What is Sandlot baseball?
If that’s your question, you didn’t grow up in the 60s, 70s or 80s, and you didn’t see the movie by the same name.
Sandlot is the antithesis of little league baseball. No uniforms, no “fans”, no umpires and no coaches. Just pure baseball played by kids, organized, run and officiated by kids.
Back in the day, kids negotiated rule modifications to compensate for things like having fewer than 9 kids on each team, or obstacles that may have been in the field (“if the ball hits the oak tree and goes left, it’s a fair ball…”). They let captains choose the teams and run the team. And they argued about whether a player was safe or out at 2nd base, eventually finding common ground so the game could continue. There wasn’t an adult in sight, and not one kid would have wanted one around.
Why Sandlot now?
Sandlot baseball taught us so much we use in life today:
- Leadership Skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Working as a team
The lessons learned on the sandlot raised generations of leaders. Where are today’s kids getting those lessons? Where in their world is there a safe place where adults aren’t making all the decisions?
How does sandlot baseball work?
- Players choose 2 captains and the captains choose their teams, give out positions and make the batting order
- Pitchers “lob” the ball over the plate with the goal of putting the ball in play all the time. Why? Action is fun. Watching strikeout after strikeout isn’t. Sandlot is a game of defense, where the fielders are always involved.
- Players officiate the game themselves. Yes, there are arguments. But without an adult umpire, they learn to negotiate and compromise.
How does BASH Sandlot work?
- For players ages 9 – 12.
- Players sign up individually for as many Sandlot sessions as they like throughout the summer. Sessions will be on select Friday mornings from 9 am – noon.
- There must be at least 12 players signed up for a session for that session to meet (if you remember, a 6 on 6 game was a ton of fun!).
- Each session is limited to 20 players — that’s a very limited number so don’t wait to register.
- There will be at least 2 coaches on hand for each session (college age or older) to supervise, ensure safety and lend guidance when absolutely necessary.
- Scores are kept and each player on the winning team will get a Game Point. Players accrue points throughout the summer, with the players garnering the most points getting a prize. To encourage honesty and integrity during disputes, players will choose a “Sportsman of the Game” for each game played. The Sportsman of the Game gets an additional Game Point. (Click for King of the Sandlot Standings)
- Games are 5 innings long. Ties are allowed. After 5 innings, players pick new captains and captains choose new teams.
Bash Sandlot Dates
June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18
$25 per date
Each session will be at the field at Welles Park on Montrose and Lincoln