Bantam Baseball Rules 2012
Bantams are played by 7 and 8 year olds. This is their first real exposure to
the game and as we all know this is a crucial time for developing their
baseball skills. Most are still immature and just love running around and
having fun with their friends. We want to embrace that enthusiasm and
direct it towards playing baseball. Having a few "daisy pickers" is part of
the game. Make the game fun and enjoyable to them so they become as
passionate about it as we are. In a nutshell - instill solid fundamentals in
the players in a non-competitive, relaxed environment.
That being said we have a responsibility to teach them the game of
baseball. We all know that at this age teaching is more of an art than a
science, but we want to lay the groundwork that they will use throughout
their baseball careers. Now is the time to teach them proper techniques
and not allow them to develop any bad habits. We have a "Concepts and
Terminology" document that we want everyone to follow to enforce
consistency throughout the program.
Repetitive drills and stations are an important part of the development
process for these players. Their attention spans are short and repetitive
drills help reinforce techniques and mechanics. It is suggested by some
top coaches that for every 1 hour of game time there should be 3 hours of
practice time. It is strongly recommended that each team practices once
per week but we realize this is not always possible with your busy
schedules. Each game is scheduled for 2 hours. Before each game we
will have 30 minutes of practice time similar to the other SOAC sports
(soccer; flag football…etc.) This will allow us to continually teach the players
and then reinforce what they learned during the game. This will still give
us 1 hour and 30 minutes of game time (details below). Playing games
are fun and exciting and there is nothing better than a parent watching
their son or grandson play baseball on a sunny spring day.
Our goal is to also develop all around better and healthier athletes. To
help achieve this please include the following components in your
· Stretching for Flexibility
· Coordination Drills for Agility
· Conditioning for Endurance
The following rules are guidelines for the Bantam division. Please follow
all rules are closely as possible. We are always looking to improve the
program so if something is not working we will discuss it and change it if
1. Non-competitive - No scores / records are kept.
2. Good sportsmanship is mandatory - this goes for the players, coaches
3. 6 inning games (or time limit - games will be approximately 1 hr 30
4. Coaches pitch first half of the season - players pitch second half.
5. 3 outs or 10 batters per inning.
6. Maximum 5 swings per batter - keep the game moving.
7. Player does not strike out on a foul ball.
8. Field a regular infield (6 players) and 5 maximum in the outfield.
9. No short center fielder.
10. Only infielders should be cut-off men.
11. Outfielders should play in the outfield - not too close to the infielders.
12. No player can sit for more than 1 inning in a row.
13. All players must play at least one inning in the infield unless it is a
14. Leading is allowed after the ball reaches the catcher - this will help
them get ready for the minors - it will also help keep the base runners
a little more engaged.
15. No base stealing.
16. No head-first sliding.
17. Don't have the kids keep taking extra bases. If it is a legitimate hit, let
them run and enjoy it, but if it is a grounder that went through 3 kids
legs, have them just take 1 extra base. The reason for this is to keep
runners on base so we can work on situational fielding.
18.For safety concerns no on-deck circle. Players are not to pick up a bat
until they are ready to get up. Make sure their bats are not too heavy.
19. Each team must have a bench coach (can be a parent). They are
responsible for keeping the players on the bench; knowing the batting
order; helping the catcher get their equipment on ...
19. Only players on the bench.
20. No food on the bench.
21. Required equipment - full uniform (worn the proper way - hat forward
- shirt tucked in ... ); glove; cup; cleats.
22. No jewelry of any form is to be worn.
23. Each team is responsible for cleaning up their own bench after each
game - ask the parents for help.
24. HAVE FUN!!!
· Player Pitching will start approximately week 4 or 5 - this will give
everyone a few weeks to develop some pitchers.
· Every player is not meant to pitch - please make your parents and players
aware of this before player pitching begins.
· 8 year olds must bat against kid pitching; it is optional for 7 year olds.
· 7 or 8 year olds may pitch as long as they are capable.
· For safety purposes all pitchers must be able to pitch from the rubber (or
very close to it). If they can't reach the plate, please don't have them pitch
- it is too dangerous.
· Make sure the pitches are flat (no arc bails).
· 3 strikes you're out; 4 balls you walk.
· If the pitcher has any combination of 3 walks or hit batsmen in an inning,
the coach will take over pitching - we want to keep the game moving
· Players will pitch 3 innings and the coaches will pitch the rest.
· As always, use your discretion.
Game Day Scenario - Stations
· Games are scheduled for 2 hours
· Teams will practice for 30 minutes before each game
· Each team will be at each station for 15 minutes
· Each station will have multiple sub-stations (i.e. multiple lines for
grounders ... )
· Coaches will stay with their team during the stations
· In addition to the head coach we will need 2-3 additional coaches I
parents per station - this will give us approximately 3 players per sub-
· Basic concept for all stations should be high repetitions I high energy -
keep the players engaged and moving.
· Friday / Saturday stations will be defensive (i.e. ground balls; fly balls ... )
· Sunday stations will be offensive (i.e. hitting; base running)
· We will also have discussion topics per week that we want you to work on
with your team during practice; warm-ups; the game.... Some examples
are cut-offs; covering second; backing each other up; playing catcher ...
Schedule (example assuming 1:00 scheduled start time):
· 1 : 00 - 1 : 15 : Station 1
· 1:15-1:30: Station 2
· 1 :30 - 1 :35 : Water break
· 1:35 - 3:00: Game - reinforce all concepts of the stations.
· Base Running / Sliding
· Ground Balls / Throwing
· Fly Balls / Throwing
Schedules will be posted on the web sites. All updates & cancellations will also
be posted here. Please notify your parents that they should check the site