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Frequently Asked Questions

SEASON SCHEDULE & FEES

2023 SPRING SEASON

MARCH 24-JUNE 10

2023 SPRING SEASON TIMELINE

Date Information
November 28 Spring Registration Opens
January 29 Spring Registration Closes at 11:59PM. No Late Registration.
January 30 Waitlist Opens. The waitlist does not guarantee placement on a team.
February 5 All draft players should be assigned by this date
February 8 MANDATORY Coaches’ Meeting – Blastball to 7/8
February 9 MANDATORY Coaches’ Meeting- 9/10 to 13/14
February 10 All coaches should have contacted players by this date
February 10 All black-out forms to be emailed to Head Coaches & Managers
February 10 Practice links will be emailed out to all head coaches & team managers at 8 AM
February 17 All black-out forms due back from coaches by 11:59pm
February 17 Practice links will be shut down at 11:59 PM
March 3 Game Schedules Posted
March 25 Spring Season Begins and Opening Day Parade
April 28-30 5th Annual Spring Ring Tournament
June 3 Spring Season Ends
June 5-10 Postseason Tournament, with seeding from regular season standings (CFBBA teams Only)

Registration Fees

Division Registration Fee
3/4 Blastball $80
5/6 T-ball $80
5/6 Modified Coach Pitch $120
7/8 Coach Pitch $130
9/10 Kid Pitch $155
11/12 $155
13/14 $155

Spring Season

Registrations Open Late November
Registrations Close Late-January
Practices Begin Late-February/Early-March
Games Begin Mid-March
Season Ends Late May/Early June

Fall Season

Registrations Open June
Registrations Close Early August
Practices Begin Mid-August/Late August
Games Begin Early September
Season Ends Mid-November

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

What is the cut-off date for your age divisions?

The cut-off date for our age divisions is May 1st. See our League Age Determination page.

 

Ages 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12 have both A and AA divisions. The AA division is the more competitive division of the two.

Can my child play up an age division?

We allow playing up by one year of age. For instance, a child that is league age 10 may play up to 11/12.  A child that is league age 11 may not play up to 13/14, unless parents contact the VP of both age divisions to discuss and gain approval.

Can my child play down an age division?

CFBBA does not allow players to play down in the next younger age division. This is a black and white rule, we do not allow playing down in age.

What if my child started school late or was held back; can they play down in age group to play with the kids in the same grade?

We understand that USSSA does offer this and we understand and sympathize with kids that would like to play with their classmates.  However, USSSA plays with singular age groups.  (6U, 7U, 8U, etc...) Given that CFBBA plays with combination age groups (5/6, 7/8, 9/10, etc...), we do not feel that it is in the best interest of all children playing to offer this exception due to safety concerns.

What if my child is smaller than other kids their age, less skilled, and their date of birth is really close to the cut off? Can my child play down in age division?

This is a black and white rule, we do not allow playing down in age.

What if I don’t live in Carrollton or Farmers Branch? Can I still play in CFBBA?

Yes, you can.  We do not have residency restrictions or boundaries.

What if my child would like to play on two teams in the same or different divisions; is that allowed with CFBBA?

No. We cannot accommodate the scheduling associated with players playing on multiple teams.

We do accommodate coaches that coach multiple teams, but not individual players.

It is also not allowed because a player playing in, for instance, a AA (or older) division, is considered to be more advanced.  Allowing them to also play in a single A (or a younger) division is a contradiction to our pool player rules, which are necessary in our league.

Can I request that my child be on the same team as their classmate, neighbor, friend or family member?

Please be sure to indicate this in the comments section when registering.  We will do our best to make this happen, but we can’t make any promises.

If this isn't noted in the registration prior to the registration deadline, please reach out to the registration coordinator and make sure you get a reply to confirm this update was made. After the registration deadline, requests will not be taken/honored.

I would like my child to play on an AA level team, how would I go about making that happen?

The best way to make this happen would be to reach out to one of the AA coaches and see if they have room on their roster.

You can also just sign your child up for the AA division, and they'll go into the draft. 

Please be advised that if you sign a child up for the AA division, and there are no roster spots available, we will move your child to the single A division.

What if my child was placed on a draft team, but they actually belong to an already formed team?

Contact your child’s coach ASAP so that they can communicate this to the Registration Coordinator. When this happens, we'll need approval from the coach and the parent to make the correction.

How are children from the draft placed on teams? Are there tryouts?

No, there are no tryouts. Players are assigned to teams based on age, availability, team demand, common schools attended, and the geographic proximity of the residences of other players on a team. 

Placements begin after completion of on-time registration. Anyone registering after the on-time registration deadline is NOT guaranteed to be placed.

When will I find out what team my child is on?

Coaches will contact their players by email or phone within 2-3 days after the draft.

If you are not contacted by the coach within 3-5 days after drafts you should contact stephanie.castro@cfbba.org.

Is a payment plan available for registration?

Yes, a payment plan option is available during checkout. The card used during checkout will be automatically charged on the payment plan due date. Registrants will be emailed 5 days prior to the payment being withdrawn from the account on file.

Can I get a refund if my child decides not to play?

Refund requests must be in writing and received prior to the close of registration.

NO REFUNDS will be issued after teams are formed.

I am interested in being a Head Coach for a draft team. How can I find out more information?

Register as a head coach and submit the background check.

Once registration is completed, the Registration Coordinator sees that you have registered, your team will be created. 

Assistant coaches and team volunteers will need to complete the volunteer registration and submit the background check. 

If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQs, your point of contact will be the VP of the age group you're coaching.

VP Contact Information can be found by clicking on the Contacts page.

Coaches FAQ

Coach-specific FAQ

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY CHILD NEED?

We recommend each player to have their own glove, bat, batting helmet, cleats and an equipment bag.  If a child does not have their own batting helmet the league can provide the coach with a batting helmet for team use.

How do I choose the right bat for my son/daughter?

To determine the correct LENGTH of the bat, have your player stand with the bat next to his/her side barrel down and rest the bat on the ground the top of the bat should rest just below the hip

To determine the correct WEIGHT of the bat, have your player - hold the bat straight out from his/her side OR straight out in front (whichever is more comfortable) if the barrel tips down then it is too heavy if he/she can hold the bat straight out for 10 seconds - then you've found the right bat!

How do I choose the right glove for my son/daughter?

This information is provided only as a guide. Results for your player may vary based on their personal preference, ability, and physical maturity.

Size for AGE or POSITION

  • TBall/Modified Coach Pitch (ages -7) - 8.5" to 10"
  • Youth (ages 8+) - 10.5" to 12"
  • Outfield/Softball - 12" to 14"
  • Pitcher - 12" to 12.5"
  • Infield - 11" to 12"

Pocket Depth

Shallow pockets offer control, making it easier to release the ball out of the glove.

Deeper pockets are best used for outfield or infielders that are still developing proper fielding mechanics.

First Base mitts have a thin, stiff pad around the edge with padding in the palm and fingers and range from 12" to 13".

Where are games played?

Carrollton – McInnish Park Fields 6-9, and 12-15.

Farmers Branch – Oran Good 1 & 2, Pepper North & South, Jaycee, Raymond DeLeon

Check Our Facilities page for directions.

When and where are practices?

Teams typically practice 1-2 times per week. Practice schedules depend on the coach. They are responsible for the practice day, time, and location.

When are games? When will schedules be posted?

Teams typically play 1-2 games per week depending on the age division. Games could be scheduled on any weeknight and/or weekend. Weeknight games start as early as 6:00 PM. Saturday and Sunday games start anytime between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. 

Schedules are completed after teams are created. While this is a time consuming process, we try to have them done as soon as possible. We try to get them posted on our league website two weeks prior to Opening Day.

How do I find out if my child’s game is rained out?

As soon as we are notified by the city that fields are closed due to rain, inclement weather or unusable/unsafe field conditions we will update coaches and parents through SportsEngine text and email notification system to all members that registered.

 

Coaches are to email, text or call their team with information concerning rainout/rescheduled games, events and practices.

 

For more information, visit the Rain Out Info page.

How are rescheduling of rainout games handled?

We try our best to reschedule as many rainout games as possible.

Our ability to reschedule games depends on how many games need to be rescheduled, field availability and time remaining in the season.

How will CFBBA be addressing COVID-19 restrictions, should there be any once the season starts?

CFBBA will be closely monitoring the policies from the City of Carrollton for McInnish and the policies from the City of Farmers Branch for Farmers Branch fields.

What if my question is not listed?

Contact the VP of your age group.  VP Contact Information can be found by clicking on the Contacts page.