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FAQs

  • Why choose the SBC Spartans?
    SBC has a track record of success on and off the field. Our organization has operated successfully since 2009. We are a competitive program that emphasizes the fundamentals of the game while focusing on continuous player development. We have fun, win games, play good baseball, and build great relationships along the way.
  • Who are the coaches?
    Our coaching staff consists of volunteer parents who have previous playing experience and/or experience coaching at the youth level. Additionally, in the winter months, SBC 10U-12U teams receive a series of small group specialized indoor training with VeloTech professional coaches (included with SBC season registration fees). SBC requires coaching background checks and, for the upcoming season, USA Baseball BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education) coursework. SBC also offers optional USA Baseball Coaching Certification courses to all coaching staff.
  • Are there geographic boundary requirements for SBC?
    SBC welcomes players from across Seattle's eastside and beyond. There are no geographic boundary requirements for SBC.
  • Is SBC Little League friendly?
    Yes. SBC is Little League friendly, meaning our schedules typically complement the Little League schedule. Most of our games/tournaments are held on non-little league weekends and Sundays.
  • What is the distinction between green and white teams?
    SBC fields one green team at each age level. White teams are formed when additional players and coaches are available and selected for the SBC program.
  • How can I become an SBC coach?
    Please complete the volunteer form or contact our club president at sammamishbaseballclub@gmail.com to express interest in coaching for SBC.
  • Can I bring an entire team to join the SBC organization?
    Transferring a team from a different club to SBC is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our club president at sammamishbaseballclub@gmail.com to discuss transferring an entire team to SBC.
  • Does SBC offer softball/fastpitch?
    Yes. SBC offers fastpitch through Sammamish Fastpitch Club (SFC), part of our SBC organization. Find out more at www.sfcspartans.org.
  • When and where are tryouts?
    SBC holds tryouts in July of each year at a local field on Seattle's eastside. The 2024-25 season tryouts are scheduled for the week of July 15. Please refer to our tryout page for more information or register for tryouts here.
  • How does the tryout work?
    All potential players are given equal opportunity to showcase their skills in fielding, hitting, pitching, catching, and running the bases. Our coaches look for a fundamental skill set, athleticism, hustle, and ability to take direction from the coaching staff.
  • When will I be notified of tryout results?
    Players will be notified if they are selected to join the team within one week of the tryout if not sooner.
  • How is the age determined for SBC teams?
    SBC plays in GSL, Seattle Elite, and USSSA tournaments and the tournament age determination is set based on the players birthday and age as of May 1st of each year (ex. If the player turns 11 prior to May 1st the player is tournament age 11, if the player turns 11 on May 1st or after the player is tournament age 10). To determine your baseball age group use the USSSA age calculator.
  • Does my child need to play with his age group?
    Most players play at their age group with a few exceptions playing the level above their age group. Players cannot play below their age group. Feel free to contact SBC to have a more in-depth discussion about what might be the best fit for your child.
  • How many games do you play and is there travel?
    Our teams play around 30-40 games (8's & 9's) and 40-55 games (10's-12's) in the season. Games start as early as February and end the last week of July. Most teams will travel 1-2 times during the year for tournaments (Yakima, Centralia, Bend, Spokane, and Portland are most common trips). Some teams may decide to participate in tournaments that require airline travel.
  • Where do you practice and play games?
    SBC outdoor practice and home game fields are primarily on the Eastside in Sammamish, Issaquah, and Redmond area. Our off-season winter training is at Velotech Baseball (Redmond) and Field of Champions (Preston). Away games and tournaments are generally in the greater Seattle area with occasional tournaments requiring overnight travel.
  • When are practices?
    The manager and coach are responsible for arranging practice locations & times, so this will differ for each team. Once the season starts, your team will have their own TeamSnap page with practice dates, locations, and times. Most SBC teams begin outdoor practices in early fall. Off-season winter indoor workouts begin in November. In early spring, SBC teams will be in a regular cadence of outdoor practices. In general, practices are held 2-3 times a week. Indoor practices are typically 1.5 hours, and outdoor practices are 2 hours.
  • When are games/tournaments played?
    Each team is responsible for their own schedule and the manager will provide that level of detail during their early season parent meetings. Once the season starts, your team will have their own TeamSnap page with game/tournament dates, locations, and times.
  • When does the SBC season end?
    The SBC season ends at the end of July each year.
  • How much does it cost?
    Fees are reviewed and subject to change annually. Our budgets are set to provide our teams with the best equipment, uniforms, off season training, and fields available. All funds collected go back into our organization. Payment plans and/or financial aid are available. Travel expenses are not included. 2024-25 annual pricing: 8U/9U: $2100 10U/11U/12U: $2600 (increased number of activities at this age level including small group specialized training with professional coaches) *Players/Parents are required to place a $500 non-refundable deposit down at the time of accepting the official offer email to play.
  • What do fees go towards?
    Off season indoor practice facilities, outdoor practice fields (turf & dirt), tournament fees, uniforms, equipment, umpire fees for DH and single games, insurance, and administration fees (SBC website, Game Changer, TeamSnap).
  • What equipment does SBC provide as part of paid fees?
    SBC provides two game jerseys, a game hat, helmet, and a practice shirt.
  • What equipment do I need to buy my child?
    You will be required to supply your child with baseball glove, baseball bat (see USA BAT STANDARD), game pants, practice pants, girdle with cup, and spikes. Additional protective gear (batting gloves, head/elbow/wrist/shin guards) are at the discretion of the player and parent.
  • Does SBC require fundraising?
    We do not do mandatory fundraising as an organization. Any fundraising is done on a team-by-team basis for special trips, events, or gear.
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