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Baseball, Softball Players Get Early Bird Registration
First Pitch
Riverbank City Council member Darlene Barber-Martinez, on the mound, throws out the first softball pitch, albeit overhand, of the 2017 season, part of Opening Day activities at Castleberg Park on Saturday, March 18. Ric McGinnis/The News

Parents of budding baseball and softball players in Riverbank can get a jump on the upcoming season and take $30 off the cost of registration on Friday, by participating in the first, early signups.

Early registration will be held at the snack bar at Castleberg Park, between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Parents will need to bring all documents and fees to register since partial payments are not being accepted. This first registration opportunity includes a $30 discount off the fee.

The fees vary on the age group the child plays in, from $90 to $110. There is a $100 deposit also required, per family, to offset volunteer time in the snack bar. RYBSA, Riverbank Youth Baseball Softball Association, officials note that all families are required to volunteer four hours in the park snack bar, regardless of how many players they might have. The money will be refunded once the four hours are met.

There’ll be other early sign-ups, all at Castleberg Park, on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon with $20 off; and again on Thursday, Dec. 5 with $10 off, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The final registration day will be Friday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, noon to 3 p.m., both at the park, with the full fee required.

The next important date is Feb. 8, with evaluations, then player drafts, beginning at 11:45 a.m., and running all afternoon.

Opening Day and Picture Day will be on March 14, with teams lining up at the Community Center and marching to the park, if weather permits. Last year Opening Day got rained out.

There’s a Riverbank Night at the Modesto Nuts game scheduled on May 8 and Closing Ceremonies will be on May 16.

More information is available on the association’s website: or on their Facebook page.