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            LS Baseball Summer Offerings: Bay State and Jimmy Fund

Bay State Baseball 2016

Bay State is a highly competitive and rewarding summer baseball program!

LS Baseball Bay State baseball teams play against teams from over 50 Massachusetts cities and towns.  Participation on these teams requires a significant time commitment, but the experience is rewarding!

Player Eligibility and Teams

LS Baseball Bay State baseball is for players of age 9-12, with age determined as of April 30th, 2016. For 2016, the LS Baseball Bay State teams and managers are:

  • A70 Team (Al Fordiani): 6th graders, and League Age 12 7th graders.
  • B Team (Marc Spector): 5th graders, and League Age 11 6th graders who are not selected for the A Team.
  • C Red Team (Tom Greene/Bob Haarde): 4th graders, and League Age 10 5th graders who are not selected for the B Team.
  • D Red Team (Jared Butson): 3rd graders, who are age 9 as of April 30th, 2016.
  • If the numbers allow we will consider 2 teams at the 7th/6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd grade levels for 2016. We wanted all parents to be aware of this prior to selection of the teams/tryouts.

 

Note: “League Age” means that the player is XX years old as of April 30th, 2016.

Commitment

In deciding whether or not to try out for Bay State, players and their families should carefully consider the extent of the time commitment required.  Please read the following for information.

The A70 Division for 6th and 7th graders (Intermediate Division that we are playing in the spring) will play one round this summer; however we have added a couple more games and a neutral site weekend this year.

Game Dates: 6/29, 7/1, 7/6, 7/8, 7/11, 7/13, 7/16 (neutral site), 7/17 (neutral site), 7/20, 7/22, 7/25, 7/27, 7/29, 8/1, 8/3.  Tournament of Champions to follow. 

B Division will now play a 2 Round Format.  Games will begin Tuesday June 28th and end the first week in August.  The Tournament of Champions will be the 2nd week in August.  Semi Finals and Finals will be the 2nd weekend in August.   First round divisions will be based on geography.  Second round will be based on team strength. 

Game Dates: Rd1:  6/28, 6/30, 7/2, 7/5, 7/7, 7/9, 7/10, 7/12, 7/14 Trophy Weekend: 7/16, 7/17

Rd 2: 7/19, 7/21, 7/23, 7/26, 7/28, 7/30, 7/31, 8/2, 8/4.  Trophy Weekend 8/6, 8/7

There were a few reasons for the change.  Having two (3) week rounds gives teams more flexibility than three (two) week rounds.  Teams needing to reschedule games for district conflicts will have more open dates to reschedule now.  Second, the new format gives players and parents more time off.  The first Saturday of each round will be a home/away (not neutral site) game scheduled at 10am.  The next day (Sunday) will be a scheduled off day.  This will allow teams to play a local game Saturday morning and then not have another game until Tuesday night.  The new format also allows us to finish the regular season the first week in August and the playoffs the 2nd week.  This allows everyone to have plenty of summer left after baseball. 

The C Division (10s) will remain the same.  The D Division (9s) will now follow the same schedule as the C Division.  Two (6) game rounds.

Game Dates: Rd 1: 6/29, 7/2, 7/6, 7/9, 7/11, 7/13 Trophy Weekend: 7/16, 7/17

Rd 2: 7/23, 7/25, 7/27, 7/30, 8/1, 8/3 Trophy Weekend: 8/7, 8/7

Games are scheduled both mid-week (5:30 pm or 7:30 pm) and on weekends at 10:00 am or later.  Pre-game warm-ups will be significant...often 1 hour (for home games) or 2 hours (for away games) before game times.  Home games and most practices are held at the Featherland Field Complex.  These are general guidelines, but the obligations may vary from week to week. The second team if chosen may follow this schedule or have a lesser overall commitment.

In addition to player commitments, team parents will be expected to volunteer for snack shack duty and field preparation duties at mid-week games and during Tournament and Host weekend events.  The snack shack must be staffed and open for all Featherland home games.

Registration Fees

All players who register for Bay State will pay a registration fee as follows; $650 for A and B, $500 for C and D. Please note that no child will be refused a spot on the team due to financial reasons.  If a family needs relief for a fee, then that family should simply contact LS Baseball.  LS Baseball keeps all requests highly confidential, as only the League Admin. and President are included in the decision-making process for relief, and no supporting info is requested to make such decisions.  If your child is not placed on a Bay State team, then he/she will be placed on a Jimmy Fund League team and refunded the difference in the registration fees.

Tryouts

The teams are selected based on tryouts and spring season performance.  Players will be evaluated by a group of experienced managers and coaches on fielding, pitching, hitting, and speed.  Players should come prepared for a rigorous tryout. 

Tryouts for Bay State 2016 will be on Saturday, June 4th, at Lower Featherland Center:

4th graders: 8:00 am – 10:30 am

3rd graders: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

5th graders:   1:30 pm -  4:00 pm

6th/7th graders: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

More Information

Please go to www.baystatebaseball.com for further details about the Bay State Baseball Program.  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Walsh at or at 508.735.8165.

Finally if you are thinking of having your daughter/son try out, please sign up as soon as possible as this will allow for the committee to better plan for the season and the possibility of two teams and also give the managers an opportunity to watch your player in game action leading up to the tryout. The fee is not due until later, even if you register now.

We look forward to seeing your child on SATURDAY June 4th!

The LS Bay State Baseball Committee

 

Jimmy Fund Baseball 2016

2016 Summer Jimmy Fund Little League Program Information

This summer Lincoln-Sudbury Youth Baseball will once again participate in the Jimmy Fund Little League Program, an inter-town summer baseball league run by our local Little League District.  The program offers players a fun, competitive summer baseball experience with a lower time commitment and intensity level than the Bay State program.  Teams play against other LS teams, as well as against Weston, Wayland, Assabet Valley (Maynard and Stowe), and Concord/Carlisle.

Details on the League:

  • The program is open to all current 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and Little League-eligible 7th graders who are interested.  There are no try-outs.  Teams are balanced based on player ability as evidenced from the spring season. 
  • As has been the case in the past, 2nd graders will play in the Farm Division, and 3rd and 4th graders will play in the Minors Division. 
  • New for 2016, the majors division will play on the 50/70 field.  For 6th grade (and  7th graders who are age 12 as of April 30, 2016), this will provide continuity with the spring program.  For 5th graders, the summer league will provide a preview of the 6th grade 50/70 experience.
  • The Registration fee is $175. The deadline to register is June 12th.
  • Practices will occur the week of June 20th, and games will start the week of June 27th.  The last week of the season will be the week of July 25th.
  • The schedule of games will be: 
    • Farm League: Mondays and Thursdays
    • Minor League: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternate Fridays
    • Major League: Mondays, Wednesdays, and alternate Fridays.  Note that the majors schedule may flex somewhat due to 50/70 field availability
  • All games and practices will be during the week – no weekends.  Generally, games will start between 5:30 and 6:00 and run about two hours.  Minors will have some 7:30 pm games at Featherland under the lights.  Coaches typically ask their teams to be at the fields 30-45 minutes prior to first pitch. 
  • We are committed to keeping travel to a minimum.
  • While the commitment is less than what is required by Bay State, we do ask each player to commit to being present for 75% of the games.  Teams will be larger than spring teams to ensure a full squad for each game.
  • Players that will not be able to commit to being at 75% of the games may sign up (at no cost) for a “replacement pool” – players that may be called on to fill in for players that have to miss a particular game.
  • When registering, we ask parents to include detailed comments about their child’s availability.  We do our best to ensure that the teams are structured such that vacations on each team are staggered, helping ensure that we have enough players to play each game. 
  • The program being offered is contingent upon having enough parent managers and coaches. 
  • Teams will have the option of conducting fundraising for the Jimmy Fund during the season.  The League awards prizes to the teams that raise the most money.  All teams will wear Jimmy Fund baseball hats.

For more information please contact Chris Andrysiak at: