Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: March 16, 2015
If you have a new question, please send them to info@ElmoraYouth.com
Baseball and Softball
1. What days are practices and games?
The practices are scheduled by the team manager. Usually, they run two practices per week. The league schedules the games during the week and weekends.
- Weekday games usually start at 5:45 PM or 6 PM
- Saturday games are scheduled from 9 AM to 8 PM
- Sunday games start times begin at 12 noon and run until 7 PM
Teams are usually scheduled one or two games per
Majors, Ponytails and Senior Softball may have up to 3 games per week.
Please remember that baseball and softball are outdoor sports. The weather will dictate if a team manager can schedule
practices. The younger levels may not start practicing until early April if the weather in March is cold and damp. Finally, your team manager and the coaches are unpaid volunteers, they are giving your
children the best effort they can. Work with them by picking up your child on time when practice or a game ends. They are anxious to get home to their families.
2. When will the Schedule be published?
The schedule is created in
early March with input from TEAM MANAGERS only. The final schedule is published in our league book and distributed to parents on Parade Day.
3. Where are the practices and games held?
The games are scheduled
at Hanratty Fields on Westfield Ave or Warinanco Park. Coaches schedule their practices at many of the local parks in the area, usually Warinanco. Given the size of our Softball league, the games are played on
our home fields and with other towns at their location.
4. What color pants are required for games?
For baseball and tee ball, the players wear WHITE baseball pants.
For softball, the girls wear BLACK baseball pants or BLACK
Note to Parents, please follow the above guidelines, it is important that the team have a consistent uniform on the field.
5. Are parents required to purchase uniforms?
No, thanks to the
generosity of our sponsors, the uniform jerseys and caps are purchased for each team. We expect to have them shortly before the parade. We order the team jerseys after parents nights, then have them
printed with the sponsor name on the back.
6. Are baseball/softball cleats required?
For the younger players
in tee ball, teeners softball and pioneer baseball, it is not necessary. As the players get older it is strongly recommended. The problem with wearing nice sneakers to games and practices is that the
clay will stick to the sneaker.
7. When do I work the kitchen?
The team mother will schedule each parent for the kitchen. Please discuss your schedule with that person.
8. Are coaches required to work the kitchen?
Yes, the coaches, scorekeepers and team moms are required to work the kitchen during the season. The
only EYL family excused from working the kitchen is the Team Manager.
The team is required to have one parent in the kitchen for all games at Hanratty.
9. Do I need to purchase a bat for my teeball player?
league has many bats in our possession. Many were donated by parents who purchased the bat for their tee ball player in year's past.
10. If I am running late for a practice or game, who do I call?
Please call your team manger directly.
11 What does managing a team entail?
Basically, the manager runs
the team. They are usually assisted by two or three coaches. We expect the manager to schedule team practices. We require the manager to attend a 4 hour safety training session. We schedule games for the manager, so
if you have specific needs, we will work with you. Managers and their spouses are not expected to work the kitchen, but many of them do and we appreciate their volunteer efforts in running EYL.
12. What are the Ratings? Does everyone make a team? How does this work?
The purpose of the ratings is to help the Major League coaching staff balance the teams. We hope their effort leads to competitive games that the players will enjoy playing and parents will
appreciate their efforts from the stands.
12 Year Olds - All players will be placed into a Major League Team. Parents may request a LL 5(a) exception.
11 Year Olds - Generally, most 11 year olds will make the majors.
10 Year Olds - Usually only a handful of 10 year olds will
make the majors, given the limited space.
All players who do not make the majors, will be placed on a minor league team. The major league managers will pass the ratings of the Major League candidates down
to the minor league managers for their draft.
Our coaches, managers and staff are expressly forbidden to share ratings and draft position with parents or players.
13. If you are CPR and first aid trained, do you need to take the Rutgers SAFETY Training?
Little League Law N.J. SA 2:62A-6 ET SEG
was created to protect coaches and league administrators from a lawsuits because of a sports related injury. As required by this law, the league in conjunction with Rutgers University offers this training to all of our coaches. Any one who wishes to coach or volunteer in Little League
must take the Rutgers Safety Course. It is a one time class! SAFETY is an acronym for Sports Awareness For Educating Today's Youth and has nothing to do with first aid - although first aid is covered but only as what to be aware of and not as how to treat. The benefit of the class is the protection from lawsuits that the Little League Law affords coaches that have taken the course.
14. Is the parent participation bond mandatory and what exactly is this for? What does it cover?
The parent bond is mandatory for all registered players except for EYL Executive Board Members and team sponsors. Families with only Junior Baseball players do not pay the
bond since all of their games are off the Hanratty fields.
This is a parent work bond to insure that each family contributes their minimum effort to running the league. The kitchen is
one of the ways our league raises funds to support our program. It is also a convenient place for parents to purchase their children a snack or drink while at the Hanratty field.
The forfeited parent bond is put back in the general league account to cover expenses.
The most common way to earn the bond refund is to work the kitchen as scheduled by the Team Mom. Team Managers automatically
get their bond refunded at the end of the year. Team Coaches and Scorekeepers must work the kitchen to earn the bond refund.
15. Can I order a second jersey for my child?
No. Sorry, EYL does not have the volunteer resources available to order a 2nd jersey for a player.