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 & 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.