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2017 Spring Intramural Program [DRAFT]

The LowerMac Intramural program is focused on continuing to enhance baseball skills while introducing competition and teamwork. Skill development includes familiarizing the player with the fundamental aspects of the game, including fielding different positions, hitting, pitching, catching and base running.  The LowerMac Intramural program begins in third grade and extends through high school.  The Intramural program is competitive baseball, but less competitive than the Travel program.

Parkland Youth Leagues (PYL)

Intramural teams compete in the Parkland Youth League (PYL).    Within the Parkland Youth League, we field teams in the American and National Divisions.  The American Division is more competitive baseball than the National Division, with slightly more advanced rules regarding pitching, basestealing, and outfield play.  PYL American division players will be selected according to how the players rank in the spring evaluations.  The remaining players will be selected for PYL National Division teams. 

Intramural Program Player Evaluations

Player evaluations are conducted in March for placement onto teams (see individual Leagues for details; click here for a preliminary March schedule). Generally, 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.  Players are graded on a 1-5 scale in each skill category using criteria established by LowerMac Baseball.  Based on the outcome of the evaluations, players will be placed on teams via a player draft conducted by the LowerMac League coordinator and League coaches.  Since the player draft is utilized to balance relative team strength and competitiveness, LowerMac Baseball Intramural coordinators cannot accommodate parent requests for specific player pairings or assignment of player to specific teams or coaches.  

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here
PYL Biddy

In the first three years of Intramural program eligibility (3rd, 4th, 5th grades) LowerMac baseball offers players an option of participating in one of three different leagues. The PYL Biddy American and National divisions are part of our Intramural program, while the LVLBL Biddy League is part of our Travel program (more details about the LVLBL Biddy League are found below under the Travel Program).

PYL Division:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Craig Coenen (email)
Coaches: PYL American Red Team head coach is TBA; National division coaches are TBA
Eligibility: Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade (if 10 years old before May 1)
Practices: begin early April; generally once per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; one to three games per week; schedule established by PYL
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from mound to plate
Home Field:  American: Quarry Lane field #2;   National:  Quarry Lane Field #2 (primary) & Church Lane Small(as needed)
Away Fields:  travel within Lehigh County for away games
The number of LowerMac teams competing in the PYL American and PYL National Divisons is dependent upon the number players signed up for Biddy-level ball, but generally we field one to two teams in the PYL American division and the balance play in the National division.  Player evaluations are conducted to assess players abilities and attempt to identify PYL American division players who are best able to compete in a league with more advanced rules, from players we determine as being better served in the PYL National division for further skill development or safety concerns.  Players not selected for PYL American will automatically be assigned to PYL National.
MOVING FROM BIDDY BASEBALL TO MIDGET BASEBALL:  ELIGIBILITY DETAILS 

As players move into and beyond fifth grade, the criteria for eligibility changes from grade-based to age-based to comply with the age-based date of 1 May dictated by the PYL and Lehigh Valley Little Baseball (LVLBL) Leagues. The switch from grade-based to age-based eligibility criteria impacts players as they move from Biddy (8-10 yr old) to Midget (11-12 yr old).  Biddy players will participate at these levels for either two or three years depending upon their 11th birthday. Players turning 11 before 1 May are only eligible for Midget baseball; players turning 11 after 1 May are only eligible for Biddy baseball and return to either the PYL or LVLBL Leagues for a third year.

PYL Midget

PYL Division:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Jason Geist (email)
Coaches: PYL American Red Team head coach is TBA; National division coaches are TBA
Eligibility: 11 and 12 years old (must turn 11 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 13 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late-June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL 
Fields:  American & National teams play on Quarry Lane Field #3 for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from mound to plate
PYL Knee Hi

PYL Division:  all PYL Knee Hi teams play in the American division
Coordinator:  Eric Kahler (email)
PYL Head Coaches: To Be Announced
Eligibility: 13, 14, and 15 years old (must turn 13 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL
Fields:  Quarry #4 Field for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  80' bases; 54' from mound to plate

[Central Whitehall League] Majors Level

Division:  LowerMac Baseball is evauating participating in the Central Whitehall League for Spring 2017
Coordinator:  Brian Horton (email)
PYL Head Coach: Brian Horton; TBA for a second team (if required)
Eligibility: 16, 17, and 18 years old (must turn 16 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 19 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late-June; one to three games per week; schedule established the [CWL]
Fields:  East Texas Large for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate
Evaluations:  no player evaluations for Majors

Spring 2017 Travel Program

The Travel program is the most competitive of the LowerMac baseball programs.  Players who participate on Travel teams are selected according to their relative performance during a series of structured tryouts that take place during March. Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the LowerMac program on hitting, infield and outfield fielding and throwing.  Pitching and catching tryouts are conducted for players interested in those positions.  Players that do not make a Travel Team are placed in the Intramural Program at the appropriate age/grade level.

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).  

Practices begin in March immediately after the teams are selected, weather permitting.  Click here for a preliminary March schedule.

Acceptance of a position on Travel teams requires full commitment from the players and parents.  All players selected to a Travel team must make baseball their primary sport and LowerMac Travel teams their primary team commitment for the season, for both practices and games. 

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here

Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League

The Lehigh Valley Baseball League is a highly competitive brand of baseball, with teams composed of youth organizations from Lehigh and Northampton counties.
 
Click here for the LV Little Baseball League site for more details on Biddy, Midget, and Knee Hi Leagues

Biddy Red Team

Head Coach:  Ron Rohlson (email)
Eligibility:  Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade (cannot turn 11 before 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; committment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 games schedule established by the LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from mound to plate

Midget Red Team

Head Coach:  Jason Geist (email)
Eligibility:  11 and 12 years old (must turn 11 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 13 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; committment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 game schedule established by LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from mound to plate

Knee Hi Red Team

Head Coach:  Tony Viola (email)
Eligibility:  13 and 14 years old (must turn 13 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 15 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; committment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 game schedule established by LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  80' bases; 53' 6" from mound to plate


Lehigh Valley Junior Legion Baseball League

Head Coach:  TBA
Eligibility:  14 and 15 years old (must turn 14 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May)
Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on roster; committment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games
Games:  season starts after HS season is over (mid/late May) and ends mid-July or early August (playoffs); 18-22 game schedule
Fields:  Church Lane High School Field for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate

Click here for the Junior Legion site for more details


Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League

Head Coach:  TBA
Eligibility:  15 and 16 years old (must turn 15 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 17 prior to 1 May)
Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on roster; committment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games
Games:  season starts after HS season is over (mid/late May) and ends mid-July or early August (playoffs); 22-24 game schedule
Fields:  East Texas Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate

Click here for the Connie Mack site for more details


Lehigh Valley Senior Legion Baseball League

Coordinator:  Jeff Smith (email)
Eligibility:  16, 17, and 18 years old (must turn 16 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 19 prior to 1 January 2017)
Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on roster; committment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games
Games:  season starts after HS season is over (mid/late May) and ends mid-July or early August (playoffs); 18-22 game schedule
Fields:  Church Lane High School Field for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate
 

The LV Senior Legion League has residency restrictions that determine whether players are eligible to play for Emmaus Baseball or LowerMac Baseball teams.  These restrictions are revised, based on the outcome of the most recent US census, to reflect the changing population concentration within the region.  As of 2012, Senior Legion players who reside in the Boroughs of Emmaus, Alburtis, and Macungie must register for the Emmaus Travel program (this residency restriction is specific to Borough boundaries, and not mailing addresses) .  If you reside elsewhere within the East Penn School District, you must register for the LowerMac Baseball program.  Each program will conduct its team try-outs and players released from one program may become eligible to join the other program irrespective of residency.



Click here for the Senior Legion site for more details

Spring Instructional Program

The LowerMac Instructional program is a player’s first opportunity to play organized baseball in spring. The program consists of three leagues: Pee Wee (for kindergartners), Coaches Pitch (for first graders), and Rookie (for second graders). The primary focus is for the players to have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of the game. 

Each league in the Instructional program consist of about 4-8 teams, with the number of teams dependent upon the number of players signed up. There are no player evaluations. LowerMac Baseball attempts to keep players together on the same team throughout the Instructional program. All games are played against other LMYA teams and are played at the same field.

For a comparison of how each of these Instructional leagues differ, click here for a summary table

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here
 

Pee Wee League

Coordinator:  TBA -- Pee Wee Head Coach volunteers are engouraged to volunteer as the Pee Wee League Coordinator
Eligibility:  Kindergarten 

To be eligible to begin play in the LowerMac baseball program, players must have turned five years old on or before 12 September 2016, currently be enrolled in kindergarten, and planning to enroll in first grade in the fall of 2017. Players that do not meet these criteria are not eligible to register for baseball this spring.

Practices:  begin early April on Saturdays before the season begins; none during the season
Games:  begin late April or early May and continue through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-2P)
Fields:  Schoeneck Field
Diamond:  60' bases; no set distance from mound to plate

LowerMac Baseball's philosophy is to start players out batting against live pitching rather than hitting from a tee.  While we use the batting tee as an instructonal tool, practice and games will be centered on coaches soft-toss pitching to batters from a kneeling position at a comfortable distance from the plate.  In the field, the focus is on elementary thowing mechanics and basic fielding.
 
Coaches Pitch League

Coordinator:  John Schadler (email)
Eligibility:  First Grade
Practices:  begin early April; one day per week (schedule determined in late March by League Coordinator)
Games:  begin late April through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Kindergarten Center
Diamond:  60' bases; 38'-40' from mound to plate

Young players' second year is one with continued focus on the basics of hitting, baserunning, throwing, fielding, and making plays.  Coaches continue to pitch to batters, but move back to just in front of the mound and generally throw with increasing speed.
 
 
Rookie League

Coordinator:  Tom Strencosky (email)
Eligibility:  Second Grade
Practices:  begin early April; one day per week (schedule determined in late March by League Coordinator)
Games:  begin late April through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Orchard Field
Diamond:  60' bases; 42' from mound to plate

Rookie League is an important transition year in the LowerMac Instructional program as baseball changes from coaches pitching to batters (in April and early May) to kids pitching to batters (from mid-May onward).  This is also the first year that kids catch behind the plate.  Both pitching and catching skills are strongly emphasized during the first six weeks of the season to prepare teams for the kids pitch portion of the season.