Rookie Ball

Age : Boys & Girls Born in 2008 & 2009 (2017/2018 season)

Training: Thursdays 5:00-6:15pm

Games: Generally Saturday mornings at 8:30 or 10:15 for a 1hr 15m game.

Equipment Required: Team Shirt, White baseball pants, baseball glove, sneakers or moulded cleat shoes.

U10’s play a modified form of baseball where the coach pitches to their own team. There are no strikes or balls and after three unsuccessful pitches the batter can hit the ball off a tee. In the second half of the season some children will be able to pitch to their own team as preparation for moving to the u12’s in the following season. The emphasis is on skill development while introducing baseball concepts such as “Force Play” and “Tag Up”.

A modified ball is used that is softer and slightly smaller than a normal baseball to reduce the risk of injury and build confidence. Team size is aimed at a max of 7 to 8 players to increase participation and skill development with players being rotated through different fielding positions in each innings.

Matches are played against the other three Clubs in the Metro Region being Pine Hills, Windsor and Allstars. Home games are generally played at the clubs Preston Rd fields. There are no competition points or official score recorded.

Training will commence early September with first game likely to be October 7. The season usually consists of 9 to 10 Saturdays in School Term 4 with another 6 to 7 Saturdays in Term 1 after school returns from the Christmas break. There are no games or training during the Christmas school holiday period.

In the interim, if you have any questions about playing Junior baseball with the Carina Redsox, please feel free to contact our Junior Vice President or our Junior Development Officer.

TEAM ALLOCATION:

Teams from U8 to Little League Minors are selected as evenly as possible.

Little League Majors to U20 are selected on players ability. This will remain the responsibility of the Junior Development Officer and coaching staff. Teams will consist of no more than 12 players.