2019 Baseball FAQs
We’ve addressed many common questions that arose in the Fall 2018 Town Hall and have answered them here for your reference. If you have any concerns or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- My child is “young” for their grade, will they play down with a team from the grade below? PAL Baseball is shifting its team makeup in an attempt to accommodate children playing within their grade. In the past, a team was comprised based on baseball age requirements.
If your child is in the 4th grade or below, your child is playing on their grade appropriate team. If your child is currently in 5th grade or above, there will likely be no changes to where your child plays. There will be some instances (eg. to create an additional team) where it is necessary for children not to play with their grade, this will be discussed with the parents first before implementing.
- Will PAL be offering a Spring teams? Yes the PAL will offer a Spring team. This team formation will be based on a tryout.
- Will my child have to tryout? All 3rd graders and above will participate in the tryout held in February. Upon completion of the tryout, the “A” teams will be formed. We will then work to create additional “B” teams from the registered players. If you did not attend tryouts, your child will not play on an “A” team in the Spring or Summer. All 2nd grade players will be evaluated at a separate session.
- Will my child be required to play on a REC and PAL team in the Spring? PAL wants to create a competitive baseball program in New Providence that is built upon a strong partnership between PAL and REC. If your child is a 3rd-grade player or above, and is selected to be part of the “A” team, we strongly encourage they play in both the REC (weekday league) and PAL (weekend league). If there are enough players registered at a grade level for a “B” team weekend league, PAL will form a team for them. We encourage any player who did not make an “A” team to sign up with the NP Recreation program. After the 2nd grade evaluation, the “A” team will be created, however, they are required to play REC, but may play in a weekend league.
- Then what happens in the Summer? Rosters for the “A” team will roll over to the summer team but Summer “B” rosters are flexible for players with other commitments in the Spring. Both A and B teams will begin mid-June and run through end of July.
- What is the deal with the Middle School team?
PAL will form a Middle School team comprised of both 7th and 8th graders to play in the Spring in a local Middle School League with non-parent head coaches. All other 7th and 8th grade players, not selected for the Middle School Team, are encouraged to participate with the NP REC teams that play in the Chatham Baseball league.
Tryout attendance is required as the Summer 7th and 8th grade teams will be created at the same time the middle school teams are created. Please remember that the New Providence High School Coach is scheduled to coordinate the coach of the 8th grade team.
- Is there now a High School Summer team?
PAL will help facilitate the creation of a Summer team that will have paid coaches. These teams will not play in the Spring as they are potentially committed to NPHS. Registration for these teams will happen at a later date.
- How many kids will be on an “A” team roster?
Ideally, 12 kids per team.
- What is the cost? If your child plays in both the Spring and Summer cost is $475, billed in 2 installments (February & May). If your child plays only in the Summer, cost of $300. Since REC is not part of the PAL, fees are NOT included in this cost.
Did you miss the Baseball Town Hall on Nov 1?
Here’s the presentation slide show.
League Rules / FAQ
Batting Lineup & Extra Hitters
Minimum Playing Time
Home Field Mercy Rules
- Time Limits
- Physical Attributes of the Field
- Any Rule that nay effect the outcome of the game.
If the Home Field Team does not submit these Home Field Rules Prior to the game to the visiting team and Umpire…we will Rule that the game must continue at a later date. “Rescheduling Games” Please be aware the schedule is flexible. The coaches in our league have always been very accommodating and they understand the importance of playing games. Last year we experienced issues with the ability to play all games due to amount of rain we received. There are plenty of days built into the season to reschedule games due to conflicts with inclement weather. We strongly urge you to reschedule your games early to middle of the season… in order to avoid missed games at the end of the season. We prefer all the games to be played.
Playoff Mercy Rule
Playoff Official Game
Who pays the umpire fee during playoffs?
Suspended Games / Roster Additions
Fostering sportsmanship is at the center of our mission, and to that end we ask that all athletes, coaches, officials and attendees observe the following pledge:
I pledge to take ownership for my behavior both verbal and physical while attending, coaching, officiating or participating in a any sporting event and shall adhere to the following code of conduct:
- I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
- I will encourage my player, or any other person, to engage in good sportsmanlike conduct with all coaches, parents, players, participants, and officials.
- I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, and official.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
- I as a coach, player, parent, official will not use drugs or alcohol while at a youth sports event and will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to use drugs or alcohol at a youth sports event and will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- I will not engage in the use of profanity both verbal and jestures. Penalty: Game Ejection + 1 Game Suspension (Adults), (Players) Game Ejection .
- I will not encourage my player or any other person, to engage in the use of profanity.Penalty: Game Ejection + 1 Game Suspension (Adults), (Players)Game Ejection .
- I will be respectful to all coaches, parents, players, participants, officials or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
- I will encourage everyone to act with respect towards all coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), 4 Game Suspension Player first offense, 2nd offense League Ejection.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
The NPGL will enforce the penalties. The NPGL has the right to impose season suspension or multiple seasons suspension if the extent of the infraction warrants.
Field Location # 1
The following is a pretty good note from Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister….
If you talk to your child while they’re competing — even from a distance, even in a whisper — that’s all they can hear. And it’s the last thing they need to hear. When you are on the field as an athlete, especially as a young athlete, the people you do not want to disappoint the most are your parents. And when a child hears a parent’s voice, especially one telling them what “they’ve done incorrectly or need to do more of”, it adds to the tension and the anxiety. When you’re there and you’re cheering and you’re clapping and lending support, their feeling is so much greater. They’re going to compete harder. They’re going to focus. … When they hear the clapping they know they did something good.
When my son started playing ball, I used to shout things from the stands. I used to think it was being “helpful” and “supportive.” That glower should have told me otherwise. Now I shut up during games. Don’t say a word — just cheer and clap, that’s it. And now the boy plays with a smile — even after a strike-out. I’m not his coach. I’m his dad. His cheerleader. His biggest fan.