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Draws for TeeBall are published in the Library
area of the
Juniors website. Generally, we will publish preliminary
draws for the first couple of weeks by late August or early
September, and then confirm the complete season draws by late
September or early October. This process allows for re-grading
and late team nomination. Check the
Juniors website as the season unfolds.
Most games are played in one of two timeslots on
a Saturday morning:- either 8:30am or 10:30am. Teeball games are
an hour and a quarter for U/8 fixtures, and an hour and a half
for U/10 and U/12 fixtures.
In the U/10 and U/12 competitions, one or two
games may be scheduled for play midweek. If this happens, it is
up to the teams involved to find a mutually acceptable time and
venue. It doesn't strictly have to be "in the middle of the
week". These fixtures will be to balance the draw in a situation
where there aren't enough Saturdays available to complete the
full playing schedule. One popular option is playing "twilight"
games on Saturday evenings during Daylight Saving.
Most coaches will expect the players to be at
the venue about half an hour (or perhaps more) earlier than the
scheduled game time in order to warm up properly. Check with
your club coach.
UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
Each club has its own uniform policy. You should
check with your chosen club. However, as a guide, the general
convention is that a player buys his or her own personal gear (a
glove, groin protector, shoes, perhaps a mouthguard), a playing
cap, and in some cases pants. The clubs will then provide such
additional items as playing tops, bats, game balls, catcher's
gear, helmets etc, at either no additional charge or a small
rental fee for the playing top. There is a vibrant second-hand
market for some of this equipment, so please check with your
club's uniform officer before spending too much at the local
sporting-goods shop. Optional items such as jackets, gear bags,
slickers and suchlike are just that:- optional.
Players are free to buy and use their own bats
and other equipment, but this is not necessary and for TeeBall,
we don't recommend it. Wait until your child makes a longer term
commitment to baseball, and then buy them the right gear when
they're a little older.
All Hills clubs provide physical tokens of
participation for every single player. These will take the form
of trophies, medals or other icons. In addition, most clubs have
a policy of providing a couple of special merit awards each
season. These take the form of Most Valuable Player, Most
Improved Player, a Coach's Award, Most Enthusiastic Player, or
various other names. Each club has its own policy on this. The
intent is to reward exceptional commitment rather than skill or
raw talent, with a view to encouraging personal development in
You will pay a fee to your club that includes an insurance component. This cost covers not only players,
but volunteers as well. Sadly, the coverage is inadequate for
most purposes, and it only pays out at all if the loss involved
is horrendous (death, permanent disablement, loss of limbs etc).
This isn't our fault as a sport:- it is simple reality in the
current climate of liability law. We suggest that you cover your
child for more probable injuries using an insurance provider
like EBM, who offer coverage for all sports 24x7, for
about $25 per
child per annum. We do not endorse this particular company:-
it's just an example. Parents are encouraged to do their own
If you're worried about your exposure as a
volunteer, we suggest you talk to your club. Companies like
offer insurance packages specifically designed for things like
loss of income, accident and property loss. Again, we're not
endorsing this company:- merely suggesting that you need
something more than the standard cover to be able to sleep
The cost of participation in TeeBall within
Hills is minimal, given the rewards available and by comparison
with the fees charged by both other junior sports, and by other
TeeBall organisations in Sydney.
The club fee will probably be subsidised by
sponsorship or senior players. If it looks expensive, consider
what other sports charge. If your child is aged 6 or younger,
there may be a discount available on the playing fee. Ask about it
A glove should be under $20. Check with your club.
A groin protector should be from $9 to $20.
A pair of shoes (soccer
boots, tennis shoes or joggers) should be something you have
mouthguard starts at $9 and could run you $100 or
more for a custom one. Talk to a dentist if you like.
pants are $30 or so, or your child could wear tracksuit pants as
long as they are the right colour.
A playing cap will be
somewhere between $12 and $25 depending on the design and club.
You don't need to buy a bat, balls or catcher's gear.
need to buy a helmet. If you want to, it should be less than