General Information

Philosophy

Purpose

 

Available Programs

Definition of Terms

League Age

 

Parent Help Needed

Registration Fee

Refunds

Miscellaneous

Rules for Assigning Players to Teams

Draft System

 

Philosophy

The focus of Gospel Project's program is participation, not winning.  Although we believe competition is healthy for this age group, and excellence, the pre-requisite for winning, is to be strived for, having fun and enjoying the game is what our program is all about.  Undue pressure from the adults can spoil the game for the children, and this we do not want.  We suggest that those parents and/or coaches who are overly concerned about making a star athlete out of their child and that are primarily concerned about winning find another program for their child.

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Purpose

   As a Christian organization, our primary goal is to use athletes for the purpose of developing Christian character through the opportunities that sports activities provide.  Some of the things we feel are important and that can be developed through a properly managed sports program are:

 

1.  Obedience to properly constituted authority.  Learning to listen, and giving your best effort is far more important than the final score.

 

2.  Working together with others in a team effort, rather than being an individual star, is important throughout  life.

 

3.  Learning not to alibi when you mess up, but getting up and trying again.

 

4.  Learning to play wherever the Manager or Head Coach directs, rather than where you wish to play.

 

5.  Being faithful to practices and games.  Not letting the team down.

 

6.  Being on time for games and practices.

 

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Available Programs
Tee Ball / Baseball / Softball (Ages 3.5 - 15) March through June
Swimming (Ages 5 - 12) June through August
Summer Day Camp (Kindergarten - 6th grade) June through August
Soccer (Ages 4 - 12) September through November

 

Definition of Terms

New Player - A player who is new to our program

 

Returning Player - One who will be playing on the same team that he/she played on last year.

 

Advancing Player - A returning player who will be moving up to a new league this year because of age.

 

Manager/Head Coach - The one responsible for a team.  He or she is accountable for the actions and behavior of coaches and players and as much as possible his team's fans.

 

Designated Coach - The coach assigned by the manager before the draft is held, if possible.  Second in command of the team - takes over if the manager cannot be present.

 

Coach - Additional coaching help appointed by the managers, after the draft.  Two per team.

 

 

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League Age

If your child's birthday comes before May 1st, he or she will play as of

that age that he or she will be on April 30th.  The following table may help.

Age Now Age on April 30 League Age
3 4 4
4 4 4
4 5 5
5 5 5
5 6 6
6 6 6
6 7 7
7 7 7
7 8 8
8 8 8
8 9 9
9 9 9
9 10 10
10 10 10
10 11 11
11 11 11
11 12 12
12 12 12
12 13 13
13 13 13
13 14 14
14 14 14

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Parent Help Needed

Parents who are interested in coaching or managing a ball team should see the Park Director.  We need a lot of help; however, we want men and women of good character who have the same goals for our youth as outlined under Philosophy and Purpose.  Persons involved with alcohol or drugs, or who have a record of past problems working with youth programs are not knowingly accepted as Managers or Coaches.  In like manner, persons with questionable backgrounds, or persons with police records are not accepted if such records are known.

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Registration Fee

The registration fee covers:

 

Secondary Insurance - For your child while he/she is involved in scheduled activities at Gospel Projects Park including official games or practices.  This however does not cover parents, visitors or spectators at any of our facilities.  This coverage only applies to Baseball, Summer Camp, and Soccer.

 

Officials - Umpires, scorekeepers, and park officials who oversee the program.

 

Field Maintenance - Field preparation and maintenance of the facilities.

 

Equipment - Balls, bats, bases, helmets, pitching machines, utilities, etc. (ball gloves not provided)

 

Participation Trophies, Awards, and Certificates.

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Refunds

     Gospel Projects, Inc. will give a partial refund of registration fees up to the first team draft date of your child or children registered at GPYAC.  There will be a $30 office-processing fee subtracted from the total refund.  No refunds will be given after your child's team draft date.

 

Returned Check Policy

     All returned checks will be subject to a $25 returned check fee.  The payment must be made in cash or with a cashier's check for the amount due plus $25.  Upon the receipt of two returned checks, all payments on future transactions will be on a cash basis.

 

     Gospel Projects, Inc. reserves the right to pursue the collection of monies owed to its various businesses through the use of collection agencies or the State's attorney's office if bad checks have been passed.

 

No refunds will be given after your child's draft for any sport offered by YAC.

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Miscellaneous

Uniforms are bought by the team sponsors.  We ask that you patronize our sponsors whenever possible.

 

Gospel Projects Park Telephone Number - 626-4665  Please do not call the school office for information on possible game or practice cancellation, as the office will not have that information.  Game cancellation notice will be posted on the sign by the park entrance.

 

Practices should be held on the campus of Gospel Projects.  Insurance requirements as well as convenience to our parents and participants dictate this change from previous years.

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Rules for Assigning Players to Teams

Important Considerations

Brothers and sisters are put on the same team.  (If last names are different, please inform us.)

 

Managers', coaches', and sponsors' children are assigned to their parents' teams.

 

Normally players play within their own age group; however, ability is more important than age at this level, and players who are older may be assigned to leagues whose players are younger.  Exceptions are handled on a case by case basis with the league commissioner. Once a player is assigned to a team within a league that player will remain on that team until he or she moves up to another league.

 

Exceptions:

If a player's parent becomes a manager or sponsor of another team within the same league or different league.

 

If expansion teams are needed and some previously assigned players are transferred to an expansion league (with their approval).

 

Mistakes made by the Player-Agent as to team assignment such as: League age, sponsor's children, brothers and sisters, etc.

 

If a player chooses and is approved by the commissioner to play down with a younger age league, that player must be put back into the draft for the younger league rather than remain on the roster of last year's team.

 

The system for assigning players to a team is the Draft System, which is held following the last scheduled practice session.

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Draft System

Rule A.     A manager and a designated coach are assigned to each team before the draft, if possible.  After the draft, the manager may appoint two other assistant coaches from among the parents of players assigned to the team.  Only four shirts and hats are provided to each team for adults; one manager, and three coaches.  (Exception: Soccer, one manager and one coach)

 

Rule B.     Mini-Round Draft     (Only used by the park commissioner if needed to bring balance to a league)    Our endeavor is to have teams evenly divided as much as possible in a fair draft setting.  If a team or number of teams do not have an average number of players compared to other teams within the same league, a mini-round draft is held prior to the main draft.  Teams that do not have an average number of players will draft according to Rule C.  Once a team reaches the average number of players, that team will then drop out of the mini-round.  Once the mini-round is concluded the main round will begin according to the rules established in Rule C.

 

Rule C.     Main Draft     The team with the worst record from last year has the opportunity to draft first;  the team with the next worst record draft next, and so on down the line until all teams have drafted (the team with the best record last year drafts last).  The order of draft then reverses with the team drafting last in the first round drafting first in the second round.  The following chart may explain it better:

 

12 Teams - 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 11, 10, 9, ...

6 Teams - 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ...

4 Teams - 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1, ...

 

Rule D.     Each team, so far as possible, must have the same number of players form each age group when the draft is complete.  When a team reaches its allowed number of players from any given age group, they must drop out of the draft until the next age group is drafted.  The number allowed per team for any age group is determined by dividing the number of players registered in that age group by the number of teams in the league.

 

Rule E.     When a team reaches the total number of players allowed (usually 12 or 13), then they must drop out of the draft rotation.  The number of returning players from the previous year will determine how soon a team completes its allowed number of players.

 

Following the Draft, no player may be transferred from one team or league to another without written permission of the commissioner of Gospel Projects YAC.

 

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