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2018 Suburban Baseball & Softball FAQ's

The season will tentatively open the week of April 9th (weather permitting) for boys Pinto thru Pony baseball leagues and we will make every effort to have league year-end tournaments completed by July 4th. The regular season for most leagues will be completed by Friday, June 15th and then the season ending tournaments will start. All Star opportunities for some leagues will continue into July for selected players. We will offer field time to coaches who wish to schedule practices at Lamp Park starting on April 1st. There are no practice times available at Lamp Park once the season starts. We will have  practice slots available at our practice fields, which include Oakbrook, Sunny Slope, Maple Village, Hillsborough, Roberts, Elmwood  and Bowling Green parks.

MABL will start play mid to late April.

Shetland baseball and softball will tentatively start on the 2nd weekend of April and T-Ball and Bam Bam the weekend of April 28th.

The only day that we don't schedule games is on Memorial Day - Monday, May 28th.

League schedules will be distributed in early April.  From season opening until Memorial Day, most weeknight games will start at 6:00pm.  After Memorial Day we will schedule weeknight double headers for most leagues - baseball will typically start at 5pm and 7pm, softball at 5:30 and 7pm.  Saturday’s games will run from 9am until dark and Sunday’s from Noon until dark. 


OSAA League Registration Fees for 2018

League Baseball Softball
Bam Bam (Co-ed) $50
T-Ball (Co-ed) $80
Shetland $110 $110
Pinto $135 $135
Mustang $155 $140
Bronco $170 $140
Pony $180 $140
MABL Fresh & Soph $220
MABL Jr. & Sr. $220
City Field Fee $10 $10

2018 Organizational Options

Players may play their AGE or GRADE if they are different. We make every effort to have players in the correct age groups to keep the competitive balance in all leagues. We want players to have the opportunity to play with their friends and grow as a team as they get older.

Co-Ed

Organization Grade Age Group
Bam Bam Co-ed Pre-School 4 year old's (5/1/2013 - 8/30/2014)
Tee Ball Co-ed Pre-Kindergarten 5 year old's (5/1/2012 - 8/30/2013)

Baseball

Organization Grade Age Group
Shetland Baseball Kindergarten 6 year old's (5/1/2011 - 8/30/2012)
Pinto 7 Baseball 1st grade 7 year old's (5/1/2010 - 8/30/2011)
Pinto 8 Baseball 2nd grade 8 year old's (5/1/2009 - 8/30/2010)
Mustang 9 Baseball 3rd grade 9 year old's (5/1/2008 - 8/30/2009)
Mustang 10 Baseball 4th grade 10 year old's (5/1/2007 - 8/30/2008)
Bronco Baseball 5th grade 11 year old's (5/1/2006 - 8/30/2007)
6th grade 12 year old's (5/1/2005 - 8/30/2006)
Pony Baseball 7th grade 13 year old's (5/1/2004 - 8/30/2005)
8th grade 14 year old's (5/1/2003 - 8/30/2004)
MABL High School Baseball Fr/So 9th grade 15 year old's (5/1/2002 - 8/30/2003)
10th grade 16 year old's (5/1/2001 - 8/30/2002)
MABL High School Baseball Jr/Sr 11th grade 17 year old's (5/1/2000 - 8/30/2001)
12th grade 18 year old's (5/1/1999 - 8/30/2000)

Softball

Organization Grade Age Group
Shetland Softball Kindergarten 6 year old's (5/1/2011 - 8/30/2012)
1st grade 7 year old's (5/1/2010 - 8/30/2011)
Pinto Softball 2nd grade 8 year old's (5/1/2009 - 8/30/2010)
3rd grade 9 year old's (5/1/2008 - 8/30/2009)
Mustang Softball 4th grade 10 year old's (5/1/2007 - 8/30/2008)
5th grade 11 year old's (5/1/2006 - 8/30/2007)
Bronco Softball 6th grade 12 year old's (5/1/2005 - 8/30/2006)
7th grade 13 year old's (5/1/2004 - 8/30/2005)
Pony Softball 8th grade 14 year old's (5/1/2003 - 8/30/2004)
9th grade 15 year old's (5/1/2002 - 8/30/2003)
10th grade 16 year old's (5/1/2001 - 8/30/2002)
11th grade 17 year old's (5/1/2000 - 8/30/2001)
12th grade 18 year old's (5/1/1999 - 8/30/2000)

Approximate Number of Games by League

League Co-ed Baseball Softball
Bam Bam 8
T-Ball 10
Shetland 12 12
Pinto 16* 14*
Mustang 16* 14*
Bronco 16* 16*
Pony 16* 18-20
MABL 20-25
* - plus end of year tournament

When do I need to register?
When does the baseball and softball season start?

How many games does each team play?
When are the games played?
What does my registration fee cover?
What is the Volunteer Requirement?
How many times do I need to volunteer if I have multiple children playing?

What Volunteer Duties are available?
How do I sign up for a Volunteer Session?
What happens if my shift is cancelled due to rain (or other inclement weather conditions)?
How do I know if my volunteer shift has been cancelled?

What happens if I'm unable to work my shift and I'm within the 5 day unable to cancel window?
Are there age restrictions for working in the Snack Shack?
Once my volunteer shift is completed, how long does it take for my volunteer account to be credited?
How can I tell if my volunteer deposit is still pending?
How do I determine if my volunteer requirement has been satisfied?
When are teams formed?
Can my son/daughter play up an age group?
When does practice start?
What is the OSAA All Star team?
Can I bring team snacks?

Q: When do I need to register?
A: Register by March 1 for priority placement on teams (April 1 for Bam Bam, T-Ball and MABL). After deadlines placement is on a space available basis. Registering no later than the posted deadlines is critical for us to know who's playing so we can form teams, assign coaches and develop game schedules.

Q: When does the baseball and softball season start?
A: The season will open the week of April 16th (weather permitting) for boys Pinto thru Pony leagues and we will make every effort to have league year end tournaments completed by July 4th. The regular season for most leagues will be completed by June 15th and then the season ending tournaments will start. All Star opportunities for some leagues will continue into July for selected players. We will offer field time to coaches who wish to schedule practices at Lamp Park starting on April 1st. There are no practice times available at Lamp once the season starts. We will have some practice slots available at our practice fields, which include Oakbrook, Sunny Slope, Maple Village, Hillsborough, Roberts, Elmwood and Bowling Green parks. T-Ball and Shetland league will start on Saturday April 21st. Younger softball leagues (Shetland, Pinto and Mustang) will have a later start date of around April 28th again this year to help avoid conflicts with other activities of soccer, select volleyball and dance. The only day that we don't schedule games is on Memorial Day - May 28th.

Q: How many games does each team play?
A: See approximate number of games by league table above.

Q: When are the games played?
A: League schedules will be distributed in early April once the final numbers of teams are determined.  From season opening until Memorial Day weeknight games will start at 5:30pm, after Memorial Day we will schedule weeknight double headers starting at 5pm and 6:45pm for most leagues.  Saturday’s games will run from 9am till dark and Sunday’s from Noon till dark.

Q: What does my registration fee cover?
A: The registration fee includes a Suburban uniform jersey and hat. If teams want players names put on the back of the jersey, they can take them back to Lawlor's Sporting Goods as a team and fill out the form that will be in their bag of jerseys. Teams are required to wear the league issued uniform jerseys for all games. Players will need to have their own glove, pants, socks and cleats. The league will provide each team a full set of catchers gear, game balls and 5 batting helmets for the team. There is also a limited supply of bats that are available if your team needs them.

Q: What is the Volunteer Requirement?
A: Each family will be required to serve one, three (3)-hour volunteer session. Families can buyout of this requirement by paying a $75 buyout fee at registration. Families choosing to volunteer will have a $100 deposit added to their league fees at registration. This volunteer deposit will be cancelled when the volunteer requirement has been satisfied and collected on August 15 for any families who do not actually fulfill their volunteer responsibilities during the season.

Q: How many times do I need to volunteer if I have multiple children playing?
A:
One time per season. Volunteer responsibilities are per FAMILY not per player. If you have multiple children playing this season you are only required to volunteer one time.

Q: What Volunteer Duties are available?
A:
Volunteer duties include Snack Shack, Snack Shack Grill, General Maintenance and Head Coach. Assistant Coaches do not qualify as a volunteer duty.

  • Snack Shack/Snack Shack Grill: Work 3 hours in concession stand and/or manning the barbecue grill.
  • General Maintenance: Work picking up trash, general field maintenance and other projects as needed.
  • Head Coach*: Organize practices and games. Volunteer deposit will be used for return of the team equipment bag.
  • Note: Acting as an Assistant Coach or Team Parent DOES NOT QUALIFY for a volunteer refund. Your volunteer requirement will still need to be satisfied through one of the options above.

* - All coaches may be subject to a background check

Q: How do I sign up for a Volunteer Session?
A:
ALL Volunteer shifts will be claimed using the Dibs System on the website: http://www.omahasuburban.com/dib_sessions. We post volunteer signups in mid to late-March.

Q: What happens if my shift is cancelled due to rain (or other inclement weather conditions)?
A:
If your shift is cancelled due to rain or unplayable field conditions your shift will be marked as completed and your volunteer requirement will be deemed to be satisfied. You will not be required to claim and work another shift.

Q: How do I know if my volunteer shift has been cancelled?
A: We will send out a general alert via OSAA’s RainedOut.com notification service advising if conditions warrant a cancellation of play at Lamp Park. The alert will be sent to all subscribers via email or text and will be posted to OSAA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can subscribe to RainedOut.com through this link: https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=3e6afee27f98a14b76c5. If Lamp Park does not have play at any fields, then Snack Shack and Field Maintenance shifts are cancelled.

Q: What happens if I'm unable to work my shift and I'm within the 5 day unable to cancel window?

A: You can cancel your shift up to five days prior and claim another shift. If you're within the five day no-cancel period you are responsible for finding a sub to cover your shift. Your sub can be anyone 16 and older. Just have your substitute advise the snack shack manager they are working for you. If you are marked as a "NO SHOW" you will be unable to claim another shift and your deposit will be charged on August 15.

Q: Are there age restrictions for working and being in the Snack Shack?
A: Yes. For safely and liability reasons, no one under 16 is allowed in the Snack Shack even when supervised by an adult. There are sharp and hot objects in the Shack and it’s not a safe place for children.

Q: Once my volunteer shift is completed, how long will it take for my volunteer account to be credited?
A: It can take up to  7-10 days for the volunteer credit to applied to your account and for your volunteer deposit to be cancelled. To ensure the process happens as smoothly as possible please check in with the Snack Shack manager when you report for duty to ensure we have you checked off the duty list.

Q: How can I tell if my volunteer deposit is still pending?
A: Look under your account for purchased items. If there's a $100 payment pending due on a future date (like August 15, 2018) then your deposit hasn't been canceled yet.

Q: How do I determine if my volunteer requirement has been satisfied?
A: You can access your volunteer status through your account under Dibs. You will see items labeled "Snack Shack", "Field Maintenance" or "Office Help" and a % complete. You just need to complete one of these items per family worth 3.0 credits (hours). Once you're at 100% for any item for a season your volunteer requirement is deemed to have been satisfied.

Q: When are teams formed?
A: Teams will be formed by league commissioners after online registration closes on March 1 for all leagues except Bam Bam, T-Ball and MABL Baseball which closes on April 1. All registrations are  processed through the web site. Any player that signs up before registrations close will be placed on a team. Registrations after the March 1 and April 1 deadlines will be handled on a best efforts basis and players will be accepted if there is room on a team. Team rosters will be distributed to coaches in mid-March (after April 1 for Bam Bam, T-Ball and MABL Baseball) by league commissioners after which coaches will start contacting families. Team rosters are normally 12 players, but can be larger or smaller depending on league registrations.

Q: Can my son/daughter play up an age group?
A: We discourage “Playing up” at Suburban but no longer prohibit it. Your child may play his/her age or grade if they are different. We make every effort to have players in the correct age groups to keep the competitive balance in all leagues. We want players to have the opportunity to play with their friends and grow as a team as they get older.

Co-Ed

  • Pre-School – 4 year olds – Bam Bam Co-ed
  • Pre-Kindergarten – 5 year olds – T-Ball Co-ed

Baseball

  • Kindergarten, 6 year olds – Shetland Baseball
  • 1st and 2nd grades, 7 & 8 year olds – Pinto 7 Baseball and Pinto 8 Baseball
  • 3rd and 4th grades, 9 & 10 year olds – Mustang 9 Baseball and Mustang 10
  • 5th and 6th grades, 11 & 12 year olds – Bronco 11 Baseball and Bronco 12 Baseball
  • 7th and 8th grades, 13 & 14 year olds – Pony Baseball
  • 9th – 12th grades – High School Baseball

Softball

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade, 6 & 7 year olds – Shetland Softball
  • 2nd and 3rd grades, 8 & 9 year olds – Pinto Softball
  • 4th and 5th grades, 10 & 11 year olds – Mustang Softball
  • 6th and 7th grades, 12 & 13 year olds – Bronco Softball
  • 8th - 11th grades, 14, 15, and 16 year olds – Pony Softball

Q: When does practice start?
A: Starting March 31st until July 15th all field time at Lamp Park will be scheduled by the league. Limited preseason practice slots will be available for scheduling by your leagues commissioner. Those slots will be selected or assigned at the pre-season coaches meeting.

All teams are expected to hold practices before and during the season. Once the season opens there will be no opportunity for practice time at Lamp Park. We will have some practice slots available at our practice fields, which include Oakbrook, Sunny Slope, Maple Village, Hillsborough, Roberts, Elmwood and Bowling Green parks. Teams can also find other locations in town for practice. Coaches please check with the Omaha Park and Rec Department to see about obtaining a permit for a practice field from them.

Q: What is the OSAA All Star team?
A:
There is an All Star opportunity that will last until Mid July for Baseball players in the Mustang, Bronco and Pony divisions. Tryouts for these teams will be held in mid-June and teams will be formed and begin All Star play in early July.

Q: Can I bring team snacks?
A:
Suburban operates a snack shack at Lamp Park which plays a huge role in helping Suburban keep your playing costs as low as possible. Please do not bring in outside “Team Snacks” for after games. Snack Shack tickets can be purchased at the Shack during game hours.