How do I register for baseball or softball?
New and returning players can register starting January 2021. To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Independent Health FlexFit* or ACH Bank Account information available. All registrations take place online.
*If your Independent Health FlexFit CC does not have a balance large enough to cover your fee, you can contact our Registrar to make a split payment.
What is the earliest age a child can play in baseball and softball at Lou Gehrig (LGYBS)?
Our youngest age level is instructional (tee-ball/coach pitch) baseball and instructional girls' softball (also referred to as the Softball Minor B level). The instructional level is typically a combination of tee-ball and coach pitch.
Baseball players must be four years of age by April 30, 2021. The baseball calendar year for age determination of May 1 through April 30 follows the USA baseball and Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth season.
Girls' softball begins at age four; however the calendar year is January 1 to December 31 as they are affiliated with USA and NSA softball organizations. Softball players must be four by January 1, 2021.
What are the fees?
$115 for Instructional baseball (ages 4-5) and Minor-B softball (ages 4-6).
Registration fees for all other levels are as follows:
First player in family - $165 if registered by 2/14; $175 if registered between 2/15 and 2/28; $185 if registered on 3/1 or later.
Second player in family - $150 if registered by 2/14; $160 if registered between 2/15 and 2/28; $170 if registered on 3/1 or later.
Third player in family - $120 if registered by 2/14; $130 if registered between 2/15 and 2/28; $140 if registered on 3/1 or later.
$50 fourth or subsequent players
Players who register and are NOT residents of the Town of Amherst will be charged a $25 non-resident fee.
There is also a volunteer obligation requiring parents to volunteer a four hour shift per child during the season. We require a $65 check deposit, given to the team parent before uniforms are passed out, that will be returned once the obligation is fulfilled. The check will not be cashed unless you miss the session you have scheduled.
There is an option to buy out your volunteer obligation for $65 per child. The maximum buy out charge regardless of the number of children will be $195. These fees apply only if you elect not to work the volunteer obligation as defined above.
Teams may individually decide to collect contributions for team parties, food/beverage tokens or trophies. These fees are at the discretion of the team. The league asks all house league teams to keep such fees reasonable.
Unlike other organizations that collect mandatory fundraising fees upfront, we do not collect such fees. Our fees cover the cost of uniforms, insurance, field and complex maintenance, umpire costs and capital improvements. Other organizations can rely on the town or municipality to maintain their fields. Lou Gehrig fields are the responsibility of the league and while a significant cost to maintain, we count on your fees and corporate sponsorships to provide a well groomed and safe complex.
Where is the Lou Gehrig complex located?
The Lou Gehrig complex is located at Smith and Dann Road in East Amherst. The official address is 50 Dann Road, East Amherst, NY 14051. From Transit Road heading north, turn left onto Smith Road. From Millersport or New Road, heading north, turn right onto Smith Road.
The complex includes 11 diamonds, a food and refreshment facility, batting cages, practice pitching mounds and a separate washroom facility.
No pet animals are allowed at the complex. Bicycles are not permitted on the walking paths. Skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited.
When does the season begin?
The 2021 calendar has not been finalized. Register early to reserve a spot.
Approximate key dates are as follows.
What is the time commitment?
There are generally 14-18 games scheduled (including playoffs) from late April or beginning of May to early July. Lower levels such as instructional and softball minor B schedule approximately 10-14 games. Rainouts are generally not rescheduled as the number of games scheduled factor in 3-6 rainouts per season. Games are generally two per week. We encourage managers to hold a reasonable number of practices prior to and during the season.
What are the playing division levels?
Softball is not affiliated with USA baseball and/or Babe Ruth Baseball and uses a January 1 cut-off date. Players must be 4 years of age by January 1, 2021 to participate.
|LEVEL||AGE GROUP||BIRTH YEARS||LEVEL DESCRIPTION|
|Minor B||4, 5 & 6 year olds||2014, 2015 & 2016||Instructional Level; Tee-Ball & Coach Pitch|
|Minor A||7 & 8 year olds||2012 & 2013||Pitching Machine|
|Majors||9 & 10 year olds||2010 & 2011||First level of kid pitch softball, run limit|
|Juniors||11 & 12 year olds||2008 & 2009||Modified NSA fastpitch rules|
|Seniors||13-18 year olds||2002-2007||All NSA fastpitch rules apply|
Lou Gehrig will follow the calendar year date of April 30 consistent to divisional levels. This means that the April 30 date will now determine the age appropriate level for the 2021 season.
The player's age level will be determined by their age as of April 30, 2021. For example, a player turning 9 years old on May 1, 2021 will be considered an eight year old.
*We don't establish playing levels until the latter part of the registration season when we confirm all level assignments based on registration numbers at each level.
|LEVEL||AGE GROUP||LEVEL DESCRIPTION|
|Instructional||4 & 5 year olds||Tee-Ball & Coach Pitch|
|1A||6 & 7 year olds||Machine Pitch|
|2A||7 & 8 year olds||Machine Pitch|
|Major C||9 & 10 year olds||First Year Kid Pitch|
|Major B||10 & 11 year olds||60' Bases & Modified Rules|
|Major A||11 & 12 year olds||70' Bases|
|Seniors||13, 14 & 15 year olds||90' Bases|
Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball/Softball is now accepting players from the entire Town of Amherst as well as outside the Town of Amherst.
What equipment is needed?
Team uniforms include jersey and caps (for boys)/socks (for girls) as part of the registration fee. Uniforms are yours to keep after the season ends. A fielding glove is required. Most teams will require you purchase a specific color of baseball pants. Rubber baseball spikes are strongly recommended. Metal spikes are only allowed at the Senior International level.
Can we request to play with friends?
Yes, up through age 8 and only for the same level. However we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored although we will make reasonable efforts to do so. Therefore please designate more than one player. It becomes more difficult to assemble teams if one of the players has been included with another person’s request. We must also consider the balance of competition when assembling these teams.
We also ask that you make sure that all parties prefer that the children be on the same team, not just the person making the request. By not requesting a specific set of teammates, one of the better experiences is having a chance to form new friendships.
Beginning at age 9, players are drafted round-by-round by managers to help balance the competition. Parent requests to have their child placed with another player are not considered unless the player is a sibling.