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About Fall ball with VCB

Vancouver Community Baseball Fall Ball program has closed except for girls wishing to play on the All-Girls team.

There is no requirement to have played spring baseball with VCB to play Fall Ball.  There are also no boundary restrictions, so if you would prefer to play with another association, you are free to do so.  Likewise, VCB accepts out-of-boundary players without a release from other associations.

Players of all abilities are welcome, including those who've never played before!

Divisions

 
Division Name Birth years Diamond size (pitching distance/length of base path)

Girls team

2005-12 54/80

13U

2010 (or later) 50/70
15U 2008-09 54/80
18U 2005-07 60/90

 

Registration for the integrated teams is closed as of Sept. 10.  Registration for the All-Girls team will remain open until at least Sept. 20.

Costs for all divisions will be $125 and includes a cap and a t-shirt which are kept by the player.

FIELD locations

Unfortunately there is very little opportunity to practice as all baseball fields on the west side of Vancouver are permitted to soccer in the fall.  This includes Chaldecott and Hillcrest Parks, where all the games and practices take place during the spring.  There may be some opportunities to practice on an ad-hoc basis.

Due to the lack of field space, there is no opportunity for VCB to host fall ball games.  This means all the games will be away games, and you will need to travel to other fields in the Metro Vancouver region.  You may have games on the North Shore, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Tsawwassen, Ladner, Delta, Richmond, Langley, Surrey, and Cloverdale as all of these associations have fields which are dedicated to baseball year-round.  Car pools will be arranged for players who need rides.

All-Girls option

In 2022, we are going to offer an all-girls team for female players at the 11U, 13U, and 15U levels.  During registration, there is a question asking whether your player wants to play on an all-girls team.  If we don't get a sufficient number of girls to form a team at some level, we will provide a full refund of your registration fee if you do not wish to play on an integrated (co-ed) team.

Game times and season length

Most games will take place on the weekends as there is insufficient light to play evening games by September.   Some associations have lighted fields and can host weekday evening games, which is a great experience.

On weekends, double-headers are common, usually games would take place at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  On such days, you may attend one or both games.

There are no league standings, so all games are considered exhibition.  The game schedule is organized by the team coach by contacting other associations and arranging games at mutually agreeable times.

The season starts as early as the last weekend of August and ends when the weather gets too cold and wet to play,  typically around Thanksgiving.  However, if the weather stays fair we may continue to run the program until the end of October.

Tournaments may be offered for some divisions.  Players participating in any tournaments will be charged an extra tournament entry fee, in addition to the base registration fee of $125.

Game format

Games are typically 7 innings but are also usually time-limited so that no new inning begins after 2 hours of playing time. 

Fall ball is intended to be more developmental than competitive, so innings are typically capped at 3 or 4 runs, but the exact number is flexible and may change from game to game.  There will be an emphasis on equality of playing time and giving players a chance to play various positions (including pitcher).

commitment expectations

We recognize that most baseball players are participating in other sports in September and October and those other sports will frequently be prioritized over baseball.  For this reason, rosters will normally be made up of at least 15 players.  The coaches will do their best to ensure everyone at the game gets equal playing time.   That said, if you say you're coming to a game, please show up.  It's crappy when 8 players are present but 10 were expected.  VCB does not give refunds for missed games.

Registration

Registration costs $125 and payment must be completed online using a credit card.

Withdrawls

If you change your mind about participating our fall baseball program, you may request a refund from the VCB Registrar.  Refunds will be pro-rated for September.  No refunds will be provided after Sept. 20.  VCB will keep a minimum of $15 for credit card processing fees which we do not recover from our payment processor for refunds.

Contacts

If you have any questions about Fall Ball, please direct them to the people listed in the table below.

Division Contact Name
13U Matt Donnelly
15U Matt Donnelly
18U John Stark
Girls Team Kristy Watson