Frequently Answered Questions

Frequently Answered Questions

Q. What are the different Divisions and when do practices and games occur for each Division?

A. Instructional (5 and 6 year olds)

The Instructional division is for players who will be 5 or 6 years old by August 31st 2020. Teams will have one Practice/Game per week. All players shall bat and play defense each inning of the game, which projects to be roughly 3 innings. Batters will learn advanced skills via a transitional program which begins with hitting off of a tee, followed by several weeks of soft toss pitch. The focus shall be on developing additional skills to assist players with their transition to full coach pitch at the next level, while still providing full participation and ensuring the players have fun.

Please note that we do not honor requests to "play up".

Games/Practices sessions Scheduled for Sundays start after April vacation and go to mid-June.

B. Rookie Division (7 year olds)

The Rookie Division is a developmental league for players who will be 7 by August 31st 2020. The emphasis is on skill development, with coaches pitching during the season either with underhand soft-toss or overhand pitching from 30ft – 40ft from home plate. Outs are counted for the first time and 10 players are fielded on defense, a full infield, a catcher, a player playing the pitcher position and up to 4 outfielders.

Please note that we do not honor requests to "play up".

The regular season will consist of two games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games start after April vacation and are played on Sundays (times will vary) and Weeknights (5:30pm) until mid-June.  Pre-season practices will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays. 

C. Farm Division (8 year olds)

The Farm Division is a developmental league for players who turn 8 years old by August 31st 2020. It is also an option for 9 year old players who chose or would benefit from another season of player development.  The emphasis is on skill development, with coaches pitching the first half of the season and players beginning to pitch during the second half of the season. Strikes are counted for the first time and 10 players are fielded on defense.

Please note that we do not honor requests to "play up".

The regular season will consist of two games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games start after April vacation and are played on Sundays (times will vary) and Weeknights (5:30pm) until mid-June.  Pre-season practices will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays. 

D. Minors Division (9 – 12 year olds)

The Minors division is competitive league for players ages 12, 11, 10 and 9.  Players must have a birth date between 9/1/2007 and 8/31/2011.  For 9 year old players this is a step up to "big kid" baseball with players pitching, balls and strikes called by umpires, with walks, strikeouts, and limited stealing allowed as part of the game.  For 12, 11 and 10 year old players it is a continued development opportunity for these players. Minors is the highest level available for 9 year old players and the appropriate division for any 10’s and 11's who did not tryout or were not drafted into Majors.  Any 9 year old not wishing to play in Minors may elect to play in the Farm Division.  Teams are formed based on draft, no "play with" or coach requests.  9 players are fielded on defense each inning with a full roster batting order used on offense.  The division will have playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

The regular season will consist of two to three games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games start after April vacation and are played on Weeknights (5:30pm) until mid-June. Pre-season practices and batting cage sessions will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays. 

 

E. Majors Division (10 – 12 year olds)

The Majors Division is the most competitive small diamond league for players ages 12, 11 and 10. Players with a birth date between 9/1/2007 and 8/31/2010 are eligible for Majors. Any 12 year old who played Majors the previous year will automatically be drafted onto a Majors team and does NOT need to attend a tryout. Any 12 year old who did not play Majors as an 11 year, attended a Fall try out and REGISTERS on time will be selected to a Majors team.  Any 10 and 11 year old who attended a try out for Majors the previous fall and REGISTERS on time will be eligible to be selected in the Majors draft.  Such decision is based on the player’s performance at the tryout as well as his/her coach’s evaluation from the prior season. Parents may elect to have their 10, 11 or 12 year old play Minors by registering for that division. Teams are formed based on draft, no "play with" or coach requests. The Majors division will play a portion of the regular season on the 50/70 diamond and have playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

The regular season will consist of two to three games and one practice (Saturday) per week.    Games start after April vacation and are played on Weeknights (5:30pm) and Sundays (5:30pm) until mid-June.  Pre-season practices and batting cage sessions will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays.

 F. Junior High Division

The Junior High Division is for players in 7th and 8th grade and 6th graders born before 9/1/07.  Teams will play in the Junior High Division of the multi-town Massasoit Baseball League.  Half the games will be home games played in Mansfield with the other half on the road in other towns.   Games played on "big diamond" on a regulation baseball field with 90 foot bases and a pitcher's mound located 60 foot from home plate.   Teams are formed based on draft, no "play with" or coach requests. The division will have playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

The regular season will consist of two to three games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games played on Weeknights (5:30pm) from mid-April to mid-June.  Pre-season practices and batting cage sessions will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays.

G. JV Division

The JV Division is for players in 9th and 10th grade.  Teams will play in the JV Division of the multi-town Massasoit Baseball League.   Half the games will be home games played in Mansfield with the other half on the road in other towns.   Games played on "big diamond" on a regulation baseball field with 90 foot bases and a pitcher's mound located 60 foot 6 inches from home plate.  The division will have playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

 

The regular season will consist of two to three games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games played on Weeknights (5:30pm) from mid-April to mid-June.  Pre-season practices and batting cage sessions will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays.

H. Varsity Division

The Varsity Division is for players in 11th and 12th grade.  Teams will play in the Varsity Division of the multi-town Massasoit Baseball League.   Half the games will be home games played in Mansfield with the other half on the road in other towns.   Games played on "big diamond" on a regulation baseball field with 90 foot bases and a pitcher's mound located 60 foot 6 inches from home plate.  The division will have playoffs at the conclusion of the regular season.

The regular season will consist of two to three games and one practice (Saturday) per week.  Games scheduled on Weeknights (5:30pm) from mid-April to mid-June.  Pre-season practices and batting cage sessions will begin early April, weather permitting, on either weeknights (5:30pm), Saturdays or Sundays.

 

 

Q. In which Division should I register my child?

A. The website will only allow you to register your child in their age-appropriate division. See the Full Age Calculation Charts here or by looking in the Documents Section on the main home page.

Q. How does Mansfield Youth Baseball cut-off for players ages? 

MYB follows Little League guidelines. See the Full Age Calculation Charts here for 2020

Q. What are the new bat standards for 2020?

See the following link for the full description for the bat standards for 2020  https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-information/usa-baseball-bat-standard-faq

Q. Where can I find information relating to the Summer Baseball Programs. 

  • See here for information relating to the Small Diamond Programs
  • See here for information relating to the Big Diamond Programs

 

Q. What are the volunteer opportunities for the league?

A.  Mansfield Youth Baseball relies on parent volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and Team Parent. A completed CORI form must be submitted for any volunteer opportunity. 

 

Q. What equipment does my player need?

Rookie/Instructional/Farm:

  • Gray baseball pants
  • Cleats
  • Baseball glove
  • Bat 
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Batting gloves (optional)
  • Shirt to be provided

Minors Division:

  • Gray pants or white pants 
  • Cleats
  • Baseball glove
  • Bat 
  • Helmet with face protector (optional)
  • Batting gloves (optional)
  • Shirt to be provided

Majors Division:

  •  White pants 
  • Cleats
  • Baseball glove
  • Bat 
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Batting gloves (optional)
  • Shirt to be provided

Junior/Big Diamond Divisions

  • White pants
  • Cleats
  • Baseball glove
  • Bat 
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Batting gloves (optional)
  • Shirt to be provided

 

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