Spring 2018 Baseball/Softball Information
Online registration dates: 11/10 through 1/6. Online registration requires the uploading of a child's birth certificate (for age verification) and proof of residence (driver's license or utility bill that matches the address on your SI Play account). If you have already uploaded a birth certificate this fall, you do not need to do so again. You will still have to upload an address verification document per Babe Ruth League requirements. Payment can be made online by credit card. Checks can be mailed to BYSA or brought to an in-person registration session. For cash payments, you must come to an in-person registration session. If you do 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.
Bambino Buddy Ball: This program is specifically for special needs kids aged 5-19. You do not need to register online to participate in this program. Instead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and someone will reach out to you with more details and information.
In-person registration and Q&A sessions: 12/16 (10a-2p), 1/4 (6-9p), and 1/6 (10a-2p). In-person registration still requires online registration, but we can help you through the process.
Limited late registration: 1/7 through 1/10. Late registration will include a $25 late fee and will be available dependent on the total signups in each division.
Tryouts/Evaluations: All players (with the exception of T-ball) must tryout. All registered players will be evaluated by the managers of each division prior to teams being drafted. Tryouts will occur 1/11 through 1/13. Makeups will be held on 1/16.
Team selection/drafts: Teams will be selected starting 1/17. All teams should be assigned 1/21. 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.
First practice: 1/27. All teams will have their first practice on 1/27 and will have a total of 6 scheduled practices prior to Opening Day.
First game: All teams will have their first scheduled game on 2/17.
Regular season: Teams will have two scheduled games per week, one on Saturday, the other on a weeknight (not Wed). The schedule will vary week to week. Two weeknights will be practices instead of games to allow for some in-season practice time.
End of season tournament: All divisions (with the exception of T-ball) will have an end of season tournament that will start on 5/5 and conclude by 5/12. The T-ball season will conclude with games on 5/5.
All other baseball/softball divisions: $160
Late Registration Fee (after 1/6): $25
Bambino Buddy Ball: free
Other common questions
What do I get for my registration fee? All players receive a jersey. Baseball players receive a hat. Softball and T-ball players receive pants. Money from registration also goes toward umpire fees for all divisions except T-ball.
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. All players try out with their age group! 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 email@example.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). For softball, batting helmets must have a facemask. Also for softball, it is highly recommended that all girls wear a fielding mask when pitching or playing in the infield. For 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.
Most kids have their own bat as well. Starting with the Spring 2018 season, new bat regulations will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.