The Tee Ball League, playing on the Cherokee Avenue fields of The Springside School twice weekly including Saturdays, is primarily populated with players 5 & 6 years old. Players are taught how to throw and catch using Reduced-Injury Factor (RIF) baseballs and are taught the proper method of addressing and hitting a baseball from a batting tee. The players are instructed in the various positional aspects of fielding with an emphasis on the importance of maintaining their proper field position in the excitement of game play. The infield is purposely shortened to 45 feet to better accommodate the physical ranges of this age group. The sessions are designed to include team-based instruction progressing to short games with opposing teams later in the season. The competitive aspect is purposely kept extremely low-key while teaching the cooperative aspects of sports competition including reliance on teamwork and friendly play. Players are provided with team shirts and caps. Team names are purposely based on nearby Single A professional baseball teams to foster a sense of connection to the game of baseball. The Commissioner using previous season rosters and special parental requests when appropriate makes all player team assignments striving for league wide parity in ages and skills. Coaches are selected and assigned by the Commissioner during the Registration period. Coaches must be registered in the Club database through
the on-line registration process, including background checks, before assignment. There is no fee for coaching and positions are available for all those wishing to lead or assist.
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