Frequently Asked Questions
Who can register for Coach Pitch Baseball?
Registration is open for any 7-8 year old child in the Worthington School District.
What equipment will my child need to play?
Home and Away jerseys and a baseball cap will need to be purchased at Egelhoff Sports (50 Dillmont Drive – 436-5700). Batting helmets and catcher's equipment are available at the field for all players.
You will need to provide a baseball glove/mitt for your child. Players typically share bats; however no bats are provided by WYB. All bat guidelines are governed by Little League rules and regulations. Please no big barrel bats.
You may also want to consider the following optional equipment:
Cleats - Please no metal spikes. Soccer cleats typically work well. Sneakers are also acceptable.
Baseball socks and pants - Please contact your coach if he/she requests a specific color. Jeans or sweatpants are perfectly acceptable, however, most children wear baseball specific pants (typically gray or white).
Will my child be placed on a team with friends from his/her school?
We try our best to accommodate special requests; however, we cannot promise that your child will be on a certain team. Many factors influence team placement, including the following considerations: the number of students registered from each school, number of coaches, and home school of volunteer coaches. I would suggest making a note in the "Special Request" box of your online registration form if you have any unique concerns.
Can girls play Coach Pitch Baseball?
Yes! However, boys typically outnumber girls on teams by a large margin. As you make this decision for your daughter, you may also want to consider the WYB Worthington Spirit travel softball team for this age group. Also, Worthington Parks and Recreation offers a fine summer softball league for this age group. For more information, please contact the Worthington Community Center.
Should my child "play up" or "play down”?
Many parents are concerned about the skill level of their child, particularly his/her ability to hit a pitched ball. If your child can already hit a pitched ball, should he/she "play up"? If your child struggles to hit a pitched ball, should he/she "play down"? Please understand that there is much more to baseball than hitting (including catching, throwing, fielding, strategy understanding, and maturity). Your child may excel (or struggle) at a particular baseball skill; however, baseball can be a complicated sport for children to fully understand and appreciate at this age. In my opinion, most children benefit from playing with their age-group friends and peers. It is our hope that your child has a fun, enjoyable experience. Please use your best judgment.
When are practices scheduled?
Practice schedules will vary at the discretion of your coach. Typically, practices begin around mid-May and end in June. Full practices are rarely scheduled after games begin due to limited field availability, however, teams have the opportunity to practice prior to every game.
When are games scheduled?
Game schedules will vary at the discretion of your coach. Typically, your coach will schedule two games each week. Usually, one game will be scheduled in the evening Monday through Thursday each week. A second game will be scheduled Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday during the day. There are no teams that will have a consistent schedule. Games will begin Memorial Day weekend and end just prior to July 4th weekend.
Where are games played?
All Coach Pitch games will be played on the fields at Granby Elementary School/McCord Middle School off of Hard Road.
What if it rains?
Your coach will contact you in the event of a rain-out. Rain-outs will be rescheduled at the discretion of the involved coaches.
I want to coach, whom do I contact?
Great! Contact Andy Ruck (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Preference will be give to returning coaches. All coaches are required to complete a Background Check. Please refer to the "Background Check Policy" tab on the left margin of the WYB website.
What are the responsibilities of a coach?
Coaches should create a fun and safe atmosphere for players to learn, practice, and compete. Coaches will also be asked to communicate effectively with parents and distribute uniforms and equipment as needed.
Any further questions can be directed to the league commissioner