What’s the earliest baseball or softball registration?

We’re looking for the youth baseball or softball league that opens their Spring 2018 registration the earliest. For most in the country this seems like a long ways away, but there are leagues in Southern California, Florida and other warm-climate states that are already meeting and planning for ’18. When does your spring registration begin? Email us at customerservice@coachdeck.com and let us know!

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Youth Baseball T-Ball Sticker Program

Who would have thought that there would be so much controversy over Tee Ball bats? Well, now there is. From USA Baseball:

Beginning January 1, 2018, participating National Member Organizations will adopt the USABat standard for youth baseball and tee ball bats. Unlike standard youth baseball bats, tee ball bats (lengths 26” and shorter) are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat Program. However, to be approved for play within the participating National Member Organizations, tee ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying permanent text which reads: ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS

Under USABat standards, USA Baseball will implement the Tee Ball Sticker Program. Through the Tee Ball Sticker Program, coaches, league administrators, and parents can order approved stickers to mark tee ball bats that were purchased prior to the implementation of the USABat standard. This program will allow for the continued use of tee ball bats that were produced prior to youth baseball’s transition over to the new standard.

Below are some of the comments from Little League’s Facebook page after the post announcing the new sticker rule. Some didn’t understand that new bats weren’t required, but we included them because their points do apply to higher levels where new bats will be mandatory:

I would be interested in seeing what perks the Little League organization and its officers have received from bat manufacturers and their lobbies over the last few years…. I find the necessity of this to be questionable and to be honest, somewhat laughable as a Little League parent and coach.

Because we don’t spend enough money for 4 year olds to play. No more hand me down bats now. Must have a “sticker” to play. How many parents will have to tell their kids they can’t afford to buy new equipment so they can’t play? It’s becoming a sport that struggling families can’t afford to pay for.

Maybe I’m reading this wrong but they’re essentially “grandfathering” bats for use in tee ball so leagues don’t have to replace their entire stock of bats to comply with the new standard. I know the majority of our league bats only get used at the tee ball level. Not sure why a sticker is needed but I think it’s good that leagues will still be able to use the tee ball bats they already have.

And finally….

I would love to see the idiots who will sign up to check the tee ball bats…HOLD UP KIDS… illegal bat!!! Cmon…. this is a joke right? Is it April 1st?

Roads to the World Series’ have begun

It is tournament time for each of the two largest youth baseball organizations. The Cal Ripken Baseball World Series and the Little League World Series are about a month away, but the local all-star teams that will make it there are about to throw their first pitch. You can follow the progress on the Little League side here, and on the Cal Ripken side here. Good luck and have a great time!

Youth baseball all-stars are coming

And you want to be ready. Ready as a player, fan, parent and especially a league administrator. We always recommend establishing clear-cut guidelines for selecting these teams prior to the season so that there are no misunderstandings, (read: cries of foul play and nepotism or cronyism), but if your league hasn’t decided completely how you are going to pick your all-stars, here is our take on the best way to do so. Good luck this season in those fun and exciting all-star tournaments!

Best youth baseball parks

We always hear about or see pictures of beautiful Major League, Minor League or college baseball stadiums. But we also know there are some terrific Little League, PONY, and Babe Ruth complexes out there as well. Do you have photos of your local “field of dreams” you would like to share? Send them to info@coachdeck.com and we’ll post them for all fans of youth baseball and youth baseball parks to see!