Tee Ball is for first time players age 4-6. In Tee Ball, players hit off a batting tee. Tee Ball team rosters are kept small (typically 5-6 players) to maximize hitting and fielding opportunities for each player. Players hit a soft, safety ball off a batting tee and run one base at a time, while fielders learn to field the ball and throw to first base. Every player bats and plays the field every inning. All players are safe on the bases.
Chantilly Little League Tee Ball/Coach Pitch Rules and Guidelines are designed to encourage participation in a game and to further the player’s love of the game.
- Chantilly Little League Youth Baseball is non-competitive
- Score keeping is not allowed
- Players should concentrate on having fun and learning the game
- There are no strike outs or walks
- Just like in real baseball, a defensive play is made when a fly ball is caught, or a base runner is tagged or forced out at any base. In cases where a defensive play is made, in the spirit of keeping the game fun for all players, the baserunner will be allowed to stay on the base he/she was approaching.
- All players will play in the field every inning
- Batting orders can change every inning
- All players will play in the infield and outfield during a game
- Player can only play 1st base for one inning during a game
- Do not use the same 3 people at 1st base every game
- Players are encouraged to make outs while fielding
- Tee Ball and Coach Pitch games must end no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes from the scheduled start time, regardless of the inning.
- Each player will come to bat and play defensively every inning.
- The last batter will continue running until they reach home plate. Defensive players shall remain in the field until last batter/baserunner has reached home plate
- An arc 10 feet from home will indicate the distance a batted ball must travel to be considered a fair ball.
- An arc of 40 feet from home will indicate the beginning point where defensive players can be positioned. No more than 2 players are permitted on the arc.
- The offensive coach will check to ensure the batter, defensive players, and defensive coaches are ready. The coach will place the ball on the tee and announce “Play Ball.”
- A team that has fewer players than the other team will be permitted to take extra at bats to equalize the offense.
- The tee should be removed from home plate every time a hit in fair territory occurs and there is a runner advancing home from third base.
- Base runners cannot advance on an overthrow to any base.
- No more than three coaches should be on the field to assist defensive players.
- Coaches should not interfere with the game unless safety is an issue.
- There should be a player assigned to play 1st, 2nd, SS and 3rd base. No player should be positioned in the base path.
- There is no catcher position.
- All players assigned to the outfield shall be positioned in the grass at least 10’ beyond the infield dirt when the pitch is delivered.
- Players may not attempt to record outs at home plate; outs may only be recorded or attempted at first, second, or third base.
- Play ends when the umpire announces dead ball or a defensive player:
- demonstrates control of the ball in the infield;
- makes a play at 1st, 2nd, or 3rd base;or
- returns the ball from the outfield to the infield.