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 10-12, and 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: https://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/forms. All forms must be submitted and received by GYB during your team meeting 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 baseball mitt and cleats and 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*. 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.
*Please make sure your bat is age appropriate and USA approved; they are required for tournament and All Star play. You can find approved bats and more information here: https://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/batinformation. Babe Ruth League routinely has new bat rules so please make sure check their website by clicking here before purchasing your own bat.
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 team’s manager so you will receive this information from him/her. These are usually determined during team meetings so please make sure to attend this meeting. If you have not heard from your manager by the time we have meetings, please contact us right away through Facebook or our contact form.
When are my child's game days?
Game schedules will be set after practices are underway and you will be notified of your team’s game days by your coach. This information can also be found in the Sports Sign Up 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 if the fields aren’t usable 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 the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page.
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/latest-rule-changes/2020-rule-changes.aspx.
How many games and practices are there?
Practices will be determined by your coach. Games will be set by the board and will be determined by division. Players can have anywhere between 2-3 practices a week until games begin, depending on division. 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, again, 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 or follow our Facebook page for location dates and times.
What is the cost for my child to play?
Please view our latest news to find information regarding league fees.
How can I make a payment?
You can make a payment in person (cash, check, or charge) to an executive board member or by credit card online here: https://www.griffithyouthbaseball.org/makeapayment. Payments can also be mailed to: GYB PO Box 701 Griffith, Indiana 46319. It is very important to include your child’s name and what your payment is for in order for your payment to be applied properly. If you do not include this information, we cannot guarantee that this payment will be reflected towards your account.
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
- Field Rentals and Utilities
- Umpire Fees
- Misc Expenses (such as field signs, office supplies, trophies, licenses, port-a-potties, 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.