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Oct 6, 2019 9:45 AM
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Overview of Norfolk Baseball Programs:

The baseball programs maintained by the association serve Norfolk’s youth from the age of 4 through the age of 18. Players age 4 start out in T-Ball and can, at their own pace, progress all the way through the system to Babe Ruth.

 

  1. Baseball Age: Players are placed based on “Baseball Age”, which is the age of a player as of April 30th .  This is in accordance with USA Baseball and other governing body leagues.    Please note, the league may make exceptions to placement based on extreme circumstances such as safety concerns.  An example of this would be a parent specifically requesting an older player to play down due to having never played before or skill level.
  2. Fields: Each league and age level utilizes different fields for play.  These fields are distributed between the Freeman Kennedy Elementary School and the Recreational Facilities at Pond Street. 
  3. Leagues:  Norfolk Baseball is committed to maximizing the number of opportunities for children to develop and play competitive baseball.  Our Spring league is the primary season, and it consists of the “Cal Ripken” Division for younger players aged 4-12, and for older players, the “Babe Ruth” division for children aged 13-18.  For those players aged 7-18 and at least in our AA division interested in summer baseball, there is a summer league as well to continue on after Spring.
    1. Spring League
      1. T-Ball (Baseball Age 4-5)
        1. Description/What to Expect: T-Ball is a young player’s first step in their baseball journey.  It is here where players start to develop core foundational skills needed as they progress through the different levels of the Cal Ripken league.
        2. Skills Learned/Development Focuses: As the name implies, the defining feature of T-Ball is that batters hit a ball off of a stand to get use to the process of hitting.  Additionally, coaches work with players on the core tenants of throwing, catching, and base running utilizing proper technique.  Practices are normally structured around “stations” that focus on these skills with the goal being to improve throughout the season and build toward the next level of play.

          Games are simulated, meaning that each inning consists of a team hitting once through their lineup and running to a single base so that every child gets a chance at the plate.  On the other side of the ball, coaches often move players around defensively to give each child a feel for each position.  The hallmark of T-Ball is building core skills, teams are not meant to be competitive yet at this level, and the format of the games reflect that priority.  
        3. Registration:  Registration typically occurs very early in the year for the Spring season.  All children of proper baseball age are welcome to register for T-Ball.  A spot will be found for all players who register.
        4. Practices/Games: Practices and games for T-Ball are combined and shared between two teams, and take place on Sunday mornings from late April through mid-late June.  The first half hour is focused on the skills stations (throwing, base running, hitting, and catching), while the second half of the hour is dedicated to the simulated game.
        5. Equipment & Fields Used: Children need to have purchased a glove for playing T-Ball.  Baseball Caps and Shirts will be distributed by your team manager at the start of the season.  Baseball pants and cleats are not required, but certainly may be better alternatives than sneakers and jeans or sweatpants.

          Norfolk Baseball provides all of the rest of the equipment used in practices and games (T’s, bats, balls, batting helmets, bases, etc.).  If your child does want to use a personal bat, we recommend reviewing the national bat standards, which are subject to change from time to time.

 

  1. A Ball (Baseball Age 6-7)
    1. Description/What to Expect: A Ball continues where T-Ball left off, and further builds the core foundational skills needed.
    2. Skills Learned/Development Focuses: Players will experience live pitching, initially from coaches, and then potentially having the kids pitch at the coaches discretion.  Coaching is focused on batting stances, throwing, catching, and making plays to appropriate bases.  Practices can be combined with other teams and be station-based.  Scrimmages and base running relay races are a hit at this age.

      Games are simulated, meaning that each inning consists of a team hitting once through their lineup and running to a single base so that every child gets a chance at the plate.  Children can be encouraged to start to take extra bases, depending on where the ball is hit.  Coaches label positions more clearly, and create lineups for each game to give the feel of a real game.  Scores are not kept, and the focus continues to be on skill building and the enjoyment of the game.

 

  1. Registration:  Registration typically occurs very early in the year for the Spring season.  All children of proper baseball age are welcome to register for A-Ball.  A spot will be found for all players who register.

 

 

  1. Practices/Games: Teams practice once per week, with the day selected by the coach at the beginning of the season.  Games are played on Saturday mornings.
  2. Equipment & Fields Used: Children need to have purchased a glove for playing A Ball.  Baseball Caps and Shirts will be distributed by your team manager at the start of the season.  Baseball pants and cleats are not required, but certainly may be better alternatives than sneakers and jeans or sweatpants.

    Norfolk Baseball provides all of the rest of the equipment used in practices and games (T’s, bats, balls, batting helmets, bases, etc.).  If your child does want to use a personal bat, we recommend reviewing the national bat standards, which are subject to change from time to time.

 

  1. AA Ball (Baseball Age 8-9, all second graders regardless of age and 9 year olds that do not make AAA)
  1. Description/What to Expect: AA Ball continues where A-Ball left off, and further builds the core foundational skills needed.
  2. Skills Learned/Development Focuses: Players will pitch for the first time with splitting 4 inning games between player pitch and coach pitch.  As the season builds additional innings of player pitch may be utilized. 
  3. Games will be 4 innings and will encompass 3 outs per inning or a maximum of 5 runs scored.  Scores are now taken and standings will be kept.  Players are not yet allowed to steal bases but can advance 1 base on an overthrow.
  4. Registration:  Registration typically occurs very early in the year for the Spring season. 
  5. Practices/Games: Teams practice once per week, with the day selected by the coach at the beginning of the season.  Games are during the week and on Saturdays.

 

  1. Equipment & Fields Used: Children need to have purchased a glove for playing A Ball.  Baseball Caps and Shirts will be distributed by your team manager at the start of the season.  Baseball pants and cleats are required.

    Norfolk Baseball provides all of the rest of the equipment used in practices and games, however, players may choose to purchase a helmet and bat.  Bats must comply with USA bat standards.

 

  1. AAA Ball (Baseball Age 9-11)
  1. Description/What to Expect: AAA Ball continues where AA Ball left off, and further builds the core foundational skills needed. Live baseball begins to be introduces with 6 inning games being played and the full game being pitched by players.  Players will learn to steal and a more aggressive form of baseball will be played. Innings will consist of 3 outs or a maximum of 5 runs scored.  Players are now allowed to steal, maximum of 4 per inning per team, with 1 attempted steal of home per game.   Scores and standing will be maintained and an end of season playoff will be held.  Ryouts will be held to determine which players make AAA.
     

 

 

 

  1. Registration:  Registration typically occurs very early in the year for the Spring season. 

 

 

  1. Practices/Games: Teams practice once per week, typically on Sundays.  Games are during the week and on Saturdays.

 

  1. Equipment & Fields Used: Children need to have purchased a glove and batting helmet.  Baseball Caps and Shirts will be distributed by your team manager at the start of the season.  Baseball pants and cleats are required.  USA stamped bats must be used.

    Majors (Baseball Age 10-12, Only players in 5th grade and up are eligible)
  1. Description/What to Expect: Majors is full baseball played on a 50/70 field with leading and stealing.  There are no run limits per inning and a 10 run mercy rule is incorporated.  Scores and standings will be maintained and an end of season playoff will be held.  Tryouts will be conducted to determine which players make Majors.

 

  1. Registration:  Registration typically occurs very early in the year for the Spring season. 

 

 

  • Practices/Games: Teams practice once per week, typically on Sundays.  Games are during the week and on Saturdays.

 

  1. Equipment & Fields Used: Children need to have purchased a glove and batting helmet.  Baseball Caps and Shirts will be distributed by your team manager at the start of the season.  Baseball pants and cleats are required.  USA stamped bats must be used.

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