Prep Minor

Updated Wednesday April 5, 2017 by MYB League.

Prep Minor

The Prep Minor division is third step in the youth baseball and softball program of MYBS. Players in this division are league age 8 years old. Players who are league age 7 years of age may also participate in this division if the player has played at least one year in the coach pitch division and there is space available, but players 8 years of age have first priority. At this level teams will usually be formed by the elementary school they attend. This division is where players are introduced to playing baseball on a regulation size Cal Ripken diamond with 60-foot base paths and a pitching distance of 40 feet. Beginning in the 2008 season, the Prep Minor Division will begin using player pitching rather than a pitching machine. After the first two walks of an inning, a coach will take over pitching and finish the inning in order to keep the pace quick enough to reduce boredom and loss of attention by the players on the field. This division provides an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence. The season typically starts in mid-April and goes until the 1st week of June.

Players at this age should be able to perform these tasks with minimal difficulty by the end of the season.

HITTING

  • Player should be able to demonstrate a swing that shows proper foot positioning including stride toward the pitcher, ‘squashing bugs’, hands high and level through the strike zone.
  • Player also should show the ability to lay off of bad pitches that are outside the strike zone.

CATCHING AND THROWING

  • When playing in the outfield, the player should be able to position himself under a fly ball, whether on the run or stationary, and catch with both hands.
  • Field grounders with proper body position square to the ball, with the ‘butt down’, hands properly down and slightly forward.
  • Avoid throws from the outfield that are high and arcing in fashion. The straight ‘line drive’ type of throw is preferred.
  • Players should always throw ‘over the top’ of the shoulder. Any type of side arm throw, regardless of accuracy, should be discouraged.

RUNNING BASES

  • Each player should know how to round the bases properly while running. This should be worked on frequently during practice.
  • While running bases, player should tune in to and listen for his coach. He should ALWAYS run hard and avoid watching the path of the ball while running.

DEVELOPMENT OF DEFENSIVE SKILLS

  • Each player should know the responsibilities of each position on defense.
  • Infield players will know proper cutoffs in relays from the outfield, depending on the base runner situations.
  • Outfield players will know proper cutoffs in relays to the infield, depending on the base runner situations.