FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Thursday February 8, 2018 by NLBA.

Is registration still open?  Yes, online only, but note that a late fee is applied after January 31, 2018 and some levels have a "Wait List" for the Spring 2018 season (as of January 31, 2018)

When does the 2018 Spring Season start and end?  Opening Day is Saturday, April 21, 2018 and runs through the end of June (weather permitting)

Where are games played and how many per week?  All games are played at the Tyler-Bentley Baseball Complex.  In-House teams play at least two games per week, one during the week at 5:30 PM (occasional 8PM slot on lighted fields) and one on Saturday.  Sundays are reserved as a rainout day.

When will I find out which team we're on?  Teams are assigned (Shetland, Maverick) or drafted (Pinto+) on February, 21, 2018, so families will be notified by the Manager by the end of February

Can my child play on the same team as a friend or neighbor?  Yes, at the Shetland and Maverick levels ONLY (no exceptions)

Can my child play up or down a level (In-House)?  No.  Only exception is when there is a safety reason supported by medical documentation (must be approved by the Executive Officers)

When and where will my child practice (In-House)?  Your Manager will contact you with details regarding practice dates, times and locations (local parks typically).  On average, most teams practice 1-2 days per week in March/April, weather permitting.  Some Managers schedule time at indoor batting cages.  We recommend 60-90 minute practices for the lower levels and 2 hours max. for the upper levels (Manager discretion).

What equipment does my child need for the season?  It is recommended that you provide a baseball bag, batting helmet (face guard optional), glove, bat, batting gloves and molded (rubber) cleats.  Metal cleats are permitted at the Pony+ levels.  Bat guidelines are set for each level.  The NLBA (In-House) does not subscribe to the USA Baseball or other national standards/requirements for bats.  We take safety seriously and therefore mandate barrel size, however parents shouldn't have to purchase new bats each year with the ever-changing rules and guidelines.  See "Division Rules & Age Chart" link for bat and cleat rules by Division.  Full-Time & Part-Time Travel teams are subject to the league and tournament bat rules and on their own to comply accordingly.