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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 adam12_911@hotmail.com

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.
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All Rookieball games are played at either Martingrove Gardens or at Richview Park (on the French School diamond).

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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 6:45.  It is important that you tell your coach if your child will not be attending a game or practice (especially a game because they can call-up from t-ball).

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The location for the practices will be on the same two diamonds or at one of the following diamonds – Rosethorn Junior School, John G. Althouse Middle School, St. George’s School or the Westway Public School, although not on Tuesday nights. 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.

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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.

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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.

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We aim for 12 for each team.

 

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In the past 2 years we have had 10 – 12 teams, it looks this year like we are hoping for 10.

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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 or juice to keep your child hydrated during the game.  Running shoes will be okay or soccer cleats.  No open toed shoes.

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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.

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All players receive a baseball cap, jersey and pants (on a date to be determined in May at Martingrove Gardens). 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.

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Yes, if a parent feels their child is ready for mosquito they should speak to their coach (who will speak to Adam Doran (the VP for the Rookieball division) and his/her name will be placed on a call-up list. When a mosquito team is in need of a player your child could be called up for the game.  Mosquito plays on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday nights primarily. If your team has a rookieball game your child cannot be a call-up for mosquito.

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Each Select player MUST attend all Select games and practices as well as ALL house league games and practices. If a Select player does not comply with this rule they will be removed from the Select team immediately.

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You can sign up on line or in person at the scheduled in-person registration dates as listed on the website. You can also download a registration form from the website and mail it to the league at our post office box (which address is on the registration form).

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Picture Day is on June 15, 16 and 17 starting at 6:00 at St. Maurice Catholic School, 45 Kingsview Blvd. (Off Kipling north of Dixon Road). More details, including the day and time for your team, will follow.

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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 PRODUCT

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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.

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We are holding our Coaching Clinic on May 4 this year. This is a mandatory clinic for new coaches and we hope all coaches and assistant coaches will attend.  More information to follow.

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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 volunteer@martingrove.ca.

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