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Berwyn Paoli Area Little League

Tee Ball

Eligibility

Boys and girls league-age 5-6 (as of August 31)

Overview

It all begins here. Tee Ball is first and foremost about having fun. Children learn the fundamentals of hitting, catching and throwing, while gaining a simple understanding of the basic rules and strategies of the game. Teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play are also introduced. The environment is safe and non-competitive. The laughter is infectious. And it is within these carefree beginnings that the seed is often sown for a lifetime love of the game.

In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. The ball itself is softer than a traditional baseball, for obvious safety reasons. The field is proportionally smaller to ease the base-running burden of those little legs. Everyone plays. Everyone smiles. Games (four innings) are never scored, as the environment is one of shared joy, safe physical activity, and budding friendships.

Season

Typically begins the Saturday after Easter weekend and continues until school lets out in mid-June. There can be games during the week and also on Saturdays. Practices, if held, are solely at the discretion of the coach.

Equipment & Attire

Players should have the following equipment and bring to all games and practices:

  • Baseball/tee ball glove
  • Most players will have their own tee ball bat, although the team/league should have a bat or two available for players if they don't have their own
  • Players should provide their own baseball/tee ball batting helmet. In the past, the team/league would provide a few helmets that players could share, although most players would bring their own anyway for sanitary reasons (e.g., risk of lice). With the COVID outbreak in 2020, we recommend that all players provide their own helmets.

Most sporting goods stores such as Dick's Sporting Goods have a selection of reasonably priced items and people who can help you get the right sized equipment. Also, we recommend Play It Again Sports in Berwyn as they have a selection of both new and used equipment (the used equipment is very reasonably priced) and they too can help fit your child.

Players should wear baseball pants or sweatpants and an athletic t-shirt or sweatshirt. Players can play in sneakers although some will have baseball shoes (i.e., cleats). Players will be provided a team shirt (to be worn for games) and also a team hat.


Contact

Phil Tharnish
Director, Tee Ball

[email protected]

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