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Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION

Why is there a minimum age for the Instructional League
Players must be age 5 or 6 as of May 1 of the current season in order to play in the Instructional League. Due to limited field availability, the size of the Instructional league is capped. Players will spend only one season in Instructional Baseball and then move up to Single A. The minimum age requirement not only ensures that all 5 year-olds are able to register and play in Instructional for one year, but also recognizes that there is limited value in a 5 year-old playing Instructional baseball for a second season.

I would like my child to play down a level. 
As of the 2019 Rec Season, WYSI is ending general Play Down requests except in cases of physical or mental need. Register your athlete in their age eligible league and then email the Overall In-House Commissioner with your request. Email Commissioner 

 I would like my child to play up a level. 
As of the 2019 Rec Season, WYSI is ending general Play Up requests except for Grade based scenarios. For example, the athlete's birthday is after the May 1st deadline placing them in a lower league yet their school registration moves them up a grade. In order to play with classmates, a Play Up request can be made. Please note that each request will be reviewed and granted based on current availability and/or the unique factors of the request. Register your athlete in their age eligible league and then email the Overall In-House Commissioner with your request. Email Commissioner 

 My son/daughter will be 7 on May 1 of the current season, should I register him in Single A or AA?
Single A and AA are both coach-pitch leagues and played, generally, under the same rules. We encourage all players to play at least one year of Single A.

Do I have to attend Evaluations / Why and What are Evaluations
Yes. Evaluations is critical to team creation and ensures the teams are as balanced as possible. Evaluations are not a measure of a players skill but rather a comparative ranking of all players in the league. This allows the Commissioners to assign scores to each player and build teams through a snake draft.

Can I watch my child get Evaluated
No. Evaluations are closed for a few reasons primarily due to safety and efficiency. Our volunteer coaches are tasked with keeping track of 150 players for 1½ hours. Each coach has passed our background check process in order to participate. Similar to the WYSI policy of not allowing checked adults on fields, we do not allow adults on the evaluation fields. Allowing our pre-verified coaches to execute evaluations without parents in the area helps the process get done as quickly as possible.

 Can I request a specific Coach
WYSI does not honor any coach requests. (WYSI Policies and Procedures Section 7.C.6.b)

Can I request my child be on the same team as another player for car pooling purposes
WYSI does not honor any “car pooling” requests, except for the Instructional League. In the Instructional League, the commissioner will attempt to honor car pooling requests, but there is no guarantee that a request will be honored. (WYSI Policies and Procedures Section 7.C.6.b)

Can I request my child practice on a certain night
WYSI does not honor requests for certain practice nights, given the nature of changing games and practice times throughout the season. In the Instructional league only, parents can email the Instructional commissioner if there is one specific weeknight that they need to avoid. (WYSI Policies and Procedures Section 7.C.6.b)

Still have questions? Please email the Overall Commissioner 


SEASON

Are big barrel bats allowed?
Big barrel bats, larger than 2 ¼" in diameter, are allowed if they have the USABat Logo shown below.

What Bat should I buy?

When does the Season Start / End
Practices start Mid March and the Championship games conclude the week before July 4th.

Game balls and Season Trophies
Balls are provided to the coaches as part of their season equipment and must be returned at the end of the season. If a coach chooses to award game balls, your coach will likely buy the balls themselves.

Season trophies are provided to every Instructional team. Single A - Seniors Leagues play competitive tournaments at the end of the season and only the Champion and Runner Up of those leagues will receive a trophy.

Still have questions? Please email the Overall Commissioner 


MISCELLANEOUS

Team Sponsorship
If you would like to sponsor a team please contact the Capital Campaigns Director on the WYSI Board of Directors. Up to date contact information can be found in the "About" section of our website or by clicking here.

Where is the best place to buy equipment
WYSI is supported by Play It Again Sports Carmel which features New and Used Equipment and Dick's Sporting Goods
Play It Again Sports
Dick's Sporting Goods

Still have questions? Please email the Overall Commissioner 


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