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Will there be online registration this year?

Yes, returning players AND new players to our league will ALL register online. Registration announcements will be made at our schools, in the community and on this web site. Our online registration vendor is called Dicks Sports Team HQ and you can access registration from our web site once registration is open.
 

When does the season start?

We play from the start of May until the end of June. Practices will be either Monday or Tuesday and either at 5-6 or 6-7. We let the coaches pick their day and time (this happens once teams are formed in April). Games will be on either Wednesdays or Thursdays depending on the week. Games are from 6-7:15.

Does SBA provide financial assistance to families that cannot afford registration?

Sandwich Baseball Association is ready and willing to help any family in financial need. No child will be denied entry to our league due to financial hardship. Please send an email to our league President, , and she will contact you to arrange financial assistance. Any communication with the league President on this subject will be in the strictest of confidence.
 

I want my child to be placed on a team with a friend. Can I make that request?

Due to our Balanced Team philosophy, we are not able to honor special requests.
 

What equipment do I need to have for Baseball?

All uniforms are provided by SBA. This includes a hat and shirt, there will be an option to purchase pants, socks, and belt. Each player needs to have their own glove, bat, and should have gym shoes. Cleats are not required but if you wish to purchase them they should be rubber cleats and not metal. Batting helmets must be worn by all players, the SBA does NOT provide helmets due to sanitary reasons.
 

Why do I need to pay a $150 volunteer fee?

We want to offer a clear explanation as to why our association has chosen to implement the fee.
Each season our program services around 120 kids across 12 teams and our volunteer board currently consists of 5 people, as we have open board spots. To maintain the program and keep it running like it has for the past 35 years, we need parents to volunteer a few hours each season in the different roles we have available. In recent years we have noticed that parental involvement has been on the decline even though the program still needs the support of the parents to be successful. By having the REFUNDABLE fee in place, parents now have a vested interest in helping to support the association through volunteering. If we do collect the fee at the end of the season, those funds are then used to offset the cost of the lost volunteer hours. We ultimately want to refund each volunteer fee at the end of the season because for us to pay for outside help will cost double that of the volunteer fee. We understand that all of our lives have become busier over the years and the Sandwich Baseball Board is more than willing to be creative with volunteer opportunities. All we need is for you to reach out to us.
 

How do team pictures work?

Every year we arrange for team pictures taken at our fields. (If the weather is good, we take them at the main field; in case of rain, we go inside Sandwich Middle School). The coach or team parent will distribute forms to families prior to the event. It is important to be on time for pictures so players aren’t excluded.
 

Does the league offer sponsorship opportunities?

Yes. The SBA counts on businesses to support the league through sponsorship of teams and signs, which hang at the park. We ask that all families consider sponsorship. If you run a business or know someone who does, please ask them if they are interested in sponsoring. Families also can buy a sign with a special message on it. For information on costs, please contact SBA Board Fundraising Chair

Sandwich Baseball Association

PO Box 358 
Sandwich, Illinois 60548
Email : [email protected]
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