Age Determination

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 Beginner Tee Ball

N/A

5/1/2012

4/30/2014

4-5

  Description

  • Serves as an introduction to the game of baseball, including instruction on the basic fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, teamwork, and playing games. 
  • Children who are League Age 5 and have already played a season of Beginner Tee Ball may be better suited for Advanced Tee Ball.
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play at least 1 inning as in infielder by the 3rd inning each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Fundamentals of throwing, catching and fielding ground balls
  • Fundamentals of hitting
  • Game situations such as when a runner is safe or out, running the bases in the proper order, throwing to teammates
  • Learn the meaning of baseball terms such as "hit", "safe", "out", "defense"
  • The responsibilities of each fielding position (all players should get a chance to play all positions at some point during the season)
  • Coaches choose a weekly 1-hour practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 time per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.  
  • Coaches are encouraged to keep weekly tee ball activities to 1-2 hours per week, with no more than 3 hours per week in the event that two games are scheduled.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

Advanced Tee Ball

N/A

5/1/2011

4/30/2013

5-6

  Description

  • For tee ball players who are ready to also attempt to hit a coach’s pitches and make outs.  It serves as an introduction to the game of baseball, including instruction on the basic fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, teamwork, and playing games.
  • Children who are League Age 5 and who may struggle physically or emotionally with making outs as a batter, or who have never played Beginner Tee Ball, are encouraged to play Beginner Tee Ball instead. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season.
  • All players play at least 1 inning as in infielder by the 3rd inning each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Fundamentals of throwing, catching and fielding ground balls and popups
  • Fundamentals of hitting
  • Game situations such as force outs, throwing to teammates, and listening to coaches
  • Mental approach to the game such as paying attention and keeping track of the outs
  • The responsibilities of each fielding position (all players should get a chance to play all positions at some point during the season)
  • Coaches choose a weekly 1-hour practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.
  • Coaches are encouraged to keep weekly tee ball activities to 1-2 hours per week, with no more than 3 hours per week in the event that two games are scheduled.

 

  Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 7U Machine Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2010

4/30/2011

7

  Description

  • For players who are ready to play baseball with hardballs, hit off a pitching machine, and keep score.   
  • An age-appropriate set of modified baseball rules is used.  It serves as a transitional step before kid-pitch baseball in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 15 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:30pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play at least 1 inning as in infielder by the 3rd inning each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Fundamentals of throwing, catching and fielding ground balls and popups--including the catcher's position
  • Fundamentals of hitting
  • Game situations such as force outs, throwing to teammates, and basic cut-off plays
  • Mental approach to the game such as picking up base running signals from coaches and knowledge of outs
  • The responsibilities of each fielding position (MBA recommends that all players get a chance to play all positions at some point during the season, but this is up to the discretion of the coach)
  • Coaches choose a weekly 1-hour practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.
  • Parents should consider that coaches of teams in the Advanced (AA) subdivision may prefer to practice longer and/or more often.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 8U Machine Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2009

4/30/2010

8

  Description

  • For players who are ready to play baseball with hardballs, hit off a pitching machine, and keep score.   An age-appropriate set of modified baseball rules is used.  It serves as a transitional step before kid-pitch baseball in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 15 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:30pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season.
  • All players play at least 1 inning as in infielder by the 3rd inning each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Fundamentals of throwing, catching and fielding ground balls and popups--including the catcher's position
  • Fundamentals of hitting
  • Game situations such as force outs, throwing to teammates, aggressive base running, and basic cut-off plays
  • Mental approach to the game such as avoiding overthrows and knowledge of what decisions to make depending on the number of outs there are
  • The responsibilities of each fielding position (MBA recommends that all players should get a chance to play all positions at some point during the season, but this is up to the discretion of the coach)
  • Coaches choose a weekly 1-hour practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.
  • Parents should consider that coaches of teams in the Advanced (AA) subdivision may prefer to practice longer and/or more often.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 9U Kid Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2008

4/30/2009

9

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules, except for a few age-appropriate modifications, at 65' / 46' field dimensions.  It serves as an introductory step to kid-pitch baseball for a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 30 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:45pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Identify and develop several pitchers who are capable of throwing strikes
  • Maintain a hitter's confidence when pitchers struggle with their control
  • Game situations such as stolen bases, rundowns, and catchers blocking wild pitches
  • Mental approach to the game such as a pitcher controlling his emotions and players maintaining focus when the game slows down as a result of walks
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.
  • Parents should consider that coaches of teams in the Advanced (AA) subdivision may prefer to practice longer and/or more often.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 10U Kid Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2007

4/30/2008

10

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules, except for 4 outfielders, at 65' / 46' field dimensions.  It serves as an intermediate step in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 30 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 7:45pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Pitchers learn to consistently throw strikes
  • Techniques for bunting as well as aggressive hitting, with knowledge of the strike zone
  • Game situations such as pick-off plays, cutoffs, and rundowns
  • Mental approach to the game as players begin to focus and learn the intricacies of fewer positions
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1 time per week during the season.
  • Parents should consider that coaches of teams in the Advanced (AA) subdivision may prefer to practice longer and/or more often.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 11U Kid Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2006

4/30/2007

11

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules at 70' / 50.5' field dimensions.  It serves as an advanced step in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 45 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 8:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Pitchers vary speed and location
  • Techniques for directional hitting and hitting off-speed pitches
  • Game situations such as advanced pick-off plays, multiple bunt defenses, and cutoffs
  • Mental approach to the game such as catchers calling pitch locations, situational hitting, and focus on just 1-2 positions
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1-2 times per week during the season, if possible. 
  • Parents should consider that coaches of teams in the Advanced (AA) subdivision may prefer to practice longer and/or more often.

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 12U Kid Pitch

Rec-A & Adv-AA

5/1/2005

4/30/2006

12

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules at 70' / 50.5' field dimensions.  It serves as an advanced step in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 45 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 8:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Pitchers vary speed and location
  • Techniques for directional hitting and hitting off-speed pitches
  • Game situations such as advanced pick-off plays, multiple bunt defenses, and cutoffs
  • Mental approach to the game such as catchers calling pitch locations, situational hitting, and focus on just 1-2 positions
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 2 times per week before the season and 1-2 times per week during the season, if possible. 

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 13-14U Kid Pitch

N/A

5/1/2003

4/30/2005

13-14

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules at 80' / 54' field dimensions, nearing high school dimensions.  It serves as the final step in a player’s ongoing development of baseball skills before playing on full-sized fields. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 45 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 8:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Techniques for directional hitting and hitting off-speed pitches
  • Game situations such as hit-and-run, multiple bunt defenses, defensive shifts and cutoffs, and squeeze plays
  • Mental approach to the game such as catchers calling pitch locations and types, working the count as a batter, and situational hitting strategy
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 3 times per week before the season and 1-2 times per week during the season, if possible. 

 

 Division

Sub-divisions

Born Between

League Age

 15-18U Kid Pitch

N/A

5/1/1999

4/30/2003

15-18

  Description

  • For players who are prepared to play full baseball rules at 90' / 60' high school field dimensions. 
  • Players will use a wood bat in this division. 
  • Games are intended to be 1-hour 45 minutes in length and will be played on Saturday mornings and weeknights starting at 6pm or 8:00pm; typically, teams will have 1 or 2 games scheduled per week during the season. 
  • All players play two complete innings as a fielder each game.

  Fundamental Skills to be Taught by Coach*

  • Proper throwing and fielding techniques
  • Techniques for directional hitting and hitting off-speed pitches
  • Game situations such as hit-and-run, multiple bunt defenses, defensive shifts and cutoffs, and squeeze plays
  • Mental approach to the game such as catchers calling pitch locations and types, working the count as a batter, and situational hitting strategy
  • Coaches choose a weekly 90 minute practice time and field at the coaches' meeting.
  • Each coach makes his own practice schedule; however, coaches are encouraged to practice 1 to 3 times per week before the season and 1-2 times per week during the season, if possible. 

 

* Note:  All coaches are volunteers and have different styles, knowledge of the game, and coaching techniques. 

Coaches in all divisions are expected to teach and exhibit the following in accordance with MBA's mission:

1.Good sportsmanship & Teamwork

2.Good attitude towards winning as well as losing

3.Competitiveness among their peers

4.Responsibilities to self and others

5.Rewards of extra effort

Players seeking to join a team in an Advanced subdivision must be invited by the coach/team.  MBA will NOT place a player on an “Advanced” team without the approval from the coach.  MBA will give out a player’s contact information (upon approval of parent or guardian) to coaches within the division, so that a coach can get in contact with a player for evaluation.

MBA does not require birth certificates at this time.  However, if the birthdate of a player is falsified when registering, the player will be asked to leave the team, as well as MBA, and a refund will not be given.

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