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Fall 2020 Baseball/Softball Information

Dates

Online registration dates: 8/20 through 9/10

Online registration requires the uploading of a child's birth certificate (for age verification). If you have already uploaded a birth certificate to SI Play previously, you do not need to do so again.

Payment - If you elect to pay by check or cash, you may still register online at home and can simply walk in and make your payment during one of the dates listed below.

Online through SI Play by credit card

For check or cash payments, you must come to an in-person registration session (9/19). 

Note: no address verification is needed to participate in the fall rec season; however, if you elect to participate in All Stars, you will be required to upload an address verification document

 

In-person registration and Q&A sessions: 

Thursday 9/10

In-person registration still requires online registration, but we can help you through the process

Limited late registration: Limited late registration will be available dependent on the total signups in each division. $25 late fee

Open Practice Dates: Open Practices are TBD. Due to the late start related to Covid, we may forego open practices prior to starting the fall season.

Team selection: Teams will be selected starting 9/14. All teams should be assigned 9/17. Your team assignment will be available via SI Play (either via the website or the app), and you should also be contacted directly by your manager.

Opening Day: 9/19.

First game: All teams will have their first scheduled game on 9/26.

Regular season: Teams will have two scheduled activities per week, one on Saturday, the other on a weeknight (not Wed). Practice nights will be the same each week during the week. Teams will have one game a week. End of season 11/21

End of season tournament: TBD

Park Text Notices: The RainedOut text service our park has relied on to send text messages has recently changed its structure to charge recipients a fee to receive messages. As such, we will be changing our texting alert system. We will now be sending text alerts through SI Play. To receive these alerts, please follow the following steps to enable text alerts on your phone. YOU MUST OPT IN TO THE SERVICE TO RECEIVE TEXTS. 

How to Enable the Ability to Receive Text Messages

Log in to your Account at http://bysa.website.sportssignup.com

Under Account Options, click Account Settings.

Under Account Options, click Mobile Phone Settings.

For each number that you would like to enable to receive Texts, click Enable Texting - on the right-hand side of the screen.

Using the cell phone that you wish to enable, text the word NEW to 698326.

Wait for the Confirmation Code to be sent to your phone.

Once you receive the code, enter the Confirmation Code in the appropriate field.

Once complete, click Save.

 

Fees

Note: New to this season, fees include a refundable $45 volunteer fee. If you sign up and work your volunteer shift, you will be paid $45. The volunteer sign up list will be available once schedules are posted, so you can choose dates/times that work around your child’s schedule.  The volunteer sign up will be open a limited amount of time and we anticipate time slots being filled up quickly.

Note to Managers: You will be refunded $45 (equivalent to the volunteer buyout) if you are completely credentialed. Please see http://bysa.website.siplay.com/Site/Volunteer-Information for the necessary requirements to volunteer. 

All Fees below include the $45 buyout

T-ball: $120 

All other baseball/softball divisions: $160

Late Registration Fee (after 9/10, dependent on available spots): $25

 

 Other common questions

What do I get for my registration fee? All players receive a jersey. Baseball/T-ball players receive a hat. Softball players receive socks. Money from registration also goes toward umpire fees for all divisions except T-ball(and machine pitch in the fall).

Can my son/daughter play up? In almost all cases, players play within their age group. The main exception to this is with 7 yo boys (Rookie Division). 7yos typically play in Rookie B, but based on tryouts and number of registrations, some 7yos will be drafted in the Rookie A division. In other divisions, the only time players will be moved up is if the number of registrations require a player to be moved.  Even if you want your child to play up, he/she still must try out with his/her age group.

Can my son/daughter play down? The only time this is typically considered is for a 6yo who has never played before. In this case, if you wish you sign up for T-ball, please complete your registration (you'll automatically be registered for Rookie B/8U softball) then send an email to registerbysa@gmail.com and your order can be edited. 

Can I request a coach or to play with a friend? No. All teams are drafted by managers and requests cannot be accommodated. The only exception to this is for siblings, who will be automatically placed on the same team as each other if they are in the same age group (unless parents request they play on separate teams).

What equipment do I need? A glove (must), a batting helmet (must), and cleats* (highly, highly recommended). 

No Equipment will be shared between players due to COVID

Softball - batting helmets must have a facemask. Also for softball, players playing Pitcher, First Base, and Third Base are required to wear fielder’s masks. We encourage ALL girls to have a mask! 

Baseball - baseball pants are typically worn, but we recommend waiting until you talk with your manager to determine that the team color for pants will be. 

*No metal spikes except for 13u and above for baseball

Most kids have their own bat as well. Since the Spring 2018 season, new bat regulations are in effect for all divisions in baseball (except Seniors). Softball is not affected by the new regulations. For details of the regulations, please view the following link: http://bysa.website.siplay.com/Site/Home/Id/28332. In short, all baseball bats purchased prior to September 2017 will not be legal for play in the Cal Ripken baseball divisions (6yo-12yo) starting in the Spring 2018 season (with the exception of T-ball bats, provided they are under 26" in length). All new bats purchased must have the USABat stamp to be eligible for use. In the Junior division, bats must be either stamped as USABat or be BBCOR 0.50.

I live outside the boundary. Can I still play at BYSA? Yes, you may still register despite living outside the boundary. However, your child will not be eligible for All-Stars without a valid address within our boundaries unless you meet one of the following exceptions: 1) your child has played every spring season at Bloomingdale since 2013; 2) your child attends a school within our boundary; or 3) your child has a sibling playing at BYSA who lives within boundaries (typically, a softball player within the softball boundary enables a baseball player to be exempt). If you meet or have questions about these exemptions for All-Star purposes, please contact registerbysa@gmail.com.

 

I'm trying out for my High School team, but if I don't make it, I'll want to play. What should I do? Since you won't find out until after the registration deadline, please sign up for our BYSA season and try out. If you make your high school team, you can request a refund and we'll grant it to you. If you wait until after high school tryouts after we have assigned teams, there may not be availability in our program.

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