While we currently practice on the northwest and northeast sides of the Indianapolis area, we do not have a home field. We hold our indoor winter practices at SportZone and utilize the Lawrence Lions Youth Baseball Club's field for outdoor practices. Occasionally we will host teams throughout our season at either Lawrence or Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
Over the years we have drawn homeschool players from as far north as Lafayette and Anderson, west from Brownsburg to east of Greenfield, and as far south Salem, Indiana.
What is the annual call-out meeting?
This meeting is designed to be an informational meeting for both prospective and returning players and their families. Our athletic director shares information about the upcoming season, player fees, fundraising, and introduces the coaching staff. This meeting is typically scheduled in the fall prior to the new season's start. Please check the Kings website and social media pages for further information regarding the date, time, and location of this meeting as it approaches.
What expenses do the fees cover?
Our largest expense is our need to utilize an indoor facility for practice during our winter months. Other expenses include game fees such as field usage, baseballs, umpire fees, and our player awards banquet at the end of each season.
Who are your typical opponents?
Over the years, each Kings team has played a variety of public, private, and homeschool junior high and high school baseball teams. Many of the teams we face are within the Indianapolis area, however we have been known to play teams as far away Lafayette, Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington. We are currently part of a homeschool conference in which we play teams from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
When does practice start?
Indoor practices start for all high school players (9th - 12th grade) the first week of January. Our junior high team (6th - 8th grade) begins indoor practices the first week of February. As the weather improves, the teams will begin practicing outdoors.
Practices are typically held two days per week.
The Kings do not participate in play on either Wednesday or Sunday.
What do the teams use for uniforms?
The Kings attempt to keep the uniform standard the same from year to year, so a player does not have to purchase new uniform items every year unless they have been outgrown or have been damaged.
All team jerseys and hats are purchased through the organization. All of our teams and coaching staff wear the same hats. Junior high jerseys are a typically navy moisture wicking t-shirt while the high school players utilize a "home" as well as "away" jersey. Our desire is to make it possible for a freshman player to buy these jerseys and use them all four seasons if possible.
Players purchase our uniform pants on their own. It is recommended the players have more than one pair of game pant as we may play back-to-back days or in the event that a pair gets damaged during a game. Players can choose to wear their pants long or short depending on their preference, but the Nike Swingman gray baseball pants with the navy leg piping is to be worn for all games.
Miscellaneous uniform items:
Belt - A navy baseball belt must as a team uniform.
Baseball Socks – Socks must be in the team colors of navy and/or gold. Stirrups can be worn as long as the combination of sanitary socks and stirrups match the navy and gold team colors.
Baseball cleats – It is preferred that black, navy, or white cleats be worn as part of the team uniform. For other questions regarding cleats, please see the following equipment question.
Optional accessories – Items like batting gloves and compression sleeves must be in team colors of navy and/or gold. Reminder that if you son pitches, he cannot have white trim on his hands or arms. Even a batting glove under his baseball glove cannot have the slightest of white trim.
What equipment is needed?
Bats – All bats must be in good condition and meet the BBCOR .5 standard set down by IHSAA rules. It is recommended that all players have their own bats. The team does not supply bats for use. Please be advised, because we understand the costs of bats, we understand if your player would rather not share the use of his bat with his teammates.
Baseball Cleats – Metal spikes can be worn by all of our teams. PLEASE NOTE that there are places we play that have turf where metal spikes are not allowed. Turf shoes or molded cleats must be worn on these turf fields. Players may choose to wear either low or high top cleats.
Guards – Any elbow guards, foot and ankle guards must in team colors of navy and/or gold or straight black.
Protective Cup - Protective cups are highly recommended for each player. Cups are not just for catchers; baseballs travel fast at this level of play. It is important that players are protected.
Catcher's Equipment – The Kings organization does have catcher's equipment available for use. It is preferred that catching gear fits properly utilizing both buckles and straps. If your son catches and has his own set, it is encouraged that he wears it during games.
If your question was not addressed, please feel free to send our athletic director an email using the contact section on the website.