FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The spring season starts with Field Enhancement on Saturday a Saturday in April at the Penn Meadows complex. Practice will begin the week after field enhancement. Games will begin the beginning of May and end at the end of June. The junior and senior leagues will have season ending tournaments that last two weeks of June.
Practice times are chosen by the coaches during the coaches meeting that is held on the same day as field enhancement. The teams with the most participation during field enhancement are given first choice of practice times. Your child’s coach is a volunteer and will sign up for practices based on their schedule. Practice times are posted on the NLCBS website the weekend of field enhancement. Coaches may also call or email you with the practice times. Practice starts the week after the coaches meeting.
The coaches and parents are emailed a roster of the team’s players prior to Field Enhancement day. Coaches may also contact you to let you know the team you are on and remind you about field enhancement. After the coaches meeting, they may contact you via E-mail or phone with the practice schedule. If they don’t, please check the website.
All of our coaches are volunteers and will contact you as soon as possible after the coaches meeting that will be held on the same day as field enhancement.
Children will only be allowed to play up in extreme circumstances. Commissioners will require that you provide them with a reason for playing your child up in the “Notes” field during registration. The Commissioner will contact you if they need additional information prior to approval.
Our league focuses on recreation and having fun playing baseball and softball. For our T-ball and Rookie leagues, we need a lot of coaches. Their main goal is to keep the team organized and be the point of contact for NLCBS for any issues that come up. You DO NOT have to have a coaching background to volunteer. Parents will only be asked to coach their child’s team. For our Junior and Senior leagues, the coaches are going to need to understand the rules and their players. They usually have two practice times each week and the kids begin pitching to each other. There is just a little more involvement needed from the coaches in the higher league.
The Coaches meeting is designed to go over all the rules for the league to make sure everyone is on the same page so that conflicts do not come up. Diamond Dreams will hold clinics with coaches and players. Dates and Times will be announced. As part of a targeted effort to provide the most positive experience for its players, NLCBS has established a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). PCA, a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, works with coaches, organizational leaders and parents to more effectively teach young athletes about teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting through their sports experience. Coaches will be offered the opportunity to become PCA certified by completing a 2 hour online or in-person workshop. Additional information can be found on the NLCBS website and Facebook page. Information will also be shared throughout the season with coaches, parents, and players.
For our volunteer coaches this becomes the fastest and easiest way to get important information out such as rosters and schedules. For parents, the e-mail allows the league to distribute updates and information about the league. It is important for NLCBS and the coaches to have more than one way to reach you. If your email or phone number changes during the season or after registration, please contact email@example.com
With 1000 children playing ball, it is impossible to fill all requests. Children placed on the same team as a request is purely coincidental. There is no exception to this rule in Jr. and Sr. ball leagues. Siblings in the same league will be placed on the same team unless a parent requests us not to. Please let commissioners know that players are siblings in the “Notes” field during registration especially if they do not share the same last name.
Depending on the number of teams our goal is to have T-ball and Rookie games on Tues. and Fri. nights. Beginner and Advanced T-ball play at 5:30 and 1st Grade Baseball and Rookie play at 6:45. Junior & Senior ballgames are usually on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at 6 p.m. Each team will be scheduled up to 12 games. In addition, the Junior and Senior leagues will play season ending tournaments.
NLCBS provides all the equipment needed for our league not counting gloves and shoes. We have to buy helmets, bats, catching equipment, baseballs and softballs. We also provide shirts and hats for all players and coaches. At the end of the season, we then provide medals and trophies for all teams. There are also supplies needed to maintain the fields like bases, pitching mounds and chalk. We also replace the lime on the fields. We do pay our umpires and someone to line the fields. As we are able to save up income we have constructed new diamonds that cost $30,000 to $35,000. Our next proposed capital improvement goal is to build a new concession stand with better restrooms and a better location for our 8 fields at Penn Meadows. We do solicit sponsors to help offset the costs.
If your business or workplace is interested in sponsoring a team, please go to the handouts page on the NLCBS website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a form will be sent to your business with information. This is a great way to show your child that you are interested in what they are doing.
Each year we have a General Assembly meeting in September. We encourage anyone who wants to be involved in anyway to attend this meeting.
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