Alright the schedules are now published. Please understand there will be some changes as we get started, and find mistakes made. If we didn't meet all of your requests, please understand we did our best. As always there will be some that just aren't possible. If you see a mistake that needs to be fixed, please email within the next couple of days so we can adjust if possible. Reminder on how we work up schedules. We work very hard to meet the massive list of teams requests, but there's just no way to make them all happen. We also try to meet special requests i.e teams wanting some games in an older div etc. This isn't and never will be a league that does a cookie cutter schedule. Playing all teams in a particular age group isn't the best format for our multiple levels of teams in each age group. We use the notes coaches supply on blackout form and our knowledge of teams past play to build a sch that promotes development. This has worked year after year. We divide teams into at least 2 divisions and in most case 3 in all ages. We then match them up where the top division plays each other and in most cases some of the teams in division 2. In a couple age groups we have teams that requested to only play the AAA/Majors teams and then cross play in the older division. The middle division teams play each other and some games in the lower division in most cases. Again it changes some based on what teams request. Teams that use their schedule to develop players in multiple positions will see the benefits and the kid will be better prepared for high school baseball.
LEAGUE SCH UPDATE:
The schedules will all be posted tomorrow evening. For those who downloaded the Sports Illustrated Play App, don't pay attention to any messages. In fact for this season I'd turn it off and let the notifications come through our League Athletics website. Sports Illustrated bought them out but we are still on the other system. There's a glitch on SI side that's sending everyone schedules and they're not accurate.
A couple other things. Please confirm all of your players are added to your USSSA roster. Also all parents must have added their kid to your teams roster on wtyba.com as well as all coaches that are going to be working with the team. The only coaches approved to coach in West Texas Youth Baseball will be added as they complete BOTH the background check and do the coaches app on our website. If you've done both and aren't appearing on the approved coaches list please send an email to email@example.com ASAP. We will be working through all emails and checking teams rosters this weekend and next week.
Parks: 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.
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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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 Amarillo Rotary Baseball Association 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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