Does my child have to live in Griffith to play?
No! GYB has open borders! That means you can live in Griffith OR any of the towns surrounding Griffith.
What are the age requirements?
GYB is currently open to kids ages 4-15. We follow Cal Ripkin’s rules when it comes to age so please view our age chart page to see if your child meets the requirements.
What division will my child be in?
Divisions are based primarily on age:
T-ball is approx 4-6
Rookie is approx 7-8
Minor is approx 8-9
Major is approx 10-12
Babe Ruth is 13-15
There are, of course, special circumstances for everything so if you’re unsure of where your child falls, please speak to a board member.
What documents are required?
In order for your child to play, we require a valid birth certificate (first time players only), a signed medical waiver, a signed code of conduct, and our registration form. You can find and download some of our forms here: http://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/forms. All forms must be submitted and received by GYB in order for your child to play in the league.
What will my child need to have in order to play?
We would like all of our players to have a glove. Younger kids can usually play in regular gym shoes but older kids will benefit from baseball cleats. The league has provided bats but you are welcome to use your own. (Please make sure it’s age appropriate! You can find approved bats here: http://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/batinformation.)
Once games begin, we require you to purchase socks and pants for your child’s uniform (we provide a jersey and hat). The color and style will be determined by your coach.
How do I find out what team my child is on?
We will place players within a few weeks of registration and then your coach will contact you to let you know your team.
What are my child's practice days?
Your practice days will be set by your coach. Please get this information from him/her. If you cannot contact your coach, please contact us via our contact form.
What are my child's game days?
You will be notified of game days by your coach. You can also find games listed on our website’s calendar page.
What is procedure for rain outs and canceled games?
We only cancel games when the fields aren’t able to be used or if weather is a safety concern. Fields are usually only not playable when there is a lot of rain with no relief. If games are canceled, we will always do our best to get them rescheduled. Your coach will notify you of any canceled games and you can also find that information on our Facebook page and website.
Can I get access to a rulebook?
You sure can! Please ask a board member if there are any physical books available. If not, you can access rule changes here: https://www.baberuthleague.org/umpiregram/knowing-the-rules-rules-review.aspx.
How many games and practices are there?
Practices will be determined by your coach. Games will be set by the board/coaches and will be determined by division. Younger kids can have anywhere between 2-3 practices a week until games begin. Older kids can handle more so your coach will decide what is best for the team. Once games have started, there may be less practice days depending on division. Please make sure to attend your team meeting to find out your practice days from your coach! Once game days are set, your coach will let you know what they are. You can also find them on the website calendar.
PAYMENTS AND REGISTRATION
How do I register?
You can register in person at any of our registration locations on the specified dates. Please view our latest news to find the location dates and times.
What is the cost for my child to play?
Our registration fees are: $160 for the first child plus $50 for each additional child. The family max is $290.
How can I make a payment?
You can make a credit card payment online here: http://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/makeapayment.Please be sure to include your child’s name and what your payment is for.
If you would like to make a payment by cash or check, please give it to an executive board member or mail it to:
PO Box 701
Griffith, Indiana 46319
What does my payment go towards?
Running a league costs quite a bit of money. Your registration fees and any sponsor donations go towards all the costs of having a league. These include:
- Field Maintenance and Equipment
- Concessions Food and Equipment
- Charters and Insurance
- Rent and Utilities for all of the fields and buildings
- Umpire Fees
- Misc Expenses (such as field signs, port-a-potties, trophies, licenses, etc.),
I'd like to volunteer. What do I do?
Thank you! We need all the help we can get! Your first step is to fill our a volunteer form. After we receive it and run a background check, we’ll discuss with you what you’re interested in doing. Jobs that are great for volunteers are: board members, concession stand help, field maintenance, coaching/assistant coaching, team parent and pretty much anything else you think we may need!
Is the league insured?
Absolutely. All little leagues are required to carry both accident and liability insurance. We get our insurance through Cal Ripkin and Babe Ruth so you can be sure we’re covered.
Is my child required to participate in the fundraiser?
Yes. We rely on fundraiser funds to help keep our league going. Participation is mandatory to ensure that all players are treated fairly and everyone does their part to make sure we can continue to provide little league here in Griffith.