First off, welcome to DSYSA baseball & softball. Getting your kids started off in baseball and softball can be a stressful process and first time parents to the league often have a number of questions. We try to answer many of these below. Please reach out if you have any other questions.
Weeball parents go here to learn more. Below applies more to teeball, baseball and softball.
The basic equipment you will need is a glove, bat and cleats. You will also need to buy socks, belt and pants, decided by your coach to match your team jersey.
If your budget is tight, we have used equipment to loan you for the season.
Gloves - There are lots of great beginner gloves for small hands. For young beginners (wee ball and tee ball) , avoid gloves that need to be broken in. Go for something that has flexible materials and easy to squeeze. They'll outgrow it in a year or two.
Bats - Find a bat that your child can hold straight out from their body with one arm. All bats have a length, width and drop rate. The drop rate is the length - weight (oz). A 26 inch, drop 10 (or -10), is a 16 oz bat. No 2-3/4" width bats are allowed. Use 2-5/8" or 2-1/4" width bats.
The league will provide jerseys and hats for each player. You will need to buy the socks, belts and pants. Catcher gear is provided in a lock box by each field, accessible to the coaches.
Practices are typically once a week for younger ages. Older divisions may practice twice a week. Before each season starts, teams can practice twice a week until games begin.
All games are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Anticipate one to two games a week. You will almost always have a Saturday game, and either a Tuesday or Thursday game each week. There are typically around 11 to 13 games a season, plus a double elimination playoff. So kids will get in over 13 to 15 games in a season.
Baseball - based on your age on August 31, 2019
Softball - based on your age on December 31, 2018
6U (teeball): 4 to 6 year olds
8U: 7 & 8 year olds
10U: 9 & 10 year olds
12U: 11 & 12 year olds
14U: 13 & 14 year olds
See our Field Maps page for field locations and directions
Field 1 - Teeball and Weeball (Second parking lot)
Field 2 - Baseball 8U (All the way around the back)
Field 3 - Baseball 10U (First parking lot)
Field 4 - Baseball 10U/12U (In middle of the complex)
Field 5 - Baseball 12U/14U (First parking lot)
Field 6 - Baseball 14U (Located behind HEB by soccer fields)
Field A - Softball 6U and 8U (Second parking lot)
Field B - Softball 10U, 12U, 14U (Second parking lot)
Field C - Softball 10U, 12U, 14U (Located behind HEB by soccer fields)