Maple Valley PONY Baseball & Fastpitch

Baseball Fastpitch

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What to expect: Practices and Games

Roster, Coaches Meeting and First Practice

Once the registration deadline has passed and assessments have been completed (spring only), rosters (Shetland & Pinto) and drafts onto teams (Mustang and up) are finalized. (We assess and draft not to eliminate players but to make sure teams are more even) 
Through this process you will be notified of being a Head Coach or Assistant Coach. You will receive an invitation from your GM to attend a mandatory Coaches Meeting. This meeting may happen online or in person. You cannot receive your team bag or begin practice until you attend the coaches meeting. 

Practices are often set to begin mid to end of March (Mid August for Fall). Anticipate having a practice for each day your division is scheduled for practice season. Meaning, if you are a Shetland Coach you will have a practice Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Weekday practices in March begin at 5:30. Weekend practices will be scheduled throughout the day. Practice season and some exhibition games happen until Jamboree, our Official Season Kick Off (for Fall games begin after Labor Day). 

Schedules & The Official Season

Once Jamboree (an exhibition game) is over the season officially begins. Again, whether it be a practice or game expect all things to happen on your divisions scheduled days. Go to your division under Baseball or Fastpitch Info for more information. There is an attempt to have a minimum number of games played. We anticipate rained out games, ideally not many. 

Fall: The season is shorter and developmental only, no play offs. Less teams and the goal is player improvement. 

Spring: The season lasts March - June and ends in Play Offs (Mustang+). This season is competitive. Practices run March - April before games. Mustang and up will get batting cage time.  



Practices, Drills & Support

The Mariners infield coach Perry Hill talks about the 6 f's of fielding.

Antonelli talks about a swing that has created almost 700 homeruns

Probably the most important part of being a good hitter - 
  • Stay loose. Hitters should be in an athletic position, relaxed, but ready to go. Tension is the enemy of the hitter.
  • Don’t swing for the fences. Youth hitters should never be thinking home run. They should be thinking line drive and solid contact. Power will come. 
  • Know the pitcher’s release point. Watching the pitcher during warm ups and while he or she throws to other batters can teach a hitter a lot. Hitters should locate the release point and see how the ball looks coming out of the hand.
  • Know the game situation. Runners on the bases, the count, outs, and the score all may result in a different plate approach (at the youth level not quite as much).
  • Confidence, confidence, confidence! If a youth hitter thinks he or she is going to strike out, they probably will. Hitting isn’t just a matter of strategy, but a matter of battling against the pitcher. Youth baseball players should never fear failure, and instead be taught to expect success.

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P.O. Box 414 
Maple Valley, Washington 98038

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