78th Precinct Youth Council Baseball & Softball for the Spring 2017 season is now open for registration.
Click here to register. Payment is by credit (Visa, Master, Discover & Amex) or debit card only. All credit/debit card fees are included in the price.
Ages: Baseball for ages 4 through 17 and softball for girls 8-15. Players must be no older than the highest age of their division on April 30, 2017. A list of divisions is posted on the Baseball page of our website.
Registration: Late registrants are charged a fee, assuming the division is still open.
Fees: The fee for the divisions varies. Please see our Active Programs & Events webpage for more information. The Pony (8yo) division fee includes a batting helmet; the older baseball divisions are a little more because there will be two umpires for their games. Batting helmets will be offered to the older divisions when registering for $24. They will not be offered to the 4-7 year olds or the girls’ softball teams, as those teams will be supplied four helmets with their team equipment.
Season: Tentatively begins the weekend of April 1. The end dates have not been set but usually the younger teams end the second weekend in June and the 8s, Freshmen and Colts teams one week later.
Schedule and Uniforms: Schedules will not be available until about a week before the season begins. Uniforms are picked up and distributed by the coaches sometime mid to late March.
Choosing teams/Coaches: When you register, you will be taken to the appropriate age group and you will be able to select a coach/team on which to play. If you don’t have one in mind, select “No Preference.”
In that case, the listing will read “2016 [coaches name] Team.” It is listed that way so that players from that team last year can register and thus be grouped, allowing us to try to keep them together. If the coach ends up not coaching the team we assume that assistant coaches from the prior year and other parents will step up to carry the team forward. Otherwise we will have to divide the team into smaller groups and place the players on other teams, assuming there are enough teams and coaches.
If your child wants to play with friends, contact those parents before you register to coordinate which team you will all select when registering – moving kids around afterwards is difficult and sometimes impossible because teams fill up quickly. For various reasons — such as a limit on the number of players we can place on each team — we cannot guarantee that your child will end up on the team you choose, but we try out best.
Playing up or down: Playing up or down in age is generally not permitted. The specific policies are set forth in detail in the Rules & Policies section of our website and, for those 9 and older, are set by the Prospect Park Baseball Assoc’n. Bottom line is that you have to register for the appropriate age then send an email to email@example.com making a request otherwise, listing specific reasons.
Coaching: Please volunteer to coach or be an assistant coach to ensure that all boys and girls will have a team on which to play. While we have almost always been able to place on-time registrants on teams, having to rely on parents to volunteer as coaches means that we can neither guarantee placement on a team nor that your request for a specific team can be honored. Teams fill up quickly. We will try out best. Email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For parents of children trying out for travel baseball/Bulldogs: You should create an account (if you do not already have an account), pay the recreational baseball fee, and select a recreational team should your child not make a Bulldog team. If your child makes a Bulldog team, the recreational fee will be credited towards the travel fee. Bulldogs teams will not be chosen until mid to late January, so if you wait to register for a recreational team and your child doesn’t make a Bulldog team, you run the risk of being closed out of a recreational team.
We look forward to seeing you on the fields,
Marc S Lussier II
Director of Operations, Baseball
78th Precinct Youth Council