About the Machine Pitch

HEY!... Are your children almost ready to take those next steps to Baseball or Softball? Then why not try out Machine Pitch!... It's the perfect introduction to those higher skills. Information can be found on our 'Transition' page.

 

Register here for Machine Pitch:

REGISTER HERE

For all Machine Pitch enquires email Brendan or Anisia at baseballMP@carinecats.com.au.

 

What is Machine Pitch?

Machine Pitch is a fabulous crossover between tee ball and baseball. It is for girls and boys aged 7-10 years and gets them used to hitting a moving ball.
The ball is ”pitched” or flicked from a simple lever machine, operated by an adult. There are modified rules for the first half of the season.

By the end of the season the kids will be hitting like a pro!

Check out the information below to see when is the right time to move on from Tee-Ball and what is involved.

Machine / Coach Pitch (MP)

Little League (LL) Baseball

Playing ages at Carine Cats Ball Club

7–10 years

We recommend Tee-Ball players register to play Machine Pitch in addition to registering for tee-ball if interested in playing baseball or softball. May also play Little League if interested.

8-12 years
Brief description/skills Machine Pitch is very similar to tee-ball in rules and uses all the same skills of fielding, throwing, base running. Introduces a ‘pitched’ ball, consistently ‘flung’ by a pitching machine or coach. Introduces position of catcher. All fielding/batting skills, including full position of pitcher and catcher.
Games

One hour weekly games on Fridays.

Times: TBA

Total 16-18 games/season starting the second week of tee-ball season.

1.5 hour weekly games on Saturday from 10.30am

Additional night games to be determined, usually held Friday nights

Arrive 1hr before game start time.

 

Training Optional training on Wednesdays @ 5 - 6:30pm

1-2 sessions / week, Monday's and Wednesdays.

Optional ‘Round robin’ training with club imports and team coaches to support development.

Elite opportunities – by tryout only Little League State championships - Easter Long weekend. All Stars: Club based competition, best of Carine LL play against best of other clubs in a Saturday night series of 6-8 games, finishing prior to Christmas.

Development Shield: 8-11 years only. LL State championships, Easter long weekend

North Metro Charter: 10-12 year old, State championships,  potentially National championships (late May/early June), Interstate location to be decided. National Champions progress to LL World series in USA in mid August.

Extra camps/training available

October school holidays

Baseball camp run by BWA and TBAWA at Carine

January school holidays

Baseball camp run by BWA and TBAWA at Carine

October school holidays

Baseball camp run by BWA and TBAWA at Carine

January school holidays

Baseball camp run by BWA and TBAWA at Carine

Elite - Charter Academy

By invitation usually for charter/ development shield team members - usually at Dale Softball Complex

Structure of competition

Charter based

All baseball clubs are divided into ‘charters’ of 3-4 clubs who play against each other during the normal season. Carine are part of the Perth North Metro charter along with the Alkimos Baseball Club, North Coast Ball Club, Wanneroo Baseball Club and West Stirling Baseball Club. This is an ungraded competition.

Parent assistance required Parental assistance is always important – coaches, umpires, scorers, managers and a base coach are required for each team. Coaching and umpiring courses are available, funded by the club. We encourage all coaches and umpires to make use of this resource.
Cost $140 for season plus pre purchase of $20 of raffle tickets, which player and their family can elect to sell. Playing jersey is provided.

State championships incur additional costs and are to be decided upon nomination.

$230 for season plus pre purchase of $20 of raffle tickets, which player and their family can elect to sell.

Playing jersey is provided.

Development shield, Club Championships and Charter incur additional fees/costs.

Sponsorship opportunities Sponsorship opportunities available – please email baseballsponsorship@carinecats.com.au for more information.