Team Resources

Battting Cages


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 only

Cage #3: Closest the the street is for coach pitch baseball / softball teams. There is NO pitching machine available in this cage.

While teams have priority, any PHBA team member(s) may use a cage if available. You may not reserve a cage in advance if not as a team. Please contact your division commissioners about any questions or concerns you may have.

Teams are strongly encouraged to schedule scrimmages during the practice season. It works out best if you scrimmage the teams that practice adjacent to your time slot. That way, you can get a two-hour scrimmage versus just one hour.

Managers may also request an umpire to officiate. This is a great way for teams, especially younger teams, to get used to the real thing. Additionally, this helps new and returning umpires get ready for game time as well. The Blue Crew will do its best to fulfill all requests for scrimmages. Please keep in mind that these do not count as an actual games for the umpires.

Once requested, you can check the Scrimmage Assignment schedule to see if an umpire signed up for your game.

Clinics & Training

Equipment Uniform FAQ

What equipment is provided by PHBA?

PHBA provides a bat, batting helmet, softball fielding mask, catcher's gear and practice balls to every team for any player's shared use. However, if purchasing equipment, please refer to the additional FAQ list.

Uniform jerseys, hats and socks will be provided. The team will decided on the pants and belt color to be purchased by individual families.

Batting Helmets

Baseball players must wear a helmet with face protection, either a face-guard or c-flap.

Softball players must ear a help with a face-guard; a c-flap is not allowed for softball.

Softball Fielding Masks

Fielding masks are required for all softball pitchers.


Softball bats must conform to current ASA certification guidelines as stated in USA Softball Official Rules of Softball.

Wood baseball bats with barrel diameters not exceeding 2-3/4” are acceptable. All non-wood bats with barrel diameters 2-1/4”, 2-5/8” and 2-3/4” may be used if they have the USSSA 1.15BPF stamp. Alternatively all 2-1/4” diameter bats may have the older text based USSSA 1.15BPF marking. Bats that meet the new USA Baseball bat specifications are also acceptable provided they are stamped with the new “USA Baseball” stamp.


Cleats are highly recommended for Pioneer division and above. Metal cleats are never allowed.

Jackets / Outerwear

During inclement weather, it is highly suggested that players were layers underneath their uniforms. If jackets or sweaters must be worn on the outside, the garments must be zipped all the way up. Loose clothing will not be allowed at the umpires discretion for safety precautions.

Jewelry / Watches

For the safety of our players, jewelry and watches are not allowed by any player. This includes watches, bracelets, chains, necklaces, etc. This rule will be enforced at the umpires discretion.


Sunglasses may be worn by any player unless the reflection interferes with the batter's vision at the umpires discretion. 

Know the Rules!

The OVERTHROW Rule is Dead!

By Raul Ortega | January 31, 2022

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…

When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

By Raul Ortega | January 30, 2022

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 umpires. This has been the rule for softball for years,…

Coach Pitch Interference

By Raul Ortega | February 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…

The “Look Back” Rule

By libby | January 25, 2021

The Look Back rule is specific to softball.  The rule, in the words of USA Softball (, “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…

The “Foul Tip”

By libby | January 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,  “A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and…