Instructional Baseball & Softball

Updated Thursday October 5, 2017 by Southwest Youth Athletic Association.

Southwest Youth Athletic Association's Instructional league is a non-competitive, instructional baseball and softball program created to introduce children ages 4 to 6 years old important game skills such as hitting, throwing, catching, and base running. 

We do not keep score or keep track of outs. Six players bat per each half inning. This truly is "Instructional", there is no pressure to "win". It is just a fun way to learn how to play the game and develop skills for future years.


Instructional Baseball-General Information:

The league provides jerseys and hats for the Instructional league.  The pants are purchased by the parents or team. Be sure to check the jersey size for your 4-6 yr old player.

Every Instructional team will play 10 games on the schedule. Roster size will be 14 players maximum this year.  Most games are on Saturdays with some during the weekdays. 
Games last 1 hr and 15 min. or 4 innings. This is a machine pitch /coach pitch / t-ball league.  Each batter gets 4 pitches from the coach, then bats off of the tee if they do not hit off of the coach. 
Instructional teams practice at least once a week, but no more than twice a week, depending on the coach. 

Coaches for each team set the practice location and times. We need Parents to volunteer to Manage/Coach teams.  

Click here to register as a coach

This is a popular league, get your registration processed online to secure a spot!

Please note that this season, instead of a mandatory candy fundraiser, the Southwest Youth Athletic Association board of directors has opted to simply include the $40.00 normally raised per player with the candybar fund raiser into the registration fee. Rather, each player will receive 5 discount cards which they can then sell for $10.00 each - thereby giving each player an opportunity to recoup $50 which will actually make the player's registration fee go down $10.00.

The benefits to parents, players and the league:

  • Simplifies the registration process for everyone.
  • Players don't have to sell candy bars, and the discount cards are shown to be an easier sell if parents would like to recoup that cost (or they can use the cards themselves to receive discounts at area businesses).
  • If the cards are sold for $10.00 each, a player's total registration cost is actually $10.00 less than this past season. 
  • The league will still generate the funds needed to continue making Ken Berry League the absolute best youth athletic league in the Shawnee County area.


Instructional League (Ages 4 - 6):
• $115.00 Registration
• $5.00 Processing Fee for each registered player

Instructional  League Registrations received after March 30th will not be guaranteed a roster spot.

Initial rosters will be assigned by March 31.  Coaches will begin contacting players after this date.

Please leave a comment on your registration to request playing with friends or schoolmates. Southwest Youth Athletic Association will attempt to honor as many requests as possible, depending on the number of registered participants.

If you would like to coach an instructional team, interested volunteers should also register through the coaching link on the home page of our website.

For additional instructional baseball information contact Gary Haag (

For additional instructional softball information contact Ty Dragoo (