Welcome to the East Side Baseball family! There is a long, rich tradition of outstanding baseball being taught and played here at Fullers Park. We were founded in 1970 by a local church organization to provide an organized baseball program for the youth of east Cobb.
The primary objective was to provide and maintain a high quality youth baseball program by teaching fundamentals of the game of baseball in a low-key atmosphere, void of intense pressure to excel or to put winning ahead of the values of sportsmanship and teamwork or the enjoyment of participating. While the goal and satisfaction of winning cannot and should not be removed from the game, maximum individual participation is of primary importance.
Now, 37 years later, East Side Baseball Association is an independent, county sanctioned association that holds the values and goals set forth by the founding members true today. We participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoach.org) and stress to our coaches and members to teach respect, teamwork and sportsmanship. PCA believes that winning is a goal in youth sports but that there is a second, more important goal of using sports to teach life lessons through positive coaching.
Fullers Park, located in east Cobb off Robinson Road, is our home. We have some of the best fields and practice facilities of any county park. These include 6 fields, 12 batting cages and practice facility. We continue to strive to make improvements for the enjoyment of the game and to provide top-notch resources for teaching fundamental baseball skills.
As you enter the park, stay straight for the Pinto, Mustang, and football fields. The Recreation Center and tennis courts are also in this direction. Or as you enter, make an immediate right for the Pony/Colt, Bronco, Shetland fields and central batting cages. There are 3 concession stands with restrooms as well as parking areas for each. See our park layout in the Info section for more details.
Our league structure divides up players by age groups and provides fields with graduated dimensions appropriate for player development as they mature. The leagues are as follows:
- Rookie - age 4
- Shetland – ages 5 & 6
Pinto – ages 7 & 8
Mustang – ages 9 & 10
Bronco – ages 11 & 12
Pony – ages 13 & 14
Colt – ages 15 – 18
A league age cut off date of April 30th is used to determine the appropriate age of a player. ESBA also adopted an optional league age cut off date of August 31 to allow for players to play "up" a league to stay with their school age friends. Calculate the league age of a player by their age on the cut off date of the current or upcoming spring baseball season.
ESBA is a volunteer organization. We are managed by an elected board of 8 volunteer members, who enlist dozens of additional volunteers.
One of the most rewarding positions is coaching a team of eager baseball players. While previous baseball experience is a plus, it is not necessary to be a coach. We are always in need of coaches in all leagues, but more so in our Shetland program as new members join our program. Your participation in these volunteer positions will help keep ESBA one of the areas best baseball programs. Please talk to a board member or commissioner about volunteering at East Side.
This website contains additional information on East Side Baseball, and we encourage you to browse all sections. There is contact information for each league, or if you need any assistance with questions about our program, please email our webmaster at [email protected] and your question will be sent to the appropriate individual.
Most of all, we are a family. Just ask some of the long time members who’s children have played here since they began playing baseball. You will soon become one of our extended family as you watch your child and their teammates grow into terrific individuals over their years here at the park. And who knows, they may just become a terrific baseball player as well!