2018 Season Important FAQ's - PLEASE READ
What division should my child be in?
Children are sorted according to birth year. The best way to figure out where your child belongs is to look at the registration form. When you click on “Division Registering For:” it gives you a drop down menu of all the divisions and their corresponding birth years.
What do I get for my registration fee?
Your player will receive a uniform shirt, hat, and an individual and team photo. All other equipment requirements are the responsibility of the player.
What else does my child need to play?
- 5U – Comfy pants, athletic shoes, uniform shirt and hat, water bottle, and a glove (optional) 7U – Grey baseball pants, protective cup, athletic shoes (cleats optional), uniform shirt and hat, glove, batting helmet, bat (optional), and a water bottle
- 9U – Grey baseball pants, protective cup, athletic shoes (cleats optional), uniform shirt and hat, glove, batting helmet, bat (optional), and a water bottle
- 11U – Grey baseball pants (non-elastic ankle), protective cup, cleats, uniform shirt and hat, glove, batting helmet, bat, and a water bottle
- 13U – Grey baseball pants (non-elastic ankle), protective cup, cleats, uniform shirt and hat, glove, batting helmet, bat, and a water bottle
Please be sure to label ALL your player’s equipment.
Does my child really have to wear a jock or jill protective cup?
If your child is in 7U or above, yes. This is a requirement for play and players not wearing one will not be allowed to take the field.
What if I don’t think my child is ready to move onto a higher division?
Talk to your coach, they will have the best knowledge of your child’s skill level. Sometimes kids aren’t ready to move on and need an additional year for skill development, and sometimes playing down isn’t possible because of safety concerns. A lot of factors go into these decisions and the best place to start inquiring is on the field with your coach and/or division coordinator.
What if I would like my child to move up a division?
Again, a lot of factors are considered when playing kids up or down. There are safety, insurance, and skill considerations and any player wanting to move up is required to be assessed by our President. Talk to your coach and they will advise you on how to proceed.
Why do we have to pay a raffle and volunteer fee?
Lions Minor Baseball Association is a volunteer run program and without fundraising and volunteers we would not be able to continue. Paying up front for raffle makes it easier for us and for you to fundraise. You pay for the tickets at the time of registration and keep the money you collect when you sell them. No need for you to keep track of the cash and no need for us to chase anyone to collect it. Easy-peasy!
Volunteering is a huge part of our park, from our dedicated board to our enthusiastic coaches, without man hours, we simply cannot run. The refundable volunteer fee encourages families to help out and get to know the park, growing the Lions Baseball community. Did you know that volunteering has many physical and mental health benefits? From improving blood pressure to decreasing the effects of depression, volunteering is a win-win for everyone involved. That being said, we do understand that not every family has the time to volunteer as much as they’d like and the volunteer fee takes the place of your time in the park.
Do I get a refund if I have to withdraw my child?
Yes, however there is a $35 administration fee that will be deducted from your refund if the withdrawal happens before Opening Day. If you withdraw after Opening Day, there will be an additional $25 fee on top of the administration fee. This is because by then we have already paid to have your player added to our insurance and it’s non-refundable. If you have to withdraw your player, for any reason, past the middle of the season (subject to change year to year depending on our start and end dates), you will not receive a refund.
Why isn’t the schedule up yet?
Our 11U and 13U divisions play games all over the city, and that requires a lot of organizing. Like, seriously, a lot. But that can’t be done until the schedulers know how many teams they’re working with and they don’t know that until registration for those divisions close. Once the upper divisions are set, the lower ones can be organized, again, dependent on how many teams we have. If you’re worried about possible conflicts with your family or work schedule, have a look at last year’s schedule under the Calendar tab. It’s subject to change, but the lower division practice and game times don’t tend to change much from year to year.
What if it rains?
Generally, we play rain or shine, as long as games and practices don’t risk damage to the field. If a game or practice is cancelled, you will receive an email from your coach or division coordinator 1 – 3 hours prior to game time. It doesn’t take long for the fields to drain, so if the weather clears in the few hours before game time, we may be able to continue as planned. So if the sun isn’t shining, keep an eye on your inbox!