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Rally Cap Program

Updated Monday February 20, 2017 by Kanata Baseball Association.

Ages: 4 - 8 year-old players
Duration: May 1st - June 30th

Days: Either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs (for Spring); nights vary Mon-Thurs for Summer

Times: 6:00-7:30pm
Locations: TBD
Convenor: TBD rallycap@kllba.ca

Rally Cap is Baseball Canada’s initiation program to the sport of baseball.

The Rally Cap program is an initiative to enhance players’ and coaches’ first experience with the game. The program helps teams teach players the five FUNdamentals of baseball in a fun and safe environment. Players have the opportunity to perform different tasks in order to earn a colored Baseball Canada Rally Cap. Cap colours correspond with various levels of achievement. The program is designed for young baseball players.  

What’s New?
In 2016, Kanata piloted the Rally Cap program. The initial attendance was overwhelming, 108 players participated. As a result of the pilot, we are making some changes for 2017:

1) Multiple fields will be used. Having everyone at one large diamond was overloaded - we will use multiple parks including school diamonds this year.

2) Skill-based tiers are required. Players will be evaluated at the beginning of the program to ensure they are in an appropriate skill based tier.

3) Varied rulesets are needed. Players at different developmental stages will play a varied format from foam ball tee ball to machine pitch baseballs.

Tiers
Rally Cap will run as a skill-based tiered program. This allows the tuning of the program to match the current developmental stage of the players and keeping it fun for everyone. The following table summarizes the various tiers.

 

Tier 3

Tier 2

Tier 1 (Rookie)

Cap Colours

White and Grey

Black and Green

Blue and Red

Players per team

6-8

8-10

10-12

Baseball

Foam

Soft

Hard

Format

Teeball

Coach Pitch

Machine Pitch

Bat

Foam

Metal up to 2 ¾”

Metal up to 2 ¾”

Catcher

No

No

Yes

Outs

Everyone hits

Everyone hits

3

Bases

50’

60’

65’


Equipment
Players require running shoes or cleats, track pants or baseball pants (no shorts), a baseball glove size 9-11, a batting helmet and a jock or jill. Baseballs, bats and other appropriate equipment are supplied by the league, including a team t-shirt which will be kept by the player.