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About Your League

Residency Requirement

Payment of Fees

Which Program to Choose

Softball Registration

Baseball Program Levels of Play


Coach Requests

Schedule Requests

Contact the Registrar


About Your League

BNBSL is a community league run solely by volunteers and is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. Board members and coaches are parents of current or past players in the league. We are separate and distinct from Triton's school district-run sports programs, although we may partner with Triton on such things as the use of school district facilities. The monies we collect go toward field maintenance, insurance, uniforms, basic equipment, paying umpires, and other expenses incurred during the season.

Residency  Requirement

Starting with the 2016 season, Byfield-Newbury Baseball Softball League (BNBSL) adopted a residency requirement for all levels of play for both the Baseball and Softball programs. The policy has been adopted to be consistent with those currently in place within the surrounding communities where BNBSL engages in competitive and non-competitive play. A player is considered to be a resident if at least one of the following conditions are met:
  • The player's primary residence is within the town of Newbury, Massachusetts, including Byfield.
  • The player attends Newbury Elementary School either as a resident or a school choice program student.
  • One of the player's parents or legal guardians maintains a permanent residence within the town of Newbury.

If you have a question about whether you meet the residency requirements, please contact the registrar.

2017 Requirement Clarification for Softball

Because the Softball and Baseball intertown leagues are handled differently and operate under different rules, a non-resident player may request to register and play for BNBSL's softball program. However, BNBSL will connect with the player's hometown league first as a courtesy. If the hometown league agrees with that player's desire to play for BNBSL, registration will be allowed. If you have any questions regarding the policy, please contact the registrar.

Payment of Fees

BNBSL works to keep its player fees (fees) as low as possible. The league incurs many costs throughout each season which include but are not limited to; umpires, field maintenance, equipment, insurance, and uniforms. Many of these costs need to be paid before the season's first games. For this reason, we prefer that payment be made at the time of registration. However, we will allow a 7-day "grace" period to pay online or send a check to the league. If, after seven days from registration, payment of the fee is not made, then the player will be "waitlisted" and not placed on a team. Once payment has been received, the player's registration is reinstated.  

However, if a family finds that it can not afford to pay the fee, they may contact the registrar or program player agents to discuss the matter confidently. If an accommodation can be made, the BNLL board would rather see a child play than being turned away.

 Payments may be mailed to BYFIELD-NEWBURY BASEBALL SOFTBALL LEAGUE, 34 Green Street, Newbury, MA. 01951 

Which Program to Choose 

Programs are divided up by school age. The table below shows the typical grades associated with each program.  

Typical school grades appropriate by program division
Baseball  School Grade Notes

Tee Ball

Pre K - K

While we offer Tee Ball for Pre-K children age four and over, we recommend that you contact the registrar if you have any questions about the appropriateness of this level of play for your child.


Single A = 1st Grade

Double A = 2nd Grade

Triple A = 3rd - 4th Grade



5th - 6th It is possible for a 7th grader to play in the majors depending on the date of their birthday. Contact the registrar.
Softball School Grade Notes
Pre-Farm 1st - 2nd New in 2023: Players in 1st grade can choose to register for Single A Baseball or Pre-Farm Softball. Players in 2nd grade can choose to register for Double A Baseball or Pre-Farm Softball. Please contact the board if you have questions about which is best for your child.


3rd - 4th



5th - 6th



7th - 8th  

Softball Registration

Information specific to the softball program, including descriptions of the levels of play, may be found on the Softball Information page. Note that our Softball Registration deadline is February 15, 2023 this year!

Baseball Program Levels of Play

Descriptions of the levels of play for Tee Ball through Majors may be found under the Registration Information tab or directly through these links:

Tee Ball

Minor League

Major League


As background information, BNBSL plays in the Intertown Baseball League at the Major League, Triple A, and, in part, the Double A levels. The Intertown League is comprised of teams from Byfield-Newbury, Salisbury, Georgetown, Rowley, Merrimac and Seabrook, and Groveland. This “travel” experience for players, coaches, and parents has been successful and rewarding.

Every Double A, Triple A, and Major League player will be required to attend our Annual Player Evaluation Session held at The Governor’s Academy. This event will afford league officials and coaches an opportunity to evaluate each player, who will then be placed in a pool for their league’s draft. Please note that this is an evaluation and that registrants will be placed on teams appropriate for their age. Softball players are asked to attend as well for their evaluation.

Note: Tee Ball & Single A players do not need to attend evaluations as these are introductory programs.


I can't make the designated time slot posted on the home page. What do I do?

We will still evaluate your player. However, you may experience a delay as we try to fit your player in the rotation.


My player wants to play a level up. When should I arrive?

Parents of players who wish to be placed at a level above their age group must attend evaluations for the level appropriate for their age and the level they are looking to place into.  

Placement in a division above is dependent upon exceptional performance and the availability of open positions. This process gives your children the best opportunity to be placed on a balanced team. Parents may provide their input on which level they feel is best for their child. The league will ultimately make the final determination after input from coaches and parents. 


Can I register my player at evaluations?

Yes. Staff will be on hand to register your player. If WIFI is available, we will have electronic registration available; otherwise, we will accept paper registration. To save time at the registration desk, you may download registration forms ahead of time and bring the finished registration. Payment is requested with your registration form and checks will be accepted.  

Coach Requests

BNBSL is a volunteer organization where coaching positions are usually staffed by parents of active players registered in the league. Our staffing needs for a given season are not determined until after registration and player evaluations are complete, and we are able to determine the number of players & teams for each level of play. BNBSL strives to provide the best athletic learning experience that we can give. The skills evaluation process is critical in assuring that teams are balanced, especially at the higher levels of league play. 

We regret that we can not guarantee a parent's specific team or coach requests for their child for these reasons. 

Schedule Requests

Scheduling poses a challenge for each program we offer. In general, we are constrained by the availability of fields, the requirements of teams within the intertown league, weather, and our volunteer coaches. Schedules are often not finalized until middle or late March for our Single A, Double A, Triple A, and Majors levels of play. Tee Ball schedules are often not finalized until just before the beginning of the season.  

Because our Tee Ball program utilizes open field space rather than a diamond, we use the far outfield space in the Upper Green in Newbury. We may offer to take requests from parents during registration for which evenings we will schedule sessions.  However, please note that we can not guarantee that your particular request will be granted. Factors that determine the final schedule include:

  • Coach needs: Coaches are volunteers. We need to accommodate a coach's schedule needs above players.
  • Weather: We may need to adjust the season duration, nights utilized, and times based on prevailing weather conditions.
  • What works best for all: We will look at parent requests and choose nights that impact the least number of families.

For all other programs, we do not consider parent requests.    

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the registrar.