Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I get the most information about DYSL?
A. The DYSL website has general information which covers registrations, game info, cancelations, policies, etc. The address is: www.doversoftball.com
2. What is involved with being a coach?
A. View the "Coaching Information" link to the left. Managers and coaches must apply through the coach application which is online and submit a background check which is mandated by Babe Ruth League. The successful background check is good for two years and its cost will be refunded by the league for those who request it.
Additionally, each coach must also complete required additional coaches training. These include:
a. CoachSmart NH training conducted by the City of Dover Recreation Dept. This is a one-time only training.
b. Abuse Prevention Training is now mandated via Babe Ruth League and is done online as part of the background check. This is also good for two years.
b. Babe Ruth Certification Training. This is online via Babe Ruth League and does come with a fee.
Managers and/or coaches run the team program. Practices are usually 2-3 times per week until games start, then games and practices combined can be 2-4 times per week.
3. What does a Team Parent do?
A. A team parent basically is the team’s administrative assistant. This person supports the team’s manager by helping with organizing the team’s concession obligation, distributing paperwork, contacting other parents through phone calls, organizing team party plans for Opening Day and the end of season banquet, handing out uniforms, or anything else the manager may deem necessary.
4. Can my daughter play in a higher division than her age permits?
A. Generally, divisions are based on the age breakdown given to us by the Babe Ruth organization. They are: 16U, 12U, 10U, 8U, 6U. Your child’s age on 12/31 of last year determines the preferred age bracket she plays in. However, occasionally, the league permits players to play in alternative divisions. The league has a specific procedure for handling this. This process is outlined as an appendix to the league's bylaws. It can be found under the documents section in the Spring Season documents folder.
5. Can my daughter be put on a team with one of her friends?
A. We generally do not honor these requests but you can ask. Our desire is to attempt to make each team equal in skill level. Players in the 10U and higher divisions will be assessed on their skills and teams are formed through a draft. In the younger divisions (8U and 6U) we try to group players by the schools they attend or areas in which they live.
6. Can I request a specific coach or team for my child to play on?
A. No, keeping with the attempt to make each team equal we no longer take requests for specific coaches. We also believe it is good for children to be taught by different coaches.
7. What will my child’s schedule be? How often do they play?
A. The schedule will be given to you on or about your first practice. A coach or team parent will be calling with the day of your first practice. There are usually 2-3 team events (games or practices) per week. Occasionally, there may be more. Usually, practices and games are played weeknights and Saturday mornings with no set pattern followed.
8. How are parents notified of canceled games?
A. The league website is usually updated between 3 PM and 4:30 PM with cancelation info. Please check the site or opt to get text messages on your cell phone from a manager/coach. This can be done via your “contact’ tab on the website. On occasion (when the weather is “iffy”) events remain as scheduled and cancelation will be made by the coaches or scheduled umpire at the field.
9. Are games rescheduled?
A. Games are rescheduled as early as possible to make sure the players get enough games in per Babe Ruth rules. At the younger levels they may not be rescheduled dependent upon the time left to the season and the coach’s decision.