T-Ball, Baseball, Softball FAQ

T-Ball, Baseball, and Softball FAQ:

Q: Which Roanoke City Youth Recreational Club provides teams for my area?

A: Registrations for the youth sports of baseball, softball, basketball, outdoor soccer, football and cheerleading are taken through regional recreation clubs. There are 4 Regions/Rec. Clubs for Roanoke City residents.

Greater Southwest Athletics provides recreational teams for players that reside in Roanoke City Region IV, Southwest ONLY.

*To determine which of the four recreational clubs the organization for your residential area is and how they hold registrations, please contact Roanoke City Parks and Rec. (853-2236) or go to http://www.playroanoke.com/roanoke-rec-club-contacts/

Q: What is the deadline for signups for GSA?

A: The deadline is March 1st 2017 for GSA only.  Online registration must be completed or mail in registrations postmarked by this date.

Q: What happens if I sign up after the deadline?

A: The player will be placed on a wait list, with no guarantee of being placed on a team.  Late fee is $10.00.

Q: May I pay online, or through the mail?

A: Registration for GSA can be completed along with the payment on our website.  You may also download the registration form and mail it in.  REGISTRATION IS NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.  FAILURE TO PAY REGISTRATION FEES MAY RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING PLACED ON A WAIT LIST AND NO GUARANTEE OF TEAM PLACEMENT.

Q: What are the age divisions?


Eligible Ages:New-5 years old – Must be 5 by April 1st

New-Age on  MAY 1st of the current year (2018) for 6-12 years old

(Limits: No one younger than 5 years of age as of April. 1, of the current year or older than 12 years of age as of May 1, of the current year)

Ages will be determined as of May 1st, 2018 with the following exception – Five (5) year olds must turn 5 on or before April 1st.

Tee Ball – Five (5) and Six (6) Year Olds
Coach Pitch – Seven (7) and Eight (8) Year Olds
PeeWee – Nine (9) and Ten (10) Year Olds
Little – Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) Year Olds

Eligible Ages:  Ages will be determined as of Jan 1st, 2018

Age Divisions

U8 – Six, Seven and Eight years old

U10 – Nine and Ten years old

U12 – Eleven and Twelve years old

U16 – Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen and Sixteen years old

U18 – Seventeen and Eighteen years old.

All participants must be Roanoke City residents and no younger than 6 years of age as of October 1st, for Baseball and 6 years of age as of January 1st for Softball.  Players will be assigned to teams through a draft; therefore, we may not be able to honor your requests for particular coaches or teammates. Siblings in the same age group will be kept together upon request. Teams will be limited to 16 players. If a sufficient number of coaches are not available, we may not be able to honor your request for participation.

Q: When does practice start?

A: Practice starts usually around middle to late March.  This may be earlier or later depending on the coach’s availability.

Q: When will I hear from the coach?

A: After the teams are formed after March 1st, you should hear from your coach within a week or so.  For established teams, it is quicker than new teams being formed.  If you do not hear anything within 2 weeks after the cutoff date of 03/01, please contact GSA.

Q: Where is practice?

A: Practice location depends on the coach and court availability.  Coaches pick their preferred neighborhood field if available every season.

Q: How many practices are there and what time?

A: Generally practice is only 1 or 2 times per week, which day and the time is determined by the coach.  For younger players, practice is around 45 minutes, for older players up to 1.5 hours.

Q: When do the games start, how many and how long does the season last?

A: Games usually start the in April and run through early June. Each schedule typically has 8-10 games over 8-10 weeks for Baseball.  If games are postponed due to weather, the season can last longer, of course.

Q: How many games are there per week?

A: Usually there are 1-2 games per week.  There may be up to 7 days without a game also in your schedule.

Q: How do I get a game schedule?

A: The coach or team parent is responsible for furnishing schedules to players and parents.

Q: What if it is bad weather?

A: PRACTICES:  Your coach is responsible for canceling practice due to inclement weather, and contacting players.

GAMES: The weather hotline for game cancellations for the Roanoke City rec league is 853-1196 and is updated by 7:30am Sat. and 4pm weekdays.
You may also subscribe to TEXT alerts from Roanoke City Parks and Rec. by texting BASE2017 to 84483.

Please note: The weather hotline for game cancellations depends on WHAT FIELD you are playing, not for the recreational dept. schedule you play under. Since GSA Softball and some GSA Baseball age divisions play on fields under 3 different rec. dept, please call the number that oversees the FIELD you are scheduled to play.

List of Fields by Rec Dept:
Roanoke City – Rivers Edge Sports Complex and Reserve Ave. Fields, Breckenridge, Preston Park, Maher Field  853-1196 – updated by 7:30am Sat. and 4pm weekdays.

Roanoke County – Vinyard Park, Va. Med Center, Green Hill Park, Cave Spring, Mt. Pleasant, Glenvar, Hollins, Merriman, Salem, etc.  387-6455 ext.6 – updated by 7:30am Sat., 11am Sun., 4:30pm weekdays.

Botetourt County – Cloverdale, Greenfield, Read Mountain, Troutville, Covington, Blue Ridge, Botetourt Sports Complex  992-0012 – Updated by 7am weekends and 4pm weekdays.