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The objective for the Mahwah Youth Baseball TeeBall League is to teach the basic fundamentals of baseball and have fun. Coaches must set an example of good sportsmanship and ensure that good sportsmanship is shown by their players. Players should be encouraged to cheer FOR their team, but not AGAINST the other team.
The game can be stopped at any time to give corrective instruction to the players, with care taken not to overuse this to the point of delaying the game.
Players should play a variety of positions in the field, but coaches should keep the safety of a child in mind, based on a child’s skill level, when setting positions in the field.
Players must remain on their respective benches when their team is at bat. Only the batter should have a bat in his hands. Coaches must assign a “safety coach” to enforce this rule to avoid injury. Solicit only certified parents to help with batting order, batting preparation, and bench behavior.
Home team is responsible for removing bases and equipment from the field equipment boxes, and replacing them in the proper box when play has ended. Please take care to ensure that equipment is kept together so the next team to use it has everything they need.
Coaches must ensure that proper equipment is being utilized.
Coaches should inform the league director when first aids kits and cold packs need to be replenished.
The lightning detection systems at Airmont and Continental Soldiers Park have a five-mile radius. When there are lightning strikes within five miles of the system a siren will sound and a strobe light will be activated. The initial siren will go off only once for 18 seconds, while the strobe light will stay on for 30 minutes after the last strike. If the strobe light is on it means there is lightning in the area. When all is clear, a horn will sound for 18 seconds and the strobe light will turn off. Only at that time may players and coaches take the field.
The core objective in TeeBall is instruction, therefore scores aren't kept.
There are no umpires scheduled for TeeBall games. Coaches will serve as umpires during the games.
Each game will last no more than 60-75 minutes.
The first 30 minutes of each game will consist of drills, with an emphasis on fun and fundamentals. It’s recommended the teams do the drills together. Once the 30 minutes are up, the teams can separate and play a game of either one, two or three innings, but keeping within the 90-minute limit. Each team should have an equal numbers of turns at bat.
Every player must have use of a glove while playing in the field.
All players must be on the bench while their team is at bat.
The batter hits the ball placed on a batting tee, while the opposing team plays the field. The coach of the batting team places the ball on the tee when the batter and the team playing the field are ready. Coaches of the team playing the field should position themselves on the field to provide instruction to the fielders during the inning.
All batters proceed to first base only, with runners advancing one base at a time.
In each inning, each team will have all the players get one turn at bat until all players on the team have batted. Therefore, there is no need to keep track of outs during an inning. After the last batter, all baserunners are allowed to proceed to home.
If a batter makes contact and hits the ball into fair territory, the batter and baserunners must run the bases accordingly.
A normal infield is played, with an additional three players forming an arc around the middle of the infield, promoting player spacing. This defensive setup also encourages ownership of a position while discouraging multiple players going for a grounder or fly at once.
Defensive players should be rotated to give all kids a chance to play all positions during the course of the season.
Players in the field should be instructed on what the appropriate play is in order to record an out. This includes forcing a player at a base, catching a fly ball, or tagging a runner out. No sliding is allowed.
No throwing of helmets, bats or any equipment is allowed. Any issues involving players, coaches or parents that are disruptive to the objectives listed above should be reported to the league director.
Practices and Games
It is recommended that all teams show up 15 minutes prior to scheduled starting times. This ensures that games will be completed before the next game is scheduled to begin and allows for both teams to get the same number of at-bats before it gets too dark.
The Tee Ball fields are located at Continental Soldiers Park on Route 202. There are three fields in this park labeled T1, T2 and T3. Home plate for the T1 field is where the right field baseball foul line meets the left field softball foul line (This is the corner closest to Ramapo College). Home plate for the T2 field is where the other foul lines meet (in front of the playground). The T3 field is in front of the football bleachers.
Wood bats aren't allowed.
Bats should bear the legend “LL Approved."
Steel spikes aren't allowed.
Batters must wear protective helmets while batting, on-deck, or as baserunners.
Game postponements or cancellations will be made by the commissioner prior to the game or the coaches at the field because of inclement weather or unsafe field conditions.
If a game is postponed or canceled, the home team’s coach must notify the league director so that the game can be rescheduled.