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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Newcastle Baseball's Safety Guidelines for COVID?
What are the league registration fees?
How long does the season last?
What programs do you have available for various age groups?
Does Newcastle offer girls Softball?
Does my child need to tryout?
Can my child request to play for a specific coach or with a specific player?
Can you describe the level of commitment for Shetland/T-ball?
My son played last year, and he is returning to the same division. Does he need to try out again?
What happens if my child tries out but does not make a team?
If my child plays down a level, is he allowed to pitch?
Does my child need to live within a specific boundary to be eligible?
At the end of the season, are there any Select/All-star teams?

 


Q: What are the league registration fees?

A:The fees are broken down by Age division. Division eligibility is based on your child's age as of 8/31.

  • Shetland (Ages 5-6)-$150
  • Pinto (Ages 7-8)-$210
  • Mustang (Ages 9-10)-$250
  • Bronco (Ages 11-12)-$275
  • Pony (Ages 13-14)-$350

Q: How long does the season last?

A: Generally, practices begin in March, games begin in April and end mid-June.

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Q: What programs do you have available for various age groups? (Program Details)

A: Shetland Division (T-Ball) ages 5-6 (age as of August 31st)
Pinto Division (Coach Pitch) ages 7-8 (age as of August 31st)
Mustang Division (Kid pitch) ages 9-10 (age as of August 31st)
Bronco Division ages 11-12 (age as of August 31st)
Pony Division ages 13-14 (age as of August 31st)


Q: Does Newcastle offer girls Softball?

A: No

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Q: Does my child need to try out?

A: Shetland (T-ball) does not try out. All other divisions conduct skills assessments in order to balance the teams. Tryout Policies


Q: Can my child request to play for a specific coach or with a specific player?

A: Coach and player requests are allowed for Shetland (T-ball) and Pinto (7-8 yrs old). In all other divisions, players are drafted by the coach.

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Q: Can you describe the level of commitment for Shetland/T-Ball?

A: Typically the T-Ball season has 10 practices and 10 games, each lasting approximately 1:15. T-Ball practices start late March at two per week. Practices are often on two weeknights, and occasionally on a Saturday. The focus in on exposure to fundamental skills: throwing, hitting, and fielding.

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Q: My son played last year, and he is returning to the same division. Does he need to try out again?

A: All players in the Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions must attend the skills assessment/tryouts each year. The player's skills are scored and this becomes a basis of the team draft for each division. There are no assessments for Shetland (t-ball) players. .Tryout Policies

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Q: What happens if my child tries out but does not make a team?

A: For Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions, occasionally there are simply too many players for a given division and a small number of players are not placed on a team following the skills assessment and player draft. Those players are given the opportunity to play one level lower (and a credit for the fee difference) or a complete refund from Newcastle Baseball.

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Q: If my child plays down a level, is he allowed to pitch?

A: Players that are one year older than the designated age range (measured on September 1st) may still pitch in the lower division. Players two years older may not pitch. For example, a player who is 12 on September 1st may play in Mustang but not pitch.

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Q: Does my child need to live within a specific boundary to be eligible?

A: PONY Baseball does NOT have any hard boundaries like Little League does. Most Newcastle players live in Newcastle, Bellevue, Renton and Issaquah. The ability to get your player to practices and games on time is important to your decision:

  • Weekday practices - March/April (5pm start), May/June (6pm start)
  • Weekday games - April (5pm start, arrive 30-60 minutes early); May/June (6pm start, arrive 30-60 minutes early)
  • Saturday practices/games - 10am or later (arrive 30-60 minutes early for games)


If you have questions, please email [email protected]

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Q: At the end of the season, are there any Select/All-star teams?

A: Assuming there are enough coaches and players interested, Newcastle will field All-Star teams for 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U. Newcastle All-Star teams are formed in May, start practicing in mid-June and play tournaments in June and July.

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Q: What are Newcastle Baseball's Safety Guidelines for COVID?

A: General Guidelines:

  • Athletes, coaches, umpires, spectators and any other volunteer staff are required to stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or are a close contact of a confirmed case.
  • Team events (e.g. practices, games) will be scheduled in GameChanger Team Manager which has a COVID-19 Health Status Questionnaire for coaches and parents of athletes to complete prior to attending the event.
    • Questionnaire completion is mandatory.
    • Questionnaire completion enables contact tracing for coaches and athletes attendance at events.  
  • Those who are excluded from training or contests due to COVID-19 symptoms or because they are close contacts must follow DOH and local public health isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to training or contests.
  • Masks must be properly worn at all times by athletes and coaches unless drinking or eating
  • All athletes and coaches shall refrain from all physical contact and stay 6 feet apart whenever possible. Use back of dugout and bleachers for extended dugout area when needed.
  • No sharing of equipment or water bottles.
    • Exception: catcher's gear will continue to be shared for some teams since there is a dynamic number of athletes at the position. Coaching staff shall sanitize the inside of catcher's helmet, mitt, shin guard clips, chest protector clips between uses; coaches may also choose to not share catcher’s equipment for that event (one player plays catcher the entire game)
  •  Athletes not allowed to go to their mouth to improve grip on the ball
  • No spitting, sunflower seeds or gum allowed.
  • League shall provide to coaches, and coaches shall bring sanitizing spray and sanitizing wipes to every practice and game;
  • Parents are responsible for providing each athlete hand sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer to be used by athletes and coaches at arrival, during event and when leaving events.
  • Maximum 75 people allowed per field for practices or games (including athletes, coaches, umpires, fans)

Game Guidelines (in addition to General Guidelines):

  • On offense - dugout is used to prepare for those next up in the batting order; other athletes should be spaced out behind or next to the dugout
  • Umpires should remain 6 feet from athletes when possible
  • Celebrations should be kept to a minimum - refraining from all physical contact
  • No post-game handshakes - use alternate ways to acknowledge opponents
  • Athletes must wait until all participants and equipment from the previous game have exited the dugout before entering the dugout
  • No parents are allowed in the dugout, only athletes and coaches

Fans Attending Games or Practices:

  • Masks are required for all attendees at all events regardless if they have been vaccinated or desire not to wear a maskIf a fan refuses to wear a mask, then the player associated with the fan will be removed from the event (practice or game) by the player’s coach without regard to the impact that may have on the success of that player’s team for that event (e.g. this may cause a team to forfeit the game).
  •  No sitting in the bleachers or bleacher area - that is designated for athletes/coaches (this is field dependent on where the dugout opening is located)
  •  Fan area will be down the foul line fences (beyond the dugouts, field dependent)
  •  All fans should bring their own chairs and sit or stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from those outside their household (practicing social distancing guidelines)
 
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