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?
All of our players need to have a glove. T-ball kids can usually play in regular gym shoes but older kids will benefit from baseball cleats. ALL boys are required to have a cup in order to play.
The league has bats that the players can use during practices and games, 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. Babe Ruth League has new bat rules for 2018 so please make sure you get the proper bat. Those are required for tournament and All Star play.)
Once games begin, you will need socks and pants to complete your child’s uniform (we provide a jersey and hat). The color and style will be determined by your coach so please wait to get these until after our team meetings are held. It is important to attend the team meeting to make sure you have this information.
How do I find out what team my child is on?
We will place players after our registrations are over. You will then hear from your coach to let you know your team and when your team meeting date and time is. Team meetings usually happen the week before practices begin.
When are my child's practice days?
Your practice days will be set by your coach. Please get this information from him/her. These are usually determined during team meetings so please make sure to attend this meeting. If you cannot contact your coach, please contact us via our contact form.
When are my child's game days?
You will be notified of game days by your coach. This information can also be found in the Sports Illustrated Play App if your team is set up. You’ll find out more information about this app at the team meeting.
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 or how to access the schedule.
PAYMENTS AND REGISTRATION
How do I register?
You can register in person at any of our registration locations on the specified dates or online 24/7 until sign ups are completed. Please view our latest news to find the location dates and times.
What is the cost for my child to play?
Early sign up fee is $150 until March 3rd when the regular fee of $170 goes into effect. Each additional child is $50. The family max is $300.
How can I make a payment?
You can make a payment in person (cash or check) to an executive board member or by credit card online here: http://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/makeapayment. Please be sure to include your child’s name and what your payment is for in order for your payment to be applied properly.
Payments can also be mailed 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!
Your help is what keeps our league going!
Is the league insured?
Absolutely. We are required to carry both accident and liability insurance and 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 running properly due to costs throughout the season. Participation is mandatory to ensure that all players are treated fairly and everyone does their part to make sure we can continue to provide youth baseball here in Griffith.