LEARN TO PLAY
birth years 2009-2012
Learn To Play was designed to address the specific needs of 5-10 year olds and is replacing the old game of T-Ball! The Parmalat Learn to Play Program was piloted in communities across Canada in 2003 and 2004 and has received rave reviews from Minor Softball Associations, parents and kids. The first and most important goal of the program is to make Softball FUN for kids. The Parmalat Learn to Play Coaches manuals contain 18 prepared lesson plans that are easy to follow and understand. The games and activities that make up the lesson plans were created to increase the activity levels of the children and to challenge them in appropriate ways. Not only will the kids be tired from all the fun they will be having but they will be developing their individual softball skills as well as building life skills like co-operation and team work. This program differs from sports like mini-soccer where only the aggressive children touch the ball. In the Parmalat Learn to Play Program, the players are broken down into small groups where they can get the required repetitions to make improvements in skill development and feel that sense of accomplishment that increases their self-confidence.
Player Equipment: Mandatory player equipment includes an ASA approved batting helmet with a softball face guard(the softball face guards have better visibility than the baseball face guards) and a glove. You may also want to consider protective gear (jock or jyl strap- recommended by Calgary Minor Softball). Optional equipment (at player's discretion) include batting gloves (more for warmth), personal bats (please ensure the bat is an ASA approved bat, appropriate for the age/size of player, fastpitch)-it is common to purchase too heavy of too long of a bat. Players cannot make late adjustments to a pitch if the bat is too heavy. Our association will provide bats, balls, bases, hitting tees and other coaching equipment.
MITES - Restructuring
CMSA has implemented a new Mite Program. Combined with the No Walk rule and the Home Run Line, the Mite division is a very exciting division to both play and to watch! This combination of changes has been implemented for a many different reasons. Batter # 1 (B1) is at the plate. The game is played normally up until the batter receives a 4th ball, which would normally result in a walk. This is where the game changes. After the 4th ball, the batter will have a count against him/her. It will either be 4 balls, 0 strikes (4-0), 4-1 or 4-2. The coach, or designated pitcher for the offensive team (B1’s coach or selected parent), will now come in to pitch to his/her own batter. The number of pitches that the batter will receive from the coach/parent is dependent upon the number of strikes that the pitcher had achieved against that batter prior to throwing the 4th “ball”. All batters continue using the same rules. The three main reasons are to make the games more fun for the kids, to assist in the development of skills through more involvement from all of the participants and to make the game more exciting to watch for the parents and families. Please see the Calgary Minor Softball Website for more details www.calgaryminorsoftball.com.