We like to have at least three teams of 12 - 15 children each for this level. As well as helping to keep the players' interest up by playing at least two other teams, it also creates a situation where teams can have one practice day for each two games played. Batters hit the ball off a tee.
As with Teeball and Coach Pitch, we like to have at least three teams of 12 - 15 children each for this level. The ball is pitched by a pitching machine, ensuring an even speed for all batters.
All players on the bench are placed in the batting rotation and are also able to take up any defensive position during any point in the game. The pitcher is a slight exception in that once a pitcher is removed from that position they are no longer eligible to pitch for the remainder of that game.
Peewee baseball is played by children aged 12 and 13. There are a number of changes to the game as the players move from Mosquito to Peewee baseball.
There are still a regulation nine players on the field defensively at any one time but now the bases are 75’ apart and the pitching mound is back to 50’ from home plate. The players may lead off and steal bases just like in Major League baseball rather than waiting for the pitcher to release the ball as in Mosquito. The lineup also changes in that you may bat 9 players (10 if you use an "EP" or extra player). Once a player is removed from the lineup they may only go back into the game once. If they are removed a second time they may not return to the game. The 9 or 10 players in the lineup at any one time may take up any defensive position at any time. Once a pitcher is removed from the game they cannot return to pitch for the remainder of that game.
At the Bantam level all base & pitching distances are equal to the major league specifications, the distance between bases is 90' and the pitchers pitch from a rubber on a raised mound that is 60'6" from home plate.
A batting line up consists of 9 players who also have a defensive position and if desired an "EP" (extra player) who only bats. The "EP" player can be slotted in at any position in the batting order and is considered a starting player in terms of substitution. All other players not on the starting batting line up are considered substitutes and can be entered into the game at anytime. A substitute player will take the place of a starting player in the batting line up but can be put into any defensive position. Any starting player who has been substituted for, can re-enter the game once but must return to their original place in the batting order. A substitute player can only enter the game once.
The minimum bat size that can be used for a mixed age team (14 & 15 years old on the same team) is -5. This is calculated by subtracting the bat length from the bat weight. e.g. a bat 32" long can have a minimum weight of 27 oz. ( 27 - 32 = -5).
Bantam players are allowed to wear steel cleats.