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South Charlotte T-Ball

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 

South Charlotte Recreation Association provides T-Ball as an entry level league for our youngest players. We offer both AA T-ball and AAA T-ball.
 
AA T-ball is intended for players age 4 years old by the start of the season. Players age 5 who have never played before may want to consider AA T-ball. No evaluations are necessary. The focus of AA T-ball will be on teaching the fundamentals and having fun! Click here for the SC guidelines for AA T-ball.

AAA T-ball is intended for players age 5 years old by the start of the season. Players age 6 who have never played before may want to consider AAA T-ball.
No evaluations are necessary. AAA T-ball will have coaches pitch to the players from the start of the season. There will be a maximum of 5 runs per inning or 3 outs whichever occurs first. There will be a minimum of three (3) innings.  The focus will be on developing good fundamental baseball skills, sportsmanship and most of all, having fun! Click here for the SC guidelines for AAA T-ball. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact the T-ball coordinator, Matt Miller by clicking
Program Fee: $145


EQUIPMENT
SC Provides: Jersey, Cap, Socks, Team bat, Team helmets and a Participation award.
Required equipment: Baseball mitt, baseball pants, protective athletic cup (for male players).
Recommended equipment: rubber cleats (no metal cleats allowed), personal helmet (with protective face mask), personal bat.
While SC does not REQUIRE helmets to be equipped with a protective facemask, the league recommends such equipment. A personal helmet is recommended in order to avoid the spreading of headlice, if there is a case that breaks out on the team.

 
SEASON
There are no evaluations for T-ball. Practices will begin the week of August 25th; opening weekend is September 13. Practices and games are held at Olde Providence Elementary School. Until games begin, AA and AAA T-ball teams can expect to practice 1 time during the week (after 5:30 pm). On Sundays, no event will occur before 1:00 pm. Once games begin, most teams will have a game during the week (6pm) and one on weekends (typically Saturday). 
 

COACHING:
We are always looking for eager parents who are interested in coaching! The more coaches we have, the better the experience of the players. If you are interested in coaching, please contact the T-ball coordinator, Matt Miller by clicking

  

Overview
Primary Ages 4-5
Primary Focus Fundamental development of hitting, throwing, fielding. 
Base Distance 55 Feet
Pitching Distance NA
Rule Restrictions No lead-offs, bunting, stealing, outs or runs counted. Sliding is discouraged.


Below are the skills we focus on teaching in T-Ball:

Batting
Stance
  • Feet square
  • Feet shoulder-width or a little more
  • Weight on balls of feet
  • Knees flexed
Hands
  • Bat in fingers
  • Bat held not too tightly
  • Hand position near back shoulder or ear
  • Bat angled upward
Head
  • Both eyes on ball at all times
  • Head pivots as ball moves
  • Head down, looking at ball through entire swing
Swing
  • “Load”
  • Small, soft stride/step
  • Pivot (“Squish the Bug”)
Fielding
"Ready" Position
  • Feet square
  • Feet shoulder-width or a little more
  • Weight on balls of feet
  • Knees flexed
  • Glove ready to receive ball or on knee
  • Facing batter
Ground Balls
  • Body in front of baseball
  • Knees bent, butt down
  • Glove on ground
  • Glove in front of feet position
  • Bare hand in “Alligator” position
  • Eyes on ball
Fly Balls
(use tennis balls to teach)
  • When is glove up and down?
  • Position body under ball
  • Glove side foot forward
  • Eyes watching ball over glove
  • Both hands to catch ball
  • Glove in front of body on throwing hand side
Throwing
Feet
  • Turn so glove side foot is closest to target
Arms
  • Glove elbow bent at “L”, pointing to target
  • Throwing arm bent at “L”
  • Ball facing behind player
  • Fingers on top of ball
  • 4-seam grip
  • Ball held higher than head
Throwing Motion
  • Step with glove side foot
  • Pull glove side elbow down to hip
  • Bring ball forward
  • Release ball out in front of body
  • Extend throwing hand forward to target and down to glove side knee
  • Bend at waist
  • Take 2 steps toward target
Baserunning
Order of Bases
  • Review all base names and order of running
Home to 1st
  • Run through 1st base
  • Player should look at 1B coach for “Go” or “Stay” sign
  • Break down
  • Turn right
Home to 2nd
  • Player turns at 1B
  • Player watches 1B coach
1st to 3rd
  • Player cannot leave until ball is hit
  • Player runs to 2nd, looking at 3B Coach for “Stop” or “Go” sign
  • Player continues or stays, depending on 3B coach
Other Concepts
  • Force out
  • Lead runner
  • Tag play
  • Get back to base on a flyout