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T-Ball and Coach Pitch FAQs

T-Ball FAQs

When does the season start/end?
The season officially begins on Opening day - which is typically the last weekend in April or 1st weekend
in May. There are optional clinics hosted in March and April.

What is the cost to play?
Tee Ball is free!
Coach Pitch is $70/player

What is the time commitment?
Teams will practice once during the week (45-60 minutes). The night of practice will depend on availability
of the coaches. If you volunteer to coach, you can pick your day and time. Teams also have one game on
Saturday morning on the lower field of Callahan Park.
Coach Pitch teams may have another informal game during the week against another BA team.

What equipment do I need?
Each player needs their own glove. Each team will be provided a tee, baseballs, bats and helmets to
share. Some kids will wear cleats, but they are not required at this level. You do not need to purchase
your own bat or helmet.

What is the age and talent level of the kids?
Tee ball is an introduction to baseball, and is all about having fun, making friends, and developing some
fundamental skills. Kids will range from age 4 to 6 years old. Kids start out at varying levels - some kids
will have experience playing and others will need help putting on their glove. It is not necessary that a kid
can catch or throw to begin T-Ball. Coaches will work with kids to improve their skills throughout the
season. All are welcome, and all will improve!
Coach Pitch is for players league age 6-7. Ideally players should have had some exposure to baseball,
but experience is not required. The primary focus is on skills development- throwing, catching, hitting,
base running, etc. Coaches pitch to hitters, greatly increasing the likelihood of the ball being put in play.

How are the games structured?
Both games are usually about an hour on Saturday mornings on the lower field at Calahan Park.
In Tee-Ball games there are no outs and no score, and everyone gets to hit each inning. Toward the end
of the season, some coaches may introduce coach pitching to kids that are ready. However, most kids
will benefit from using the Tee because: (1) using a tee helps kids practice a level swing and (2) it is safer
for the kids just learning to catch when a batter hits off a tee than off a pitch.
In Coach Pitch games all players will bat in each inning, and while outs are informally recorded, innings
end when each player has had a chance to bat.

Can I volunteer to help?
Yes! BA relies on volunteers to make the season possible.
Coaching: At the T-Ball level, you don't need to be a baseball expert, just be willing to put in the time and
energy to help the kids learn and have fun. BA has a player development agent who will provide
guidance to the coaches in how best to structure practices.
Green up Day: Everyone is welcome to help get the fields ready for the season.
Team Parent: Someone to organize team snacks and be a liaison between parents and the coaches.
Snack Shack: The Snack Shack is the main fundraising source for BA, and parent volunteers are critical
to keeping it running. Parents (and older kids), can sign up to take shifts selling snacks and running the
grill.

*Please check out the “Volunteer Opportunities” link on the website*

Minor League FAQs

When does the season start/end?
The season officially begins on Opening day- which is typically the last weekend in April or 1st weekend
in May. There are optional clinics hosted in March and April. Some players will go on to be selected for
the All-Star team, and that season typically starts mid-June and ends mid-July.

What is the cost to play?
Minor League is $70/player

What is the time commitment?
Teams will practice twice during the week (1.5-2 hours). Teams have two games/week, with one game on
a weeknight and the other game on Saturday - usually mid/late morning. There is a travel commitment at
this level. The home games are played on the upper field at Calahan Park. Away games could be in the
North End of Burlington or in surrounding towns (Essex, Colchester, Williston, etc).

What equipment do I need?
Each player needs to have cleats and their own glove. Players typically wear baseball pants. It is not
required to have your own bat or helmet. If you do purchase a bat, it needs to meet the USA Baseball Bat
Standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League - the coaches can help guide this purchase. Players may
start to wear a protective cup at this level.

What is the age and talent level of the kids?

Minor league is for players league age 8-10. It is expected, but not required that players will have had
some experience with baseball or at minimum will have some ability to throw and catch a baseball. The
emphasis of Minor Leagues is on skills development, specialized positions, and the rules of baseball.

How are the games structured?
Games are 6 innings of 3 outs (or 2 hours, whichever comes first). Players who have strong throwing
ability and control will pitch to hitters. Games are scored and the teams will have a season record.
Players will learn the specifics of each position, how to field and cover bases on defense, and steal bases
on offense.

Can I volunteer to help?
Yes! BA relies on volunteers to make the season possible.
Coaching: At this level, it is expected that coaches have baseball knowledge. BA has a player
development agent who will provide guidance to the coaches in how best to structure practices.
Green up Day: Everyone is welcome to help get the fields ready for the season.
Snack Shack: The Snack Shack is the main fundraising source for BA, and parent volunteers are critical
to keeping it running. Parents (and older kids), can sign up to take shifts selling snacks and running the
grill.
*Please check out the “Volunteer Opportunities” link on the website*

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Burlington American Little League

 
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Email: [email protected]

Burlington American Little League

 
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Email: [email protected]
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