Niskayuna Baseball : FAQs

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2555 River Rd, Niskayuna, NY 12309
42.8139 -73.865681

Registration FAQs

Do you have to live or attend school in Niskayuna to play in the Niskayuna Baseball League?
All players must reside in the Niskayuna School district inorder to play in the Niskayuna Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League.  This applies to Recreation, Travel and All Stars.  

A player can live in the district and attend school elsewhere (private school, BOCES, etc) and play in the League.  But a player can't live outside the district and play in it.

What are the Recreation Levels?

The league a player is eligible for is based on Baseball age is based on the players birthday on May 1.

T-Ball:                                 4 and 5 year olds 

Single A:                            6 and 7 year olds 

Double A:                           8 and 9 year olds 

Triple A:                            10 and 11 year olds;  Also any prior summer 8U Allstars that are 9 years old

Majors:                              11 and 12 year olds

Babe Ruth:                        13 - 15 year olds

Senior Babe Ruth:           16 - 18 year olds. (Baseball age is base on January 1.)

How are Teams Created?

Cal Ripken level teams tee ball, A, AA are based on school primarily as well as feedback from parents and coaches.  Use the comments area at the end of the registration process if you have a special request...e.g. particular friend to share a ride.

AAA and Majors are based on a work out draft day and draft a few days later. 

When is the season?

Our baseball schedule traditionally begins the Monday after the April break and goes until around the time the school year ends. For many divisions, the playoffs will extend until shortly after the end of the school year.

Teams will begin practices as soon as the weather clears - late March or early April.

When are practices?
Baseball practices are determined by the Coach or Manager of your players team.  He or she typically consults all the parents to find the best location and time slot.  Most coaches are flexible.  For the younger ages because teams are primarily school based, typical conflicts for one, are conflicts for the others.  

Practices will start as soon as teams are determined and the fields are opened.  Late March or early April typically.

What days are practices held?

The practice schedule is set by each team individually, so there is no way to know up front what your practice schedule will be. This will be a decision made between a manager and the families on the team.

When are the games held?


There is no "set day of the week" for games. Each team will have a schedule with games on various weeknights throughout the season.

On weeknights, warmups for games begin at 5:30 (games start at 6:00). On Saturdays, games will be run throughout the day. We try to avoid Sunday games, but sometimes the number of teams requires us to schedule them. Makeup games from rainouts will be held whenever we can schedule them, including on Sundays.

FOR T-BALL, we have traditionally played all games on Saturday morning, although the Board may elect to change this in order to better use the fields. T-ball plays only one game per week.

How will I know what team I am on?

The team rosters are generally set during mid-March. At that point, managers are assigned and given team lists. You should hear from a manager by the end of March. If you do not, then contact the league or any board member.

Are there any "hidden fees" above the registration and capital improvement fees?

We do not do any candy selling or other fundraising. The only time we will ask you to pay is at registration.

You do have to provide your child with a baseball mitt. If you are playing Triple A, Majors, or Babe Ruth, you will also need to buy baseball pants.

You will also be required to work the concession stand at least once during the season.

What do you provide each player?

Each player will receive a team shirt and a team cap. For Triple A, Majors, and Babe Ruth, the league will also provide socks in team colors.

What do fees cover?

For all levels fee's cover: hats, uniforms, equipment and gear, balls, (umpires if provided), field upkeep and facility expenses, lease payments, rental of fields (GE fields), capital equipment and servicing any capital loans.  They also include insurance, fee's and dues for the various leagues, associations, and tournaments we partake in as well as other administration expenses.

What is Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken Baseball ?

Its a baseball league with rules that supports development, safety, umpires and growth of the game for players age 4 to 18. Its similar to Little League Baseball that you see on TV or hear used to describe all youth baseball.  However their are some differences between the two leagues.

The sport of baseball is very much the same but some key rule differences.  Here are just a few:
Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken base a player eligibility based his or her's residence in a Town/School Districts as opposed to  Little League which is Town or community based.

Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken introduces a "Majors" Level for 11 to 12 years olds that plays on a 70' diamond and 50' pitching distance.  This eases the transition to a 90' diamond, 60' 6" pitching distance at age 13.  Little League through age 12 continue to play on a 60' diamond.  (Yes thats a 60' diamond those kids are playing on TV!.)

Lastly, Little League has a pitch count rule in effect with record keeping to support it.   Cal Ripken supports good coaching when it comes to pitching but its less stringent on pitch count rules.


Sunday, January 12
2014 Draft Calendar

1/13 Registration Opens 1/13 

1/24 12U Travel Tryout Hit and Run 5pm, include potential modified players

1/25  10U/9U  Travel Tryout 5:30-7pm Union College; Rec Checks Accepted

1/26  11U/8U  Travel Tryout 1-3pm Union College; Rec Checks Accepted


2/24 Town Board Meeting  

3/1  Need Majority of Sponsors for Team Naming/Hats
3/1  Open NBL Store

3/8  Close Registration. Rec Checks Accepted

3/8-3/9  NHS Spring Clinic 
3/9 Daylight Savings Time 

3/10…Select Coaches for Rec. Count teams for uniforms and
hats, discuss Coaching Duties, Practices
3/11…Coaches Meetings? More practices/training request

3/15-3/16 NHS Spring Clinic

3/22-3/23 Tryouts Majors/AAA 

3/24  Target fence modifications etc starting this week

TBD   Majors/AAA Draft this week

3/25  Town Board Meeting Mar 24  

3/28  NHS JV, Freshman, Modified teams set
/29  Babe Ruth Travel Team 13U-15U Tryout
3/30 Babe Ruth Coach/Team Selection Meeting

4/1-4/4  Announce Teams 

4/5  Field Day ;  Equipment Picks up; BOTTLE DRIVE

4/9   Varsity First Home Game
/11  NBL Store deliveries

4/12-4/20 SPRING BREAK

4/23 Picture Night
4/24 Opening Night (Thursday)

4/26 OPENING WEEKEND  Week 1; Game of the week:
 4/27 Cal Ripken Travel Start; Adult League Start

5/3   Week 2; Game of the week:
Price Chopper Raffle
5/9   Potential Senior

5/10  Week 3; Game of the week
5/11 Mothers Day

5/17  Week 4/NISKA DAY/ PARADE;  Game of the week
5/18  For T-A-AA teams interested...Return Trophy Order  

5/25  Babe Ruth Travel Start; Senior Babe Ruth Start

5/31  Week 5; Game of the week

6/1    Cal Ripken All Star Tryouts

6/7    Week 6; Game of the week 
6/11  Announce Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Fall Ball Sign Ups 

6/11  Announce Summer Camp/Sandlot Program

6/14  Week 7; Game of the week 
Fathers Day

6/21  Week 8  playoffs this week and weekend?;  Cal Ripken Spring Travel Ends; Game of the week

6/24  Tuesday is last day of school
6/27  Rainout/Make Up Week Last Friday

6/26-7/4  Cal Ripken Districts 10U, 11U, 12U
                  Connie Mack 16-18
7/1-7/5   Senior Babe Ruth Playoffs

7/5-7/10  Districts Cal Ripken 8U, 9U; Babe Ruth 13U, 14U, 15U
7/11 States 10U, 11U, 12U; CM 16-18; 
7/18 States 8U, 9U; 13U, 14U, 15U

7/23 MAR 10U, 11U, 12U; CM 16-18

7/30 MAR 8U, 9U; 13U,14U,15U
8/24 Adult League Ends

9/1   Labor Day
9/3   School Starts
9/7   Travel Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Fall Ball starts (8U-15U)
10/18 Travel ends
10/25 Fall Field Day/BOTTLE DRIVE

11/1   Final Board Meeting of 2014 Year