General Information

/General Information
General Information 2018-07-22T09:12:53+00:00

Forest Baseball Club welcomes anyone aged 4 years old and above to join the club and play.

As a general guideline children fall into the following age groups:

  • Age 4-6: Aussie T-ball
  • Age 7-8: T-ball
  • Age 9: Zooka ball (machine-pitched)
  • Age 10-16: Baseball (player pitched)

To make it somewhat more confusing (but ultimately to align with the Little League age brackets globally), for the 2018/19 season Baseball NSW player league ages will be determined by date-of-birth between 1st September to 31 August of the following year for all BNSW competitions.

BNSW competitions are therefore based around a child’s ‘League Age’. To assist determine your child’s League Age, BNSW has issued an age matrix. We stress that club competitions, such as the Manly-Warringah Junior Baseball League ultimately retain a level of flexibility around which age division is most appropriate. 

 

Aussie T-ball (4-6 years)

Aussie T-ball is a fun intra-club T-ball program run for younger and/or first time players. It generally runs for 10 weeks from early October – December.

During the program the players will start by learning the basic skills of throwing, catching and hitting off a baseball tee. As the program progresses the players move on to playing mini-games. The games are designed so that everyone gets an opportunity to bat and field in every innings and the focus is purely on having fun and ensuring the children develop a love of the game.

The Forest program has been designed and refined by Brian Murphy (Sydney Blue Sox) and successfully run for many years by Beth Murphy. It is the perfect introduction to a summer sport for children where they will learn the fundamental skills of throwing and catching that they will retain for the rest of their lives.

Game times: Saturday 9-10am

 

T-ball (6-8 years)

Beyond Aussie T-Ball, players move onto inter-club competition.

In the MWJBL, U8 T-Ball is not scored. The competition is designed such that in the early season ‘outs’ are not generally enforced allowing every player to have a hit and run the bases in every inning and field in a variety of positions as they develop their understanding of the game. As the season progresses, ‘outs’ may be enforced but every player still has a hit in every inning.

U9 T-Ball progresses from U8 with games scored and competition ladders recorded. Outs are enforced, with teams swapping between batting and fielding after three outs per side, or after 6 runs are scored.

Games times:

U8 – Saturday 8.30am

U9 – Saturday 10.30am

 

Zooka machine-pitch (8-10 years)

After players have experienced and learned the basics of the game in T-Ball they progress to hitting a moving ball. In order to keep the speed of play and allow for everyone to have a chance we use soft balls thrown by a Zooka machine.

Game times: Saturday 8.30am

 

Little League Minor (LLmi) (9-11 years)

Little League Minor (LLmi) represents the players’ first introduction to real live pitched baseball. Players are introduced to pitching and playing with balls and equipment similar to what they will encounter in their adult baseball careers. Beyond LLmi the player progresses to larger fields and slightly modified rules, with each step becoming closer to playing to adult rules of baseball.

Games times: Saturday 10.30am

 

Little League Major (LLM) (10-12 years)

Game times: Saturday 8.30am

 

Intermediate League (11-13 years)

Games times: Wednesday evening (time TBA)

 

Junior League (12-14 years)

Games times: Saturday 10.30am

 

Senior League (13-16 years)

Games times: Friday evening (time TBA)

 

Uniforms and protective equipment

Club uniform consists of Forest playing jersey, white belt looped pants, Forest cap, green socks and a green belt. All uniform requirements can be purchased at Try Baseball or registration or uniform fitting days.

We note that our U7 Aussie T-Ballers are provided with playing uniform consisting of a t-shirt, elasticized pants and cap.

A baseball glove is required by U8 players and older.

No special shoes are required for U7-U10 (Zooka). From Little League Minor (U11) to Junior League players may consider shoes with only molded plastic (not metal) studs or cleats. Senior League players can wear metal cleats.

Protective cups are required for all age divisions. Mouth guards are recommended for all age divisions.

 

Season

The summer season runs from early September to mid-December with a holiday break and resumption of play in late January or early February through to March (including playoffs).

Aussie T-Ball (U7) for younger and/or first time players will run for 10 weeks from early October – December.

 

Grounds

For information on ground locations please click here.

 

Training

U8s usually train immediately prior to the game at the ground they are drawn to play at.

Training days and times for U9 and older grades is subject to availability. Once the teams are formed your coach or manager will contact you with training option(s) and based on the majority of the team, a day/time will be determined.

We do note that the club does its best to ensure that every team has a coach with some background in the game of baseball, however this cannot always be guaranteed. The Manly-Warringah District Baseball Association runs ‘Coach the Coaches’ courses at the start of every season and Baseball NSW offers a range of coaching courses (Level 1/2/3/4) to assist parents develop their knowledge of the game and coaching abilities.

 

Teams

Generally Forest Baseball Club has fielded a team in every age group, however this depends on the number of children registered for each division. Some age groups may be amalgamated to form teams.

 

Further info

For further information contact Gail Henderson (Registrar) at registrar@forestbaseball.com.au