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WELCOME TO FRAA BASEBALL 2019 SEASON


Welcome to the 2019 baseball season. The following information can give you a brief understanding of what our baseball program is all about. If, after reading, you still have questions, please feel free to email the FRAA Vice President of Baseball (contact information found on the main FRAA page under "Board Members". We look forward to a great spring season.

The FRAA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing the children and the community with opportunities to play baseball in a safe supporting environment. We believe that baseball, when properly coached and supervised, teaches valuable lessons in self-confidence, teamwork, fair play and competition. Baseball also encourages fitness and the development of physical skills and coordination. Most of all, baseball can be enjoyable for both the participating youth and their families.

The FRAA is a 100% volunteer organization and formally a 501(3)c non-profit organization.  The people running this league and those participating in coaching baseball have only one goal in mind - teaching kids to love baseball. We depend on parents and alumni to continue the FRAA  tradition.

 
FALL 2019 REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN ON JULY 22ND:

Registration will continue until the end of the day Sunday August 18th for Shetland/Pinto/Mustang/Bronco.
 
Registration will continue until the end of the day Monday August 12th for Pony.
 
By these dates all registration fees must be paid in full in order to be part of the FRAA draft and be placed on a team.
 

The FRAA offers several levels of youth baseball

 

Shetland League Baseball (Co-Ed T-Ball)

Shetland League is co-ed and for players who are currently in Kindergarten or who will be in Kindergarten in the fall of 2019.

This introduction to baseball teaches the basics of the game (hitting, catching, throwing) in a relaxed environment.  P
layers will start the season by hitting the baseball from the tee.  As their skills develop, they will start to hit balls pitched by a coach.

Games will mainly be on Saturday mornings with a few games during the week, as well.
 

Equipment required is as follows:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet (each team may have 1 or 2 but having your own is highly recommended, face guard is optional.)
  • Cleats (not required but highly recommended)
  • FRAA provides baseballs

Please contact our Shetland Commissioner for more information.
 

Pinto League Baseball

Pinto League is for players who are in 1st or 2nd grade.

The Pinto league is a coach pitch league where the coaches build on the skills the players learned in the Shetland League.  Our coaches stress the importance of team play and sportsmanship while continuing to build the player's baseball knowledge.

Equipment required is as follows:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet (face guard is optional)
  • Heart Guard (or similar protective device)
  • Cleats
  • FRAA provides baseballs and catcher's equipment

Please contact our Pinto Commissioner for more information.

 

Mustang League Baseball

Mustang League is for players who are in 3rd or 4th grade.

This is the first time the kids get to pitch to each other and steal bases.  The pitching restrictions in place are designed for player safety.

Equipment required is as follows:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet (face guard is optional)
  • Heart Guard (or similar protective device)
  • Cleats
  • Athletic Supporter/Cup
  • FRAA provides baseballs and catcher's equipment

Please contact our Mustang Commissioner for more information.


Bronco League

Bronco League is for players who are in 5th or 6th grade.

At this age level players take the next step in their development towards Pony and Middle School baseball. 
Our goal is still to teach good sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for the game. 

Equipment required is as follows:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet (face guard is optional)
  • Heart Guard (or similar protective device)
  • Cleats
  • Athletic Supporter/Cup
  • FRAA provides baseballs and catcher's equipment

Please contact our Bronco Commissioner for more information.

 

***RETURNING FOR 2019!!!***

Pony League Baseball

Pony League is for players who are in 7th or 8th grade.

Equipment required is as follows:

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet (face guard is optional)
  • Heart Guard (or similar protective device)
  • Cleats
  • Athletic Supporter/Cup
  • FRAA provides baseballs and catcher's equipment

Please contact our Pony League Commissioner for more information.

 

Tournament Teams

Starting at age 7 and continuing through age 14, the FRAA holds tryouts our Tournament Teams at each age group.  Any current player interested in extending the summer baseball season is eligible to tryout for the tournament team. 

Often times, we have enough players to form two teams in each age group.  This is an opportunity to play a more competitive brand of baseball, for those interested.  Additional costs will apply for those selected onto one of the teams.

These tournament teams play in competitive local tournaments against kids of the same age from other communities.‚Äč

 

  • Cooperstown Tournament Team

    Each year, the FRAA 12 year old tournament team travels to Cooperstown, New York to compete with other 12 year olds from around North America. Many of the past players have said that the Cooperstown week provided them their fondest memories about youth baseball. As you can imagine, sending a group of 12 players and their families to Cooperstown for a week can be quite costly. You may see our players holding various fundraising events throughout the year. Please support them, if possible.

Please contact our Tournament Team Commissioner for more information.


 

PLAYING UP:


Every year, we receive requests for a player to "play up" to the next league for various reasons.  The FRAA will allow this, however it will be decided by the Vice President of Baseball on a case by case basis.  Once you declare that your son or daughter wants to play up, then he or she will always be classified as a player of an older age throughout their time in the FRAA baseball program.

 

For more information on any of our teams/leagues,
please contact our Vice President of Baseball

 

 

Safety

The FRAA requires a background check before any adults have contact with our children.  This is one step in ensuring that our kids are safe when entrusted in our care.  Our league has a documented Safety Awareness plan that outlines key safety issues in dealing with youth baseball.

Additionally, our pitching rules are designed to ensure that young arms are protected, with mandatory days of rest scheduled between each pitching outing at all levels.  The FRAA provides catcher's equipment and in some cases batting helmets for the players. 



 

Volunteers Needed!

We are always in need of volunteers for league commissioners, field maintenance, coaches, and team parents.  If you have the time to volunteer, we would greatly appreciate your help!