News Detail


Feb, 2019

New in 2019!! PLL announces all new Rookies Academy for ages 4-5

Greeting Penfield Little League Parents –

Moving forward, we are going to take a different approach as we look to develop our future players.

In 2019, the Rookies 4/5 program, will become Rookies Academy!

In the past, these games were played by players who did not yet have a grasp on the FUNdamentals of the game. Before a player can be expected to play a game, they need to learn these FUNdamentals: throwing a ball properly, catching a ball properly, and swinging the bat properly.

Instead of the team/game approach where some instruction was given, we will use the field like a classroom, so instruction can happen at maximum capacity.

We will assign players to one-hour learning sessions. We feel that the players in this age grouping cannot be expected to be focused for more than an hour at a time.

The players will be assigned to (2) one-hour sessions per week.

We will use trained instructors to teach the FUNdaments, using a manual supplied by

Little League International.  The following is a review written by a Tee Ball Coach:


"I am a mom volunteer and I had no idea what to do. I came across this resource and it has been a life saver. My team have a ton of fun each practice. I have had parents praise me and say they have never seen a better coach. My practices are planned, and we are learning technical skills each practice through fun games. It is an amazing tool! Parents think I have been coaching for years."

This training manual will be used by each volunteer instructor.  We encourage parents to purchase this manual, for home use, to work with their player in a one on one homework scenario.  If you wish to purchase, please contact us at [email protected]

Additionally, we will also begin offering softball sessions of this new Rookies Academy for our female players. The baseball side of PLL has offered Tee-Ball for boys and girls for several years. Until 2019, girls’ softball was not offered for our youngest players. The FUNdamentals for baseball and softball are the same: throw, catch and hit.


In 2019, the Rookies Academy will have both softball and baseball sessions.  Both girl’s softball and boy/girl teams will be formed.  It is felt that with girl’s teams being instructed using a 10” softball rather than a baseball, will help us build a stronger girls softball program.

You can register for the Rookies Academy, through our web site  Click on the Registration Button, in the upper right corner of the Home Page.  Select Rookies Academy 4/5 for the “Sport” selection from the drop-down menu and then and follow the prompts.

The online registration form has a box that can be used for requests, like on the same team as a named player, or any other request that you may wish to make, such as wishing to stay on the baseball side of PLL for the time being.

You can also express in the same box that you would like to volunteer to be an Academy Instructor.

We will continue to supply a hat and shirt for each player, we encourage you to purchase plain gray baseball/softball pants, to go with the supplied shirt and cap supplied by PLL.  Part of learning to play baseball/softball, is to dress like player.

As you will note throughout the above piece, we have capitalized the first three letters of FUNdaments, because we believe this approach will be both FUN and Educational in the development of our future players.

Rookies Academy Level of Play

  • For League Age Players 4 & 5.  It is a Co-Ed Baseball Division
  • League Ages 4 & 5 are determined by a players actual age on our before August 31st of the year of play.
  • Rookie Division does not require a tryout to be selected to a team.
  • The level of play is designed for players, in their first or second years of organized baseball. 
  • The goal is to teach them the basic skills of throwing, catching and hitting a baseball.
  • Rookies is a starter level of Tee Ball.
  • Players will hit off a tee all season.
  • The Player Rosters has a maximum number of 14 players.
  • A continuous batting order is used throughout the game, with a minimum number of 3 innings played on defense.
  • League provides: Shirts, Hats, Balls, Bats and Catchers Equipment.
  • Players supply Plain Gray Baseball Pants, without stripes.  Molded plastic or rubber cleats or sneakers are the acceptable footwear.
  • Players can use their own bat and helmet.
  • Players will normally have two sessions per week.  Each session will be 75 to 90 minutes. Weekday sessions start at 6 PM for the first two weeks of the season and then move to 6:15 PM for the remainder of the season.
  • Saturday sessions are scheduled at 9, 11:15 and 1:30, except for Opening Day, when the start times are pushed back one hour to allow for the Opening Day Parade and Ceremonies.
  • Sunday's are only used for makeup sessions of sessions cancelled the previous week.
  • All games are played at the Little League Complex located at 3100 Atlantic Ave next to the Town Hall.
  • We ask the parents of each player on a team to work in the concession one night each season or one 3-hour shift on Saturdays.  Arrangements can be made on an individual or team bases to make a financial payment to avoid Concession Stand Duty.
  • The Registration Fee is $175 which includes a Fund Raiser Fee.
    • A second child in the same family is discounted $25, Third child same family is discounted $50 and all additional players over three are discounted $125.
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Phone: 585-377-1854

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