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14th Ward Youth Baseball Association

Home of Youth Baseball in East End Pittsburgh

House League Divisions

Minors Division (Ages 5-6)

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The 14thWard Minors League is the best program in Pittsburgh to introduce kids ages 5-6 years old to the fundamentals of baseball in a fun and safe environment. Our program teaches basic skills and concepts in each aspect of the game – fielding, throwing, hitting and baserunning – through structured practices and games. Teams play two 75-90-minute practice/game sessions each week for five weeks, totaling ten sessions. During the first portion of our sessions, teams rotate through stations designed to practice a specific skill/concept and to keep the kids moving and engaged. 

In the latter half of each session, teams play a game, usually lasting 1-3 innings. We encourage kids to try to hit coach-pitch, and use a tee if needed or preferred. Each team bats their entire lineup each inning; the team in the field tries to get outs, but we allow the runners to stay on base even if an out is recorded. The last batter in each inning runs all the way around the bases. Once we pass 75 minutes for the session, we will not start a new inning, but will allow the home team to bat if they are in the field.

For the first couple weeks, we designate more time to practice, and as the season progresses and kids improve, we shift more time to playing games. The season caps off with an opportunity for the kids to show off their skills and win prizes (everybody gets a consolation prize!) We always promote a positive attitude and prioritize safety, fun and fundamentals!

Field/Equipment

All sessions will be at the Frick fields at the corner of Braddock and Forbes. Basepaths are 60’ apart. We use softer, safer baseballs for this age group. Teams will be provided jerseys (hats and shirts,) helmets, bases, tees, bats, and baseballs.  Players need to bring their own gloves. 

Coaches/Volunteers

We take as much help as we can get! No experience is needed to help coach. We hold a coach’s clinic before the season starts. This clinic introduces new coaches to coaches who have been with 14th Ward for several years. We review and teach basic drills that we will use in practice, and give newcomers an opportunity to ask questions. Even if you cannot commit to being a Head Coach or Assistant Coach, we always encourage volunteers to help guide the kids through the games, especially when they are running the bases or playing in the field. In addition, 14th Ward has an instructor organizing each session that will help coach the kids and support coaches and parents throughout the season.

Other Important Information

Register HERE for Minors Baseball

Season Schedule: 

·      Season Length: 4/13/20 – 5/16/20

·      Mondays from 6:00 – 7:15pm, Saturdays 8:30 – 9:45am

·      Make up games due to inclement weather the week of 5/18/20 – 5/23/20

Communication:

Chip Gaul, 14thWard’s Minor’s Commissioner and instructor is the contact for all rosters, schedules, session goals/format, and all other inquiries related to baseball operations:   [email protected]gmail.com

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14th Ward Youth Baseball Association East End Pittsburgh

 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  


Email : [email protected]
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