Excellent final step between T-Ball & softball itself
Updated Friday January 4, 2019 by Stanley Park Baseball.
Senior 3-Pitch play is the same as our Junior 3 Pitch league with respect to the following:
- Opportunity to indicate preference of playing days - at least until playoffs.
- This game is played with a regulation 11" softball.
- The batting team's coach, or (for Senior 3 - Pitch) a pre-qualified player, pitches to his/her own team (with the objective of letting the batter get a good hit).
- General rules of softball with 3 outs per inning (7 inning games).
- Excellent step between hitting off a tee and fastball/softball itself.
- Those born in the youngest eligible birthyear have the choice of which 3-Pitch league to register in. When making the choice, please remember the age brackets for each league. (Senior has players as much as 4 years older and the rules are more strictly enforced in Senior 3-Pitch.)
The following points highlight the major differences between our Junior and Senior 3 - Pitch Legues:
- The average age in Senior 3 - Pitch is approx. 2 1/2 years older.
- Pre-qualified players, wearing protective gear, may be allowed to pitch (to their own team) in Senior 3 - Pitch.
- more of the games count in the standings
- teams can opt to track player stats and interim scores
- "official" scorekeepers may be working the games
- umpires will be less "lenient" in calling "bad" pitches
- coaches in the field of play will be minimized
- experienced players are encouraged to help coach the bases, act as field captains, etc.
3 - Pitch play can be fairly competitive, especially for the season-ending wrap-up tournament.
Helmets are required by batters and base-runners. We supply batting helmets for use on a shared basis, but many players prefer to have their own.
New in 2015: Helmets with faceguards must be worn by all infielders, not just the pitcher and catcher. (This equipment is supplied by the league to all teams.) Chest protectors and shin pads are provided (and must be worn) by the catcher.
Note: New for 2015, the offensive team's pitcher must wear face protection (supplied by the league). Other personal protection for the offensive pitcher's body is highly recommended.
For the 2017 season, with assistance of a grant from the Kitchener Sports Association, each team was offered the use of a "hitting stick" and improved results at the plate were evident. A hitting stick is now part of each team's equipment.
For the 2018 season, each team (through a grant from Healthy Kids) was provided with a water jug and we're hoping that many of them will be back in use for our 2019 season. If providing post-game snacks, it is hoped that the teams doing so have a Snack Coordinator to coordinate "healthy" snacks.
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