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LowerMac Baseball Spring 2017 Tryouts FAQ

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM 
No Tryouts for the Instructional Program.  If you are registered for our Instructional Program this spring (Pee Wee, Coaches Pitch, or Rookie Leagues - grades K-2) you will be contacted by your League Coordinator or head coach in late March with the details about your league and team. Please refer to the LowerMac Baseball website under the 'Player / Participation' page for Instructional Program details.

TRAVEL BASEBALL TRYOUTS
  • PARENTS
    All Travel program tryouts (with the exception of Biddy) are closed to parents; please drop off your player at the designated field and return for pick-up at the end of the tryout session(s).
  • NUMBER OF TRYOUTS
    Multiple tryout sessions are scheduled for each travel team. Travel team players should plan on attending all of the tryouts scheduled for their team until they are notified that they have either (i) been selected for their travel team roster, or (ii) been released.
  • BIDDY, MIDGET, and KNEE HI TRAVEL PLAYERS
    Refer to the tentative Spring 2017 calendar for tryouts.  LowerMac Baseball will field one team in each of these divisions of the LVLBL. Players released during the travel team tryouts are be eligible to participate in the appropriate PYL level.
  • JUNIOR / SENIOR LEGION and CONNIE MACK TRAVEL PLAYERS
    The Junior Legion will conduct tryouts in accordance with the Spring Tryout Schedule.  Connie Mack turnout this spring has been encouraging, and our forecast is that LowerMac Baseball will field a Connie Mack team this spring.  Connie Mack and Senior Legion travel team may conduct tryouts – depending upon the final number of players registered at each level.   If you are registered for these travel teams you will be contacted by the coach regarding the upcoming season, and the time and locations of tryouts and practices. If tryouts are held, players released from the travel team will be eligible to participate in the appropriate PYL level.
  • CUTS
    At the individual travel coaches’ discretion, some players may be released from the travel program and back into the Intramural program after the first weekend of tryouts or after any subsequent tryout session. You will be informed in person or promptly by email if you are released from the travel program.
  • PARKING
    Church Lane:  No parking will be permitted in the Church Lane Large parking lot (the lot nearest the snack stand and large field). This space will be used for tryout stations. No exceptions.
    Emmaus High School turf field:  The EHS turf field is located directly behind (east) of the football stadium.  Use the parking lots next to the high school off of Pine Street.  It’s a short walk across the football practice field to the gate to access the turf field (used by EHS for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse).
    St. Luke's:  Parking is available in the front lot or right side lot nearest Cetronia road. 
  • EQUIPMENT
    Players are encouraged to bring their own gear if they own it: gloves, bats, helmets, hats.  Players must wear protective cups.  Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
    Footwear:  Sneakers only for indoor workouts at St. Lukes.  For outdoor workouts on the turf at Emmaus High School plan on using sneakers only.  For outdoor workouts at Church Lane, bring both cleats and sneakers – some tryout drill stations may be conducted in parking lots.
  • CANCELLATIONS
    If tryout sessions are cancelled due to weather or field playability, you will be notified as soon as possible and always at least one hour prior to the start of the session.  Check email and the LowerMac Baseball website for updates.  If you do not receive an update, then the tryout session will be held as planned.
  • CONFLICTS
    If you have a pending conflict with one or more of the proposed evaluation dates, please contact your League Coordinator directly. To do so, refer to the LowerMac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for contact information under each league description.
  • INDOOR TRYOUT REQUIREMENTS
    Indoor tryout sessions will be held at the St. Luke's West End Human & Sports Performance Center located at 501 Cetronia Road near Route 309 and Tilghman Street.  This state-of-the-art indoor facility features a batting cage and large indoor turf areas for baseball activities.  If you have not already done so, you will be required to complete a registration form [send previously] and submit it on your first visit to the facility.  If you completed a form as part of your participation in the LowerMac Baseball Winter Workouts, you do not need to complete another. 
    NEW ENTRANCE POLICY:  St. Luke's has instructed us to use the side entrance (facing Cetronia road) for all LowerMac Baseball indoor tryouts.  Submit your registration form and sign in at the desk in the side entrance lobby.  Players will then be escorted by coaches to the Way Back turf area.  Parents are not permitted on the gym floor or in the training area, but are welcome to wait in the Parent room located adjacent to the side lobby.
INTRAMURAL BASEBALL
PYL AMERICAN DIVISION TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE

FAQ:  Attendance – who should attend?
  • All players currently registered for the Spring 2017 Intramural Program: Intramural A, Intramural AA, and Intramural AAA.
  • Players currently registered for and trying out for travel teams who are not selected to those teams. Specifically, all players released from their travel teams prior to 18 March are required to attend the Intramural player evaluation days; players released from the:
    • Biddy team           attend Intramural A evaluations
    • Midget team         attend Intramural AA evaluations
    • Knee Hi team       attend Intramural AAA evaluations
  • If you have a pending conflict with one or more of the proposed evaluation dates, please contact your League Coordinator directly. To do so, refer to the LowerMac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for contact information under each league description.
FAQ:  How will LowerMac Baseball conduct its selection of the players be selected for the PYL AMERICAN and PYL NATIONAL Divisions?
  • After our Travel Program team rosters have been finalized, all remaining registered players within each age group are required to attend the PYL tryouts conducted by LowerMac Baseball for placement onto PYL American and PYL National rosters.
  • Generally, at each age group, player evaluations are for all players, based on hitting, infield and outfield fielding and throwing, and pitching and catching evaluations for players interested in those positions. Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the LowerMac program. All players are graded on a 1-5 scale in each skill category using criteria established by LowerMac Baseball.
  • Based on the outcome of the Intramural Biddy and Intramural Midget evaluations, the top twelve (12) players in each age group will play in the PYL American Division for 2017.  All PYL Knee Hi players will be placed on a PYL American Knee Hi team. 
  • Players not assigned to PYL American Biddy or Midget teams will be drafted onto PYL National team rosters [and new PYL Knee Hi players will be drafted onto PYL Knee Hi American teams] via a player draft conducted by the LowerMac Baseball League coordinator and League coaches.  Player drafts will be conducted in accordance with LowerMac baseball’s policies on the Intramural Draft and Returning Player policies (players return to their previous team/coach if they are returning to the same age category). See the website Administration section for full details.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE regarding LowerMac’s Returning Player Policy:  If you are a returning player this Spring 2017 and do not wish to be assigned to your returning group of Spring 2016 players and coaches, please notify LowerMac baseball @ baseball@lmya.org.  Upon approval, these players will re-enter the league draft and be selected to another team.
FAQ regarding the Parkland Youth League (PYL)

Beginning Spring 2017, all teams in LowerMac Baseball’s Intramural program (ex Majors) will compete in either the Parkland Youth League’s American or National Divisions, and LowerMac Baseball will not field teams in the Upper & Lower Macungie League (ULMK).  

LowerMac Baseball conducts an on-going evaluation of our program and the options available to us to best serve the development of the young baseball players in our organization.  The decision to exit our long-standing affiliation with ULMK was based on our assessment of (i) the benefits of having all of our players under one program, with options for cross-rostering players between PYL American & National teams, and (ii) the relative depth and strength of teams competing in each league.  As part of considering where to play, we want to provide our players with a chance to compete against the best teams in the Lehigh Valley.  Our program values the spirited competition between our natural rivalries with geographic neighbors in Parkland and Emmaus, and this move preserves those rivalries

FAQ:  Why does LowerMac baseball participate in both the PYL American and National Divisions?

Our decision to participate in both Divisions was based on striking a balance between more instructional focused baseball versus a more competitive brand of baseball with a more challenging set of rules, and taking into consideration our strong program, and the depth of talent across our organization. 
In general, the PYL American Division is more competitive, and teams will play a more advanced set of baseball rules at each age group and focus on a higher degree of competitiveness than in the PYL National Division.  For example, (i) the introduction of leads, base stealing, pick-off moves, and reducing from four outfielders to three will occur at an earlier age in PYL American than in PYL National. 
The PYL American Division also permits the double-rostering of a limited number of travel and tournament players onto its rosters with those players being subject to certain pitching restrictions.  Double-rostering of PYL National players onto PYL American teams is permitted and will be done at the discretion of the LowerMac Baseball coaches based on team needs.
Click here for the PYL Rules page and here for the ULMK Rules page 

FAQ:  How will LowerMac Baseball participate in the PYL and CWL leagues this year?

For this spring season LowerMac Intramural teams will participate in the PYL Divisions as indicated in the table below.  The final number of teams we field will be determined based upon registration totals in each age group **
Level
League
8-10 YR old
Biddy
11-12 YR old
Midget
13-15 YR old
Knee Hi
16+ Yr old
Majors
  PYL AMERICAN 1-2 1 5 0
  PYL NATIONAL 3-4 2+ 0 0
  CWL 0 0 0 1
 

LowerMac Baseball Equipment Information

LOWERMAC BASEBALL EQUIPMENT

LowerMac baseball provides shirts, socks, and hats for each player participating in the Instructional and Intramural programs, and provides uniforms for Travel Program players (an additional $25 fee is charged for travel team participants to cover the uniform expense).  LowerMac Baseball also provides catching gear, batting helmets, game and practice baseballs.  Players can use their own gear if they prefer to do so.

Players will need: (i) their own baseball gloves, (ii) to wear their own baseball pants (LowerMac Baseball is standardizing on gray colored pants; Travel Program players are issued pants), (iii) to wear non-metal cleats, and (iv) to wear an athletic supporter with cup for all practices and games (see individual League guidelines for specific rules).  

LOWERMAC BASEBALL BAT REQUIREMENTS and GUIDELINES
 
In recent seasons most players have begun to use their own baseball bats and as such, these guidelines are provided to assist families in understanding baseball bat regulations, terminology, and what to consider when purchasing a bat.  LowerMac Baseball does maintain an inventory of used bats available for players to use if you choose not to purchase your own bat; if you would like to use a LowerMac Baseball bat, please contact your coach.

Baseball bat rules have been evolving over the past few years at all levels of youth baseball, with player safety as the ultimate objective.  Bat technology has developed to the point where the speeds at which a hit baseball travels can be excessive and unsafe as deemed by several sanctioning organizations. LowerMac Baseball has been closely monitoring these developments and adopts the equipment requirements as dictated by the Leagues in which we compete. We understand that there will be some inconvenience and potential cost to families, and we don’t take this lightly, but player safety is an issue we can’t ignore.


The following are the rules regarding bats for the 2013 season. It is important that you identify what division and league the player will play in to know which rule will apply. Please note that travel teams will play in various tournaments throughout the year, which are governed by their own rules. The bat restrictions typically follow those of the host league, and although they are often similar among travel leagues, they can vary from your local league rules. Your manager will notify you of any variance.  
 
LEAGUE
Softball bats are not allowed in any league 
MAXIMUM
BARREL
DIAMETER
MAXIMUM
BAT
LENGTH
WEIGHT TO LENGTH RATIO
(DROP or MINUS)
 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
 Pee Wee
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 Coaches Pitch
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 Rookie
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 INTRAMURAL PROGRAM [only bats stamped USSSA BPF 1.15 or BBCOR logo are legal]
 PYL Biddy
 2 5/8 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 PYL Midget
 2 5/8 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 PYL Knee Hi
 2 5/8 inches
 36 inches
 no lighter than -8
 [CWL] Majors
 2 5/8 inches
 36 inches
 no lighter than -3
 TRAVEL PROGRAM
 BIDDY
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 MIDGET
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 KNEE HI
 2 3/4 inches
 No restrictions
 no lighter than -8
 CONNIE MACK
 2 5/8 inches
 36 inches
 no lighter than -3
 JUNIOR LEGION
 SENIOR LEGION
WOOD BATS MUST BE USED. BATS MUST MEET THE SPECIFICATIONS LISTED IN RULE 1.10a-c OF THE “OFFICIAL RULES OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.”  click here to review MLB Rule 1.10a-c
 
 2.61 inches
 42 inches
 


Composite and wood baseball bats are approved for all Leagues except Junior and Senior Legion.  The Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League has posted a list of banned bats on its website - to review it click here.

Any bat that is not a single piece of wood with a weight differential of (-3) must meet current NFHS (BBCOR) standards and must be properly marked with the BBCOR logo. The logo must be (one-inch rectangular and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color to read BBCOR *50). No aluminum or composite bat without the BBCOR logo is legal beginning Jan. 1, 2012. If the bat should have both BESR and BBCOR logos, the bat is legal.  Click here for a definition of the bat performance standards.


BAT WEIGHT AND WEIGHT TO LENGTH RATIO

Most bats are measured in inches lengthwise and weighed in ounces,and manufacturers have done a great job in balancing the bat's weight to its length. The weight differential (or drop, or minus) refers to the difference between the length of the bat (in inches) and the weight of the bat (in ounces).   It is always shown as a minus number and the higher the weight drop, the lighter the bat (if the length is the same). Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -4, -6, etc.  
  • For example, a 28” bat with a -10 drop weighs 18 oz.
  • Bats used in the Instructional program often have weight differentials in the -10 to -12 range.  As players grow stronger, they generally begin to use heaveir bats with a decreasing weight differential.
Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors: the players strength and hitting style. It also depends to a degree on personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:
  • Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of both the heft and swing power
  • Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing
  • Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat increases control: great for singles hitters, while also reducing the risk of injury