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When does the season start/end?The season usually begins the first weekend of April and ends the second weekend of June. Teams are likely to practice once or twice before the first game, depending on the weather.
What is the time commitment?Teams will practice once during the week (45-60 minutes), usually at 5:15pm or 6:15pm. Practices are usually on Edgewood Rd. Fields between the LMT Pool and Edgewood Elementary. The night of practice will depend on availability of coaches. If you volunteer to coach, you can pick your day and time. Teams also have one game on Saturday morning at either 9am or 11am, with the possible exception of opening weekend. Most teams will have games at both times during the season. Games are played in the outfield of the large field at Caiola Baseball Complex on Edgewood Rd.
Can I make a special request for a team or practice time?Special requests to be paired with another player or coach, or for a certain practice day/time, can be submitted during the registration process in the comments section. Please realize that not all requests can be accommodated (Tee ball usually receives a lot).
What equipment do I need?Each player needs a glove and a helmet. Each team will be provided a tee, baseballs, and a bat. You do not need to purchase your own bat or cleats. If you do want your own bat, please make sure that it is stamped with a USA Baseball logo for tee ball use. Dick's Sporting Goods has sponsored a discount day in March, so feel free to wait until the details for that are available before making a purchase.
What is the age and talent level of the kids?Tee ball is introduction to baseball, and is all about having fun, making friends, and developing some fundamental skills. Boys and girls range from age 4 to 6, though some 6 year olds move into the next level based on abilities. Coaches will work with kids to improve their skills throughout the year, but kids will start at varying levels. Some kids have a few years under their belts, while others need help figuring out how to put on a glove. All are welcome, and all will improve!
How do games work?Games are three innings (usually about an hour). There are no outs, and everyone gets to hit each inning. While some kids might be ready for coach pitch, we will refrain from doing so until we get closer to the end of the year. This is for two reasons: (1) using a tee helps kids practice a level swing (then use tees even at the pro level!), and (2) it is safer for the kids just learning to catch when a batter hits off a tee than off a pitch.
Can I volunteer to help?