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Rookie Division (age 7-8)
The ROOKIE Division of the "COMMUNITY LEAGUE" is designed for younger players within the RASA program. There can often be a mix of "first-timers" and "more skilled players", especially if a player has moved up from the entry level of RASA and already received some training from the coaching staff.
A special ball is used at this level, which is a mid-grade between a 'softie' and a standard softball, called an Incredi-ball. Some rule differences exist (see link below), which offers a bit of advancement from the T-ball level, toward the more advanced playing levels. Coaches will still pitch and also position themselves out on the playing field to review plays and/or aide players in the field, but not disrupt the game. There are NO WALKS at this level of play, as athletes need to focus on hitting!
Rookies Skills and Knowledge
RASA Rookies Skills and Knowledge
NOTE: This level emphasizes the continuation of developing skills through repetition of the skills. Players will be encourage to put forth their best effort and to listen to instruction. No score is kept at this level. Players should learn to play a variety of positions.
Continue to learn throwing skills. The difference is that throwing should be more accurate and for a little longer distance.
Continue learning proper glove positions for catching a ball.
Continue to learn hitting skills. The difference is that the player is now hitting a pitched ball. The player will learn to pick up the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand and to follow it all the way to the bat.
Players will learn how to watch first and third base coaches for whether to stay or go to the next base.
This is where instruction for pitching "may" begin. This would be in a practice setting, not in games.
Catchers would lean beginning skills including proper wearing of equipment. Note: Not all players will be taught to play this position. There will be some players who will not want to do this and that is fine.
Fielders will learn about covering bases for force and tag outs.
Players will learn about proper fielding positions and will learn multiple positions.
Players will learn to think ahead about where the play is going to be before the ball is hit.
Players will learn the difference between force outs and tag outs.
Base runners will learn to run on ground balls when there are two outs. They will learn to tag up on pop ups.