Registration for the 2023 Spring GBL Baseball and Softball seasons will open Thanksgiving weekend and run through the end of January. The Germantown Baseball League is a primarily volunteer run organization which was founded in 2009. The mission of the GBL is to teach and instill the ideals of good sportsmanship, team play, honesty, and respect for the game and for one another. Baseball games and practices are held primarily at the Cameron Brown and Bob Hailey sports complexes off Farmington Road in Germantown, Tennessee. Softball games and practices are primarily held at Houston Levee Park behind Houston HS, but some games may be played in Collierville as the two organizations have collaborated over the past couple of seasons in softball.
Here’s a good amount of information on the Spring program which should address many of the questions we get this time of year:
When and where can I register my child? All registrations will be handled by online registration through the GBL web site www.gblbaseball.org starting Thanksgiving weekend and running through the end of January. We encourage everyone to sign up early as a lot of divisions will go on a waiting list – especially the younger age divisions. Register early to insure your roster spot.
How much does it cost? The cost for ages 7 thru 18 is $250 a player. The cost for T-ball and Jr. Coach Pitch and softball 6U is $175. There is a $25 fee for participants who live outside of Germantown. We do offer discounts for families with more than one sibling playing in the Spring.
When does the season start? Practices for the GBL season will start mid-February. The game schedule will begin the week after Spring Break and run through June 11th.
How many games and practices should I expect each week? We tell parents to anticipate 2 to 3 baseball/softball events per week. That number can vary depending on the age division of your child (See division information for more information.) Practice days will vary week to week. Practices are scheduled Monday thru Sunday. Games are played on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the week and always on Saturdays.
Do you have tryouts? No. Instead of tryouts we hold player evaluations for ages 7 and up. The evaluations usually take place the first weekend in February, with two sessions scheduled for most age groups. (Players only need to attend one session). If you register you have a roster spot but every effort should be made to attend evaluations.
How do you put the teams together? Is there a draft? GBL does not use a draft system for the creation of teams. We use the evaluation scores to place players on teams to keep the competitive balance amongst all teams and divisions.
What about playing up or playing down a division? We do not normally allow players to play up an age division or down and age division. Some exceptions may be made, but those decisions will be made by the GBL Board of Directors and League Directors.
What is your policy on play together requests? We will consider play together requests on an individual basis for players ages 7 and up. Our goal is to make sure we keep a competitive balance in place for all teams across all the divisions. Coaches will be able to request only four players in ages 7 and up. That includes all coaches kids on the team. If you have desire to play for a certain coach that coach will need to make you one of their 4 player requests. Also in the past we have tried to grant all play together requests in Jr. Coach Pitch (6-year old league) and Tball. Over the past couple of years this has led to some problems, so coaches in JrCP and Tball will only be able to request 6 players. If parents have a play together request but not a coach or team request we will do our best to grant those play together request in JrCP and Tball as long as they do not involve more than 4 players.
What Equipment will my child need? Players of all ages will need to have their own fielding glove and a batting helmet. Most players, especially ages 7 and up, will want to have baseball cleats (Metal spikes are ONLY allowed in the HS Division). We do not provide bats, but players can purchase their own or borrow a teammates bat.
What if we register and my child decides not to play? We will offer refunds while registration is open for those who have registered and then decide not play during the Spring season. Once the evaluation process begins we will no longer refund registration fees except on a case-by-case basis which will be decided upon by our Board of Directors.
For more information regarding specific age divisions, please click on the GBL Divisions tab on the GBL website at www.gblbaseball.org