FAQ’S

What are the age requirements for my child to play?
Grapefruit (simpler tball) Ages 3-4 (must be 3 by July 1, 2016) as of January 1, 2017

Shetland (tball)- Ages 5-6 as of January 1, 2017

Pinto (coach pitch)-Ages 7-8 as of January 1, 2017

Mustang (kid pitch/fastpitch)- Ages 9-10 as of January 1, 2017

Bronco (fastpitch)- Ages 11-12 as of January 1, 2017

Pony (fastpitch)-Ages 13-14 as of January 1, 2017

Colt (fastpitch)-Ages 15-16 as of January 1, 2017

Palimino (fastpitch)-Ages 17-18 as of January 1, 2017

What equipment does my child need to play?

Each player will need her own helmet with a facemask. She will also need a glove.  Tennis shoes or cleats may be worn.  A bat and own ball are helpful as well.  Please place names on all equipment.

Do I need to provide a copy of my daughter’s birth certificate? no

When are games scheduled? Games are played Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.

What about practices?  Practices are scheduled at the discretion of the coach when the majority of the players can meet the majority of the time.  Teams can meet 3 times per week for up to two hours.  Teams are required to meet twice a week for at least an hour.  Once games begin, the games count as a meeting (double headers only count as 1 meeting). Practices are held at public schools or churches (with written permission) or fields may be reserved at the BRICK for a charge.

When can I expect a call from my coach?  Drafts (the placing of players on teams) are usually held the weekend after late signups end.  You should expect a phone call with in that week to set up a team meeting and practice schedule.

How long does the season last?  Fall ball begins after Labor day and runs until mid-October.  Spring begins the week before spring break and ends mid-May.

What is provided by BYA in the registration?  A shirt is provided in the fall. Pants are also provided in the spring.

Will the schedule change?  It is possible.  Certain events will cause it to change.  Special consideration is given to city/district events (homecoming parade, state testing, open house, etc).

Can I request that my child be on a certain team or play with her friend/cousin/neighbor/sibling?  Rideshares cannot be guaranteed.  Siblings will be placed on the same team unless otherwise noted on the registration form.

I can’t commit to coaching, but I would like to help.  What can I do?  Helping the coach at the beginning of the season collecting and keeping track of money.  Keeping score (this is huge). Making a snack list. 

But I don’t know how to keep score.  Committee members are willing to help you out and learn.  Basically, you follow the players around the bases.  Mark if they are out or score.  Keep the umpire informed if they reach the run limit or 3 outs. Scoreboard is easy too. 

Who do I contact if I have a question or concern? Please see the contact tab.  Or you can call 817-447-ball and leave a message on the softball line.

What happens in case of rainout?  Please call 817-447-BALL for rainout information or check the website!

How do I sign up to coach, be an assisstant, or dugout helper?  Please register as you would your daughter.  You must create your own profile.  The system will run a background check.  You must also attend a coaching class, have your picture made, and pay $10 (covers the cost of the background check and badge materials).  Background checks must be done EVERY season.  Badges are good for that year only (2011 badges will need to be replaced!)

Where are games played?  Home games are played at Chisenhall fields.  Some age groups will travel to neighboring towns such as Alvarado, Cleburne, Joshua, Crowley, or White Settlement.

Are there any other costs I will be asked to pay besides registration?  All players must participate in a raffle ticket fundraiser.  Each team must pay a $150 buyout.

Please note-there is absolutely NO Jewelry allowed. It is advisable to wait until after the season is completed to pierce ears as earrings will need to be removed during games.