League Play Overview
- Season dates – The MBA Major season typically runs from late March through early June. You should start hearing from coaches in mid to late February and practice should begin in late February or early March.
- Objective – The MBA Major League is for children 11 and 12 years of age on or before April 30th, 2017. This is the 7th league in our development program. Players in this league continue to learn the game of baseball while advancing into a more competitive environment. This is the third year that kids will pitch while learning more advanced baserunning, fielding, and throwing skills. Score is kept in this league, as well as league standings and there is a end of season tournament to determine the champion. The goal is to continue to teach the kids the fundamentals of the game while also introducing the competitive aspects that will continue when they advance to Major 12. We will use two umpires in this league and innings are limited to 6 runs or 3 outs, whichever comes first. Games will be a maximum of 6 innings or 1:45 time limit.
Your team coaches and all of the league management are 100% volunteers. We do not have anyone coaching or managing this league that gets paid with your registration fees. We do have paid umpires beginning in the Prep league and above. These officials are paid by the registration fees for those leagues and that is why these leagues cost more per player. All of your head coaches and 1st assistants are required by the league to attend a coach’s certification class. In this class, they learn how to instruct players on baseball basics. They also learn how to manage teams, injuries, parents and many other league-related issues during this certification process. Please get involved with your team and your players. The coaches only get these players for a limited time each week and, if you truly want to see improvement in your child’s skills, you will have to put in some time at home reinforcing the techniques that they learn at practice. The coaches will look first to you when confronted with medical issues regarding your child so please advise your coach of any medical issues with your player prior to the season. As a general rule, please do not leave your child alone at the park. These teams can not become baby sitting services and our coaches are instructed to avoid any situation that puts them alone with someone else’s child.
It is a difficult task to order, sort, and distribute uniforms to 900+ players each year. Your coach will order your uniforms based on the sizes that you recorded on your registration form. The uniforms will be ordered and delivered as fast and as accurately as possible. This year registration fees will cover getting names on jerseys and numbers on hats for each player. For safety reasons, the coaches in the league will be discouraged from putting the player’s first name on their unifoms.
The MBA expects teams playing games to wear their uniform correctly. This means that shirts should be tucked in and hats should be worn correctly. The coaches will be in charge of handling these issues on their teams.
You do not have to buy your player a batting helmet to play in this league. The MBA has some used helmets that we can make available to the team coaches if they have players that do not have their own helmet. In most cases, the players in these leagues have their own batting helmets that they do not share with teammates. Most people find that owning your own helmet is safer – head lice and overall fit issues. Please let your coach know if you want to use one of the league helmets so that he can alert the league equipment manager of the need.
There will be a team mom meeting prior to the season starting. The date of this meeting will be posted as soon as it is determined.
This is youth baseball and not the World Series. Have Fun! Don’t stress over the small things. At this age, our #1 goal is that these players want to play again next year. There is plenty of time to be serious in later leagues.