Single A

Updated Wednesday April 5, 2017 by Scott Kay.

Single A

Age: 9 year olds

Division Coordinator: Cynthia Welter

Division Assistant Coordinator: Tony Scardino

Number of Games: Varies based on the number of teams in the league.

Duration of Season: April through June including holiday weekends; generally weeknights and weekends.

How Teams are selected: Teams are drafted by the coaches. Players participate in a skills session before the season and the coaches meet with the coordinators to draft the teams.

Basic Skill Focus / Expectations: To continue to provide a basic understanding of the game while teaching proper techniques for fielding fly balls, fielding ground balls, throwing and hitting.  Coaches will teach base running and sliding techniques. Fielding situations should be addressed (i.e. what to do with the ball on force plays, pop outs, fly outs, etc.). Proper hitting techniques will also be addressed, including seeing the ball from wind up to the plate, choking up on the bat and hitting stride.

Difference from Bantam League: Kids pitch. Limited stealing is allowed -- players are allowed to steal two base per inning after the ball crosses the plate and the catcher fields the ball cleanly. There is no advancement on an overthrow. An inning ends after three outs or four runs are scored. There is no 45 minute instructional/drill period prior to the games, therefore more innings are played and time permitting, games should go a full six innings.

Hitting: A full batting roster is used in every game. Coaches are encouraged to make every effort to rotate players in the batting order from game to game. Bats must be “Little League” approved. 

Pitching: Kids pitch and are allowed to pitch a max of 3 innings per game.

Playing Time / Positions Played: These are instructional games, there are standings as wins and losses are counted and there is a town playoff for division champion. Playoff seeds are based on draft order and NOT record. There will be ten defensive positions. The tenth fielder must play in the outfield. Every player must play at least 4 innings defensively -- at least 2 innings in the infield and at least 1 inning in the outfield. Managers are expected to make every effort to ensure that all team members play an equal number of innings in the infield. The rotation of players between positions is encouraged as it provides for skill development and a more enjoyable experience.

FYBO 2017 SINGLE A RULES.doc