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Kirkland Fall Ball

2017 Kirkland Fall Ball – Baseball and Softball

 

 

Kirkland Fall Baseball and Softball involves players primarily with League Ages this past spring between 8 and 11.  There may be some allowances for players with ages this past spring of age 7 and age 12, depending on the circumstances and composition of teams from the other leagues.

 

Fall Ball is instructional in nature, with emphasis on learning skills and playing different positions.

 

Although there are no guarantees with the weather, often times Fall can be a great time for baseball and softball – at times better than the typical March and April months.  Games will be on Sunday’s, typically with double-headers starting in early September, with the season running through October.  There may be one or two optional practices during the week if team coaches, parents and players decide to do so.

 

Below are a few Q&A:

·         Q:  What teams will we be playing?

·         A:  The actual teams from the other leagues vary from year to year, but teams from other Little Leagues such as Snoqualmie Valley, Bellevue West, and Redmond have participated in the past. This year, Kirkland National LL will be playing at Everest along with us, but with their own team rosters.


·         Q:  What time of day will the games start on Sunday?

·         A:  The start times vary as coordination with the other league officials varies from year to year.  1pm seems to be a reasonable start time, but this has not yet been formalized, but this should take place as the start of Fall Ball approaches.

 

·         Q:  What team will my son/daughter be playing on?

·         A:  This will be determined after the first few practices – we endeavor to have evenly matched teams with other leagues and within KALL.

 

·         Q:  What will the players be wearing for uniforms?

·         A:  We have had shirts in previous years, and will likely do so every year...similar to what some teams wore in spring.

 

·         Q:  When will practices be held?

·         A:  In previous years practices have been during the week on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evenings.

 

·         Q:  Is coaching help needed?

·         A:  Yes!  Please contact one of our VP's if you’re interested in helping in this regard.
VP_Baseball@KirklandAmerican.com - Mike Reeve
VP_Ops@KirklandAmerican.com - Ryan Johnson
VP_Softball@KirklandAmerican.com - Wade Minor or Erik Nielsen

 

·         Q:  What activities other than coaching can parents do to help?

·         A:  The usual activities – Field Prep, umpiring, scoreboard operation, dugout cleanup, etc. – is all needed to run a successful program! Note: This year we will be using paid umpires for most games and evaluating that process.

 

·         Q:  There are players I don’t recognize from KALL.  Are there other players involved?

·         A:  Yes!  We may have several players joining us from other Eastside Leagues .  Players from other leagues are welcome to participate in Fall Ball, and in some cases may be able to form a entire team to keep their friends and families together.

 

·         Q:  My son/daughter is playing different positions than what has been played before, and every inning looks different.  What is happening?

·         A:  Fall Ball in instructional in nature, and we hope to see players playing varying positions to give them a chance to try different positions and give them variety and opportunity.
 
Positioning Guidelines
  • Coaches should plan on having players play in multiple positions in each game.
  • Unless there is a disciplinary issue, all players should play approximately the same number of innings.
  • In a 6 inning game, unless there is a disciplinary or safety issue, each player should play at least 2 innings of outfield and 2 innings of infield per game.
  • At the Majors level, pitchers are limited to one inning of pitching per game, unless there is a safety issue, to encourage multiple pitchers per game.
  • Shortstop, 2nd base, and 3rd base positions are limited to one inning per player per game, unless there is a safety issue, to encourage a variety of players at those positions.  For example, in a 6 inning game, the team should field 6 different short stops, unless there is a safety issue.
 
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