River Valley Baseball is pleased to present its 2017 PAL Ball program, the second phase of its baseball training league. "PAL" is an acronym for the term, "Pre-Atom League" (Atom I is organized for eight year-olds, and will be your child's first year of kid-pitch baseball, the third and final phase of the training league). BAA's PAL Ball is organized for six and seven year-old boys and girls, as a transitional program between T-Ball and baseball or softball. Participating players should not attain the age of eight (8) prior to May 1st in the year of participation.
In T-Ball, your son or daughter should have been taught a proper batting stance and a sound, shoulders-down approach to the baseball. (Unfortunately, many coaches and parents build poor swing habits by setting the tee too high.) Even Major Leaguers go back to the batting tee to reinforce good swing mechanics - so don't throw yours away! It's a good idea to set up hitting stations at practice, with the batting tee being one of the stations prior to live pitching.
Now your son or daughter will see live pitches in his or her games. BAA's PAL Ball program features a pitching machine rather than coach pitch. This was done in order to standardize the speed and location of the pitches thrown to the batters and to thereby ensure that he or she will see a greater number of good pitches to hit. This will increase game action, as batters put more balls in play and defenses have more fielding chances. That's not only good for the young player's development, it is more enjoyable for moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas.
So get ready for a lot of fun and excitement. We are sure that you will thoroughly enjoy your season of PAL Ball here at Bridgeton Athletic Association. It is important for all to remember that we adults must model good sportsmanship, respect for the great game of baseball and patience with these little guys and gals as they learn the difficult fundamentals of our national pastime.