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NBSA Frequently Asked Questions

I can't sign in and/or can't reset my password

This year we have switched to a new system using Blue Sombrero. It was not possible to migrate users from the previous site, so you will need to create a new user account (which will be used going forward) when you register.

Additionally, the same user name cannot be used on more than one site hosted by Blue Sombrero (this might include other leagues or other sports). This is unfortunately a limitation of the platform.

If you seem to be having trouble logging in (and have never registered on our new site before) try creating a new user with a different username. If you are still having problems you can send an email to [email protected].

When do sign-ups begin?

Registration typically starts on January 1. Registration will officially end on March 21, but late sign-ups may be accepted until leagues are full in early April.

How do I know which league is right for my child?

We use the nationally recognized cutoff date for boys.  Girls leagues are based on current school grade.  In addition, we allow players born between May 1 and Aug 31 to "play-up" in order to participate with their classmates if they desire.  If in doubt it is usually appropriate to select the lowest level league that your child qualifies for. 

My child is an excellent player and I would like him/her to “play up”.

If your child is destined for the Major Leagues, congratulations, you are 1 in 3.2 Million.  Talent however, is not a valid reason for changing leagues.  NBSA has researched the proper league levels for all of our young players.  Given the addition of our allowance for players to "play-up" with their current school grade, no other play-up requests will be considered at this time.   

When do leagues start?

This varies from year to year based on the timing of Northville public school spring break.  In general we try to notify coaches as close to March 31 as possible, and players in early April.  Practices typically begin in Mid April and the season will conclude by the 4th of July.

What days are the practice and games?

Each league varies based on field availability, coaches’ requests and league design. Most Leagues will play two days per week with an additional day for practice.  Some leagues also hold mid-season and end of season tournaments that usually span a weekend.

Can I request a particular team?

The younger age groups Rookie-T, T-Ball, Coach-pitch and Machine Pitch allow for players and coaches to play together.  These leagues are instructional in nature and are intended to teach the fundamentals of the game.  Above Machine-Pitch players will enter a draft. Requests to play on particular teams are available to coaches during the draft, but cannot be promised in efforts to effectively “balance” the teams.  Volunteering to coach is an excellent way to have some influence over the players selected for the team.  Exception: NBSA does allow for siblings to play together.

How do I sign my child up to tryout for a travel team?

Travel teams are formed in the fall for the following spring season.  The tryout dates are listed in the travel section of this site. 

I am interested in helping out, but cannot commit to being a head coach.

The NBSA is a volunteer-based organization providing opportunities for our 1400 + ball players.  We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our program.  Please consider being an assistant coach.  You are also invited to attend one of the NBSA board meetings held the last Monday of each month, throughout the year.
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