GRACEAC baseball operates as a school-based team sport. This means that GRACEAC runs a league where the member schools compete against one another. Member schools must field a minimum of 12 players for 5th/6th grade, and 11 players for 7th/8th grade in order to submit a team to the league. There are two leagues - a 5th/6th grade league and a 7th/8th grade league. If a school is unable to field their own team, that school Athletic Director needs to contact ADs at nearby schools and try to arrange a merger.
As a school-based team sport, team specifics are determined at the school level. This includes who the coach is, when/where practices are held, uniforms, etc. GRACEAC sets the rules and game schedules. Each team will have an eight game regular season, and every team is eligible to compete in the single elimination postseason tournaments. These tournaments are seeded based on regular season standings, which means we do keep track of scores and standings.
GRACEAC baseball takes place in the spring season. Practices may begin on Monday, March 14. Teams are limited to four practices/8 hours of practice per week in the preseason, and three practices/6 hours of practice per week once games begin. The regular season will begin the week of April 18, after Spring Break and Holy Week. The postseason tournaments will be finished no later than May 26.
GRACEAC will attempt to utilize a schedule with games on Tuesday/Thursday & Saturday. Weeknight games begin at 5:00 pm, while Saturday morning games start at 9:00 am.
- 5th/6th grade – 6 innings or 75 minutes (no new inning will start after 75 minutes; drop dead time of 85 minutes at the next dead ball – score will be as of the last full inning played)
- 7th/8th grade – 7 innings or 90 minutes (no new inning will start after 90 minutes; drop dead time of 100 minutes at the next dead ball – score will be as of the last full inning played)
- Postseason Tournament – games will play the full six or seven inning games by grade level, unless mercy takes effect before. There will be no time limit enforced.
Minimum Playing Time:
To ensure total participation, it shall be mandatory that each student athlete participate the minimum time per game of two full innings (6 outs) in the field (with free substitutions) and one at bat.
Current COVID-19 Guidelines: Per the Kent County Health Department order from August 20, K-6 graders were required to wear facial coverings while indoors at school, and that applied to sports as well. That order has since expired. As it currently stands, facial coverings will not be required at any 5th-8th grade GRACEAC game or practice. This includes for players, coaches, officials, gym managers, spectators, etc. GRACEAC strongly recommends the use of facial coverings inside all school gyms regardless of vaccination status. Please know these guidelines are subject to change based on receiving new information at a later date.