Please refer to the following frequently asked questions.
I would like to register my child for baseball, where do I go?
Please visit the registration tab on the top menu to register. You will need to create an account with DYB to complete registration.
I would like to pay with a check. Do I still need to register online?
Yes. You have the option to pay by check or cash. To use this option you will need to visit the registration page, complete all required information and select pay by check.
Do you offer discounts for multiple child registrations?
Yes provided the children reside at the same address. Please see the online registration for multi-player discounts.
How do I get on the mailing list?
You need to create an account with DYB to receive our email messages.
I want my child to play up a division, can I register them for the next level?
No. Danbury Youth Baseball is bound by the rules established by Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball. There are specific age cut offs for each level of play and DYB is prohibited from moving kids up. Please visit the Our Divisions page and review the information for specific age groupings.
My neighbor has a child who was moved up in the fall, I thought you couldn’t move players up to the next division?
In the fall, players who will reach the required minimum age for the next division are offered the option to play in that league. Players who participated on a summer travel team also have the option to move up.
My child is very good at baseball and they really should be moved up. Can you make an exception?
No. Our insurance policy prevents us from making exceptions.
I saw the birthday cutoff date is April 30th. Why isn’t the cut off December 30th or done by grade level?
Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball established April 30th as the cutoff date to equalize the skill levels of all players within a division.
My child’s birthdate is May 1st, Can’t they be moved up. It’s only one day?
No. Please visit the Our Divisions page and review the information for specific age groupings.
How are teams formed, when do they practice and how many games will be played?
Children in “C” division are assigned to teams by the league. Children in all divisions above “C” are drafted by the head coach prior to the season.
The frequency of practices and which day(s) of the week are based on two factors; Coach and field availability. It is impossible for a child to placed on a team with a set practice schedule.
Typically, a spring or fall season is comprised of 12 regular season games followed by a double elimination playoff series.
Is it possible my child’s team will play less than 12 games?
It is possible for a team to play less than 12 games. This is primarily due to inclement weather. Every effort is made to get all 12 regular season games played. Generally in the spring we are able to get at least 12 games in before the playoffs. Sometimes we get in 14 games. In the fall, the weather is a bit more fickle and getting 12 games is tough. If we are running into weather related issues, we will change the playoff format to a single elimination.
Are games ever cancelled?
Sometimes. Our philosophy at DYB is simple: ”We only cancel games when the fields are unsafe to play ball”
My child’s game was cancelled at 3pm and at 5pm the sun was out and the fields were dry. Why did DYB cancel the game?
Monday through Friday, the City of Danbury has the authority to cancel games at Roger’s Park if they are unable to get the fields lined and ready to play. On the weekends, DYB makes the call on cancelling games.
The other night my child’s game was not cancelled. We got to the fields and found out the game was cancelled 30 minutes before it was scheduled to start. Why?
Sometimes the crystal ball we use to determine if it will rain or not goes offline and we don’t get it right. The intent is to play ball. It is important to know that when a game is cancelled less than 2 hours before its scheduled start, DYB still has to pay the umpires. We do the best we can.
I’d like to be a coach.
Great! We are excited you would like to volunteer. There is no better reward than to help develop a child’s baseball skills. To become a coach, you will need to become a certified coach through Cal Ripken. This lifetime certification is a requirement of our charter with Cal Ripken Baseball. To learn more about coach certification, please visit http://www.baberuthcoaching.org/ Also please visit the FORMS tab under FAQ to learn more about becoming a coach at DYB.
I played baseball in college | the minor leagues | professionally, do I really need to be certified?
Yes. It is the rule.
Do you do background checks on your coaches?
Yes, we conduct a background check on all coaches each season.
Are all people who sign up to coach a team picked to be a coach?
No. The DYB board conducts a review of all coaches each season. We review previous experience, on field behavior and take into consideration feedback from parents on all coach applicants.