Age: 7-8 (Minor B)
VP: Rob Croll Email: email@example.com
Objective: The purpose of the Minor B program is for players to have fun playing the game of baseball while learning proper fundamentals and playing for a team. Individual statistics and team records are not maintained, yet developing players will involve learning from the outcome of play.
Introduction: In the Minor B Division, players will learn in a more baseball-like atmosphere, introducing them to pitching, hitting kid-pitch, learning foundational rules of the game and understanding more detailed aspects of each position in the field. All players should learn the standard nine positions. Parent/players can expect 1-2 games, and one practice, per week over the course of the regular season. The Minor B program participates in an 8U District-wide All-Star program after June 15th.
PLAYER EVALUATION: Players are evaluated for the purpose of helping the VP and Coaches balance teams. Teams will comprise of eleven players. After player evaluations, the Minor B VP and Coaches will meet to establish teams. Head Coaches will then notify parents with rosters and schedules.
UNIFORMS: Caln Little League will provide jersey shirts, colored socks and hats. Parents can expect to purchase a baseball glove/mitt, a bat, white pants and plastic baseball spikes. Protective cups are required in the Minor B division. Batting helmets are provided, but parents are welcome to provide their son with a Little League approved helmet.
BATS: Bats need to be approved for little league play. Please check with the Director or Head Coach - or access the approved bat list on Little League International web page for each year. Bats for little league play have 2 ¼” barrels and are made from aluminum alloy, composite or wood.
FIELDS: Practices and games are typically played at the fields located behind the Caln Elementary School. On occasion, games may also be played on the softball field located next to the main snack bar facility. Click here to view field layout.
What is expected from Players?
- Players will learn the basics of pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding.
- Players will learn the ready step, prepared to field the ball, learning what to do if the ball is hit to them
- Players will learn how to be coached and to be a member of a team.
- Players will learn by practicing drills, throwing around the bases, hitting off the "tee", fielding ground balls and pop-ups with cut-offs.
- Players will learn to hit soft toss, front toss, coach pitch and kid pitch.
- Players will develop hand-eye coordination and bat swing-techniques without the fear of being hit by a pitched ball.
- Players will develop an awareness of fielding positions.
- Players will learn to catch fly balls.
- Players will develop throwing overhand with proper mechanics, building arm strength and accuracy.
What is expected from Volunteers & Coaches?
- Parents need to complete a criminal background check and state child abuse certification by Mid-March. Please click the Safety tab to learn more. There is no cost for the background check and child abuse certification.
- Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches should learn how to run a good practice with drills.
- Parents on the field of play working with children, must have completed a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.
- Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches will be given a roster of players with contact information.
- All player information is confidential and not to be given out to anyone or used for any other purpose than to afford team practices and games.
GAME RULES: The Official Little League Rule Book will be used for the Caln LL programs, unless superseded by one of the following special Caln Little League Rules:
- We have adopted a continuous batting order (rule 4.04).
- Each half inning is completed after 10 batters have batted or three outs have occurred, whichever comes first.
- Pitchers will only be allowed to pitch 50 pitches per day, with a minimum three days off before being allowed to pitch again.
- There is no bunting allowed.
Pre-Game Preparation & Cleanup
Both teams are in charge of field set-up, which is to include:
- Layout of foul lines and batter's box;
- Raking of base paths, batter's box, skin infield areas and pitchers mound;
- Placing of bases and removal of them at the conclusion of the game;
- Each team is to supply one (1) game baseball;
- Raking the field after the conclusion of the game;
- Ensuring all trash is removed from the benches and placed in the proper containers.
- In case of inclement weather during the day, both Head Coaches should be at the field early to prep it for the game.
- It is expected that all players receive equal playing time with at least one inning in an infield position.
- The games will consist of 6 full innings regardless of score.
- There is a 2-hour limit for games.
- Evenings games should be called at dusk when visibility creates a hazardous situation.
- Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must be properly attired with Team Baseball Hat, League issued or matching team shirt, pants/shorts, baseball shoes with rubbers spikes (metal cleats not permitted)/sneakers. Cutoffs and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
- Both Head Coaches at the field decide rain-outs. Every effort should be made to get the game in. Decisions should be made at the field unless a downpour is occurring.
- Makeup games must be scheduled through the League VP.
Equipment & Uniforms
- A Head Coach/team may not assess players a fee, or request payment for, any uniforms including, special hat, shirts, socks, etc., or equipment such as bats, helmets, etc., without expressed permission of the Board of Directors.
- Player's names are not permitted on the back of the uniform shirt.
- Only uniforms supplied by the League are permitted.
- Uniforms should not be worn in travel ball outside Caln LL.
- All equipment must meet Little League, Inc. safety requirements.
8U District All-Star Team & Tournament
At the end of the regular season, which corresponds to Little League International's calendar, on or around June 15th, Minor B will participate in the Districtwide Tournament. Players will be invited to participate in the All-Star program. The VP will convene a Head Coaches Meeting whereby they will nominate their players and vote for who makes the team. Head Coaches cannot vote for their own players. The players receiving the most votes are ranked and then selected. If a player does not want to participate in All-Stars, please inform your Head Coach before June 15th. If after that, a player can pull their name from the roster and the next player in rank order will be invited.