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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PARTICIPATION

 

HOW LONG IS THE BASEBALL SEASON?

Each season lasts approximately 10-12 weeks—this could change from season to season depending on holidays, school calendars, and other events. The spring season begins in February and ends with the last Saturday game played 1-2 weeks prior to the Memorial Day weekend.  The fall season begins in September and ends with the last game played 1-2 Saturdays before Thanksgiving. 

All-Star Season – All Star tryouts and selection is handled immediately after the Spring Season ends and practices before the end of May. Tournament dates last through July.

Specific dates for programs will be published on our website each season along with the registration dates and times. 

 

WHAT DAYS/ TIMES ARE PRACTICES AND HOW LONG WILL THEY BE?

Attendance on time and as schedule is critical to the team and player development.

Standard Practices typically follow this type of schedule:
4U - (1) 45 mins to 1-hour practice each week

6U - (2) 1 to 1.5-hour practices each week
8U - (2) 1.5-hour practices each week
10U - (2) 1.5-hour practices each week
12U - (2) 1.5-hour practices each week

IMPORTANT: Practice schedules (including days/times) will be determined by the individual coaches once your child is assigned to a team. We will not know this prior to registration and we cannot make team changes due to practice/game scheduling conflicts.

Once assigned to a team, your child’s full participation is needed and vital to the team. However, we understand that sometimes there will be conflicts. Be sure to communicate any conflicts, such as a planned vacation, with your coach as soon as possible. We just ask that your child is on time and ready to practice.


WHEN ARE GAMES HELD?

Most teams play on Saturday, depending on the number of teams per age group and the field space availability.  Teams may play on a week night, in lieu of a practice night. 6U-12U are required to play a minimum of 12 games per Dizzy Dean charter requirements.

 

HOW LONG ARE GAMES?

4U - 45 mins game-time 1x week

6U – 1 hour 30 mins game-time 1-2x week (no double headers except during tournaments) 

8U - 1 hour 30 mins game-time 1-2x week (no double headers except during tournaments)

10U - 1 hour 45 mins game-time 2-3x week (expect Double Headers on Saturdays)

12U - 1 hour 45 mins game-time 2-3x week (expect Double Headers on Saturdays)

  

WHERE ARE THE GAMES PLAYED?

Games will be played at our home park and other Tampa-area youth baseball parks. Parents will be given enough advance notice of 'Away' games with instructions of the field location.

Standard Interlock Parks – Primary Locations

  • Town N Country Pony Baseball (Home) - 7301 Baseball Avenue Tampa Florida
  • Skyway Park - 3901 George Road Tampa Florida
  • Northwest Youth Baseball - 6402 N Occident St, Tampa, FL 33614
  • Forest Hills Youth Baseball - 9630 Orange Grove Dr, Tampa, FL 33618

 

Optional Interlock Parks – May Occasionally Be Scheduled

  • South Brandon Youth Baseball - 800 South Parsons Avenue Brandon Florida
  • Temple Terrace Youth Baseball - 10369 U.S. Highway 301 North Thonotosassa Florida
  • Wellswood Youth Baseball - 4901 North Howard Avenue Tampa Florida

 

HOW MUCH PLAY TIME WILL MY CHILD GET?

Our goal is to provide a safe, structured and fair environment in which young players can have fun and enjoy playing and learning the game of baseball. Coaches are required to play all players 50% of each game during the season.

 

CAN I REQUEST THAT MY CHILD PLAY A SPECIFIC POSITION?

Every child will have an opportunity to play all positions during the season to improve their baseball awareness and for well-rounded development. We do not assign positions in recreational baseball. We are not a competitive or elite league. Our primary goal is not to win--it is to develop. Your child will play infield and outfield positions. If we see that there is a safety concern because of the player’s current baseball awareness, the coach will place the child in another position until the players feels comfortable to rotate back into that position.  

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL MY CHILD NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

The Senior Player Agent will be providing a guide to purchasing equipment that is passed down to Team Managers and Team Parents. If you have never purchased baseball gear before, please wait to receive this useful information.

 

Bat – Purchase the right size and fit that feels good for your child. You want your child to swing the bat without it being too heavy or too light. There may also be bat regulations depending on our league’s current Charter so please do not purchase a bat until you read the requirements.

 

Glove – Purchase the right fit for your child and know that all gloves are not made the same. Your child’s hand should fit comfortably in the glove and not have any of his/her hand sticking out.

**Batting gloves are optional

 

Cleats – Sometimes it is difficult to find baseball cleats for the 4U and 6U younger players. Soccer cleats work just fine and are usually easier to find in sizes like 10T and 11T – please no metal cleats for safety purposes.

Helmet – Helmets are sized like a baseball cap. Have your child try on the helmet to get the right fit. You don’t want the helmet to be too loose otherwise it will fall off when they hit and run to the bases. Black, dark blue, or white helmets are great because you can use for several seasons.

Baseball Bag – this is a great idea to keep all their equipment together so nothing gets lost, and helps them with responsibly when old enough to be in charge of their own equipment.

Cups - Protective cups are recommended for the 8U Division but are required for the 10U and 12U age divisions. There will be random cup checks for safety reasons.

Practice Pants – If you do not want to purchase pants used in practice, your child will be required to wear sweat pants.

Water Bottle – Parents are not allowed in the dugout. Please make sure your child has a water that can hold up to 40oz water to sustain your child during a game.

WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM MY COACH?

Teams will be built the Sunday following the last Skills Assessment. You should hear from your child’s coach that Sunday evening and practices will begin that week, some as early as Monday so be ready to start practicing the week after Skills Assessment. Teams will be built in our website, and you will be notified via an email notification once your child has been assigned to a team. If you do not hear from a coach by Sunday night, you may find out your child’s team assignment and the coach’s contact information by visiting our website. Please do not email us for coaching information, team assignments or schedules—please check your spam folder(s) and the website for this information. We encourage parents to ensure our domain tncbseball.com is added to your “Safe Senders” list so you do not miss important information. 

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD CANNOT MAKE PRACTICES?

Participants may play and practice ONLY with their assigned team—this is an insurance requirement.  Requests to switch players to another team will not be honored and coaches do not have the authority to trade/switch players, so please do not ask them. 

TNC and its coaches recognize the fact that players have other interests, talents, and commitments. Coaches are committed to making practice sessions as consistent and pre-scheduled as possible. This should allow enough flexibility to afford players the opportunity to pursue other interests.  However, if your child is already enrolled in other activities that may conflict with baseball practices, we recommend that you do not register your child in our league as practice schedules will be determined by the volunteer coaches based on their own personal schedules. Requests to switch to another team, or refunds, due to conflicts or transportation issues, will not be honored. 


CAN I REQUEST TO SWITCH TO ANOTHER TEAM DUE TO PERSONAL SCHEDULING CONFLICTS, TRANSPORTATION OR OTHER PERSONAL ISSUES?

There will no change requests permitted once the teams are drafted. The game interlock schedules are created with several other parks included. It would make it difficult to create a fair interlock schedule if every park came to the interlock meeting with special scheduling requests.

Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that siblings may have games at the same time and they may be held at two different locations–we are unable to accommodate requests to adjust the schedule or for children to switch teams to resolve scheduling conflicts.  If you are a single parent or a family where one parent may not be available on game days, we recommend you do not register multiple children (who are in different age groups) in our programs to avoid disappointment due to scheduling conflicts.  Refunds will not be issued because families cannot, or will not, adjust their schedules for practice or game times or because the league will not accommodate a specific coach/team request or car pool request. 

Due to the up-front costs related to facilities, fields, equipment, uniforms, administration and insurance, etc., once a player is registered, no refunds, for any reason, will be issued after the refund deadline which will be published on the website and payment made for one season cannot be credited/transferred/applied to another.

 

WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING/WEAR TO PRACTCE?

Bring the appropriate gear such as a hat, glove, bat, and batting helmet.

Pants and Cleats are mandatory!  Participants will not be allowed to practice or play in gym shoes or shorts. Kids will be running and sliding on clay so this is for the safety of the participants.

If you do not have practice baseball pants, sweat pants are recommended. No jeans or windbreaker-type pants. Your child can wear any jersey, but it recommended that it is a dry fit material for their comfort.

Necklaces, sunglasses may be worn, but no watches, earrings or other jewelry, including fitness trackers, should be worn during practice or games. 

Bring water or Gatorade to every practice and game.

 

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS/SPECTATORS ON GAME DAY?

There are requirements for coaches, participants and spectators on game days. Please refer to our CODE OF CONDUCT for an outline of all conduct expectations during games.

Participants’ requirements for games:

Wear the FULL UNIFORM (Hat, Jersey, Baseball Pants, Cleats, Socks, and Belt).  If a child is missing a uniform item, they may remain on the bench with the team until the parent returns with the correct uniform.  

Arrive ON TIME at the designated time provided by your coach but never less than 15 minutes prior to game time to warm up.

No food or electronics allowed in the dugout

Parents/Spectators:

No parents, spectators or player siblings allowed on the field or in the dugout.

No coaching or instructions from parents/spectators during games.  Parents/spectators may encourage players but no coaching.

 

WHAT DOES A TEAM PARENT DO?

Team parents are the communication link between the coaches and the team. They pick up the team’s uniforms for the coach, hand out the newsletters and photo packets and organize the snack schedule, end of season party and coaches’ appreciation.  Let your child’s coach know if you are interested in being a Team Parent and you will be contacted by our Team Mom Director.


DO PARENTS HAVE TO VOLUNTEER DURING THE SEASON?
Parents will be required to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours during the season. This may include working the concession stand, participating in league fundraising events, or general park cleanup/maintenance.


DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO PARTICIPATE ON PHOTO DAY?

Players are required to be present for the team pictures. These team pictures are given to our sponsors so full participation is required. You are not required to purchase the team picture.
Players are encouraged but not required to participate/purchase in the individual player photos.