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Berwyn Paoli Area Little League

Coach/Machine Pitch - Baseball


Kids league age 7-8 (age as of August 31).


Coach/Machine Pitch provides a transitional bridge from the introductory ease of Tee Ball to true baseball. The fields have minor league dimensions. The ball is still soft (safety ball). Players rotate among positions and learn to contribute in each. Throwing grows more accurate. And, for the first time, batters learn to hit a pitched ball. 

Coaches pitch to their own teams, either over- or under-hand. Pitches are gentle and the name of the game is put the ball in play. Pitching machines (at slow speeds) are used as well. After six pitches, a player can opt to hit off a tee. In time and through patient instruction, every player will learn the fundamentals of timing and swing and connect with the pitched ball. 

Although Coach/Machine Pitch is a level up from Tee Ball, the emphasis is still on fun, participation, and teamwork. While the games can be competitive, we not keep score and the rules are modified to minimize strike outs and give each kid an equal opportunity to participate and succeed. 


Registration opens on or around December 1 and closes in February. Player evaluations are conducted in February or early March. Practices usually begin in the end of March. Opening day is in mid-April.

Contact & Registration

Jeff Esposito
Director, Coach/Machine Pitch Baseball
[email protected]

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