Q. How old does my child have to be to register for T-Ball
A. A child must be 4 years old by April 30th of the year during which the season takes place.
Q. When does the season start?
A. Typically, 2nd - 3rd week in April, weather and field availability dependent. We realize many families have busy schedules this time of year and are looking for scheduling information as soon as possible. We appreciate this and will do our best to provide information about first practices and games via email as soon as possible. Some general practice and game schedule information can be found below.
Q. When are team practices?
A. One night per week starting at 5:30 PM or 6:30 PM for approximately one hour. The night of the week is based on coach’s availability.
Q. When are games?
A. Sundays for approximately 1.25 hour with games starting between 10:00am and 12:00pm.
Q. Where do games and practices take place?
A. Games and practices may be held at the Boutwell Complex (120 Chapin Road), Moultons Field (Marion Street) or any of the elementary schools in Town.
Q. How long is the season and when does the season end?
A. Teams will play 6-8 games. The season typically ends the 2nd week in June. The season will end on with a Jamboree for players and their families.
Q. How are teams selected?
A. We start with all the special requests to be with a specific coach or player. Then we divvy up the remaining players based on age, experience and gender to make the teams as even as possible. The bottom line is we are not trying build the Red Sox, our goal is to provide you and your child with a positive experience. Our hope is that your child will learn to love the game and continue to play for years to come.
Q. What equipment does my child need?
A. Comfortable clothing (expect them to get dirty), sneakers (rubber cleats are acceptable) and a baseball glove. We recommend an inexpensive leather one. It is important to break the glove in before practices begin. There are several links on the web that can help you or you can contact us. A Team hat and T-shirt for games are provided by the league. Bats, helmets, and catcher’s gear are also provided by the league. At this level, a financial investment in equipment, other than a properly sized glove, is not required.
Q. Who are the Coaches?
A. Coaches are all volunteers. Selection is based on previous participation but we have plenty of information and support to help anyone so first timers are always welcome. All you need to do is select coach during the registration and we will take it from there.
Q. What should I expect?
A. Our main focus will be teaching the basic skills through repetitive drills. We realize that this may sound boring but we can guarantee that practices will be filled with excitement, intensity and FUN! What is FUN? Making the play is FUN, hitting the ball is FUN, catching the ball is FUN, helping your team is FUN. FUN is learning how to play and execute the FUNdamentals of the game and if done properly your child will have FUN and develop a stronger sense of accomplishment.
Q. What are the roles of the parent/guardian at the T-Ball level?
A. #1 – Be Supportive. Encourage, don’t discourage participation. Please remember that your child may feel tremendous pressures and stress during the games and that is why we recommend that you encourage them not coach them. As much as we want to we cannot do it for them, they need to do it for themselves. Allowing them this freedom will build their self-confidence while building a supportive foundation between you and your child. This applies to your child’s teammates, as well as everyone else participating in the league.
You can work with your child at home using the skills and drills we will implement during our practice sessions. It is very important for your child to have a supporting parent at home. If you are unfamiliar with the game swing by and talk with one of the coaches and we will help you help your child. Your role can be as simple as playing catch in the yard.
The success of this league is tied to kids wanting to play baseball. If a player makes a good play, acknowledge it. If a player misses a ball or throw or is out of position on the field, don’t call them out in front of family and friends. Instead, at the next chance you get, pull the player aside and coach him/her. If you and your team were watching the game before yours and a kid makes a good play, you’d probably all smile, cheer and applaud. That shouldn’t change once your game starts. The players in this league are current or future friends, classmates, and teammates. They’re not rivals. There’ll be a time and place for rivalries and all that comes along with that later in their athletic careers. Many parents grew up together or see one another across Town at school events or other activities. Remember in the end it’s about the kids. Instilling a good sense of sportsmanship is equally important as teaching them the fundamentals of baseball.
#2- Be punctual. It is very important that your child show up to practices and games at or before the required time. Because the fields are limited, the time slots for practices and games will be limited. This is where they will learn what is required of them under game situations and where they will develop a bond with their team-mates. If your child misses several practice sessions due to other obligations it may impact your Child’s ability to develop on the field.
# 3 – Be Courteous and respectful of your child’s coach(es) and teammates, members of the other team, other parents and family members, and league officials. If you know in advance you are going to be late or are going to miss a practice or game, please notify your coach. Coaches are required to make rosters for every game and it is very difficult to make game time changes so please notify your coaching staff within 24 hours if your child will be missing a game.
Q. How can I help out?
A. We’re glad you asked. Any parent who would like to offer their time is welcome. Being a volunteer based organization, there are always ways to volunteer. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to find out more.