FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Spring 2018



Q: I'm not sure what division my child should be in. How do I decide what division to choose?

A: Northside assigns children to divisions mostly based upon age. There is some overlap in the early divisions from T-Ball through Rookie. We recommend that our youngest players spend a season playing T-Ball as they begin to understand the concepts of throwing, catching and running the bases.

Our Junior Rookie division is the transitional division between T-Ball and machine-pitch. Junior Rookie players will start on the Tee and graduate to the pitching machine after a few weeks. Fundamentals are still developed and the pitching machine is set at a slower speed than in the Rookie division. Kids should spend at most one year in the Junior Rookie Division.

The Rookie division still uses the pitching machine but the speed is faster than in the Junior Rookie Division. Players in the Rookie league ideally are more familiar with the fundamentals and the focus is on more strategic play.

In the Minor division, players graduate to kid-pitch baseball. Skills like stealing are taught but only after the ball crosses the plate. Fundamentals are still emphasized with a strong focus on smart base running and strategic fielding.

The Major division is the highest Cal Ripken age group. Base paths are now at 70 feet. Lead offs, pick-offs, balks, double-plays, steals and other advanced rules and plays are emphasized. Rules resemble adult league rules.

New for the 2018 season is the 13-15 division. Players compete on a regulation, 90-foot base path field. Situational baseball is the emphasis in this division along with the continued development of individual and team skills.

We require that families register their children for their appropriate division based upon the birth date ranges that are specified.  Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the league if you have questions about this process or want to register outside of your child's age bracket.   



Q:
When does the season start? 
 
A: For all divisions except T-Ball, teams will be formed and Coaches will notify families by March 4th. Practices will begin as early as March 5th.  T-Ball teams will start practicing on Opening Day (March 24th), and games will start for T-Ball on April 14th.

Q: When does the season end?

A: The season ends for all divisions on Northside's Day of Champions, June 3, 2018.

Q: How many practices and games are there per week?
A:   The number of practices and games per week are as follows by division:



Division
Number of Practices
Number of
 Games
T-Ball
1
1
Jr Rookie
1
1
Rookie
1
1
Minor
1 or 2
1 or 2
Major
1 or 2
1 or 2
13-15
1 or 2
1 or 2

Q:  What is the 13-15 Division?

A.   Northside Baseball League will be managing our own 13-15 Babe Ruth Division beginning in the Spring of 2018.  Our League’s boundaries include all of Northside’s Cal Ripken Division boundaries and all Nelson County Elementary schools.  Students who attend the Charlottesville City Schools of Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson-Via, Johnson & Venable are also included in our boundaries.  Prospective players should register through Northside’s registration portal
 

 Q: Where are  practices held?

A. The Cal Ripken Divisions (ages 4-12) will hold practices at Hollymead (Carson Raymond Field and Hollymead Lower Field), Baker Butler, Broadus Wood, and Charlottesville Catholic Elementary Schools. The 13-15 Division will use Sutherland Field and Burley Middle School's Field.  

Q: Where are games held?


A. Games in the spring are tentatively scheduled at the  following locations:



Division
Game Fields
T-Ball
Hollymead Fields, 
Charlottesville Catholic School
Jr Rookie
Hollymead Fields, Baker Butler, Charlottesville Catholic School
Rookie
Hollymead Fields, Baker Butler, Charlottesville Catholic School
Minor
Hollymead Fields, 
occasionally at Baker Butler
Major
Hollymead Fields
13-15
Sutherland and Burley

Exact locations will be determined based on number of players that end up registering.

Q: When will I find out about my child’s team?

A: All families should be notified of team assignments by March 4th. If you haven’t heard by March 4th, please contact the league for assistance. You may also go to your online registration account and see your team assignment there.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A: For T-Ball, players normally like to have their own gloves. Sneakers are good; cleats are not needed at this level. Some kids like their own bats. The league provides safe equipment, including batting helmets, but families are advised that lice outbreaks are common.

For all other divisions players will need a glove and cleats. Most players prefer to have their own bat and many like to have batting gloves.  For 2018 there is a new standard for bats.  Please visit Babe Ruth League's website (click here) for more information on compliant bats.

More information about equipment fitting can be found here. For information on the baseball jersey sizing, see the size chart here.

Q: What are player evaluations and does my child have to attend?

A: Players are briefly evaluated on fielding ground balls, pop flies, and throwing accuracy. Some timed running drills are also conducted. Hitting is also evaluated if time permits. Northside evaluates all players who are in the Jr. Rookie, Rookie, Minor, Major, ad 13-15 divisions. The purpose of the evaluation is to attempt to build evenly-matched teams. T-Ball players are not required to attend. The date for evaluations is Sunday, February 25th. Please mark your calendar and be available that day.  More information on exact times for each division will be communicated in February.  Start times and location will depend upon the weather.  

Q: I am interested in coaching. What do I do?

A: You will need to fill out a coaching application that is available in the Coaches Corner section on our website. NBL runs background checks on all coaches.   **New for Spring 2018**:  All head coaches in the Junior Rookie through 13-15 division will be required to complete the Babe Ruth League Coaching Certification program.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Q: I am interested in sponsorship. How can I get more information?
A: Our website has information and documentation about sponsorship. If you wish to be a sponsor, please fill out our sponsorship form and mail with payment to our PO Box address. If you are having a banner made, please email your artwork to info@playnorthside.org.

Q:  What if I have a practice night conflict, or want my child to be with a particular coach or friend, or have some other special request?  What should I do?
A: There are places to specify your practice night conflicts and special requests on the online registration form. Requests will be weighted by importance with practice night conflict being the most important. We do our best to honor requests, but we cannot guarantee to honor them, especially for divisions where a draft is held. The draft exists to attempt to produce balanced teams. Our League has had years of feedback about our team-building process and the community has repeatedly voiced a strong desire to have balanced teams. We operate in a manner to best achieve this goal and therefore cannot guarantee to place children with particular coaches or on specific teams if it upsets the overall balance of the division. Please manage your child's and your own expectations accordingly.

T-Ball and Jr Rookie divisions do not have a draft. The League will form those teams primarily by Elementary School attended and special requests.