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.

Spring 2018 - Pinto Baseball

Name Coach Schedule
Athletics Alex Shartsis  Schedule
Giants Steve Long  Schedule
Blue Jays Troy Fujimoto  Schedule
Orioles Mark Foster  Schedule
Cardinals Reed Bennett  Schedule
Tigers Jack D'Angelo  Schedule
Rockies Aaron Peterson  Schedule
Pirates Dave McMurtry  Schedule
Phillies JC Curran  Schedule
Cubs Susy Struble  Schedule
U8 Overlay Cisco DeVries  Schedule

Schedule

Team Game / Event Date Time Location
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
Cubs    Away at Tigers 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
Athletics    Home vs. Rockies May 06, 2018 03:00 pm   Witter Softball
Rockies    Away at Athletics May 06, 2018 03:30 pm   Witter Softball
Cardinals    vs. TBD (Playoffs) May 12, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Tigers    vs. TBD May 12, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 12, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Cardinals    vs. TBD (Playoffs) May 13, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Tigers    vs. TBD May 13, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Pirates    vs. TBD May 13, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 13, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball
Tigers    vs. TBD May 19, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Cardinals    vs. TBD (Playoffs) May 19, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 19, 2018 08:30 am   Witter Softball
Pirates    vs. TBD May 20, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Tigers    vs. TBD May 20, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Cardinals    vs. TBD (Playoffs) May 20, 2018 TBD   Witter Softball
Giants    Home vs. TBD May 20, 2018 09:00 am   Witter Softball