How much does it cost to play in the spring and fall seasons?

Our registration fees vary based on the age group and season. Generally somewhere from $70 to $150. Little kids pay just a little and big kids pay big. Save a little each season by taking advantage of our Early Bird registration periods!

Our dues are kept at a minimum thanks to donations and sponsors. If you can make a donation to the league, then we will use it to help pay scholarships for families that cannot afford registration or add it to our general fund to help pay for operating expenses. If you own a business, work for a business, or know someone that does, then help us out by locking down a sponsorship for the league. We are a non-profit so all money received is used for this all-volunteer league.

Why do we have to pay so much to play in this league?

We hear this sometimes, but we are actually quite affordable compared to other leagues/sports that offer much less in terms of facilities. However, here’s a short list of our expenses: League equipment, jerseys and hats, insurance, charter dues, portable restrooms, concessions, various upkeep and improvements, general overhead of running a non-profit business, etc. Our league leases the land in which our fields are located and we are responsible for the purchasing, safe keeping, maintenance, and replacement costs on every structure, tool, or vehicle you see used by EBYBS volunteers.

Rest assured, as a non-profit, we only charge dues and raise money to an extent that is required to operate. The money we bring in is put back into the league in a number of ways. Nobody involved with the league is turning a profit.

Where are practices held?

Most teams will practice at the Simplot Sports Complex. Other teams practice at various elementary or middle schools in the SE Boise area.

We have limited field space and time slots. So while many teams will only play at Simplot, some teams will find some open space elsewhere on days and times that work better for their schedule. This is ultimately up to your coach.

Where are games played?

This can vary year to year depending on participation and the age group.

Baseball

The younger kids generally just play at Simplot Sports Complex. As players get older, and if there are fewer than 4 teams in a division, we will look to play some games with neighboring Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth leagues.

Softball

Travel is more likely with softball, even with the younger divisions. There are fewer softball teams in each league around the valley so generally about a third of the games are played between other leagues. This is done so the same two teams aren’t playing each other 12 times a year.

When does the season start and end?

Spring: Generally in early March to end of May. Younger divisions will start in April.

Summer: Generally end of May to end of July, sometimes into August if the team makes it to the World Series.

Fall: Generally late August to mid October.

What kind of league is this anyway?

This is a youth baseball and softball charter for Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth. Under Cal Ripken for baseball up to age 12 and Babe Ruth for the older baseball players. Softball is under the Babe Ruth charter for all ages.

What is the difference between Cal Ripken and Little League?

Little League is the most nationally recognized brand of youth baseball. These are the boys you see on ESPN in late summer. Cal Ripken has grown in popularity, especially around the Boise area, but has no affiliation with Little League. We made the switch to Cal Ripken for a number of reasons:

  • More flexibility in who can sign up with our league. Anyone can sign up with East Boise. However, to play on a summer tournament team, you need to be a Boise resident.
  • Varied field sizes. 60′ base paths are the common Little League size for ages 9-12. Cal Ripken offers an accelerated level of play with a 70′ base path for ages 11-12, which features full baseball rules like leading off, balks, and stealing on dropped third strikes.
  • Kid pitch teams are formed after an assessment that is conducted before each season. Coaches will walk around judging your child in the nicest way possible to help divide the talent and keep teams balanced.

Because of our Cal Ripken affiliation and the reasons above, we attract players interested in playing more competitive baseball. As a result, our spring, summer, and fall seasons are noticeably more competitive than our neighboring Little League organizations.

Does my child have to try out to make a team?

For spring and fall, as long as we have enough volunteer coaches, every player that registers is placed on a team. For summer, they must be selected to be on a team.

We do hold assessments for kid pitch divisions, however, and your child must assess every season. Assessments are pretty simple. They play catch for a while, catch a couple fly balls, field a couple grounders, swing at a handful of pitches, and call it a day. The volunteers write down some random numbers and try to make sense of their chicken scratch the following weekend when the draft is conducted.

Can I request a certain coach or teammate?

In general, no. For Tee Ball and Rookies/8U Softball, usually this isn’t a problem. Not all requests can be honored, but many times it works out. Once the player is in kid pitch, they must assess to be drafted to a team. The only way to guarantee who coaches your son or daughter is to either volunteer to coach or volunteer to assist someone you know that is willing to have your kid on their team. Outside of extreme circumstances, no teammate requests will be honored at the kid pitch levels.

How do assessments work and what do we need to do to participate?

Every player league age 9 and above is required to assess every spring and fall. Some league age 7 or 8 players will also assess in the spring if they are attempting to play up into a kid pitch division. For baseball, the players will be split into groups for league age 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. For softball, the players will be split into groups for league ages 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14.

A typical setup for assessments includes players fielding a couple balls from the outfield, a couple balls from the infield, and hitting a handful of batting practice speed pitches from a league official. They should wear appropriate clothing, including cleats and a hat, and should bring their glove, as well as bat and helmet if they have one. A helmet and bat will be available to players who do not have one.

To participate in assessments, your child must be registered with the league before showing up to assessments.

Can I get a refund?

If you request your refund before your child is placed on a team or before the Sunday preceding assessments, then yes, you can receive a refund. We will process the refund with a $10 processing fee and the money will be refunded to your credit card used during registration.

If you request your refund after your child is placed on a team or after the Sunday preceding assessments, then no, you will not receive a refund. This includes players that decided they did not want to play, players that were injured and unable to play, parents that realized they signed up for the wrong league, parents that decided they were moving mid-season, or whatever other reason. We appreciate your donation to EBYBS. Feel free to write it off on your taxes as a donation to a non-profit.

What divisions do you offer for baseball?

Spring
Tee Ball – Ages 5 and 6
Rookies – Ages 7 and 8, sometimes 6 and 9 depending on experience
Minors – Ages 8, 9, and 10, sometimes 11 and 12 depending on experience
Majors 60′ – Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12
Majors 70′ – Ages 11 and 12, sometimes 10 depending on experience
Juniors – Ages 13, 14, and 15
Seniors – Ages 16, 17, and 18

Summer
9U – Ages 8 and 9
10U – Age 10
11U – Age 11
12U – Age 12
15U – Ages 13, 14, and 15

Fall
Rookies – Co-ed for ages 6 and 7, sometimes 5 and 8
60′ – Ages 8 and 9
70′ – Ages 10 and 11
90′ – Ages 12, 13, and 14

How do I determine my son's league age?

Your son’s age on May 1st of that year is their league age. This league age helps us determine what division they will likely play in for each season. Kids can play up if they are exceptional skilled for their age or play down if they are deemed the exact opposite of that.

Here is a link to the current Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth age chart.

My kid is the next Bryce Harper, can he play up?

OMG, can I get his autograph before the fame gets to his head? In general, yes. The request must be made to the league via email once registration is completed for their age appropriate division. We want the players in our league to challenge themselves and continue to improve each season. Because of this, we fully support them playing up to higher divisions when appropriate. Once players reach kid pitch divisions, they are required to assess to be allowed to play up into a higher division.

Please be warned that in the past we have had parents request that their kids play up and either there wasn’t room for them in the higher division (not enough volunteer coaches) or the coaches felt they simply weren’t ready to move up to the next division.

My son played on the 70' field in the fall, but is playing on the 60' field in the spring, what the &$@#?

Players in the fall season are divided almost entirely on age. Players in the spring are more likely to be divided based on skill and available spots at the various divisions. Playing on 70′ fields in fall does not mean you will play on 70′ fields in spring or vice versa. This is not an insult to your child, just a result of varying participation numbers in each season.

My son played in a higher division last spring, why did he move down?

This almost always has to do with the fluctuating participation numbers and changes in coaches. An upper division might have 9 teams one year and 7 teams the next with all new coaches. Generally it is because the oldest kids moved up to another division, but often this will leave a few kids without a spot in that same upper division that they played in the previous spring.

What kind of bat should I get?

In the 2018 season, a new bat standard has been introduced called USA Baseball (USABat). You will find this stamped on all new bats that are considered legal for Cal Ripken play. We will require players in Majors 60′ and Majors 70′ to use this new bat in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Players from Tee Ball, Rookies, and Minors are encouraged to purchase bats stamped USA Baseball, but may continue to use the 2017 standard USSSA bats for the 2019 spring and fall seasons.

What divisions do you offer for softball?

Our divisions vary per season. More experienced players can play up to higher divisions when appropriate. These requests must be made to the league via email after registration for the lower division is completed.

Spring
Tee Ball – Ages 5 and 6
8U – Ages 7 and 8
10U – Ages 9 and 10
12U – Ages 11 and 12
14U – Ages 13 and 14

Summer
10U – Ages 8, 9, and 10
12U – Ages 11 and 12
14U – Ages 13 and 14

Fall
Rookies – Co-ed for ages 6 and 7
10U – Ages 8 and 9
13U – Ages 10, 11, and 12

How do I determine my daughter's league age?

Your daughter’s age on January 1st of that year is their league age. This league age helps us determine what division they will likely play in for each season. Kids can play up if they are exceptional for their age or play down if they are less experienced.

Here is a link to the current Babe Ruth age chart.

My daughter is the next Jennie Finch, can she play up?

In general, yes. The request must be made to the league via email once registration is completed for their age appropriate division. We want the players in our league to challenge themselves and continue to improve each season. Because of this, we fully support them playing up to higher divisions when appropriate. Once players reach kid pitch divisions, they are required to assess to be allowed to play up into a higher division.

How do I register my child to play up a division?

There is no way to do this on our site. You will need to register your child and then email us to request to play up. We will take it from there. Keep in mind, usually playing up means you’re moving to a division that costs more. We will bill you for this amount and you will have to pay it before being considered to play up.

The registration process placed my child in the wrong division, what do I do?

If your child is league age 9-12 and registered to play baseball, the division listed during or after registration might not be the division they ultimately play in. Your child will be required to assess in the spring and a coach from each division will be able to draft your child onto their team. Majors 70′ baseball coaches have first pick, Majors 60′ baseball coaches have second pick, and the remaining players are drafted to Minors baseball teams. Nearly all players league age 11 and 12 will play either Majors 70′ baseball or Majors 60′ baseball. Nearly all players league age 9 and 10 will at least make a Minors baseball team. The same is true for softball players, but divided only between 10U softball and 12U softball divisions.

Players that are trying to play up a division, specifically from Tee Ball to Rookies and from Rookies to Minors, are required to email the league to inform them of this decision and the reason for the decision. We will make a note on your account to show the request. If attempting to play up to Minors as a league age 7 or 8 player, your child must attend spring assessments. If they do not attend, they will not be placed on a Minors team.

How do I register?

Click here to view the step-by-step tutorial about registering.

How do I view past orders or make payments on pending orders?

Click here to view the step-by-step tutorial about viewing past orders and how to apply payments to orders.

Can I add my spouse or other family member to my account?
Yes you can! Click here to view the step-by-step tutorial about adding an additional user to your account.
Can I get a refund?

If you request your refund before your child is placed on a team or before the Sunday preceding assessments, then yes, you can receive a refund. We will process the refund with a $10 processing fee and the money will be refunded to your credit card used during registration.

If you request your refund after your child is placed on a team or after the Sunday preceding assessments, then no, you will not receive a refund. This includes players that decided they did not want to play, players that were injured and unable to play, parents that realized they signed up for the wrong league, or whatever other reason. We appreciate your donation to EBYBS. Feel free to write it off on your taxes as a donation to a non-profit.

The answer you seek is not to be found? Ask us!

Please remember when you submit an inquiry to EBYBS that our entire organization is ran by volunteers. And more to the point, generally just a handful of people with full time jobs that are not related to EBYBS. You might ask, ‘Yeah, so? I have a question and I need answers now!’. Well, my friend, the point being is that we don’t always give quick, detailed responses to every question. This is especially true when the answers you seek are plastered all over the site. It likely is quicker for you to just search around the site (sometimes easiest by just clicking the magnifying glass icon in the corner and typing in a word or two).

We want to help, sure, but please, first try to help yourself by reading the information on our site. The answer is probably floating around on here somewhere.

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 170167
Boise, Idaho 83717

Phone: We do not offer phone support
E-Mail: info@eastboise.com
Web: eastboise.com
eastboiseclassic.com

Location of Our Complex