Frequently Asked Questions
Who/what is Warren Youth Baseball?
Warren Youth Baseball is an in-house coed youth program geared toward developing baseball skills in children between the ages of 5 and 14 years of age as of August 31, 2017.
Where are games played?
While the T-Ball and Rookie Leagues play all their games at the Warren Township Park, we try to schedule inter-league games for Mustang, Bronco and Pony with other local organizations (such as Grayslake or Gurnee) and may/will require minimal travel.
When does the season start/end?
T-Ball and Rookie League practices will start around late April and the game season begins in mid-May. Mustang, Bronco and Pony will start practices in early April and the game season should begin in early May. Seasons end around June 30. Start and end dates subject to weather and ground conditions.
What days will my child play?
T-Ball and Rookie Leagues play on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, occasionally a Monday or Tuesday is required for scheduling reasons. Mustang, Bronco and Pony Leagues play Monday through Saturday, 2-3 times per week. Friday and Sunday are generally off days but may be used for scheduling reasons due to rainouts or poor ground conditions for scheduled games.
Can I choose what team I play for?
We will do our best to accommodate requests for T-Ball and Rookie League players. However, we do our best to keep our teams equally competitive in Mustang, Bronco and Pony leagues and players are drafted onto these teams. Requests can be made, but cannot be guaranteed.
How do I check on field conditions?
Field conditions are posted on our website at www.warrenyouthbaseball.org or by signing up for text/email alerts. Conditions or notification will be posted after 3:00pm. If inclement weather occurs after 3:00pm, a decision will be made by the coaches, umpires and/or administration.
What is the “Coaches”, “Players”, “Parent’s” Code of Conduct and where can I find one?
At WYB, we believe that all coaches, players and parents play an important role in developing a child’s baseball skills, personal development and require all parties to read the code of conduct. All versions are available to for download at our website www.warrenyouthbaseball.org.
My child has played baseball before, can he/she “play up” to the next level?
In general we discourage children from “playing up”. Instead, our policy is to look at players who exhibit skill level higher than his/her peers, and place them on a “call up” list of eligible players to contact in the event a team needs a player. For example, if a Mustang team is short players, instead of forfeiting the game, we will call upon our Rookie league coaches for a player who may be adequately prepared to compete at the upper level.
Should you wish for your child to play up, he or she may do so under the following conditions: 1) There is space. We will not turn away an age appropriate player so another child can move up, and 2) the child attends the evaluations and exhibits the appropriate skills required to be competitive at that age level.
Will I be able to get a refund if my child decides against playing?
We offer a full refund until February 28, 2017, after which no refunds will be given.
I would like to coach. How do I sign up?
A coach’s application form and can be found at our website www.warrenyouthbaseball.org. If this is your first year coaching all attempts will be made to pair you up with and experienced coach. Coaches are a valuable asset for the players and we welcome all who wish to participate.
What equipment does my child need?
Warren Youth Baseball will provide your child with a team jersey, pants, and hat. Each team will provide a supply of batting helmets, bats and catcher’s equipment. All players are required to supply their own shoes, athletic supporter and baseball glove. Non-metal cleats are encouraged for all players at all levels, but not necessary.
How are teams divided?
In the interest of trying to create parity within each league, Mustang, Bronco and Pony players will be evaluated as to their abilities and drafted onto each team.
What are player evaluations?
Pony, Bronco and Mustang players will be evaluated on all basic baseball skills, including hitting, fielding, throwing and running. Evaluations will take place in February, 2017, and all players are required to attend. Further information will be posted on our website.