Days: Tuesdays - Thursdays
Registration for the 2020 season will open up in January 2020. Please watch our website and facebook page for registration details.
Possible Game structure - this is only a suggestion this may not run exactly for the season ** SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Tuesdays Practice / 2 teams per diamond. 5:45 to 7:00 (1st time slot 2 teams) switch 6:25*
7:15 to 8:30 (2nd time slot 2 teams) switch 7:55*
*Teams will share diamond and rotate infield / outfield half way thru time slots
Thursdays Games 5:45 to 6:10 warm up / Start game at exactly 6:15 play till 7:00
7:15 to 7:40 warm up / Start game at exactly 7:45 play till 8:30
No new half inning shall start 10 minutes before end time.(Possible that only 1 team may get to bat in the last inning)
Season Start: May 1st (Weather Permitting)
Season Ends: June 30 (weather permitting)
*Dates and times subject to change depending on the number of teams/players.*
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Please email email@example.com for any questions you may have regarding the Rookie Division.
Grande Prairie Minor Baseball has been working on developing a program that will strengthen the skills and the continued growth of players entering the Rookie Division and also players moving up to higher levels of play.
Rookie Division History
In 2015, GPMBA offered changes to the traditional Rookie baseball rules it had used in the past. The rules were developed using the Rally Cap program developed by Baseball Canada.
In 2016 GPMBA implemented the Grand Slam Program also developed by Baseball Canada, we did not feel this program was a fit for the size and needs of our Rookie division.
For 2018 we will continue to implement a program which focuses on Beginner Players(Jr Rookie) and Advanced players (Sr Rookie). GPMBA feels the new program will increase skill development, improve player involvement, and increase the amount of children participating in Baseball in our area.
Our Association stands behind our programs and we work very hard to make sure our programs are meeting the needs of our players.
Jr Rookie rules are designed to develop players who are entering the division as a beginner or players who need further assistance to develop stronger skills and will help build deeper understanding of rules and play making situations.
Senior Rookie rules are designed for youth players whose physical stature and attention span have progressed to a point where they are capable of playing a more realistic game and are able to understand rules and play-making situations.
Scores will not be kept
Player will be placed in the following defensive positions 1st - 2nd - 3rd - SS - CF - LF - RF. Each team has 9 players on it, if every player shows up place an extra child in the infield between 1st / 2nd base or the outfield. A parent can take the catcher's position,
Participants will rotate one defensive position every other inning.
The offensive team will bat every participant, there is no 3 â€œoutsâ€. The last hitter can (coaches discretion) clear the bases as if theyâ€™ve hit a home-run. Once each participant has batted the teams will switch (unless less than 10 minutes left for time). Helmets are mandatory.
"Outs" will be called (eg. thrown ball beats the runner to first base, runner is tagged when not on a base, etc.). The participant that is "out" will just return to the end of the batting line-up
Helmets are mandatory for all hitters, on-deck batters, base runners and during practice activities that involve batting.
In order to keep the game moving along, each batter will receive a MAXIMUM of 5 pitches from their coach, It is recommended that coaches pitch from a kneeling position and pitch overhand at the coach's discretion. Based on the participantâ€™s ability, coaches may pitch underhand. If they have not made contact after 5 swings, a ball will be placed on a batting Tee for them to hit, no exceptions. TEE Placement - Most Tees are made incorrectly, with the ball in the middle of the plate. The ball should be placed on the front of home plate, so the batters are hitting the ball out in front of the plate.
Participants are not allowed to steal bases, advance on overthrows or lead-off. Players can only leave their base once the batter has made contact with the ball.
If a player hits the ball far enough and is able to get a double, triple or homerun they are encouraged / allowed to, with the base runners in front of them also advancing. Once the play stops, celebrate / acknowledge the great hit by the batter.
ALL players must have the following
Protective cup (Male and female)
Double eared batting helmet with chin strap.
Proper foot wear Running shoes / Cleats (absolutely no metal).