Bronco — Ages 11-12
The Bronco Division is where the players begin to follow the rules of Major League baseball. Players are allowed to leadoff and steal from all bases. Teams are lead by professional coaches who run practices and set lineups. A parent manager handles administrative duties and assistant coach duties, as required by the pro coach. The head coach and team managers now have the opportunity to teach and execute the finer tactics of advanced baseball. The teams field 9 players and a batting order consists of 9 or 10 players (if the Extra Hitter rule is followed).
Teams typically participate in a league playoff at the end of the season. A separate 12U team will be formed to compete in the 680 league which will require travel to games throughout the I-680 corridor. Additionally, PBF typically assembles one tournament team at the end of the season to play in a Memorial Day Tournament and/or other tournaments against teams from surrounding communities. The Commissioner appoints a head coach for the tournament team who is responsible for selecting assistant coaches and eligible players. Priority is given to players who will not have an opportunity to play at this level again.
Expected Skill Level at Beginning of Season - At this level, players are expected to have a basic working understanding of all 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, as long as the player demonstrates a reasonable chance of some success through either athleticism or enthusiasm and commitment.
- Practice - Two 1.5-hour 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 - Coaches have a goal to find all players ample opportunities throughout the season to play both infield and outfield positions, provided the coaches determine that the player can safely field and reasonably execute what the positions call for and the player does not missed baseball events for other activities and puts forth effort to learn the positions.
You are asked to take practice and game start times very seriously. Punctuality shows respect for coaches and fellow teammates. A player is "on time" when suited up and ready to play ball, not when dropped off at the parking lot with cleats in hand. A two-hour practice should consist of two hours of practice. Unexcused tardiness of your child may affect their playing time during games. If baseball is your primary sport, we expect attendance at all games and practices.
Per the PBF mission statement, an important coaching objective is to provide ample opportunities for each child to succeed. It is for this reason that each division has minimum game playing time and position rotation guidelines for players. Playing time guidelines are designed to be fair, but not equal. As players move to the Bronco division, playing time is based on 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 overall season goal is to prepare the player for the next divisional level (Pony). This includes:
- Mastering all skills from previous level.
- Showing advanced hitting skills, including some ability to hit within the 50 to 60mph range in a batting cage and a reasonable success at hitting the quality of pitchers in the league.
- Demonstrating advanced base running skills, including reading signs from coaches.
- Understanding advanced situational defensive skills, including defensive pick-off plays and player alignment for specific situations.
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