New in 2018 for BOMBA's youngest Ball Players


Feb. 01, 2018


In 2018 BOMBA will be relaunching its introductory levels of baseball. The purpose of this change is to increase the focus on the development of young athletes into better baseball players before they hit the Rookie Ball level.  The key to development of a young ball player is to eliminate the strike out.  Strike outs impact the game in many ways at the youngest levels.  Each at bat takes longer to complete, slowing the game down and allowing less at bats per player.  Striking out impacts the confidence of the hitter negatively stronger than any other play in any sport.  Strike outs mean that the ball is not put into play for the defenders to make a play on, thus impacting the number of opportunities they have to learn the defensive side of the game.  Finally, strike outs reduce the opportunities for players on base to learn how to run the bases correctly. 

To combat this, BOMBA is replacing the Soft Toss and Grasshopper divisions with the new Jr. Coach Pitch and Sr. Coach pitch divisions. Coaches will be given a protective netting to stand/sit behind, and will provide each hitter with an underhand/overhand throw appropriate for their skill level with the goal being 100% contact.  Confidence will rise, pace of play will increase and more opportunities will be given to hitters, defenders and runners to learn.  With this, of course, comes a drastic increase in enjoyment of the game by everyone. 

At the same time, BOMBA has decided to replace the Blastball division with a new Jr. T-Ball division. Team sizes will remain small, and the focus will remain on the fundamentals of the game, but players will play with three bases instead of one, allowing more opportunities to explore the field and learn about different parts of the game. 

Below is a summary of BOMBAs introductory levels of baseball for 2018:

 

Junior T-Ball (formerly Blastball) - THIS DIVISION IS FULL for the 2018 SEASON

  • Age: 4 years old

  • # of players/team: 8

  • Hitting: Off a batting T, no outs recorded, all batters bat each inning

  • Practice: Each team will practice for 20-30 minutes prior to the commencement of the game

  • Summary: Small team sizes allow coaches more one on one time with each player. The focus will be on the fundamentals of hitting, base running, throwing and catching. No score will be kept and the key will be making a fun and exciting atmosphere for our youngest athletes to thrive in.

 

Senior T-Ball (formerly T-Ball)

  • Age: 5 years old

  • # of players/team: 12

  • Hitting: Off a batting T, no outs recorded, all batters bat each inning

  • Practice: Each team will practice for 20-30 minutes prior to the commencement of the game. During play in the field, half of the team will participate in the infield, while the other half of the team continues to focus on skills in the outfield. Coaches can either rotate half way through an inning, or rotate each inning.

  • Summary: Larger teams allow coaches the opportunity to split the team in half during the game and focus on infield play, and continue the development on key skills in the outfield. The fundamentals of hitting, base running, throwing and catching will again be stressed and coaches will be encouraged to progress the teaching beyond the Jr. T-Ball level. No score will be kept and the key will be making a fun and exciting atmosphere for our youngest athletes to thrive in.

 

Junior Coach Pitch (formerly Soft Toss)

  • Age: 6 years old

  • # of players/team: 14

  • Hitting: Coach throws underhand from behind a safety net, no outs recorded, all batters bat each inning

  • Practice: Each team will practice for 20-30 minutes prior to the commencement of the game. During play in the field, half of the team will participate in the infield, while the other half of the team continues to focus on skills in the outfield. Coaches can either rotate half way through an inning, or rotate each inning.

  • Summary: Larger teams allow coaches the opportunity to split the team in half during the game and focus on infield play, and continue the development on key skills in the outfield. The fundamentals of hitting, base running, throwing and catching will again be stressed and coaches will be encouraged to progress the teaching beyond the T-Ball level. No score will be kept and the key will be making a fun and exciting atmosphere for our youngest athletes to thrive in.

 

Senior Coach Pitch (formerly Grasshopper)

  • Age: 7 years old

  • # of players/team: 14

  • Hitting: Coach throws under/overhand from behind a safety net, 3 outs or 5 runs per inning

  • Practice: Each team is allotted one 2 hour practice time on Saturday or Sunday. Coaches will be strongly encourage to conduct practice each week.

  • Summary: Sr. Coach Pitch is the first opportunity for our young ball players to play according to the official rules of the game. Teams will learn how to make outs in the field and score will be kept, with the season culminating in playoffs and championship day. The focus during practice remains the fundamentals of the game, and coaches will be encouraged to push players to prepare them for the Rookie Ball level starting at 8 years old.

Upcoming Events


Jun. 02, 2018 to Jun. 03, 2018

Picture Day
Corpus Christi School

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Jun. 23, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

House League All Star Day
Ireland Park

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Jul. 21, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Fun Day
Brant Hills Park
Jr. T-Ball; Sr. T-Ball; Jr. Coach Pitch

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