LMYA Baseball
 

Fall '17 Baseball Registration is Open on May 3

Register Early for Fall Baseball and Save   

Registration for LowerMac Baseball's Fall 2017 opened May 3.  Take advantage of the early registration period from 5/3 through 6/17.  Players registered during this early registration period pay the standard registration fee and avoid a $20 late registration fee, and these players are guaranteed a roster spot on a LowerMac baseball team.

See the Player participation page for Fall Baseball details and eligibility requirements.  See below for more information on LowerMac Baseball's new Fall Tournament Program for 14U and 18U players.

Provisional registration begins 18 June and extends through 31 July 2017  

Players registered during this provisional period pay an additional $20 late fee ($25 for tournament program) and are not guaranteed a roster spot.  Each provisional registrant must be approved by LowerMac Baseball based upon the number of players being able to fit onto the teams established for 2017.  Any player whose registration cannot be accommodated will be refunded in full by LMYA. 

LowerMac Baseball's New Fall Tournament Program
 
LowerMac Baseball will sponsor two fall tournament teams in 2017 for players in the 14-15U and 18U age groups.  These teams are targeted at the serious baseball player who is seeking a competitive and challenging travel baseball experience on the big field.  
 
Our tournament teams may participate in one or more of the local tournament site locations including Berkshire Baseball (at the Big Vision Sports Complex in Leesport, PA) and Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (Lehigh Valley field locations).  Additionally, the Lower Mac tournament teams may select an out-of-the-area tournament requiring travel and lodging.  Most tournaments will result in a team playing a minimum of three games and as many as 5-6 games over a weekend if the team advances to the tournament championship.  Tournaments will begin late August and wrap-up in early-to-mid-October.  Three or more weekend tournaments are forecast [dates and locations TBD].  Coaches will also schedule several mid-week games against other local tournament teams.   Between tournaments and local games, teams may play 15-20 games this fall.
 
Practices are scheduled to begin in early-August after tryouts (if required).  The overall time commitment is 3-5 days per week between practice and tournaments / games.  Both teams will use Church Lane High School Field for home games and practices.  All games and practices will be on 90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate, and players will be required to use wooden bats and may wear metal cleats. 
 
These teams are open to players within the East Penn School District.   Player selection will be based upon prior Travel Baseball experience and LowerMac Baseball tryout scores in the Spring ’17 tryouts (if applicable).  Tryouts for these teams may be conducted if registration turnout is strong, and coaches may invite, at their discretion, talented individual players from the Lehigh Valley and its surrounding areas to fill out a competitive tournament team.  
 
14-15U Tournament Team Head Coach:  Tony Viola (aviola88@yahoo.com)
Eligibility:  14-15 U targeting 14-15 years old players (currently in 8th or 9th grade for Fall 2017; must turn 14 prior to 1 May 2018; cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May 2018)

18U Tournament Team Head Coach:  Tim Hertzog (alburtis3@aol.com)
Eligibility:  18 U targeting 16, 17 and 18 years old players (must turn 16 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 18 prior to 1 May 2018)

LMYA Registration fees are targeted at $50 per player.  These fees include a team hat, and costs for game balls and field prep, along with covering LMYA player administrative costs.  Game jerseys will be provided by LowerMac Baseball.   In addition to the LMYA registration fees, each player family will be responsible for covering the cost per player to enter into the fall tournaments – each tournament will cost approximately $50-75 per player, excluding travel costs and lodging if an out-of-region tournament is scheduled.  Tournament fees will be paid by the team coach, and players will pay the team coach directly for tournament registration fees.  All in, assuming a tournament team plays five tournaments, the estimated cost per player for the fall season would be $50 (for LMYA registration) + $250-375 (for tournament registrations) = $300-425 in total (excluding travel expenses, if any).
 
If you have any questions about this new and exciting program, please contact the tournament coaches at the email provided.  
 

2017 Fall Baseball Information

Instructional

Instructional Baseball is for players in grades K-2. This is the first opportunity for players to play organized baseball within the LowerMac program, as players currently enrolled in kindergarten are eligible.  The All Stars (Kindergarten) and Coach Pitch (grades 1 & 2) time commitment, between practice and games, is two times per week, with the schedule set by LowerMac Baseball.  Practices (once per week-night determined by the coach) and games (Saturday-times may vary) are at Orchard and Schoeneck fields.

Intramural
Intramural baseball is designed for players in grades 3 through 12.  The season begins August 1; with games beginning August 15, and runs through mid-October. 


A Division-Biddy

Eligibility:  Players must be at least 3rd grade in Fall 2017, and cannot turn 10 before May 1
Committment:  Practice and games (2-3 times per week; days vary due to schedule set by the league)
Fields:  Quarry #2
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from mound to plate

AA Division-Midget

Eligibility:  Players cannot turn 12 before May 1
Committment:  Practice and games (2-3 times per week; days vary due to schedule set by the league)
Fields:  Quarry #3
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from mound to plate

AAA Division-Kneehi

Eligibility:  Players cannot turn 15 before May 1
Committment:  Practice and games (2-3 times per week; days vary due to schedule set by the league)
Fields:  Quarry #4
Diamond:  80' bases; 54' from mound to plate

Majors Division

Eligibility:  Players cannot turn 19 before May 1
Committment:  Practice and games (2-3 times per week; days vary due to schedule set by the league)
Fields:  East Texas Large
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate

PYL Eligibility Notice

Any player is eligible to play for PYL(A,AA,AAA, and Majors) until they PLAY on another team outside of PYL. If a player is double rostered on a travel or tournament team, they MUST be identified on the PYL roster as a travel player, and specific restriction will apply. 

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