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CenTex Chargers Baseball Policies and Guidelines 2015

The CenTex Chargers baseball team was formed for the purpose of providing a Christian environment where home-schooled young men can participate in competitive baseball at the high school level.

This year we will start our season in November with Pre-Season Workout sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday through November and one day per week through December.  Our sessions take place at (TBD).  This month-long session gives coaches an opportunity to work with the players and make detailed evaluations.  At try-outs, players and parents will be requested to sign an “Intent to Participate” form and pay a deposit, expressing their commitment to playing for the Chargers for the season.

We start the season the first week of January with practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and occasionally Saturdays at Jaycee Field, 1002 W. Avenue I in Belton, in preparation for our full game schedule.  We play a season schedule consisting of competitive games and tournaments against area private and public schools as well as other homeschool teams.   We also look forward to participating in the Homeschool World Series in Florida each year, which requires significant fundraising efforts.


The CenTex Chargers baseball team is currently for High School level players only.  In determining whether a player is eligible to participate, we focus more on age than grade.  However, please note that once a player has declared a grade level in connection with participation at an event sponsored by the Homeschool World Series Association (qualifying tournaments / Homeschool World Series), that player may NOT change that declaration AND his years of eligibility are dictated by that declaration.  For example, a player who participates in an HWSA-sponsored activity as a sophomore in one year may only participate for two more years (his junior and senior years) in HWSA-sponsored activities.  It is very important to make grade-declaration decisions wisely once a player reaches the high school level.  Please consult with the head coach when making this declaration.

Age Eligibility: Boys between the ages of 13 and 18 on September 1st of the academic year are eligible and invited to try-out for our team that plays in the spring of the same academic year.  A player who turns 19 on September 2 is eligible to play on the high school team the following spring.  A player who turns 19 on September 1 or before, is not.  By the same token, a player who is 13 on or before September 1 is eligible, while a player who turns 13 on September 2 is not. 

            Grade Guidelines: Subject to age eligibility, these are the declared grade level guidelines.

                Varsity: Grades 8 - 12

                Junior Varsity: Grades  11 and under


Note: Eighth graders may be allowed to play on a high school team.  This means a player may be eligible for five years of high school level play.

Note:  At the coaches discretion younger players may be invited to work out with the team as prospects. 

Note:  No player who has a declared grade of senior may play on a sub-varsity team.

Schooling:  CenTex Chargers Baseball is predominantly a homeschool organization.  At the coaches discretion players may be invited to participate as long as the player:

  • Attends a school which does not have a high-school baseball program
  • Are in good academic standing and are completing a course of study as prescribed by their parents
  • Have not been expelled from a public or private school during the academic school year of the contest
  • Are in good standing with respect to character and behavior according to the player’s parents, coaches, other team leaders, and according to criminal laws applicable to their place of residence

Note:  Players that are not homeschooled are not be eligible to participate in the Homeschool World Series.


To participate in ANY Chargers baseball team activity (including tournaments, games, practices, banquets, fundraisers, etc.), a player must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a signed Registration form, with accompanying registration deposit
  • Provide a copy of the player’s birth certificate
  • Submit a signed Participation Agreement, which includes Medical and Photo Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Pay all fees as they are due (season registration deposit, uniform fees, etc.)
  • Submit a current physical (forms may be downloaded from


Fundraising is required to keep the registration fee low and to offset the cost of tournaments and other expenses.  All players are expected to participate in fundraising activities for the benefit of the team.


Players are required to wear appropriate clothing and personal protective gear for ALL tournaments, games and practices.  See your coach concerning the definition of personal protective gear.   It is HIGHLY recommended that players, especially infielders, wear mouth guards during the games and practices.


Our season will typically run from January through May.  This includes the Homeschool World Series in Florida.  The schedule can be accessed on the Baseball page on the Chargers website:


We will hold try-outs the first Thursday and Saturday in the month of December.  You are required to attend one of these days but it is highly recommended you consider both for a more thorough evaluation.  During try-outs, you will be evaluated on your throwing accuracy and velocity, fielding skills, batting abilities, and your overall experience and understanding of the game. Your determination, drive, attitude, and character as a team player will be considered in your overall evaluation.  Try-outs conclude with a signed “Intent to Participate” and registration deposit.


Players are expected to attend all practices and attendance will be a factor when determining a player’s playing time.  Coaches depend on reliable attendance in order to prepare organized and effective practices.  Players/parents should notify the coach at the earliest possibility if the player will be unable to attend a practice, or if he will be late to a practice.  Please give your coach as much notice as possible if the player will be unable to make a game or will not be able to travel to a tournament.


Unless otherwise noted, all games will be governed by High School rules according to the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS).  Information on rules (and obtaining rule books) can be found online at


In the event or threat of inclement weather (rain, high winds, temperature below 40 degrees), a coach will notify the parents and players whether or not the practice, game or tournament is relocated, rescheduled or cancelled.  As much notice as possible will be given, but due to the nature of weather in the Central Texas area, last minute decisions will sometimes be required.  Expect games and practices to proceed as scheduled unless you are notified by the coaches.


Uniforms and Attire

Players are expected to come to all practices, games, or tournaments prepared with appropriate clothing, which could mean layers, underclothes, or hoodies.  In the event of a game or tournament during inclement weather; any layer that is visible under the designated uniform should be red (i.e. long sleeves or UnderArmour).

Uniforms will be provided and players are expected to care for the uniforms appropriately.  This means that uniforms should be well kept, clean and worn with respect. 


Parents and players are reminded that CenTex Chargers Baseball is a competitive baseball program similar to "select" baseball.  Unlike Little League, Pony League, etc., coaches are not required to get every player into the game.  On the contrary, players and parents alike need to understand that the head coach’s job is to DEVELOP excellence in the athletes, to BUILD the team, to encourage great character and to WIN baseball games using the players that have best prepared their abilities, bodies, and team, given the distinct circumstances of each game.

Players will be selected for the team and the roster published by the first practice of the regular season, up to total roster number of 18.  The lineup for each game will be chosen by the coaches with the intent to win the game.  That does not mean that the same 9 players will start every game.  Coaches will make an assessment on who should be in the starting positions based on player performance and attitudes.


If you have a issue concerning one of the coaches, players or other individuals, please consider going to him first and allowing him an opportunity to address the concern.   

If the problem or suggestion is specifically play or team related, you may address your comments to the head coach outside the game or practice.

If the issue is not able to be resolved, please address the issue in writing to:


            Gary Markham, Head Coach

            Centex Chargers Baseball

            email at:


Concerns may also be addressed to the Athletic Director at

The provisions of the baseball policies may be modified and/or added to at any time at the sole discretion of the coaches and Athletics Council, and all parties are required to adhere to any revised policy.



Gary Markham, Head Coach

CenTex Chargers Baseball



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