2019 Peninsula Rays Fall Baseball Academy Information
Peninsula Rays Fall Baseball Academy will be held during September and October with instructional clinics for rising 7 and 8 year-old USSSA players, led by experienced Peninsula Rays coaches. The Rays Fall Academy is designed for young ball players that want to work on baseball fundamentals — proper throwing and catching techniques, fielding ground balls and pop-ups, and hitting basics.
Depending on weather the program typically runs 7-10 weeks and targets a minimum of 12 clinics. There will be 1-2 clinics per week for the first 6 weeks. The final 2 weeks of clinics will focus on baseball situations via game-like experience that will be fun and enlightening for players and coaches alike. We will group kids accordingly by age and ability.
Eligible players for Academy are rising 7 and 8 year-olds according to USSSA guidelines. Rising 7 year-old players have birthdays between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013. 8 year-old players are those born between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012.
Rays Academy is a great way for players to get introduced to the Club in a fun, stress-free learning environment.
Schedule - TBD
All Players who meet the requirements below are invited to attend the 2019 Rays Baseball Academy.
1) Age: Player birthday must be between May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013
2) Cost: $240.00 (Includes: Insurance coverage for participants, practice uniform, practice hat, and training sessions)
3) Player Skill Requirements:
|7 Year Olds
2019 Baseball Season
|8 Year Olds
2019 Baseball Season
|Can hit one out of four overhand pitches from a coach.
||Should be able to throw the ball from second base to first base in the air but not always accurately.
|Shows lower body movement (weight shift or step) with the swing.
||Should be able to catch balls thrown to them with 50% success, high or low.
|Can field a ground ball showing proper technique.
||Should be able to catch pop-ups in the infield if right at them.
|Can understand and practice the concepts of catching a ball above or below the waist (thumb to thumb, pinky to pinky).
||Should understand basic baserunning concepts no longer playing station to station.
|Knows infield and outfield positions by name.
||Should hit at least 75% of pitches from the coach.
|Will listen to the directions of base coaches (run through, make a turn, go to second, etc.).
||Should lose any inappropriate fear of the baseball
|Assumes "baseball ready" stance on every pitch (or at least will upon reminder)
||Should understand the basics of when to tag the runner and when there is a force out.
|Can throw the ball using the "scarecrow" technique keeping the elbow above the shoulder during acceleration. No more of the tee-ball push that looks like a shot-put throw.
||The basics of the baseball swing should be well established including lower body movement, hip pivot, and follow through.
Rays 2020 Competitive Teams(s) Overview
The Rays 8U Division in 2020 will consist of two teams. The Rays Red team will primarily be 8 year old players and the Rays Blue Team will be made up mostly of 7 year olds. Each team will consist of 12 players for the 2020 year. Both teams will register in local tournaments ranging from South San Francisco to Santa Cruz and will be playing 3-5 games per tournament against other local club and little league teams. During the summer months of May, June, July and August there will be roughly 6-8 tournaments that will be entered.
In early spring, the Rays Baseball Club will be holding formal tryouts. Once the rosters are set, there will be 1-2 practices a week leading up to the tournament season.