Clinic League Guidelines

The mission of our clinic league is to teach the basic fundamentals of baseball to children in the 5-7 age group. Often at this age, attention spans are quite limited and boredom, especially in the field, takes over. We have put together some guidelines and rules so that we can alleviate these issues and have all of the clinic teams on the same page when it comes to fielding and batting protocol. 

Teams in clinic are made up of 13 - 14 players, the following will help the game move along and allow for the players to stay interested in the game. Be advised, some players will have to sit during an inning. This is not just in clinic, it is at all levels of baseball and should not be seen as a punishment or due to lack of skill. It is just part of the game. 


Batting

Half the roster in attendance makes a plate appearance each inning, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Coach shall pitch from his / her knees, keeping the ball on a straight plane to the bat. Coach pitcher should have at least 7 balls at the mound.

After Seven (7) pitches, the Tee should be brought in. No more than seven pitches should be thrown. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

A close "foul ball" should be seen as a hit when deep into pitch count. We are working on swinging fundamentals and contact is good.

All hits should be singles, have the player run through the base. Clinic is base to base running.

Last batter of the inning should round the entire base paths.


While in the field:

Ten fielders MAX - This includes 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, PH, PH, RF, RC, LC, LF (remainder of the team shall be in the dugout)

The PH (Pitchers Helpers)  - one to the 1st base side and behind of the coach pitcher and one to the 3rd base side and behind of the coach pitcher.

Encourage the player who fields the ball to throw to 1st base or the closest base that would result in an out. 

If it is obvious that the player would be safe before the throw, have the player throw the ball anyway, this will develop throwing skills.

The fielding team should not leave the field to return to the dug out, until the last base runner crosses home plate. 

If three legitimate outs are made (later in season) the inning should be over. This is to reward the fielding team for making the plays. 

(if this happens, the opposing batting order picks up with the next batter in the order for the next inning)


Some tips to keep the game moving:

Have the team lined up in the dugout in the batting order for the inning.

Have the batting team wearing helmets while in dugout ready to bat.


Safety rules 

ONLY approved coaches / parent helpers should be on the field.

One coach/ parent helper MUST be in the dugout at all times

ONLY the batter may hold a bat. NO On-Deck swingsno bats in dugout.

 

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