Co-ed Learn-to-Play (Ages 4-9)Updated Wednesday January 27, 2016 by South London Baseball Association.
As outlined on our program objectives page, the Coed Learn-to-Play program is designed to meet Stage 2 of the Long Term Athlete Development model; FUNdamentals. The FUNdamentals stage ensures a focus on game based learning of fundamental sports movements like running, jumping, throwing, catching, hopping, kicking etc.
To teach these FUNdamental skills within the context of baseball, South London utilizes two nationally recognized programs; Rally Cap for T-Ball and Grand Slam for Rookie Ball.
Rally Cap (T-Ball Ages 4-7)
The Rally Cap program is an initiative to enhance players’ and coaches’ first experience with the game. The program helps teach players the five FUNdamentals of baseball in a fun and safe environment. The program is designed for young baseball players and has the following goals:
1. Create a fun environment in which children and adults are actively engaged together in the game of baseball
2. Develop fundamental motor skills, teach baseball skills, and basic rules to our players
3. Experience success with an emphasis on good sportsmanship
4. Promote increased self-esteem among Rally Cap children and adults
5. Recruiting new coaches and volunteers
Grand Slam (Rookie Ball Ages 8-9)
The Grand Slam program is designed to promote physical development of children through the game of baseball. The program helps develop physical literacy by using a modified game to teach the basic baseball skills to children and ensure success. The program is designed for children of eight and nine and consists of four categories of activity.
1. Create a healthy environment in which children of various levels of ability find pleasure in learning baseball
2. Initiate or pursue the development of basic baseball skills and strategies for players
3. Teach and develop sportsmanship in a context of healthy competition
4. Develop and promote self-esteem in children