Are you a baseball club?
While we practice as hard, and play as many games as the local baseball clubs, the KC Outlaws are an independent baseball organization.
Some club teams may charge $160 a month, or around $2,600 a year for spring ball, and $900 for fall, so we pride ourselves on providing a quality and competitive baseball experience, at a price that doesn't break the bank.
Are you a Rec team?
No. While there is a place for that, we are looking for advanced players who want to be pushed and challenged.
Do you have/use an indoor facility?
Yes, however, that facility is used mostly in the winter.
Is there a winter workout program?
Yes. Players will workout at our indoor facility for 10 weeks, along with a 4 week core and strengthening program.
Where is the winter workout facility?
How are the players taught?
We hit all aspects of the spectrum ensuring that each Outlaw can learn by observing others, listening to their coaches and teammates, exploring, failing, experimenting and asking questions.
How is the batting lineup determined?
For the KC Outlaws, there is no "Daddy Ball".
We look at a players production rating...that is, how hard a player hits the ball. A score is assigned to each swing. It is then compared to other factors like hits, BABIP, OBP, SLG, etc. Once the data is captured, it falls into a formula we use, and wherever players fall in a lineup, that's where they fall. We may make some adjustments to account for speed, but not very often. That data is also compared to the rest of the team. We do not care about batting average.
How are positions determined?
In league and pool play (assuming there is only 1 bracket), everyone rotates positions and each game is treated like a glorified scrimmage.
In bracket play, however, Outlaws go out to win, and positions are earned! Others may sit more innings than their teammates in bracket play. While players will fail by learning new positions, this is how they grow. Those positions are determined by the coaching staff.
Why do the KC Outlaws rotate positions?
We are going to change the culture of baseball in Kansas City and our players are going to be part of that. We want each of our players to be high school ready, so it's important they understand each position, and the role it plays on the field.
For the KC Outlaws it's development over winning - always. No High School coach will ever ask what your 11U record was. In addition, as a player gets older, they will play multiple positions less and less, so it's important to increase their baseball IQ early.
Does everyone pitch?
At this age, yes, however, others may pitch more innings than others. As players get older that will become less and less.
How many pitches is a 9U or 11U player allowed to throw with the KC Outlaws?
Pitchers are allowed for 75-80 pitches or less MAX in a tournament weekend.
There are other rules the KC Outlaws use to insert a new pitcher. This can include things like walks, runs scored, and the amount of pitches in one inning. There are also rules for how many pitches can be thrown in one game. This is to provide for mental and physical optimization on the mound.
The KC Outlaws abide by the USA BASEBALL SMART PITCH GUIDELINES.
Do grades matter for the KC Outlaws?
Yes, grades matter, and are monitored once a player reaches the 2nd half of their 5th grade - usually in January. The message to our Student-Athletes are: "Do well in school or players will watch from the stands".
Are parents made aware if a coach believes a player is struggling on the field?
Yes, while these conversations are not easy, they are sometimes necessary to help fix what might be wrong.
How do you determine who is doing well, and who is not?
Points are assigned to each player, after every play and every pitch. Coaches, and players alike, are monitoring what each player is doing well, and where they are struggling so that we can praise,and/or help our players grow.
Points can be assigned for things like putouts, assists, hits, etc. While points can be taken away for mental errors, past balls, base running blunders, etc. That data is also compared to the rest of the team.
What signal system do you use?
KC Outlaws will learn both the touch and number system.
How often are tryouts?
Tryouts are held at the end of each fall and spring season.
Is there a fee for tryouts?
What if we cannot afford to pay the complete fall/spring fee?
We offer multiple outlets for fundraising in order to help with fees along with payment plans for those that may need that as an option as well. We will work with you however we can in order to ensure your player has an opportunity to play.
Where do you practice and play games?
Please refer to the PRACTICE INFO TAB. Depending on the tournament, games are usually at Johnson County 3&2, Mid America Sports Complex, or Blue Valley.
Practices are held at Freedom Fields and Mid America Sports Complex.
Are players only from Johnson County, KS?
No, players come from all over the KC metro area.
What type of player is a KC Outlaw?
The team looks for players that are athletic, but those who can also control their attitude, energy, effort in a positive and contagious way, who wants to compete.
Are parents allowed to coach from behind the fence, argue with umpires, and/or opposing fans?
Absolutely not! Your role is to cheer for your son and tell them how fun it is for you to watch them play. Let the coaches coach. While the calls may not be perfect, let the coaches handle that, too!
Do the KC Outlaws carry insurance?
Yes, the team carries liability insurance covering $1,000,000 for each occurrence through Sadler & Company.
Do the KC Outlaws travel outside of Kansas City for tournaments?
Most games are played in the KC metro area.
The 11U team went to the Slumpbuster in Omaha in the spring 2019 season. They could go to Branson, or Arkansas next year. Both teams could play in Topeka, but mostly we stay local.
The 9U team will stay local.
Does Coach Chris carry a basic first aid kit and have it available at all times?
Is Coach Chris USA Baseball Coach Certified?
Coach Chris has completed his "A" completion rating and is working towards his "B" and "C" rating.
The Coaching Certification Program aims to create a higher standard of coaching education and enhance the ability of coaches to better serve their athletes, their team and the communities.
These ratings require the completion of a series of courses, resources and programs offered by USA BASEBALL.
The curriculum includes educational resources that cover important topics such as health and safety, creating a positive environment, recognizing and responding to misconduct, practice planning, game management, skill-specific development and hosting local coaching clinics in your own community.
Is Coach Chris a member and does he attend the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) Baseball Conference, or the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association Clinics meetings?
Yes, he is a member of both associations and attends both the Kansas state and national baseball conferences, along with local Barnstormers clinics. He pays to attend these events using his own funds. Coach Chris is completely dedicated to learning, as well as the growth and development of each player.