SFYBL Registration Deadlines for the 2015 Spring Baseball Season

It’s time to get your team rosters organized for the Spring Baseball Season. Teams shall consist of at least 11 and no more than 16 players. Important dates are below. Spring season runs during March, April and May.

COACHES AND TEAM MANAGERS Q&A SESSION

November 5th (Wednesday) – County Fair Building located at 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way

– Shetland and Pinto Divisions : 6:00pm-7:00pm

– Mustang, Bronco and Pony : 7:30pm-8:30pm

TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION

November 15th (Saturday) - 10am-2pm at the County Fair Building (9th Ave & Lincoln)

November 19th (Wednesday) – 6pm-8pm at the County Fair Building (9th Ave & Lincoln)

UMPIRE RECRUITING – The league is recruiting umpires for the spring season.

– SFYBL provides free training from the Northern California Umpires Association (NCUA)

– Pay ranges from $25-$35 per game depending on division level of play

– Umpires needed for Wednesday and Saturday games in San Francisco

– Minimum age requirement is 14 years old (14 year old candidates must be in High School)

– Free training session to be held in February

– Send email inquiries to chet@sfybl.com

Seeking SFYBL Board Members

The San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL) is run by a board of mostly volunteers. The duties of the board include but are not limited to:

  • Deciding on league structure
  • Creating league rules and policies
  • Setting league budgets
  • Making game schedules
  • Managing and attending league events such as registration, games, coach training sessions, etc.
  • Attending board meeting weekly during the season and every 2-3 weeks in the off-season.
  • Managing a division(s) for a league consisting of 350 coaches and 2,500 kids playing on 270 teams in five age-based divisions.
  • Communicating with coaches, players, and parents/guardians as well as answering questions from them in a timely and authoritative manner. These communications happen largely via email and our web site, but also include phone and in-person dialog.

If you are an adult interested in helping to provide the youth of San Francisco the best possible youth baseball league experience…we want you.

It is not necessary to be an experienced baseball coach or player, although knowing a little bit about baseball helps. What is far more important are good organizational skills and a desire to give something back to the community.

If this sounds like something for you, please contact us at volunteer@sfybl.com. In your email, please feel free to tell us a little about yourself…specifically about your past relationship with the league and any qualities you can contribute to help sustain the league and make it better.

9U Summer All Star Update

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SAN FRANCISCO PONY ALL-STAR TEAM Wins PONY Section

The San Francisco PONY League Mustang Division (9U) Summer All-Star team won the PONY NOR CAL Section Championship, which took place in Morgan Hill, CA. on July 2nd -July 8th.

San Francisco went undefeated in four games and with the win they advanced to the Northern California Super Regionals in Modesto, CA. on July 10th- July 15th. At the Super Regionals they went 1-2 losing to a tough Blossom Valley team that they beat in the Section Championship game.

10U Summer All Star Update

10U All Stars

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SAN FRANCISCO PONY ALL-STAR TEAM BEST IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The San Francisco PONY League Mustang Division (10U) Summer All-Star team won the PONY NOR CAL SUPER REGIONAL Championship, which took place in Ceres, California on July 17th-July 20th. Teams who advanced in their respective PONY NOR CAL REGIONAL tournaments came to Ceres to compete in this SUPER REGIONAL battle to decide the best Nor Cal Mustang team. The East Bay was represented by teams from Vacaville and Bel Passi, the North Coast was represented by Paso Robles and Toro, the Peninsula Region brought San Francisco and Blossom Valley, and the tournament host town of Ceres represented the Central Valley.

San Francisco went undefeated and outscored their opponents 36-3 in four games in the NOR CAL SUPER REGIONAL. With the win, San Francisco advances as the only Northern California team to compete in the PONY WEST ZONE tournament that will take place in Los Alamitos, CA on July 24th-27th. The PONY WEST ZONE is comprised of 12 states – of which 5 have advanced to this year’s PONY WEST ZONE tournament – Arizona, Washington, Utah, Hawaii and California (North and South), but they could not advance beyond this stage to represent the Western United States in the Mustang Division World Series in Burleson, Texas.

SFYBL All Star Recognition Day

Greetings Coaches and Managers please check your emails, this info was sent to all Coaches and Team managers.

Every year the SFYBL holds all-star games after the play-offs have been completed. We will be doing them this season as well. They will be June 1 at Silver Terrace Park.

We are now seeking your nominations for this event.
We would like to have representation from all teams. In order to keep the team sizes at a reasonable number (about 12 to 15), teams are limited to sending a maximum of:

Mustang West Division – 3 players per team

Mustang South Division (regular season) – 2 players per team

Mustang East Division (regular season) – 2 players per team

Bronco West Division (regular season) – 2 players per team, except the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams get 3 players each (1. SF Seals, 2. West Sunset – Bates, 3. CBS Hawks, 4. The Citi)

Bronco East Division (regular season) – 2 players per team, except the 1st and 2nd place teams get 3 players each

Pony West and East Division – 2 players per team

The all-star game schedule is:

Mustang East – 9:30am (small diamond)
Mustang South – 12:00pm (small diamond)
Mustang West – 2:30pm (small diamond)

Bronco East – 10:00am (big diamond)
Bronco West – 12:30pm (big diamond)

Pony West and East – 3:00pm (big diamond)

The players you send do not have to be your best players. For example, you might consider sending your most committed players. It’s your call on who you send, but please make sure they are able to attend.
Can you please send me the names of the players you would like to send in a response to this email by next Wednesday evening/Thursday morning (May 28/29).

Playoff Rules

The play-offs are set to begin in full force this Saturday, May 17.

We want to make sure all teams are aware of a few things some of which are play-off specific and some of which we have seen a notable amount of violations of throughout the season:

1) Game time is forfeit time. If either team does not have at least eight players present, suited up and ready to play by the scheduled game start time…they forfeit the game.

2) The higher seeded team is always the home team throughout the play-offs.

3) There are no ties in post-season play. Games will be played until there is a winner.

4) Time limits are in effect. This means the inning the game is in at the 2hr mark for Mustang and 2hr 15min mark for Bronco and Pony is the final inning. The only exception is if the game is a tie (see 3 above)

5) Coaches are allowed to visit the pitcher’s mound once per inning. Upon a second visit, the pitcher must be withdrawn from the position.

6) In the Mustang division, three innings is the maximum a pitcher is allowed to pitch. There is no pitching maximum in the Bronco and Pony divisions, but we hope coaches use good judgment.

7) Mustang only: the Mustang stealing rule modification remains intact: a) there is no stealing home (except on a passed ball) and b) a team must stop stealing any time they have a 10-run lead. (Note:  With a Runner on 3rd Base, when the ball is thrown back to the pitcher it becomes a “Dead Ball” situation and runners cannot advance, but if the ball is thrown back the pitcher and is over thrown, this is a “Live Ball” situation and runners may try to advance at their own risk.)

8) Free substitutions are allowed – Any player can re-enter the game.

9) The head coach has the option of using a normal 9-player line up, 10-player line up or a continuous line up with all the players available to hit.  If a team is using a continuous line up and a player shows up late.  The player will be added to the last slot in the order. A game can begin and be played with a minimum of (8) eligible players, you must have (8) eligible players to continue and complete a game. If a team starts with (8) players, an out will be recorded every time the batting order reaches (9) slot in the order.

10) When it is a player’s turn to hit, and he/she is not present, injured, ejected or subjected to some other circumstance and a substitution has not been made, an out will be recorded every time the batting order reaches this turn in the order.

11) All players must play two(2) innings and at least one(1) at-bat, unless the ten runrule or time limit ends the game before the full amount of innings are completed.
12) COACHES: PLEASE REPORT GAME SCORES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR GAME

Playoffs Schedule and Brackets

Now that all the regular season games in the Mustang, Bronco, and Pony divisions have been played, the scores reported, and the final standings calculated; we have scheduled the play-off games. See:

http://sfybl.com/2014_Playoffs/

As previously mentioned, we have restructured a the divisions (Mustang, Bronco & Pony) to make them more evenly balanced and competitive for post-season play.

This is our structure:

Pony
1) Pony West – will be a 7 team single elimination (3-2-1) format and is composed of the top 4 finishing teams from the regular-season Pony West Division seeded 1 through 4 and the top 3 finishing teams from the regular-season Pony East Division seeded 5 through 7. The match-ups will be 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, and 4/5. (with only 7 teams, the #1 seeded team will have a 1st round bye)

2) Pony East – will be a 6 team single elimination (2-2-1) format and is composed of the bottom 4 finishing teams from the  regular-season Pony West Division seeded 1 through 4 and the 2 remaining teams from the regular-season Pony East Division seeded 5 and 6. The match-ups will be 3/6, and 4/5, with the 1 and 2 seeds getting a 1st round bye.

Bronco
1) Bronco West – will be an 8-team single elimination (4-2-1) format and is composed of the top 4 finishing teams from the regular-season Bronco West Division seeded 1 through 4 and the top 4 finishing teams from the regular-season Bronco East Division seeded 5 through 8. The match-ups will be 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, and 4/5.

2) Bronco East – will be an 8-team single elimination (4-2-1) format and is composed of the 5th through 8th place finishing teams from the regular-season Bronco West Division seeded 1 through 4 and the 5th through 8th place finishing teams from the regular-season Bronco East Division seeded 5 through 8. The match-ups will be 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, and 4/5.

Mustang
1) Mustang West – will be an 8-team single elimination (4-2-1) format and is composed of the top 8 finishing teams from the regular-season Mustang West Division seeded 1 through 8.

2) Mustang South – will be an 8-team single elimination (4-2-1) format and is composed of the top 4 finishing teams from the regular-season Mustang South Division seeded 1 through 4 and the top 4 finishing teams from the regular-season Mustang East Division seeded 5 through 8. The match-ups will be 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, and 4/5.

3) Mustang East – will be a 10-team single elimination (2-4-2-1) format and is composed of the 5th through 9th place finishing teams from the regular-season Mustang South Division seeded 1 through 5 and the 5th through 9th place finishing teams from the regular-season Mustang East Division seeded 6 through 10. The 1st round will be match-ups of the 7 seed vs. the 10 seed and the 8 seed vs the 9 seed. The 2nd round. match-ups will be 1 seed/winner of the 8 seed vs. the 9 seed game; 2 seed/winner of the 7 seed vs the 10 seed game, the 3 seed vs. 6 seed, and 4 seed vs. 5 seed.

(the Mustang East Playoff bracket has been expanded to 10 teams and I’m waiting on the extra fields before I publish the bracket, the 10 teams are the 5th thru 9th place teams in the Mustang South and Mustang East Divisions).

We have published the brackets. There may be a few time/location changes over the next few days, so you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO CHECK THE SCHEDULE AGAIN ON MAY 15. We expect the schedule as is to remain largely intact, but will inform impacted coaches if there are any changes.

2014 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

2014 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

The top 8 teams in each Mustang, Bronco and Pony division will advance to a single-elimination playoff bracket. (Divisions may be re-seeded to foster competitiveness)
The following are the game dates for each division.

Mustang
Round 1 – May 17th
Round 2 – May 21st
Round 3 – May 28th (Championship Game)
Bronco
Round 1 – May 17th
Round 2 – May 21st
Round 3 – May 28th (Championship Game)
Pony  (East)
Round 1 – May 17th
Round 2 – May 19th
Round 3 – May 22nd (Championship Game)
Pony (West)
Round 1 – May 17th
Round 2 – May 22nd
Round 3 – May 29th (Championship Game)

SFYBL Announces PONY League Summer All-Star Try-Out Dates

SFYBL Announces PONY League Summer All-Star Try-Out Dates

SFYBL will be fielding summer All-Star teams in the 9U-14U age groups. Try-outs will be in an open format this year, meaning all players who played in SFYBL during the 2014 Spring season are welcome to try-out. Please note the following rule that was announced at the beginning of the season:

If a 10U player “plays up” on a Bronco (11U-12U) team during the regular season, that player is ineligible to try-out for a 10U Summer All-Star team. However, he may try-out for an 11U All-Star team.

If a 12U player “plays up” on a Pony (13U-14U) team during the regular season, that player is ineligible to try-out for a 12U Summer All-Star team. However, he may try-out for a 13U All-Star team.

- Also, 8U players that “played up” in the Mustang (9U-10U) division are eligible to try-out for a 9U All-Star team.

All-Star try-outs will be held at Silver Terrace from 3:30pm-6:30 on the following dates. It is recommended that 9U-12U players attend both sessions, but it is not a requirement.

Mustang-9U and Mustang-10U – Monday, May 12th AND Thursday May 15th

Bronco-11U and Bronco-12U – Tuesday, May 13th AND Wednesday May 14th

Pony-13U and Pony-14U - Friday, May 16th

COMMITMENT : If your child is selected to be on of one of our summer all-star teams, a significant time commitment to summer baseball is required. The teams will practice at least 2 days per week for 2 hours and you can expect to be involved in tournaments every weekend starting with Memorial Day weekend through the end of July. If you are not prepared to dedicate this type of time to a baseball team this summer, please DO NOT try out. Also, if you accept the invitation to be on one of our teams, we expect that this team will be your priority over all other baseball teams your child might be involved with this summer and SFYBL will not tolerate practice or game absences to play for other baseball teams.

COST : If selected, each player will be expected to pay $150 to cover tournament and uniform costs. SFYBL will be hosting its own summer 9U-12U baseball tournament at Kimball Field on June 12th-15th. All-Star players parents will be expected to donate 4 hours of time helping out at concessions, field prep, ect. OR pay $100 exemption fee.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks 2014 Junior Giants

San Francisco Recreation and Parks 2014 Junior Giants

San Francisco Recreation and Parks is excited to start the 2014 Junior Giants season! Registration begins on May 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Teams fill up quickly so we suggest you sign your child up as soon as registration goes live. Volunteer coaches are needed! If you are interested in volunteering please see the volunteer section below. We look forward to working with all the players, parents and volunteer coaches to make this another fun and successful season! PLAY BALL!

Registration Dates: May 3, 2014 through June 20, 2014

Season: June 9th through August 2nd

Age Divisions: 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13

Practice Locations:

Jackson Playground

Kimball Playground

Moscone Recreation Center

Palega Recreation Center

Potrero Hill Recreation Center

Rolph Playground

St. Mary’s Recreation Center

Upper Noe Recreation Center

Victoria Manalo Draves Park

West Sunset Playground

**Practice will be held once a week, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 4:00PM-7:30PM. Practice location and time can vary depending on age division**

Games:

6/21 Crocker Complex
6/28 Potrero & Jackson
7/12 Balboa
7/19 Crocker Complex
7/26 West Sunset & Sunset
8/2 Moscone Rec

**Games will be held on Saturdays. Game times can vary depending on age division**

 

Volunteer Coaches:

We are looking for volunteer coaches who would like to join the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Junior Giants team. Coaches are needed in all age divisions and require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week during the 8 week season. Volunteer coaches must register on our Sports Sign Up web page and complete a background check. The Junior Giants will provide each coach with the equipment and materials necessary to run the team.

Coaching for the Junior Giants can be a rewarding and educational experience. Volunteer coaches will enjoy the benefit of attending a training clinic at AT&T Park hosted by former Giants players and coaches.

If you have additional questions regarding becoming a volunteer coach please contact: Cortez Espinoza

City Wide Youth Athletics Coordinator

cortez.espinoza@sfgov.org