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Most Commonly Asked Questions

 

What level should my son play?

How do I add /remove an email address for NPYBA communication?

Can my 8 year old play 9U?

Can my son tryout for a higher age level?

What opportunities does NPYBA offer for different age groups?

How many practices should my son expect in a summer season?

How do I know what bat is legal for you son to use this year?

What equipment is my son required to have to play?

How many games/tournaments will my son play in during the summer season?

What commitment level is expected to play with NPYBA?

 

 

 

What level should my son play?

  • NPYBA plays our league games in the MBL (Metro Baseball League).  MBL has strict age guidelines we need to adhere to.  With that stated whenever possible we prefer to have our players play with their grade.  More information on league date restrictions is on the 9U-15U Page.
  • 8U - 2nd Grade (if space permits 1st Grade)
  • 9U - 3rd Grade
  • 10U - 4th Grade
  • 11U - 5th Grade
  • 12U - 6th Grade
  • 13U - 7th Grade
  • 14U - 8th Grade
  • 15U - 9th Grade
  • Junior Legion - Sophomores and Juniors
  • Legion - Juniors and Seniors

How do I add /remove an email address for NPYBA communication?

  • The best method to add / update an email address for NPYBA communication is to log into NGIN (Sports Engine) using the account used to register and update your contact information.  Once you are logged into NGIN, there is a Profile option on the left side of the screen.  In the Profile section is the option to add or remove an email address.  Note, you are not able to update an email address, you'll need to add the correct email address and remove the incorrect address.

Can my 8 year old play 9U?

  • NPYBA has strict age regulations set by our league, with that said we prefer to have the boys play with their grade.  If your 8 year old is in 3rd grade the school year leading up to the season they should play 9U.  For more details refer to what Level should by son play. If your 8 year old is in 2nd grade, they can try out for 9U, but priority is given to 3rd graders for more details refer to 9U-15U page.  NPYBA has an 8U Rookie League for 2nd graders.

Can my son tryout for a higher age level?

  • NPYBA encourages all players to play with their age (grade) group.  If a family would like their son to play with a higher age group, the player will need to try out with their age group AND the age group they would like to move up to.  To be eligible to move up the player will need to rank in the top five players of both age groups during tryouts.
  • On rare occasions, NPYBA will move up a player because of registration numbers.  If this happens NPYBA will contact the family in advance of announcing teams to discuss the options with the family.

What opportunities does NPYBA offer for different age groups?

  • Youth Winter Clinic
    • Trojan Baseball will hold a Youth Winter Clinic for players ages 4-7 on Saturday, February 10th from 11:15am-1:15pm at the high school. We will also hold a spring clinic on Saturday, April 28th. These clinics are an opportunity to learn warm-up technique, throwing progression, hitting fundamentals, and fielding. Sign-up will be through Community Education: Youth Clinic Sign-Up
  • Summer Morning Ball
    • Morning Ball is for 4-7 year olds and takes place in the mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the summer. It's a great opportunity to learn the game, play catch, learn hitting, and work on fielding techniques. Players participating in Morning Ball will be prepared to move into 8U Rookie League. Sign-Up is through Community Education.
  • 8U Rookie League
    • 8U Rookie League” is for 8 year old (2nd Grade) baseball players (1st graders may register and could be in the league if there is room) who want to develop their baseball skills through practice using the Trojan baseball techniques. 
  • 9U 
    • 9U is the first step of competitive traveling baseball for NPYBA.  they will not play in a league, but will play in two tournaments.  The start of the season is focus on practice before the tournaments start.  They will also host 6 umpired games.
  • 10U - 15U
    • 10U-15U competitive traveling baseball with focus on developing skills and leadership.  They will play in the MBL (Metro Baseball League) League and MBL League Playoffs along with two tournaments & state tournament if they qualify.
  • Junior Legion
    • Junior Legion play a competitive, varsity like schedule of 20-25 games that includes tournaments and play-offs. The focus of Junior Legion is player development for the Varsity level. 
  • Legion
    • Legion plays a competitive, varsity like schedule of 20-25 games that includes tournaments and play-offs. The focus of Legion is player development for the Varsity level. 
  • Trojan Winter Training
    • Intended for 8U - High School, our goal during Winter Training Sessions is to work on fundamental skills in the areas of throwing, fielding, base-running, and hitting.  We will always focus on the Trojan Fundamentals while building on individual and team skills and concepts.
  • Academy
    • The Trojan Baseball Academy Clinics are an opportunity for youth players ages 12(6th Grade), 13(7th Grade), and 14(8th Grade) to participate in individualized and advanced baseball skill development. The sessions will be coached by the high school coaching staff.

How many practices should my son expect in a summer season?

  • 8U Rookie League
    • Rookie League meets twice a week (weather permitting).  At the start both days are practice.  As the season goes they will plays games one day a week.  The days of games usually start with warm up and some drills.
  • 9U
    • Each team will vary, but generally teams will meet twice a week.  As Games and tournaments start, the number of practices could reduce.  With 9U we try to have more time for practices earlier in the season before games and tournaments start.
  • 10U-15U
    • Each team and age will vary, but generally teams will meet twice a week.  As League Games and tournaments start, the number of practices could reduce.
  • Junior Legion & Legion
    • Junior Legion and Legion will play a 20-25 game schedule, 2-3 tournaments, and play-offs. Both teams focus on practicing before games in order to limit the amount of practice nights in the summer. Players on these teams are highly encourage to join Strength and Conditioning in the summer in order to grow and develop. 

How do I know what bat is legal for you son to use this year?

  • For bat regulation please refer to NPYBA Bat Regulation page.  This page provides multiple links to determine what bats are legal for your son.

What equipment is my son required to have to play?

  • 8U Rookie League
    • Boys should have their own glove, if you have a bat you can bring it but there will be bats for your son to use.  Cleats are optional, some boys will have cleats and some will not.
  • 9U-15U
    • Glove - starting in 9U the boys will need to have their own glove.  They will not need a catchers mitt or first baseman's glove to play those positions, but as they get older that is an option.
    • Helmet - starting in 9U each boy should have his own helmet.  Helmets can be purchased from NPYBA (during uniform fitting you can purchase an affordable helmet and an NP sticker will come with it) or you can purchase an approved youth helmet from any store.  Please get a black helmet, if you purchase your helmet else where you can contact NPYBA to get an NP sticker for the front of it.
    • The younger ages do some sharing of bats, but as they get older they generally use their own bats
    • The majority of boys will have cleats for 9U, starting at 13U steal cleats are allowed.  It's up to the family to determine when the player should convert to steel cleats.

How many games/tournaments will my son play in during the summer season?

8U Does not play in any traveling tournaments.  They will have an in house tournament at the end of the year.  They will also play in house games against each other.  Refer to the 8U Rookie League Page for more details.
9U 9U will NOT play in the MBL (Metro Baseball League) League or MBL League Playoffs.  They will host 6 umpired games with each other and/or other communities.  They will participate in two tournaments.
10U-15U 10U - 15U will play in the MBL (Metro Baseball League) League, which is 14-16 games, each team playing in the MBL League is eligible to play in the single game elimination League Playoff.  Each team will be signed up for two tournaments and if they qualify may participate in a state tournament. 14U AAA & 14U AA team will play one of their tournaments out of state.
Junior Legion/Legion Junior Legion and Legion will play a 20-25 game schedule, 2-3 tournaments, and play-offs. Both teams focus on practicing before games in order to limit the amount of practice nights in the summer. Players on these teams are highly encourage to join Strength and Conditioning in the summer in order to grow and develop. 

 

What commitment level is expected to play with NPYBA?

  • New Prague Youth Traveling Baseball is a competitive organization and strives to ensure all teams / players have a great experience, while they have fun, enhance their baseball skills, learn how to operate on a team.  To do this all players are expected to make a commitment.  It's expect players will attend all practices and games.  if they are not able to attend a practice or game it's expected they will communicate to the coach in advance. Starting at 14U it's expected players will participate in Strength & Conditioning.