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What is LCB?
Lakeland City Baseball is a recreational youth baseball organization for boys and girls from ages 4 through 15 years old. LCB's predecessors were started by a group of Lakeland-area businessmen in the early 1970's.
Where do we play?
LCB is fortunate to have the use of two of the finest baseball facilities in central Florida. The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department has provided Peterson Park for our use with fields suitable for players ages 4 through 12, and Lake Bonny Park with regulation size fields for players ages 13 and up. These complexes are centrally located in Lakeland, Florida. Click on the "Fields and Directions" tab on the home page of this website for exact directions.
Is LCB affiliated with any national youth baseball organization?
In the 1980's LCB was affiliated with Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc., and from 1992 to 2011 with Little League Inc. In 2012 LCB became a non-affiliated, independent youth baseball organization committed to the same principles of providing a safe and wholesome environment in which the youth of our communities can learn and enjoy the game of baseball.
Are there any league boundaries?
As an independent youth baseball organization we have no boundaries nor residency restrictions. Any player is welcome to join us regardless of where they reside.
Is LCB part of the City of Lakeland?
LCB is not a part of the City of Lakeland, although we do use their facilities as do other area youth sports organizations.
Who maintains the fields?
The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Dept. is responsible for the care and maintenance of the Peterson Park and Lake Bonny Park. As a league we are responsible to be good stewards of the fine facilities made available to us by the city.
How do I volunteer and what are the opportunities?
LCB could not exist without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who give of their time and energy to the league year-round. Click on the Volunteers link on this website to see how you may contribute in the areas of coaching, Team Mom, board member and many others.
Who are the scorekeepers?
To track wins and losses we keep score in Training League through Junior League, therefore the scores must be recorded and the scoreboards be kept current as the games progress. (We do not keep score in Tee Ball, Coach Pitch and LCB Buddy Ball, nor do we keep score at any level in the Fall seasons.) To track scores and statistics we utilize the services of a paid scorekeeper and a volunteer scoreboard operator per game. The scoreboard operators come from the ranks of the home team for each game.
How do we know if there's a rainout and the fields are closed?
With the LCB website our goal is to provide up-to-the-minute field information regarding the field status. You'll find a "Field Status" notice for Peterson and Lake Bonny Parks on the home page as well as weather information and a radar link. However, because of the nature of our weather in central Florida, it's not necessarily the case that because it's raining in one area it's also raining at the other fields. Many times last-minute decisions are made on field availability, therefore even with modern technology like websites we can't always keep up. We recommend that unless the website gives a clear indication that the fields are closed and/or you have received a call from your manager saying they're closed, that you plan on showing up to play or practice. We apologize for any inconvenience, but that's just the nature of our weather in Central Florida.
Where can I register a complaint?
Constructive observations and criticisms are always welcome at LCB. We consider them a useful tool to better our organization. You can find the board member on duty on every game day and speak directly to him or her; you can write your concern on a piece of paper and mail it to: LCB, P.O. Box 2702, Lakeland, FL 33810, or you can use the "Contact Us" feature of this website to send an e-mail. Please, no anonymous messages. They will be discarded.
What is a Board Member on Duty?
On every game day at each park throughout the regular and post-season there is at least one LCB board member on duty to deal with any issues that may arise. They wear a red polo shirt with the LCB logo on front. If you need to speak with a board member and don't happen see them around, go to the concession stand and ask for the board member on duty and one will be located.
What role does the Team Mom play?
The Team Mom (with apologies to the dads who occasionally fill this role) plays a crucial role in the proper operation of the team. He or she handles many of the administrative duties such as snack scheduling, uniform distribution, phone calling, game schedule distribution, scoreboard operator recruiting, etc., freeing the manager to concentrate on teaching the players and running the game. Team Moms are an under-appreciated but very valuable resource in our league. Please extend to them your gratitude and cooperation.
Who's in charge at the concession stand?
Our concession stand is managed by Tom and Theresa Fisher, with assistance from a very professional group of young people. Tom and Theresa continue the tradition at LCB of training up young men and women to become responsible and productive members of our community. Please take time to recognize their efforts and courtesy.
What are the age levels?
LCB has 5 age-specific playing levels, also known as "leagues", plus LCB Buddy Ball for players with physical and cognitive disabilities. Players who are league age 4 and 5 play in Tee Ball, those age 6 play in Coach Pitch, ages 7 & 8 in Training League (machine-pitch), ages 9 & 10 in Minor League (kid-pitch), ages 11 & 12 in Major League, and ages 13 through 15 in Junior League (regulation size fields). Again, the ages indicated for each of these levels are league ages and not necessarily the actual age of the player.
Are players those ages required to play at those levels?
Exceptions are permitted in certain circumstances, and must be approved by the Player Agent in consultation with the parents and coaches.
What does "league age" mean?
League age is the age of a player on April 30 of each year. This age is used to determine which age-level league is appropriate for the player.
Why is LCB split into the Orange and Tangerine divisions?
The sheer size of Lakeland City Baseball makes it necessary to play our regular season divided into two groups, or "divisions", much like Major League Baseball is divided into the American and National Leagues. We call our two groups the Orange and Tangerine divisions, and at the beginning of the Spring season each team at each level is randomly selected to be in one division or the other. With the exception of Tee Ball, Coach Pitch and LCB Buddy Ball, the predominant amount of regular season games will be played against division opponents. All regular season games count toward the standings regardless of whether they are played against a division or non-division opponent. (Neither scores nor standings are kept in the Fall seasons.)

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