The PHBA Baseball and Softball rules for the 2022 season have been updated and posted on the Rules page. Key changes to this season’s rules include but are not limited to: Baseball Pioneer Removal of overthrow pitch rule – This rule has been replaced with a maximum number of bases a runner may achieve Softball…

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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. The umpires need to dust off the armor and brush out…

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The Overthrow Rules 4.11 for both Pioneer divisions have been rescinded and revamped to encourage the kids (and especially the coaches) to make a play on the runners instead of simply getting the ball back to the pitcher to “kill the play.” In previous years, attempting plays and missing promoted the kids simply running the…

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UPDATE: This Coach Pitch rule only applies to Baseball Pioneer. The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed in 2020. 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…

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Wear those badges with pride. All right coaches, the time is now. If you are out on the field or in a cage, your badge needs to be out there with you. And it needs to have a fresh 2022 sticker (fresh as in cool, new, hip–like my lingo). We emphasize safety here at PHBA…

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Sign-ups for batting cages has gone digital once again. Team managers are allowed to reserve one batting cage up to ONE week in advance. Cages are open Mondays through Sundays. Check the calendar for available time slots. Cage #1: Closest to PO2 is for softball teams only Cage #2: Middle cage is for baseball teams…

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Roster & Rules nights have been combined into one event based on your division. January 24-27 Monday 6:00 PM Baseball Instructional 4 7:00 PM Baseball Pioneer 8:00 PM Baseball Intermediate 7 Tuesday 6:00 PM Softball American 7:00 PM Baseball National 8:00 PM Baseball Western Wednesday 6:00 PM Baseball Instructional 5-6 7:00 PM Softball National 8:00…

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When: Saturday, 05FEB Time: 1200-1400 (12-2PM) Where: PHBA Sports Complex PO1 This clinic is for players who will be catchers for baseball and softball in National and Western.  Experienced players as well as new players wanting to learn to catch are welcome at this clinic.  Players will be taught the proper wearing of catchers gear,…

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When: Saturday, 05FEB Time: 0900-1100 (9-11AM) Where: PHBA Sports Complex PO1 This clinic is for players wanting to be a catcher for baseball and softball in Pioneer and American.  Young players will learn what catching is all about as well as proper wearing of catchers gear, correct stance behind the plate, catching, blocking, throwing, and…

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PHBA requires all coaches, new and returning, to attend at least two coaching clinics. The schedule for clinics can be found here. You do not need to sign up in advance; however attendance is recorded in order for coaches to meet the training requirements. Badges will not be issued to coaches that have not met…

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PHBA is hosting a practice planning clinic for new baseball & softball coaches in Pioneer, but all coaches are welcome. The clinic will be held virtually and led by Commissioner Peddy Khatami. When: Tuesday, January 25 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Where: Google Meet meet.google.com/qxe-dtws-wdb

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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 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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