Summer ITB League
07/30/2019 - 08/27/2019
Grades Ages 6, 7 & beginner 8's
We are excited to bring back our 5 Man Intro to Travel Baseball for the second summer in a row. We shortened the format from our spring league to account for sunlight towards the end of summer. The details are listed below, as is the history and goals for the ITB Program.
Why The current landscape of beginning baseball has not been a productive way to introduce the sport to young kids. 12 to 15 players per team where kids get 1 at bat in an hour is not productive and not fun. We started a youth baseball league that moves at a fast pace to keep kids engaged. Our goal is to create game situations that can be taught on the fly and prepare kids for higher levels in the years to come. The biggest goal is to get the players excited about playing again next year, at whichever level that ends up being.
Who The league is designed for youth/beginner players as an alternative to beginner little league, and Tee ball. Target ages are 6,7, and beginner 8 year olds. Volunteer Parent coaches will run the teams with facilitation from VSTC Staff. Players can sign up individually and be assigned to a team after spring training. Groups of players can also be brought in together to form a team or part of a team.
Games will consist of 70-minute sessions:
10 min: defensive warm up/practice with team
10 min: offensive warm up/practice with team
50 min: coach pitch game
6 minutes per ½ inning or 3 outs whichever comes first
7-8 players per team
No outfielders – Outfield play is not a priority at this level. The skills will still be taught in all of the instruction settings, but eliminating the positions will keep the players engaged, keep at bats coming quickly, and focus on the infield play.
Positions: 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, P
Catch net and target will be used as strike zone
Fence will be put up 10-20 feet behind the infielders
Tuesday evening games
Start times 6pm or 6:50pm
Sunday Games – Oakland Christian High School or VSTC if weather moves us inside