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Machine Pitch (U11)

Machine Pitch has been offered in-house at Kalamunda Rangers for the last three seasons and has been very successful with local Club Rookie Ball rules modifyting Teeball for the moving-ball variant.  Machine Pitch is a great introduction for teeball players into the sport of baseball as it removes the variant of players pitching the ball.

Recent changes by Baseball WA and Little League WA have now provided us with the opportunity to play an inter-club Machine Pitch competition. The Kalamunda Rangers compete in the Southern HIlls Charter competition against Gosnells, AK Strikers and Roleystone, with a home and away season.

The Southern Hills Charter Machine Pitch competition is played on a Friday night. The rules for Machine Pitch is available through the following link: Baseball Rules.

Machin Pitch is an under 11s competition. Players who are 7, 8, 9 or 10 years as at the 1st May are able to register for Machine Pitch. 

As the age groups for Machine Pitch and Teeball overlap in our club, players are permitted to participate in both and are strongly encouraged to do so to gain more game experience. Duel registration in both Machine Pitch and Teeball receives a substantial reduction in Registration Fees which is available on this link.

Commitment

Machine Pitch requires the commitment by both players and Parents.   Players will be required to train for one afternoon through the week for approximately 1-1½hours.   The game itself will last 1 hour.   Machine Pitch is a ’Home and Away’ competition which involves travelling to other grounds to play, as well as playing at Maida Vale.   Parental help may be required to help transport players to these grounds.

As with Teeball and Rookis Ball, Parents are required to assist the team at training and at the games so that the team can run efficiently.   Position required (though not limited to) are Team Manager, Scorers, Umpires, Base Coaches as well as assisting in the Canteen at Home Games.  

Parent help is ESSENTIAL in order to help keep the costs of the player’s fees down.

As well as offering games in the District (Charter) competition, players have the opportunity to continue on to represent both the State and Australia in the ’Little League’ World Championships which are held each year.

At the Easter Little League State Championships, the Kalamunda Rangers submit a representative team to compete for the Machine Pitch State Championship. The Kalamunda Rangers won the inaugural Machine Pitch State Championship in the 2010/11 season.

For more information on Rookie Ball please click here.