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
Pinto Reds   Home vs. Cubs April 30, 2017 09:30 am   Witter Softball Field
A's   Home vs. Mets April 30, 2017 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Mets   Away at A's April 30, 2017 11:30 am   Witter Softball
Astros   Away at Padres April 30, 2017 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Red Sox   Home vs. Diamondbacks April 30, 2017 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Red Sox   Make Up Game May 02, 2017 05:00 pm   Beach Field
Mets   Practice May 02, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach School
Diamondbacks   Away at Red Sox May 02, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach School
A's   Practice May 03, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants   Practice May 03, 2017 06:00 pm   Beach Field
Padres   Practice May 04, 2017 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Pinto Reds   Practice May 04, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs   Practice May 04, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Astros   Practice May 05, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Elementary Field
Pinto Reds   Home vs. Giants May 06, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball Field
Mets   Away at Cubs May 07, 2017 09:30 am   Witter Softball
Red Sox   Home vs. Padres May 07, 2017 11:00 am   Witter Softball
Padres   Away at Red Sox May 07, 2017 11:30 am   Witter Softball
A's   Away at Diamondbacks May 07, 2017 01:00 pm   Witter Softball
Diamondbacks   Home vs. A's May 07, 2017 01:30 pm   Witter Softball
Astros   Home vs. Pinto Reds May 07, 2017 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Diamondbacks   Practice May 09, 2017 04:00 pm   Beach School
Mets   Practice May 09, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach School
Red Sox   Practice May 09, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Field
A's   Practice May 10, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants   Practice May 10, 2017 06:00 pm   Beach Field
Padres   Practice May 11, 2017 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Pinto Reds   Practice May 11, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs   Practice May 11, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Astros   Practice May 12, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Elementary Field
Astros   Tournament-TBD May 13, 2017 TBD   Witter Softball
Mets   Tournament May 13, 2017 TBD   Witter Field
A's   vs. TBD May 13, 2017 08:15 am   Witter Softball
Red Sox   vs. TBD May 13, 2017 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 13, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball Field
Giants   vs. Playoffs May 13, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Mets   Tournament May 14, 2017 TBD   Witter Field
Red Sox   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 TBD   Witter Softball
Astros   Tournament-TBD May 14, 2017 TBD   Witter Softball
A's   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 08:45 am   Witter Softball
Giants   vs. Playoffs May 14, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 09:30 am   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 11:30 am   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 01:30 pm   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 14, 2017 03:30 pm   Witter Softball Field
Diamondbacks   Practice May 16, 2017 04:00 pm   Beach School
Mets   Practice May 16, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach School
Red Sox   Practice May 16, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Field
A's   Practice May 17, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Giants   Practice May 17, 2017 06:00 pm   Beach Field
Padres   Practice May 18, 2017 04:00 pm   Beach Playfield
Cubs   Practice May 18, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Pinto Reds   Practice May 18, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Astros   Practice May 19, 2017 04:30 pm   Beach Elementary Field
Astros   Tournament-TBD May 20, 2017 TBD   Witter Softball
Mets   Tournament May 20, 2017 TBD   Witter Field
A's   vs. TBD May 20, 2017 08:15 am   Witter Softball
Red Sox   vs. TBD May 20, 2017 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 20, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball Field
Giants   vs. Playoffs May 20, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Mets   Tournament May 21, 2017 TBD   Witter Field
Astros   Tournament-TBD May 21, 2017 TBD   Witter Softball
Red Sox   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 12:35 am   Witter Softball
A's   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 08:45 am   Witter Softball
Giants   vs. Playoffs May 21, 2017 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 09:30 am   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 11:30 am   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 01:30 pm   Witter Softball Field
Pinto Reds   vs. TBD May 21, 2017 03:30 pm   Witter Softball Field
Giants   Team Party Hold May 21, 2017 04:00 pm   TBD
A's   Practice May 24, 2017 05:30 pm   Beach Playfield
Mets   End of Season Party May 30, 2017 05:30 pm   The Osborn Home

Spring 2017 - Pinto Baseball

Name Coach Schedule
Padres David LaRosa  Schedule
Pinto Reds Ivan Delventhal  Schedule
Giants Thomas Blanford  Schedule
Red Sox Micah Myers  Schedule
A's Steve Long  Schedule
Astros Stephen Sanger  Schedule
Cubs Mike Ero  Schedule
Diamondbacks Charles Heath  Schedule
Mets Jonah Sachs  Schedule