7U Machine Pitch Leagues - PYA Redbird Rookies Minimize

The PYA offers 7U Machine Pitch Leagues that build on the player skills learned in the Training League for Baseball or Softball.

Download: Boys 7U Guidlines
Download: Girls 7U Guidlines (SLCAA)


Player ages:
7 years old.  Players are separated so that the boys will play baseball and the girls will start playing softball.

Games:
All teams will play 12 games per season, depending on the number of teams playing out of Pacific and other cities, you may play some away games in other parks.  Home games are played at the Pacific Youth Association Fields on 650 South 6th Street in Pacific, MO.  Away games are scheduled throughout the St. Louis County Athletic Association (Eureka, Pond, Ellisville, Ballwin, Manchester and Valley Park).  Games last 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Goals:
Coaches attempt to instill advanced basics in baseball and softball. Players will learn the basic to advanced defensive position play. They will also learn offensive skills of how to bat from a pitching machine and to running bases through the use of base coaches.

Pitching:
Machine Pitch – Each batter will be allowed 5 swings per at bat. If the batter does not hit the ball in fair territory by the 5th swing, the batter is declared out on strikes. If the ball is fouled off on the 5th swing, the batter gets to keep batting until he/she misses or hits the ball in fair territory. There are no walks and the "dropped third strike rule" does not apply.  Outs are called and recorded, if a player is called out they shall leave the base and return to the dugout.  The inning is over when 3 outs are recorded or 7 runs are scored, whichever comes first.

Catching:
Players will rotate catching and are required to wear the proper protective catchers gear.

Infield:
Players learn to play defense at Pitcher, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Shortstop.

Outfield:
Boys are allowed 3 outfielders and the Girls are allowed 4 outfielders.


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8U Machine Pitch Leagues - St. Louis County Athletic Association Minimize
The PYA participates in machine pitch leagues for 8U recreational teams to advanced teams through the St. Louis County Athletic Association.

Download: 2013 SLCAA Rulebook

Player ages:
8 years old. Players are separated so that the boys will play baseball and the girls will play softball.

Games:
Teams will play 6 home games and 6 away games.  Home games are played at the Pacific Youth Association Fields on S. 6th Street in Pacific, MO.  Away games are scheduled throughout the St. Louis County Athletic Association (Ballwin, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton (softball only), Manchester, Pond and Valley Park). Games last 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Goals:
Coaches attempt to instill advanced skills in baseball and softball.  Players will learn the advanced defensive position play. They will also learn advanced offensive skills bases through the use of base coaches.

Pitching:
Machine Pitch – Balls and Strikes are called by umpires.  Outs are recorded and games are recorded.


Catching:
Players will be catching and are required to wear the proper protective catchers gear.

Infield:
Players develop skills to play defense at Pitcher, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Shortstop.

Outfield:
3 outfielders are played.

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