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Frequently Answered Questions

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where are games played?

For the T-ball, Machine Pitch, and Kid Pitch recreation programs, almost all games are played at the Taylor Fields Complex in Boyds, Maryland. When the Poolesville Athletic Association fields teams in the UMAC Machine Pitch or Kid Pitch leagues, then one game per team per season may be held in nearby Poolesville.

When do the seasons start/end?

  • The spring season typically begins in early April and ends in early June.
  • The fall season typically begins in early September and ends in late October/early November.

How many games are there per season?

In the spring, there are 10-12 games. The 9U-12U Kid Pitch Divisions play additional playoff games at the end of the regular season. In the fall, there are 8 games with no playoffs.

How long are the games? 

T-ball games are typically one hour. Machine Pitch and Kid Pitch games are scheduled for no more than two hours.

Where do the teams practice?

UMAC holds several permits for baseball fields near Taylor Fields (primarily in Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Clarksburg). Coaches select their preferred practice locations and the UMAC Board tries to accommodate those requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are your registration fees?

For Fall 2021, our fees are:

 Tball $50

 Rookie Machine Pitch (6-8U) $95

 Minors/Majors (9-12U) $115

 13-18 $139

What does the registration fee cover? 

The registration fee covers field maintenance; team equipment (catcher's gear, pitching machine, balls, etc.); hat and jersey for players and coaches; county practice field fees; end-of-season trophies; and other expenses (e.g., insurance).

Do you offer a sibling discount? 

Yes. UMAC provides a sibling discount of $10 on the registration of a second player from the same family, irrespective of age level.

What is the cutoff date for each age division?

You should register your child based on the age they will be on May 1st in that particular year. Please note that players “move up” in the fall each year (e.g. if your child had a “baseball age” of 8U in the spring, he/she will move up to 9U “baseball age” in the fall of the same year). Players may also choose to “play up” one baseball age level without prior approval from the UMAC Board. For the Fall 2020 season only, players may elect to remain in their Spring 2020 division on a case-by-case basis.

Can I request my player be placed on the same team as his/her best friend? 

Absolutely! We do our best to honor requests to play on a team with friends or a specific coach. We can't always honor all requests, but we will communicate with you and try to come up with alternatives if needed.

My son/daughter has never played baseball but is too old for T-ball. What should I do? 

Sign them up! UMAC Baseball is for new players as well as current or future all-stars. Our coaches willwork with your player to teach them the fundamentals of the game. Your son or daughter will learn through experience and gain confidence as they get reps and start driving the ball! Contact the commissioner for your age group if you have any specific questions or concerns. 

Who gets a trophy? 

Each player in the T-ball through 8U divisions will receive a trophy to commemorate their season. Players on the 9U-12U playoff champion and runner-up teams each receive a trophy. Many coaches also give out Game Balls or other honors after games or at the end of the season.

Do you serve food?

Yes! The Snack Shack is onsite and serves food, candy, and beverages at very reasonable prices.

Is there a playground at Taylor Fields?

Yes! Baseball games can seem long for younger siblings, but luckily, UMAC has a playground and two sand boxes for our youngest fans to enjoy.

 

EQUIPMENT

Does UMAC provide any equipment?

UMAC provides each player with a hat and jersey. We provide each team with catcher’s equipment, game balls, and a team batting helmet.

What equipment do I have to provide?

We recommend that each player bring the following equipment: USA bat, glove, cleats, helmet and an athletic cup/supporter. Any player in Machine and Kid Pitch wishing to play catcher must wear an athletic cup. Please note that except for the cup for catchers, these are just recommendations.

Are the uniforms sized to order?

Because UMAC must place uniform orders well in advance of the close of registration, we are unable to provide child-specific sizing for our Rec Program players. However, we do our best to order a variety of sizes to accommodate all our players. Rec coaches are provided a jersey and hat. Select/All-Star players receive customized uniforms, as determined by their coaches.

I have a bat that says USSSA on it. Is that the same as USA Baseball? 

No, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth adopted use of USA Baseball bats for league play. Bats without the USA Baseball stamp (except for T-Ball) will not be allowed. See league rules for penalties and T-Ball bat rules. 

Does UMAC have batting cages?

Yes. We have two batting cages equipped with Jugs M1600 MVP pitching machines.

 

COACHING/VOLUNTEERING

I've never coached before but want to help, what should I do? 

Volunteer!! Volunteer coaches are the lifeblood of our organization. Whether you played in The Show or have never played before, you have what it takes to coach recreational youth baseball. All you need are a positive attitude and energy and we'll help you with the rest. Getting involved at the T-ball or Machine Pitch level will give you the experience you need to be successful once the rules start getting more involved (e.g., stealing, bunting, pitching). The League Commissioners and Board are available to help you make practice plans and lineups and assist with any rule questions. If coaching isn't for you, contact a Board Member and let us know you want to help. We always have projects or initiatives that can use helping hands. 

Do I have to pass a background check?

Yes. All coaches must complete and pass a background check and complete a child abuse and prevention training before they can volunteer.

Are there other opportunities to volunteer?

Yes! We can always use help with anything from field prep to tournament assistance to social media communications. UMAC is also actively seeking board members. If you are interested, please email us at UMACBoyds@gmail.com.

 

SELECT/ALL-STAR TEAMS

What are the Select/All-Star Team opportunities? 

UMAC offers excellent All-Star/Select Team baseball opportunities for all age levels. Additional information about our Select and All-Star Programs can be found on our website under “Our Programs.”

When do you hold Select/All-Star Team Tryouts?

Tryouts are announced by email to UMAC registrants, on our Facebook page, and on our website. Typically, spring Select Team tryouts are held in late fall, Fall Select Team tryouts are held in the summer, and Summer All-Star Team tryouts are held in late spring.

How are players evaluated?

Each Select Team manages its own tryout, but typically, players are run through a series of drills (throwing, hitting, running, pitching (if applicable), fielding) and evaluated accordingly. Existing players are typically evaluated on their performance during the season as well as their performance during tryouts. New players are evaluated based on their tryout, observed performance during the rec season (if applicable) and feedback from coaches (if available).

Once I make a Select/All-Star Team, am I guaranteed a future roster spot?

No. Players are evaluated during each tryout and no roster spots are guaranteed. While coaches understand the capabilities of current Select/All-Star Team players, rosters are subject to change, and evaluations are objective.

How do I know if my child makes a Select/All-Star Team?

Each Select/All-Star Team has their own way of notifying players. Select/All-Star coaches will announce their notification plan during the tryout.

Does my player have to travel if they make a Select/All-Star Team?

We like to consider our programs “travel lite.” Typically, Select/All-Star Teams play games that are within an hour or so from Boyds. Many summer All-Star Teams also chose one overnight tournament within a few hours from Boyds. However, each Select/All-Star Team is different, and coaches often consult with their team’s families to determine what makes the most sense for their team.

How much does Select/All-Star cost?

Fees vary depending on the team and the number of tournaments, type of uniforms, etc. that they choose. Select/All-Star coaches will notify prospective families about the approximate cost of participation during tryouts.

Do you need Select/All-Star Coaches?

UMAC is always interested in hearing from prospective coaches. Please contact us at UMACBoyds@gmail.com if you are interested.

Are Select/All-Star Coaches paid

No. All of our coaching positions are volunteer.


REFUND POLICY - AS OF 08/26/2020

 General Refund Policy (Spring/Fall Seasons)

Refunds (less administrative fee of $20) are available upon request based on the below schedule:

§  Full refunds are available upon request, if request is received prior to the date your player is officially assigned to a team.

§  Partial Refunds (50%) are available upon request, if request is received on prior to the OPENING DAY/FIRST GAME date for the division your child is placed in.

§  No Refunds are available on OPENING DAY/FIRST GAME/FIRST CLINIC date and thereafter.

§  Refunds are on the cost of registration only.

How to Request a Refund

All refund requests must be made via email to umacboyds@gmail.com. Refunds will be issued by a credit back to the credit card used for payment.

COVID-19 Refund Policy:

If the season is cancelled in its entirety due to COVID-19, UMAC will offer families the option of:

(1) a full refund less the administrative fee of $20;

(2) a credit in the full amount (registration fee + administrative fee) that is valid for a future season;

(3) the option to make a tax-deductible donation of the registration fee to UMAC.

In the event the season is suspended after Opening Day, UMAC will attempt to provide a credit or refund based on how much of the season was played less the administrative fees, costs of uniforms, field costs, and any other sunk costs incurred by UMAC up until the point of season cancellation.  Refunds will not be provided for individual games or practices missed if a player is required to quarantine due to exposure to or illness with COVID-19. 


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