Bronco — Ages 11-12

Bronco is when teams begin to follow the rules of Major League baseball. Players are allowed to leadoff and steal from all bases. Professional, paid coaches run practices and manage games, including setting lineups and determining substitution patterns. A parent manager handles administrative duties and serves as an assistant coach, as required by the pro coach. Coaches teach players the finer tactics of advanced baseball. Teams field 9 players and a batting order consists of 9 or 10 players (if the Extra Hitter rule is followed).

Teams participate in the Morindamont league which comprises teams from Piedmont, Moraga and Orinda. A league playoff is held at the end of the season.  Typically, a separate 12U team is formed to compete in the “680 Diablo League.”  The 680 Diablo League provides a higher level of competition, requires travel to games throughout the I-680 corridor and an increased number of games.  Additionally, PBSF typically assembles an 11U tournament team at the end of the season to play in a Memorial Day tournament. The Commissioner appoints a head coach for this team.

Expected Skill Level at Beginning of Season - At this level, players are expected to have a basic working understanding of the Mustang skills and an appropriate level of enthusiasm and commitment for which some success at this level demands. Previous baseball experience is not required, so long as the player demonstrates a reasonable chance of some success through either athleticism or enthusiasm and commitment.

Team Commitment

  1. Practice - Two 90-minute practices per week.
  2. Games - One or two 7 inning games per week consisting of a 60-minute pre-game warm-up and approximately two-hours of game time.

Playing Time and Position Rotation – Our goal is to find each player ample opportunities throughout the season to play both infield and outfield positions, provided the coach determines that the player can safely play and reasonably execute the position’s responsibilities and the player demonstrates sufficient effort and commitment to the team (e.g., excellent attendance and good practice habits).

Players are expected to take practice and game start times seriously. Punctuality shows respect for coaches and teammates. A player is "on time" when suited up and ready to practice, not when dropped off at the parking lot with cleats in hand. A 90-minute practice should consist of 90 minutes of actual practice. Unexcused tardiness may affect playing time during games. If baseball is the player’s primary sport, we expect attendance at all games and practices.

Per the PBSF mission statement, an important coaching objective is to provide ample opportunities for each player to grow and succeed. It is for this reason that each division has playing time and position rotation guidelines. Playing time guidelines are designed to be fair, but not equal. As players move to the Bronco division, playing time is based on skill, commitment to baseball, attendance at games and practices, and effort. Players who play other spring sports and miss baseball practices and games receive less playing time. Players who are more "recreational" may also receive less playing time. Players who are dedicated, focus on baseball, and fully participate in practices and games are rewarded with more playing time.

Every player shall play a minimum of 2 defensive innings in a 7-inning game. The goal, however, is to have every player average at least 4 defensive innings per game throughout the season. Minimum playing time is based on player attendance. Players who miss practices or games may play less than these minimums.

Skill Building Goals - The ultimate goal of Bronco is to prepare the player for the next division (Pony). This includes:

  1. Mastering all skills from previous level.
  2. Showing advanced hitting skills, including an ability to hit pitches in the 50 to 60mph range in a batting cage and reasonable success at hitting during league games.
  3. Demonstrating advanced base running skills, including understanding and applying signs from coaches.
  4. Understanding advanced situational defensive skills, including defensive pick-off plays and player alignment for specific situations.

Schedule

Team Game / Event Date Time Location
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Piedmont Raptors March 03, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Walnut Creek Blue March 03, 2018 03:00 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    Away at Walnut Creek Blue March 04, 2018 10:00 am   Heather Farms
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Piedmont Raptors March 04, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Walnut Creek Blue March 04, 2018 12:30 pm   Heather Farms
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Moraga A's March 10, 2018 12:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Orinda Red Hawks March 10, 2018 03:00 pm   Wagner Ranch
11U680    vs. Moraga Mavericks March 10, 2018 03:00 pm   Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Moraga A's March 11, 2018 10:00 am   JM1
11U680    vs. Moraga Mavericks March 11, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Moraga Mavericks March 11, 2018 02:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Moraga Giants March 17, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Fremont Empire March 17, 2018 10:00 am   Harvey Green Elementary
11U680    vs. Fremont Empire March 17, 2018 12:30 pm   Harvey Green Elementary
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Moraga A's March 17, 2018 03:00 pm   JM1
11U680    vs. Fremont Empire March 18, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Moraga Giants March 18, 2018 02:30 pm   JM1
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Moraga A's March 18, 2018 03:00 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Pleasant Hill Hawks March 24, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Orinda Avalanche March 24, 2018 12:30 pm   Wagner Ranch
11U680    vs. Pleasant Hill Hawks March 24, 2018 12:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Piedmont Gators March 24, 2018 03:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Orinda Avalanche March 25, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Piedmont Gators March 25, 2018 02:30 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Pleasant Hill Hawks March 25, 2018 03:00 pm   Sequoia Middle School
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Piedmont Gators April 14, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Orinda Diamond Dogs April 14, 2018 12:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Orinda Diamond Dogs April 15, 2018 10:00 am   Wagner Ranch
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Piedmont Gators April 15, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Orinda Diamond Dogs April 21, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Orinda Cougars April 21, 2018 03:00 pm   Orinda Sports Field Bronco
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Orinda Avalanche April 21, 2018 03:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Orinda Diamond Dogs April 22, 2018 10:00 am   Wagner Ranch
11U680    vs. Orinda Cougars April 22, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
11U680    vs. Orinda Cougars April 22, 2018 02:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Orinda Avalanche April 22, 2018 03:00 pm   Wagner Ranch
11U680    vs. Walnut Creek Red April 28, 2018 10:00 am   Parkmead Elementary
Piedmont Raptors    Home vs. Orinda Red Hawks April 28, 2018 10:00 am   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Away at Moraga Giants April 28, 2018 12:30 pm   JM1
11U680    vs. Walnut Creek Red April 28, 2018 12:30 pm   Parkmead Elementary
Piedmont Raptors    Away at Orinda Red Hawks April 29, 2018 10:00 am   Wagner Ranch
11U680    vs. Walnut Creek Red April 29, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    Home vs. Moraga Giants April 29, 2018 02:30 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 05, 2018 TBD   TBD
11U680    vs. Martinez Diablos May 05, 2018 12:00 pm   Coaches Field
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 06, 2018 TBD   TBD
11U680    vs. Martinez Diablos May 06, 2018 10:00 am   Tavan
11U680    vs. Martinez Diablos May 06, 2018 12:30 pm   Tavan
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 12, 2018 TBD   TBD
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 13, 2018 TBD   TBD
11U680    vs. Hold for Tournament May 18, 2018 06:00 pm   Twin Creeks
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 19, 2018 TBD   TBD
11U680    vs. Hold for Tournament May 19, 2018 TBD   Twin Creeks
11U680    vs. Hold for Tournament May 20, 2018 TBD   Twin Creeks
Piedmont Blue Jays    vs. TBD May 20, 2018 TBD   TBD

Spring 2018 - Bronco Baseball

Name Manager W L T PCT Schedule
11U680 Thomas Blanford 0 0 0 0.000  Schedule
Piedmont Raptors Rebecca Ghielmetti 0 0 0 0.000  Schedule
Piedmont Gators Jen Colgan 0 0 0 0.000  Schedule
Piedmont Blue Jays Carla Parker 0 0 0 0.000  Schedule