Frequently Asked Questions

Note:  Due to Pandemic, information in this document may be different for the 2020 Season

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 9-16.  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 13-16.  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 in 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, especially at the younger ages.

When does registration begin?

Registration typically begins mid-January.  We will send out email reminders, post on the web page (www.gfbaseball.com), Facebook and will advertise in other various venues reminding everyone of registration. To register, 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?

Registration typically closes near the end of March.  If someone wishes to register after registration closes because of a special circumstance, they should contact gfyouthbaseball@gmail.com.   

How can I register?

There will be a link on the website (www.gfbaseball.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.gfbaseball.com/page/show/1573543-travel-teams 

What age is my player considered?  

Age will be based on the player’s age on April 30, 2020.

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.gfbaseball.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 of baseball per week if you count league and travel together).  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 travel teams, visit:  https://www.gfbaseball.com/page/show/1573543-travel-teams

How much does it cost to register for league?

Age

Fee

9/10

$225

11/12

$250

Babe Ruth (13-16)

$275

*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 an 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 registration deadline will be guaranteed a spot on a league 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 at least 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.  This will typically start mid-March.

Evaluations will be held mid-late April, with team formed shortly thereafter.

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

 

The season will conclude:

Cal Ripken (9-12) - Last week of July

Babe Ruth (13-16) - First week of August

How many games do league teams play?

Teams will typically play around a 15-20 game schedule. 

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

Indoor (starting March 18th continuing through April 9th):

Indoor practices will take place at Gambucci Arena.  Here is the schedule for these indoor practices/open gyms:

Cal Ripken:

9s - Monday & Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm

10s - Monday & Wednesday 6:15pm-7:15pm

11s - Tuesday & Thursday 5:15pm-6:15pm

12s - Tuesday & Thursday 6:15pm-7:15pm

Babe Ruth (13-16):  Monday & Thursday 7:15pm-9:00pm

Evaluations will take place April 13 (9/10 year olds) & April 14 (11/12 and Babe Ruth).  Team formation will occur shortly after evaluations.  Outdoor practices and games will start as early as the weather allows, typically by the end of April. Specific times will be determined and announced as the weather picture becomes more clear.  

 

Outdoor (as early as weather allows):

League

Practice (1 night per week)

Game (1 night per week)

9/10 Cal Ripken

Wednesday

Monday

11/12 Cal Ripken

Mainly Tuesday, but other nights possible

Mainly Wednesday, but other nights possible

Babe Ruth (13-16)

Mainly Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, but other days possible.

Mainly Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, but other days possible.

* 11/12 Cal Ripken:  coaches have an option of additional optional practice each week after school is concluded.

* Babe Ruth (13-16):  1 practice per week while school is in session.  Coaches have an option for optional practice after school is concluded. 

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 13-16 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.gfbaseball.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, baseball pants, and socks.  

 

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.  

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

https://www.gfbaseball.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 (gfbaseball.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?

We have extended the season this year, which eliminates the need for a full fall baseball league.  We do still plan to offer an opportunity in August for 8 and 10 year olds to prepare these players for new rules next season.  As information becomes available, it will be posted here:  https://www.gfbaseball.com/page/show/5159940-fall-league

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

Yes, we will offer spring pitching, catching, & hitting clinics during the month of March at the Gambucci facility. These clinics will be available for 9-12 year old players.  For more information visit:  https://www.gfbaseball.com/page/show/5552463-spring-clinics

We will also offer a summer camp during the month of June.  Stay tuned for more information and registration information.  This camp will be available for 5-8 year old players.