Duluth Recreation Ball Baseball & Softball


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 equipment will be required to purchase?
Baseball players must provide glove, rubber or plastic cleats (pony/senior league cleat requirement may vary), bat, and NOCSAE approved batting helmet with face guard and chin strap. 
Softball players must provide glove, rubber or plastic cleats (pony/senior league cleat requirement may vary), bat, and NOCSAE approved batting helmet with face guard, chin strap and face mask. 
Q: What to expect at evaluations?
Players should dress in comfortable practice clothing. Evaluations are held to determine the skill level of each player in order to draft equal level teams. During the evaluation, kids will be expected to throw, catch, bat and run. Players are encouraged but not required to bring a helmet, glove and bat to evaluations.
Q: What's my team practice/game schedule?
The practice/game schedule will be available once players are drafted onto a team. Players will practice 1-2 times per week for at least 1 hour. Practice/game times will be scheduled between the hours of 6:00pm - 8:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00am - 8:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Some teams may be expected to play at neighboring parks.
All coaches will contact parents regarding practice times 1 week after evaluations are complete.
Coaches will communicate via e-mail, telephone call or text message.

Q: When will the season be played?

Spring season practices will begin late February; Regular season games will begin early March and end May.

Fall season practices will begin late August; Regular season games will begin early September and end October.

Q: Where will my child play?
Games are played at Shorty Howell Park and other neighboring parks (example: Pickneyville Park, Peachtree Ridge Park, Collin Hills Park and etc). Click here to download park addresses


Q: How much does it cost to play?
The registration fee is partly determined by each child playing a 8-12 regular season games, uniform cost, field upkeep, lights, and other administrative fee. Based on qualifying age group, the registration fee is $95.00 ages: 3-4 and $155.00 for ages: 5-18. Fees are subject to change each season.

Late fee of $25.00 will be applied after registration deadline. 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.

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.

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.

*Trophies and team parties are not included in the registration fee

Q: How do I register my child to play baseball or softball?Online registration for the 2015 Spring season will be available December 19, 2014 - February 5, 2015.  

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  deadline may be place on a waiting list. A DYBSA board member will contact the wait-listed player regarding their registration status.

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, 2016. For example, if you are 8 years old on January 1, 2015, you would be placed in the Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). If you turned 9 on January 2, 2015, you still would be considered 8 and play in the Pee Wee league.

Baseball: The qualifying age is your age as of April 30, 2016.   For example, if you have your 7th birthday prior to April 30, 2015, you are considered 7 and would play in our Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). However, if your 7th birthday falls on May 1, 2015 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?
For safety reasons, we strongly discourage children from playing in a different age groups. The association will  review a special request from a parent in certain situations. If you believe that your player needs to play in another age group, you must come to walk-up registration. 

Q: I would like to be head coach,  assistant coach or team parent on my child’s team. How do I apply?
We are always looking for volunteers and appreciate your willingness to give your time to the players. All applicants selected for a volunteer 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 - [email protected]

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 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 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. 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


For registration information contact: [email protected]/ Phone: 678-825-4332