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Baseball & Softball FAQ's

The Duluth Youth Baseball/Softball program is designed for boys and girls ages three (3) through eighteen (18). The association is comprised of dedicated community non-paid community volunteers like yourself.  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.
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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 $60.00 ages: 3-4 and $120 - $150 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.

(CHANGES EFFECTIVE FALL SEASON 2020) 

For baseball the registration fee includes hat, jersey and other administrative costs.
For softball the registration fee includes hat, 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 Spring season will be available December - February  and June - August for the fall season.


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, 2021. For example, if you are 8 years old on January 1, 2020, you would be placed in the Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). If you turned 9 on January 2, 2021, you still would be considered 8 and play in the Pee Wee league. 

Baseball: The qualifying age is your age as of April 30, 2021.   For example, if you have your 7th birthday prior to April 30, 2021,  you are considered 7 and would play in our Pee Wee league (ages 7-8). However, if your 7th birthday falls on May 1, 2021 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 DYBSI offer scholarship?
Currently, DYBSI do not provide scholarships but players are encouraged to contact Gwinnett County Parks Foundation for options. 
 
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. Concussion.pdf

Q: What is the DYBSA COVID 19 Plan?

The DYBSA COVID 19 Plan outline the Gwinnett County approved plan to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the plan, please click on this link: dybsa covid 19 plan.pdf

 

Duluth Youth Baseball and Softball Association - Refund Policy

NO REFUNDS will be issued except for extenuating circumstances to be judged on a case-by-case basis by the DYBSA Board. Granted refunds may be assessed a $25.00 administration fee and out of county fees are non-refundable.

To request a refund, please submit a letter stating the following: the name, age, and birth date of the player; the name/email address of the parent/guardian who registered and paid the fee; the reason the refund is being requested, and the mailing address to which the refund (if one is granted) should be mailed.
Refunds will not be issued if a uniform is ordered for the player. 


All requests for refunds must be mailed to the following address:

DYBSA
Attn:  Refund Request
PO Box 1041 
Duluth, GA  30096


The parent/guardian who has requested the refund will receive notification stating the Board’s decision. All decisions are final. It may take up to one month to
receive notification of the decision.

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