Select Players

MBA does allow "Select" teams and players to play within the organization.  However, in an attempt to keep competition fair within our divisions, criteria has been set to establish the proper division and subdivision a select team/player must play in.

Recreational (Rec-A subdivision) Teams are created using a dual approach.  A head coach is allowed to protect players (as many as they would like) on his/her roster, including his/her child.  The remainder of the team is filled through the league's blind draft and is balanced by age within a division if possible.  T-ball players are assigned to teams based on neighborhood or school; however, a T-ball coach can create and protect their entire team. Coaches of teams playing in the Advanced (Adv-AA subdivision) are responsible for filling their own rosters.  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

A.     Definitions

Select Player:  A player who has played with a select team in more than 3 tournaments in the previous season or more than 6 tournaments in the previous 12 months as of the closing date of registration.

Select Team:  Any team with more than 3 Select Players who are not already playing up a League Age.

Rec Player:  A player who is not defined as a Select Player is therefore defined as a “Rec Player”. 

Rec Team:  A team that is not defined as a Select Team is therefore defined as a “Rec Team”.

 

B.     Rules

1. No Select Players are permitted in the ‘A’ subdivision. Select players must play in the ‘AA’ subdivision at any level.

2. No Select Players are eligible for All-Stars, unless they are playing up in age division.

3. Any team deemed a Select Team as defined above, must play up one age division and in the AA subdivision.  For example, a 10U Select Team playing in MBA must play in the 11UAA division.  In the case where age divisions have to be combined (due to registration numbers), this team would still play up (i.e. in 11/12 AA).

4. Any team that plays more than 3 tournaments in a season, or totals more than 6 tournaments in the most recent 12 months, must play up a division and in the ‘AA’ subdivision the next season in MBA.  If a team does NOT exceed these parameters, they can maintain their age appropriate division.

5. If a Rec (‘A’) team plays in ANY tournaments, they will move to the AA subdivision the following season; however, if that team exceeds the maximum allowed of 3 tournaments, they will also move up an age division and play in the ‘AA’ subdivision in the following season.

6. Responsibility of the Select status of a team and its players is that of the HEAD COACH!  Any violation of this in whole or in part will result in punishment of the coach and/or team.  This can include suspension, forfeiture of games, removal from MBA or other actions deemed appropriate by the Board.

 

Notes and Clarifications:

  • We want kids and teams to develop and work towards improving their skills, but we want competition as even as possible.  Generally speaking, a Select Player may play in his own League Age division, but it may not be on the team he wishes if too many Select Players are on that team.
  • Any coach/team challenging the Select status of a player or team should appeal in writing to the MBA Competition Committee to explain his/her case for the challenge and all supporting evidence. The Competition Committee will look into valid challenges, but ask for your professionalism and honesty during the process.
  • An 11U Select Team coming in to play would have to play in the 11/12 AA subdivision.
  • A 12U Select Team coming in to play would have to move to the 13/14 AA subdivision.
  • If a team contains:
    • 1 League Age 10 Select Player
    • 2 League Age 9 Select Players, and
    • 7 League Age 9 Rec Players

That team must play 10AA, based on the team having a League Age 10 Select Player.

  • If a team contains:
    • 3 League Age 10 Select Players
    • 1 League Age 9 Select Player, and
    • 6 League Age 9 Rec Players

That team must play AA because they have at least one Select Player.  Their appropriate age division is determined by the League Ages of the Select Players.  The team has 3 League Age 10 Select Players, and because the 4th Select Player is League Age 9 and already playing up, the team has not exceeded the limit.  Therefore it may play 10AA.

 

Summary of Select Rule

Division 

Subdivision

Max # of Select

Players Allowed

Notes

  7U Machine Pitch  

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

7U Machine Pitch

Adv-AA

  3 League Age 7s  

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 6 or younger  allowed

8U Machine Pitch

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

8U Machine Pitch

Adv-AA

  3 League Age 8s  

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 7 or younger  allowed

9U Kid Pitch

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

9U Kid Pitch

Adv-AA

3 League Age 9s

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 8 or younger        allowed

10U Kid Pitch

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

10U Kid Pitch

Adv-AA

  3 League Age 10s      

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 9 or younger    allowed

11-12U Kid Pitch

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

11-12U Kid Pitch

Adv-AA

3 League Age 12s

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 11 or younger  allowed

13-14U Kid Pitch

Rec-A

0

 No Select Players of any League Age allowed

13-14U Kid Pitch

Adv-AA

3 League Age 14s

 Unlimited number of Select Players League Age 13 or younger      allowed

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