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Frequently Asked Questions of BYB

What are the residency requirements for BYB?

Geographical boundaries require that players in BYB must reside in Bismarck, or in outlying towns that are on the East side of the Missouri River. We cannot accept players who reside in Mandan, unless the player started with BYB while residing in Bismarck, and did not have a lapse in regular season registrations with BYB. There is a Cal Ripken league in Mandan, and Mandan residents are encouraged to contact Mandan Parks and Recreation for details regarding that league. 

What are the age requirements for BYB?

For the 2017 season, to play in Bismarck Youth Baseball, the player must be at least 6 years old and no more than 12 years old as of April 30, 2017. Division placement is also based on player age as of April 30, 2017.

Children who are 5 years old as of April 30, 2017, are not eligible to play in Bismarck Youth Baseball during the 2017 season. There may be programs for those children too young to participate in BYB available through either the Missouri Family YMCA or the Bismarck Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please contact those organizations directly.

Children who are more than 12 years old as of April 30, 2017, may be able to play Babe Ruth Baseball.  For more information on Babe Ruth Baseball, please contact the Bismarck Parks & Recreation Department directly.

Can my son/daughter "play up" a division?

No - Bismarck Youth Baseball does not allow players to "play up" in the next division for any reason.  Players will be assigned to a division based on their age as of April 30th of the current season year.

What Days/Times are BYB Games?

For the 2016 season, the divisions will follow these general guidelines:

  • T-Ball - Each team will play one game a week. All T-Ball games will be played on Sunday evenings, utilizing the four west fields at the Scheels Complex. There will either be one round of games (i.e. starting at 7 pm) or two rounds of games (i.e. starting at 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm) - depending on how many registered players are in the division.
  • All other Divisions (Rookie, AA, AAA & Majors) will typically play two games per week.  Most games will be played Monday - Thursday nights at either 5:30 or 7:30. However, depending on how many registered players are in each division, some games may have to be played on Sunday nights. The League makes every effort to vary each team's game nights and times from week to week so that each team gets some Mon/Wed and Tues/Thurs rotations, as well as splitting up early versus late games.

Season start and end dates are posted on the calendar web site page. Detailed team schedules (for the entire season) are posted and distributed as soon as they are ready, typically in April.

When are BYB practices?

Practice times are determined by the coaches.  Coaches are chosen after the teams have been created.  Typically the coaches will discuss the practice schedule at the first team meeting.

When will schedules be completed?

Schedules cannot be completed until after teams are created. While this is a time consuming process, we try to have them done as soon after as possible. In the meantime, a general outline as to when the season begins and ends, along with any pre-scheduled League off-weeks can be found in the Season at a Glance table on the calendar page of this web site.

My children are in the same Division, but different teams.

If you have siblings that are in the same division but on different teams, please let us know ASAP and we will make every effort to move them to the same team.  This applies to siblings only, not cousins, friends, classmates, etc.

My child is not playing with his schoolmates.

We have such a large number of players in our program (nearly 1,000) and it is extremely difficult to place all schoolmates together while trying to have a good blend of age groups. While we would like to place all players where and with whom they like, it is impossible. Rather than mixing all players in a division, we attempt to give returning players preferred placement and filling in the teams with players who have moved up due to age, and then new players. For those new players, the following year, when they are considered returning players, they will be placed on another team, with their schoolmates, if possible. The primary exception to school placement is AAA and Majors Divisions: team placement in those divisions are determined by skills evaluation scores - not school attended.

If we choose not to play, can we have a refund?

BYB tries its hardest to place all players that want to play, however due to limited field space, we may have to turn some players away. If we have been able to place your child on a team, and your child chooses not to play before the refund deadline you will be eligible for a refund.  No refunds will be given after the refund deadline.  Check the Schedule at a Glance table on the calendar page of this web site for these specific refund request deadline dates.


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