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Shetland Program (4, 5 & 6 year-olds)

Objective: The objective of this league is to introduce the fundamental concepts of baseball to the participants. This should include the basic aspects of baseball such as positions, base running, throwing, fielding and batting. Emphasis must be on instruction. The participants should also understand the basic rules of the game when leaving this league.

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League Rules:
• Players must be four (4), five (5) or six (6) years of age to participate in the program. A player's age will be determined in accordance with PONY Baseball rules.
• League Play will start approximately the end of April and continue until the end of June. The season will encompass approximately eight weeks.  
• Players will be divided into age specific groups (i.e., a four (4) and five (5) year old league and a six (6) year old league). The division of age groups will depend on the number of registrants.
• Participants will be divided into teams of no more than twelve (12) players. If possible, we will have teams with only 7-8 players.  
• Teams will be formed in the following manner: − Parents may request that participants be placed with friends/neighbors at registration time. The league coordinator will attempt to honor all such requests. Requests made after teams have been formed will not be honored. − Remaining participants will be listed by birth date (descending). The number of teams will be put in a hat and the Managers will draw. Starting with Team 1 the unassigned players will be divided among teams starting at the top of the list to the end until no players remain unassigned to a team.
• Scrimmage games will be played between teams. A game schedule will be provided by the SVBSA.
• A practice schedule will be provided by the SVBSA for each team.
• Games for the 4 year old league will be 1 hour in duration. The first 30 minutes teams will work individually on skills; the last 30 minutes will be scrimmage time. 
• Games for 5 year old and 6 year old leagues will be 1.5 hours in duration. The first thirty (30) minutes teams will work individually on skills; the last sixty (60) minutes will be scrimmage time.
• During scrimmages: − A team's turn at bat ends when all players have batted one time. − The defensive team will play all players in the field. Managers should put players in positions rather than simply filling all gaps in the infield.

Four Year Old Specific Rule:
• Batting tee will be used at all times (i.e., no coach pitch).

Five Year Old Specific Rule:
• Batting tee will be used at all times (i.e., no coach pitch).

Six Year Old Specific Rules:
• For all innings of scrimmages, coach pitch is permitted. After five (5) pitches the tee will be used.

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Seneca Valley Baseball & Softball Association
PO Box 1599 
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania 16066

Email: [email protected]

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