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Fall Ball 2018

Agoura - Calabasas - Oak Park - Malibu - Westlake Village - Thousand Oaks


Sign up early to secure your spot as APB sold out last season in many divisions. We expect record numbers to sign up, so don't be left out and register early!

Don't miss out on an opportunity for your player to build his/her baseball skills. Baseball is a game of repetition and Fall Ball is a great way to keep your player in synch and get ready for the Spring season, in a relaxed atmosphere. Fall Ball's main purpose is to focus on building skills and teaching the game. Games are played simply to put those skills into action. It is not focused on winning and losing. 


APB Division League Age Registration Fees*

Division**Registration***Volunteer Deposit^
Shetland (4-6 years old)$210$40
Pinto (7-8 years old)$210$40
Mustang (9-10 years old)$210$40
Bronco (11-12 years old)$210$40
Pony (13-15 years old)$210$40

*If anyone is in need of financial assistance, then please contact Devin Sirkus for more information. Any inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

**To determine League Age, use the Division Age Calculator under Resources or it is the age of the player as of 8/31/2019.


***Price will increase $50 after August 29, 2018.
^The volunteer deposit is a fully refundable deposit that will be mailed out at the end of the season after completing 4 hours (two, 2 hour shifts) of volunteer work. This generally consists of working in the snack shack and/or picking up trash, etc. See Snack Shack tab, located under Forms/Resources on top of the page, for more details.

In addition to the registration fees, All teams must obtain a $400 Team Sponsor. Teams that are unable to obtain a sponsor may divide the cost among the parents ($40ish per player).

 

Refund Policy 
The league incurs costs to process payments as well as up-front costs in advance of each season to plan for items such as uniforms, equipment, etc.  The following Refund Policy is in effect:

  • Refund requests made prior to the registration deadline will be honored less a $25 processing fee.  
  • Refunds requested after the registration deadline but before the player is placed on a team will be honored at a 50% rate.  
  • No refund is available once the player has been placed on a team. No exceptions.


Check Return Policy

Any check payable to APB that is returned will incur a $25 fee. 


Notes:

  • Playing "up" in a division - If a player wants to play up a division (e.g. Pinto age but wants to play in Mustang), then the player must petition the Board to do so. Complete the "Petition to Play Up" form found under Forms/Resources.
  • Playing "down" in a division - Players are not permitted to play "down" in divisions unless there is a unique medical or physical reason. In these cases, parents must complete a "Petition to Play Up" (found under Forms/Resources), and send to Executive Board for review. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
  • Special Requests - Requests to play with friends, etc., are just that, requests. Where feasible, we will try to grant the request, but there are no guarantees whatsoever. JUST BECAUSE YOU REQUEST ANOTHER PLAYER OR COACH DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL OCCUR. OUR GOAL IS BALANCE THE TEAMS SO THE COMPETITION IS EQUAL FOR ALL. WE WILL NOT APPROVE REQUESTS WHEN THEY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE BALANCE.
  • The primary email address you list on your registration will be the email address we use to contact you. Please also list the email address for anyone else (e.g. another parent or guardian) you want to receive information from the league.
  • Divisions can sell out quickly, sometimes even before the registration deadline, and players are taken on a first-come-first serve basis. Registration is not complete until payment has been made. Players still pending payment or completed registrations may lose their spots if not completed before a division is full. Don't wait until the last minute to register! Players will be turned away when divisions are full.


Important Dates

Sunday,August 26 - Player Assessment/Tryout at Lupin
August 29 – Registration closes; $50 late fee afterwards

Sept 6 – Manager Selection
Sept TBD - Coaches Meeting

Sept 5-6 Draft-a-palooza/Team Selection

Sept 10 – Practice can start

Sunday, Sept 16 –First Game
Sunday, Nov 18 - Last Game


Season Questions


When/Where are player assessment/tryouts?
Player assessments will be on Sunday, August 26 at Lupin Hill Elementary School. 

How often are practices?
There is only one practice a week during Fall Ball. Teams are not permitted to practice more as they may interfere with other Fall sports players might be playing as well. Day and time will be set by the team manager after the team is picked.

What day/times are practices?
Your team manager will determine which day(s) and times practices will be based on the team's availability.  During the fall some teams may practice on Saturdays.


How often are games?
Teams will play once a week, on Sundays. Game times and locations (for some divisions) will vary week to week. Lupin is our home field and where the majority of games will be played.

 

What day/times are games?
Games are played only on Sundays. Game times are generally 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, or 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm/ Teams will rotate between different days and times each week. Times won't be set until we know how many teams are in each division.


What division will my child be in?
See the Division Ages to determine your child's League age and division. It is located under Forms/Resources on top of the page.  Also, it is the age of your child as of 8/31/2019.


Where are the games/practices? 
The majority of games will be at Lupin. In divisions where we play inter-league, there will be some games in Newbury Park (Dos Vientos) and/or Moorpark. See "Fields" tab on top, located under Forms/Resources on top of the page, for field locations by division. 


Can I bring a Travel or Prepacked team?

1. Travel teams/All Star are NOT allowed in Fall Ball as the focus is on building skills. 
2. Non-Agoura Pony Baseball teams are allowed to bring "prepacked" teams so long as they are not travel or high caliber All Star teams. The goal if for teams to be relatively even and competitive. It serves nobody well if one team blows out another.
3. Agoura Pony Baseball teams may prepack up to six (6) players including the coaches' kids. Requests for more will be handled on a case by case basis.


When will I hear from my coach?
All teams will be selected by September 9. If you do not hear from anyone by then, then please contact the Division Director.


When do practices start?
Practices may start on September 10, at the discretion of the coach.


When do games start?
Sunday, September 16, 2018


When do games end?
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Score/Standings
No scores or standings are kept in Fall Ball, other than to track runs during innings to know when to switch sides.


Are trophies given?
No

What is included in my registration fee?
Players will receive a jersery, hat, belt and socks. Parents must provide baseball pants, cleats, glove, helmet, bat, etc.



Registration Questions - Spring 2019 Season

Sign up early to secure your spot as APB sold out last season in many divisions. We expect record numbers to sign up, so don't be left out and register early!


APB Division League Age Registration Fees*

Division**Registration***Volunteer Deposit^
Shetland (4-6 years old)$250$75
Pinto (7-8 years old)$290$75
Mustang (9-10 years old)$290$75
Bronco (11-12 years old)$290$75
Pony (13-15 years old)$290$75
Champions$40N/A

*If anyone is in need of financial assistance, then please contact the league treasurer, Chris Bole (chrisboleapb@yahoo.com) ,  for more information. Any inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

**To determine League Age, use the Division Age Calculator under Resources or it is the age of your child as of 8/31/2019.


***Price will increase $50 after January 6, 2019.
^The volunteer deposit is a fully refundable deposit that will be mailed out at the end of the season after completing 4 hours (two, 2 hour shifts) of volunteer work. This generally consists of working in the snack shack and/or picking up trash, etc. See Snack Shack tab, located under Forms/Resources on top of the page, for more details.

In addition to the registration fees, All teams (except Champions) must obtain a $495 Team Sponsor. Teams that are unable to obtain a sponsor may divide the cost among the parents ($35-$50 per player).

 

Refund Policy 
The league incurs costs to process payments as well as up-front costs in advance of each season to plan for items such as uniforms, equipment, etc.  The following Refund Policy is in effect:

  • Refund requests made prior to the registration deadline will be honored less a $25 processing fee.  
  • Refunds requested after the registration deadline but before the player is placed on a team will be honored at a 50% rate.  
  • No refund is available once the player has been placed on a team. No exceptions.


Check Return Policy

Any check payable to APB that is returned will incur a $25 fee. 

 

Notes:

  • Playing "up" in a division - If a player wants to play up a division (e.g. Pinto age but wants to play in Mustang), then the player must rate in the top 10% of the "upper" division during tryouts. This policy is consistent with our neighboring leagues. In order to be considered for this, the player must be 1) registered in the proper division based on their age; 2) notify the Division Director BEFORE tryouts; 3) tryout in the division they should be playing in based on their age and; 4) tryout in the division they want to play in.
  • Playing "down" in a division - Players are not permitted to play "down" in divisions unless there is a unique medical or physical reason. In these cases, parents must complete a Petition (found under Forms), and send to Executive Board for review. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
  • Special Requests - Requests to play with friends, etc., are just that, requests. Where feasible, we will try to grant the request, but there are no guarantees whatsoever. We do not look at requests in American divisions. Teams are drafted by coaches and they cannot be restricted by requests to play with friends.
  • The primary email address you list on your registration will be the email address we use to contact you. Please also list the email address for anyone else (e.g. another parent or guardian) you want to receive information from the league.
  • Divisions can sell out quickly, sometimes even before the registration deadline, and players are taken on a first-come-first serve basis. Registration is not complete until payment has been made. Players still pending payment or completed registrations may lose their spots if not completed before a division is full. Don't wait until the last minute to register! Players will be turned away when divisions are full.





Important Dates

TBD – Walk-in Registration, 9am-11am @ Cronies on Kanan/T.O. Blvd.

Jan. 6 – Registration closes; $50 late fee afterwards
Jan. 9 – First Umpire training session

Jan. 12 (Saturday) – Player Assessments/Tryouts Day 1 (DIVISION TBD) @ Lupin, 9am – 5pm
Jan. 13 (Sunday) – Player Assessments/Tryouts Day 2 (DIVISION TBD) @ Lupin, 9am – 5pm  

Jan. 14-18 – Make-up Tryouts (ALL DIVISIONS)

Jan 14 – 16 (Monday to Wednesday) – Manager selection

Jan 21-22 (Monday and Tuesday) – American Drafts

Jan 24 (Thursday) – National Drafts

Feb 2 – Practices can start

Feb 23 (Saturday) – Opening Day
Feb 23 - 24 - Scrimmages at fields
March 2 (Saturday) - First Official Games

March 10 (Sunday) – Picture Day

April TBD - Lupin Carnival (fields closed)

April 15-19 - Spring Break (no games)

May 5 – National All Star Game


Season Questions

How often are practices?
Generally speaking, until games start, most teams will practice twice a week (once during the week and once on the weekend, Sat or Sun). After games start in March, most teams practice once a week in between games.


How often are games?
Two games a week. Teams will play one game during the week and one game on the weekend (Sat or Sun).  If there are rainouts early in the season there may be weeks with 3 games in a week later in the season.


What day/times are practices?
Your team manager will determine which day(s) and times practices will be based on the team's availability. Practice days will fluctuate once games begin due to field availability and game conflicts.


What day/times are games?
Games are played 7 days a week. We try to avoid Sunday games, but on occasion, teams might have to play a Sunday game here and there.  Weekday games generally start at 5pm, though vary by location. Games may start as early as 4:30 p.m. early in the season, before Daylight Savings time ends. Some Interleague games, at other fields, may start as late as 6:00 p.m. Weekend times will vary throughout the day. Teams will rotate between different days and times each week.


What division will my child be in?
See the Division Age Calculator to determine your child's League age and division. It is located under Forms/Resources on top of the page.  Otherwise it is the age of your child as of 8/31/19.


Where are the games/practices? 
See "Fields" tab on top, located under Forms/Resources on top of the page, for field locations by division. 


When/Where are player assessment/tryouts?
Tryouts will be held at Lupin Elementary School on January 12-13, 2019, with a make-up the following week (TBD).


When will I hear from my coach?
All teams will be selected by the end of January. If you do not hear from anyone by then, then please contact the Division Director.


When do practices start?
Early February


When do games start?
Opening Day is scheduled for February 23, 2019.


When do games end?
Teams can play as late as late May/early June should they continue win throughout the play-offs.


Are trophies given?
All Shetland players will receive a participation trophy. 1st and 2nd place trophies will be awarded to the tournament finalists in Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony. Additionally, 1st and 2nd place trophies will be awarded to the top two teams during the regular season where standings are kept (Pinto American, Mustang, Bronco and Pony)


PONY AGE CHART (FALL 2018 AND SPRING 2019)


SHETLAND Sept 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2014 - 5U
                    Sept 1, 2012-Aug 31, 2013 - 6U
  
PINTO       Sept 1, 2011-Aug 31, 2012 - 7U
                  Sept 1, 2010-Aug 31, 2011 - 8U

MUSTANG  Sept 1, 2009-Aug 31, 2010 - 9U
                    Sept 1, 2008-Aug 31, 2009 - 10U

BRONCO Sept 1, 2007-Aug 31 - 2008 - 11U
                 Sept 1, 2006-Aug 31-2007 - 12U

PONY      Sept 1, 2005-Aug 31 - 2006 - 13U
                Sept 1, 2004-Aug 31-2005 - 14U
                Sept 1, 2003-Aug 31-2004 - 15U


Field Status

Closed Closed

Lupin Hill Elementary School (11:35 AM | 06/21/18)

Open Open

Forest Cove Park (Shetland) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Closed Closed

Willow Elementary School (Pinto) (11:35 AM | 06/21/18)

Open Open

Indian Springs Park (Mustang) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Old Agoura Park (Bronco) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Westlake Elementary School (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Westlake YMCA (WL) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Malibu Bluffs Park (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Dos Vientos (NP) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Sequoia (NP) (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Freedom Park (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)

Open Open

Bob Kildee Park (11:45 AM | 03/27/18)