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Instructional Program

The Burbank National Instructional Program is the first step for aspiring baseball and softball players.  This program is for boys and girls league ages 4 to 7.  A child's league age is determined based on their age as of August 31, 2021.  Click here to view the 2021 League Age Chart.  

The Instructional Program is split into two divisions.  Players league ages 4 and 5 learn basic fundamentals in the Tee Ball Division.  The Bantam Division is for players league ages 6 and 7.  These players begin to learn more rules and face live pitching from a pitching machine.  *Bantam players may try out for the Pee Wee division.

Your child will be placed in the appropriate division based upon their league age.  Please note that a child's age is determined by their age as of August 31, 2021.

2021 Baseball Age Chart

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Tee Ball Division

The Tee Ball division uses a plan that features structured learning.  Over the course of the season, coaches and parents will engage in a series of lessons utilizing many activities that include skills, drills and plenty of physical activity.  The primary focus is to learn the fundamentals of throwing, hand-eye coordination, running and a basic understanding of the game of baseball in order to prepare players for the Bantam Division. 

Approved coaches will be on the field during the game to direct and teach the players.  All players will bat once per inning.  Defensive players are encouraged to field the ball and throw to the appropriate base.  However, no outs will be recorded and each batter will only reach first base.  The final batter of each inning will clear the bases and run around the bases until they reach home.  Batters will hit off of a tee and as the season progresses a coach may toss the ball to the batters.

Games will be limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Games will typically be played on Fridays and Sundays while practices will be scheduled at the team manager's discretion.  Each team may play a game or two on other days during the week.  A team will never play more than 3 games in a week.  All tee ball players will receive a jersey, cap, pants and socks as their uniform.  All players that complete the season and are in good standing with the league will compete in the Future Stars game and festivities at the end of the season as well as receive a trophy at the league picnic.

Bantam Division

The goal of the Bantam division is to continue to present the basic skills of baseball (i.e., hitting, catching, throwing and running) to these young children in a relaxed, low-stress atmosphere, while simultaneously introducing them to a slightly more advanced level of skills that requires more thought and attention to the specific game situation on the field.  Physical skills are naturally important and will develop over time with repetition, but the mental skills of preparation and awareness are critical to success in baseball and can be learned by children of ALL abilities.  After playing in the Bantam division, players will be ready to play baseball or fast pitch softball in the Pee Wee Little League division.

All games will utilize a pitching machine.  This instills confidence for batters without the fear of being hit by a pitch.  With the pitching machine, more balls are put into play which promotes more defensive play.  During the second half of the season, players may engage in a limited amount of in-game pitching.

Games will be limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Games will typically be played on Fridays and Sundays while practices will be scheduled at the team manager's discretion.  Each team may play a game or two on other days during the week.  A team will never play more than 3 games in a week.  All players will receive a jersey, cap, pants and socks as their uniform.  All players that complete the season and are in good standing with the league will receive an award at the league picnic.  

*Bantam players may try out for the Pee Wee division.

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