FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long does the season run? What is the time commitment for players?
A: Practices begin the week of August 20. Games begin on September 10 and run until November 19. Teams practice one night per week and on Sundays until games begin. Once games begin teams practice one night per week and play games on Sunday afternoons.
Q: How do I know what division my child should play in?
A: We offer 4 divisions for players ages 7-14.
Pinto (Machine Pitch) Division - For players ages 7 & 8 - Born between September 1, 2009 & August 31, 2011
Mustang Division - For players ages 9 & 10 - Born between September 1, 2007 & August 31, 2009
Bronco Division - For players ages 11 & 12 - Born between September 1, 2005 & August 31, 2007
Pony Division - For players ages 13 & 14 - Born between September 1, 2003 & August 31, 2005
*There is no Shetland (T-Ball) Division in the fall. Players born after September 1, 2011 must wait for the Spring 2018 season.
Q: What are the fees? Where do my fees go? What is included for each player?
A: Fees for the Fall season are $140. San Marcos Youth Baseball is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. Every dollar from registration fees is used to benefit the players, parents and coaches who participate. Players receive a jersey and hat. Other league expenses include but are not limited to: insurance, playing equipment (baseballs, catcher’s gear, face masks and heart guards), field maintenance equipment (chalk, hoses, bases, pitching machines, brooms, rakes, etc.), light bills, turf repair bills and repairs to the snack bar.
Q: What additional equipment will I need to purchase for my child?
A: Players should have their own glove, bat and batting helmet, and a bat bag of some sort is recommended. Players in the Pinto through Pony divisions are also required to wear a protective cup. In addition to the provided jersey and hat, players should have baseball pants, belts and socks. Managers will specify what color should be purchased.
Q: We want to carpool with our friend/neighbor. Can we request for our kids to be on the same team? Can I request a specific coach or practice day?
A: SMYB does not honor friend requests or schedule requests. Teams in the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions are formed via draft.
Q: Why are there no divisions split into North & South?
A: Because there are fewer players and therefore fewer teams during the Fall season, it is not necessary to divide the divisions. All players in all attendance areas are placed on teams together.
Q: Can the season sell out?
A: Yes. Even if you register before the deadline there is a possibility that your player(s) could be placed on a wait list. Register early to ensure your player(s) are able to be drafted to a team.
Q: My child cannot attend the Evaluations on August 13. Can he/she still play this season?
A: Yes. All players who register before August 1, 2017 and pay their registration fees and are not on the waitlist will be placed on a team for the Fall 2017 season. The League understands that sometimes conflicts arise, but every effort should be made to attend the evaluations so that players’ skills can be assessed. Player evaluations give every manager a chance to see the players before team drafts take place. Accurate assessment of skills allows our managers to form teams that are equally balanced.