When the summer baseball season comes to an end, it is time to start thinking about Fall ball. Fall ball provides an opportunity for baseball players and coaches to continue to develop their baseball skills and meet some of their future baseball teammates for next season. In fall ball, players register in the baseball division they will be playing in next season – for example, players who were second year minors (age 10) this year play in the major baseball division with this year’s first year majors; second year majors play in the junior baseball division etc.
Everyone joins a baseball team, the teams are as well-balanced as we volunteers can make them, and the emphasis is on: safety, fun, baseball skill development, and building a lifelong love of the game, in exactly that order of priority. Players are encouraged to try all sorts of baseball positions, regardless of previous experience and innate ability. Coaches, in turn, are encouraged to let the players try out as many baseball positions as they want, and to bring them along – emphasizing an understanding and appreciation of the different positions, and the nurturing of increasing levels of confidence and skill in those positions. Where safety and personal confidence are at greatest stake – i.e., pitching and catching – the only exceptions are that no player is put into a baseball game in those positions, until he/she has had adequate preparation in practice.
- – Baseball glove is required.
- – Running shoes or cleats
- – Athletic support (“cup”) is only required for those interested in playing catcher
- – GLL provides a few baseball bats to each team. If players have their own, they are encouraged to bring them.
- – GLL provides a few batting helmets to each baseball team. Again, if players have their own, they are encouraged to bring them.
- – GLL provides catching equipment for each baseball team