BSA offers baseball programs for youth aged 9 though 17.
Our Spring Baseball Season runs from March through June.
Our Winter Baseball Academy is held annually between November and February.
Q: Where do I find the season schedule?
A: Your team's schedule will be listed on the individual registration page for your age/team.
Q: Where are the trainings held?
A: Practices are at the International School of Brussels (ISB) and occasionally at St. John's International School in Waterloo. The BSA Executive and Baseball Directors will determine the time, night and location for practice. We cannot accept special requests for practice locations because certain leagues may only practice at one location.
Q: Why is it necessary to travel to US and NATO military facilities or local club fields to play games?
A: For older children in our program there may be occasional games at the Brussels American School in Sterebeek, NATO facilities in Belgium, as well as local club baseball fields. (ages 10 and over). We are fortunate to have this opportunity to play other teams and use other facilities, since we have only limited access to school fields on weekends and routinely do not have enough players to compete amongst each other every week. Children are expected to travel to these away games. These teams travel to Brussels, so we must travel to them in return.
Q: What is the team structure?
A: BSA offers a spring baseball league consisting of one practice/week and one game (sometimes double-headers) held on weekends. The program generally runs from April – June. Divisions are broken down in three age groups:
Also, BSA partners with local competitive baseball programs to offer a winter, indoor clinic at both the advanced and beginner levels.
Q: Is BSA baseball considered competitive or recreational baseball?
A: The spring baseball level of instruction and competition would be primarily considered to be at the recreational or instructional level, especially at the younger groups (under 10 years of age). BSA does offer a more advance instruction and collaboration with local “tournament teams” for winter, indoor training and some clinics throughout the year.
Q: My child has never played before, will he/she feel welcome?
A: Absolutely! BSA welcomes children of all experience levels and proudly supports kids in learning new sports.
Q: Is there practice during the week during the spring season?
A: There is one evening practice per week for children in our baseball and softball leagues (ages 7 and older). There are no weeknight practices for our U7 tee ball league.
Q: What is Tee ball and Machine Pitch?
A: In tee ball, young children hit the baseball off a "tee" or stand rather than from a pitcher. In machine pitch, rather than having a pitcher throw the ball, a machine throws consistent pitches for the batters to hit.
Q: What equipment should my child have?
A: Every child should have a baseball glove, although each team will have some gloves which can be used. BSA provides baseball hats and team shirts to all players.
Q: Where can we purchase baseball/softball gloves and equipment in Belgium?
A: A good supplier is The Cage in Antwerp. For more information go to www.thecage.be.
Q: What should I do if my child is sick or otherwise cannot attend the training or a game?
A: Coaches are asked to share their contact information with team parents. Please let your coach know if your child cannot make his or her training session or game so that the coach can plan accordingly
Q: Is it necessary to stay with my child during games and practices?
A: BSA requires a parent or guardian to be present at practices and games for all children age 8 and under. For children aged 9-12 you must accompany your child to the field to be sure that a coach is present before leaving your child. You must also be there to pick them up following the practice or game.
Q: What is the graduated registration fee system?
A: There is a discount if you register early. Because of the significant administration effort required to cater for late registrations, this fee gradually increases as the start of the season approaches. More information can be found on the registration page.
Q: Who are the coaches?
A: The BSA baseball coaches are dedicated volunteers (often parents of team members) who offer their time to support BSA in the mission of bringing quality, community-centered sports programming to any child who wishes to play – regardless of the child’s background or ability. Volunteer coaches participate in a volunteer coaches’ orientation prior to each season and are supported by the BSA Baseball Director and Executive Director in managing any concerns. BSA relies on the dedication and generosity of our volunteer coaches and we welcome new parents to get involved – even if you haven’t played in years! Our Volunteer page offers more details about supporting BSA as a volunteer coach.
Q: Who should I contact if I have concerns or questions?
A: We are here to support you and answer your questions. You can contact our Baseball Director, Scott Albrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or our office at email@example.com.