FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

UpdatedTuesday November 1, 2022 byVYB Board.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the list of Important Dates, please look under the “Documents” link on our website.

 

What is Visalia Youth Baseball (VYB)?

Visalia Youth Baseball is an affiliate of the Babe Ruth League that includes the Cal Ripken division for players ages 4-12 and the Babe Ruth division for players ages 13-15.

 

What age division will my player be in?

Our online registration system automatically places your player in the correct age division based on birthdate.  Certain ages, 10-12, will have multiple options.  Please choose the option that your player would fit in based on their age.  League age is based on your child’s age as of May 1, 2023.

 

T-Ball:  Ball players ages 4-5 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment.  Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game.

 

Rookie 6’s:  This division uses a combination of tee and coach pitch.

 

Rookie 7’s:  This division uses coach pitching the first half of the season and a combination of coach pitching and kid pitching in the second half.

 

Minor 8’s and 9’s:  These divisions are player pitch.  All players must attend a skills evaluation.

 

AA:  Open to players ages 10-12.  Featuring a 46’ pitching distance and 60’ base paths.  This division is for the less experienced player.  No tryout required.  This age division will only be available if there are enough sign-ups to support three different divisions for players ages 10 through 12.

 

AAA:  Open to players ages 10-12.  Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths.  This division offers an intermediate level of play and is recommended for the intermediate-advanced player.  All players must attend tryouts.

 

Major/70:  Open to players ages 10-12.  Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths.  This division offers an advanced level of play and is recommended for the more experienced player.  All players must attend tryouts.  Players drafted to a Majors team will remain on that team for the duration of their Cal Ripken career.

 

Babe Ruth Baseball Division:  This division was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wish to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12.  The Babe Ruth season starts around mid-May once the junior high and high school baseball seasons have been completed.

 

Can my player register for a higher age division?  No, all players must play in their required age division which is based on your child’s age as of May 1, 2023.

 

Can my kids be on the same team?

Our registration form has a comment section to indicate any specific request in this regard.  While we make reasonable efforts to honor these requests, we cannot guarantee them.  For Minor 8’s-Majors, VYB has a brother/sister pick option you can request.  It only works if the kids play in the same division.  For the Majors Division, the manager has the option during the draft to pick both siblings back to back.  We leave this to the discretion of the manager during the draft and it is not guaranteed.  For the AAA, AA, Minor 9’s and Minor 8’s Divisions, any brother combinations will be drafted onto the same team.  For Rookie 7’s, Rookie 6’s, and T-Ball, siblings will be automatically assigned to the same team if they are within the same age division.

 

Are there tryouts?

Yes, we do hold tryouts for Majors and AAA during our Spring Season.  The AA Division does not have a tryout.  There is a Skills Evaluation for Minor 9’s and Minor 8’s.  All players in these two age divisions will be drafted onto a team.  The purpose of the tryout is so that all coaches have an opportunity to evaluate players prior to the draft.  Our intent is to have as much parity as possible between all of our teams.  We do not hold tryouts for Fall Ball.

 

Are all players required to attend the skills evaluations?

Yes, all players participating in the Minor 8’s and Minor 9’s are encouraged to attend the skills evaluation date.  All players will be drafted onto a team.

 

Tryout & Skills Evaluation Dates

(For the list of Important Dates, please look under the Documents link on our website.)

 

Major and AAA:  January 21 & January 28 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at Riverway Sports Park.

 

You may attend one or both tryout dates.  You must attend at least one tryout to be eligible to be drafted.  If you try out for Majors, but are not drafted, you will automatically be placed in the draft pool for AAA.

 

Minor 8’s and Minor 9’s Skills Evaluations:  January 22nd at Riverway Sports Park.  Players are to sign in starting at 12:00 p.m. with the evaluations starting at 1:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.

 

Player Fees

Tee Ball:  $100.00

Rookie 6’s – Majors:  $150 ($200.00 after 12/31/2022)

Babe Ruth:  $125.00 

Sibling Discount:  $10.00 for each additional child

 

What is included with the Registration fee for your Spring Season?  A jersey and hat which the players can keep at the end of the season (not including Majors).  The cost of the basic picture packet is also included.

 

What is included with the Registration fee for your Fall Season?

Shirt and Hat for individual sign ups.  Travel team entries wear their own uniforms.

 

How do I register?

Registration is 100% online.  All player information must be input on our website during open registration 11/1/2022 – 01/28/2023.  Early bird registration is from 11/1/2022 through December 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

 

Fees increase by $50.00 beginning 1/1/2023.  VYB has a Facebook page that posts dates and times.  Like our page to see new information.  Registration is not complete until documents are submitted online or in person and the fees are paid.

 

Do I need to provide a copy of my child’s birth certificate?

Since VYB will now be using SportsEngine for our new website and registration process, you must upload your child’s birth certificate during the registration process.

 

I live out of your District.  Can I still register my child?

Only players that live in or attend school in Visalia may register.

 

I signed up, my child will attend the appropriate tryout(s)/skills evaluation, now what happens?

--The Majors draft will be held on the night of January 28, 2023.  Players will be called by their Manager within 48 hours after the draft.

--The AAA draft will be held on the night of January 31, 2023.  Players will be called by their Manager within 48 hours after the draft.

--The Minor 9’s draft will be held on the night of January 23, 2023.  Players will be called by their Manager within 48 hours after the draft.

--The Minor 8’s draft will be held on the night of January 26, 2023.  Players will be called by their Manager within 48 hours after the draft.

--The teams for the Rookie 7’s, Rookie 6’s and T-Ball will be put together after registration closes on January 28th .  You should hear something from your Manager within a weeks time.

 

How long is the season?

Spring season runs February 18, 2023 – April 29, 2023.  The playoffs for eligible teams will be held May 1-6, 2023.  Babe Ruth teams will be formed in late April with play starting in May.  Please refer to our “Important Dates” document for more detailed information.

 

When are games played during your Spring Season?

All teams, except Tee Ball and Babe Ruth, play twice per week.  Games are on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday and Saturday.  An example schedule might have 1 evening game on Monday and 1 day game on Saturday.  On rare occurrences, games may be played on Sunday for rainy day make-ups.  Tee-Ball plays 1 game a week on Saturdays only.  All games are subject to rain out.  We will attempt to make up all game rainouts, dependent upon time.

 

When are games played during your Fall Season?  All games are played on Sundays.

 

How many games will my child play?

Younger kids usually have around 12 to 14 games in the season and the older kids could play 18-20.

 

When are practices held?

Practices are determined by the team’s Manager.  Teams typically practice 2 to 3 times per week during spring season.  During fall, teams practice 1 to 2 times per week.

 

Who will be my kid’s coach?

VYB is 100% volunteer.  All managers, coaches and Board members give their time to the league to help the kids.  Parents and adults sign up to manage and must fill out an application, do a background check and be approved by the Board prior to tryouts.  Managers and coaches must also complete the Cal Ripken coaching certification and abuse prevention training on the Babe Ruth website.  Once approved, the manager attends tryouts and drafts a team.  T-Ball and Rookie divisions are placed on a team by the Player Agents, and Minor 8’s through Majors are drafted after tryouts.  Each draft is a closed-session and only coaches and necessary Board members attend.

 

What is the difference between a manager and a coach?

Managers are in charge of the team.  They draft the players, schedule practices, and call the shots.  Coaches assist the manager and are picked by the manager.  Managers in AAA, Minor 9’s and Minor 8’s may choose one coach whose child will be protected before draft.

 

Who is on the Board?

The Board members are volunteers who decided they would like to help the league run smoother.  The VYB bylaws are online and have detailed information about the Board.  There is a voting process to become an official Board member.  The Board meets once a month in public to discuss current needs and upcoming events.  Public is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.  Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.  Board members put in a lot of hours prior to and during the season to make sure players have a great experience.

 

Do Board members or Coaches get paid?

No.  All board members and managers/coaches are volunteers and are not compensated financially in any way.