Baseball Classes, Clinics & Little League Policies
Summer 2021 Program Delay Policy
If COVID restrictions force a delayed start or change to scheduled 2021 summer programs;
- May 12th full payment date will be delayed to one week prior to new start date and cancellation fees will be pushed back accordingly,
- Withdrawal made more than 7 days prior to new program start date will result in loss of $50 deposit,
- Withdrawal inside 7 days of new start date, will result in a refund less $100 cancellation fee,
- Once program has started, fees are non-refundable, and
- If season shortened and the number of weeks are reduced, fees will be adjusted accordingly.
Non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking to confirm classes, clinics or Little League. Full and final payment deadlines vary according to program. Mid-season registration is possible if space is available, fees may be discounted for partial sessions.
Classes, clinics & Little League uniforms are included with the registration.
A completed waiver is required in order to participate in classes, clinics and Little League. The waiver includes both an injury release, medical authorization and photo release.
Cancellations & Withdrawals
- Cancellations before the first session are refundable less $100 (plus HST) cancellation fee. Withdrawals after first session are non-refundable. No credits for any missed days regardless of reason.
- Memberships are non-refundable.
Caution is recommended when deciding to participate in any programs during snow storms, extreme heat and/or during unstable storm conditions. Responsibility of players rest with the parent/guardian and as such the parent/guardian must make the ultimate decision as to whether their child will come to the facility or field and play.
Classes, clinics & Little League may be cancelled due to extreme snow conditions at the facility. The decision to cancel programs will be made at 2pm on the day and communicated via Social Media and email to all participants. Classes may be made up following the "make-up" classes" policy listed below. Unfortunately, no credit or refund can be provided for cancelled clinics or games.
Programs run regardless of temperature and/or humidex. During extreme heat coaches will stop for additional water breaks.
Rain, Thunder & Lightning
Programs run in the rain.
In cases of unstable storm conditions programs will be cancelled at the field using the Flash to Bang 30/30 Rule” method. With this method the seconds are counted from the time a flash of lightning is seen until a clap of thunder is heard or vice versa. When this number is 30 seconds or less, the program is cancelled and evacuation of the field will begin immediately. Programs may not be re-started for at least 30 minutes. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 5:15pm and 6:45pm, the 5:45pm programs are cancelled. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 6:15pm and 7:45pm, the 6:45pm programs are cancelled. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 7:15pm and 8:45pm, the 7:45pm programs are cancelled. Cancelled programs will be called by the Program Supervisor using whistles and/or air horn. Programs cancelled due to thunder and lightning will not be made up.
Outdoor programs operate on rented properties and may be closed for reasons outside our control. City of Hamilton, school boards & private operators may close their grass fields due to rain and/or field conditions and turf fields may be closed due to flooding. If facilities are closed programs are cancelled and will not be made-up.
Children should be comfortable and wear their prescribed shirts with running shoes. Baseball cleats and ball caps are optional.
Ball gloves are not required for youngest players (2-4yrs).
Players may make one reciprocal friend request where both players request each other. Multiple friend requests cannot be accommodated to allow coordinator to fairly balance teams.
Coaches are predominantly College & University students with ever-changing schedules. We ask our coaches to commit for the full season but this is not always possible and occasionally coaches will change mid-session.
Coaches are assigned to our programs based on availability, experience and program needs. Assignments are done just before each new session. You may request a specific coach but it can never be guaranteed.
Age Requirements & Playing Up
Players may play in a higher division if they wish, and girls may play in any boys league. Children may participate in higher age clinics with advanced permission of program supervisor.
Missed classes (2-6yrs) may be made-up within the session. Make-up classes are offered as a courtesy and are based on availability. They must be pre-arranged with the office so the coach is prepared and to ensure the class has space. Make-up clinics and games are not possible.
First Aid Supplies
First aid supplies are stored behind the desk at the reception area. and at outdoor locations can be found in the large marked bin located with coaching equipment.
Parents/guardians are required to monitor their "non-participating" children while at the facility and fields. In particular, parents/guardians are asked to keep their children from climbing on goal posts, screens, nets and fences, and keep children out from under bleachers and other location specific hazards.
Repeated inappropriate behaviour and bullying by participants, following warning and discussion with parent/guardian, may result in their expulsion from the program without refund. Batter Zone reserve the right to refuse future registration to these children.
Participants with Exceptionalities
We make every effort to create a safe, positive and inclusive environment and to ensure all children enjoy their class, clinic and league experience but we are not designated to accommodate participants with exceptionalities. If your child has exceptionalities please speak with us before you register to determine if we are able to accommodate the specific requirements of your child.