Eden Junior Athletic Association


Play Ball

2016 T-ball will be held on Tuesday eveings, starting May 31s, running through July 19th, with the week of July 5 as an off week.

Getting Started

This is an age that young children do not have a very long attention span. It is also an age which is very critical to learn the basics of ball and more importantly to have fun and make it enjoyable. Often times, parents want to have their child on a REAL team.  Most often, children cannot last 6-7 innings.  It is very important to teach them how to properly catch a ball,  hold a bat, stand at the plate, team work, sportsmanship and the basic rules of the game.  It sounds silly but it is true. Having your child move up too early will discourage him, especially if he struggles against the older players who can throw and hit the ball harder. 

 The coaches pitch to the players, to teach swing timing.   These groups do not start until June, usually after school is out, therefore the deadline for sign up is May 1st. This allows time for uniforms to be ordered and for coaches to organize their plans.  If you feel that your child is advanced and is 7 years old and we are looking for players for the next level to fill a roster, we will absolutely consider the move.  But, please just be patient and help your child enjoy the first steps of softball and baseball. 






2.     All players must bat, and stay in the original batting order.

3.     Batters and base runners must wear a helmet.

4.     Batter is allowed only one base, to teach batter to over run first.

5.     Base runners are allowed to advance only one base per hit.

6.     Inning consists-- of team scoring 6 runs, or 3 outs by the defense.

        OR     --    Bat each player, but rotate lead off batter each inning.

7.     Batter is pitched to by the coach of the team batting.  If the batter is unable to hit the ball after three good pitches by the coach, a tee will be set up.  If the batter does not hit the ball with three swings while using the tee, it is considered an out.  There is no base on balls.

8.     Defense needs to provide a player to field the ball at the pitching position.  The coach doing the pitching must try to avoid contact with a hit ball.  The player can stand to the side of the pitching coach.

9.     The defense consists of four other players in the infield, and up to five outfielders.

10.  A coach can stop play at anytime to explain a situation to the team or player.  A coach from the team on defense can be on the field to help direct the players where to stand, where to throw the ball, direct players for cut off situation etc., help keep the players attention on the game, and be an umpire, but can not touch a ball in play.

11.  Another offensive coach can help the batter in the batter box with stance, location to plate and bat positioning.  Additional coaches can be at first and third to help runners.

12.  Number of innings played can be determined by the speed of the game, and agreed upon by both teams’ coaches, but not to exceed 6. 


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