What is your mailing address?
PO BOX 443
Townsend, MA 01469
Who should we make checks payable to?
PO BOX 443
Townsend, MA 01469
What does the term “league age” mean for baseball?
League age is the age of a player as of on April 30th of the current season for baseball. As an example, a child born on June 12th, 1997 is league age 10 for the 2008 baseball season. As another example, a child born on February 2nd, 1998 is league age 9 for the 2008 season. When determining in what division a child should be placed, TAYBS uses the child’s “league age” and NOT school age/grade. Due to insurance liability, any efforts towards altering a child’s DOB will result in removal from the league!
Softball uses December 31st for league age calculations (see below for more softball info).
Baseball and Softball Age Charts are available under the "Documents: tab.
I just registered my son/daughter for the TAYBS program. What will TAYBS provide for equipment, and what do I need to provide as a parent?
TAYBS will provide catcher’s gear, baseballs, team shirts, socks, and hats. Players need provide their own baseball glove, BLACK PANTS, cleats, bat, and helmet (some helmets will be available from the league). All softball players are required to wear a helmet with a face guard.
Bat Guide: Dick's Sporting Goods Bat Guide
Glove Guide: Dick's Sporting Goods Glove Guide
I want my child to play in a higher or lower division than the age guidelines allow. Can I do that?
If you believe that your child is not developmentally ready for the competitive divisions (Minor baseball/softball, Major baseball/softball) you can request that he or she remain in a lower division for an additional year. Please put your request in the comment section of the registration form or contact your Player Agent directly. Players that wish to move up will be decided on a case by case basis by the TAYBS B.O.D. Please submit your request during registration.
Can I request my child be placed on a particular team?
We DO NOT honor requests for specific placements in competitive divisions, specifically Major baseball/softball, and Minor baseball/softball. We try to honor requests in non-competitive divisions but we cannot guarantee it. We will guarantee the siblings will be kept together in both competitive and non-competitive divisions. If you would like to make a request, please add it to the “Comments” section of the registration form and/or contact your Player Agent directly.
My son/daughter registered for TAYBS back in December and now it’s March and he/she no longer wants to play baseball. Am I eligible for a refund?
Refunds will be granted for medical reasons only. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the B.O.D. for approval and are subject to a $25 fee to cover charter and insurance costs paid by the league.
My son/daughter wants to play summer or fall baseball?
Summer and Fall ball is decided on each year based on level of interest. Fall skills clinics are also offered. Please see web site for updates throughout the year.
How are Managers and Assistant Coaches identified and selected for baseball and softball?
On the TAYBS registration form you will have the option to select that you are interested in being a volunteer Manager or Assist Coach, along with several other volunteer options. Player Agents work with he previous years Managers to determine who is interested on coming back to Manage a team. From there Managers are selected and presented to the B.O.D. who has the final approval. All Assistant Coaches are selected by the team Managers for each team and again approved by the B.O.D. No Manager or Coaches position are automatically carried over from season to season. All coaches must submit to a CORI check.
How long is the baseball season and when are practices/games?
Competative Spring baseball starts in February with tryouts and the creation of teams. Once the teams are created, practice starts for all competative levels around the beginning of April and games start at the end of April. The season last from April until the middle to end of June depending on the level. Minors, Majors, Junior and Senior league have playoffs which usually occur the third and fourth weeks of June and the season ends when playoff are complete or the team is eliminated. All competative league teams will travel to surrounding towns.
T-Ball, Rookie and Instructional levels start the end of April/Beginning of May end around the second or third week of June.
T-Ball is played on Tuesday/Thursday. Each session will start at 5:45-6:00 and end at 7:00. Each session will be 1/2 practice and 1/2 games. All T-Ball sessions will be held at Allen Field in Ashby.
Rookie League will practice 1-2 times a week and will have 2 games per week. Practice days/times/field are at the coaches discretion. Games will be mostly on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. Most games will be held at Allen Field in Ashby. Some games may be held at Craven Field or Spaulding Field in Townsend. Teams may also play some home and away games against local towns.
As a TAYBS Volunteer will I be required to submit to a background check (CORI)?
Yes. The State of Massachusetts requires all youth programs to conduct CORI checks on all volunteers.
Where do I find information on Softball?
Right Here!! (and under the "League Descriptions" tab above)
Townsend/Ashby Softball is governed by Babe Ruth Softball. Games are scheduled within the North Central Mass Softball League, which is made up from area towns.
The girls are divided into 4 levels or “leagues” based on age and ability.
Age for girls in softball is determined by the player’s age on December 31st.
For example: a player who is 12 on 12/31/12 is considered league age 12 for the 2013 season.
Babe Ruth Softball requires batting helmets with face guards at all levels of play. Players are encourage to purchase their own helmets for safety and sanitation purposes.
4 levels of Townsend/Ashby Softball.
Instructional League (8U)- League age 6-8.
This level is our entry level of softball. Coaches pitch to their own players from a distance of 35 ft. It focuses on fundamentals of the game and introducing players to the game of softball in a fun, structured environment. Players use an 11” ball which is easier for the younger players to handle.
Minor League (12U)- League age 8-12.
This level is predominantly geared towards 9-10 year olds. Some 8 year olds with higher ability. Also 11 and 12 year olds that are new to softball and/or are not quite ready for the more competitive major league. Players pitch at this level and use an 11” ball.
Major League (12U)- League age 9-12.
This level is geared towards 10-12 year olds, and some 9 year olds with higher ability levels that are ready for the more competitive nature of the major league. This is the first level at which players can steal and advance on dropped 3rd strikes. This is an exciting fast paced game. Players use a full size 12” ball.
Senior League (16U)- League age 13-16.
This level is for girls between ages 13 and 16. This is “big league” softball and is highly competitive. Players can steal and advance on a dropped 3rd strike. Players use a full size 12” ball.
Clinics/Tryouts will be held in the spring to determine league and team placement.