A couple things to discuss before games this weekend.
USSSA rosters. There are still a few teams who have not added their kids to their USSSA roster. Team manager/coach must do this and no team will be able to take the field until this is done. This is an insurance requirement and there will be no exceptions. All teams are registered with USSSA but a few need to put players online. Coaches, it's a good idea to double check your roster and make sure all kids are on roster. Coaches then must get rosters signed and turn in before their game starts. We are going to start a new check system this season and have all teams rosters printed off and umpires will check before game. If a team doesn't have player(s) on roster it will be a forfeit unless there are enough on roster to play. Any player who's not on roster will NOT be allowed to play until the next game so coach can get them added and print out a new roster to turn in. If all you lack is getting signatures, you can do during game and turn in afterwards to umpire.
Player registration on WTYBA.com: All parents must register their kid by clicking the green register tab at top of home page and finding your kids team and registering them. If you have difficulty just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your kids name and what team you're trying to register them with. We can be a little flexible on this and will give teams until next weekend to make sure this is all done.
Coach registration: All coaches must register as a coach by clicking the green register tab at top of home page and selecting coach from the drop down and registering as a coach for your team. They must also complete the background check if they haven't done one in last 12 months. If your name isn't listed on the approved coach list on our website and you've completed background check or have done one in last 12 months, you'll need to send an email with name and team with so we can check on status. If your just now doing this, it takes a couple days to process so we might not receive report in time to update. Please don't try to get by without doing background check as it will result in permanent suspension and could effect your kids ability to participate. As with the player registration through our website, we will give a window of opportunity to get this all updated, but starting next weekend it will be strictly enforced. Parents, It is your responsibility to know who's around your children and monitor this list. We can't watch all fields at all times. If a coach is working with your team and not on the approved list please email so we can look into the situation.
League Fees: If you have an unpaid balance, you can turn in at the field. We will email invoices next week if you're not sure of balance.
Code of Conduct: West Texas Youth Baseball has a zero tolerance policy for all participants including parents, spectators, coaches, and players. If you haven't been told about or given a copy of these by coach, please review them under documents on website. Also please inform family and friends of this as their actions will reflect on who they're with or the team if not able to determine who they're with. This is how it works if ejected from a game. Any spectator ejection is a mandatory additional game suspension and if ejected again, they could be suspended for remainder of the season. Any coach or player ejection will be reviewed and could result in future suspensions. There will be situations were someone doesn't agree with the umpires, have problems with the opponent, and even situations within their own team. In almost all situations, the ejection could have been avoided. Basically if you do something we can't defend and get ejected you will most likely have additional game suspensions. This game is about the kids and everyone just has to be able to handle things properly. Coaches-coach, players-play, and parents-cheer... If there is a problem with an official, don't get yourself in a bad situation, but instead send a detailed email and I promise we will look into it immediately. Remember umpires are human and will make mistakes, coaches are volunteers and will make mistakes, and spectators are there to support the players and can help teach them great life lessons when any of these mistakes happen. If it gets to were we can't work with an umpire, I promise you we won't use them anymore. These guys are getting harder to find and retain in all sports across the country and a lot of times it's because they aren't given a chance to learn and get better and are just expected to be perfect. I promise, not many are willing to take on this important role so our kids can play. Please don't try to call and talk about a situation the day it happened. Just won't have that conversation and it's better to think about it and put in writing anyway. Also please also don't try to say "this has happened all year and enough is enough" and expect much consideration. Please address situation as it happens so we can deal with before it gets worse.
Park rules: Violation of city park rules will result in suspensions. Please review rules at parks. Here's a few key issues that create problems.
1. No pets inside any of the complexes.
2. No bikes, skateboards, scooters, hover boards, etc. This has become a problem. Please make sure parents know and share with family and friends.
3. Never park on developed grass areas.
4. Of course no alcohol or smoking at any field. Coaches remember this at practices in regards to alcohol. Hate to even mention but actually have had to deal with this and it's not a good situation.
5. Trash: We have a great relationship with all facility owners and part of that is because we always take care of the facilities. Never leave trash in stands or dugouts. Also when using score huts, if we don't follow written rules posted inside we will lose the ability to use them.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and enjoy these times we have with these kids. What they remember about the season isn't usually a score, a bad call, a unavoidable disappointment, but more than likely they will remember how their parents/coaches acted. One of the best pieces of advise ever given was to make sure they know how much you enjoy watching them and their teammates play.
Please remember our league rule of borrowing or adding a player for a league game. You can borrow any player from a team in your age, or a player that’s 1 year younger as long as you clear it with the kid’s regular team and follow league rule by batting him last and can’t pitch (9-14’s). You can also add players to your regular league roster as long as they are eligible through USSSAAND the kid’s parent registers them for your team on wtyba.com and you add them to your USSSA roster. No player can participate in any West Texas Youth Baseball event without being added as stated above first. If a coach is found to be breaking this rule they will be suspended for the remainder of the season and possibly banned from the program. Sorry if this seems harsh, but we have 120 teams and are very limited with our field situation so there's not much room for changes. We will get all games rescheduled by first part of next week.
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Both the City of Amarillo and the City of Canyon have limited practice fields for rent. You need to call Amarillo to rent and click the link below for Canyon rentals.
Thank you for your interest in WTYBA. Our league consists of a select program an elite division for the more competitive select teams. Our program has been growing every year since 2007 and we are the largest youth baseball program in the panhandle. We work very hard to provide our region with quality baseball. The league is run with the participants in mind seeking input from many knowledgeable baseball folks. This is the participants program, run by individuals who understand the ever changing baseball trends. The program will always strive to meet the needs of the competitive baseball teams and never allow agendas or egos to get in the way of our goal for quality baseball in this area. It is not a draft league. We are very lucky in this area to have Kids Inc and Canyon Baseball Assoc who will run a recreational baseball program, assuring any kid who wants to play baseball has an opportunity to play. We do have a Free Agent list that consist of players who are looking for a team to play on. We would be happy to add your player to that list. Click the FREE AGENT link below to fill out the online form. This is NOT a guarantee of getting added to any of the select or elite teams, but only a way for parents to show their kids interest in playing for a team. We will remove the free agent list 1 week out from the deadlines to signup for any of the rec sign up leagues, which gives parents a chance to register their kid for the draft in these programs. We will work closely with both of the rec programs now and in the future to assure all kids have opportunities to play the great game of baseball!!
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