T-Ball Division (ages 5-6)
T-BALL is the introductory or entry level of the "COMMUNITY LEAGUE" within the RASA program. This may be the first organized sport for many players and should be the most 'fun', but should also offer the participants the opportunity for skill development. All players will be exposed to the beginning or start-up fundamentals of throwing, hitting, and catching, as well as the general rules required for game play.
Special restrictions exist with regard to using a 'softie' ball (9" foam) at the start of the season, and progressing to a larger 'softie' at the agreement of all coaches and the division manager. Since many very young players lack the adaquate skill to catch properly, RASA elected to use this special ball to help eliminate any players fear and offer an environment per playing which is better suited to learning. Use of this ball will not result in injury during a missed catch that may strike a player.
Additionally, most players will hit from a batting-tee, but be given the opportunity to be pitched to by a coach. NO ONE STRIKES OUT while playing T-ball! Each batter is given a certain number of quality pitches, then the batting-tee will be used. Other rules exist (see below) that are intended to move the game along and also offer these young athletes the opportunity to play the game of softball within the regular rules per softball play.
Hopefully, each player will improve their skills and capabilities in order to be a well-rounded player for advancement to the ROOKIE Division for a subsequent softball season, enjoy the game, and have some fun at the same time!