9U (ROOKIEBALL) DIVISION FAQs
Below are most of the things you need to know about our Rookieball Division but should you have any additional questions please contact our VP of Rookieball Operations, Adam Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: WHAT IS ROOKIEBALL?
A: Rookieball is the next level of introduction to baseball for boys and girls 8 and 9 year olds, where the players will be hitting off a baseball that is pitched via a pitching machine. This is to teach them how to hit a ball that is coming towards them (similar to a regular baseball) but from the machine. Players arms are not developed enough at this age to pitch. They will continue to learn how to throw, catch, hit and base running and other essential fundamentals of baseball.
Q: WHERE ARE ROOKIEBALL GAMES PLAYED?
A: All Rookieball games are played at either Martingrove Gardens or at Richview Park (on the French School diamond).
Q: WHEN DO WE PLAY?
A: All games start at 6:30, playoff games start at 6:15. We play on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday nights. All players should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to game time to warm up. Games will be forfeited if not enough players arrive by game time. It is important that you tell your coach if your child will not be attending a game or practice.
Q: WHERE ARE THE PRACTICES?
A: The location for the practices will be on the same two diamonds or at one of the other diamonds we have available. Practices depend on availability of diamonds and when the team and coaches are available. The coach will talk with the parents on their team and decide what day and time is best. Practices are once a week for one hour. If you cannot attend your own team’s practices you can join any other teams practice. Adam Doran (the VP) can give you information on the dates and times.
Q: HOW MANY INNINGS ARE PLAYED IN EACH GAME?
A: We play 4 full innings in a game unless stopped by curfew, loss of light or weather conditions. Regardless of the score all 4 innings will be played. All players are in the field and at bat for every inning.
Q: ARE OUTS RECORDED IN THE INNINGS?
A: Yes, the players can be called out just like in a regular baseball game. However, the 3 out rules does not apply. The rule is that all players on the team get to hit at least once in each inning. Therefore, the inning could have many more than the traditional 3 outs.
Q: HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ON EACH TEAM?
A: We aim for 12 for each team.
Q: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE THERE?
A: We are hoping for 4 teams this year. We may be interlocking with Rexdale as well this year as they only have 1 team.
Q: CAN MY CHILD CHOSE A CERTAIN TEAM OR COACH
A: We will try our best to place a child on a specific team or with a specific coach. However player’s choice of team cannot be guaranteed. We try to balance the teams with an equal number of first and second year players. The goal is to learn the game of baseball and have fun.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE GAME?
A: Each player needs a glove and a helmet with a chin strap. If he/she wishes to bring a bat that is okay although we provide bats for each team. We suggest that you bring water to keep your player hydrated during the game. Running shoes will be okay or soccer cleats. Due to COVID all players are required to bring their own hand sanitizer and a chair to sit on instead of using the players benches. We suggest that you bring water to keep hydrated during the game
Masks must be worn when the players are off the field and during practice. When playing the First Baseman must wear a mask.
Q: WILL THERE BE UNIFORMS?
A: All players receive a baseball cap, jersey and pants (on a date to be determined). All players MUST wear the full uniform, including the pants for all games and practices. We are not insured and your child CANNOT PLAY if they are not in full uniform (especially the pants), for games and practices.
Q: ARE THERE CALL-UPS TO MOSQUITO?
A: Normally yes there would be callups, but because of COVID we cannot have callups this year.
Q: WHERE CAN I REGISTER?
A: You can sign up on line on the website. You can also download a registration form (and the other documents required) from the website and mail it to the league at our post office box (which address is on the registration form).
Q: WHEN IS PICTURE DAY?
A: Again, due to COVID we cannot have pictures this year.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SNACKS FOR THE CHILDREN?
A: At the beginning of the season each team will make a snack list and each week one parent will be asked to bring something for the team. The snacks should always be something healthy plus a juice drink. NO PEANUT PRODUCTS.
Q: CAN I HELP OUT AND BE A COACH?
A: Yes, we always need coaches and assistant coaches. We ask that all parents help out with the coaching in the games and practices, it is more fun if everyone gets involved. We see the “coach” as the main contact person but everyone else “pitches in.” If you want to be a head coach or assistant coach please mark it on your registration form or contact Adam Doran.
Q: CAN I VOLUNTEER?
A: Our league is run on volunteers, if you have time to assist at the games and practices please do so. If you have time to volunteer for some other jobs in the league please contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator at email@example.com.