recognize situations and understand "HOW BEST" to make certain plays. As with Rookie Ball, the primary objective is to ensure that each player has FUN and a "positive experience" with baseball, desires to play again the following year and has learned the skills listed below with the emphasis on "HOW BEST".

  • Advanced warm up techniques
  • The ball is always "LIVE"
  • Ground ball fielding techniques
  • Where to make the play
  • Relaying the ball from the outfield to the infield
  • Batting stance (closed, open)
  • Pitching mechanics
  • Bunting
  • Infield Fly Rule
  • Communication (calling for a fly ball)
  • Backing up plays
  • Pitcher position
  • Difference between a Force Play and a Must Tag
  • Good Sportsmanship

 

 

Major Baseball (Ages 11 -12)

The primary objective at the Majors level is the same as the previous levels with emphasis on preparing players for advancement. The Majors level is both competitive and instructional with more emphasis on instructional than competitive during the regular season.  It is critical that the managers and coaches of this division provide sound training and position rotations for all players. Besides building upon the skills taught to them at the preceding levels, players should successfully demonstrate the following skills:

  • Coming on time to practices and games prepared to play baseball
  • Competence in batter's box positioning
  • Proper grip of the bat
  • Acceptable level of determining ball vs. strike
  • Passing the bat through the strike zone
  • Proper base running techniques including:
    • Stealing after the ball crosses the plate
    • When to tag up vs going half way
    • How and when to slide
    • Correct pitching mechanics and baseball grips (fastball, change-up)
  • Proper footwork to field and throw quickly
  • How to go back on a fly ball
  • Sacrifice situations
  • How to rundown a base runner (pickle)
  • Know what can happen after a ball is caught in foul territory
  • Covering bases and backing up positions after a hit
  • Always show good Sportsmanship on and off the field (no badmouthing other players or other team)

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