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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 6/12/2013

 

Spring Registration

1. How do I register for spring baseball?

2. How much does it cost to play baseball for CBC?

3. What association should I sign up with?

4. In which elementary school attendance zone do I live?

5.  When does the season start?

6.  When does the season end?

7.  What equipment does my child need?

8.  When will the game schedules be published?

9.  Where and how often will my child practice?

10. How are teams formed?

11. How are coaches selected?

12. How can I become an umpire?

13. What bats are permitted?

Fall Ball

  1. 1.  How do I register for Fall Baseball (Fall Ball)?
    2.  How much does it cost to play Fall Baseball for CBC?
    3.  When does the season start?
    4.  When does the season end?
    5.  What equipment does my child need?
    6.  When will the game schedules be published?
    7.  Where and how often will my child practice?
    8.  How are teams formed?
    9.  How are coaches selected?
    10. Can I form an entire team?
    11. Can I select the team on which I will be placed?
    12. Do I have to play in my assigned age group?
    13. What rules are used in Fall Ball?

 
 
 
 
 

Spring Registration

Q1: How do I register for spring baseball?  A1: Spring registration is conducted by the local associations that are organized according to elementary school attendance boundaries.  Countywide registrations are held each year beginning the 2nd Saturday of January.

 

Q2: How much does it cost to play baseball for CBC?  A2: The cost to play baseball in the spring is determined by each local association based on their cost structure, e.g. uniforms and equipment, and fundraising philosophy.  Contact your local association for the exact cost.

 

Q3: What association should I sign up with?  A3: You must sign up with the local association that is organized according to your elementary school attendance zone.  If your elementary school does not have a youth athletic association or is not sponsoring baseball, you my sign up with any other nearby association.

 

Q4: In which elementary school attendance zone do I live?  A4: The Chesterfield County Schools website provides a "Find My School" app:

http://mychesterfieldschools.com/parents/find-my-school/
 

Q5: When does the season start? A5: Practice and/or assessments may begin as early as the first Saturday of March. For ages 5-14, games typically begin in mid-April depending on when Chesterfield County Public Schools have Spring Break. Ages 15-18 begin after the high school season ends, typically in mid-May.

 

Q6: When does the season end? A6: For ages 5-14, the regular-season typically ends around the 3rd week of June depending on the weather and the number of make-ups. Beginning at the Pinto age division, 7/8, a post-season tournament follows that should conclude prior to 4th of July provided the weather cooperates.

 

Q7: What equipment does my child need? A7: Each player needs a glove and cleated athletic shoes are recommended. Check with your local association regarding bats, helmets and catching equipment.

 

Q8: When will the game schedules be published? A8: Game schedules are generated after all of the teams are finalized which often does not occur until mid-April, about a week before the scheduled start of the season.

 

Q9: Where and how often will my child practice? A9: Each local association is allocated practice time on fields at the county parks and/or county schools. Two practices per week are typical during the preseason (March and April). Once games begin, practice is at the coach’s discretion and subject to field availability.

 

Q10: How are teams formed? A10: Teams are formed according to age and ability by the local associations.

 

Q11: How are coaches selected? A11: All coaches much complete a Chesterfield County background check and are selected by the local associations.

 

Q12: How can I become an umpire? A12: Umpire training begins in early March and is typically held on Sunday afternoons. The exact date and time will be posted on the CBC website several weeks in advance. Candidates must be at least 13 years old.

 

Q13: What bats are permitted? A13: Wooden, metal, graphite or ceramic bats manufactured for baseball play, which are round and not more than two and five eighths inches (2 5/8") in diameter at the thickest part, not more than 42 inches in length, are acceptable. No bat shall be used if dented, cracked, modified or misshaped.

(1) Bats manufactured specifically for use in tee ball play, shall not be used when the ball is pitched by a player, coach or pitching machine. Coach-pitch bats will only be used in coach-pitch using a safety ball.
(2) 2-1⁄4′′ BARREL bats are legal in all divisions of PONY Baseball. They must have a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 stamped on the bat. In addition the bat must be stamped “Approved for play in PONY Baseball”.
(3) 2-5⁄8′′ BARREL bats are legal in all divisions of PONY Baseball. If a 2-5⁄8′′ is -3, it must be BBCOR certified (stamped on the bat). Currently all 2-5⁄8′′ bats -5, -7, -9, etc. are legal.
(4) 2 3/4” barrel bats are prohibited in all divisions of PONY Baseball.
(5) Effective January 1, 2014, Colt will only be allowed to use 2-5⁄8′′ -3 BBCOR certified bats.  For 2 5/8" bats, all "-3" bats must be BBCOR Certified and labeled as such.  For 2 1/4" bats, they must be 1.15 BPF or less and stamped "Approved for play in Pony Baseball" with the year of manufacture. 

 

Fall Ball

Q1. How do I register for Fall Baseball (Fall Ball)?  A1. Fall Ball registration for ages 5 thru 15 is conducted by CBC and can be done online via Active.com or by US mail. Registration will begin around the middle of June and close on the 3rd Sunday of August. Links to the online and mail-in forms will be provided on the CBC website.

 

Q2.  How much does it cost to play Fall Baseball for CBC?  A2. The registration fee is discounted at $70 per player if paid prior to 3rd Sunday of July and $90 thereafter.

 

Q3. When does the season start?  A3. Practice may begin as soon as the teams are formed, typically during the last week of August. Games begin on the Saturday following Labor Day.

 

Q4. When does the season end?  A4. The league will play six Saturdays with each team playing two consecutive games each Saturday (except Pee Wee & Pinto - 1 game). Sunday afternoons will be used for rainouts. Any games not played by the middle of October will be canceled. There will be no League Championships, trophies, etc. This league is to teach the fundamentals of baseball and to have fun.

 

Q5. What equipment does my child need?  A5. Each player needs a glove and cleated athletic shoes are recommended. Bats, helmets and catching equipment will be supplied local associations who participate. Players will receive a T-shirt from CBC as part of the registration fee.

 

Q6. When will the game schedules be published?  A6. Game schedules are generated after all of the teams are finalized which often does not occur until Labor Day weekend. Expect to play on the Saturday following Labor Day. The exact time and location will be posted on the CBC website as soon as it is available.

 

Q7. Where and how often will my child practice?  A7. Each team will be allocated practice time on fields at the county parks and/or county schools, Monday thru Thursday evenings. One or two practices per week are typical prior to the start of the games. Once games begin, practice is at the coach’s discretion and subject to field availability.

 

Q8. How are teams formed?  A8. Players will be placed on teams as determined by CBC and every effort will be made to group players by their respective associations.

 

Q9. How are coaches selected?  A9. All coaches much complete a Chesterfield County background check and are selected by CBC based on interest and need. The registration form provides an opportunity for adult volunteers to express interest in coaching.

 

Q10. Can I form an entire team?  A10. Yes, you may register an entire team (12-15 players) by mailing it to CBC in a single envelope with all registrations and payments enclosed to: C.B.C. P.O.Box 5477 Midlothian, VA 23112-3673.

 

Q11. Can I select the team on which I will be placed?  A11. Yes, you may request to be placed on a specific team, with a specific player or with a specific coach provided the registrations are mailed together in the same envelope to: C.B.C. P.O.Box 5477 Midlothian, VA 23112-3673.

 

Q12. Do I have to play in my assigned age group?  A12. Yes. There is no playing up in Fall Ball except to fill a vacancy on a team.

 

Q13. What rules are used in Fall Ball?  A13. Rule 1 for fall ball is there are no forfeits. Games will go on as scheduled unless rained out. You can use any CBC Fall Ball player (same age group or 1 lower) to fill a spot on a team with missing players. If one team is short players you can borrow players off of the other team. The playing ages will be as of April 30 of the following year, i.e. next spring’s age. All other CBC regular season rules will apply.

 

 
 
 

 

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