WE WILL HAVE A DIVISION FOR 6U AND UP THIS FALL AND NEXT SPRING/SUMMER, BUT AFTER THIS YEAR WE WILL NOT TAKE ANYMORE 6U TEAMS, AND THE NEXT YEAR WE WON'T TAKE ANYMORE 7U AND SO ON... UNTIL WE ARE A 10U AND UP PROGRAM. AGAIN WHEN THERE IS DRAFT ONLY FOR 9U AND UNDER, THERE WILL STILL BE WEEKENDS OPEN FOR TEAMS TO FORM OUT OF THE DRAFT AND PLAY OTHER TEAMS ON THE WEEKENDS IN TOURNAMENTS. WE ARE NOT KICKING ANY TEAM THAT PLAYS AS 6U AND UP OUT AND WILL HAVE A PLACE FOR THEM AS LONG AS THEY HAVE A TEAM. WE JUST WON'T TAKE ANY 6'S AFTER THIS YEAR. SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION. IT WILL GET CLEARER SOON AND BASEBALL IS ONLY GETTING BETTER IN OUR AREA WITH ALL PROGRAMS NOW WORKING TOGETHER.
Please see Fall 2015 Information Sheet on the left side tabs! We will have all specifics up by this Fri 7/31. Please see the note below, which was sent out to all past YMCA teams. We will be working hand and hand with the New Amarillo Little League to get the much needed draft program off the ground. It will take time, but they will be running at full steam for spring 2016 and plan to offer a fall league this season.
West Texas Youth Baseball will offer a place for any team to play this fall. We DO NOT have a draft, but there is a list being updated on our website (wtyba.com) of kids looking for a team and you're welcome to call any of them to offer a spot on your roster if needing players. Some teams have said they are combining 2 teams from the YMCA which is fine. We don't worry about uniforms matching in the fall as teams are just trying to get more baseball in so they are allowed to just combine and use their teams jersey from spring. That way they can play and then go back to their teams in the spring. We will have limited spots in the spring, but will work hard to get everyone in, giving preference to teams from last spring and this fall. We will let any 6U and up team play as they've already formed a team, but will start eliminating the 6U-9U one year at a time after this year. We feel it's better for a kid to play draft baseball at the 9U and under division, but will let all current teams grandfather in. That doesn't mean a team playing draft can't play against other teams in tournament play. A group of coaches can form a team out of the draft league and play on weekends, as the draft games will be played during weekdays in the dpring/summer. This system of draft and select leagues working together is used in most areas and will help fix a lot of problems in our area. In a nut shell, WTYBA is an organization that has provided quality baseball for our area since 2006. This will be our 10th year and we are excited to announce some changes coming for this fall and next spring. We've always tried to set our schedule based on a teams level, and promote development within league games. Now with the partnership between Little League and West Texas, there will finally be a place for all kids to play. From the draft kid that want to play on a team and have a chance to develop to the select and elite club teams, Amarillo area will have a place for all kids. Please see the fall 2015 info sheet at wtyba.com on the left menu for a little more info. We will have all fall info up by the end of this week, but assure you the fee to play WILL NOT be anymore than you've already been paying and the participants will get quality baseball guaranteed. We will have 2 divisions for fall and 3 for spring, which will give teams a chance to play other teams of similar talent more often, along with a few games against stronger teams to challenge the players to achieve the higher level. We don't want teams to have a bad experience and now will be able to set division play and also run tournaments as invitation level specific so teams can compete within their level and also have a few open events to challenge up. Select teams do not all travel and some don't play but a couple local tournaments. We realize the unfortunate closing of the YMCA has a lot of teams in uncertain territory. We have decided to let any select team from the YMCA play this fall as they played in the spring. For example, If your team was an 8U coach pitch team you normally in most programs across the country would move up to 9U kid pitch in the fall. In my opinion that is the best thing to do, as all teams are in the same boat of learning to pitch, but it's a lot better than being behind most other areas and trying to play catch up March, April, and May. Likewise for teams moving from 10U to 11U, 12U to 13U, and 13U to 14U as they change field dimensions most teams want to make the transition in the fall. We schedule games in the fall in a way to help a little with those kids that play football. We play the coach pitch, 13U, 14U/15U, and 16U on weekends as the young kids don't have as many football conflicts, and the middle school and up kids play football games during the week. We play the 9U through 12U teams on weekdays, with a few games late Sat (6:00 & 7:45), and Sun after church. We do use Amarillo and Canyon fields, but will work hard to keep teams in their area during the weekday games and will only play single games on those nights which will allow more time to get to the park. Weekends shouldn't be a problem for anyone. We all know that there's not enough fields in Amarillo. When given the chance to vote for new fields we need to support it and make sure our kids get the fields they need.
We've heard from a lot of teams who will be playing this fall and look forward to working hard in providing your team a quality experience. Again we will have all fall details posted by end of the week, but will make it very easy to transition over if you choose. As mentioned, the area will be getting a Little League program and we will all be working together to give all kids a great baseball experience. Please if interested in putting a team together for fall baseball simply fill out the Fall Info Sheet on the right of our home page so we can get your team in and get you info.
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Thank you for your interest in WTYBA. Our league consists of a select program for teams that want to form and stay together and also 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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