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Please read thru this page before you email and ask questions.  Many of the questions are answered on this page.  

Registration for 2019 will be open in Mid January.   

2019 Spring registration will open from January 20th and go thru March 22nd for Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony.   Note that registration will remain open until all spots on teams are filled.     

  


Division Name

 Ages

 Birthday  Requirement

 2019 Season
Pinto
 6-8
 May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2013**
Mustang
 9-10
 May 1, 2008 - April 30, 2010
Bronco
 11-12
 May 1, 2006 - April 30, 2008
Pony
 13-14
 May 1, 2004 - April 30, 2006
Colt
 15-16
 May 1, 2002 - April 30, 2004
Palomino
 17-18
 May 1, 2000 - April 30, 2002

All divisions are based on the May 1st age cut-off dates.  The NYBL requires a waiver approved by the Division Director for a younger player to participate in a higher age division.   Players with "summer birthdays" during cut-off years can decide to "play up" during the registration process and can sign off on the waiver during registration.   If the birthday misses the cut-off by more than 4 months, special consideration will be needed to bump the player to a higher division.  

 

There is NOT a Novi residency requirement for players to play NYBL Pinto thru Palomino.

NYBL currently offers house leagues for the spring/summer.   Fall leagues will not register until the August time-frame.

Teams for all divisions (Pinto through Palomino) are formed via a coach draft.   ALL players who register will go thru an evaluation process and will be drafted to a team.   Evaluations are done so teams can be balanced.   This is not a try-out, it is an evaluation.   Uniform fittings are also done on evaluation day.

NYBL also offers a weekend tournament tryout team program comprised of NYBL House players.   Please see link for additional information on the Novi Inferno.

Click Here for Info on Novi Inferno


 
 Pinto (Ages 6-8)
The Pinto Division is a machine pitch league that uses a spring loaded or sling-shot machine.  Each team will field 10 players.  The teams will be created with a draft process.    Players that are 6 to 6.5 years old as of May 1st,  will be able to register and pay online, but they will have a special registration that asks them to sign off on a waiver that they are slightly younger than the recommended age.  They will still play in the Pinto division with all 6-8 year olds.    Games are typically Monday thru Friday.   There will be a couple of weekend games.   Games are played at ITC Park (Eight Mile Road and Napier).  If you have a more "experienced" player that is younger than 6 as of May 1st, but you are interested in playing NYBL, please send an email to [email protected] for consideration.

Players that are too young to play NYBL, typically play baseball for Novi Parks and Rec Coach Pitch until they are old enough to "graduate" into the Pinto division.   Novi Parks and Rec is a separate organization from NYBL.   Please see the Novi Parks and Rec website if looking for tee-ball or coach pitch teams.


Mustang (Ages 9-10)
The Mustang Division is a player pitch league.  Each team will field 10 players.  An evaluation is performed prior to each season and teams are created through a draft.   Games are typically Monday thru Friday.   There will be a couple of weekend games. Games are played at ITC Park (Eight Mile and Napier).

Bronco (Ages 11-12)
The Bronco Division is a player pitch league.  Each team will field 9 players.  An evaluation is performed prior to each season and teams are created through a draft.  Games are typically Monday thru Friday.   There will be a couple of weekend games.   Game are played at ITC Park (Eight Mile and Napier).   There are cross community games as well in Bronco Division.  Games will be within 20 minutes of Novi.

Pony (Ages 13-14)
The Pony Division is based on formal baseball rules.  Teams play neighboring communities.  Game times will vary depending field schedules for ITC Park and neighboring community fields.   ITC Park is the home field (Eight Mile and Napier).

Colt (Ages 15-16)
The Colt Division is based on formal baseball rules.  Teams play neighboring communities.   Games start in June.  NYBL plans to have one Colt team in 2018.   Game times will vary depending on field schedules for ITC Park and neighboring community fields.   ITC Park is the home field (Eight Mile and Napier).

Palomino (17-18)
The Palomino Division is based on formal baseball rules.  Teams play neighboring communities. Games start in June.   Game times will vary depending on field schedules for ITC Park and neighboring community fields.  ITC Park is the home field (Eight Mile and Napier).



General / Estimated 2019 Information for players ages 7-14 (Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony)


Registration for 2019 Season will run January 20th through mid-March (or until all spots on teams are filled).

2019 prices will be held (same as 2017 and 2018 prices).

2019 Prices:
-Pinto - $195
-Mustang & Bronco - $205  
-Pony - $220  
  
-Prices will include all uniforms (hat, jersey, pants, socks), umpire fees, NYBL field rental fees, etc.   The 2019 season is targeted to be a 12 game season, plus play-offs.  

-2019 practice and game schedules will not be completed until registration is completed, the number of teams solidified and coaches are identified.   Players will be notified by their coach after the draft about specific team placement (draft is early April).   Practices and game times will then be developed based on coach, team and field availability.

Target Dates for 2019 Season (Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, Pony):
-Registration Deadline:   March 22nd
-Pinto Evaluations: March 24th
-Mustang - March 24th
-Bronco - March 24th
-Pony Evaluations: No evaluations except for players new to NYBL.

-Drafts:  End of March  (Because of uniform timing,this year Evaluations & Drafts must take place before Novi Spring Break.
-Practices targeted to start after April 15th, weather permitting and if Fields are thawed and dry.    NYBL rents fields from the City of Novi and cannot begin practices until we have approval from the City of Novi that fields are "released".
-Weekday games begin after - May 4th
-Opening Day Saturday - May 4th  
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Celebration Day - June 1st  
-Additional Weekend Games - June 1st and 2nd and/or June 8th and 9th
-Playoffs begin - June 24th
-Playoff Championship Games - June 26th or June 27th
-All Star Games - varies - week of July 8th

For Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony -  ALL PLAYERS ARE DRAFTED TO A TEAM.  EVALUATIONS ARE FOR DRAFT PURPOSES SO TEAMS CAN BE BALANCED.

Practices for players aged 6-14 will start mid to late April 2019.   

If you believe you may need financial assistance, please see the link to Novi Youth Assistance scholarships or contact [email protected] to set up a payment plan.

LINK TO NOVI YOUTH ASSISTANCE (NYA)

NYBL has a no refund policy unless there are documented extenuating circumstances.

Colt and Palomino 2019 General / Estimated Information:

Colt and Palomino seasons begin later than the younger divisions.   Sign ups will end early May.   Season will start in June.

2019 Colt and Palomino Cost - $230.   NYBL plans to have one Colt team.  A Palomino team is TBD based on if coach and players are available.
 
12 to 14 games against Novi teams and surrounding community teams.  


A general response to the most typical questions I get about how games and the season is run....

This is a house league.   All players will be drafted to a team.  NYBL does player evaluations so team talent can be balanced.

Uniforms are included in the price.   Uniforms are ordered during registration for Mustang, Bronco and Pony.  There is an opportunity to change sizes at evaluations.

After evaluations, the coaches will get together and draft the teams for that division.   (Typically in early April).   You will then be notified to your coach as to which team you will be on.

The coach will then work with the team to find times that work best with the coach schedule, team and field schedules.  NYBL cannot assign practice or game times/dates to a specific player at the time of registration as it is too early in the process to know this information.   There is a spot for "comments" in the registration.   You can put any specifics you have in the comment section and the coaches doing the drafts will be privy to these comments.   The coach may take these comments into consideration while they are drafting a player.

Games will be during the week and will vary from week to week based on the field and team.   Typically once games start in May, there will be one game per week and one practice.   In June the games will be more on average of twice per week and sometimes 3 if there are rainout games to make-up.  Teams may also choose to practice once per week in June.   Start times for Pinto games are either 6:00 or 7:20.   There will be a couple of Saturday afternoon games....    Opening Day and most likely one of the first 2 weekends in June.   Games and practice schedules cannot be put together until we know how many teams we will have, all teams are formed, etc.    Also, prior to games starting, the teams will typically practice one weeknight and one time during the weekend.  
 
Pinto teams will be created with a player draft.  Pinto evaluations will be about 45 minutes and will consist of basic throwing and hitting skills.   All players will be placed on a team, this just gives the coaches an idea of skill level so when they are drafting the teams the teams can be as even as possible.
 
If you have specific days of the week you prefer, you can put it in the "special requests" section of the registration.   A coach may have an idea of their preferred practice times by the draft and may be able to draft based on the special request.   But, because it is a coach draft... practice nights cannot be guaranteed.
 
As background...  my 3 boys played Novi Lightning Travel Soccer and NYBL simultaneously for multiple years.   The month of May is very busy if playing soccer and NYBL baseball.   Sometimes they would miss a soccer practice for baseball and sometimes they miss baseball for soccer.   In general though, it amazingly all seems to work out.   I answer this question from many parents.  If there is a direct conflict of all practice nights once teams are drafted and the coaches select practice nights, we can work with those players on an individual "case by case" basis.  
 


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