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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few FAQ’s for Baseball

1. How many teams do you field?

We plan on fielding three High School teams- 2 sub varsity and a varsity team. We also plan to field 2 Middle School  teams – 1 for 6th & 7th graders and 1 for 8th graders. The skill of the player and the number of players will determine which team a player is placed.

2. How do we get on a team?

Tryouts are usually scheduled for the fall beginning in September (HS) and late September/early October (MS) for the following spring season. 

3. Where do you work out? What time are workouts?

We generally practice at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Prestonwood baseball bractice fields in Plano, and Extra Innings indoor facility in Plano. All of these are subject to change. 

4. How often do you practice?

We practice or play on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and sometimes Saturday during the regular season which begins mid-January and ends around the first of May. We generally tell families that 4 to 5 “events” a week are about average for High School and about 3 events a week for Middle School. Tryout and workout schedules for the fall will be announced in the fall (typically 2-3 days a week for HS and 1-2 days a week for MS). Fall workouts continue throughout the fall school school semester.

5. What are the fees?

Fees consist of Player Fees and Uniform Fees. High School Player Fees are approximately $700 per player with an additional $200 fee for players attending the World Series ($50 registration and $150 housing deposit). Middle School fees are approximately $350. Payment in full with check/cash by 11/1 gives players a credit of $50 (HS) or $20 (MS) toward uniforms or spirit wear. Payment of 1st half of player fees by 11/1 and 2nd half by 1/15 using check/cash gives players a credit of $30 (HS) or $12 (MS) toward uniforms or spirit wear. Both High School and Middle School will participate in fundraisers. Fees cover most player expenses (partial uniforms, field rental, team equipment, tournament fees, etc.) for the year, except for any travel expenses. 

Players are responsible for the appropriate legal bat, metal spikes (see note below), other personal equipment, and some uniform expenses. Players will also need a WHITE high school NOCSAE approved batting helmet. We will order helmets if you do not have a white helmet. Varsity players should order helmets through HSAA so they match (or get approval). There is a minimal fee for team decals for helmets. Varsity players will order matching cleats. We try to keep most uniform items the same from year to year to keep fees low. Middle School Uniform fees are usually less than $100-$125 for a new player. High School Uniform Fees are usually under $200 for a new JV player and less than $300 for a new Varsity player (including cleats). Returning player uniform fees are much less because they are often able to reuse jerseys, helmets, etc. Depending on the results of our fundraisers, we are usually able to offset $50 to $100 of the uniform costs.

6. When are the fees due?

Tryout fees are due at the first tryout ($100 for High School and $25 for Middle School). If you make the MS team there is an additional practice fee of $25-$50.  One-half of player fees are due by November 1st for players named to a team. The balance is due no later than January 15th, unless you have submitted a Payment Plan by November 1st. Five equal payments will be due 11/1, 12/1, 1/1, 2/1 & 3/1. Uniforms and spirit wear for families will be ordered in November. One half of the order total is due November 15th. The other half is due when the uniforms are handed out in January (but no later than January 20th). We have some limited funds available for scholarships. Please contact the Baseball Administrator or Baseball Commissioner for more details.

7. Do you cut players?

We would love to have a spot for all players interested in playing the game of baseball, but unfortunately that is usually not possible. Therefore, we probably will not have a spot for all players trying out. Players are selected based on skill, attitude, potential development, team needs, and other specifics related to the teams.

8. How many players per team?

We usually have 12-15 players on each HS team, sometimes more if we have specialty players (like pitchers or designated hitters). MS teams usually have about 12 players on each team.

9. Do all players play? Do you follow a “Recreational League” format?

HSAA baseball is a “competitive” organization, so we do not follow a recreational format where there is equal playing time for all players. Playing time and positions are at the sole discretion of the head coach. At the Middle School and JV levels, we do recognize that there are developmental needs for younger and sub-varsity players, and playing time is important for all players. At the Varsity level, there is no guarantee of playing time.

10. What days are games?

Game times will vary depending on the opponents that particular week and are usually in the late afternoons or evenings during the week. However, there will be some Saturday games. We attempt to leave Wednesday nights free, with no baseball scheduled, but there may be one or two High School games on a Wednesday afternoon/evening. A practice schedule will be given after the teams are determined. High school tournaments often involve morning games on Thursdays and Fridays, so please plan class schedules accordingly. For those taking Dual Credit at community colleges, the World Series takes place during the semester, often the week before finals. Please make arrangements with your professors at the start of the Spring semester to miss that week.

11. What are the eligibility requirements for baseball?

We participate at the varsity level in the Home School World Series, and therefore, players must meet the requirements found on listed under "Eligibility Rules" under the "Registration / Policies / Forms" tab.

12. Does HSAA  accept donations?

YES!! HSAA is a 501c (3) organization under IRS rules and we will give a receipt for all donations over $250. Donations help us keep the costs down and improve our program. 

Direct questions to:

Baseball Commissioner or Baseball Administrator

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