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.
- Practice - Two 90-minute practices per week.
- 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:
- Mastering all skills from previous level.
- 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.
- Demonstrating advanced base running skills, including understanding and applying signs from coaches.
- Understanding advanced situational defensive skills, including defensive pick-off plays and player alignment for specific situations.
|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|