Summer ball, commonly known as All-Stars, is the most competitive season of baseball for EBYBS. The divisions are based solely on the age of the players participating. Coaches are interviewed and selected by the EBYBS executive board and players are selected to those teams by the coaches and board members of EBYBS. Registration will open mid April and teams will be selected by the first week of May. The actual season starts directly after the spring season with practices often starting before the spring season ends. EBYBS will send out a league wide notice once registration for summer ball are open.
One official team will be established per league age. Outlaw teams will be formed that may combine multiple age groups. This will vary year to year depending on the level of registrations received. Still not every player will make a team, but we do our best to form as many teams as possible that the league thinks can be competitive in summer play.
Players that are league age 8 are eligible to play 9U. Determine your player’s league age by referencing the Babe Ruth Age Chart. Summer baseball is an opportunity and privilege for players to experience baseball at a higher level of competition. It can be both very rewarding and disappointing.
EBYBS offers opportunities for players from each age group for summer all-stars. If a team is not formed in a particular age group, then a player can ‘play-up’ into another age group. If a team is available in the player’s appropriate league age, then they must play on that league age appropriate team. Players that are league age 7 or 8 will have to play-up to 9U. Players league age 14 will have to play-up to 15U. All other players will play a summer team within their appropriate league age.
Most teams will practice 2 or 3 times per week, every week. These practices are usually on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday. Games are usually played each weekend starting Thursday and sometimes ending on Sunday. Practices will begin before the spring season ends (as to not affect your spring team) or immediately after the spring season. Games may start as early as Memorial Day Weekend and take up the majority of weekends for June and July, with some teams possibly advancing to the World Series scheduled in August.
Most teams play 25-35 games leading up to mid July, taking up anywhere from 4 to 6 weekends. Be certain your son is committed enough for this level of competition and is willing to give time and effort both at practices and games for the duration of the season.
Evaluate the financial cost for participation in this team. Money is a factor in summer baseball as you can expect a certain amount of travel expenses and time off of work to attend games and/or practices. Parents are responsible for the full cost of uniforms (estimated around $145) and their player’s share of tourney registration dues (estimated $40 per tournament – generally 3-5 paid tournaments). Please contact the league by email regarding possible scholarship opportunities.
Be ready and willing to support the team in whatever way you can (i.e. transportation, refreshments, encouragement, attendance at games, etc). Travel away from the Treasure Valley area may be involved. This will be decided by each coach. Depending on the age group, some State/Regional tournaments will require travel. Participation in the State and Regional tournaments is mandatory.
Parents will be required to volunteer at the East Boise Classic that is held the third week of June. Field prep, field maintenance, concessions work, and more are required.
Consider the time spent on sports and the impact on your family’s vacation plans. The team needs your commitment to be successful. Please adjust your family travel plans to not conflict with competition, if at all possible, and let your coach know of your travel plans before your child is selected. Parents must provide the coach with a copy of their birth certificate at the beginning of the season to be approved for play in official Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth tournaments.
There is no guarantee of playing time and your child may play positions they do not normally play. Philosophy on playing time and lineups will vary from coach to coach, but these teams are formed to play a competitive level of baseball. Not every player that signs up for summer baseball is guaranteed a spot on a team. Usually only 12 players per age group. A second ‘Outlaw’ team may be formed if enough interest is generated.
Players are selected based on input from head coaches and assistant coaches in your child’s division. Experiences with peers, previous coaches, and on-field performance/attitude during the spring season is taken into consideration. This includes an evaluation of the behavior of parents as well.