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Scrimmages with Umpires

Mar 8, 2021

Get your teams ready by scheduling a friendly scrimmage with bonafide umpires. Remember, scrimmages are now allowed within the state guidelines. It’s a great way to get the kids ready for the season by doing away with the 1st game jitters before Opening Day. After losing an entire season to COVID-19, the umpires need to…

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Batting Cages are Open

Mar 3, 2021

Sign-ups for batting cages has gone digital. You can now sign-up for batting cages via the sign-up calendar here. The same rules apply – you may only sign up for one day at a time no more than one week in advance. All batting cages are coach pitch only for now; pitching machines are not…

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Field Prep Openings are Abundant!

Mar 3, 2021

PHBA is seeking efficient, detail-oriented parents that still love playing with an Etch A Sketch and chalk. Field Prep is your calling and THIS is your chance! Too often, Field Prep is overlooked by many potential volunteers. This simple, yet exhilarating task takes 10 minutes to complete with training, and it’s an important part of…

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Uniform and Gear Picks!

Feb 28, 2021

As we are headed into the season, our uniforms are ordered and we are getting our sponsors’ names printed on the sleeves! Uniform distribution will be the week of March 15th, dates will be given as we get closer.  As a reminder, PHBA will supply socks, jerseys (Majestic or Nike, depending on the supply) and…

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Opening Day is April 10

Feb 23, 2021

Contra Costa County is finally under the threshold of 14 new cases per 100,000 required for moderate risk competitive sports to begin! What does that mean??? It means we can proceed with scrimmages beginning on Friday the 26th. More importantly, Opening Day is now confirmed for Saturday, April 10. For more information, refer to our…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

Feb 22, 2021

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. So how many pitches does a coach really get to throw during coach pitch? This one seems simple enough, and yet the math never seems to add up for most coaches and umpires.…

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Coach Pitch Interference

Feb 20, 2021

The rule for coach pitch interference was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. The coach should make every effort (think Neo in the Matrix) to avoid contact with a hit or thrown ball. However, if the coach is hit by the ball, the ball is LIVE and play will…

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The “Look Back” Rule

Jan 25, 2021

The Look Back rule is specific to softball.  The rule, in the words of USA Softball (teamusa.org), “was supposed to stop players from dancing around between bases while the ball was in the Pitcher’s possession and control in the Pitcher’s Circle.”  The short, paraphrased version of this rule is this:  When the Pitcher A) Has…

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The “Foul Tip”

Jan 12, 2021

The foul tip is one those baseball rules that confuses the casual enjoyer of America’s pastime and infuriates baseball purists.  This article is designed to help you understand this simple yet often misunderstood rule. According to MLB.com,  “A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and…

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Clinic Dates Announced – Updated

Jan 11, 2021

Hello PHBA Coaches! The clinics are on the League Calendar. Please check the event details for times, location and meeting connectivity details (for virtual meetings). Coaches must attend a minimum of 2 clinics each year, but it is always recommended to attend as many as you can. There is a lot of good information to…

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