Shetland Division (5U)


Shetland is an instructional league to teach five and six-year-old players the fundamentals of baseball by the simplest method possible - letting them play the game. Emphasis must be on instruction, not on the league championship. 

Shetland was developed as a Tee-Ball League, using a batting tee instead of a pitcher. The division provides an excellent opportunity to teach basic catching, throwing, batting and fielding, and a love of the game of baseball without making the experience a course of intensified instruction. The best approach is to let the teams play with little thought to victory or defeat, but merely for the joy of participation while, at the same time, learning the fundamentals of teamwork, group discipline and sportsmanship.

The Shetland division typically plays on Saturdays at either the indoor Athletico Facility or at the CPW fields.


Shetland 5 Division Rules

 
Pitching
 
There will be no pitching.  Batters will hit off a tee.
 
Hitting
 
(a) A continuous batting order shall be used. Changing the batting order every game and/or inning is encouraged.
 
(b) The entire batting order will bat each inning regardless of how many outs are made.
 
(c) If an out is made, the runner is not required to leave the base.
 
Fielding
 
(a) All players will play defensively each inning. Rotating players into new positions every inning is encouraged and during the course of the season every player should have played every position and every inning.
 
(b) Players should play actual positions as much as possible with the addition of a short-center who plays on or near second base. Only one player should be positioned on the pitcher’s mound.
 
(c) There is no catcher.
 
(d) Coaches may stand in the outfield to instruct their fielders.
 
Bat Regulations
 
Bats may not exceed 33 inches in length and may not exceed 2 ¼ inches in barrel diameter. The weight differential (i.e., drop) may not exceed -12. Metal and alloy bats must have a BPF of 1.15 or less. Composite barreled bats meeting these requirements will be allowed if they are approved for Little League play as evidenced by a stamp on the bat. Wood bats meeting the length and width requirement are allowed.
 
Miscellaneous
 
(a) Game Length. A new inning may not be started after 1 hour. The time limit shall not include weather-related delays.
 
(b) Scorekeeping is discouraged.
Brad  Niedermaier

Brad Niedermaier

President, Rookie League Rep, Shetland League Rep, Patriots Travel