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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the registration fee?
The fee depends on the division that your child will play in. This is determined by Little League age guidelines. Please go to the Registration link to get actual costs.
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Is there a sibling discount?
Yes, a sibling discount will be given for families registering more than one child. The discounts are automatically applied while registering and are as follows: $10 for 2nd child, $15 for the third child and $20 for the fourth child. Even if you register your children for the same season at different times, the discounts will automatically be applied. 
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Do you accept ‘Late’ Registrations? 
We do accept late registrations up to the point of team formation. There is a $25 late fee included the late registration costs.
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Is there a refund policy?

BYS understands that sometimes it is not possible for you to uphold your commitment to Spring Baseball/Softball and players may need to withdraw from a sport due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registration fees are based on a variety of costs determined by the total number of players and teams each season.  Since many of these costs must be paid in advance, player withdrawals still result in a cost to BYS.  We have the following policy for refunds to accommodate families whose plans have changed while maintaining the financial responsibilities associated with each sports season:

No refunds will be given after the first date of scheduled games (Opening Day) for each particular Sports Program.  No Refunds are given for late fees, donations, decal orders, special requests not honored, because of team placement, cancellations due to weather, or for a player being removed from a team for Code of Conduct violations by the player or the parents/guardians.

  • A 10% administrative fee will be charged for any written refund request made prior to team formations/drafts.

  • A 35% administrative fee (25% plus original 10% admin fee) will be charged for any written refund request made after team formations/drafts have been completed.

  • 0% will be refunded to a registrant after the first date of scheduled games (Opening Day) for that Program.

Any request for a refund must be made in writing directly to our Secretary and approved by the President.  Any request for refund that is submitted before Opening Day and if approved should not expect a refund until after Spring Break (around mid-March) to the end of March.  All refunds are made via BYS business check, no refunds will be credited to any bank or credit card.  For any potential refund requests (case-by-case basis) made after Opening Day, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

In the event of medical illness or injury prohibiting a registered player form participating in a sports program, these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for any potential refund or credit.  These cases will require Doctor’s note and/or medical documentation to support the medical reasoning.

A refund will be given when an Age Division and/or a certain number of players are canceled by BYS because of low enrollment or other circumstances.

NSF/Returned-Check Fee: A $25 service fee will be added to any NSF/returned check.
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When will I find out what team my child will play on? 

You will be notified about teams shortly after the final in-person registration date scheduled for late August in the Fall or early February for the spring season, most likely sometime the week after.
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Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends or with a particular coach?
Balcones Youth Sports allows friends to request to be placed on the same team together or with a particular coach only in the T-ball and Coach Pitch divisions. Best efforts will be made to honor the request but it cannot be guaranteed.  For Minor, AAA and Major players, the draft selection process does not allow for these requests. It is our goal that all players are placed into the appropriate division based primarily on their skill level although there are age restrictions as well. Every player that has registered will be placed on a team; there are no "cuts!" 
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Can I keep my child down in a lower division or play him up a division a year early?
Balcones strongly supports age appropriate competition and development. However, requests can be made during registration and try-outs. The try-out evaluation will help determine the placement of a player. Placements will be made in accordance with Little League requirements.
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I have a daughter, should she play Little League baseball or Pony Softball? 

You daughter can play either. Girls are allowed to play at all levels of Little League Baseball. However, if you prefer you daughter to be on a team with just girls, Softball would be the choice. It is up to you. If you would like more information about the difference between baseball and softball, please check out our softball web page and contact our Softball VP who can provide specific information.
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How often and long will my child practice?
Practice frequency and duration are up to the team manager and vary based on division. Typically older division teams will practice two-three times per week and the younger divisions practice least once per week. TB and Coach Pitch players usually have practices and games at 6 PM.  TB/CP games are almost always the first games of game day. If they are Saturdays they will be morning games, if they are weeknight games they will be at 6 PM.  TB/CP games are 50 minutes long. 
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What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should arrive at their first practice with at least a baseball glove. Baseball helmets and catcher’s equipment are provided by Balcones. Players/parents can purchase their own equipment if they wish. 
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What attire is needed for practices or games?
Typical athletic attire is recommended for all age levels: T-shirt, shorts or sweat pants preferred (for sliding) and sneakers.  Your coaches will inform you of what baseball pant color is needed for your team and Balcones will provide the shirt and hat to make up the rest of the uniform.  Cleats are optional in T-ball and Coach Pitch and are highly recommended for all higher divisions.  All players in Minor or higher must wear a cup.  
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When does the season begin?

Fall Ball games are expected to begin in early September for Minor, AAA, Major teams. T-Ball and Coach-Pitch teams will begin play in Mid-September. Spring Ball games begin in late February. Team practices and clinics will begin as soon as teams are formed. This is usually about three weeks before the season kicks off. The number of practices and days of practice will be determined by each team coach.
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How long will the season last?
Regular season play typically lasts through early to mid-May in the Spring and mid-November in the Fall. 
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Where are the games played?
All T-Ball, Coach pitch and Minor baseball games are played at the Balcones baseball complex located at 3106 Adelphi. Most AAA and Major games will also be played at Balcones. But some inter-league games are played against other area teams like Northwest Little League and some games may be played at NWLL fields. 50/70 Intermediate, Pony and Colt/Palomino teams play some games at Balcones and some at other area baseball complexes.
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What days and times are the games played?

Balcones strives to schedule games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Saturdays. Most teams will play one game during the week and one game on the weekend. Some games may be rescheduled due to weather conditions and it is possible to have a make-up game added during a week. Weekday games will start at 5:45pm for T-Ball and coach pitch and older divisions games will begin at 7:00pm and are expected to be completed by 9:00pm. Practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.  The facility is closed on Sundays.
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How many games will each team play?
T-ball and coach pitch teams will play about 10-12 games, AAA and Minor teams will play about 10-15 games, Major teams will play about 15 games and Pony teams approximately 18-20 games. The number of games played will depend on number of teams.
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Who umpires BYS games?
T-Ball and Coach pitch games do not have umpires. The team managers/coaches direct the play of the game. Score is not kept in T-Ball, optional in Coach Pitch. Trained volunteers umpire Minor, AAA and Major, 50/70 Intermediate games and paid umpires are used in Pony and Colt/Palomino games.
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How do I sign-up to be a team manager, and what qualifications do I need?
You can sign up as a manager applicant during player registration. Balcones will hold a coaches clinic prior to the spring season for those that do not have any coaching experience or to those that want to continue learning better coaching techniques. Applicants will be selected based on qualifications and need by division player agents. Please note that all applicants will be subject to a background check per Little League rules.
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How do I sign-up to be an umpire, and what qualifications do I need?
You can sign up as an umpire applicant during player registration. Balcones may hold an umpire clinic prior to the start of the season. All applicants are subject to a background check. The 2013 volunteer application is available on the BYS Documents page.  You can fill it out and email it to our VP Baseball Operations.

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What are the volunteer requirements for parents? 
The Balcones organization is an all volunteer organization. Everyone affiliated with BYS is a volunteer, including board members. At the very least, we require all parents to assist in the operation of the concession stand when your child is not playing. However, there are other volunteer opportunities such as coaching, assistant coaching, field maintenance, team parent, score keeper, annoucer, etc.
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Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved?
Check the ‘Board Contacts’ link on the website for an appropriate contact. You may also send an email to the   and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person. When sending an email please allow at least 24-48 hours for a response as all board members are volunteers.

Is there a formal age chart to view to determine if my child can play yet? 

Yes, it is updated annually by Little League and PONY Softball.  See below for the 2016 charts.  

LL Age Determination Chart or PONY Fast Pitch Softball Age Determination Chart


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