About Durango Youth Baseball (DYB)

Information regarding our organization and the baseball seasons.

Updated Tuesday September 19, 2017 by Durango Youth Baseball.

About Durango Youth Baseball (DYB)

www.durangobaseball.org

Durango Youth Baseball has been sponsoring amateur youth baseball leagues for Durango and LaPlata County boys and girls for nearly 20 years. Durango Youth Baseball is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 status.

DYB became affiliated with Little League in 2012. In 2013 Durango became our own Little League District (#4) with Cortez, Bayfield, Ignacio.

The objective of DYB is to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

DYB provides a supervised program under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.  The attainment of exceptional athletic skill and the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of prime importance.

The Spring Season

Divisions: Tee ball (5/6), Machine Pitch (7/8), Minors (9/10), Majors (11/12), Juniors (13/14).

Age determination for divisions: any player who will attain the ages of 4 before September 1, 2017, and who will not attain the age of 8 on or before August 31, 2017, shall be elgible for the Tee Ball Division. Any player who will turn 7 before September 1, 2017 and will not turn 13 before May 1, 2017, shall be eligible for the Machine Pitch/Minors League.  Any player who turns 9 before September 1, 2017, and who will not turn 13 before May 1, 2017 will be elgible to play in the Majors division.  League age 12 year olds may participate in the Minors under certain circumstances.

Registration fee includes cap and jersey, umpire fees, city field rental fees, field maintenance for ALP fields, and field/team supplies.

Registration occurs in February and through mid-March. If you would like to receive email notifications about registration go to www.durangobaseball.org and create an account (costs nothing). Except for Tee ball, you cannot request to be on a specific team or with a specific coach. Our numbers are too large and the draft process would be ignored if we took into account these requests. We are striving for team parity. Individual coaches determine practice days and times.

All new registrants (except for Tee-ball and Machine Pitch) and players moving up a division are required to attend a Skills Day, where they are rated on hitting, fielding, pitching, etc. Tee-ball and Machine Pitch divisions do not participate in Skills Day. The Skills Week schedule will be posted on the website and is usually the week before the 9R Spring Break.

The draft process for Minors, Majors and Juniors divisions occurs next and all players are drafted to teams by the coaches.

Team practices start around the second week of April. Season runs April 22-June 10 for Tee-ball, Minors, Majors and Juniors. Machine Pitch season will run May 2-June 19. Every Minors, Majors and Juniors team will play at least 12 games. Tee-ball and Machine Pitch will play at least 10 games. Games are played in Durango for Tee-ball, Machine Pitch, Minors and Majors divisions. Juniors division plays games in Durango, Ignacio, Bayfield and Cortez. There may be some traveling involved with the other divisions (except Tee-ball), if your coach arranges extra games.

Tentatively games will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Saturdays for Machine Pitch, Minors and Majors divisions. The other days of the week are reserved for practices. Every teams’ game schedule is different (Your team may play one game one week and two games the next). It is a varied schedule so flexibility is important. Sundays are reserved for rain make ups.

Tee-ball games can occur on any day of the week except for Sunday. Juniors division has games throughout the week.

The City Tournament will be held June 13-22 for Minors, Majors and Juniors divisions. Machine Pitch City Tourney will be June 18-24. This tournament is only among Durango teams in their respective divisions. The spring/summer seasons ends at this point. 

All Stars

During the end of the season the coaches nominate players from their team who they feel would field the most competitive team to represent Durango Little League in their division for post season play. The coaches for each division meet, discuss players, and then rank the players on the All Star ballot. The ballots are added up and 12-13 players are the selected All-Stars for each division. DYB sends a 9/10 team, a Minors team (11), a Majors team (12) and a Juniors (13/14) team to the district Little League tournaments. Machine Pitch has its own tournament in Durango, but it is not an official Little League district tournament. Being an All-Star is an honor but it is also a time and financial commitment. The State Tournament is after the District tournament and overnight stays and travel are required. If the team wins the State Tournament, they advance to the Regional Tournament, which again requires more travel and overnight stays.

Fall Ball

Fall Ball is now in Durango!!! DYB is hosting Fall Ball in Durango for the 1st time. Want to play baseball in Fall but don't want to travel to Farmington every week...then this is for you! 

Online registration for the Fall Ball Season is now open and closes July 24th. No late registrations will be accepted or scholarships will be given for this program.

The age requirement for this season is the same as the Little League Spring/Summer season. We will try and host several teams in as many divisions as possible. Please spread the word.

Games run early August through September. Games are held on Sundays in Durango. One to two games are scheduled for each team based on Division each Sunday for 8 weeks.

All Little League rules apply. NEW DIVISION - Intermediate (50/70) (ages 11-13) has replaced the Majors (age 11-12). For information please visit our Intermediate Division page.

Teams usually meet an hour before game time on Sundays for warm-up and instruction; any other practices during the week are at the discretion of the coach and team. This works well for those playing football or participating in other sports in the fall. 

Important Disclaimer: This program is not intended to interfere with fall sports in any way, shape or form as we intend to maintain positive relations between all fall youth sports programs - Coaches will be strongly encouraged to keep this in mind.

Fall baseball is a great time to learn new skills, try new positions, and bring teams together for continuing instruction through the fall months. Fall baseball is the "Spring Training" of Little League baseball, but in a more relaxed environment. Make plans now to continue the development and training of our baseball players.

We encourage individual players, parts of teams or entire teams to play in this league to continue their training into the fall.

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please email us at dgobaseball@gmail.com .

 




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