• Youth Baseball & Softball
     
      
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    Spaces are limited. Please download form and we will do our best to get your child on a team. You may scan to pickvetw@a2schools.org. You may also mail or drop off to 1515 South Seventh Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Make checks out to AAPS. Thanks!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    About the Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues

    Kids develop their social and mental skills, physical strength, and character while learning how to play baseball or softball. Teamwork and active participation are key components.

     

    Every child plays as there are no tryouts or cuts.

    Summer Baseball/Softball is open to boys and girls who are in 1st - 8th grade in the 2018-2019 school year. Please note that current kindergartners can sign-up for our Boys and Girls T-Ball program.

    Questions? Please contact Elyse, bairley@a2schools.org


    Coaches Pitch Leagues

    First Grade Coaches Pitch and Second Grade Coaches Pitch

    -Separate boys and girls leagues are offered.

    -Playing rules are designed to allow all enrolled students to play.

    -Emphasis is placed on learning fundamental skills and having fun.

    -The coach pitches to his/her own players with a Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball.

    -Each team will play six games.

    -First and second grade games will be scheduled on Fridays for both boys and girls leagues.

    -Game times are between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

     

    Third Grade Coaches Pitch: A continuation of the Second Grade Program.

    -The playing rules and guidelines are virtually the same as for the Second Grade Program.

    -Each team will play nine (9) games.

    -Boys Coaches Pitch games will be scheduled (depending on the division) on either Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    -Girls Coaches Pitch games will be scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings with each team playing only two games per week.


    Baseball Leagues

    Most participants in the baseball league are boys; however, girls are welcome to participate.

    Fourth Grade Baseball and Fifth Grade Baseball

    -Individual leagues are formed for students currently enrolled in Fourth and Fifth Grades.

    -Emphasis is placed on improving skills and having fun.

    -A Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball is used.

    -Players will begin to pitch to the opposing team, in the fourth grade league.

    -Each team will play nine (9) games.

    -Games will be scheduled (depending on the division) on either Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons or Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

    -Tentatively, each team will play no more than 2-3 games on Saturdays, if necessary, throughout the season.

    -Most games are on weeknights are scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

    Sixth Grade Baseball and Seventh-Eighth Grade Baseball

    -An individual league will be formed for students currently enrolled in Sixth Grade. Seventh and Eighth Graders will be combined into a separate league.

    -Leagues are formed by teams of players generally from the same middle school area.

    -Although the learning of additional skills is encouraged, these leagues are more competitive.

    -Games will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings for the Sixth Grade League. Tentatively, each team will play no more than 2-3 games on Saturdays, if necessary, throughout the season.

    -Games will be scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings for the Seventh-Eighth Grade League. Saturdays will be used when necessary.

    -Each team will play nine (9) games.


    Fast Pitch Softball Leagues

     

    Fourth Grade Coaches Pitch Fast Pitch Softball

    -The Fourth Grade Softball League is open to girls in the fourth grade.

    -Playing rules are designed to allow all enrolled students to play.

    -Emphasis is placed on learning fundamental skills and having fun.  

    -The coach pitches to his/her own players with an eleven inch softball.

    -Each team will play nine (9) games.

    -Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Fridays will be used when necessary.

    -Game time is usually 6:30 p.m.

     

    Fifth Grade Fast Pitch Softball: (Kid Pitch Begins)

    -The playing rules, nights of play and guidelines are virtually the same as those for the Fourth Grade League.

    -However, players will begin to pitch to the opposing team.

     

    Sixth Grade Fast Pitch and Seventh-Eighth Grade Fast Pitch Softball

    -These leagues are open to students in the specified grades.

    -The leagues will each have one division.

    -Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    -Teams will play nine (9) games.

    -Teams are formed by individual registrants who are assigned to teams on the basis of middle school areas.

    -The learning of additional skills is encouraged to augment increasing competition.  


    Practices and Games

    Usually practices are held at one of the Ann Arbor district’s elementary schools or a neighborhood park. Practice locations are selected by the Head Coach.

    Practices, tentatively, begin the week of June 10th.  Between June 10th and 16th, teams will have 2 weekday practices and 1 weekend practice. After the season begins, teams will have one practice per week on Saturdays or Sundays.

    The first games are scheduled to begin Monday, June 17th, and the season will run approximately eight (8) weeks.  League games are played once or twice a week depending on the specific league.


    Registration

    You can complete registration online here until the end of the standard registration period.  If you do not have a Rec&Ed account, you will be guided to create your account as part of your registration procedure.

     

    Registration forms available soon!!!  Download a registration form to mail-in or drop-off.  Mail-in or drop-off your completed registration form to the Rec&Ed office at 1515 S. Seventh St.  We have a drop-off box in the Rec&Ed office foyer available 24/7.

    Standard Registration - April 1 through April 29 at 5:00pm

    Registrations received during the Standard registration period

    ➢ qualify for early registration fees,

    ➢ are automatically assigned to teams

    Team assignments are completed according to a child’s respective school attendance area and the time his or her registration is received.

    ➢ Registrations received by mail or in the drop box before 5:00 p.m. will be marked for April 29. Fees for registration after April 29 change to standard rates.

    After April 29th We can not guarantee team placement or a team shirt if signed up past that date. Online registration closes on May 25th 12pm 
     

    ➢ Changes also apply to on-line registration.

     

    Registrations with April 29th postmarks cannot be honored as priority registrations.

     

    Leagues

    On or Before 4/29

    Resident

    On or Before 4/29

    Non Resident

    After 4/29

    Resident

    After 4/29

    Non Resident

    Coaches Pitch

    1st Grade

    $99

    $109

    $119

    $129

    2nd Grade

    $99

    $109

    $119

    $129

    3rd Grade

    $112

    $122

    $132

    $142

    Baseball

    4th Grade

    $112

    $122

    $132

    $142

    5th Grade

    $112

    $122

    $132

    $142

    6th Grade

    $117

    $127

    $137

    $147

    7th/8th Grades

    $117

    $127

    $137

    $147

    Fast Pitch Softball

    4th Grade (Coach Pitch)

    $112

    $122

    $132

    $142

    5th Grade

    $112

    $122

    $132

    $142

    6th Grade

    $117

    $127

    $137

    $147

    7th/8th Grades

    $117

    $127

    $137

    $147

    Standard registration ends on April 29. You can register after April 29, however players will only be assigned to teams with an unfilled roster.

    Participants not residing within the Ann Arbor Public School District are considered non-resident and must pay the respective non-resident fee.

     

    Payment

    We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. Please make all checks payable to Ann Arbor Public Schools or AAPS.  Payments can be made in cash at the Rec&Ed office.

     

    Scholarships

    Fee waivers are available to residents of the Ann Arbor school district in need of financial assistance. For information click here or contact the Rec & Ed office at 734-994-2300.

     

    Refund Policy

    For complete information on the Rec&Ed refund policy, please click here.


    Team Formation

    Team rosters are limited to sixteen (16) players per team unless a team's coach requests more or fewer players for his or her team:

    Players will be notified of their team assignment via phone from the head coach.  Players who have not heard from a coach by May 31 should contact Elyse, bairley@a2schools.org

    Participants are assigned to school teams based on their public school attendance areas. Consult our registration timeline and procedures chart for detailed registration placement information.

    If two teams are formed for the same grade from the same school, coaches and Rec & Ed staff will assign players to teams in accordance with departmental guidelines to ensure equally-balanced teams.

     

    Combo Teams

    In the case of limited space, participants may be assigned to teams with participants from different attendance areas.

    It is not rare for “combo” teams, or teams with participants from two or more different schools to be formed. If your child’s school has filled its primary team roster, a combo team will be formed. Players whose registrations are received during the priority registration period are place on the primary school team first.

    Special Requests

    If you have any special requests you would like us to consider, for example, to have your child assigned with a specific coach or teammate, you must fill out the Special Request question when registering online or on the registration form.  We regret that we cannot guarantee special requests placed after the priority registration period.

    Charter, Parochial, Private, and Out-of-District Public Schools  

    Charter, parochial, private, and out-of-district public school teams can be formed if all grade requirements standards are satisfied and registration deadlines met. Registration must be open for all students that attend these schools.  We require a minimum of nine players be registered for a team to be formed.


    Coaches

    Teams are coached and assisted by volunteers, many of whom are parents. Coaches and team parents are always needed!  If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer question when registering online or the Adult Volunteer section of the registration form.


    Safety Equipment

    All youth baseball/softball teams will be supplied with batting helmets fitted with face guards. The face guards protect participants from dental, facial and optical injuries. RIF (Reduced Injury Factor) balls, which are also called safety balls, will be used in first through fifth grades. RIF balls transmit much less shock on impact than regular balls. RIF balls are designed to reduce the risk of injury to the chest and vital organs as well as facial and head injuries.