Sechelt Minor Softball

girls and boys ages 5-19

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Mini Mite Rules

  1. [b]Home team[/b] is the first team mentioned on the schedule and sets out the bases.
  2. Bases are approximately 40 feet apart.
  3. Each game is about one hour. At the beginning you may only be able to play two innings. Use your judgment on how many you can play. As everyone gets better you may be able to work your way up to 3 innings.
  4. All players from one team take the field together. Spread the players around, keeping in mind that most donīt hit very far. Position a player on each base, a player between first and second, a player between second and third, a pitcher, a catcher and the rest in the field. Rotate positions from inning to inning.
  5. A catcher is to wear full catching gear, shin pads, chest pad, and catchers helmet with mask. A pitcher is to wear a helmet for safety. No score is kept and all players hit in each inning. Coaches can be on the field to assist the kids.
  6. Coaches pitch to their own batters. (if the batter is struggling to hit pitches, it may help to get a little closer, or move slightly toward 1st base line (for R handed batter)- this will allow batter to see the ball better with both eyes).
  7. All players batting must wear a helmet. Get a parent or two to line up the kids in a batting order and put the helmets on. Batters swing until the ball is hit. Unless the ball falls foul the batter runs on any hit. Help position batters in appropriate position to the home plate.
  8. When the team batting is almost finished, dress the back-catcher so he/she is ready.
  9. Only bats provided by the league are to be used.
  10. Batters who throw bats must be spoken to immediately. Inform kids that thrown bats can cause serious injuries. Keep reinforcing this. If necessary call the child out and do not allow him/her to run the bases that inning to reinforce this rule.
  11. Players may be tagged out as they run the bases, and when they are, ask them to sit the rest of the inning, but remember that no score is kept and that this rule can be flexible. Emphasis is on fun, learning to hit, catch, throw and run bases in the right order. Stop the runners from wildly running around the bases. Players have to get used to looking where the ball is going and listening to their coach. Position parents at bases to help with the game if necessary.
  12. In the spring we get a lot of drizzly days so donīt be too hasty canceling games. If it has poured all day then the field will be very wet. Often our little spring showers stop and clear up at game time.
  13. Delegate phoning to two or three parents - rainouts, practices, rescheduled games. Get all parents involved in some way to help the kids with the game.
  14. Sponsors have paid for the t-shirts so the players are to wear them. Bring a ball hat as well. Tie back long hair.

    Remember all kids must be registered before they can practice or play for insurance purposes!

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