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Midlothian Amateur Baseball Association

Midlothian Amateur Baseball Association

FAQ/Information

What seasons does MABA offer for baseball? 
MABA offers a spring and fall baseball season.  Spring registration is typically open from January 1st- February 1st.  Teams are formed in mid February and practices begin.  Games will usually begin mid March and should be completed by June.  Fall Registration is usually the end of July -  end of August.  Teams are formed and Practice begin at the beginning of September.  Games begin mid September and run until Thanksgiving.  We do not currently offer a summer season.  

What age groups are available? 
We offer leagues for 4U-14U in a traditional recreation league and 8U-14U in our RISE league.  In the past we have had a combined leagues with Waxahachie Youth Baseball for 13U/14U and 15-18U, and plan to continue this.  For questions regarding USSSA playing age please use this link for their "age calculator".   Please note that USSSA calendar begins on August 1 of each year.  The Fall season is considered the "move up" season in which players will be playing in their new age group.  Remember for fall, the playing age cutoff is May 1 of the following year.  https://www.usssa.com/baseball/ageCalculator

What are player evaluations?
Player evaluations are not a tryout. Players attend a Saturday session, typically the first Saturday after registration closes. Evaluations consist of 5 rotations that include throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, and running.  Players are given scores that are used to build and balance teams during the draft.  The goals is to create competitive leagues and teams of parity.  Loaner equipment is available for evaluations (bats and gloves). 
 
What does my player need?
MABA provides each team with game balls, helmets, and catching equipment. Teams select their own uniforms. Players and parents are responsible for providing uniform items, cleats, gloves, and bats.  Please contact MABA directly if you are in need of any assistance.  

Why is age based on May 1st? 
The fall season is considered to be an instructional season or introductory season.  The age is based on the spring age because the spring/summer seasons are considered to be the actual season of play. Therefore players move up in the fall to be introduced to the division they will play the following spring (and why age is based on the following spring after August 1).   

When are games played?  
Teams playing in the traditional recreation (drafted) league will play most of their games on Saturday.  If needed we may also play games on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.  Teams playing in our RISE league will have the majority of games on Tuesday or Thursday.  All games are played at Jaycee Park, 1711 Meadow Ln, Midlothian, TX.  

When are practices and how are the days determined?   
Practice times are drafted by each head coach the night of the player draft.  Each team is able to pick two practices times at Jaycee Park.  Coaches may also elect to choose a site other than Jaycee Park (such as a park or school playground) but that is not coordinated by MABA. 

What is the RISE league? 
The RISE league is a competitive league made up of teams who already have a complete roster (tryouts or returning players).  Teams playing in RISE have typically been together for several seasons and do not need to draft players to fill a roster.  This would be considered a "AA" division where as traditional recreation leagues would be considered "A".  

How do I get on a RISE team? 
RISE team typically hold tryouts that are advertised through the MABA facebook page.  Many RISE coaches also attend player evaluations to invite players to fill any remaining roster spots prior to the draft.  Parents can indicate their interest in a RISE team during the registration process.  

How are teams formed? 
Once registration is complete and players attend the evaluation day, teams are formed by a draft process at the coach's meeting.  Only coaches and assistant coaches need to attend the coach's meeting. Coaches of a RISE team must also attend to draft a practice time. Coaches will contact parents in the days following the draft to notify of team uniforms, practice times, and other specifics.   Parents are able to indicate if they wish to return to their previous team during registration, this is only a request not a guarantee. 

Does MABA provide uniforms? 
Uniforms are only provided for our 4U division.  Currently uniforms are not included in the registration price for any division 5U and up. Once teams are drafted coaches will provide pricing and information on uniforms.  

Does MABA select players for All-Stars? 

We hope to begin All-Star selections soon!

What playing rules does MABA follow? 
We follow the USSSA baseball playing rules.  In some leagues there may be additional MABA specific game and field play rules. 

What is USSSA?

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports, including Baseball, Fast Pitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer, and more.For more information, visit www.USSSA.com
 
USSSA Classifications
Majors- Highest skill classification made up of elite players usually selected from a larger region.
AAA-Teams created form the more talented players often selected from multiple communities. Higher skill level than AA.
AA- Entry level selected teams. These teams play in their own AA league/tournaments. (Typically from a single community.)
All-Stars-teams selected from the better players of a single Drafted league. They play in their own division in tournaments and are eligible to participate in the All-Star World Series.
A-Community based Drafted Recreational teams. All of these teams are part of a local city league.

Bat Size and Stamp Rules
**
Small Barrel Baseball Bat Rules (2¼” or less)
• Have the new permanent USSSA mark on its taper OR 
• Be a Wood Bat 
Both of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee

**Big Barrel Bat Rules (2⅝” or 2¾”) – 14U & Below 
Effective January 1, 2012 
• Have the new permanent USSSA Mark on its taper OR 
• Be a Qualified BBCOR bat
 OR 
• Be a Wood Bat 
 ALL of the above must be manufactured by an approved USSSA Bat Licensee 
 This applies to ALL Big Barrel Bats, including Coach Pitch bats. 
 

Tips from MABA

1. USSSA is a more competitive association. By keeping the teams together, the teams will progress at a quicker pace than we did under Little League, Inc.

2. By adding a fall season, allows theses same teams to play more and progress quicker as well.

3. USSSA sanctioned tournaments are all around this area, nearly every weekend. Waxahachie hosts a USSSA tournament all the time. Teams are free to enter as many of the tournaments as you desire. These tournaments are broken down by age division and skill classification (A, AA, and AAA). The entry fee for these tournaments run from around $250-$400. Look to the website for a listing of sanctioned tournaments.

4. USSSA also runs a Texas State Tournament that any USSSA sanctioned team can enter. This tournament is usually held in late summer. Usually this tournament is hosted by Cedar Hill. Again, if you stay within you age division and classification, you should be competitive.

6. It is MABA’s desire to also host a USSSA tournament after our spring season is over. Hosting a tournament will be fun; it will benefit (financially) MABA as well as the business community of Midlothian. There will be an entry fee for this tournament and will be open for outsiders to enter.

7. USSSA has its own set of rules governing field size and layout, equipment (especially bats), balls, shoes, helmets, etc. A lot of the rules are changes or allowances from normal baseball rules that are age specific. Please get a copy of the rules and be familiar with them.

 

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