Frequently Asked Questions
What are the age groups?
4 Year Old Co-Ed Tee Ball
5 - 6 Year Old Tee Ball (Boys and Girls Leagues are separate)
6 - 8 Year Old Boys Rookie League – Coach Pitch Baseball
7 - 9 Year Old Girls Rookie League - Coach Pitch Softball
9 - 11 Year Old Boys Minor League – Kid Pitch Baseball
10 - 12 Year Old Girls Fast Pitch Softball
12 - 14 Year Old Boys Major League – Kid Pitch Baseball
16U Premier Slow Pitch Girls Softball – Teams are formed on their own
20U Premier Slow Pitch Girls Softball – Teams are formed on their own
18U Premier Slow Pitch Boys Softball – Teams are formed on their own
18U Premier Slow Pitch Co-Ed Softball – Teams are formed on their own
You can figure out which age group your child should participate in by looking at the list above or the chart below. So, for a girl, whatever her age is on January 1st and for boys, whatever age they are on April 30th will determine what age group they are eligible to play in.
Tee Ball ages for boys and girls are determined by what their age is as of January 1stof the current year.
What is the registration process for MYBS and what do we need to bring?
When you register for MYBS you will need your child’s birth certificate or a copy. You will need to fill out a registration form and a state concussion form for each child and make payment at that time. Parent's are also required to sign a "Code of Conduct Pledge."
We only accept cash or checks, we do not accept debit or credit cards at this time.
What are the registration dates?
Regular Registration normally starts the first of February and runs through the end of February. You may register at the McMinnville Civic Center, located at 500 Garfield Street, McMinnville, TN 37110. You may drop in any time Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and fill out the required forms. if you have any questions or would like to speak with our league representatives in person please call the Civic Center Front Desk at 931.473.1212. After normal registration we usually allow one week for late registrations but there will be a $10.00 late fee. So save yourself some money and make it to the regular registration.
Why do you charge a late fee?
Let's answer your question with a question…how do you feel, as a parent, when you have your day’s schedule set and your child walks up to you on the way out the door to school and says “I lost one of my shoes and I don’t have any others” or “I need $15 for a field trip and today is the deadline”…kind of frustrating isn’t it?
We believe one of the strong points of our league is organization and when the last day of registration is finished we immediately start the process of paying for the children’s league insurance, organizing coaches and leagues and completing league schedules. If we get 5 to 20 parents registering late, we have to re-do the insurance, find more coaches and get those coaches certified and assigned to teams and then, if we add a large number of kids in a particular league we have to re-do the schedules…as you can see, not as simple as “just adding a kid to the league”. And all of this must be completed in about a week's time so do us all a favor…save yourself $10 and register during regular registration and help us keep our sanity!!
How much does it cost to register my child to play?
4 year old and 5 – 6 year old tee ball is $50, all other leagues are $60 and we offer a 3rd child discount (must be in same nuclear family) of $30. After the regular registration deadline there is an additional $10 late fee.
Can my child play in a different age group?
We usually suggest that your child play in the age group that is for your child’s age. There are some exceptional players that are capable of “playing up” a level, but from our experience we have noticed that these kids struggle quite a bit, especially early in the season. Sometimes these kids have a tendency to get frustrated and consider quitting because the game ceases to be fun. And, now that we are going to 3 year age groups, a kid playing up could be facing a pitcher who is 4 years older than them…quite a difference. Our suggestion is to let them play in the correct age group and be “the big fish in a little pond” for a while and to have success because success tends to build confidence. But we do allow kids to “play up” an age level at the parents request (just give this a lot of careful consideration). We do not allow kids to “play down” a level, regardless of the circumstances…this is due to insurance regulations.
When does the spring and fall seasons start? How many games are played?
The start of the spring season normally starts the last Monday in April and teams will play anywhere from 12 – 15 games, depending on the number of kids registered and the amount of teams we have. The regular season will run until the end of June and then playoffs will start and take 1 – 2 weeks to complete.
The start of the Fall Season varies depending on the length of our Spring Season. The Fall Season could start anywhere from the end of August or to the middle of September.The Fall Season will run for approximately 4 weeks and kids will play around 8 games.
While the spring season is our more competitive season, we have designed the fall season to develop fundamental skills and instruction. We do not keep standings, have playoffs or give out trophies for the fall season.
How often should the teams practice?
This will depend on the coach. Some coaches have a more demanding work schedule and may not make as many practices as others, but don’t assume they don’t care. Oftentimes, they will get a qualified assistant to run a practice and as a parent, don’t be afraid to volunteer some of your time. Even bringing juice or a snack adds to the fun!
Below are our league recommendations as stated in our Coaches Manual:
Tee Ball – 2 to 3 practices before the season starts and then 1 practice per week, on average.
Rookie League – At least 3 practices before the season starts and then 1 practice per week, on average.
Minor League – At least 4 practices before the season starts and then 1-2 practices per week, on average.
Major League - At least 4-5 practices before the season starts and then 1-2 practices per week, on average.
When are games played?
All games are played Monday thru Friday except on Wednesday. The first game starts each night at 5:30 pm.
Are there tryouts?
To be decided.
How is my child placed on a team?
Tee ball players are assigned to teams and coaches – you may request a particular coach and we will do our best to accommodate you, though there is no guarantee. Rookie League, Minor League and Major League teams are allowed to keep their core of returning players that played on the team the previous year. All first year players (players moving up from a younger age group) and new players (players who did not play in our league the year before) must enter the draft and be selected by the coaches.
Can I request a specific coach?
Depending on the age group. 4 year old co-ed tee ball and 5-6 year old co-ed tee ball - yes you can request a coach as we do not draft in these age groups. In the slow pitch softball leagues, we have premier divisions, which is a fancy way of saying teams form on their own and join the league. In all our other leagues (rookie, minor and major) all first year and new players are drafted, so we do not allow requests in those age groups – this is to keep parity in our leagues.
How are MYBS coaches selected and trained?
All of our coaches are carefully screened. They must fill out an application and they go through a thorough screening process. They must complete a background check with the TBI - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. If they pass that they must complete a concussion awareness certification through the CDC – Center of Disease Control and provide a certificate of completion. And starting in Spring in 2016 each head coach must be certified in coaching youth through the NYSCA – National Youth Sports Coaches Association…check it out at www.nays.org - . Last season we offered a hands on clinic with the Warren County High School and Middle School Coaches to share even more information. So, as we continue to grow and improve our league, your child will have exposure to excellent coaching at all levels to give them the best youth league experience possible and to prepare them for any advanced levels they may want to attain.
If I have a problem with my coach, what should I do?
Our coaches are very reasonable people, we suggest going to the coach after practice or a game (please don’t interrupt the middle of a practice or game) and calmly discuss the situation with them, they might not even be aware there is a problem. We suggest a civil and calm tone and don’t start the conversation by attacking the coach, be assured that conversation will not be very productive! From our experience, if you handle it this way, 99% of situations are usually resolved. If, after your discussion with the coach, you still are not satisfied you may contact the league administrator/athletic coordinator Terry Beard at 931-473-1212.
What equipment is provided by the league and what equipment do I need to provide?
MYBS provides league t-shirts, player insurance (secondary after your primary insurance has paid), umpires, scorekeepers, all field preparation, catchers equipment and batting helmets. Parents usually provide a glove, cleats and game pants. Some teams will decide to get matching hats, which will cost a little extra (this is left up to each team). Some parents provide kids with their own batting helmets, bats and batting gloves, though not required.
Do I need to stick around for practices or games?
Let us answer your question with a question, why would you want to leave and miss something? This is a great time to learn more about your child and to bond with them. Imagine little Isaac or Samantha (names changed of course) hits their very first over-the-fence home run or makes a diving catch in the outfield, don’t you think they would want you there to witness that? Of course they would! Also imagine little Isaac or Samantha takes a bad hop ground ball to the mouth and is bleeding…do you think they want a coach who they may have just met or the person they love most in the world helping them through the situation? You, of course! We understand that some parents work and can’t be there…this is a part of life and we understand, but if a parent can’t be there, we expect them to have a responsible person there to represent them. What happens if it starts raining or thundering and lightning during practice? Our coaches are not allowed to drive players home due to safety issues, so if you can’t make it make sure you have someone there for you. Besides our coaches need to spend their time and energy coaching, not babysitting.
How do I sponsor a team?
It is simple to sponsor a team. Contact Terry Beard at 931.473.1212. You will fill out a sponsor form and pay the sponsor fee…it’s that easy! Sponsor fees are $250 for the spring season, $125 for the fall season or $350 for both seasons. When you sponsor a team you can request a particular team, age group, league or we can decide these for you. If your company has a particular color or colors, we try to accommodate where we can. We usually ask you for a secondary color as well. The shirt color you decide for your team may be limited or may not be the exact shade you want, it depends on what colors are available from the shirt company that receives the bid for that year, Ink colors are usually custom mixed so there typically is not a problem with that. We do the best we can in regard to colors. Sometimes we run into an issue where there are more than one team in a league that desires the same shirt colors (could you imagine a league where we have six teams and all of them want red shirts? Quite the problem. When this occurs we usually select by sponsor seniority. We may also reverse the colors (example you want green shirts with yellow letters, but we already have a team in that league that has green shirts, we might reverse it and give you yellow shirts with green letters) or use your secondary color choice. If there’s a concern we usually try to contact you and let you know and let you have some input in selecting another color. We use a basic league shirt logo, so we cannot use your specific business logo on the shirts, just your name. If we had to pay for every individual screen created for each company logo, costs would be exorbitant. We also announce sponsors before each game, so not only will spectators see your name on your teams’ shirt but also hear your company’s name before every game. We are also planning to create links on our web site for each of our sponsors. Send us a small write up of your company and what you offer and it will be listed by your name and if you have a link, we will include that as well. Just another way of saying thanks for your support!
Are there all-star teams?
We do try to have an all-star team for every league starting with our Rookie Leagues, we do not select all-star teams for the tee ball leagues. We hold all-star tryouts the first week of June and these are announced for a few weeks before and coaches are sent flyers to pass out to the players. We will also announce the tryouts on this website and on our facebook page as well. Every player, who has played in at least 50% of our league games is eligible to try out. Players are selected by a panel of coaches and league administrators. Parents should be aware that all of the all-stars costs are above the cost of the league – this includes tournament fees (usually in the $400+ range per team per tournament, any uniforms teams might decide on, travel expenses like hotels and food, if necessary. As well as parking, gate and admission fees. So, cost for each all-star tournament player will typically range from $100 up to $400, depending where your teams’ tournament is located.
How do we know if our game is cancelled when there is inclement weather?
We recommend to every parent, coach and person who plans to attend a game to sign up for RainedOut.com – this is an easy and free service to sign up for and the minute we make the decision to cancel games you will receive a text with the message. Go to the website www.rainedout.com and be the first to know when games are cancelled. We also have a link on this website that gives you step by step instructions on how to sign up.
Why do the Boys Minor League and Major League have a pitch count and the other leagues do not?
The Boy’s Minor League pitchers (9, 10 & 11 year olds) have a 75 pitch limit per game and the Boy’s Major League pitchers (12, 13 & 14 year olds) have an 85 pitch limit per game. Girls Softball pitching is thrown with an underhanded motion, which is very different from an overhand baseball pitch and there is no current medical evidence that this motion causes any stress or injuries to a girl’s elbow or shoulder. MYBS is dedicated to the safety of our kids and pitchers are paramount on that list. Sometimes coaches get caught up in winning a big game and don’t even realize that they have let their pitcher throw 120 – 140 pitches!! You can Google innumerable articles on kids needing Ulnar Collateral Ligament surgery, better known as Tommy John surgery. Renowned surgeon James Andrews, who performs surgeries on the world’s most famous athletes, has called UCL an epidemic. He stated, “In 2000, 18% of the UCL surgeries were performed on youth age 17 and under and by 2010 that figure had risen to more than 31%”. If a kid is good enough to pitch in our league we don’t want to overuse them and keep them from attaining their dream of pitching in high school or college because they blew their arm out in MYBS…we care too much!!
Why is the league so opposed to parents yelling out instructions to their kids during games?
We feel this is very distracting to the players and teams. On offense, it’s hard enough for an 8 year old to go to the plate, try to know the game situation, what his/her coach wants them to do, watch and time the pitcher and put a good swing on the ball with proper mechanics. On defense, it’s difficult to perform the proper mechanics of fielding a ball and then throwing it to a target the size of a small basket from 60 – 90 feet away. Imagine multiple people screaming a multitude of suggestions (and may we add many of those suggestions being yelled out are fundamentally incorrect) to an 8 or 9 year old and the kid’s brain wants to go into hyper-drive! For you parents who do this, how would you like it if you are at your job and you have 3 or 4 supervisors sitting on your shoulder screaming conflicting suggestions while you attempt to do your job…how would you perform? Wouldn’t be so easy, would it?
MYBS used to be associated with Cal Ripken Baseball for many years, why the change?
The Cal Ripken program is an excellent program, but believe it is time to make an affiliation change because the Cal Ripken All-Star tournaments start so early in the summer that we don’t have enough time to give our kids the amount of games we would like them to play. For example, the 12 & Under Boys teams must be finished by early June because the Cal Ripken post season qualifying tournaments start the second week of June and we feel this does not give us enough time to play the amount of games we want to play, hence the change.
Why do parents have to sign a Parents Code of Conduct form?
This is a big deal for us. We require parents to read, agree to and sign the “Parents Code of Conduct” so they understand how important adult behavior is at our games and practices. Parents and adults are the role models the kids emulate and the kids are watching more than you know. The vast majority of issues we have during or after games (probably 95%) in our leagues involve parents, usually unhappy about a call during the game or how a coach handled a particular situation. Watch a few of the videos we posted in the Parents section under Code of Conduct and you will understand why we have created standards for our parents and fans to follow.
If the parents and adults will cheer for their kids, stop trying to coach them on every play and just sit back and enjoy watching their kids play, we guarantee the kids will have a great time…and that’s what our league wants most - is that your kids have fun!!!!!!