Event Information

ESA is a member of the St. Louis County Athletic Association (SLCAA). The SLCAA baseball and softball season runs April through July.

Boys Baseball
Boys baseball is open to boys 7U-14U and is governed by the rules of the St. Louis County Athletic Association. Leagues for boys 5U – 6U (Training League) and 4U (T-ball) are also available and operate under ESA’s own set of rules and Guidelines. Please see the tables to determine which age level your child falls under. Boys may play at levels above their age group but may not play below their age group.

Girls Softball
Girls Softball is open to girls 7U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 14U and is governed by the rules of the St. Louis County Athletic Association. Leagues for girls 5U – 6U (Training League) and 4U (T-ball) are also available and operate under ESA’s own set of rules and Guidelines. Please see the tables to determine which age level your child falls under. Girls may play at levels above their age group but may not play below their age group.

Registration
Team and Player registration for all leagues is available on the Registration Page.

 Age Groups
Due to different governing rules, Boys and Girls have different Birthday cut-offs. Please see the table to verify the age group for your child. Please contact the registrar Sarah George if you have any questions about Girls age brackets.

The ESA Baseball Training League offers children ages 4 through 6 the opportunity to experience team play while learning the fundamentals of baseball. Training League games begin in April and will be played through June.

Parents/Players: All player registration must be performed online via the Player Registrations page. To register, first use the "Parent" log-in at the top right of the Home page. Be sure to enter all requested information. Fees must be paid with credit card. If you do not know your coach's name, please request to be placed on a team.

Coaches: To register as a coach you simply need to register a team through the Team Registrations page. If you do not currently have a user profile set up with ESA, you must do this first through the login link at the top right side of the home page. Complete all requested information. There is no fee to be a coach.

Please note that all coaches must have a background criminal check on record - Please see the section below - Background Checks - for your options. 

Coaches returning from a previous season must also register their team prior to player registration. Please plan to attend the Coaches' Meeting in February. Please see the ESA Calendar for the date and time.

Please contact Lance Mowry - Training League Coordinator, with any questions or comments @ esabaseballtrainingleague@gmail.com

First time Parents/Players: Please check the age group table to verify with which age group you should register your child. Additional information about the league, season, etc., can be found on this page and by using the links provided.

All player registrations must be performed online. To register you must first create an account and enter your child's information by using the log in link located at the top right portion of the home page. Be sure to enter all requested information. Fees must be paid with credit card. 

Returning Parents: To register your child, you only need to sign in and purchase a "player registration". If you do not know your coach's name, please select the request to be placed on a team. Please verify your child's age level on the document below.

COACHES' CODE OF ETHICS

  • I hereby pledge to live up to my responsibility as an ESA Coach by following the ESA Coaches' Code of Ethics.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win
  • I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group
  • I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
  • I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players
  • I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players
  • I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events
  • I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players
  • I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults

PARENTS' CODE OF ETHICS

  • I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents' Code of Ethics Pledge.
  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win
  • I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all
  • I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events
  • I will remember that the game is for youth-not for adults.
  • I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child
  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials, with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability
  • I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.
  • I will require that my child's coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches' Code of Ethics.

PLAYERS' CODE OF ETHICS

  • I hereby pledge to be positive about my youth sports experience and accept responsibility for my participation by following this Players' Code of Ethics Pledge.
  • I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials and parents at every game and practice by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
  • I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coach if I cannot.
  • I will expect to receive a fair and equal amount of playing time.
  • I will do my very best to listen and learn from my coaches.
  • I will treat my coaches, other players, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  • I deserve to have fun during my sports experience and will alert parents or coaches if it stops being fun!
  • I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
  • I will encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity because it's important to me.
  • I will do my very best in school.
  • I will remember that sports are an opportunity to learn and have fun.

Coach Information

Date Time Calendar Event Location
Nov 1, 2017   Team Registration Open Team Registrations by Managers/Coaches
Dec 1, 2017   Player Registration Begins Player Registrations by Parents
Jan 27 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Managers Meeting - 7U and Up The Timbers of Eureka - Meeting Room 2
Jan 31   Player Registration Ends  
Feb 5   Equipment Request Form Due Equipment Request Form
Feb 22 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Umpire Training - Session 1 The Timbers of Eureka - Party Room
Feb 22   ESA Gear SWAP Drop-Offs thru 3/2 The Timbers of Eureka - Front Desk
Feb 24 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Managers Meeting - 6U and Below The Timbers of Eureka
Feb 24 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Equipment Hand Out Sheds @ 110 Dreyer Ave
Feb 28   Uniform orders due for 7U and Below

 

Mar 1   Ranking Forms due from Managers to ESA Coordinators  
Mar 1   Background checks due for all coaches See Next Section
Mar 1 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Umpire Training - Session 2 The Timbers of Eureka - Party Room
Mar 3 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pre-Ranking Meeting (ESA Rep only, no managers) Valley Park Elementary School, 1 Main St, Valley Park, MO 63088
Mar 4 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM ESA Gear SWAP

Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald Hill Road, Eureka, MO 63025

Mar 5   Blackout dates submission deadline  
Mar 8 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Umpire Training - Session 3 The Timbers of Eureka - Party Room
Mar 10 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Ranking Meeting (ESA Rep only, no managers) Brignole Center
Mar 15   Team Rosters due from Managers to ESA Coordinator  
Mar 24 All Day SLCAA Scheduling Meeting Valley Park Elementary School, 1 Main St, Valley Park, MO 63088
Mar 24 TBD Field Day TBD
Mar 24 10:00 AM - Noon Umpire Training - Session 4 Batter Up in Eureka
Noon - 2:00 PM Lions Park
Apr 2 thru Apr 15   SLCAA County Tournament  
Apr 16   SLCAA Opening Day  
May 12 thru May 13 Scheduled by Coach Picture Day Date TBD
Jun 14 thru Jun 17   ESA Fathers Day Tournament  
Jul 28 TBD Equipment Return / Field Day Sheds @ 110 Dreyer Ave
All Coaches and Managers are required to have a background check.

Eureka Sports Association provides several options to satisfy your background check requirements. Head Coaches and Managers are reminded that every adult working with your team members is required to have a background check dated with the current year. ESA will pay for up to 3 background checks per team.

Options:

  1. Paid by ESA - go to First Check Applicant Screening and complete the form (SSN is required). This is a secure form with ESA being provided only the results of the background Check. We do not receive a copy of your SSN.
  2. Paid by Coach/Manager ($11.00) - Go to Missouri State Highway Patrol website, complete the Name Search and provide the ESA Registrar a copy of the results.
  3. If you have previously had a background check in the calendar year you are Coaching/Managing you can provide a copy of the results to the ESA Registrar.

Draft players will be assigned to non-closed teams at the conclusion of Player Registration and prior to accepting late player registrations. A closed team is defined as having at least 1 additional roster player (registered and confirmed) than a fully fielded team. For example; Baseball (10), 11v11 Soccer (12). The number of draft players added to a team will not exceed the number required to bring that team to a point where the team will have 3 substitute players. For example; Baseball (12), 11v11 Soccer (14). Managers/Coaches can accept/confirm a larger number of players if desired, but must be able to meet playing time rules adapted by our governing bodies. ESA will not assign draft players to teams that meet the definition of a closed team without manager approval. Draft players will be assigned by a combination of ability and registration date at the discretion of the League Coordinator.

Managers and Coaches are expected to keep track of the player registrations for their teams and confirm players as they register. If an expected player by a coach/manager is not registered by the registration deadline, and the team is not closed, draft players will be assigned to that team before late registrations are accepted. Having a player on your expected roster does not hold an open spot on your team for that player past the registration deadline.

ESA offers baseball and softball player and team registration for age groups 7U to HS. Teams play in Eureka and at other SLCAA member parks. The SLCAA uses MLB rules for baseball and ASA rules for Softball. In some cases rules are superseded by SLCAA rules. You can download a copy of the most recent rules from the SLCAA web site. Team and Player registration for all leagues is available on the Registration Page .

New Coaches:

To register a team for the first time you simply "Purchase" a Team Registration located under the Registration tab. Complete all requested information and "Check Out". There is no fee to be a coach, the term purchase is simply a way to describe the transaction so your team can be loaded into our system.  After you complete your team registration you will be directed to a series of links where you will enter your expected roster.

Returning Coaches:

Your team will not be automatically added to the current season. You must re-register you team as if it were new. You will also need to enter your expected roster.

Practice Field Reservations

All practice fields are reserved through the Eureka Parks and Recreation department. Practice Field permits will be distributed by your ESA coordinator and will be electronically returned to the Parks and Recreation Department. Your ESA coordinator will distribute the  practice fields request link in the beginning of January. Non-ESA teams and ESA coaches that desire a second practice time will be allowed to reserve fields beginning February 15. The permits will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. There is a $15.00/hr light fee (payable to Eureka Parks and Recreation) for night time use of fields 1 and 4.

Scheduled ESA games and City events are given priority over practice permits. ESA and The City of Eureka do not provide bases, mounds, marking of fields or other equipment.

Batting Cage Reservations

Batting Cage permits will be distributed by your ESA coordinator and will be electronically returned to the Parks and Recreation Department.

SLCAA Forms

ESA, as a member of the St. Louis County Athletic Association, offer the following levels of Baseball competition:
National - The highest level of competition available. Teams in this division are normally considered select because they control all aspects of their rosters and will often play over 40 games a year.
American - This is a mid-level of competition. Teams in this division are normally considered semi-select because they control most aspects of their rosters and will generally play between 20-30 games a year.
Continental - This is the recreational level of competition. Teams in this division tend to be designed more for skill development and will often complete their rosters from association draft pools.

Within each of the above classifications there are generally three sub-levels:

  • Blue-Highest level 
  • Red- Mid level 
  • White-Lowest level 

Each coach is required to complete a ranking form (see links above in Coach's Reference Section) each year where an assessment of their team is made. Ranking forms are due to the Boys Coordinator (see calendar for deadline) and submitted to the SLCAA board for final ranking.

Bat Rule: Section 10.09 The official baseball bat shall be round in cross section for the entire length of the bat, straight in length from end to end, and smooth surfaced in the hitting area. The maximum diameter is two and three quarters inches (2 3/4") and the maximum length is thirty-six inches (36"). Any material to improve the grip may be used for a distance not to exceed eighteen inches (18") from the handle end. The bat shall be constructed of wood, aluminum, or any other material or combination of materials. All non-wooden bats for ages 14U and under are required to be rated "BPF 1.15". It is the responsibility of the team to provide documentation from the manufacturer to verify that an unlabeled bat meets the BPF 1.15 requirement. In addition all bats for ages 15U and above must conform to the National Federation of High School Associations’ bat limitations. The NFHSA regulations are the sole discretion of that body and are subject to change at anytime without notice from SLCAA.

Baseball/Softball Coordinators

Your coordinator is the primary contact for any questions.

Baseball (7U - HS) - Cameron Lusk

Softball (7U - HS) - Erik Poulin

Training League (4U - 6U) - Lance Mowry

Tournament - Jason Trammel

 

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