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Tee-Ball Overview

Overview (Ages 4-5)

The Hamel Tee-Ball program is a league made up of our communities youngest players. The Tee-Ball program offers players the opportunity to learn the very basics of baseball in supportive, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. Every inning all players bat, all players play a position in the field, no score is kept and no one is ever out. Half way in to the season the coaches will start to pitch underhand to the players. The focus at this level is on fun and socializing with other children from our community. The season is considered a success if kids are enthusiastic to sign up for baseball next season.


Season Information

DAYS Tuesdays and Thursdays
TIME: Two alternating shifts starting at approximately 5:30 and 6:45 p.m.
DATES: May 1 – July 1

In the case of inclement weather, the league will continue as of the date listed on the schedule. The league may choose to make up games after the last week of the season, if there are a higher than normal number of cancelled games during the season.


Location

Games and practices are held on the grass fields located behind the Hamel Community Center in downtown Hamel, just west of the Hamel Baseball Complex.


Registration and Team Formation

Fee:
$150 per player

 

Registration:

Age Requirements: Tee-Ball is for boys and girls ages 4-5 as of April 30 of the current year.

Parents should note their child’s K-12 school on the registration form if applicable, not their pre-school.

Team Formation:

Teams will be comprised of 10-11 players.

Player "Play with" request must be mutual (i.e. Player A must request Player B and Player B must request Player A on their individual registrations.  Due to the size of the league, we can only attempt to honor one "play with" request per player.

Teams will be formed no later than two weeks before the season using 1) elementary school, 2) a single "friend request", and 3) an equal distribution of available coaches. No team will have a single player of a different gender. We will try to group other genders together.


Practice/Game Play

Basic baseball fundamentals like running the bases, holding the bat correctly and throwing to a coach (10 feet) will be taught.

Tees will be used during the first half of the season and midway through the year coaches may elect to pitch to their own team.

Games will be about 3 innings and every inning all players will get to bat and play a position in the field. The last player will hit a home run and clear the bases before their team takes the field. There are no outs and no score is kept. During an inning there will be many coaches out on the field to keep things safe and to teach the players as they play.
 

Parents and spectators who aren’t on the field coaching are encouraged to celebrate success on both teams and are to refrain from “directional coaching” (i.e. giving direction to their kids) from the sidelines during the games and practices. Players, spectators and coaches are expected to adhere to the code of conduct policies.

Equipment

At the Tee-Ball level, Hamel Baseball provides:

  • Baseballs (Easton Soft-Stitch IncrediBalls [cloth-covered] are used at this level)
  • Bats (Please note: players bringing their own bat should expect to share it with others)
  • Team shirt and hat

Players are required to supply their own:

  • Helmet
  • Glove

Players have the option to wear:

  • Baseball pants
  • Rubber cleated baseball shoes

NOTE:  Please write your child’s name on all personal equipment.