Tee Ball is the entry sport to baseball and softball for boys and girls 5-6 years old. The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. It is a skill-building, learning experience, where the score is not the focus of the game . Tee ball develops the primary baseball skills of hitting, running, fielding and throwing. The players gain an understanding of the fundamental rules, which allows minimally competitive play.
Members of two teams take turns hitting a ball off a batting tee set on home plate for up to 6 innings. An inning is not considered to be the traditional three outs but instead "bat around" where an inning is over after every player has batted one time. The elimination of pitching allows children to participate without the fear of being hit by a pitched ball, but coach pitch may be slowly introduced at the end of the season as players’ skills improve.