Frequently Asked Questions

What are the changes for the Fall 2024?

Guaranteed Spot Policy as of Fall 2024

This change will be in effect for all players in the Minor and Major Leagues regardless of previous status. 

Beginning Fall of 2024:

  • Players in the Minor and Major Leagues will try out every Fall.  
  • Players who make a team in the Spring of their 9 year old and 11 year old season will be afforded a spot in their 10u and 12u Spring season on the same team from the previous Spring.
  • Players who played in the Fall of 2023 will need to try out and make a roster spot.
  • Players who played in Spring 2023 in their 9 year old and 11 year old seasons will return to their Spring team.
  • As players age up from the Minor to Major League, they will be required to try out and secure a roster spot to continue playing.

EXAMPLE: If an 11 year old makes a Spring roster, they are guaranteed to be on the same team for the next Spring when they would be league aged 12. They would not be guaranteed for the Fall season, as every player in the Majors will need to try out for Fall Rec. League.

If a 9 year old makes a Spring roster, they are guaranteed to be on the same team for the next Spring when they would be league age 10. That following Spring season (league age 11), they would need to try out to make a Spring roster in the Major League. In addition, they would not be guaranteed for the Fall season, as every player in the Minors will need to try out for the Fall Rec. League.

To re-emphasize, compared to the current policy, with the new policy there is no guarantee that a player will make a roster spot as they age up to a new League or as they try out each fall.

This change will be in effect for all players in the Rookie League beginning Fall of 2024:

  • 7 year old and 8 year old players will try out in the Fall.
  • 7 year old players will try out again in the Spring.  If a roster spot is secured in the 7 year old Spring season, this will be the player’s team for their 7 year old Spring, 8 year old Fall, and 8 year old Spring. When this player ages up to the Minor League, they will need to try out and secure a roster spot to continue playing.
  • 7 year old players who played in Spring 2024 will return to that team for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
  • 8 year old players that only played Fall will try out again in the Spring of their 8 year old year and must secure a roster spot to continue playing.  When this player ages up to the Minor League, they will need to try out and secure a roster spot to continue playing.
  • Rookie teams will be required to select a 6 year old player for their team (if enough registrants) in the Spring season.  6 year old players selected to a Rookie team will continue with that team until they age up to the Minor League, at which time they will need to try out and secure a roster spot to continue playing.

EXAMPLE: If a 6 year old makes a Spring roster, they are guaranteed a spot to play for the same team in Rookie for the Spring and Fall seasons until they age up to Minor league. That following Spring season (league age 9), they would need to try out to make a Spring roster in the Minor League.

To re-emphasize, compared to the current policy, with the new policy there is no guarantee that a player will make a roster spot as they age up to a new League or as they try out each Fall.

Sibling Guarantee

Beginning in the Fall of 2024, the Sibling Guarantee will only extend to Rookie players in the Spring season who have a sibling that has made a Spring team that same season.  There will be no sibling guarantee for players in the Minor or Majors.  

During Spring registration, players registering for Rookie will be able to denote they have a sibling trying out for a spot in Minors or Majors.  Minors and Majors will be drafted first and registration lists will be updated accordingly for registrants who then have a guaranteed spot.

Families with multiple children trying out are not guaranteed to have all children secure a roster spot.  West Raleigh will make every effort to place players from the same family that are selected in the same League on the same team, but it is not guaranteed.

EXAMPLE: If a player has a sibling who made a Minor League Spring team, they are guaranteed to be on the same team in the Spring and Fall seasons only in the Rookie League. Once they age out of the Rookie League, they will need to make a Spring roster at the Minor and Majors League to have a guaranteed spot.

Change to Fall Select Structure

Starting in Fall of 2024, the Minor and Major Leagues will now have an option for Modified Fall Select and Fall Rec. League.  

Modified Fall Select

Blue/Red players that played the previous summer in the All-Stars program will have the opportunity to register for Modified Fall Select.  The Modified Fall Select teams will be formed to regular WR League ages, Minors Modified Fall Select (8u and 9u) and Majors Modified Fall Select (10u and 11u). The registered players will be dispersed among teams in the Minors and teams in the Majors with the goal of creating teams of approximately equal talent levels. Each team will have 2 events (practices and games) per week. The Modified Fall Select will not use traditional ranking and seeding through their season.  The season will finish with a single elimination tournament among all teams in the League.

If in a subsequent Summer, a previous Modified Fall Select player does not play All-Stars, the following Fall they would be required to only register for the Fall Rec. League.  If a player that has a spot in Modified Fall Select, wishes not to take the roster spot, they do have the option to try out for the Fall Rec. League but they are not guaranteed placement.  If there are open spots in the Modified Fall Select, it is at the discretion of the Executive Director if players from the Fall Rec. League will be able to be drafted to fill remaining Modified Fall Select spots. 

From the age groups within the Modified Fall Select (8u, 9u, 10u, and 11u), Blue and Red summer all-star teams can carry over into the Fall season to have an option in participating in 2-3 tournaments. These teams will be the same teams from the Summer, not the same teams as the Modified Fall Select.

All players must be participating in a WR Fall League in order to be eligible to participate in tournaments.

Fall Rec. League

Players will need to register for the Fall where they will tryout and need to be drafted to a team.  Every Fall, all players will need to try out and be drafted, even if they are returning to the same League in which they played the previous Fall.  Each Fall, players are not guaranteed a spot, even if they played the previous Fall or Spring. Each team will have 2 events (practices and games). The Fall Rec. League will utilize ranking and seeding leading into the playoffs. The Fall playoffs will be single elimination and will take place over the course 4-6 days (weather depending).

Purpose for the Fall Structure Change

Our purpose for creating a Modified Fall Select season for our Minor and Major Leagues is:

  • Player Development: Central to both divisions, with a focus on skill enhancement, understanding of the game, and personal growth.
  • Player Mix: By offering varied levels of play and a focus on development, we aim to keep more players engaged.
  • Encourage Multi-Sport Participation: Scheduling practices and games to avoid weekends to allow players to engage in multiple sports.

Additional Enhancements to our Guidelines and Procedures for West Raleigh Baseball Association

Over the coming months, the Executive Director, the Baseball Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Exchange Club will be working to update all our policies and procedures.  We know that sharing the big changes to our League to give families time to understand them before registration for the All-Star season is complete and before the Fall 2024 season opens.  Our aim is to have all of our policies and procedures updated to our website by the open of Fall registration in June.

What are the Leagues within West Raleigh?

The Spring baseball season traditionally begins with tryouts in February. Teams form and practices start near the end of February, with games beginning around April 1. The end of season tournaments typically take place in late May or early June. The Spring Season includes:

10-12 teams at Modified Coach Pitch (MCP) for ages 5 - 6

10-12 teams at Rookie League (coach pitch) for ages 6 - 8

10-12 teams at Minor League for ages 9 - 10

8-10 teams at Major League for ages 11 - 12

The Fall baseball season begins with tryouts in August. Teams form and practices start near the middle-late of August with games beginning in September. The end of season Tournaments typically take place in late October or early November. The Fall season includes:

8-10 teams at Modified Coach Pitch (MCP) for ages 4-5

10 -12 teams at Rookie League (coach pitch) for ages 5-7

10 -12 teams at Minor League for ages 8-9

6 - 8 teams at Major League for ages 10-11

(All ages as of April 30)

What are the costs for West Raleigh?

SPRING -

Major League (ages 11 - 12) - $325
Minor League (ages 9 - 10) - $325
Rookie League (ages 6 - 8) - $299
Modified Coach Pitch (ages 5 - 6) - $225

FALL -

Major League (ages 10 - 11) - $285
Minor League (ages 8 - 9) - $285
Rookie League (ages 5 - 7) - $260
Modified Coach Pitch (ages 4 - 5) - $205

What do the fees cover?

Fees cover practice facilities rentals, administrative fees, facility maintenance fees, insurance, post-game drinks and employees compensation. For MCP only, the end of the season trophies.

Fees do not cover uniforms, slush funds for each team, and the league-wide required raffle each season.

What are guaranteed spots?

Guaranteed spots are given to players who played the previous Spring in the same League at West Raleigh. Guaranteed spots are only in Spring seasons. Only in the Rookie League, players will be given a guaranteed spot if they make a Spring team. They will finish with the same team until they age out of the Rookie League.

Each player will need to try out for a roster spot in the Fall seasons.

Once a player ages up in Leagues, they will not be guaranteed and have to tryout for a roster spot.