Pinto — Ages 7- 8

In the Pinto Division, the emphasis is upon the players continuing to learn the fundamentals of the game in an organized, but fun and forgiving, setting. It is "coach-pitch", with regular hard baseballs used during games. The teams field 10 players (4 outfielders) at a time, while the batting order consists of all team members.

There is an evaluation to assess each player's skill level and help to develop evenly-balanced teams. This is not a try-out; all players will be placed on a team. Priority for placing players on teams will be balance among the teams, not requests to play with friends. All practices and games are scheduled to take place in Piedmont.

Typically, all teams participate in playoffs at the end of the season.

Expected Skill Level at Beginning of Season

At this level, players need not be experienced, but they are expected to want to participate and show a willingness to learn.

Team Commitment

  • Practice—One 1.5-hour practice per week.
  • Games—One 6 inning game per week consisting of a 30 minute pre-game warm-up and approximately 1.5 hours of game time.

Playing Time and Position Rotation

  • Players will play at least one infield and one outfield position each game.
  • No player shall sit out 2 defensive innings more than any other player on the team.

Skill Building Goals—The overall season goal is to prepare the player for the next divisional level (Mustang). This includes:

  1. Learning the basic rules of baseball.
  2. Demonstrating infield and outfield "ready" positions.
  3. Fielding grounders and fly balls properly.
  4. Using proper throwing grip.
  5. Using proper overhand throwing motion.
  6. Having success at playing catch (catching and hitting target accurately 90% of time) from at least 30 feet.
  7. Showing proper batting stance and swing mechanics.
  8. Exhibiting high success of hitting pitches from the coach.
  9. Executing appropriate baseball running skills, including running through 1st base, following base coach instruction, proper sliding, holding up on fly balls, and avoidance of running into tags. Stealing bases is not allowed.
  10. Demonstrating teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect for all players, coaches and umpires.

Overlay Team

To provide the option for a higher level of competition without changing the nature of the Piedmont league, a small number of second year Pinto players are invited to participate on a Piedmont’s U8 tournament team over the Memorial Day weekend. Invitations from the league to play on the Overlay Team will be made mid-season and are based primarily on Pinto evaluations. The Overlay Team does not conflict with any regular Piedmont league games and only players participating fully in the spring season can participate.

Schedule

Team Game / Event Date Time Location
Tigers    PRACTICE February 24, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Athletics    Practice February 25, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Blue Jays    Practice - Pre-DST February 25, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Blue Jays    Parent Meeting February 25, 2018 03:00 pm   Witter Softball
Giants    Witter Practice February 25, 2018 03:00 pm   Witter Softball
Orioles    Pre-Season Practice February 25, 2018 09:30 pm   Witter Softball
Phillies    Team Practice February 26, 2018 05:15 pm   Beach Playfield
Rockies    Practice February 27, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Pre-Season Practice February 27, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Rockies    Parent Meeting February 27, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Blue Jays    Practice - Pre-DST February 28, 2018 05:15 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Beach Practice February 28, 2018 05:15 pm   Beach Playfield
Tigers    PRACTICE March 01, 2018 04:00 pm   Hampton Field
Cubs    Practice March 01, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 01, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice March 01, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Orioles    Pre-Season Practice March 02, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 03, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Giants    League-Run Practice March 03, 2018 09:00 am   Hampton Field
Orioles    Pinto On-Field Training (5 teams) March 03, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Rockies    On Field Training March 03, 2018 10:00 am   Hampton Field
Cubs    On-field training March 03, 2018 10:00 am   Hampton Park
Rockies    Practice March 04, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Field
Phillies    Team Practice March 04, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Cubs    Practice March 04, 2018 03:00 pm   Witter Softball
Giants    Witter Practice March 04, 2018 04:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice March 06, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Field
Phillies    Team Practice March 06, 2018 04:45 pm   Beach Playfield
Orioles    Pre-Season Practice March 06, 2018 04:45 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Pre-DST March 07, 2018 05:15 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Beach Practice March 07, 2018 05:15 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice March 08, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Tigers    Practice March 08, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice March 08, 2018 04:00 pm   Hampton Park
Cardinals    Practice March 08, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 09, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice March 09, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Picture Day March 10, 2018 TBD   Piedmont Park
Phillies    Picture Day for all PBSF teams March 10, 2018 TBD   Piedmont Park
Cubs    Opening Day! (and pictures later in the a.m.) March 10, 2018 08:00 am   Havens
Giants    Opening Day Ceremonies March 10, 2018 08:00 am   Havens
Cardinals    PBSF Opening Day Ceremony March 10, 2018 08:00 am   Havens
Phillies    Opening Day Ceremony March 10, 2018 08:15 am   Havens
Blue Jays    Opening Day Festivities March 10, 2018 08:15 am   Havens
Rockies    Opening Day March 10, 2018 09:00 am   Beach Field
Giants    Picture Day March 10, 2018 09:30 am   Piedmont Park
Cardinals    Picture Day March 10, 2018 10:00 am   Piedmont Park
Athletics    Home vs. Cubs March 11, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Cubs    Away at Athletics March 11, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. Phillies March 11, 2018 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Phillies    Away at Giants March 11, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    Away at Blue Jays March 11, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Away at Orioles March 11, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice March 13, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice March 13, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST March 14, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice March 14, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice March 15, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 15, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice March 16, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice March 16, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Home vs. Athletics March 17, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Cubs    Home vs. Blue Jays March 18, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Phillies    Home vs. Orioles March 18, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    Home vs. Cardinals March 18, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Home vs. Tigers March 18, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice March 20, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice March 20, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST March 21, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice March 21, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice March 22, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 22, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice March 23, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice March 23, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Away at Blue Jays March 24, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Blue Jays    Home vs. Giants March 24, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Tigers    Away at Cardinals March 24, 2018 02:30 pm   Hampton Field
Cubs    Away at Cardinals March 25, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Athletics    Away at Orioles March 25, 2018 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Orioles    Home vs. Athletics March 25, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Phillies    Away at Tigers March 25, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Pirates    Away at Rockies March 25, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Orioles    Weekly practice March 27, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice March 28, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST March 28, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice March 29, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice March 29, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice March 30, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice - Optional (Spring Break) March 30, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Orioles    Weekly practice April 03, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST April 04, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice April 04, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice April 05, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice - Optional (Spring Break) April 06, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Rockies    Practice April 10, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice April 10, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice April 11, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST April 11, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice April 12, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice April 12, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice April 13, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice April 13, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Home vs. Pirates April 14, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    Away at Phillies April 14, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Cubs    Home vs. Rockies April 15, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Athletics    Home vs. Tigers April 15, 2018 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Tigers    Away at Athletics April 15, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. Cardinals April 15, 2018 01:00 pm   Witter Softball
Cardinals    Away at Giants April 15, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Orioles    Home vs. Blue Jays April 15, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Athletics    Make-up Practice April 16, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Rockies    Practice April 17, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice April 17, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST April 18, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice April 18, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice April 19, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice April 19, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    A's Night & Tailgater April 20, 2018 05:00 pm   Oakland Coliseum
Phillies    Team Practice April 20, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Oakland A's Night - No Practice April 20, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    A’s Night April 20, 2018 05:30 pm   Oakland Coliseum
Tigers    Home vs. Blue Jays April 21, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Cardinals    Home vs. Orioles April 22, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Giants    Away at Rockies April 22, 2018 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Rockies    Home vs. Giants April 22, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Athletics    Away at Pirates April 22, 2018 01:00 pm   Witter Softball
Pirates    Home vs. Athletics April 22, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Cubs    Away at Phillies April 22, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice April 24, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice April 24, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice April 25, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST April 25, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice April 26, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice April 26, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice April 27, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice April 27, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Tigers    Away at Cardinals April 28, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Rockies    Home vs. Orioles April 29, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    Home vs. Blue Jays April 29, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Phillies    Away at Athletics April 29, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Athletics    Home vs. Phillies April 29, 2018 02:00 pm   Witter Softball
Giants    Away at Cubs April 29, 2018 03:00 pm   Witter Softball
Cubs    Home vs. Giants April 29, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice May 01, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice May 01, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST May 02, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice May 02, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Practice May 03, 2018 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice May 03, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice May 04, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Practice May 04, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Athletics    Home vs. Rockies May 05, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Rockies    Away at Athletics May 05, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Phillies    Home vs. Cardinals May 06, 2018 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    Away at Orioles May 06, 2018 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Giants    Away at Blue Jays May 06, 2018 01:00 pm   Witter Softball
Blue Jays    Home vs. Giants May 06, 2018 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Cubs    Away at Tigers May 06, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Practice May 08, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice May 08, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice May 09, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST May 09, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cardinals    Practice May 10, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice May 11, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Tournament - exact date and time TBD May 12, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 12, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Cubs    Tournament - exact date and time TBD May 13, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 13, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Cardinals    Practice May 14, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Rockies    Practice May 15, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Orioles    Weekly practice May 15, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants    Practice May 16, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST May 16, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Phillies    Team Practice May 18, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs    Tournament - exact date and time TBD May 19, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 19, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Cubs    Tournament - exact date and time TBD May 20, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 20, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Orioles    Weekly practice May 22, 2018 05:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Blue Jays    Practice - Post-DST May 23, 2018 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield