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For 4 - 5 year olds, this division provides an ideal entry level of play for the youngster prior to going on to play at a more advanced level.
BlastBall is meant to emphasize FUN in the game of Baseball.
It is designed to generate fast-paced action, provide recreation and exercise, create enthusiasm and through simplicity, allow retention of youth participants in the game.
BlastBall teaches all five basic fundamentals of baseball - hitting, throwing, catching, running and fielding.
It is also just a ton of fun with fast and continuous action and simple rules.
The defensive players take an infield or outfield position. A BlastBall is placed on the BlastTee and the first batter hits the ball and runs to the BlastBase. If the batter reaches the Base (the only base used) before a defensive player either catches the BlastBall in the air (an automatic out) or fields it and yells "BLAST ", he scores a run. If the ball is caught or fielded and "BLAST÷ is yelled before the runner gets to the BlastBase, then the runner is out.
It's just that simple!
You end the (half) inning by batting once around the line-up. No score is kept.
The BlastBase is audible, emitting a loud "H O N K " that the kids love whenever the runner stomps on the base. When fielded, the defensive player can throw the BlastBall back to another player, an adult or a SportsNet positioned near home plate (safely away from the Tee).
Gloves/mitts are not needed because of the softness and size of the Ball. The fear factor of being hit is eliminated from the game all together. While batting helmets are not needed because the BlastBall is not being pitched or thrown to make the out.
See diagram below for field set up:
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