Frequently Answered Questions

Frequently Answered Questions

Q. I notice you have a new website. Does my old user name and password work?

A. No, you will need to create a new profile and reenter all of your information. You will only need to do this once, the first time you use the new website. 

 

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 turn 5 or 6 years old as of August 31st 2018. 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 a brief stint of hitting off of a tee, followed by several weeks of soft toss pitch, transitioning to full coach pitch by the final 3 to 4 weeks of the season. 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 mid-April to mid-June

B. Rookie Division (7 year olds)

The Rookie Division is a developmental league for players who turn 7 years old by August 31st 2018. 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.

Games Scheduled for Sundays and Weeknights 5:30pm April to mid-June

Practices Scheduled for Saturdays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) 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 2018. 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.

Games Scheduled for Sundays and Weeknights 5:30pm April to mid-June

Practices Scheduled for Saturdays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) 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 5/1/2005 and 8/31/2009.  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 due to limited roster spaces. 12 year olds who did not try out for Majors or wish to play in Minors will be allows to play in the division.  9 players are fielded on defense each inning with a full roster batting order used on offense. Any 9 year old not wishing to play in Minors may elect to play in the Farm Division.  The division will have a single or double elimination playoff at the conclusion of the regular season.  

Games Scheduled for Weeknights 5:30pm mid-April to mid-June
Practices Scheduled for Saturdays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) 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 5/1/2005 and 8/31/2008 are eligible for Majors. Any 12 year old who played Majors the previous year as an 11 year old 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 REGISTER 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 REGISTER 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 and not having their child attend the Majors try out. The division will have a double elimination playoff at the conclusion of the regular season.

Games Scheduled for Weeknights 5:30pm mid-April to mid-June.  Some games may be schedule on Sundays.
Practices Scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) Weeknights 5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays

 

F. Seniors Division (13 – 15 year olds)

The Seniors Division is for players who are 15, 14 or 13 years old.  This is a new division for Mansfield Youth Baseball in 2018.  Players will have a birth date between  9/1/2002 and 8/31/2005. An exception is for players who turn 13 between 5/1/2005 and 8/31/2005 may elect to play Seniors in place of Majors.  Seniors will be a “Mansfield Only” league.   For 13 year olds this is a step up to the "big diamond" with games played on a regulation baseball field with 90 foot bases and a pitcher's mound located 60 foot 6 inches from home plate.  For 14 and 15 year olds Seniors is the opportunity to continue to play competitive baseball on the “big diamond”.   The division will have a double elimination playoff at the conclusion of the regular season.

Games Scheduled for Weeknights 5:30pm mid-April to mid-June. 

Practices Scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) Weeknights 5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays

 

G. Diamond Division (16 – 18 year olds)

The Diamond Division is for players who turn 16 - 18 years old by August 31st of 2018. The Diamond Division teams will play in the Diamond Division of the multi-town Massasoit Baseball League.   These teams will play vs. teams from local area towns such as Franklin, Foxboro, Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville. Half the games will be home games played in Mansfield with the other half on the road in other towns.  

Games will be on Saturdays or Sundays and Weeknights 5:30pm late April to mid-June

Practices Scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays and Pre-Season (End of March to Early April) Weeknights 5:30pm, Saturdays and 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. The full Age Calculation Charts for baseball can be found by clicking on "Documents".

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 (optional)
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Batting gloves (optional)
  • Shirt to be provided

Minors Division:

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

Majors Division:

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

Junior/Big Diamond Divisions

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

 

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