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South Charlotte Machine Pitch

 
 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
South Charlotte Recreation Association provides Machine Pitch as our third level league for our players. Machine Pitch is intended for players aged 7-8 years as of 4/30/2018, but younger players may play in Machine Pitch. Due to our desire to keep teams reasonably competitive, we have a player draft at this age group and we cannot guarantee all requests.  If you have any questions, contact Wes Shaw, Machine Pitch Coordinator, at .

Sport Fee: $245  Fee includes Uniform (Jersey, Hat, socks, belt), field rental and maintenance, lights , umpires and Trophies for Post Tournament 1st and 2nd Place teams.  Participation awards are no longer provided.  
 
All games will be at the Olde Providence Park Baseball fields.  Some teams practices could be at Community House Middle School.  You are not able to choose a practice location.

EQUIPMENT
SC Provides: Jersey, Cap, and Socks
Required equipment: Bat, Batting Helmet, Baseball mitt, baseball pants, protective athletic cup (for male players). While SC does not REQUIRE helmets to be equipped with a protective facemask, the league recommends such equipment.
Recommended equipment: rubber cleats (no metal cleats allowed)

SEASON
Practices will begin shortly after evaluations. Until games begin, teams can expect to practice 1 time during the week (after 5:30 pm) and once on a weekend. On Sundays, no event will occur before 1:00 pm. Once games begin, teams could have a game during the week (6pm) and one on weekends (typically Saturday). There could also be a practice on Sunday afternoon.
If a weekday game gets rained out, the make-up game could be played on Friday evening.
If a Saturday game gets rained out, the make-up game could be played on Sunday afternoon.

COACHING:

We are always looking for eager parents who are interested in coaching! The more coaches we have, the better the experience of the players. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Wes Shaw, Machine Pitch Coordinator, at .

 

Overview
Primary Ages 7-8
Primary Focus Hitting a machine-pitched ball, understanding baseball rules, outs, runs, etc. Bunting is introduced.
Base Distance 60 Feet
Pitching Distance Machine will be set at 46 feet.
Rule Restrictions No lead-offs or stealing.


At Machine Pitch, players continue to develop the skills they learned in T-Ball and Coach Pitch, as well as the following new skills:

Batting
Head
  • Tracking pitched ball, whether ball or strike
Bunting (Sacrifice)
  • Pivot feet (DO NOT FACE PITCH SQUARE)
  • Slide top hand to top of bat grip
  • Move both hands up or down to ball
  • “Catch” ball with bat head
Fielding
Catcher
  • Remove mask on pop-ups and passed balls
  • Block ball with equipment
  • Throws to 2nd and 3rd bases
All
  • Backing up throws
  • Defending against the bunt
  • Double plays (fly and ground balls)