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Updated Wednesday January 24, 2018 by Tri-Cities Baseball & Softball.

Are the TCBSA leagues co-ed?    

Absolutely, boys and girls play together in rookie Tee-ball. Boys, ages 5 to 15, play baseball. Girls, ages 5 to 15, have the option to play baseball or girls-only-softball.  Girls will default into softball. If you would like your daughter to play baseball, please email our Registrar.

What are the scheduled dates of the TriCities Baseball & Softball league play seasons?

Spring Season registration runs approximately December through February and plays March through May.

Fall Season registration runs approximately July through August and plays September through November.

What determines the age level in which my child will participate?

Your child must be 3 years old to play in the 4U T-Ball (4 and under) division.

We do allow 15-year-olds to play in our 14U league with some restrictions. Check the TCBSA rules for details. 

Baseball

 

  • The age level is determined by how old your child will be on April 30 of the USSSA season which last from August 1 of one year to July 31 of the next. As long as you enter information correctly during registration, you will be placed in the correct age bracket.
  • USSSA's Age Calculator can help you determine the age for a particular season.

Softball

  • The age level is determined by the year of birth only, January - December in accordance with ASA rules. As long as you enter the information correctly during registration, you will be placed in the correct age bracket. 

Can my child play up a division?

Yes, but only one year. A 6-year-old could play up to 7U, but a 5-year-old could not.

Can my child play down an age division?

No, for the safety of all players we make all attempts for the recreational players to play in their assigned age division.

Where are games played?

Games are played at city parks in Bedford (Bedford Boys Ranch) and Hurst (Hurst Community Park, Chisholm Park, & Smith Barfield). Click the locations link on the left to see details.

When are games scheduled?

3U/4U games are scheduled on Saturdays only - as much as possible.

5U & above may have games scheduled on Saturdays & weeknights.  Our league's goal is to play Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturdays.  9U & above does have 2 game times during weeknights, 6:00pm & 7:30pm.

Rain outs may require shifting schedules around to accommodate games.  If that is the case we plan to fill Monday & Friday, then Wednesday & Sunday as last resorts.  Additionally more game slots (e.g. double-headers, 2 game times for 8U & below, etc.) may need to be added to accommodate weather.

Where and when are practices held?

Please contact your coach for practice days and times.  These will be assigned during the Manager's meeting.  Practice fields are provide for use to TCBSA through a local interlock organization.  Fields are generally on city parks or school district properties.  Please be respectful of these spaces to help us continue to be able to utilize the facilities for practice.  For example - please pickup any trash, don't drive onto the fields, etc.

What equipment must my child have to participate?

A glove and batting helmet are required.  The league does have some lightly used donated equipment, if you need equipment for your player to be able to join the league, please just coordinate between the Age Group Commissioner and Equipment Director - we will get you the gear you need if your in a bind.  Their contact information is on the Board of Directors page.

Batting tees, catcher's equipment, and game balls are issued to coaches each season.

Bats, practice balls, batting gloves, cleats, or other training equipment are not provided.

Baseball Specific

  • 3U - 12U: non-metal cleats shall be worn
  • 13U and older: traditional metal baseball spikes shall be permitted, but not required

What is the cost of the uniform?

Uniforms costs are included in the registration fee for all levels.

The uniform will consist of the following:

Baseball

3U/4U only: Team jersey, with their number on the back, and a team cap.

All other age divisions: Team jersey, with their number on the back, a team cap, belt, and socks.

Softball

All age divisions: Team jersey with their number, team visor/cap/headband (selected by head coach), belt, and socks.

Coaches may choose to require a color of pants, in which case additional costs may be incurred by the coach and/or the team.  
TCBSA encourages you to shop at our partner, Dick's Sporting Goods. Check the Special Offers for savings on uniforms and equipment.

Will my child be expected to participate in a fundraiser for the Tri-Cities Baseball & Softball Association?

No, all funds required are included in registration fees, income from tournaments, and sponsorship. Fundraisers are not required.