Ages 5 & 6
Often a family's first introduction to baseball/softball, Woburn Little League's Tee Ball Division provides coaching instruction by parent volunteers. Our coaches are responsible for teaching the fundamentals of throwing, catching, batting, fielding, and base running. The main focus is an introduction to fundamentals in a fun, safe, team-oriented environment.
The Tee Ball Commissioner assigns coaches to teams, and players are then assigned to teams by the Commissioner with a goal of creating teams of players from the same school district. Players receive a uniform shirt, hat, and socks.
The spring season commences with the Woburn Little League Opening Day parade. All players are encouraged to march in the parade with their team. The season then runs from late April through mid-June, and typically ends on Father's Day weekend. The season concludes with "Weafer Day", where the players have an opportunity to play at Weafer Park. This is a special day for the players, as they get a chance to play on the Woburn Little League small diamond field, use the dugouts, and have their names announced when they come up to bat.
Games are played once a week, usually on Saturday. Each session should last about 60 minutes. The first 30 minutes should be a practice where fundamentals are worked on (throwing, catching, proper batting stance and address at the plate, fielding position, fielding of ground balls, running the bases) and the last 30 minutes consists of a game against the designated opponent. The game is seen as a reward for the practice and instructional time. The most important time spent is working on teaching the kids solid baseball fundamentals.
After the game, players line up at home plate and shake hands with their opponents. Sportsmanship is extremely important and is introduced at the youngest of ages.
Although not mandatory, teams typically employ a station's method of teaching during the practice time. Experience has shown that the kids will get many more repetitions, be kept busy and engaged, and allow the coaches to have the chance to work on many different skills with the players.
The primary method of batting to begin the year is with a tee. This is a great tool to show kids proper batting stance, address, and allow them to focus on making contact with a proper swing. Coach pitch or toss should then be integrated based on the progress of the players. It is recommended for coaches to be on one knee or sitting on a bucket so that the ball comes into the players from a realistic vantage point. If a player swings and misses at 4-5 consecutive tosses, then re-introduce the tee. That will not embarrass a player, them swinging and missing time after time at a pitched ball will. The goal on this level is for each and every player to be able to hit a pitched or tossed the ball.