Program Description: South Park's Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball program is designed for 7 and 8 year old players and focuses on the continued development of the fundamental baseball skills of throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running. Games are 6 innings in length, with each inning consisting of three recorded outs by the defensive team or five runs scored by the offensive team, whichever comes first. Players bat against "live" pitching thrown by one of the team's coaches from a distance of 46', as it is our belief that hitting live pitching, rather than a pitch thrown by a machine, ultimately leads to better hitting development by teaching players to hit balls thrown in different locations at varying speeds. The Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball division utilizes umpires for all games, strikeouts are counted and the score of the game is maintained. By rule, every player must play in both the infield and outfield on defense during each game, and coaches are encouraged to rotate the players to as many positions as possible during the season to allow opportunities for growth. Standings during the regular season are not maintained due to the fact that the focus of the league is on player development. There is an end-of-season tournament that ultimately determines the Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball division champion and runner-up.
During the Spring season, experienced 6 year old players (those who turn 6 years old by 8/31/18 and who have had a minimum of 2 seasons of prior baseball / tee ball experience) who have a desire to "play up" in the Coach Pitch division should register for the Rookie Coach Pitch program and include a note in the "Special Requests" section of the registration process that they would like to be considered for Coach Pitch. Those players will be invited to participate in the Coach Pitch skills assessement activities so that their abilities can be judged along with those of the other Coach Pitch players. Ultimate participation by a 6 year old in the Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball program will be determined by space availability and the player's perceived ability to compete at this level, as determined by the commissioner of the Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball division based on the player's performance during the skills day evaluation process. If it is determined that the 6 year old player would not be able to successfully compete within this division, they would remain in the Rookie Coach Pitch Baseball program.
During the Fall season, experienced 6 year old players should register for participation in the Coach Pitch division given that the Rookie Coach Pitch division does not operate during the Fall. Again, ultimate participation with the Coach Pitch (AA) division will be determined by space availability and the player's ability to compete at this level, as determined by the AA commissioner. Note that participation in the Coach Pitch division during the Fall season does not guaranty participation within this division for the following Spring season, though requests to remain in Coach Pitch for Spring will be considered at that time.
Age Requirement: Age is determined as of August 31, 2018 for 7 year old players and April 30, 2018 for 8 year old players. Players registering for Coach Pitch (AA) Baseball should have a birth date between 5/1/09 and 8/31/11. See the note above regarding 6 year old participation requirements.
Team Selection: Teams are selected via player draft subsequent to the player evaluation sessions. The goal of the player draft is to create teams of equal abilities, thus leading to a balanced and competitive league.
Season: Practices will begin in late August and will generally be held once a week as well as on weekends prior to the commencement of games. Once the regular season begins, currently scheduled for approximately September 9th, practices will generally be held once a week as well as on Sunday afternoon if the game schedule allows. Games are generally one night during the week as well as on weekends. The regular season, as well as the end-of-season tournament, will be completed by November 4th.
Location: Practices and games will be held on the coach pitch fields at South Park's facilities located at Carmel Middle School and Lansdowne Elementary School.