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What to expect:

When does the season(s) start?

Spring season starts:  ~ first week of April

Spring season ends:  ~beginning of June 

Fall season starts:  ~second week of August

Fall season ends: ~mid October

****season length depends on weather as rain can lengthen the season*****

Practices

Practices start once teams are formed.  Practices are typically one week night from approximately 6pm-8pm and one 2 hour time slot on Saturdays.  Practices stop once games begin.  Practice locations, times/days are set based on the team your child is assigned/drafted to.  Practice locations are Stafford County parks that contain baseball and softball fields.

Game Schedule

Game schedules are released approximately 2 weeks after teams are formed and practices have began.  Games during the week are played at various field locations and typically begin at 6pm.  Games on Saturdays can begin as early at 9am.  There will be no more than 3 events during a 7 day period (week).  Games are played at Stafford County parks that contain baseball and softball fields.

 

what is the "AA" Division?

The "AA" division is a county-wide geographic division with the Cal Ripken leagues to provide an opportunity for players with highly developed skills to potentially advance to district, state and national levels of competition.  The "AA" division may be available for spring and fall seasons depending on registration enrollment.  The "AA" division may be subdivided into separate leagues for AA Rookies, AA Minors and AA Major League teams and will play a cross-county regular season schedule.  The "AA" Cal Ripken league may be scheduled to play against each other in their respective divisions as well as other Cal Ripken league teams outside SBL during regular seasons.  Players shall be selected through tryouts each year.  Players not selected for this division will be placed in the corresponding "A" league drafts.  As indicated above "AA" provides a higher level of play for players with highly developed skills.  However, we encourage anyone who wants to tryout to attend the open tryout date (when published).  Every child within their respective age group has the same opportunity to tryout.  There is no harm in trying out and many parents are often surprised when their child rises to that level of play.  As the statement reads, "if not selected for AA, you are placed in the A draft pool just as you would if you didn't attend the AA tryouts."  Your child has nothing to lose and if selected, your child plays in the higher division.  Any questions, please reach out to your respective division commissioner.

Parent Involvement

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have parents volunteer in our organization!  We have many opportunities for you!  We need coaches (managers and assistant coaches) and team parents.  Sign up under your account today!  Any questions, please email office-manager@staffordbaseball.org


PARENTS AND ATHLETES

Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Stafford Babe Ruth League experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S

Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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