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Denbigh Youth Baseball League

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DYBL

DYBL operates in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Newport News. The City provides the fields, while DYBL is responsible for the up keep. DYBL is funded and operated solely through the efforts of volunteers.

League Sanctioned 
DYBL is sanctioned by Babe Ruth, a national youth baseball/softball organization. DYBL rules follow Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken rules with local modifications.

Membership Meetings
The participation of your child(ren) in the DYBL automatically makes you a member of the DYBL. We will hold three general membership meetings during the season to conduct League business. Please note the dates from the calendar and make every effort to attend these meetings. Your participation is very important! See the Calendar on the HOME page of this site for other important dates.

Parental Support
We hope that you will come out volunteer and watch as many games as possible. It has been proven that parental support of the team is a positive influence on both the individual players and the team as a whole. Cheering for your child, teammates, as well as the opposing team’s players, is encouraged. DYBL expects family members and their guests to act with respect for the actions of all players, coaches, and umpires. Good sportsmanship is a primary objective of the program. Adults must set the example for the youth.

Proof of Residency
Proof of residency must be presented for each player at registration. Acceptable documents are: recent utility bill, pay stub, or voters registration card.

Proof of Age
Proof of age must be presented for each player at registration. The birth certificate, passports, or military identification cards are acceptable.

Player's Age
We assign players to divisions based on their "league age." The date for determining this age for baseball is May 1, of the current year. The date for determining this age for softball is January 1, of the current year. Four-year old players must be 4 years old as of April 15th this year. *NOTE: Fall Ball players will play in the division they will be playing in for the next SPRING season.

Player Distribution
Players are assigned to teams based on a distribution plan approved by DYBL. An evaluation of players is used in the Minor, Major, and High School Prep Baseball; as well as 12U and 16U Girls Softball Divisions. All players in these divisions MUST participate in an evaluation session prior to being assigned to a team. This procedure has proven to improve the competitive balance among the teams in these division. All players registered on any of the regular registration days, and attending evaluations, will be placed on a team. Players registered after these days, or absent for evaluations, will be placed on the waiting list. 

Practice
The number and location of practices are set up by the Operations Officer. However, the team manager may schedule additional ones if a field is available. During the regular season, the manager may decide to practice if a field is available.

Game Schedules 
The number of games played by each team depends on the number of teams in that division and the number of playing days available. Generally, each team plays two games per week, make-up game are fit in when a fiel is available. The regular playing season starts on Monday, April 9th, and will end about June 10th. Your child’s coach should give you a game schedule before the first game. Please try to schedule any vacations around the season so your child will be able to participate in all games. The absence of a teammate could adversely affect the team and might even cause it to lose by forfeit due to an insufficient number of players. Any players interested in participating in All Stars must play in 12 regular season games.





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