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Q. Where can I find the Bozeman Baseball Rules for my division?
A.  Bozeman Baseball Rules & Expectations (All Divisions)

Q. How do I become a sponsor? 
A. Sponsorship is always welcomed by Bozeman Baseball.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can fill out this form and send it in with your check, or you can always email us at: bozemanbaseball@gmail.com with any questions.

Q.  How much is my registration and what does that provide?
 
A. Registration is $150 per participant for all players.  A $10 discount is offered if 2 or more players from the same family participate. Each player is provided with 15 coupon cards that can be sold for $10 each and the money from the proceeds of any sales made are yours to keep, effectively allowing families to off-set 100% of league fees.  Un-sold cards do not need to be returned to the league.

The registration fee covers the cost of the player's jersey, hat, field maintenance, team equipment, umpires, along with operating costs such as electricity, trash, and more.  Because Bozeman Baseball receives no outside funding, the organization must be self-sufficient and relies heavily on the generosity of the community through volunteers, fundraising and sponsorship.  If you are interested in sponsoring Bozeman Baseball either personally or through your business, please contact us at:  bozemanbaseball@gmail.com

Q.  What equipment will my child need to participate?
A.  Players need to provide their own baseball glove.  Baseball cleats and protective cups are also highly recommended.  (Cups are required for catchers)  Helmets, balls, heart guards for pitchers, catchers equipment, and bats are provided for team use by BOZEMAN BASEBALL.  If you are interested in purchasing a bat, you can find a general sizing guide HERE.  Note for the 2017 Season:  Bat rules are being changed starting in January of 2018 and bats not meeting the specification will no longer be approved for use in any USA Baseball games, tournaments, etc.  (Babe Ruth, Little League, Cal Ripken, PONY, etc.)  Just want all to be aware that a bat purchased in 2017 or before most likely will not be able to be used next season.

Q. Why does Bozeman Baseball give Coupon Cards to players to sell? 
A. Coupon Cards can be sold for $10 each and are provided as a way of allowing players/parents to offset up to 100% of the cost of participation in Bozeman Baseball.  Unsold coupon cards do not need to be returned, they are yours to keep as part of the registration fee.

Q. How do I know which age group my child will play in? 
A. The player’s age for Bozeman Baseball is determined by their age on April 30th of the current year.  Our league divisions are as follows:

Age 7 - Farm
Age 8 - Minors
Age 9-10 - AAA
Age 11-12 - Majors
Age 13-15 - Babe Ruth

Q. How are the teams chosen? 
A. Farm & Minors teams are generally chosen based on the school the player attends.  AAA teams are created by the division commissioner based on evaluations provided by all league coaches at our yearly 'Spring Training Camps'. (All players 9-12 participate in these league placement evaluations that allow coaches evaluate player skill levels.)  All players who register during the stated registration period make a team.  The Majors division will have a player draft...selected by coaches.

Q. What about All-Star Teams? 

A. Bozeman Baseball selects All-Star teams from the Babe Ruth, Majors, and AAA league levels.  We aim to field 2 competitive All-Star teams from each of our divisions, provided there is enough numbers/interest. Selection to an All-Star team offers players the opportunity to play in a more  competitive setting and includes some travel around the region for tournament experience.  More information on All-Star Teams is provided at the Bozeman Baseball Expo and on our website throughout the season.


Q. How do I find out when my child's games are?
 

A. As soon as possible after the season begins, the schedules will be posted on the web site along with team rosters.  See the "Calendar" area of the website, where you can select your player's team and view the schedule.

Q. I am interested in coaching my son/daughter’s team, how do I become a coach? 
A. You can be considered by selecting from a variety of volunteer options during the registration process.  If you have questions about coaching you can also email the league at:  bozemanbaseball@gmail.com

Q. How do I find out about rainouts/cancellations? 
A.  Spring weather in Bozeman is difficult to forecast.  The league does its best to make a decision by 3pm and updates the website and/or Email/SMS messaging accordingly.  If the website or your coach does not explicitly say games are off, then games are on until further notice.

Q. What is the End-of-Season tournament - Tournament of Champions (TOC)? 
A. Teams will be seeded based on their final regular season results. Each division will then play a single elimination tournament, with the championship game being played on the final day of the tournament.  


Q.  What is the legal bat size/dimension for Bozeman Baseball?
A.  This depends on the age group/league.  The current rules can be found HERE.


Q. What age groups play at Bozeman Baseball? 
A. Bozeman Baseball offers 5 age groups, from Farm to Babe Ruth. 

Leagues are as follows:
Farm:  7 (sometimes first year 8 year old players)
Minors: (Coach & Player Pitch) 8
AAA: 9 - 10 (All Player Pitch)
Majors: 11 - 12
Babe Ruth: 13 - 15


Common questions by League:

Farm

Q.  How long does the season run?

A.  The season generally runs from early May through the latter part of June.  Schedules will be available on the league web site after final player numbers are determined & teams selected.

Q.  How many games & practices a week?

A.  This tends to depend on the weather to some extent, but parents can generally expect a total of 3-4 practices or games per week, M-F.

Q.  Tryouts?
A.  There are no tryouts/player evaluations at the Farm League.  All players who register can participate and will be assigned a team by the league commissioners.


Q.  Pitching?
A.  Pitching in the Farm League is “coach/machine pitch”.


Minors

Q.  How long does the season run?
A.  The season generally runs from early May through the latter part of June.  Schedules will be available on the league web site after final player numbers are determined & teams selected.

Q.  How many games & practices a week?
A.  This tends to depend on the weather to some extent, but parents can generally expect a total of 3-4 practices or games per week. Mostly M-F with the potential for an occasional Saturday game.

Q.  Tryouts?
A.  There are no “tryouts” for 8 year old players.  All players ages 9-12 participate in a player evaluation day(s).  Players have the opportunity to run, throw, hit, and field for a number of league coaches.  These coach evaluations are averaged and a composite score is calculated and ultimately is used by league commissioners to select players for teams. 

Q.  Pitching?
A.  Pitching in the Minors division is primarily coach pitch with some player pitch towards the end of the season as skill improvement allows.

AAA

Q.  How long does the season run?
A.  Player evaluations begin at the start of April.  The season generally runs from early May through the latter part of June.  Schedules will be available on the league web site after final player numbers are determined & teams selected.

Q.  How many games & practices a week?
A.  This tends to depend on the weather to some extent, but parents can generally expect a total of 3-4 practices or games per week M-S.  A handful of Saturday games may be scheduled.

Q.  Tryouts?
A.  All players ages 9-10 participate in a player evaluation day(s).  Players have the opportunity to run, throw, hit, and field for a number of league coaches.  These coach evaluations are averaged and a composite score is calculated and ultimately is used by league commissioners to select players for teams. 

Q.  Pitching?
A.  Pitching in the AAA League is 100% player-pitch.

 

Majors

Q.  How long does the season run?
A.  Player evaluations begin at the start of April.  The season generally runs from early May through the latter part of June.  Schedules will be available on the league web site after final player numbers are determined & teams selected.

Q.  How many games & practices a week?
A.  This tends to depend on the weather to some extent, but parents can generally expect a total of 3-5 practices or games per week.  A handful of Saturday games will be scheduled.

Q.  Tryouts?
A.  All players ages 11-12 participate in a player evaluation day(s).  Players have the opportunity to run, throw, hit, and field for a number of league coaches.  These coach evaluations are averaged and a composite score is calculated and ultimately is used by league commissioners to select players for teams.   

Q.  Pitching?
A.  Pitching in the Majors League is 100% player pitch.

Babe Ruth

Q.  How long does the season run?
A.  Practices begin in early April.  The season generally runs from mid-April through the middle of June.  Schedules will be available on the league web site after final player numbers are determined & teams selected.

Q.  How many games & practices a week?
A.  This tends to depend on the weather to some extent, but parents can generally expect a total of 3-4 practices or games per week M-S.

Q.  Tryouts?
A. There are no tryouts for Babe Ruth baseball, players are assigned as evenly as possible by league commissioners.   


Q.  Pitching?
A.  Pitching details in the Babe Ruth League are the same as Legion, High School, College, & Major Leagues.  60’ 6” Distance.

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