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Bayside PONY Baseball & Softball

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T-Ball is for children Little League ages 3 to 5.  Boys and girls play together.  T-Ball introduces players who have never played before to the game of baseball.  Emphasis is on very basic introduction to the skills of throwing, catching, and hitting the ball.  Players learn about the field of play, the defensive positions on the field and running the bases.  All batting is done with a stationary ball placed on a tee with every player having a turn to bat every inning.  Batters try to get on base and advance to home; fielders try to prevent that from happening.  The elimination of pitching allows children to participate without the fear of being hit by a pitched ball.  The players gain an understanding of the fundamental rules, which allows minimally competitive league play at all age levels.  Safety and proper use of safety equipment is stressed from the very beginning and continues throughout every level of play.  Players learn about teamwork and have fun in an environment free of any competitive pressure.

Field Specs

BASES : 50 feet

PITCHING : Shetland Baseball : 38 feet

FAIR PLAY AREA : Within the first base and third base foul lines and a fence or marked line 150 feet from home plate. A ball hit beyond that distance on the fly will be a home run. A minimum home run distance of 125 feet or a maximum of 200 feet will be recognized, with the recommendation that the home run distance be 150 feet at the foul lines and 200 feet in center field to a six or eight foot barrier wherever possible.

BASES, PLATES : The home plate, pitcher's rubber and the bases shall be official size as used in regulation baseball.

PITCHING MOUND : Shall be raised by a gradual slope to a height of four inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.

RESTRAINING LINE : Located along first base, beginning 25 feet from home base and extending three feet beyond the first and second base line. The line, paralleling the first base foul line and extending three feet (36 inches) into foul territory, shall be marked with chalk or other white material two inches wide.

DISTANCE TO BACKSTOP : Recommended distance from home plate to the backstop is 20 feet.

CATCHER'S BOX : By local option, the catcher's box may be rectangular in shape 43 inches wide and eight feet deep from the point of home plate or it may be triangular in shape extending eight feet from the rear of home plate, being a continuation of the foul lines, in which case the line closet to the backstop shall be 16 feet in length.

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Bayside PONY Baseball & Softball League

P.O. Box 68245 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23471
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