AA - Coach Pitch is for boys and girls 8-9 who want to expand the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In the division, players will hit off an a coach or designated pitcher.
The primary goals of AA - Coach Pitch are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. Rosters may be composed of between 10-11 players. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 40 feet.
Player requests are not accepted. Rosters will be selected at random, with skill level evaluations.
Time Limit: No inning can start after 75 minutes, hard stop after 90 minutes.
Number of Innings: Six (6) full innings.
Wins or losses will be tracked for the regular season, but will not be taken into account for tournament brackets
A single coach may stand in the outfield with the players while team is on defense throughout the season.
Dugout: All players not playing defense or batting shall sit in the dugout. No on deck batters. As Bechet and Griffin Fields do not have a separate dugout, the first row of bleachers closest to the field are considered the dugout.
Coaches can pitch from whereve they are comfortable throwing to each batter. A team can use any coach pitcher they choose, including the other teams coach if offered.
Max Number of Runs Per Inning: Five except for the 6th inning where runs are unlimited for both teams.
Unlimited inning: If a time limit is hit, the coaches can declare a “final inning” along with the umpire where that final inning will be unlimited. Once that inning is complete, the game is over.
Ties: Games can end in a tie. No extra innings.
Max Number of Outfielders: Four. Outfield Players must stand 10 feet onto turf outfield.
Catcher is required each inning.
Max Number of Consecutive Innings at a Position: Two (2).
Number of Pitches: Seven (5) unless last fouled off. Batters are out after swing and miss on 3rd strike. A ball that is foul tipped into the catcher's glove for the 3rd strike will result in a batter being out.
Batted Ball That Strikes the coach (or L screen if used) : Ball is dead and treated as a single.
Cones for the outfield: If a ball clears the cones on a fly, it is a home run. If ball rolls through the cones on the ground, it is a ground rule double and all runners advance two bases.
Play Stoppage: Play stops when an infielder (including pitcher or catcher) has control of the ball within baselines. The “baseline” as used herein means the baseline from home plate to first base, an imaginary line from first base to second base (at the outside edge of the bases), an imaginary line from second base to third base (at the outside edge of the bases), and the baseline from third base to home plate. The white curved line painted on Bechet and Griffin fields in the outfields is not the line to be used to stop play. An outfielder cannot stop the play by running the ball inside the baseline from the outfield. The infielder still has the option to make a play on the baserunner, and the ball is live until play is stopped.
Base Runner Advancement : Once an infielder has control of the ball, and choses not to make a play on the baserunners, all baserunner must return to their previous base. There is no half way rule.
Home Team occupies the 1st base dugout and sets up the field (drags, chalks, bases, etc)
Visitor team puts away the field and ensures equipment boxes, dugout gate and portable outhouses are locked
Ball Thrown Out of the Field of Play: Balls thrown out of the field of play or through the openings located at the backstop, 1B or 3B are dead balls and all runners advance one base.
No Infield Fly Rule
Feet first sliding is allowed. No headfirst sliding at any base. A player who slides headfirst will be issued a verbal warning. A second offense will result in the player being called out.
Only coaches in coaching boxes are allowed to coach the players on offense. No coaching allowed from the "Pitching Coach" to players on base paths during the inning; however, the pitching coach may coach the batter in the box.