•5 innings – 3 outs per inning - 5 run limit per inning except last inning
•Last inning - 3 outs or bat the full batting order roster, whichever comes first. Batting the full roster assumes you can score greater than 5 runs in the last inning. If an uneven number of players on each team, bat the larger number. For example, if team A has 10 players and team B has 12 players, team A could bat 12 the last inning.
•9 kids on the field for defense – 4 outfield, no catcher
•Rotate kids for equal playing time
•All kids at least 2 innings of infield
•Bat the roster order
•5 pitches (no exceptions, including foul balls. If a coach pitches a 6th pitch, the batter is automatically out), no strike-outs, then use the T – pitch from a reasonable distance at a reasonable height. If you are 6' tall, don't pitch overhand standing upright to a 3' tall kid as the angle of the pitch is too extreme. Pitch underhand or take a knee and adjust to your batter's capabilities appropriately. The goal of the coach-pitcher is to hit the bat.
•No advancement on overthrow to first
•Dead ball - Infielder, in the infield, in fair territory, raises ball overhead to stop play (advance runners ½ way)
•No stealing or lead offs
•Hit past 15’ arc to be fair ball
•Pitch to your own team and have a coach behind home plate catching and maneuvering the T
•Keep the game moving as fast as possible
•It’s time to be catching a baseball – don’t use a hard ball yet (use T-Ball level or Level 5 baseball)
•Start your practice on time
•Get parents involved in running drills
•Create a practice schedule – see sample below
•Do your best
•Reward effort, not results. Keep it positive and have fun. This is a team sport.
•Invest in some cheap tools: cones, heavy ball, tennis balls, whiffle balls, footwork ladder, hitting stick
•Keep it moving and fast paced – downtime is the enemy
00-05 – Gather at home plate. Run the bases in the proper order. Call out each base. 2-3 times around the bases.
(evolve this to base running techniques and extend the time)
05-10 – Learn your players names. Have them introduce themselves and repeat their names.
10-20 – 4 corners (run forward, shuffle, run backward, shuffle)
Footwork ladder or draw in dirt
20-50 – Batting practice
1) Hitting heavy ball off the T - technique
2) Batting practice from coach pitcher – coaches need to hit the bat :-)
3) Hitting stick - technique
50-65 – Fielding practice, throwing to first – rotations - throwing technique - fielding technique
65-75 – Relay racing (until caught)