Duluth Recreation Ball Baseball & Softball

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The Duluth Youth Baseball/Softball program is designed for boys and girls ages three (3) through eighteen (18). Practices and games are played at Shorty Howell Park and Bunten Road Park. Registration for this program is county wide and is held in December/January for the spring season and in July/August for the fall season. Your registration fee includes complete uniform (pants, belt, socks, hat, and jersey with number). *Players must provide glove, cleats, bat and NOCSAE approved batting helmet (face mask and chin strap required). Teams will play 8-12 regular season games and participate in an end-of-season tournament.

Baseball & Softball FAQ's

Q: What is the Code of Conduct?
The DYBSA Code of Conduct is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of or proper practices for an individual, party or organization. Unsportsmanlike conduct and profanity WILL NOT be permitted on the fields of Shorty Howell Park and may result in suspension of parents, players, and/or managers. We are a "family friendly" park that strives to promote a positive atmosphere for the members of our league.
 
 
Q: What's my team practice schedule
Practice schedule will be available once teams are drafted. Players will practice 1-2 per week between the hours of 5:45pm - 8:30pm

Q: What to expect at evaluations?
Players should dress in comfortable practice clothing. Evaluations are held to determine the skill level of each player. During the evaluation, kids will be expected to throw, catch, and hit a baseball/softball. Players are encouraged but not required to bring a helmet, glove and bat to evaluations.

Q: When will the season be played?

Spring season practices will begin late February and regular season games will begin early March.

Fall season practices will begin late August and regular season games will begin early September.

Q: Where will my child play?
Games are played at Shorty Howell Park and other neighboring parks.

Q: How much does it cost to play?
The registration fees are based on the cost of each child playing a 8-10 gamea regular season and at least two games in an end of the season tournament.

Baseball & Softball leagues $85.00 (Age: 3 & 4) and $150.00 (Ages: 5-18)

Late fee of $25.00 will be applied after August 20, 2014. DYBSA offer sibling discount of $20 per child after first child. Player who lives outside of Gwinnett County will be charged $90 non-refundable fee per players as outlined by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation guidelines.


1. All fees, for ages 3 –18, include team jersey (with number on back) and hat. Mandatory items that you will need to provide for your child include a bat, a glove, and an "NOCSAE" approved batting helmet. The association supplies each team with age-appropriate catcher’s equipment.

2. We do not require you to obtain a team sponsorship.


Q: How do I register my child to play baseball or softball?
Online Registration for the 2014 Fall season is now open 24 hour day / 7 days a week. Click on the registration link to secure your player spot:  http://www.signupanytime.com/dybsa/events.html

Q: What league will my child play in?
The league your child will play in will be determined by how old they are at the beginning of the season.

Please read the following for more details:

Softball: The qualifying age is your age as of January 1, 2014. For example, if you are 8 years old on January 1, 2014, you would be placed in the Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). If you turned 9 on January 2, 2014, you still would be considered 8 and play in the Pee Wee league.

Baseball: The qualifying age is your age as of April 30, 2014.   For example, if you have your 7th birthday prior to April 30, 2014, you are considered 7 and would play in our Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). However, if your 7th birthday falls on May 1, 2014 or later, you qualify as a 6 year old and would play in the Tee Ball league (ages 5-6).  

Q: What if I want my child to play in a different age group?
While we strongly discourage children from playing in a different age group, the association will accept such a request from a parent in certain situations. If you believe that your player needs to play in another age group, you must come to the in person registration.  Please ask to speak to John Casey, President of DYBSA.

Q: I would like to be a manager or assistant coach on my child’s team. How do I apply?
We are always looking for managers and coaches and appreciate your willingness to give your time to the players!!

All applicants selected for a manager or assistant coach position must agree to submit to a background check. All information obtained from these background checks is kept in strictest confidence.

For volunteer opportunities, contact - duluthwildcat@gmail.com

Q: When will my coach contact me about practice time?
All coaches will contact players by August 30, 2014 via e-mail or by telephone to provide practice date and time.
 
Q: What is included in the registration fee?
For baseball the registration fee includes pants, belt, socks, hat, jersey, and other administrative costs.
For softball the registration fee includes pants, belt, spirit socks, jersey, and other administrative costs.
 
Q: Does DYBSA offer scholarship?
Currently, DYBSA do not provide scholarships but players are encouraged to contact Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation for options. Click here to download application
 
Q: What if I register my child after the registration deadline?
DYBSA goal is to give every child an opportunity to play the game of baseball and softball. Players registering after the August 20, 2014 deadline may be place on a waiting list. A DYBSA board member will contact the wait-listed player regarding their registration status.
 
Q: What is Gwinnett County Concussion Education?

Concussion Education form is a document pertaining to concussion awareness. The Return to Play HB 284 educated members about symptoms and signs of a concussion. Click Here For More Information

Q: What I should know about House Bill 60

Click here for more information about House Bill 60 and learn how it affect park attendees

 

Recreation League Highlights

Congratulations to the 14U Pony Baseball All Stars
The 2012 Pony All-Stars 14U finished 5th in the Pony State Tournament held in Columbus, GA.
 
Congratulations to 17U Baseball All Stars
The 2012 All-Stars 17U finished 5th in the 17U State tournament. 

 

Congratulations to Teresa "T" Stemp
 
Teresa 'T' Stemp was awarded the Duluth Athletic Association's 2012 Athletic Scholarship this weekend at Shorty Howell Park. Pictured is DYAA Treasurer Ed Welborn presenting Teresa with her Scholarship check. Teresa will be attending Belmont Abbey College in the fall, where she will be studying Biology and was signed earlier this year with the Softball Team. Teresa has played at Shorty Howell Park since she was 4 years old. Teresa said, "I'm so excited to have been give this great honor and I would not have traded one day as a Wildcat for anything!"
 
Congratulations to Jeanie Perrucci
Jeanie Perrucci was selected for the MLB Pitch Hit & Run Hall of Fame. She was nominated because of the speed record that she had set while winning the National Championship back in 2009.You can see her listed on MLB website link: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/kids/phr.jsp?content=hof

 

Recreation Baseball & Softball Contact
 
Boys & Girls Rookie (Age: 4), TeeBall (Ages: 5&6) & PeeWee League (Ages: 7 & 8):
Jon Richards - Jon Richards - jonrrichards@hotmail.com
 

Minor (Ages: 9&10), Major (Ages: 11&12), Pony (Ages: 13-14): Jon Sattler  - jon.sattler@ubw.com

Senior League (Ages: 15-18): John Casey - jcasey1v@yahoo.com

Girls Recreation Softball League (Ages: 7-18): Hector Rodriquez - manhec@yahoo.com

For registration information contact: duluthwildcat@gmail / Phone: 678-825-4332