These kids are awesome to watch and coach!  Aged 9-11 years, they're coachable and really enjoy the game.  In this age group, the coach pitches to their own team and strikes are only counted when the batter swings.  The rules are explained 'on the go' and the kids are encouraged to play the outs at every base.  Home runs and double outs are a regular feature in this level! 

Games will be played between Waiuku and Pukekohe on Saturday mornings at 9am.  Season starts end October, there is a break over Christmas and returns after Waitangi Weekend.

Rookie League Rules

The main aim is for the kids to have fun with the rules set below: 

  1. Each game will play for 1hour 15 minutes, if at 1hour 15 minutes you are in the bottom of the inning and the team batting is winning then its game over. If you are in the bottom of the inning and the team batting is losing then the inning is completed. If you are in the top of the inning then complete the inning. 
  2. Coaches to pitch against own team, this gives consistency of pitch and speeds up the game. 
  3. Only 9 players are to field per inning, players can be substituted inning by inning and re-entered. 
  4. All players in the line-up hit, the batting order is to remain the same for the entire game 
  5. Side away after 3 outs, encouraging the kids to play the out. 
  6. A team can only score a maximum of 5 runs per inning, once 5 runs are scored it is side away. 
  7. 3 strikes swinging is out, no strike outs on location pitches. 
  8. No walks 
  9. No Stealing 
  10. Catcher padded up ready to go at the duration of their team’s bat.

Uniform shirts and pants are provided for the playing season.

Thanks to generous sponsors, we can supply gloves for those kids that don't have one.  If you can buy one for your child please do so.  Don't spend too much as they grow quickly at this age - and 11.5 to 12 inches would be perfect.  Between $40-$80 is plenty to spend.  We will be available to size and fit your child with a glove if you'd like to purchase one from us. 

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us :-)  [email protected]