- How do I get a team into EJRT?
To enter a team into the EJRT league, coaches need to obtain a coach’s application from the league office or from the website. The EJRT Commission reviews all applications. Coaches are required to attend the coaches meeting in February.
Once registration is complete, rosters and fees are turned into the applicable area director. Schedules are then distributed prior to the start of the season.
- What if I only have a few players? How do I get more players?
A team can be formed with just a nucleus of players. Open registration occurs December 1st – February 7th and at that time, players that do not have a team to play on will be placed on one.
In the t-ball and coach pitch divisions, the emphasis is placed on learning how to play the game and every player bats and plays defensively. In the 10U through the 12U divisions, rules require limited pitching appearances and each youngster plays a minimum number of innings defensively in each game. Normal rules and strategy are used. Players earn the right to have more playing time by working hard and improving their individual and team skills. Most coaches play as many people as possible in each game. Teams are seeded in all divisions to try to give balance to the playing schedule and prevent mismatches in leagues.
New teams are permitted to enter the program with a complete team or with just a nucleus of players. The age cutoff for baseball is May 1st and January 1st for softball. Individual players of correct age will be placed on teams on a space available basis. Normally, players are required to return to their last season’s team, unless they get a release from last year’s coach. There are no tryouts.
Teams are formed in February of each year. The regular season begins in April for most teams and ends in June. Teams of all levels have the opportunity to play in our weekend tournaments.
- What does it cost to play at EJRT?
Individual player fees for 4yrT-ball is $45.00
Individual player fees for 6u T-ball is $65.00
Individual player fees for ages 7-12 is $75.00
Individual player fees for ages 14U is $85.00.
Team fees for baseball and softball are $100.00 for 6U, $150.00 for 8U-12U.
- What are EJRT’s expenses?
A well-run leauge is expensive. Large portions of the fees go for insurance premiums for players and coaches for sports-related injuries. Trained, paid umpires officiate every game. Other expenses include building maintenance, director positions and UIC positions paid by EJRT. Sports equipment, baseballs, softballs, etc.
- How important is sportsmanship?
Sportsmanship is one of the most important aspects of the program. Lifelong skills of teamwork and sportsmanship are developed in the ages encompassed in the EJRT program. Profanity will not be tolerated at games or practices. Use of alcohol and/or drugs will not be tolerated at the EJRT complex. Proper dealings with umpires are encouraged.
Each year, high school age teens are recruited to be new umpires and, along with umpires with previous experience. New umpires start officiating at the younger levels. As they gain skill and ability, they move up to the older age levels. EJRT is always looking for new umpires.
- How can I find out what is going on at EJRT?
In addition to meetings for coaches, EJRT will post on the website. If you have any questions please e-mail one of the commissioners in your age groups or one of the officers. They will get back to you as soon as possible. Please leave your phone # if you would like a call.