Louisville Baseball & Softball Association FAQ's
Here are some of the most common questions about our Leagues.
Q: When does the spring season start?
A: Baseball: League practices usually start in early March. Games will begin in mid-April and run through mid-June. It varies based on leagues.
Softball - League practices usually start in early February. Games will begin in May and run through mid-June. It varies based on leagues.
Q: How are teams formed?
A: Teams are formed by age group after registration is closed. We make every attempt to place every child on a roster providing there are enough kids at a particular age group to field a team and a coaching staff is available.
Q: When does registration for the Spring Season open?
A: Early registration opens in late October or early November and ends in February.
Q: How do I know if my child is ready for first year kid-pitch (Baseball - 9yr old +, Softball - 10 yr old +)?
A: Most 7 year old and under players participate in the 7 & 8 year old Louisville League or Stark County Softball. Consider the following when deciding if your future Hall-of-Famer is ready for kid pitch baseball/softball:
Can he/she accurately throw a ball 50' without an arch - throw straight to the base?
Can he/she hit a ball moving between 35-40 mph (usually the slowest pitching machine at a batting cage)?
Can he/she catch a fly-ball from a distance of 70' or more'?
Can he/she play catch with you from a distance of 50' or more?
If yes to all or most of the above questions, then you child is probably ready for the 9 year old or above.
Q: What kind of glove do you recommend for 8 year old or under?
A: You can purchase a decent youth glove for around $40 at any sporting goods store. Try consignment stores or used equipment too. The gloves are used, but they are soft and broken in. New gloves are stiff and not many 8U players have enough strength to squeeze a new glove - it can be like trying to field a grounder with a cup! The softer the glove, the better.
Q: How many practices and games a week are there?
A: Teams practice anywhere from 2-5 days per week prior to games. After games begin, there is typically 1-2 practices per week.
Q: How long are the practices and games?
A: Coach pitch leagues are typically an hour for practice. 9 year old and up leagues typically are 1.5 to 2 hours for practice. Games typically last no more than 2 hours.
Q: Can I request to play on a specific team?
A: Yes, but we cannot guarantee your request. We try very hard to ensure parity among teams and honor parent requests to play on a specific team.
Q: Can I request to play/practice on a specific day and time?
A: Practice schedules are determined by the coaches and field availability. Game schedules are randomly generated.
Q: Where are games and practices held?
A: Our home games are held at the Louisville VFW. Away games can vary upon league. Practices are held at available fields & indoor sports venues in the local Louisville area.
Q: Is there a tryout for the teams?
A: Baseball: There is no tryout, but there is an exhibition. Everyone who signs up in time will be placed on a team, if we have enough kids to form a team in a specific age bracket and coaching. However, the number of teams we put together is limited and so participation is limited - sign up early. Before the teams are formed, LBSA will hold an exhibition and run players through some simple drills depending on the age group. Coaches or other 3rd party evaluators will evaluate players and coaches draft players onto teams. Again, every kid who signs up in time will be placed on a team (if enough kids and coaches), but you may not end up on a team that you signed up for. For example, if a player signs up for the 9 year team but there is not enough for a 9 year old team then a 9 & 10 year team may be created. There is no exhibition for the 7-8 year old age group.
Softball - There are no tryouts. Everyone who signs up in time will be placed on a team, if we have enough kids to form a team in a specific age bracket and coaching. However, the number of teams we put together is limited and so participation is limited - sign up early. Every kid who signs up in time will be placed on a team (if enough kids and coaches), but you may not end up on a team that you signed up for.
Q: Who has to attend the baseball exhibition?
A: The following players must attend the exhibition:
• Players new to LBSA
• Players transitioning from coach pitch to all kid pitch
• Players who are requesting to be released from last years team
Q: What if I cannot attend the baseball exhibition
A: We strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend the exhibition to ensure your child is evaluated and placed in the appropriate team for a safe and fun baseball experience. However, if you absolutely can not make it to the exhibition then you may be asked to fill out a assessment form. The form will be given to coaches prior to the draft for consideration. Be as honest as you can in your own assessment (you might even consider having a friend with baseball experience and knowledge of your child's abilities complete the form for you). It is important that your child be placed in a league that is not beyond their level of experience, skills and physical abilities.
Q: How do I become a volunteer?
A: All volunteers (including Managers, Assistant Coaches, Board Members, Umpires, team parents, anyone who has substantive and regular contact with players) must register in our Volunteer program during registration. Once registered, we will conduct a background check if necessary (based on volunteer type). Upon passing the background checks, LBSA will notify you of your approved affiliation with our organization if needed based on volunteer type.
Managers and Assistant coaches will be required, by Ohio State law, to complete a Concussion Awareness Course.
Background checks can take up to 4 weeks. So please be patient.