Our fall recreational season registration opens in August and we start play in September. Spring registration opens in January and play begins in February. We encourage online registration at phippsparkbaseball.com but you can come in person to the park on select dates that are TBA. The fee is $150 per child with a $10 discount for each additional sibling. Introductory T-ball is $100 and they only play games on Saturdays. Registration includes:
- The uniform jersey and cap (you will be responsible for the uniform from the waist down and all equipment - we have some used items donated each season that are free to a good home :) The minimum required equipment is a glove and batting helmet.
- All practices & games (in-season, there will be one practice and two games per week)
- Staff & volunteer support (coaches, umpires, grounds crew, scorekeepers,etc)
- Participation awards (trophies or medals) for players up to age 8. From age 9 on up, only the league champions & runners-up get trophies.
Practices are typically Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights (one of those) with games Thursday or Friday (one of those) and Saturday. Our seasons run 8-10 weeks Your child will play 16-20 games depending on the number of teams, how far they go in the playoffs, etc.
A player's "league age" for the fall and spring seasons will be determined by their age as of May 1st, of the following year. So for example, if your 5-year-old turns 6 on April 30th 2020, his league age is 6, even for the fall 2019 season.
Our divisions of play are as follows:
Introductory T-ball: 2-4 yo
T-ball: 5-6 yo
Coach (machine) pitch: 7-8 yo
Minors (kids pitch): 9-10 yo
Majors: 11-12 yo
Seniors: 13-16 yo
Our recreational league has "must play" rules in place. At all ages, everyone hits in the batting lineup. Up to age 8, everyone plays every inning in the field. From age 9 & up, players must play at least two innings in the field, but we do our best to keep our teams small so there is the least amount of "pine time" possible. We want the kids playing!
To that end, if families have a demonstrated financial need, we do offer anonymous scholarships with review & approval by our board. To fund those and park improvements, we are always seeking individual and corporate sponsors, volunteers and donations.
We do offer opportunities for travel baseball (year-round) & all-stars (summer only) for players seeking a higher level of competition.Those teams all operate independently, and their fees & schedule vary widely depending on the coach / program.
All of our coaches and volunteers must pass a background check and head coaches are certified & trained by our governing body, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken Baseball.
We are a Florida registered not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. All donations are tax-deductible. We operate the baseball facility at Phipps Park under an agreement with the City of West Palm Beach, and also have some practices and games as needed at the City of Lake Worth baseball facility, which is about two miles south of Phipps off of Dixie Highway.
Please visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PhippsParkBaseball or online at http://phippsparkbaseball.com/
I hope we see you all at the park soon!