GENERAL REGISTRATION INFO - WYBSL
 

Fall Ball Registration

Fall Ball 2024 registration will open in mid-June. FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY, below is information from our 2023 program.

WYBSL offers a recreational Tee-Ball, Baseball and Softball program with 10 fall leagues for boys and girls. Together with our partners – the City of Westerville and Westerville City Schools – we play on over 20 diamonds across our community. Register soon – all applications are accepted on a space-available basis.


Registration Deadline

Registrations must be received by July 17, 2023 (regular registration deadline) to:

  • Apply for a scholarship
  • Request to Play with One Friend OR Coach
  • Avoid a late fee ($30 per player)

Registrations received after July 17, 2023 must include a $30 late fee.


How to Register and Volunteer

Online registration must be done and opens on June 12, 2023. Coaches and parent volunteers can also use the online application to indicate their interests.

Interested in coaching? Please learn how to Become a Coach in the WYBSL. In addition to coaches, there are many other volunteer opportunities in the league and we hope you consider joining “our team.”


Ages, Days of Play and Fees

Please note new league playing ages in Red and Blue Hat! Copies of birth certificates are required for all players who did not participate during 2022.

Playing Age is the age on April 30, 2023.

Softball Leagues

League Playing
Age
Playing
Night*
Registration
Fee**
Coach-Pitch 6-7 WSa $97
Green Hat 8-9 TuThSa $102
Red Hat 10-11 TuThSa $108
Blue Hat 12-16 TuThSa $113

Baseball Leagues

League Playing
Age
Playing
Night*
Registration
Fee**
Co-Ed Tee-Ball 4-5 WSa $85
Coach-Pitch 6-7 TuWSa $97
Green Hat 8-9 TuThSa $102
Red Hat 10-11 TuThSa $108
Blue Hat 12-13 TuThSa $113
Black Hat*** 14-17 TuWThSa $118

* Playing nights subject to final number of teams. Teams will normally play twice a week on the days reflected. Make-up games are generally scheduled on Sundays after noon and Monday evenings.

** Players who did not play in the WYBSL this spring/summer must add a $24 Fields Fund Fee to the above amount. This is WYBSL’s only Player Fund Raiser during the season. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OUR FIELDS FUND TO MAINTAIN, RENOVATE AND/OR BUILD NEW FACILITIES.

*** A player must be a full-time high school student at the beginning of the playing season.

Family Plan (Calculated from highest to lowest registration fee)
First two players Full Fee + Fields Fund Fee. Each additional player Fields Fee Fund Only

Late Registration Penalty – After the regular registration deadline: Additional $30 per player.


Scholarships

The WYBSL would like to thank Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lake Shore Cryotronics and Westerville Local 3480 Firefighters for their generous support that helps fund our scholarship program to help assure that more eligible players (who reside within the Westerville City School District) can participate in our league, regardless of financial circumstances.

Depending on the individual situation, this program may allow deferred payments and/or full or partial fee grants to provide assistance with Registration and Fields Fund fees, up to $118 per year per child.

Full information and the scholarship application can be found within our online registration.

PLEASE NOTE, all scholarship applications must be submitted by the regular registration deadline for consideration.


Playing Up

A player’s “Playing Age” is his/her age on 4/30/23 and we urge parents and guardians to consider that children play in the normal league for their age. We realize that skills develop faster for some and the WYBSL provides a way for boys and girls to “play-up”. To do so, parents must complete a Play-up Application with their registration and pay the appropriate fees for that age level. Players must also attend and pass a mandatory play-up assessment.

Players may play-up one age year – NOT one league. For example, a five year old may request to play Coach-Pitch instead of Tee-Ball – a four year old cannot. In summary, play-up eligibility is:

• For SOFTBALL: Playing Ages of 5, 7, 9 or 11
• For BASEBALL Playing Ages of 5, 7, 9 or 11

Players will be considered in the chronological order in which their registration(s) are received and space must be open after regular registration ends.

Players must either:

• Have played in the same WYBSL higher age division during the 2023 Spring season.
• Attend a mandatory play-up assessment session on July 22 or 26.

The WYBSL staff must agree that the player is able to safely and competitively play at the requested level.  If the player does not meet the above criteria, the parents will be contacted and given the option of playing at the normal age level, if space is available. If parents are not completely confident of their daughter or son’s ability to play-up, we recommend not applying.

The WYBSL reserves the right to evaluate a play-up participant at any time, before or during the season, and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of all participants. Please note, “play-down” requests to a younger level will not be honored.


Call-up Players

Again this Fall, the league will utilize “call-up” players in Green Hat and older baseball and softball leagues. A “Call-Up” player is one that is asked to play a game, in the next higher division when a team may be short players on a given day (e.g. a 10-year-old Green Hat player filling in on a Red Hat team). Call-up players are used in Green Hat and older baseball and softball leagues.

Head Coaches in these leagues will be asked to identify potential players on their current roster that are capable of being a Call-Up player and would have an interest in becoming a Call-Up player. Upon the parent’s completion of league permission and release forms, the player will be added to the call list.

Forms and additional requirements and restrictions regarding call-up players are available on our website.


Request to Play With One Friend OR Coach With a Coach

While we again try to honor requests to play with one friend or coach with one other coach, the league uses the following process:

In order for two players to be placed on the same team, both players must list each other as “1st Choice” on their registration forms.

In order for two coaches to be placed on the same team, each coach’s respective player must list the other coach’s player as “1st Choice” on their registration forms. If a friend is not listed as first choice on both player’s registration form, it will not be treated as a valid friend request.

This process is in place to avoid “chaining” of skilled players that results in a lack of team parity.

As a reminder, the spring/summer and fall leagues are independent from each other, so teams do not stay together. Additionally, last year’s Fall Ball teams will not be kept together.


Refunds

We understand unforeseen circumstances may arise that might cause a player to withdraw from the league. In order to request a refund, a parent or guardian must SEND AN E-MAIL to WYBSL@WYBSL.ORG  reporting the player’s name, league, date and reason for withdrawal.

If the withdrawal is reported by July 31st, a refund less the $5 credit card processing fee will be issued within 4 weeks. If reported after July 31st and before August 4th, a $25 fee will be charged. After August 4th, there shall be no refunds.


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After you register your child, you’ll automatically begin to receive On Deck, our new E-Letter, sent to the e-mail address you listed as “primary” on your registration form. On Deck is planned to be a regular service sent each month or so with up-to-date information and changes about the League. Click HERE if you wish to have On Deck sent to an additional e-mail address.

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