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Rules to play Tee Ball
1. Tee ball
Tee ball is a team sport based on and simplifying baseball and softball. It is intended as an introduction for children aged 4 to 8 to develop ball game skills and have fun.
The principal difference between tee ball and its adult counterparts is that the child usually hits the ball off of a stationary tee; the ball is generally not pitched. Thus, tee ball allows a young child to learn the skills of batting, catching, running the bases, and throwing, while making it both easier to hit the ball and less likely for batters to be injured since they do not need to dodge wayward pitches the ball is also softer.
Despite the implication of some of the spellings of the games name, the tee used in tee ball is not T shaped, but simply an upright, flexible shaft on a movable base. The capitalized, spaced apart name Tee Ball is a registered trademark in the US, by a church affiliated Florida league, as is the abbreviated T Ball, by a national, non profit, secular league.
2. Team Size
Six 6 players a side possibly 5 or 7.If there are five 5 players the coach acts as the catcher. As skill level is developed team sizes can be increased to nine 9 players
The ball is not pitched in Aussie T Ball instead it is batted from a tee.
A hitter may have as many swings as they require in hitting the ball into fair territory.
A player is out when
A batted ball is caught on the full.
A player in possession of the ball stands on the base before the runner arrives.
A runner between bases is tagged by a fielder with the glove or hand which is holding the ball.
An inning is completed when every player on the batting team has completed a turn at bat.
Each inning the lead off hitter becomes the sixth hitter in the next inning and subsequent hitters will move up one spot in the line up so that every hitter has the chance to lead off an inning.
All fielders rotate fielding positions each innings in the following manner
Pitcher becomes catcher
catcher becomes 1st base
1st base becomes 2nd base
2nd base becomes 3rd base
3rd base becomes shortstop
Shortstop becomes pitcher
5. Base Running
So that fielders are encouraged to throw, runners may advance no further than the base they were heading to when the first throw is made.Once a runner turns back toward a previous base they are entitled to that base only.
Where an umpire is used often the coach of the batting team he or she is to be positioned behind the home plate.Where no umpire is used, any disputes on outs are settled by the players using Rock Paper Scissors.It is preferable that no coaches are on the field with the players let the children play.Before Play Ball is called, allowing the ball to be hit
The pitcher must be on the pitching plate; and
The catcher must be behind home plate, in the catchers box; and
No fielders may be inside the base paths; and
The runner must be in contact with the base plate.
7. Player Safety
A Correct uniforms must be worn during all games, including shirts tucked in and caps
B Shoes enclosed type must be worn at all times by anyone involved in a game. Screwin
studs, hard plastic and metal cleats are NOT permitted on the diamond.
C In games where baseballs are used, all batters, base runners, and catcher MUST wear
D Pitchers in all games must wear helmets with facemasks.
8. Injured Player
If an injury incapacitates a player, a coach may request the umpires permission to
remove that player from the batting line up without penalty, except when less than 9
players remain, in which case rules 16c and or 16d apply. Such player may not be
permitted to re enter the game.
9. The Diamond
A Baselines 18.29m long Dead Ball Line 6.10m from Foul Ball Lines and 6.10m radius
from point of home plate.
B Pitchers Plate 14.02m from point of home plate and centred between 1st and 3rd.
C Batting Boxes 1.83m x 1.22m with all lines drawn in, home plate to be 150mm out
from the outside edge of the inside lines of batting boxes.
D Coaches Boxes 3m x .9m and 1.83m from Foul Ball Lines.
E Team Bench area to be outside the Dead Ball line and approximately half way up the
First and Third base lines.
F Home Team shall occupy the First base line bench and the Away team the Third base
G Batters Warm Up Circles A warm up circle of 1m diameter shall be drawn with the
centre point located 1.25m inside the dead ball line and 1.5m forward of home plate to
the left and right of the batting boxes to allow the next batter to warm up.
H Bases 375mm square, 10 75mm thick.
I Pitchers Plate 600mm x 150mm x 5 20mm thick.
J Home plate 430mm x 430mm x 5 10mm thick.
K Foul Ball Circle, half circle marked from the outside front corners of the batting box
projecting out 1.2m in the middle.
10. The Ball
Tee Balls rubber baseball for U 9s U 10s divisions.Baseballs conventional leather synthetic type for all other age groups.
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