The purpose of Druid Hills Youth Sports is to promote good character, health, and sportsmanship among the youth of the community through sports.

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DHYS Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is registration?

  • Spring Season: Typically in November/December/January 
  • Spring Senior League: Typically in February/March
  • Summer Sandlot League: Typically in April/May
  • Fall Season: Typically in June/July/August

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Note that player caps are in place and many of our leagues are likely to be over-subscribed.  Please be sure to register during the registration period so as to be eligible for full consideration for being placed on a team.  Registering "first" does not guarantee a player slot.  If there are more players registered for a particular age group than our participation limits allow, we will use a series of factors (such as player history at DHYS, volunteer history, and participation) to determine the participation roster for the season.

 

What does the registration fee include?

Your child’s registration fee includes the following items:

  • Uniform (Rookie through AAA:  shirt/jersey, hat, socks and belt; Major and Senior Leagues: shirt/jersey and hat)
  • End of Season Trophy (Rookie through AAA Leagues)
  • Umpires
  • Game Balls
  • Team score books and pitch counters
  • Catching gear which is stored in the green boxes in each dugout
  • Field equipment, first aid kits and general maintenance items
  • All field lighting and utility bills are paid by player registration fees

Your child’s registration fee does NOT include:

  • Additional uniform items such as baseball pants and cleats (note metal cleats are not allowed in any league except for 13-14U Senior)
  • Batting helmets—facemask is required for Rookie through AAA League players
  • Baseball bat or glove
  • Protective cup (required for all male catchers)
  • Lettering on the jersey
  • Snacks, typically provided by parents on a rotating basis, on younger (5U to 8U) teams
  • Pictures, if you choose to have them taken
  • Team party or coaches’ gifts

 

What is the refund policy after registration?

Please see our Refund Policy Page.

 

What league will my child play in?

Placement in a league is determined primarily by the age of your child and secondarily by the results of the Skills Evaluations

Our registration system selects the appropriate age group for your child during the registration process.  

If you have questions or concerns regarding into which league your child should be placed, please contact the League Director.

 

When do practices and games start?

For Rookie through Major Leagues:

Practices for the Spring season begin in mid to late February, with preseason Grapefruit League games starting in early March.  During Grapefruit Season, teams will practice twice per week and play in a game once per week (usually on Saturdays).  The regular season begins after DeKalb County Spring Break. The Spring season extends through the end of the school year in May, and typically concludes with a playoff (A League and older) to end the season before Memorial Day.  During the regular spring season, teams will participate in one weekly practice and two games, one on Saturday and another during the week.  In the upper leagues, some Sunday games in the Spring may be necessary.  The Grapefruit Season typically includes 3 preseason games, and the regular season includes 10 games.  The post season tournament may be single elimination or modified double elimination depending on weather and other factors.  In the event of adverse weather, games may be rescheduled as needed throughout the season.  There is no guarantee that all scheduled games will be played, however, we will make every attempt to make up rain-outs.  Acts of God may warrant that games be permanently removed from the season calendar.

Practices for Fall Season begin in mid to late August, with games starting in early September (not over Labor Day weekend).  In the Fall, most games will be scheduled on Sundays, except where league size requires overflow games to be held on Saturdays.  While the majority of games are scheduled on Sundays, please note that it is very likely that most age groups will have one to two Saturday games per team.  In the event of adverse weather, games may be rescheduled for weeknights or on Saturdays throughout the season.

Game schedules are created by the league at the beginning of each season.  Every attempt is made to ensure that the schedule is balanced for all teams. As part of the schedule, a home team and a visitor’s team will be assigned for each game. Both teams have certain obligations before, during and after each game, which are listed below.  Please help your team manager and coaches with field preparation.

For Senior League:

The schedule for the Fall Season is the same as the younger leagues and is described above.

For the Spring Senior Season games and practices begin after DeKalb County Spring Break. There is no Grapefruit Season for Senior to allow the completion of the Middle School League.  There is one practice (usually on Sunday) and two games (Saturday and one weeknight) each week. The season ends with a tournament.

Home Team Obligations:

  • Occupies first base dugout.
  • Manager supplies two game balls.
  • Responsible for making sure the field is in good playing condition prior to the game.*  Includes dragging the infield and setting foul lines and batter’s boxes.
  • Manager will select official scorekeeper for the game.
  • Scorebook will be official record of the game.
  • Turn off lights and scoreboards
  • Clean up of home dugout and stands.

Visiting Team Obligations:

  • Occupies third base dugout.
  • Operation of the field scoreboard.
  • Putting away equipment (scoreboard brain, rakes, shovels, field markers) after the game.
  • Covering home plate and pitcher’s mound following each game.
  • Clean up of visitor’s dugout and stands.

*Please note that in the event that field conditions are such (inclement weather) that more than basic field preparations are necessary to make the field playable, BOTH teams are responsible for field preparation.

 

How do I know if my child’s game is rained out?

At DHYS, we operate with the mindset:  Play all games until officially canceled/postponed.  Any observed lightning is cause for immediate removal of participates to dugouts (away from poles and fences).

Before the game starts the home team manager can cancel the game due to rain, usually in consultation with the visiting manager. After the game begins the umpires decide if the game needs to be suspended due to rain.  In the event of severe weather League Directors or the Board may close a field for one or more days.

If the decision has been made to cancel or postpone a game, your child’s manager, coach or team parent should contact you via email.  In addition, once the game has been officially canceled or postponed in our online system, you should receive an automatic email.  You can also sign up to receive text message alerts from our system (during registration).  If you ever have any doubt whether or not the game is canceled, please contact your team manager.

 

Can my child play up/ down into another league?

In past years DHYS was able to accommodate play up/down requests fairly routinely.  However, as most of our leagues are filling to capacity, these requests have become very difficult to honor.  When leagues are full, a play up request can often only be granted by forcing another player to play down.  For this reason, DHYS has decided to minimize the amount of players playing up and down.  However, some requests may be granted for safety reasons or to help fill coach slots.  In addition, as Major (11U/12U) is our most over-subscribed league we will often have a significant number of players who play down to AAA (9U/10U) and a few players who play up to Senior (13U/14U/15U).

 

Does DHYS need volunteers?

YES! DHYS is a 100% volunteer operated organization.  No one within our organization is paid for their time, energy or efforts.  Each one of us does what we can to help provide a quality baseball experience for your child.  When one registers their child for a season of DHYS baseball, one is agreeing to donate three hours of their time to DHYS.  The most common ways to fulfill this obligation is by assisting during field day.  In addition, assistance is needed with managing and coaching teams, prepping the fields for games, acting as team parent, score keeper, score board operator and more.

  • Team Managers, Coaches and Assistant Coaches—work together to teach the children the fundamentals of baseball on an age and skill appropriate level.
  • Field Prep—prepares the field by dragging and lining the field prior to the start of the game.
  • Team Parent—acts as liaison between the league, the manager and the families on the team. Coordinates such things as getting the names on the jerseys, snack schedule, end of season gathering, etc.
  • Pitch Counter—maintains pitch counts and forwards them onto manager following each game.
  • Score Keeper—Keeps scorebook during each game.
  • Score Board Operator—Works the scoreboard during the game
  • Field Day Worker—Work during field day, performing tasks to clean up and get the fields in shape for the season.

 

What are my duties as Team Parent?

The team parent will coordinate the after game snack schedule, the end of season team party, and putting the names on the back of jerseys. In addition, the team parent will help fill any concessions stand slots assigned to the team.  Please visit the Team Parent Resources page here.

 

What bats are legal to use at DHYS?

Please refer to the Rules page from the DHYS homepage or by clicking here.

 

Does DHYS offer scholarships?

DHYS offers a limited number of scholarships for players with financial need. To apply please send an email to the  .

 

What is the difference between Senior League and Middle School League?

DHYS hosts a Middle School League during February, March and the beginning of April.  The participating teams are affiliated with local Middle Schools (e.g. Druid Hills, Henderson, Tucker, Inman, and Renfroe) with 1 or 2 teams associated with DHYS (usually designated as the "In-Park" team(s)).  All team rosters are chosen by competitive tryouts and are subject to player cuts.  A player is eligible to play for the Middle School they attend.  The DHYS In-Park team(s) is available for players who attend a school without a team or don’t make their Middle School team.  Tryouts for the DHYS team are usually in January and will be posted on the website.

Spring Senior League is a recreational league open to all players with games beginning after Spring Break in April.