||Adult Softball Leagues
Frequently asked questions for the Town of Greenburgh Adult Softball Leagues
Is there a resident requirement to join a league? Because the taxpayers of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh help underwrite our programs there is a residency requirement for all of our leagues. Because there are multiple communities that are part of the Town of Greenburgh there are 2 classifications of teams. They are Resident and Town teams and their definitions are described below. Recognizing that there are many businesses that are in the Town of Greenburgh we have also made exceptions as described below
Resident teams must be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is in unincorporated Town of Greenburgh and who can show a valid UniCard, plus up to four Town of Greenburgh residents.
Town teams must be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is within the Town of Greenburgh, including the six surrounding villages (Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown) you may also have up to 4 non-residents.
Business teams (Co-ed & Men’s Rec.) The business must be located within the unincorporated town or the surrounding 6 villages and all rostered players must be full time employees which will be verified by the Personnel Director of you company.
Please note that teams must conform to one of the descriptions listed above and not a combination (i.e.Town and Business)
How much does it cost to join a league? – Because we have 2 different types of teams there are 2 different rates. For the most recent rate please see the document entitled Rates/Fees for the most current calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions.
How do teams register? – Please see the document entitled Softball Registration Process in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. Briefly each league has a maximum number of teams that can be accommodated for each league based on several factors. Once it has been determined how many teams will be returning from the previous year new teams will be permitted to join on a first come first pay basis. All teams are registered intact.
What are the different leagues we offer? – For a full description of each of our leagues please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Descriptions in the section for our adult softball program. Briefly the current leagues we offer are: Men’s 55 and over, Men’s 40 and over, Men’s Recreation League and our Co-ed League.
How can individuals join a team? - All of our teams register intact but occasionally a resident will express a desire to get back into playing softball and is interested in joining a team. When we receive inquires from individuals, their name and basic playing experience is requested via e-mail and distributed via e-mail to the managers participating in the desired league. If a manager is in need of a player, they will then contact the individual. Residency/participation requirements and restrictions will determine if a person is eligible to join a team. Individuals can leave their name, address, contact information and brief player experience by either calling 693-8985 ext. 153 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Managers of registered teams in the determined league will be sent the individuals data and instructed to contact them if interested.
Can non-residents join a team? – As stated above our leagues are residency based however if team is either a Town or Business type team there is an allowance for a minimal number of non-residents to play on a team. The process would be the same as outlined directly above.
When do the leagues start and finish play? – All leagues start in mid April and, depending on the number of teams, are usually scheduled to complete their season between late July and early August barring rainouts or other unforeseen issues. Playoffs begin immediately following the conclusion of the season. Rain makeup’s are scheduled based on field availability and predetermined dates as specified at our annual league meetings (usually early March). Makeups might be scheduled on nights other than the regularly scheduled night. Occasional weekend games may be scheduled if there are excessive makeups.
What night and time would my league play? - Men’s 55 and over play Monday and Thursday evenings, Men’s 40 and over play Wednesday evenings, Men’s Recreation League plays on Monday evenings and our Co-ed League plays on Tuesday evenings. Games are played typically at 7:00 pm, 8:15 pm and 9:30 weekly. Games are typically played on our fields at Rumbrook Park (off of Dobbs Ferry Road between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Elmwood Country Club). Make-up games are scheduled during the season when field space is available which could result in a league playing a make-up game on a night other than their regular night(s). Once post season begins games are played when field space is available.
Can a team request a specific game time? – many of the sponsors of the teams in our leagues are bars and/or restaurants so often we are asked to only schedule games early so the teams can go back and support their sponsors. To be fair to all of the teams we attempt to schedule every team with an equal number of early, mid and late games. Should teams wish to support their sponsor they should plan on visiting the establishment on an alternate night if their scheduled game prohibits them from doing so on their league night.
What about Umpires? – All of our leagues follow USSSA rules and are officiated by certified USSSA umpires. Umpire fees are included in the league registration fee.
Are there any exceptions made to the rules for a specific league? – Most of our leagues have some exceptions that are listed in our rules. Please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Rules for the most recent calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions.
Are there bat restrictions? – Yes. Currently all Miken Ultras are banned from use in any of our leagues. Since we follow USSSA rules we also recognize their list of approved bats. The list can be found by visiting www.usssa.com and reviewing the most current list of approved bats. All bats must have original permanent factory markings indicating that it is an “Official Softball” bat (no decals). The BPF (Bat Performance Factor) must be 1.20 or less. For additional specifications please review the current USSSA Official Slow Pitch Playing Rules which can also be found at the website indicated above. Wooden softball bats are permitted.
What should I do when the weather is questionable? - The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Rumbrook Hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday games please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. For weeknight games check after 3:00 PM.
What ball is used? – All of our leagues use the DeBeer F12 Clincher softball. There are two new balls used per game.
Is there a Fall Ball League? – No…. because our fields are multi-use fields our fields are converted at the end of the season into soccer fields for a fall youth program.
||FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CLINIC
- When is the program held – Each year we offer our Baseball/Softball Clinic in the spring. It held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am until 10:00 am for 6 weeks at East Rumbrook Park.
- Who instructs the classes – Each class is taught by a qualified instructor and parents are needed to help out and be part of the program so that they can practice what was covered at home.
- What should I do when the weather is questionable - The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Field Condition hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday morning sessions please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. If a make-up is scheduled it will be discussed at the next session unless otherwise specified on the message(s).
- Why is just for 5 and 6 year olds – For the purposes of safety we limit the ages of our attendees to between 5 and 6 years of age. Children who are not of age at the beginning of the program will not be permitted to participate until they are of age.
- If my child is 6 years of age and in first grade should he/she attend the clinic or participate in the Tee Ball program – The clinic is offered to 1st graders who might not have attended the clinic when they were five and had not yet been exposed to the game. The major difference is that Tee Ball players are instructed by parents and the clinic has an experienced qualified instructor providing a foundation to build upon. The child can only participate in one or the other.
- What does my child need to bring or buy – Each participant will be given a shirt and hat shortly after beginning in the clinic. Each participant needs to bring his or her own mitt. It is suggested that rubber soled cleats and their own batting helmet w/face guard should also be considered.
- How can someone register for the program – Registration forms are available at Town hall, The Greenburgh Public Library, TDYCC or at our registration office located at Anthony F Veteran Park. Forms can also be downloaded by visiting our website at www.greenburghny.com then look under Documents & Forms (tab on left) for the Baseball/Softball Clinic Registration Form. Once you have the form simply follow the instructions.
- Can someone register online – All of our registration forms require an original signature so forms cannot be done electronically.
- Are there residency restrictions or class limitations – Yes ….residents of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh are given first choice to register. Non-residents can attend if space is available. The class size is limited to 60 participants for safety reasons.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for Youth Softball League & Tee Ball League rev 1/09/16
As of 2009 the Town of Greenburgh only offer Tee Ball (co-ed for grades 1 & 2) and Softball. If your son would like to play baseball you will need to register with Elmsford Little League. They can be reached by
e-mail at ELL@elmsfordlittleleague.org.
Q: Who can participate in the Town of Greenburgh Youth Programs?
A: For Softball - Any girl in grades 3 thru 6 that live in the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh including the village of Elmsford and Edgemont. Teams from Tarrytown, Irvington and Hastings are also members of our league.
A: For Tee Ball - Any child in grades 1 & 2 that live in the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh including the village of Elmsford and Edgemont.
Q: Who do I register with?
A: Residents of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh register through Greenburgh Parks and Recreation. Forms can be obtained from Town Hall, The Library, TDYCC and at the Parks & Recreation Registration office. It can also be downloaded from www.greenburghny.com located under the Documents and Forms tab.
Residents of Elmsford register through Elmsford Village Hall,
15 S. Stone Ave, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914)592-6555
The program coordinator is Ms. Bernadette Hitch.
Residents of Edgemont School District register through Mr. Matt Bernstein
Irvington Village Residents and Irvington School District residents register through the Irvington Recreation & Parks Department. More information and forms can be obtained at www.irvingtonny.gov/recreation or at the Irvington Recreation & Parks Department at 71 Main Street. For more information, call 591-7736 or e-mail email@example.com.
Residents of Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow register through the TNT baseball/softball program.
Residents of Hastings should register through the Hastings baseball/softball program
Q: Who coaches the teams and how are they trained?
A: All teams are coached by volunteers (primarily parents of children registered). Coaches are required to go through a background check and a Coaches Certification program.
Q: What is the Coaches Certification program?
A: The Town of Greenburgh participates in the National Alliance for Youth Sports certification program and follows their procedures. The certification process consists of two 90-minute workshops. The General Overview Session covers the essentials of quality coaching principles and philosophy, teaching and applying the concept of sportsmanship as well as other important issues. The Sports Specific Session is designed to cover the basic skills and drills for the specific sport in season. Coaches who intend to coach multiple sports only need to attend 1 General Overview Session. All sessions are available on line.
Q: How & when will I be notified regarding what team my child is on & when practices are?
A: Once you have correctly submitted your child’s registration form to the proper program described above, you will be contacted by the designated coach who will inform you about how the season will run. Coaches are usually identified and trained shortly before the start of the season. Teams are formed by holding a draft.
Q: How do I obtain a copy of my child’s schedule of games?
A: Schedules will be posted on our website under the Documents & Forms section on or about April 12th and will be listed by grade. This date could be delayed if not enough coaches step up to volunteer.
Q: Why would I not receive a call from a coach prior to the start of the season?
A: The most common reason is due to lack of available coaches, late registrations, illegible or incorrect contact information or simple human error. If you do not get a call from a coach by April 12th you should contact your representative listed above.
Q: Why is a registration deadline needed?
A: The entire league operates around a timetable that requires definite deadlines in order to efficiently operate. Teams need to be drafted by a defined date so coaches can be identified, uniforms can be purchased and received, schedules can be created, parents can be informed and children can practice and play. Adjustments or delays in deadlines directly impact the entire league.
Q: What does my child need to bring or buy?
A: Each team should be provided with team shirts, hats, bats, balls, batting helmets and catcher’s gear by their municipal organization. Each participant needs to bring their own mitt. It is suggested that rubber soled cleats and their own batting helmet with a face mask be purchased by parent. The participants name should appear clearly on all personal equipment
Q: When are games and practices?
A: Practices are scheduled based on the availability of both field space and coaches. In order to give our softball teams a full schedule games are played on weeknights as well as Saturday’s. Practices are held on weeknights as well and are based both on field and coach availability.
Tee Ball only meets on Saturdays. There is a 90 minute block of time scheduled weekly where teams practice the first half and then play a scheduled opponent the remaining half. As the season progresses and skills are acquired less time is allocated for practice and more applied to games play.
Q: As a parent what is expected of me?
A: Parents are expected to assist and support all teams, players, coaches and umpires involved in the league. Parents drive the program.
Q: How does the league deal with issues of poor sportsmanship or bullying by players or spectators?
A: The league has ZERO tolerance regarding this issue. All coaches sign a Code of Ethics when they become certified. Players should be told of the expectations from their coaches and parents. Parents are equally expected to exhibit proper sportsmanship at all times. Failure to comply will result in removal from the program.
Q: What should I do when the weather is questionable?
A: The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Youth League Rain Hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday games please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. For weeknight games check after 4:00 PM.
For games scheduled to be played in Irvington please call 591-7736
For games scheduled in Tarrytown – 631-8347 before 4:00 or www.tntbsa.com or 804-8136 (John Sutherland)
For games played in Hastings- (914) 490-4436
Q: Will there be make-up games?
A: It will depend on availability of fields, time of season and availability of both teams. Coaches will be notified in advance of any re-scheduled games. EVERY effort will be made to play all scheduled games.
Q: How does the league communicate with its coaches and players?
A: There are several different levels of communication that are used. Primarily coaches are given the majority of the information needed prior to the start of the season. During the season coaches are regularly contacted via e-mail as well as also given weekly handouts, flyers and a newsletter designed to keep everyone informed. Many times additional resources such as telephone and one-on one conversations are used in addition to the printed word. Finally, much of the information coaches, players and parents inquire about can be found posted on the same website you are currently visiting.
||Frequently asked questions for Youth Soccer
- Why is there a registration deadline? – Registration deadlines are essential to the planning and organization of any program or league offered. Uniforms need to be ordered, coaches need to be recruited and trained as well as schedules need to be created. This all gets done after the registration deadline.
- Where can I obtain a registration form? – Registration forms are usually available at Town Hall, the library, TDYCC or the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park. Forms can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com. Once at the main page select the Documents & Forms tab on the left of the page and look under Parks & Recreation for the form you need.
- How do I register my child? – Simply follow the instructions outline on the form. A completed form, along with payment, must be on file in our registration office. Since an original signature is required to be on file no electronic registration is available. There is a drop box located directly outside the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park if you are not able to stop by during regular office hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM except Wednesday evening when the office closes at 7:00 PM). DO NOT RETURN THE FORM TO YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL AS THEY ARE SIMPLY DISTRIBUTING THE FORMS TO THE CHILDERN FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.
- Who will be coaching my child? – The youth soccer program like all of our youth sports programs relies solely on parents to coach the teams. If parents to not volunteer to coach teams cannot be formed.
- How do parents become coaches? – The Town of Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Department along with Edgemont and Elmsford Recreation are members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and utilize their curriculum to train out coaches. We have found that most parents find it more convenient to take the on-line coaches course so that they can do it in the comfort of their home and at a time where it is most conducive to learning. The town also requires all coaches to have an annual background check done.
- How will I or my child be informed what team he/she is on? – Shortly after the registration deadline there will be a coaches meeting where teams will be identified and schedules will begin to be formed. Once coaches and teams have been identified the coaches will contact the players on their team to inform them when and where practices will be along with any other important information. Parents need to be patient and remember that the coaches are volunteers.
- When will practices be held? – Since practices are based on the coaches and field availability it will have to be determined by the coach after the registration deadline and coaches meeting. In general 1st & 2nd grade teams do not practice during the week and only meet on Saturdays. The first grade teams are schedule for a 90 minute block of time where half of the time is dedicated to practice and the other half to game play against a scheduled opponent. As the season and their skill level progress more time will be spent on game play and less on practice. 2nd grade teams typically meet prior to their scheduled game time on Saturdays and utilize a designated section of space to practice. 3rd Grade and above practice on a designated weeknight as determined by field and coach availability
- When are games usually scheduled? – Schedules are established based on the number of teams in each league and the availability of both fields and referee’s. On Saturdays typically the game schedule begins at 9:00 and games are scheduled hourly which can go as late as 3:00pm depending on the number of teams utilizing the field. This is the case for all leagues except the 1st Grade league. The first grade league utilizes a 90 minute block of time to allow for both practice and game play. Time blocks utilized are 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 depending on the number of teams registered in the league. No set time can be established for your child’s team (i.e. 9:00 am games only) so conflicts may exist if players are schedule for several different activities on a Saturday. Evening games are scheduled under the lights at Rumbrook Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 3rd through 6th grade teams as well so your child may have an occasional night game. Make-up games are also scheduled on weeknights if needed.
- When will the schedule become available? – Schedules cannot be created until after the coaches for each team have been identified which is always after the coaches meeting. Parents need to be flexible during the start of the season since most planning cannot be done until after the start of the school year.
- What does my child need to participate? – A team shirt will be provided. Players must supply shin guards (mandatory) and should have cleats. Players should dress comfortably for the weather in athletic attire (At no time are jeans considered to be appropriate athletic attire).
- Can my child partake in other activities on Saturdays while being a member of a team? – One of the attitudes we try to teach our players at a very young age is the concept of being part of a team is a commitment to the team. Many times players are torn because they want to be with their teammates yet are obligated to be elsewhere each week at a certain time (i.e. dance or music lessons). Since games are schedule during a certain range of time each Saturday there is no way to determine when your child’s game will be played each week until after the registration deadline has passed and we have meet to create the teams.
- Where are games played? – On Saturday’s each league has a primary field that is selected based on the size of the field needed for each particular league.
The 5th & 6th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at Seely School on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 3rd & 4th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at the lower field at east Rumbrook Park on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 2nd grade co-ed games are played on the upper field at East Rumbrook Park.
The 1st grade co-ed games are played at Greenville School
Directions to all fields can be found by visiting our website at www.greenburghny.com and looking under the Parks and Recreation Department listing for Youth Soccer Leagues
In an effort to help bolsters our team numbers and sustain the program our 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls play games against teams from the White Plains Parks & Recreation program and it was very successful so there will be some additional travel occasionally.
- How can I find my child’s schedule? – Shortly before the start of the season schedules for each league will be posted on our website at www.greenburghny.com then look under Documents and Forms and they will be listed under the Parks and Recreation listing.