By Estela Camacho
The D.A.Y.O. T-Ball program has been a part of the Danbury Community for the past few decades. The program is open to boys and girls aged 3 – 7 from Danbury and the surrounding communities. A consistent schedule is offered throughout the season, with one practice and one game a week; therefore, children can participate in the T-Ball program along with other outside activities with ease. Practices are held on a weekday evening and games are held on Saturday. The season runs from end of April to the end of June and all games and practices are held at King Street School. All programs utilize a soft baseball to reduce risk of injury and focus on safety.
“T-Ball was a great introduction to baseball for my own three children. Not only did they enjoy the sport but they have also made some great friendships along the way,” says Chad Bock, D.A.Y.O. T-Ball Commissioner.
There are three divisions of D.A.Y.O. T-Ball.
Born to Play is a program for 3-year-old boys and girls. Players will learn the technique and procedures of throwing, hitting and fielding in a non-competitive environment. Emphasis is placed on group rules and teammate interaction. All players will learn the dynamics of the baseball diamond and the primary rules of playing organized baseball in the years to come.
Regular T-Ball is a program for boys and girls aged 4 to 6. T-Ball is based on simplified baseball for young children. It is intended as an introduction to develop baseball skills. Players will hit the baseball off the tee for the entire season. Emphasis is placed on the basic fundamentals and on the children enjoying the game without the stress of competition.
Rookie Ball is a program designed for girls and boys in kindergarten up to 7 years old. Players will hit off a manual pitch machine with an emphasis on developing their skills and proper techniques. Players will demonstrate progress in mastering the fundamentals of baseball and the rules of the game, which are phased in throughout the season. They will also develop skills related to teamwork and respect for coaches.
Registration cost is $65 per child and $60 for multiple children from the same immediate family! All you need are sneakers and a baseball glove! D.A.Y.O. will provide the rest! For more information, please visit. www.dayosports.com or contact Chad Bock, T-Ball Commissioner at 203-791-0791 or email at Chad@dayotball.org
This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, or to contact Estela, please call 203-530-2457or email Bestelacamacho@sbcglobal.net.