is the second and final year in the transition phase to full-scale
baseball. By the end of the year, the kids will be playing youth
league-style baseball, with only minor modifications. The kids will be
pitching, bunting, stealing, and we will begin using a real baseball.
Other concepts added or enhanced will include walks, hit batters,
overthrows, live ball and development of position skills. 9-year-old
baseball will have its disorganized moments as the kids try to master
these new skills, but it is part of the process and we will try to
minimize that potential. There are still many concepts that remain
restricted from this phase of baseball which will come in later years –
such as: taking leads, balks, passed balls, and the infield fly rule.
goal this year is to continue to introduce and teach new skills to the
kids, refining those introduced in the last few years, further increase
their levels of awareness and responsibility within the game by again
expanding the range of potential outcomes on the field and moderately
turning up the competitive level another notch. All registered players
are drafted on to teams after participating in evaluations. Games are
played at Wall Park. Pinto League provides advanced instruction which
transitions players from the simplified rules used in lower ages groups
to the more complex play of real baseball. Standings are kept and league
playoffs are held at the end of the regular season.
The 9-year old tournament teams are selected to compete in our IFPAA tournaments and other local tournaments.