Coach Pitch is a noncompetitive league intended for youngsters in their second or third year of playing baseball (6 and 7 years old). The games are played on a 50-foot diamond (approximately), with coaches pitching a Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball. The emphasis is on putting the ball in play. Games are scheduled only within a given division; there is no inter-divisional play. This league features an All-Star Day skills competition during the TYA Softball/Baseball All-Star Day event.
Since Coach Pitch is set at the Instructional League level, emphasis is on skill development and knowledge of the game. No score or standing are kept, and there are no playoffs. Coaches are very involved on the field during games for these leagues.
Coach Pitch typically begins at the end of March and runs through early- to mid-June.
Several practices are held at the beginning of the season to teach game fundamentals while reviewing the rules of the league.
Play typically gets underway the first or second week of April, depending on weather and field conditions. Two to three games are scheduled per week; weeknight games begin at 6 p.m. and weekend games are held on Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m.