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2021 8U VLL Fall Ball Rules

 

  • Each game will be 5 innings long. There will be a 5-run limit during the first four innings, with unlimited runs allowed in the 5th inning 
  • Coaches cannot interfere with the play of game. Please coach your teams from the backstop, or anywhere up and down the foul lines. 
  • Base runners are strongly encouraged to slide when there is a close play at any base. 
  • Only USA-labeled bats are permitted (no USSSA)
  • Players should all play at least one inning in the infield, unless there is a safety concern communicated with the parents/player. 
  • During the first four games, batters will receive 5 pitches off of the machine. If they do not hit the baseball, they will be allowed a chance to hit the ball off of a T (or coach pitch if no T available), and no out will be recorded. 
  • During the last four games, batters will receive 5 pitches off of the machine or 3 strikes, whichever comes first, and a strike out will be recorded.
  • Machine speed will be set slower, at speed 3, to encourage offensive production and defensive play opportunities. The other two machine adjustment settings should both be set at "4"
  • If a batted ball hits the pitching machine/coach, it is a dead ball, and the batter's count will reset.
  • Players may advance only to the base they are heading to, or retreat to the base they are coming from if vacant, when an infielder controls the ball. Coaches may agree before the game to utilize mid-base lines as markers for base runner advancement. 
     
  • No leading/stealing

 
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by posted 09/08/2021

Good morning all, just a reminder we have our first Fall League practice tonight at Farmington Town Park field #2 which is back inbetween fields #1 and #3.  We will try to keep most practices this Fall around an hour unless we are tied up scrimmaging or mixing in with the other team at practice.

If you are not already on the "sports signup play" app please download that and login, that is the platform we will use to communicate about the season.

There are currently no protocols unique to covid as we are an outdoor activity, if your child has any symptoms please keep them at home when necessary throughout the season to avoid any mass quarantines.

Players should be prepared with glove, helmet, bat and rubber cleats of some sort.  We did utilize a catcher in our league in the Spring so a personal protector (cup) may be something you want to consider.

Our goal as coaches is to continue to make this a fun experience for players, we do our best to emphasize learning the game while also having fun and getting exercise.  We want to keep the kids engaged at all times so if there are any parents that want to jump in and help out we would really appreciate it.  For example, when extra kids are "in" while our team is on defense, we run a station for these players to get better and stay active (wiffle hitting, hop box, pop fly work).  An extra set of hands would be great.

Any questions let us know,  thanks.

 

Tim and Blake

 

 


 
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