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Learn the basics of baseball and softball with the Y’s T-ball program. The program gives kids good, basic information and the skills they will need to enjoy the sport for a lifetime! Your child will learn how to throw, catch, field and hit correctly, and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun!
Ages: 3 to 5 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)
- One game per week
- Trained YMCA coaches
- YMCA trained and screened umpires
- Good sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
- Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
- Team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards
2017 Summer Session Early Bird Registration: March 7 – May 8
2017 Summer Session Registration: May 9 – May 22
2017 Summer Session Practices Begin: Week of June 5 | Season Dates: June 24 – August 12
2017 Summer Youth T-Ball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Collinsville Maryville Troy, East Belleville, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid-County, Monroe County, O’Fallon Family – MO, South City, South County, St. Charles, West County, Wildwood
Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.
T-ball players should bring a glove and water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. Optional equipment is their own bat, helmet, ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a Level 1 RIF baseball. Grade 3-6 boys use a regulation baseball. Grade 3-6 girls use an 11-inch regulation softball.
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:
Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number, for YMCA phone numbers, please view locations where this program is offered at left or click here for all YMCA locations.)