Frequently Asked Questions

Greetings from the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association.  We understand that there are likely MANY questions.  We have created the following page to answer some of the most commonly asked questions. We understand that not all questions may be answered or addressed here.  For any additional information or if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com

Who is the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association?

Grand Forks Youth Baseball is a youth baseball organization for ages 9-15.  The league is governed by regulations of Babe Ruth League, Inc.  This includes Cal Ripken Baseball (a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.) for ages 9-12 and Babe Ruth for ages 13-15.  Our organization operates utilizing the following vision:

Vision:  Inspire athletes through remarkable experiences and elevate every players potential on the field and in life.

Inspire athletes’ experiences

  1. Fun, competitive, and positive
  2. Select coaches that will develop a positive impact on our players
  3. Be more than Baseball.  Be a positive role model that looks forward to helping young athletes become successful adults in all walks of life

Elevate

  1. Coach and give opportunities to all players to grow and develop their skills as baseball players
  2. More opportunities for athletes to learn the proper way to play baseball
  3. Opportunities for athletes to participate on fun, competitive teams

How is the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association different from the baseball program offered by the Grand Forks Park District?

The Grand Forks Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball leagues are run by the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association.  This is separate from summer baseball leagues run by the Grand Forks Park District.  Grand Forks Youth Baseball league games/practices take place during the evening hours, while Grand Forks Park District programs are held during the day.  It is strongly encouraged that players participate in both leagues for maximum development.

When does registration begin?

Registration for the 2019 season will open in mid January.  We will send out email reminders, post on the web page (www.gfbaseballsoftball.com), Facebook and will advertise in other various venues reminding everyone of registration. Once registration is open, simply click the link on the front page of the website and follow the instructions.  Please contact gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com with any issues or questions.

When does registration end?

There is an increase in price when you register after March 5th.  Registration will close March 18th.  If someone wishes to register after March 18th because of a special circumstance, they should contact gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com.   

How can I register?

There will be a link on the website (www.gfbaseballsoftball.com)

Do you take Credit/Debit Cards?

Yes, during the registration process you can pay with credit/debit cards.

Is there an option for Travel Baseball?

Yes, travel teams do exist.  All players are eligible to tryout for a travel team.  For more information, visit:  https://www.gfbaseballsoftball.com/page/show/1573543-travel-teams 

What age is my player considered?  

Age will be based on the player’s age on April 30, 2019.

How are League teams different from Travel Baseball teams?

League teams will consist of 2 days of baseball per week (1 game night & 1 practice night).  All players will be involved with the league. All registered players are guaranteed to be placed on a league team.

For more information on league teams, visit:  https://www.gfbaseballsoftball.com/page/show/3996167-babe-ruth-cal-ripken

Travel teams will be separate teams that practice and play games 1-2 additional days per week (3-4 total days per week).  Travel teams are for those kids that want to develop and grow their baseball skills at a higher competitive level. There will be tryouts for travel team.  We hope to have 2 teams per age group, which means most players interested in participating in a travel team will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.  For more information on league teams, visit:  https://www.gfbaseballsoftball.com/page/show/1573543-travel-teams

How much does it cost to register for league?

Age

Registration Until March 5th

Registration After March 5

9/10

$200

$250

11/12

$250

$300

Babe Ruth (13-15)

$250

$300

*There will be additional costs for travel team participation.

Is there any way to lower the cost of league Registration Fees?

Yes, if you meet certain guidelines the opportunity exists for reduced registration fees.  E-mail gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com for further details.    

Is there an opportunity to become a sponsor?

Yes, we are always looking for local sponsors.  When you register your child there will be an option to express interest in becoming a sponsor, and you will be contacted shortly after.  You can also contact us at gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com

What if my son doesn’t want to play after signing up?

Full refunds will be granted if the request is made before the creation of league teams.  Other requests made after this date will not be granted, except for a player having unexpected medical reason(s).  

Will my son be guaranteed a spot on a league team?

Any player registered before the March 15th deadline will be guaranteed a spot on a team.  Any player registered after the deadline will go on a waiting list and may be placed on a team if any teams need additional players.

How are league teams determined?

There will be at least one evaluation per player.  Teams will be put together by a committee consisting of the league coordinator, 1 executive board member, and 1 travel team coach.

 

How are travel teams determined? 

A combination of team tryout and league evaluation will be utilized for team selection.  Travel team coaches will make the final decision for cuts.  Tryout dates will be communicated via email and posted on the league website.  

When does the season begin and end?

The season starts with indoor practices at the Gambucci Arena the week of March 11th.

Evaluations will be held, and teams formed early-mid April.  

Outdoor practices and games will begin as early as the weather allows, typically mid-late April.

 

The season will conclude:

Cal Ripken (9-12) - Week of June 24, 2019

Babe Ruth (13-15) - Week of July 8, 2019

How many games do league teams play?

Teams will typically play around a 10-15 game schedule. 

What day(s) will league teams practice and play games?

Indoor (March/April):

Gambucci indoor schedule will be posted as it becomes available.  Typically, players will have 2 indoor practices per week during this timeframe.  Stay tuned for details regarding indoor practices.

Outdoor (as early as weather allows):

League

Practice

Game

9/10 Cal Ripken

Wednesday

Monday

11/12 Cal Ripken

Tuesday

Wednesday

Babe Ruth (13-15)

(mainly) Thursday

(mainly) Tuesday

What are the Bat Rules?

As of January 1, 2018, new USA Baseball Bat Standards were implemented. ALL bats MUST have the USA Baseball logo on them to be legal. If it has that logo on it, it is legal; if not, it is illegal.  BBCor bats are legal for 13-15 year olds. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com

How do we know if a game or practice is rained out or cancelled?

All cancellations will be posted on the Grand Forks Youth Baseball website www.gfbaseballsoftball.com, and Facebook.  Announcements are made by 5 PM. After 5 PM, decisions will be made by the umpires on site.  If no announcement has been made, then assume games/practices are still on.

What equipment do I need to provide for my player?

Each player will receive a uniform jersey and hat.  Team equipment bags are handed out to each team along with a bucket of practice balls and game balls. Inside the equipment bag there are 5 team batting helmets, catchers equipment, bats, and a first aid kit.  Players will need to provide their own glove, baseball shoes, and baseball pants.  

 

What are the playing rules for each age group?

Playing rules differ for each age group. Rules can be found on our Rules Page on the website (available by March 1st).  

Additional information on how leagues will operate for each age group:

https://www.gfbaseballsoftball.com/page/show/3996167-babe-ruth-cal-ripken

What if I have a complaint about a coach, player, parent and/or official?

All complaints are always considered serious and should be reported to the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association. For most complaints, please abide by the 24 hour rule. NEVER approach a coach/player/parent/league official or umpire during or shortly after the incident. Please contact the association via email (gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com) or utilize the feedback form (anonymous) on the left hand menu on the website (gfbaseballsoftball.com).  Again, we ask that everyone wait 24 hours prior to submitting or lodging a complaint.

What if I lost my baseball hat?

Additional hats can be purchased.  Contact us at gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com or ask your league coordinator.  

Will there be an opportunity to play baseball during the fall?

Yes, the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association will house a fall baseball league.  This league will start mid-late July and continue through August.  This league will be available for all Cal Ripken players (9-12), and incoming players (age 8).  Stay tuned for details regarding this opportunity.  

Does the Grand Forks Youth Baseball Association hold specialized clinics or camps during the regular season and/or winter? 

Maybe, we are looking into these opportunities as you read this.  Stay tuned.