Where do I even begin?
Have a look at our Parent Checklist for a lot of good information.
What size bat or glove should my child use?
Various baseball/softball glove sizing charts can be found with a quick Google search but HERE is a link to a typical chart at Baseballexpress.com
After considering the batting restrictions discussed later, HERE is a helpful chart from JustBats.com regarding which bat to buy your child. There are some helpful videos and the chart is at the bottom of the page.
When are games/practices played?
Grades 1 – 8 can expect to have two practices/games per week in the Recreation Program. One will be during the week and typically vary from M-TH starting at 6:00 PM. The second will be on Saturday and start times vary between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Kindergarten girls and boys play only on Sundays. Game times are 9am to 12pm.
The Senior Boys will play in a Rec Travel League with 5 other towns. Games can be played in Midland Park, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Allendale & Upper Saddle River.
Where are games/practices generally played?
TeeBall – Main Street, Coleman School, Sycamore Park
PeeWee1 – Coleman School, Central School
PeeWee2 – Main Street
Junior – Hamilton School
Pony – Memorial
Senior – Upper & Lower Faber, High School
Field addresses and info can be found HERE.
My child does not need a Tee to hit. Can they play with older kids or choose not to use the tee?
No. First, GRBSA Recreation Programs are run strictly by grade. Second, all children will play according to the rules of their respective leagues. Rules for all leagues can be accessed using the left menu.
My child is in pre-school and just missed the cut-off. Can they still sign up?
Unfortunately, no. GRBSA Programs are run strictly by grade. If a child’s birth date is before October 1st and they are Kindergarten eligible but have not enrolled in Kindergarten, an exception can be made. However, please be advised that they must revert to playing back with their grade the following year and will be required to play 2 years of Tee Ball.
What bat restrictions are in place? (New in 2018)
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.
The GRBSA will be following the Little League guidelines in its recreation programs.
For Boys in Recreation Grades K -6: all bats must follow the new standard.
For Boys in Travel Baseball: Travel Baseball leagues have different restrictions depending on the league. However, it is to be expected that most, if not all, leagues/tournaments will follow suit in terms of the restrictions set forth by Little League (as noted above). Head coaches of the various travel teams will keep their teams apprised of the restrictions imposed by the leagues/tournaments their teams will be entering.
For any specific questions we encourage you to visit the Little League Baseball and Softball Facebook page. Little League has been good about answering any specific bat questions on their discussion page. Click the following for more information USA Baseball Bat Standard FAQ
For Girls softball, bats must bear the “Official Softball” stamp. Composite bats are not allowed.
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