Frequently Asked Questions...
Your child can play with BYB if ONE of the following criteria is met:
- The parent or legal guardian is a resident of Brookline
- The child attends a school in Brookline
- The parent or legal guardian is an employee of the Town of Brookline
BYB offers league play in
- SPRING - our most popular season with recreational and competitive options depending on age
- SUMMER - known for high level, competitive play, we also offer pick up games
- FALL - a great way to get in some more ball before we hang up our cleats
- WINTER - Brookline At Bat is a local, skills based program offered by John Bucci
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- T-Ballers practice once a week, typically Sundays at Lawrence Fields.
- A-League participants practice once during the week (usually a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) and have a practice or game/scrimmage on Sundays typically at Lawrence Fields.
- In AA-League, AAA-League, and Majors, there are typically three to four events per week with a mix of practices and games in addition to post season play. Games are played on weekdays and on Sundays at fields in Brookline including Amory, Pierce, Baker, Larz, Waldstein, Robinson, and Eliot.
- The Majors teams play the majority of their games at Eliot.
- Challenger League meets weekly.
Most leagues typically start near the end of April and finish near mid June. Schedules and teams are available once registration is complete and the number of teams is known.
In most Leagues, we provide a playing shirt and hat. We also provide all bats and practice equipment.
We expect players and their families to provide the following:
- Baseball pants (with belt)
In many cases, we will have used bats available for teams to share.
Costs vary by age (T-Ball is $120 up to AA/AAA/Majors which is $250) and by league and are commensurate with other town programs in our region. We are a non-profit organization and have no paid employees - the fees are set to cover team and league costs. THERE IS A $10 DISCOUNT IF YOU REGISTER ON or BEFORE FEB 15.
Costs cover insurance, field rental and maintenance, t-shirts and hats that are provided and practice equipment.
We do provide need-based waivers for those families who cannot cover the costs. Please reach out to us if you would like to request a waiver. BYB President
BYB offers a number of introductory programs for younger players.
For older players who are new to the game, we also provide a number of options in the Spring and Fall Seasons to get your child more exposure to the game in a fun and supportive environment.
Go to the Home Page and click "PLAY BALL!" for more information across each season. If you have more questions, please select "Contact Us" and we will reach out to discuss your options.
As a proud afffiliate of Little League, BYB uses the Little League Age Chart to determine leage eligablity.
BYB, in conjuction with Little League, offers some opportunity - at BYB's determination -for experienced players in AA and AAA to "play up" in the next league. This is determined by coach evalations at Mandatory Tryouts for players 10 - 12 years old.
Should my 8 year old play A or AA Ball?
Should my 9 year old play AA or AAA Ball?
AA League is for players who are League Age 8 or 9 years old.
The AA season runs approximately two months, starting in mid-April - the exact date depends on when the town says the fields are dry enough to use.
Each team has a Head Coach and usually several assistants who are almost always fathers, mothers or guardians of players on the team. BYB provides these coaches with training and orientation, and many have played baseball or other sports and have coached for BYB previously.
• For the first 1 - 2 weeks, there will be 3x per week practices,
• Then moves to 1 week of 2-3 of scrimmages,
• Then we move to a regular game season (2 six inning games and 1 practice per week for 3 weeks),
• This will be followed by 3 weeks of playoffs (2 six inning games and 1 practice per week for 3 weeks), and for the top 4 teams, pennant games (2 teams from American League, 2 from National), and
• Finally, a best-of-three World Series in the first half of June
Your player is given and a hat and a team jersey. You must provide a glove and helmet and footwear, either sneakers or baseball shoes.
The season starts off with machine pitch but by the World Series 1/2 of the innings will be player pitch.
The schedule is either M/W/Su or Tu/Th/Su, depending on the team, with some occasional variation, approximately 2 hours per session, weekdays at 5:30PM and Sundays at Noon, 2PM or 4PM, varying each Sunday by team.
Practices normally are either Monday or Thursday depending on your team's schedule with games W/Su or Tu/Su, with some occasional variation.
All teams play at multiple fields throughout Brookline including Pierce, Amory, Lawrence, Baker, Cypress, and sometimes Waldstein or Larz Anderson.
Players on any given team will attend multiple schools, but there will always be several, normally never less than 3, from any one school on the team. In terms of assigning players to teams, our first goal is to have teams of roughly equal capability with each having an equal chance to win or lose since we do keep score.
During the season, your player would have about 60 hours of training and playing and having fun.
You will be contacted by your player's head coach by email during the first week in April announcing the team your player is on and the field where the first team practice will be held.
There will be a schedule provided on the website in April for your player's team, which will be updated in the TeamSnap app if there are changes due to weather / other cancellations or changes to time or field.
As our players get older, and we hold regular seasons and playoffs, we seek to bring a level of parity across teams.
To better assist us and make this a more objective process, we hold mandatory tryouts in the Spring for players 10 - 12 years old.
No player is excluded from playing Spring or Fall Ball. This is simply to aid in creating more parity across leagues.
9 year olds are not required to participate unless they want to tryout for a limited number of positions available for 9s in Triple A. Triple A positions are mostly reserved for 10s and 11s but BYB may allow a limited number of experienced 9s to join the Triple A League.
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All BYB coaches are volunteers from our community. BYB provides training to parents and friends who are interested in becoming a BYB coach. All coaches are subject to background checks as required by law.
BYB follows the guildlines set forth by Little League regarding bats and helmets. Please click below for more information.
Little League HELMET GUIDELINES