When will registration open? Online only will begin on January 1, 2023 and a $50.00 late fee is applied after January 31, 2023
How to I communicate my child’s uniform size? When registering for the 2023 season, you will be able to choose your kids uniform size.
What will the uniform tops look like in 2023? Unfortunately, Nike has informed youth organizations throughout the country that they will not receive replica MLB jerseys in 2023 due to a manufacturer shortage. We want the kids to look good while they play, so we have decided to go with another dri-fit jersey top that will show New Lenox on the front of the jersey with the MLB team name below NL. The kids will still receive a replica MLB hat.
How much does it cost to play for the Rebels? Ages 4-14 In House and FT Travel is $200, plus a $50.00 Activity Fee (out of district fee is $35 per player)
When does the 2023 Spring Season start and end? Opening Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023 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.
Will there be an evaluation day in 2023? Evaluations dates are TBD and will be determined shortly.
When will picture day be in 2023? Picture day is TBD and will be communicated when received.
When will I find out which team we're on? Teams are assigned (Shetland, Maverick) or drafted (Pinto+) in February, 2023, 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 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 improvements will be made to the complex in 2023? We continue to spend money and upgrade the complex each and every year. We have resurfaced and renovated B9&B14. We will also be replacing the dugout roofs on B5 – B15. We have the best volunteer field crew in Illinois and continue to maintain our infield/outfield playing surfaces. Lastly, we have brand lights on B7-B10 & B14.
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 subscribe to the USA Baseball standard 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.