Tee ball (formerly Rally Cap) is an introductory level of baseball for first and second year players. Players will hit off a tee and all players will field and bat each inning. This division is designed to encourage active participation of all players while developing baseball skills of all levels and fostering a love of the game.
Tee ball goals are:
- Have fun and promote confidence
- Introduction and development of fundamentals of baseball: throwing, catching, hitting, base running
- Players will learn and play all positions on the field
TABA will provide all the field gear. Your child will need a glove, helmet, grey baseball pants, cleats or runners and a bat. Please see our equipment page for information on bats. This division requires a lot of parent involvement, so bring your gloves and positivity with you. Coaches will be provided practice materials and training sessions for new coaches with continued support through the season.
Tee Ball Rules
- Jerseys and hats are supplied by TABA and should be worn to all practices and games. Full uniforms should be worn to games including pants, belts and socks.
- Base runners, batter, and on-deck batter must wear batting helmets with chinstraps properly attached. Players may wear running shoes or molded rubber cleats (soccer cleats are accepted)
- Each team is responsible to clean up the field after practices and games
- The coaches are responsible to set up the field for games. After the last game coaches are to make sure all equipment used during the game is returned to the storage area and locked up. All equipment will be provided by TABA.
- Base paths are set at 50 feet with the pitchers mound set 42 feet from the tip of home plate.
- Equipment is NOT to be used for any activity that is not TABA sanctioned. Only the coaches and the executive will be given access to the equipment boxes.
- Coaches are responsible for the behaviour of their team players, fans and parents during games and to make sure there is no abuse of the equipment. INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AND BEHAVIOUR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. It is the responsibility of the coach to notify TABA of any major issues that occur at the ball park immediately following the game and/ or practice.
- Games postponed due to rain will be considered a non-event, unless coaches wish to schedule a make-up game through the division coordinator. It is the coaches’ discretion when to call a game or practice due to darkness, field condition or weather, and the coaches responsibility to notify the team manager and team.
- Each player is required to have a guardian at the field at ALL times. If the players parent is not able to remain for the entire game/ practice the coach must be notified as to who will be responsible for the player.
- Each game shall be 3 – 4 full innings with no new inning started after 1 hour.
- Each game should end with a base race.
- The ball will be hit off the tee only, until May 16. After May 16, batters will be given the option of moving away from the tee and coaches will soft toss pitch to players. If the batter does not hit after 3 attempts, the tee will be required for an additional 3 attempts.
- All players will be included in the batting order. A team’s turn at bat will consist of every player batting. After each game up to bat, a team will put its first batter to the bottom of the lineup for the next game
- Each hitter gets a maximum of 5 baseballs. If the fifth ball is not hit then the coach will roll a baseball into the field to allow the hitter to run the bases and for the defense to try and make a play. This rule is designed to keep the game moving.
- The coach of the team up to bat should be stationed near the tee to assist batters
- Fielding coaches are required at pitcher and first base, with additional coaches and parents (coaches discretion) throughout the field.
- Coaches must switch players to different positions from inning to inning, alternating positions. Each player shall be given an opportunity to play every position BEFORE playing a position for the second time.
- When the ball is hit players are required to throw the ball to first base. After each play is completed, first baseman must throw the ball to the coach
- There are NO OUTS in Tee Ball.
- Runners are not allowed to advance more than one base at a time
- There are no walks, no strikeouts, no base stealing.