League History – Diamond Council of Columbia, Inc. (DCC) is one of the premier Mid-Missouri youth baseball and softball programs. We are committed to provide area kids the very best in Missouri youth baseball and softball. DCC is a non-profit, fee-based, volunteer organization dedicated to the provision of youth athletic programs. Established in 1963 in Columbia, Missouri, we are dedicated to providing quality baseball and softball programs for the youth of Columbia and surrounding communities in Boone County, Missouri. The emphasis of the program is to develop individual and team skills, enhance self-esteem, and to have fun in a supervised environment. Teams are generally developed based on neighboorhood schools. The DCC is co-sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreations Department. The DCC registers and organizes its leagues and pays the city of Columbia for use of fields. The Parks and Recreations prepares the fields for play each day and make any determinations on weather related issues. DCC is run by an Executive Director, Executive Board, and Board of Directors. Board meetings are held at 6:30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Please contact the office for exact dates, locations, and times.
Common Registration Periods – Diamond Council host has a spring season which consists of instructional leagues for ages 5 to 18 year olds, and competitive league play 9 to 14 yr olds. We also offer a fall season which consists of instructional and competitive league play. The fall season is great youth baseball and especially for those that are moving up in league age categories. This is a period where they can become familiar with various changes in the rules of the game as well as getting accustom to the changes in the playing field dimensions which they will encounter in regular season play in the following spring. Kids often gain experience from those already playing in the various age divisions.
The Spring Season Registration Period begins in January and the deadline to register is usually the middle of Feburary. Game play beginning in early May. This period usually consist of a 12-14 game season.
The Fall Season Registration Period usually begins around the last week of June with actual game play starting in September and runs through the second or third week of October.
Coaches, players and parents should realize the scheduled games are only part of the total experience of participating in DCC’s baseball/softball leagues. Practices are important for players to interact with new teammates, learn new skills and become familiar with their coaches. Practices provide players with the opportunity to learn proper techniques and provide coaches with the opportunity to evaluate each players level of ability. It is important coaches know each player’s skill level so the player is not asked to do something which might be hazardous such as catching, pitching, playing first base and bunting to name a few. Safe equipment, fundamentals learned at practice and knowing players limitations all help provide a safe and enjoyable playing environment.
Inclement Weather – Umpires will use their own judgment on the delay or cancellation of games due to weather conditions at the start or during a game. Games will not be played if it is determined such play might result in injury to players or serious damage to the playing fields. If lightning or severe weather is present, immediate action will be taken to delay or cancel the game and the players from the field.
Columbia Parks and Recreation will monitor weather conditions and inspect the playing fields to determine if the fields are playable. If the fields are deemed not playable, the games scheduled for those fields will be canceled by 4:00 p.m. The local radio stations will be notified of any cancellations. This information will be available on the SPORTS HOTLINE (874-7663). If no announcements of cancellation have been received, assume the game will be played. DO NOT CALL THE RADIO STATIONS. Rainout Make-up Dates, Rain dates are included in the schedule. Rainouts may also be scheduled for Saturday and Sundays if necessary. Rainout schedules will be mailed to the coaches as soon as they are known.