Rookie is the beginning level of play in Windsor Baseball. Coaching basic skills for hitting and throwing are taught. Batting is mainly Coach pitch but may require the use of a "T" . Teamwork and sportsmanship are also emphasized. Most important while playing at this level is to learn the basic fundamentals and to HAVE FUN!
The primary function of the league is to be one of training and preparation of little leaguers in the mechanics, skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship of baseball.
GAME TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
Games will be played at Esposti Park (small field) and Uchytil Field (Keiser Park)
All games are limited to 3 innings or 75 minutes (1 hr 15 min)
Uses the 1st base dugout
Uses the 3rd base dugout
THOSE PERMITTED ON THE FIELD/DUGOUT:
Players on the official rosters of the participating teams
Only one (1) Coach and however many assistants he/she allows to help out
Volunteer parent to assist in dugout, if necessary
There are no umpires.
Each Coach is responsible for calling pitch count, foul balls and setting up the ball on the tee.
The base coach makes calls at 1st and 3rd base and keeps track of runner's positions at the conclusion of each play.
BASIC GAME RULES:
Pitching: the Coach or Asst. Coach will pitch to their own team; pitch must be delivered with one knee on the ground and ball will be thrown overhand
Batting: a batter shall receive 5 pitches; if the batter fails to put the ball into play, then a 'tee' will be used.
Base running: base runner must stay in contact with the base until the ball is hit
Stealing: no stealing of bases is allowed
Foul: the ball is foul if it travels less than 15 ft in fair territory from home plate.
Strikes: no strikeouts
Hitting: batter shall not be allowed to bunt and may not take half swing or swining bunt
Sliding: is not allowed
Players shall play every inning
All players take the field when their team is in the field - maximum of 6 infielders and 6 outfielders
All players shall have the opportunity to play a variety of positions. Players should move between infield and outfield in every game. Since the games are only 3 innings, the Coach will need to keep track of which positions each player played. If a player played twice in the infield, the next game he/she should play twice in the outfield. **A volunteer parent can be asked to track playing time for each game
The Coach or Asst Coach shall pitch to their own team; one knee on the ground and will deliver the ball overhand. Distance shoud be around 20-25 ft from home plate.
Players bat through the line-up at each at-bat with no outs or score kept
When the ball is hit, the runner shall advance 1 base for a grounder even if the ball rolls into the outfield and 2 bases if it is a fly ball into the outfield
The last batter in the line up witll run "Hit the Home-Run" no matter where it's hit.
to insure that every player gets a chance to 'Hit the home-run", the batting line up should be drawn up so that the first batter in the first inning is now the last batter in the 2nd inning. Continue this method throughout the season.
Number of players: Defensive team shall consist of every player on the roster in attendance; with a maximum of six (6) players in the infield. Offensive team is all players present for the game.
Inning: an inning shall consist of all players having one (1) at bat
Coaching: Coach or designated adult volunteer may stand near their batter or defensive players to give advice but must not interfere with play. The Coach must request 'time' before attempting to demonstrate a technique or explain a play to the player(s) during the progress of the game. Maximumof 2 defensive coaches on field
Last batter: Coach must announce that the last batter in each half inning to the other team coach. When last batter is out, either at first base or the plate, the side is retired
Roster: While a Coach may keep the same batting line up for the entire season, the starting batter in the first inning must not be the same player in the next inning. Batter #1 in 1st inning must be moved to the bottom of the line up for the 2nd inning
End of Play: a play ends when the ball is in the possession of a defenvisve player within the pitching area (within 10 feet of the pitching machine). The defensive player must refrain from making any demonstration with the ball that might be interpreted as an attempt to make a play. (Example: the defensive player holds the ball aloft while facing a runner). The Umpire will withhold judgment until that official is certain that the defense is not attempting or threatening to make a play.
Scorekeeping: There will be no official score kept