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Frequently Asked Questions are listed below. This section will be updated based on the time of the year and any "hot topics" that may need to be addressed for our baseball community. Please check back often as this page will change as needed. If you have specific questions, please submit your question through the contact us page. We hope to answer most of your questions here!
 

    

  
 
How do I know which division to register my child up for?

Divisions are based on the League Age of the player.   Below are the divisions:
Division Age Notes
15U 13-15 yrs old  
12U 11-12 yrs old  
10U 9-10 yrs old first year of kid pitch
8U 7-8 yrs old coach pitch
T-ball 5-6 yrs old  

All divisions with the exception of T-ball must participate in the evaluation day and teams are formed by a draft.  You will receive notification from the league regarding player evaluation day and reporting time.

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How do I determine my child’s league age?

For boys baseball, the League Age of a player is determined by the age of the boy on May 1st of each year.  For example, if a child’s birthday is April 15, 2006, the league age of that player would be 8yrs old for the 2014 season (they will be 8 on May 1st) and thus the child would play in 8U.  If a child’s birthday is May 15, 2006, the league age of the player will be 9 yrs old for the 2014 season, and thus the player would participate in the 10U division. 

For girls softball, the League Age of a player is determined by the age of the girl on January 1st of each year. For example, if a child’s birthday is December 15, 2004, the league age of that player would be 9yrs old for the 2014 season (she turned 9 prior to January 1st) and thus the child would play in 10U.  If a child’s birthday is January 15, 2005, the league age of the player will be 8 yrs old for the 2014 season (they would have still been 8 yrs old on January 1st), and thus the player would participate in the 8U division. 

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 My child is 6 yrs old and this will be his/her 2nd year of Tball—can I request to move him/her to the 8U Coach Pitch Division?

General guidance is to have children play two years of Tball. Parents may choose to have 6 year olds evaluate to play up for 8U Coach Pitch.  Collectively, the coaches will evaluate the child to determine the appropriate diivision for him/her to participate. The option to play at another age level is not allowed in any other age division.

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Can I make friend request to be on a specific team?

PCABA allows for friend request for our T-Ball division only. We do our best to accommodate requests prior to the selection of teams; however, given the number of requests we receive, requests are not guaranteed. For T-Ball, you will be able to indicate a friend request during the registration process.  Friend requests are not allowed at the other age divisions.
 

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Can I make a request for a team who practices on certain days?

Unfortunately, we do not assign team practice times or finalize our game schedules until after teams are formed. There is no way to know this information ahead of time.  We encourage all parents to work with their coaches.  Practice and game times can be any day of the week (except for Sundays). Once games begin, formal practice times cease.
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 What type of equipment will my child need?

All PCABA players will be provided with a uniform as part of your registration fees.  This includes a t-shirt, hat and socks. Other equipment that is needed would include baseball cleats and a glove. Each team is provided a team bag, which will include baseballs, a bat, and 4-5 helmets. Parents may opt to purchase their own batting helmet, bat, mouth guard, batting glove and protective cup for boys.

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What do I do if I am interested in coaching or managing a team this coming season?

As you are registering your child you will be asked if you would like to volunteer for coaching and/or administration. You may request to be a head or assistant coach. Please make your selection at registration signups.  All managers will be contacted, and interviews and background checks will be conducted.  Attendance at one of our managers/coaches training meetings is also required. All coaches are also expected to take the concussion awareness certification (more information is available on the homepage).

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How many players are placed on a team?

Our goal each year is to have no more than 12 players on a team so that we can maximize participation and development opportunities. However all teams are based on the availability of coaches and the appropriate interest levels of players. Some teams may have more or less than 12 players, but our goal is 11-12.

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What is expected at player evaluations for our drafted divisions (8U, 10U, 12U, 15U)
Players will be evaluated on their baseball skills during player evaluations and tryouts. Please visit the website after February 1st for specific tryout times.  All players in our drafted divisions are encouraged to participate in player evaluations.  Evaluations are conducted by the player coaches and division commissioners.  In general players will be evaluated on their hitting, throwing/catching, fielding, and running ability.  Player Evals typically happen in mid-March and align with the weekend of the draft.

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When are practices held?
Practices are scheduled and conducted based on field availability. Each team will select 1 designated practice per week. Based on the # of fields we have available, team practice times will be scheduled any day of the week, excluding Sundays. Coaches may request additional practice times that are distributed amongst the teams.
 
Practice times are selected at the draft and you’ll be notified by your team manager of your team’s assigned times.  We will not have team practice times prior to player placements.

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When are games scheduled?
Games begin in mid-May and can be held any day of the week, excluding Sundays.  Game schedules are not finalized until after player placements and typically are available two weeks prior to the start of the season.

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How long is the season?

For all divisions Opening Day is mid-May and the regular seasons runs through late June.  With the exception of T-Ball, the season concludes with a tournament the last week in June or first week in July. The objective is to conclude the season prior to the Fourth of July.

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What is the refund policy

Refund Policy
  • Prior to the draft you will be refunded your registration fee less $25
  • After the draft you will be refunded your registration fee less $50
  • No refunds will be issued after the league has ordered uniforms
*Please allow 30 days to process your refund

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We missed the registration signups? Are late signups available

Based upon survey feedback, we have increased the number of registration dates. This will hopefully make it more convenient for parents. In 2014, Registrations received by March 4th are guaranteed a place in the program. After March 4th, all late registrations will incur a $10 late fee.  We will accept late registrations up until March 14th (the day before the league’s evaluation/team selection day).  Any registrations after March 14th are on a space available basis only.  Late registration forms can be found on the league home page. As well, with late registrations, you will need to get your child fitted at MainStreet Treasurer. Parents should drop off the registration form and check (including late fee) at MainStreet Treasurer when their child is fitted.

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Does the league form an All-Star team

Each division will form an All-Star team, provided there is enough interest. Tryouts are normally in late May or early June.  Specific tryout times will be communicated by the division commissioners and coaches.  The All-Star season normally begins at the conclusion of the recreation season. Teams will begin practicing in June, with practices normally being conducted on Sundays (to ensure there are no conflicts with the games).  Teams will play between 2-5 tournaments beginning in July and ending in early August.  The costs are separate from the recreation season and vary based upon the number of tournaments the team opts to participate. 

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Does the league offer travel baseball

For those that have strong interest and commitment, starting at the 9U age level, travel ball is available. For baseball, the PCABA participates in travel baseball thru COYBL (Central Ohio Youth Baseball League) at the following age groups: 9U-10U-11U-12U-13U-14U.  Evaluations are normally conducted in August and teams selected by the first week in September for next year’s season.  The reason for the timing is that teams will practice during the off-season.  Travel teams typically play 25-35 games each year and will play around the central Ohio area.  This is separate from the recreation league offered by the PCABA.

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