Willoughby Baseball League
4130 Grove Ave., Willoughby, Ohio 44094
The Willoughby Baseball League is turning 60!
This is a great accomplishment for everyone that Remember
has participated in all ways to help this league be February 19, 26 &
a success. Walk-in registration
THANK YOU!! 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
March 26: Tryouts
Baseball & Softball Registration OPENING DAY Sports Park
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Willoughby Baseball League will be accept- Join us on Saturday May 14, 2011
ing mail-in registration through March 5th. for opening day at Todd Field. March 28:
Colt, 14U-18U Fast Pitch Softball may start Games will be played on this day. Deadline for 2011
registering now, but no later than May 1st. Legend’s Sports Photography WBL scholarship
Please take the time to print the registration will be taking team and individual Applications
pictures. Your Coach will hand-
form off of the league website. All completed April 4:
out the forms and time for your
registrations, fee payment and the Code of Con- First official day of
pictures. Rain out Date is May
duct, signed by both the player and legal guard- 15th. practice
ian must be received by the league on or before
March 5th. All registrations received after that
may be subject to a $20 late fee. Registration 2011 Umpire Info Turn in candy money
to your team manager
fees are shown on Page 3. Please remember to
add a $10.00 “non-resident fee” if you do not Those interested in becoming an umpire for May 5:
reside in the city limits of Willoughby. The Willoughby Baseball League can look up Pants exchange at
Please make checks out to Willoughby Baseball information and print an application from the Field House
League. Mail to: Youth Field House, 4130 league website. You will be contacted directly
Grove Ave., Willoughby, Ohio 44094 with regards to training sessions by the Umpire-
in-Chief. This is a paid position. Regular season begins
Registrations can also be dropped off at the
Field House in the mail slot in the door on the May 14:
CONSESSION STAND WORKERS NEEDED
right side of the building. Opening Day at noon &
If you are interested in working in one of the Picture Day at todd
Walk-in registrations will also be held at the concession stands, fill out the form on the last page
Field House on the following Saturdays: Febru- and return with your registration. May 15:
ary 19th, February 26th and March 5th from This is a paid position.
Rain Out Date For
10:00 am to 1:00 pm Opening Day
New Players VOLUNTEERS NEEDED July 15:
All new players must turn in a copy of their The League is totally run by adult volun- End of Regular Season
birth certificate that is kept on file with their teers. We could always use more help. If
you are interested in helping out in any way,
registration. No registrations will be accepted or
please print the Volunteer Checklist on July 18:
try-outs after March 14 with the exception of page 6 and mail or bring in on registration
high school players. All applications received days. Demands on your time depend on City Championship &
after this date will be placed on a waiting list, what you are willing to help with. Help us League Tournaments
with no guarantee of playing. make 2011 a great season. Begin
Willoughby Baseball League Is Turning 60
The Willoughby Baseball League started in 1951 and is one of the
oldest leagues in North East Ohio. The League is run with volunteers
from Board members, coaches, registration workers, tournament or-
ganizers and more. The League also offers paid positions in the con-
cession stands and umpires. Along with the many boys, girls and
young men and women who play, the Willoughby Baseball League is
one of the few that offer an Individual Assistance Program for those
children who have special needs. The league also offers a scholarship
program for those players who would like to go to college. The winner
of the annual scholarship will receive $750.00 a year for four years.
The Willoughby Baseball League also hosts four large tournaments a
year: The Rebel Rouser, The Reach for the Starzz, The Willoughby
Starzz Invitational and The Willoughby All-Star Tournament.
The Willoughby Baseball League would like to invite parents and
players to join us on Opening Day, Saturday, May 14th to celebrate
this occasion and start off our 6oth year with much excitement and en-
thusiasm. Check our website www.willoughbybaseball.com for up-
dates on times and events.
Leagues, Fees, Divisions, and Ages
LEAGUE AGE DIVISION DRAFT ? FEE W/ CANDY FEE W/O CANDY
INSTRUCTIONAL BOYS 5&6 INSTRUCTIONAL BOYS FORMED $50.00 $75.00
INSTRUCTIONAL GIRLS 5&6 INSTRUCTIONAL GIRLS FORMED $50.00 $75.00
HARDBALL 7&8 MITEY MITES FORMED $60.00 $85.00
HARDBALL 9 & 10 MINOR DRAFT $65.00 $90.00
HARDBALL 11 &12 MAJOR DRAFT $65.00 $90.00
HARDBALL 13 & 14 PONY DRAFT N/A $90.00
HARDBALL 15 & 18 COLT DRAFT N/A $90.00
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL 8, 9 & 10 10U DRAFT $65.00 $90.00
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL 11 & 12 12U DRAFT $65.00 $90.00
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL 13 & 14 14U DRAFT N/A $90.00
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL 15 & 16 16U DRAFT N/A $90.00
FAST PITCH SOFTBALL 17 & 18 18U DRAFT N/A $90.00
SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL 7&8 PIXIE FORMED $60.00 $85.00
HARDBALL TRAVEL ALL HARDBALL TRAVEL INVITATIONAL N/A $95.00
FAST PITCH TRAVEL ALL FAST PITCH TRAVEL INVITATIONAL N/A $95.00
How do I determine my son or daughter's League age?
League age for hardball leagues are determined by the players age as of April 30, 2011. League age for all softball divisions, both
slow pitch and fast pitch, are determined by the players age as of December 31, 2010. Exception: Cutoff for girls playing in the
Instructional League is their age as of April 30, 2011
FREQUENTLY ASKED REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
1. HOW ARE THE TEAMS FORMED?
NON-DRAFT DIVISIONS (FORMED) - Every effort will be made to grant requests when forming teams.
DRAFT DIVISIONS - All divisions participating in a draft are competitive. Players are drafted the day after try-outs. In order to maintain
fairness, special requests for placement on a team will be granted only in extreme situations.
TRAVEL TEAMS - Travel teams are formed by invitational try-outs held each Fall. Notification of try-outs is made by posting to the home
page on the League website.
ALL STAR TEAMS - Coaches will distribute information regarding All Star try-outs.
2. CAN MY SON OR DAUGHTER BE ON THE SAME TEAM AS THEIR FRIEND?
In a non-draft division, you can request to be on the same team, and the league will make every effort to accommodate you. In a draft
division, according to our By-Laws, requests will only be granted in extreme situations. These requests must be submitted in
writing at the time of registration and will be reviewed and voted upon by the board, prior to the draft. The boards decision is
3. IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN A WBL DIVISION EVEN THOUGH WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT CITY?
Any participant living outside of the City of Willoughby will be assessed a $10.00 “non-resident” fee by the City of Willoughby, paid at the
time of registration as part of your registration fees.
FOR FAMILIES WITH 3 OR MORE CHILDREN, YOU PAY THE FULL PRICE FOR TWO PLAYERS WITH THE HIGHEST
REGISTRATION FEES. YOU WILL PAY $15, IF SELLING CANDY, AND $40 IF NOT SELLING CANDY FOR EACH ADDI-
TIONAL PLAYER IN YOUR FAMILY.
League Try-Out Dates and Times
Try-outs are for all returning players moving into a new Division and all new players in the league. Anyone
staying in the same Division as last year does not need to try out.
All try-outs will be held at the Lost Nation Sports Park on Saturday, March 26th. Bring your glove and a bat
and go to the registration table 15 to 20 minutes before your try-out time. These times will also be posted on
the League website.
DIVISIONS LEAGUE AGES TIME
PONY 13 & 14 12:-00 - 1:30 PM
MAJOR 11 & 12 1:45 - 3:45 PM
MINOR 9 & 10 4:00 - 6:00 PM
10U FAST PITCH 8, 9 & 10 12:00 - 2:00 PM
12U FAST PITCH 11 & 12 2:15 - 4:15 PM
14U FAST PITCH 13 & 14 TBA
16U FAST PITCH 15 & 16 TBA
18U FAST PITCH 15 & 18 TBA
COLT 15 thru 19 TBA
Hardball All-Star Try-Outs
The League will be holding try-outs for all 2011 Hardball All-Star teams on Sunday, May 1st. Participation in
All-Star baseball allows a Willoughby Baseball League player to compete against other All-Star teams from
other communities in three tournaments outside of Willoughby as well as in the Willoughby All-Star Tourna-
ment in July. Check with your team’s coach or your league Commissioner for any updates on dates & times.
ALL REGISTERED REC LEAGUE PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO TRY-OUT FOR AN ALL-STAR
TEAM. The teams are picked by the All-Star coach and selected judges. All-Star teams are competitive and
playing time is not guaranteed in every game. There is an additional fee (approx. $30.00) for any player cho-
sen to be on an All-Star team. If you are interested, please bring your glove and a bat to the following field:
DIVISION AGE FIELD TIME
MITEY MITES 7&8 TODD # 3 6:00 PM
MINOR 9 & 10 TODD # 4 6:00 PM
MAJOR 11 & 12 TODD # 2 6:00 PM
PONY 13 & 14 TODD # 1 6:00 PM
CANDY SALE OPTIONS FEELING THE URGE TO COACH A TEAM ?
As always, most divisions under the age of 13 have the choice of If you are interested in becoming a Coach for the 2011
participating in the League’s Candy Sale Fund Raiser or paying season, please contact the Commissioner of your Divi-
the additional fee not to participate. This choice must be made
at the time of your registration. There is a place on your registra-
sion for possible openings. Contact numbers can be
tion form to mark your choice found under the “Contact Us” Tab on the website.
Option 1 - Candy Sale Participation
You can also fill out the “Volunteer” form on page 6 or
circle “Coach” or “Manager” on the Registration Form.
This option is only available for those who register before March
6th. All players who choose this option are asked to sell one box The league is run by all volunteers and your involve-
of candy. Dates for the sale are April 11th to April 27th. We ask ment would be greatly appreciated.
that all players turn in their candy money to their team’s coach
on or before April 27th, so that they can turn in the money on
time and pick up the team’s uniforms. RAIN OUT ALERTS
Option 2 - Not Selling Candy Rain outs can be emailed or text messaged directly to your
computer/phone as a free service. Information can be
This option is available regardless as to when you register. How-
ever, please be aware that this is the only option available if you
found on the League website. Any rain outs for the City of
register on or after March 6th. If you choose this option then Willoughby games only will be sent to you as soon as the city
mark it on your registration form and add $25 to the fee. advises the League. You will be contacted by your manager
of any rain outs from out of city games. Rain outs will also
Any player registering after March 6th must pay the additional
$25.00 and opt out of the candy sale.
be posted on the League website.
FOUR YEAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
The Willoughby Baseball League is once again offering a college scholarship worth $750 per
year for four years. This will be the tenth consecutive year we are offering the scholarship to
all eligible high school seniors. To be eligible, you must have been involved in the WBL for a
minimum of five years prior to the 2011 season.
If you are interested, you can pick up a scholarship application after February 22nd at the
Youth Field House, Recreation Dept. Office, or in the Guidance office at South High School or
download it directly off our website www.willoughbybaseball.com.
Please fill out the application and return it to the Youth Field House (4130 Grove Ave., Wil-
loughby, Ohio 44094 or to your school Guidance Counselors office by March 28th. The schol-
arship winner will be announced during our WBL Opening Day on May 14th.
??? QUESTIONS ???
If you have any questions regarding anything in this newsletter, please give us a call. You may
contact any of the following Officers.
Rob Bartholomai - General Manager 440-944-0444
Craig Franz - Administrative Vice President 440-342-1289
Harold Hipps - Vice President - Hardball 440-946-4532
John Long - Vice President - Softball 440-622-6135
Michelle Hall - Treasurer 440-721-1918
Nancy Shea - Secretary 440-476-0504
You can also log onto www.willoughbybaseball.com for the latest updates, league info, helpful
downloads, league calendar, league rules, and team records and standings.
WE NEED YOU!
Please take a moment to fill out his form, the Willoughby Baseball League is run entirely
_____ Assembling the League Rule Books (February)
_____ Erecting and/or removing registration signs (Feb. 13th)
_____ Working a table during Saturday walk-in registrations (Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5)
_____ Entering Registration Info. (Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5)
_____ Make phone calls for sign-ups (End of Feb. / beginning of March)
_____ Preparing uniforms for distribution at the start of the season (April)
_____ Cleaning and refilling the First Aid Kits (Aug. / Sept.)
_____ Passing out boxes of candy to managers for our fund raiser (April 12)
_____ Committee member
_____ Computer work
_____ Other (Trade skill) _____________________________________________
Please check any area where you are interested in helping & return the form to the Field
House. Thank you in advance for your commitment to Willoughby Baseball!
Your Name: ________________________________ Phone No.: _________________
If you are interested in working in the Concession Stands as a cashier or runner, please sign this
slip and return it with the application. These are paid positions.
Your Name: ______________________ Phone No.: __________________ Age: ___
If you are interested in being a Manager or Coach this year, please fill out and return this form to
the Field House.
Name: _______________________________ Division: ___________________________
Experience (if any):
Phone No.: _________________________
If you are interested in being an Umpire, please refer to the website for information and an applica-
tion. You will be contacted by the Umpire-In-Chief.
This is a paid position.