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Bay State Summer Baseball Program for Ages 9-12

 

Introduction

Each summer, Framingham Baseball participates in the Bay State Baseball Tournament. The mission of Bay State Baseball is to bring together youth all-star teams from cities and towns within Massachusetts, regardless of affiliation, for highly-competitive summer baseball.  Each of the teams will compete for the coveted Tournament of Champions trophy.  Games typically begin close to July 1 and finish in early/mid-August.

Purpose

It is Framingham Baseball’s goal to provide the opportunity to participate in summer travel baseball on a very competitive level, while ensuring children have fun playing and learning more about the game they love.  Players will participate in 1-2 practices per week where coaches will teach them about the various aspects of the game of baseball by working with them to refine and improve both their physical and mental baseball skills.

Format

This is a very competitive league that covers four age-groups, ages 9 – 12 (age is as of April 30 of that year).

The A-70 and D divisions are single round tournaments. The A-60 (NOTE: As of now FBL does not plan on having an A60 team in this program), B and C divisions are multi-round mini-tournaments.  The commissioners will re-balance the competition after each round across the various teams for parity. Teams accumulate points throughout the summer season for the opportunity to play in the final Tournament of Champions. The final weekend of baseball is a festive occasion that usually includes skills competitions (e.g. home run derby), cookouts and great baseball.

Bay State Baseball is considered travel baseball. Teams typically play 3-4 games per week – one home weekday, one away weekday and 1-2 weekend games (A-60, B and C divisions only). In order to introduce the boys and girls to tournament baseball, many weekend games are at neutral sites that will host upwards of 25-30 games throughout the day.  Framingham will typically host at least one of these neutral site weekends during the summer.

Tryouts

Framingham Baseball will announce and hold tryouts each spring for interested players. Players will be evaluated on a number of aspects which cuts across both baseball physical skill and knowledge. 12 players will be chosen to make each team’s core roster and there will be a call-up list as well (number of players to be determined by the team head coach). Those players on the call-up roster are encouraged to play in Framingham’s in-town summer league, but will be eligible to practice with the Bay State team all summer.  There are no guaranteed roster spots for previous players on prior Bay State teams.

Commitment

In deciding whether or not to try out for Bay State Baseball, players and their families should consider the extent of the time commitment required.  The goal of this program is to ensure that each coach can field the best team possible and that there are enough players available for each game.  Bay State players will be expected to work vacations around the season schedule as best as possible and clearly communicate any prolonged vacations (1 week or more) TO THE COACH AT TRYOUTS.  Preferably, no vacation would be planned during the Tournament of Champions which takes place during the second and third week of August.  Framingham Baseball realizes that everyone’s circumstances are different during the summer related to vacations, camps, etc. If you are aware of potential conflicts, then please contact the appropriate coach at tryouts.

Registration

Players MUST register for in-town baseball PRIOR TO BEING ABLE TO TRYOUT for any Bay State team. Players that are selected for the bay State program will then pay the fee difference upon acceptance of being on the team.

Information   

For more information or any questions on the Bay State summer program, please refer to the Bay State Baseball web site (http://www.baystatebaseball.com/index.asp) or contact Mike Milewski (mikemilewski@comcast.net).

Tryouts are tentatively scheduled for May 30/31 and June 6 and/or 7. Times and fields will be updated soon.

Bay State Summer Coaches

If you are interested in coaching one of the 2015 Bay State Baseball summer teams, please fill out the attached application and return it to Mike Milewski ( ) by no later than May 23.  Coaching decisions will be made the last week of May prior to the first tryouts scheduled for the weekend of May 30.  Please contact Mike with any questions at 508-873-5228.

Thank you,

FBL


by Mike Phipps posted 05/11/2015
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