2018 Spring Registration OPEN
The Prosper Baseball and Softball Association (PBSA), formerly the Prosper Little League (PLL), has some exciting news about changes in youth baseball and softball in Prosper. PLL has modified its rules to provide more recreational baseball and softball to a broader range of kids. The changes include lead-offs, big-barrel bats and more levels of play. Additionally, the Town is finishing completion of three artificial turf fields that are scheduled to be ready for the 2018 Spring season. More information below
- Prosper Baseball and Softball Association. Prosper Little League is now Prosper Baseball and Softball Association. The name change is due to the change of national affiliations. For the past several years, we’ve been associated with Little League. The Board voted unanimously to switch the affiliation from little league to USSSA.
- Why? Our league has grown tremendously over the past years, but we’ve lost over 60% of our kids from ages 8-12. Some kids stop playing, but a lot of kids want to play baseball like big leaguers (e.g., leading off and big barrel bats). In looking around the metroplex, USSSA is the predominant baseball league, especially in Collin County. By switching affiliations to USSSA, PBSA is hopeful to provide a broader experience to all kids that will retain more kids playing in Prosper.
- Key Differences. For baseball, the baseball rulebook is the best place to see the differences, but here are a few of the differences to our past little league rules:
The softball rulebook is being modified now and more information will be forthcoming soon 2018 Spring Season.
- Base paths are extended to allow for leading off starting with 10U.
- Pitching distances are extended to allow for the use of big barrel bats.
- League age is based on a player’s age as of May 1
- Run limits are now 7 runs per inning.
- In addition to the main divisions (under the A league), there will be the option for whole teams to join under an AA league. Most kids should play under the A league, which is our main recreational league, but PBSA will run a small number of teams in the AA league.
- Registration starts November 7th and ends January 7th, 2018. registration
League Games. 12 games with an end of season tournament. Rainouts will only be made up if space and time allows. Leagues/Divisions.
- Baseball Fees are $120 per player, except 5U and 6U will be $110. Softball fees are $100, and do not include hat or uniform top like baseball.
- Discounts. There’s a $15 early payment discount for registration and payment by December 3rd, 2017.
- Late Registration. PBSA may allow late registration after January 7th, 2018 on space availability only, but any registration is subject to an additional $50 late fee.
- Concession Fee. $25, credited back if someone works the concession stand. (Note: Kids cannot work concession stand for parents)
- Softball. Same as previous seasons. 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U.
- Baseball. Baseball has changes as broken out below.
- A League. Most kids should play in the A league in one of these divisions.
- 5U – T-Ball (no scores or standings kept)
- 6U – Beginning Coach Pitch (no scores or standings kept)
- 7U - Coach Pitch
- 8U – Coach Pitch
- 10U – Kid Pitch
- 12U – Kid Pitch
- 14U – Kid Pitch
- Teams are formed in a similar manner to prior seasons. Kids will be assessed, and teams are formed via a draft with each coach being able to protect up to four players.
- AA League. This is a league for more competitive teams, and is available to players on an invite only basis. There will be a regular schedule of PBSA games, but these teams may also travel to tournaments (at their own cost) and are for kids further developed.
- 8U – Coach Pitch
- 9U – Kid Pitch
- 10U – Kid Pitch
- 11U – Kid Pitch
- 12U – Kid Pitch
- A 14U will be offered in the 2018 Spring season if fields are available.
- Team Formation. The AA league is desired for players further developed and looking for a more competitive environment. There will be a tryout in early January for kids interested in playing in the AA league. A process will be set up to match kids and coaches to AA teams, as appropriate.
- Kids/parents should sign up for the A league, then attend the tryout in early January. That way, kids that don’t get an invite can still ensure they are on a team in the A league.
- Parents should be diligent in their discussions with coaches’ b/c some AA teams will play in multiple tournaments (outside of PBSA) at additional cost and time.
- Coaches must contact the VP of Baseball to apply to coach an AA team. PBSA will decide on AA coaches after registration closes.
- Approved coaches will be given a passcode that the coach’s team can individually register.
- Teams must contain a minimum of 10 players, and cannot contain more than 2 players outside the PISD boundaries.
- AA teams will be added on an as space is available.
- AA teams will only be giving practices and batting facilities after A league teams, and then upon returning teams/players.
- PBSA expects to have more A league teams in similar age divisions than AA league teams, and will restrict AA teams accordingly.
Space/Availability. PBSA will continue to work diligently in an attempt to ensure all kids have a chance to play the game, however there are caps on every age division. If possible to get more kids to play, PBSA may collapse single age into 2-year age divisions (i.e., combine 7 and 8 year old). Or, some kids may be asked to play up or down based on their current development level. Other decisions may have to be made as well, though we’ll do everything we can do avoid any changes. New Fields for 2018 Spring Season. The Town is building 3 baseball and 2 football/multi-purposes fields using artificial turf. The fields will be located north of the existing fields at Frontier Park. The baseball fields are targeted to come online for the 2018 Spring season. Two of the fields are 275’ down the lines and the other one is 225’. The size allows for kids all the way up to 16U (and maybe further) so we can grow into them, but they may also be used for younger kids. Prosper Baseball Softball Association (PBSA) and Easton has teamed up to offer PBSA players fantastic Easton products at a greatly reduced price. All proceeds from the PBSA Easton Player Program goes back into PBSA organization to purchase new gear and equipment for the league.
- Registration January 7th
- AA League Assessments: January 13th with makeup on the 20th if rained out.
- A League Assessments: January 26th, 27th and February 3rd.
- A League Team Formation: week of February 5th
- Practices Start: February 19th
- Games Start: March 5th
- Tournament Week: May 21st
- PBSA Players will have a chance to order selected Easton gear (see attachment) during the first AA assessment and the first two A assessments. Click for the catalog of products.
- Important information regarding orders:
Prosper Select Program. More information at http://pbsatx.org/NewsEvents.aspx?key=5577. Texas Community Challenge. The Town is competing again in the IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge and you can help with a three-peat! This contest identifies communities that are leaders in sports, fitness and wellness. The goal is for Prosper to continue to be recognized as the Healthiest Small Community in Texas. Through your involvement with community sports, you are already showing your commitment to this great initiative. The Board and Town ask for your support in this effort. If you prefer not to be a part of the effort, please select remove me and you will not be registered as a Community Challenge participant.
- All order must be placed in person during the assessments.
- Orders must to be paid in full when the order is placed.
- All sales are final.
- No returns or exchanges.
- Once all the gear is in, there will be an email sent out arranging for equipment pickup.
- Warranties on Bats will be handled through Easton, not PBSA.
PBSA Select Baseball and Softball
PBSA Select Baseball and Softball
The Prosper Eagles and the Prosper Pride
For the Spring 2018 Season PBSA will be launching our inaugural select baseball and softball programs...Prosper Eagles Baseball and Prosper Pride Softball. We will potentially be fielding teams from age 7u to 16u depending on coach availability and player interest. These teams will compete under the PBSA name in league play and in area tournaments. Rosters will be filled by open tryouts available to all PBSA players (which includes all of PISD). Tryout information is below. This will be updated as coaches are added and new teams are formed so if you don't see your age represented please continue to check back often.
PBSA Eagles-Select 11u Coach Joe Barabas -- Tryouts will be SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 at 1:00 PM. Reynolds Baseball Field, Reynolds Middle School. No RSVP is necessary but please arrive no later than 12:30 to be logged in. For questions please contact Coach Barabas at 216-337-9465
PBSA Eagles-Select 10u Coach Wayne Whitmire -- Tryouts will be SATURDAY DECEMBER 2 at 1:00 PM. Reynolds Baseball Field, Reynolds Middle School. No RSVP is necessary but please arrive no later than 12:30 to be logged in. For questions please contact Coach Whitmire at 512-917-4046
PBSA Eagles-Select 8u -- Coach Stephen Chambers -- Final cut tryouts will be SATURDAY DECEMBER 2 at 1pm Reynolds Softball Field in Prosper. For questions please contact Coach Chambers at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is anyone interested in coaching for the Prosper Eagles-Select or for Prosper Pride softball please contact John Washburn at 903-431-6954 (baseball) or Kevin Winter at 972-989-3534 (softball).
Why are we building a select program? We believe PBSA should be open for all kids in Prosper and that includes those who want to play a more competitive, tournament-style game. Previously, the only competitive options for these kids was with local private entities at a rather high cost OR with independent teams that were filled by independent coaches. This left few options. You either pay a lot of money to a local facility or you had to know the right coach to get on a team. We felt another option was needed. Introducing a select program to PBSA will provide another opportunity for these players to play select ball without the private facility costs.
Can anyone play? These teams will be open to ALL PISD kids to tryout. Each team will only have 10-13 roster positions and the coach will fill the roster with the intent to compete in local high-level tournaments but any kid in our league boundaries (which includes ISD) can be given the opportunity to tryout for the team.
Why isn't my kid's age represented? These teams will form only as coaching interest allows. We will not automatically form a team unless we have secured a coach that the Select Committee approves, and each coach applicant will be scrutinized with the understanding that these teams represent PBSA and the Town of Prosper in league play and tournament play. Ultimately, we plan to have teams in all age categories and even multiple teams per age but that will take time to build.
How much does this cost? This program will NOT be funded by PBSA. Player parents will be paying for these teams. Cost will vary depending on the number of tournaments each coach wants to play but parents should expect to pay about $650-$800 for the Spring season (this would include about 6-9 tournaments), half of that for that fall season. This is substantially less expensive than any of the local private facilities that offer select ball. These prices are estimates to give a general idea of the costs. Parents should always discuss this matter up front with their coach before committing to play for a PBSA Select team.
Will there be other responsibilities? Yes! As part of PBSA Select, coaches and players will be asked to assist the league in certain functions which may include: volunteering at assessments and opening ceremonies, assisting in tournament events and mentoring younger players. We will view this program as our premier group of teams for all players to aspire to, and as part of that each player will be expected to represent the league, and give back to the league, as much as possible.
What if we want to play select but not on a PBSA team? PBSA will continue to host the AA division in baseball which will feature local, independent teams composed of Prosper players. These teams will be playing AA ball in PBSA and will be playing by PBSA rules but they will not represent PBSA or be entitled to any PBSA or Town of Prosper facility. You can play on one of these teams if the coach agrees to have you on the roster. PBSA will list contact information for coaches looking for players on this website but NOT until all PBSA Select rosters are complete.
2018 Spring Season Key Dates
|Description ||Date |
|Early Registration Start ||Tuesday, November 7, 2017 |
|Early Registration Ends ||Sunday, December 3, 2017 |
|Regular Registration Continues ||Monday, December 4, 2017 |
|Regular Registration Ends ||Sunday, January 7, 2018 |
|AA League Tryouts ||Saturday, January 13, 2018 |
|Coach’s Meeting ||Saturday, January 13, 2018 |
|AA League Tryouts (Makeup) ||Saturday, January 20, 2018 |
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|1st A League Assessment ||Friday, January 26, 2018 |
|2nd A League Assessment ||Saturday, January 27, 2018 |
|3rd A League Assessment ||Saturday, February 3, 2018 |
|Draft Week ||Monday, February 5, 2018 |
|Week Rosters Released ||Monday, February 12, 2018 |
|Equipment Pickup ||TBD |
|Practices Start ||Monday, February 19, 2018 |
|Town/Prosper Fishing Derby ||Saturday, February 24, 2018 |
|Week 1 - Games Start ||Monday, March 5, 2018 |
|Spring Break Starts ||Saturday, March 10, 2018 |
|Week 2 - Spring Break ||Monday, March 12, 2018 |
|Spring Break Ends ||Sunday, March 18, 2018 |
|Week 3 - Games ||Monday, March 19, 2018 |
|Town/Prosper Cleanup ||Saturday, March 24, 2018 |
|Week 4 - Games ||Monday, March 26, 2018 |
|Week 5 - Games ||Monday, April 2, 2018 |
|Roughriders Night ||Saturday, April 7, 2018 |
|Week 6 - Games ||Monday, April 9, 2018 |
|Week 7 - Games ||Monday, April 16, 2018 |
|Town/Prosper Event ||Saturday, April 21, 2018 |
|Week 8 - Games ||Monday, April 23, 2018 |
|Week 9 - Games ||Monday, April 30, 2018 |
|Week 10 - Games ||Monday, May 7, 2018 |
|Week 11 - Games ||Monday, May 14, 2018 |
|Week 12 - Tournament ||Monday, May 21, 2018 |
|Last Day of School ||Friday, May 25, 2018 |
|Memorial Day Weekend ||Saturday, May 26, 2018 |
|Memorial Day Weekend ||Monday, May 28, 2018 |