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CURRENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

2019 Spring Baseball Information

Early Registration CLOSED.  Provisional Registration OPEN.

Early Registration Period was open from January 4 through Sunday, February 10th. Provisional registration began Monday 11 February 2019 and extends through 17 March 2019 

Provisional registrants add $20 per player to the early registration fees below:

Registration Fees by Program Level

  • $70 for Instructional Program (now $90)
  • $145 for Intramural Program (now $165)
  • $145 for Travel Program (plus an additional $45 if making the travel team, collected by the coach during spring practice) (now $165+45)

Players registered during this provisional period are not guaranteed a roster spot.  Each provisional registrant must be approved by LowerMac Baseball based upon the number of players being able to fit onto the teams established for Spring 2019.  Any player whose registration cannot be accommodated will be refunded in full by LMYA.

LowerMac Baseball is pleased to announce the following information regarding our travel and intramural programs this spring. 

Travel Program

LowerMac Baseball is planning to field both a Junior Legion and Senior Legion Baseball team again this spring – these leagues are the most competitive leagues to participate in within the LowerMac Baseball program.  Both teams play on regulation sized fields with 60’ 6” distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, 90’ bases, and use wooden bats.  Junior Legion is open to 14 and 15 years old (must turn 14 prior to and cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May) while Senior Legion is open to 16, 17, and 18 years olds.  LowerMac Baseball encourages skilled players to try out for these teams, especially if players have a goal of playing in the Emmaus High School Baseball program.  LowerMac Baseball is not planning to field a Connie Mack team (15 and 16 years olds) this spring.

Note that these teams begin their seasons after the end of the PIAA High School Baseball season - and therefore extend through July and into the 1st week of August.  Players and families should be aware of the commitment required to participate over this time period and plan vacations accordingly -- see team descriptions for more details.

 

NEW Baseball Bat Requirements for Spring 2019 [REVISED FEBRUARY 17]

For Intramural Baseball, all bats must conform to specifications established by USABaseball or USSSA or BBCOR and be stamped with either the USA or USSSA BPF 1.15 or BBCOR logos as required by the Parkland Youth League (PYL).

For Junior Travel Programs (travel Biddy, travel Midget, and travel Knee Hi levels), all bats must conform to specifications established by either USABaseball or be BBCOR certified [USSSA bats are not allowed in travel baseball this year].  Travel baseball bats must be stamped with either the USA or BBCOR logos as required by the Lehigh Valley League (LVL). 

For more information, refer to the following links:

https://www.usabaseball.com/bats

https://www.usssa.com/baseball/Announcements/

 

LowerMac Baseball Tryout Schedule (click for March 2019 Calendar)

TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE

If you have a pending conflict with one or more of the proposed tryout dates, please contact your travel team coach directly. To do so, refer to the LowerMac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for head coach contact information under each league description.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 20-30 MINUTES EARLY TO REGISTER AND WARM-UP FOR ALL SESSIONS AT ALL LOCATIONS

When -   Saturday, March 2nd (weather permitting)
Where - Church Lane Large (directions)
10:00-12:00         Midget
12:00-  2:00         Biddy
2:00-  4:00           Knee-Hi & Jr. Legion

When -   Sunday, March 3
Where - St. Luke’s (teams will be notified if tryouts are moved to EHS turf)
8:00-9:30             Biddy
9:30-11:00            Midget
11:00-12:30          Knee-Hi & Jr. Legion

When -   Saturday, March 9 (weather permitting)
Where - Church Lane Large (directions)
12:00-2:00          Midget
2:00-  4:00          Biddy

Where - St. Luke’s
2:00-  4:00          Knee-Hi & Jr. Legion

When -   Sunday, March 10th
Where - St. Luke’s (teams will be notified if tryouts are moved to EHS turf)
8:00-9:30             Biddy
9:30-11:00            Midget
11:00-12:30          Knee-Hi & Jr. Legion

NOTE that times for this date are subject to change based on weather, field conditions, and need.

LowerMac Baseball Spring 2019 Tryouts FAQ

SEE LINK ABOVE FOR CALENDAR LISTING TRYOUT DATES FOR TRAVEL AND INTRAMURAL TEAMS

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM 
No Tryouts for the Instructional Program.  If you are registered for our Instructional Program this spring (Pee Wee, Coaches Pitch, or Rookie Leagues - grades K-2) you will be contacted by your League Coordinator or head coach in late March with the details about your league and team. Please refer to the LowerMac Baseball website under the 'Player / Participation' page for Instructional Program details.

TRAVEL BASEBALL TRYOUTS

  • PARENTS
    All Travel program tryouts (with the exception of Biddy) are closed to parents; please drop off your player at the designated field and return for pick-up at the end of the tryout session(s).
  • NUMBER OF TRYOUTS
    Multiple tryout sessions are scheduled for each travel team. Travel team players should plan on attending all of the tryouts scheduled for their team until they are notified that they have either (i) been selected for their travel team roster, or (ii) been released.
  • BIDDY, MIDGET, and KNEE HI TRAVEL PLAYERS
    Refer to the tentative Spring 2018 calendar for tryouts.  LowerMac Baseball will field one team in each of these divisions of the LVLBL. Players released during the travel team tryouts are be eligible to participate in the appropriate PYL level.
  • JUNIOR / SENIOR LEGION TRAVEL PLAYERS
    The Junior Legion will conduct tryouts in accordance with the Spring Tryout Schedule.  Senior Legion travel team may conduct tryouts – depending upon the final number of players registered at each level.   If you are registered for these travel teams you will be contacted by the coach regarding the upcoming season, and the time and locations of tryouts and practices. If tryouts are held, players released from the travel team will be eligible to participate in the appropriate PYL level.
  • CUTS
    At the individual travel coaches’ discretion, some players may be released from the travel program and back into the Intramural program after the first weekend of tryouts or after any subsequent tryout session. You will be informed in person or promptly by email if you are released from the travel program.
  • PARKING
    Church Lane:  No parking will be permitted in the Church Lane Large parking lot (the lot nearest the snack stand and large field). This space will be used for tryout stations. No exceptions.
    Emmaus High School turf field:  The EHS turf field is located directly behind (east) of the football stadium.  Use the parking lots next to the high school off of Pine Street.  It’s a short walk across the football practice field to the gate to access the turf field (used by EHS for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse).
    St. Luke's:  Parking is available in the front lot or right side lot nearest Cetronia road.
  • EQUIPMENT
    Players are encouraged to bring their own gear if they own it: gloves, bats, helmets, hats.  Players must wear protective cups.  Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
    Footwear:  Sneakers only for indoor workouts at St. Lukes.  For outdoor workouts on the turf at Emmaus High School plan on using sneakers only.  For outdoor workouts at Church Lane, bring both cleats and sneakers – some tryout drill stations may be conducted in parking lots.
  • CANCELLATIONS
    If tryout sessions are cancelled due to weather or field playability, you will be notified as soon as possible and always at least one hour prior to the start of the session.  Check email and the LowerMac Baseball website for updates.  If you do not receive an update, then the tryout session will be held as planned.
  • CONFLICTS
    If you have a pending conflict with one or more of the proposed evaluation dates, please contact your League Coordinator directly. To do so, refer to the LowerMac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for contact information under each league description.
  • INDOOR TRYOUT REQUIREMENTS
    Indoor tryout sessions will be held at the St. Luke's West End Human & Sports Performance Center located at 501 Cetronia Road near Route 309 and Tilghman Street.  This state-of-the-art indoor facility features a batting cage and large indoor turf areas for baseball activities.  If you have not already done so, you will be required to complete a registration form [LMYA will send a copy of the form; it is also available at the St. Luke's front desk] and submit it on your first visit to the facility.  If you completed a form as part of your participation in the LowerMac Baseball Winter Workouts this year, you do not need to complete another.
    NEW ENTRANCE POLICY:  St. Luke's has instructed us to use the side entrance (facing Cetronia road) for all LowerMac Baseball indoor tryouts.  Submit your registration form and sign in at the desk in the side entrance lobby.  Players will then be escorted by coaches to the Way Back turf area.  Parents are not permitted on the gym floor or in the training area, but are welcome to wait in the Parent room located adjacent to the side lobby.

 

INTRAMURAL BASEBALL
PYL AMERICAN DIVISION TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE

When -   Saturday, March 16th
Where - Church Lane Large (directions)
10:00-12:00         Knee-Hi
12:00-2:00           Midget
2:00-4:00             Biddy

When -   Sunday, March 17th
Where - Church Lane Large (directions)
10:00-12:00         Knee-Hi
12:00-2:00           Midget
2:00-4:00             Biddy

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 20-30 MINUTES EARLY TO REGISTER AND WARM-UP FOR ALL SESSIONS AT ALL LOCATIONS

FAQ:  Attendance – who should attend?

  • All players currently registered for the Spring 2019 Intramural Program: Intramural A, Intramural AA, and Intramural AAA.
  • Players currently registered for and trying out for travel teams who are not selected to those teams. Specifically, all players released from their travel teams prior to 17 March are required to attend the Intramural player evaluation days; players released from the:
    • Biddy travel team           attend Intramural Biddy evaluations
    • Midget travel team         attend Intramural Midget evaluations
    • Knee Hi travel team       attend Intramural Knee Hi evaluations
  • If you have a pending conflict with one or more of the proposed evaluation dates, please contact your League Coordinator directly. To do so, refer to the LowerMac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for contact information under each league description.

FAQ:  How will LowerMac Baseball conduct its selection of the players be selected for the PYL AMERICAN and PYL NATIONAL Divisions?

  • After our Travel Program team rosters have been finalized, all remaining registered players within each age group are required to attend the PYL tryouts conducted by LowerMac Baseball for placement onto PYL American and PYL National rosters.
  • Generally, at each age group, player evaluations are for all players, based on hitting, infield and outfield fielding and throwing, and pitching and catching evaluations for players interested in those positions. Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the LowerMac program. All players are graded on a 1-5 scale in each skill category using criteria established by LowerMac Baseball.
  • Based on the outcome of the Intramural Biddy and Intramural Midget evaluations, the top eleven to thirteen (11-13) players in each age group will play in the PYL American Division for 2019.  All PYL Knee Hi players will be placed on a PYL American Knee Hi team.
  • Players not assigned to PYL American Biddy or Midget teams will be drafted onto PYL National team rosters [and new PYL Knee Hi players will be drafted onto PYL Knee Hi American teams] via a player draft conducted by the LowerMac Baseball League coordinator and League coaches.  Player drafts will be conducted in accordance with LowerMac baseball’s policies on the Intramural Draft and Returning Player policies (players return to their previous team/coach if they are returning to the same age category). See the website Administration section for full details.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE regarding LowerMac’s Returning Player Policy:  If you are a returning player this Spring 2019 and do not wish to be assigned to your returning group of Spring 2018 players and coaches, please notify LowerMac baseball @ baseball@lmya.org.  Upon approval, these players will re-enter the league draft and be selected to another team. 

 

FAQ:  Why does LowerMac baseball participate in both the PYL American and National Divisions?

Our decision to participate in both Divisions was based on striking a balance between more instructional focused baseball versus a more competitive brand of baseball with a more challenging set of rules, and taking into consideration our strong program, and the depth of talent across our organization.

In general, the PYL American Division is more competitive, and teams will play a more advanced set of baseball rules at each age group and focus on a higher degree of competitiveness than in the PYL National Division.  For example, (i) the introduction of leads, base stealing, pick-off moves, and reducing from four outfielders to three will occur at an earlier age in PYL American than in PYL National.

The PYL American Division also permits the double-rostering of a limited number of travel and tournament players onto its rosters with those players being subject to certain pitching restrictions.  Double-rostering of PYL National players onto PYL American teams is permitted and will be done at the discretion of the LowerMac Baseball coaches based on team needs.

PROGRAM GOALS

Baseball Program Goals

 

Lower Macungie Youth Association Baseball sponsors a comprehensive program that provides a positive baseball learning experience and recognizes the diverse interests of the participants. The program is designed to teach the game in a progressive manner while highlighting the benefits of physical activity.

Skill development is the primary focus at an early age. This focus continues as players progress up through the various levels of competition. There are different competitive levels offered to accommodate the interest and dedication of the individual player. Please review the Player / Participation page for more details.

Teams and Leagues by Age / Grade Level

Spring 2019 Travel Program

The Travel program is the most competitive of the LowerMac baseball programs.  Players who participate on Travel teams are selected according to their relative performance during a series of structured tryouts that take place during March. Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the LowerMac program on hitting, infield and outfield fielding and throwing.  Pitching and catching tryouts are conducted for players interested in those positions.  Players that do not make a Travel Team are placed in the Intramural Program at the appropriate age/grade level.

Parents:  all Travel program tryouts (with the exception of Biddy) are closed to parents; please drop off your player at the designated field and return for pick-up at the end of the tryout session(s).  

Practices begin in March immediately after the teams are selected, weather permitting.  Click here for a preliminary March schedule.

Acceptance of a position on Travel teams requires full commitment from the players and parents.  All players selected to a Travel team must make baseball their primary sport and LowerMac Travel teams their primary team commitment for the season, for both practices and games.

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here

Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League

The Lehigh Valley Baseball League is a highly competitive brand of baseball, with teams composed of youth organizations from Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Click here for the LV Little Baseball League site for more details on Biddy, Midget, and Knee Hi Leagues

Biddy Team

Head Coach:  Chris Saylor (email)
Eligibility:  Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade (cannot turn 11 before 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; commitment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 games schedule established by the LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from mound to plate

Midget Team

Head Coach:  Ron Rohlsen (email)
Eligibility:  11 and 12 years old (must turn 11 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 13 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; commitment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 game schedule established by LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from mound to plate

Knee Hi Red Team

Head Coach:  to be announced
Eligibility:  13 and 14 years old (must turn 13 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 15 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin mid-March after tryouts; commitment is 3-5 days per week between practice and games
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; 16-18 game schedule established by LVLBL Baseball organization
Fields:  Church Lane Large for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  80' bases; 53' 6" from mound to plate

Lehigh Valley Junior Legion Baseball League

Head Coach:  Shawn Betz (email)
Eligibility:  14 and 15 years old (must turn 14 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May)
Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on roster; commitment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games
Games:  season starts after HS season is over (mid/late May) and ends mid-July or early August (playoffs); 18-22 game schedule
Fields:  Church Lane High School Field for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate

From Coach Betz on Commitment Expectations through the season:  The Junior Legion season starts in mid May and we will play through the first week of August. Players trying out must take this into consideration. We are asking for a 3 month commitment, so players making the team should take vacations outside of our the season. It is only fair to your teammates and coaches that you are committed through the entire season including playoffs.  

Click here for the Junior Legion site for more details

Lehigh Valley Senior Legion Baseball League

Coordinator:  Jeff Smith (email)
Eligibility:  16, 17, and 18 years old (must turn 16 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 19 prior to 1 January 2019)
Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on roster; commitment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games
Games:  season starts after HS season is over (mid/late May) and ends mid-July or early August (playoffs); 18-22 game schedule
Fields:  Church Lane High School Field for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate
The LV Senior Legion League has residency restrictions that determine whether players are eligible to play for Emmaus Baseball or LowerMac Baseball teams.  These restrictions are revised, based on the outcome of the most recent US census, to reflect the changing population concentration within the region.  As of 2012, Senior Legion players who reside in the Boroughs of Emmaus, Alburtis, and Macungie must register for the Emmaus Travel program (this residency restriction is specific to Borough boundaries, and not mailing addresses) .  If you reside elsewhere within the East Penn School District, you must register for the LowerMac Baseball program.  Each program will conduct its team try-outs and players released from one program may become eligible to join the other program irrespective of residency.

Click here for the Senior Legion site for more details

2019 Spring Intramural Program

The LowerMac Intramural program is focused on continuing to enhance baseball skills while introducing competition and teamwork. Skill development includes familiarizing the player with the fundamental aspects of the game, including fielding different positions, hitting, pitching, catching and base running.  The LowerMac Intramural program begins in third grade and extends through high school.  The Intramural program is competitive baseball, but less competitive than the Travel program.

Parkland Youth Leagues (PYL)

Intramural teams compete in the Parkland Youth League (PYL).    Within the Parkland Youth League, we field teams in the American and National Divisions.  The American Division is more competitive baseball than the National Division, with slightly more advanced rules regarding pitching, basestealing, and outfield play.  PYL American division players will be selected according to how the players rank in the spring evaluations.  The remaining players will be selected for PYL National Division teams.

Intramural Program Player Evaluations

Player evaluations are conducted in March for placement onto teams (see individual Leagues for details; click here for a preliminary March schedule). Generally, player evaluations are for all players, based on hitting, infield and outfield fielding and throwing, and pitching and catching evaluations for players interested in those positions.  Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the LowerMac program.  Players are graded on a 1-5 scale in each skill category using criteria established by LowerMac Baseball.  Based on the outcome of the evaluations, players will be placed on teams via a player draft conducted by the LowerMac League coordinator and League coaches.  Since the player draft is utilized to balance relative team strength and competitiveness, LowerMac Baseball Intramural coordinators cannot accommodate parent requests for specific player pairings or assignment of player to specific teams or coaches.

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here

PYL Biddy

In the first three years of Intramural program eligibility (3rd, 4th, 5th grades) LowerMac baseball offers players an option of participating in one of three different leagues. The PYL Biddy American and National divisions are part of our Intramural program, while the LVLBL Biddy League is part of our Travel program (more details about the LVLBL Biddy League are found below under the Travel Program).

PYL Division:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Tom Strencosky (email)
Coaches: PYL American Red Team head coach is TBA; National division coaches are TBA
Eligibility: Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade (if 10 years old before May 1)
Practices: begin early April; generally once per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end mid-July; one to three games per week; schedule established by PYL
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from mound to plate
Home Field:  American: Quarry Lane field #2;   National:  Quarry Lane Field #2 (primary) & Church Lane Small (as needed)
Away Fields:  travel within Lehigh County for away games

The number of LowerMac teams competing in the PYL American and PYL National Divisons is dependent upon the number players signed up for Biddy-level ball, but generally we field one to two teams in the PYL American division and the balance play in the National division.  Player evaluations are conducted to assess players abilities and attempt to identify PYL American division players who are best able to compete in a league with more advanced rules, from players we determine as being better served in the PYL National division for further skill development or safety concerns.  Players not selected for PYL American will automatically be assigned to PYL National.

MOVING FROM BIDDY BASEBALL TO MIDGET BASEBALL:  ELIGIBILITY DETAILS 

As players move into and beyond fifth grade, the criteria for eligibility changes from grade-based to age-based to comply with the age-based date of 1 May dictated by the PYL and Lehigh Valley Little Baseball (LVLBL) Leagues. The switch from grade-based to age-based eligibility criteria impacts players as they move from Biddy (8-10 yr old) to Midget (11-12 yr old).  Biddy players will participate at these levels for either two or three years depending upon their 11th birthday. Players turning 11 before 1 May are only eligible for Midget baseball; players turning 11 after 1 May are only eligible for Biddy baseball and return to either the PYL or LVLBL Leagues for a third year.

PYL Midget

PYL Division:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Craig Coenen (email)
Coaches: PYL American Red Team head coach is TBA; National division coaches are TBA
Eligibility: 11 and 12 years old (must turn 11 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 13 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late-June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL
Fields:  American & National teams play on Quarry Lane Field #3 for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from mound to plate

PYL Knee Hi

PYL Division:  all PYL Knee Hi teams play in the American division
Coordinator:  Craig Coenen
PYL Head Coaches: To Be Announced
Eligibility: 13, 14, and 15 years old (must turn 13 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 16 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL
Fields:  Quarry #4 Field for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  80' bases; 54' from mound to plate

[PYL] Majors Level

Division:  LowerMac Baseball is evaluating participating in the Parkland Youth League for Spring 2018
Coordinator:  Eric Kahler
PYL Head Coach: TBA
Eligibility: 16, 17, and 18 years old (must turn 16 prior to 1 May; cannot turn 19 prior to 1 May)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies dependent on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late-June; one to three games per week; schedule established the [CWL]
Fields:  East Texas Large for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from mound to plate
Evaluations:  no player evaluations for Majors

Spring Instructional Program

The LowerMac Instructional program is a player’s first opportunity to play organized baseball in spring. The program consists of three leagues: Pee Wee (for kindergartners), Coaches Pitch (for first graders), and Rookie (for second graders). The primary focus is for the players to have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of the game.

Each league in the Instructional program consist of about 4-8 teams, with the number of teams dependent upon the number of players signed up. There are no player evaluations. LowerMac Baseball attempts to keep players together on the same team throughout the Instructional program. All games are played against other LMYA teams and are played at the same field.

For a comparison of how each of these Instructional leagues differ, click here for a summary table

For a one-page summary of all LowerMac Baseball programs, click here

Pee Wee League

Coordinator:  Tom Strencosky (email)
Eligibility:  Kindergarten

To be eligible to begin play in the LowerMac baseball program, players must have turned five years old on or before 12 September 2018, currently be enrolled in kindergarten, and planning to enroll in first grade in the fall of 2019. Players that do not meet these criteria are not eligible to register for baseball this spring.

Practices:  begin early April on Saturdays before the season begins; none during the season
Games:  begin late April or early May and continue through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-2P)
Fields:  Schoeneck Field
Diamond:  60' bases; no set distance from mound to plate

LowerMac Baseball's philosophy is to start players out batting against live pitching rather than hitting from a tee.  While we use the batting tee as an instructonal tool, practice and games will be centered on coaches soft-toss pitching to batters from a kneeling position at a comfortable distance from the plate.  In the field, the focus is on elementary thowing mechanics and basic fielding.

Coaches Pitch League

Coordinator:  John Miller (email)
Eligibility:  First Grade
Practices:  begin early April; one day per week (schedule determined in late March by League Coordinator)
Games:  begin late April through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Kindergarten Center
Diamond:  60' bases; 38'-40' from mound to plate

Young players' second year is one with continued focus on the basics of hitting, baserunning, throwing, fielding, and making plays.  Coaches continue to pitch to batters, but move back to just in front of the mound and generally throw with increasing speed.

Rookie League

Coordinator:  John Schadler (email)
Eligibility:  Second Grade
Practices:  begin early April; one day per week (schedule determined in late March by League Coordinator)
Games:  begin late April through mid-June on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Orchard Field
Diamond:  60' bases; 42' from mound to plate

Rookie League is an important transition year in the LowerMac Instructional program as baseball changes from coaches pitching to batters (in April and early May) to kids pitching to batters (from mid-May onward).  This is also the first year that kids catch behind the plate.  Both pitching and catching skills are strongly emphasized during the first six weeks of the season to prepare teams for the kids pitch portion of the season.

LowerMac Baseball Equipment Information

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LowerMac baseball provides shirts, socks, and hats for each player participating in the Instructional and Intramural programs, and provides uniforms for Travel Program players (an additional $45 fee is charged for travel team participants to cover the uniform expense).  LowerMac Baseball also provides catching gear, batting helmets, game and practice baseballs.  Players can use their own gear if they prefer to do so.Players will need: (i) their own baseball gloves, (ii) to wear their own baseball pants (LowerMac Baseball is standardizing on gray colored pants; Travel Program players are issued pants), (iii) to wear non-metal cleats, and (iv) to wear an athletic supporter with cup for all practices and games (see individual League guidelines for specific rules).

LOWERMAC BASEBALL BAT REQUIREMENTS and GUIDELINES

In recent seasons most players have begun to use their own baseball bats and as such, these guidelines are provided to assist families in understanding baseball bat regulations, terminology, and what to consider when purchasing a bat.  LowerMac Baseball does maintain an inventory of used bats available for players to use if you choose not to purchase your own bat; if you would like to use a LowerMac Baseball bat, please contact your coach.

Baseball bat rules have been evolving over the past few years at all levels of youth baseball, with player safety as the ultimate objective.  Bat technology has developed to the point where the speeds at which a hit baseball travels can be excessive and unsafe as deemed by several sanctioning organizations. LowerMac Baseball has been closely monitoring these developments and adopts the equipment requirements as dictated by the Leagues in which we compete. We understand that there will be some inconvenience and potential cost to families, and we don’t take this lightly, but player safety is an issue we can’t ignore.

The following are the rules regarding bats for the 2019 season. It is important that you identify what division and league the player will play in to know which rule will apply. Please note that travel teams will play in various tournaments throughout the year, which are governed by their own rules. The bat restrictions typically follow those of the host league, and although they are often similar among travel leagues, they can vary from your local league rules. Your manager will notify you of any variance.

LEAGUE
Softball bats are not allowed in any league
MAXIMUM
BARREL
DIAMETER
MAXIMUM
BAT
LENGTH
WEIGHT TO LENGTH RATIO
(DROP or MINUS)
 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
 Pee Wee
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 Coaches Pitch
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 Rookie
 2 1/4 inches
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 INTRAMURAL PROGRAM [only bats stamped USA or USSSA BPF 1.15 or BBCOR logo are legal]
 PYL Biddy
 2 5/8 inches max
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 PYL Midget
 2 5/8 inches max
 33 inches
 No restrictions
 PYL Knee Hi
 2 5/8 inches max
 36 inches
 no lighter than -8
 PYL Majors
 2 5/8 inches max
 36 inches
 no lighter than -3 - BBCOR only
 TRAVEL PROGRAM [only bats stamped USA or BBCOR logo are legal]
 BIDDY
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 MIDGET
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 No restrictions
 KNEE HI
 2 3/4 inches
 No restrictions
 no lighter than -8
 CONNIE MACK
 2 5/8 inches
 36 inches
 no lighter than -3
 JUNIOR LEGION
 SENIOR LEGION
WOOD BATS MUST BE USED. BATS MUST MEET THE SPECIFICATIONS LISTED IN RULE 1.10a-c OF THE “OFFICIAL RULES OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.”  click here to review MLB Rule 1.10a-c
 
 2.61 inches
 42 inches

Composite and wood baseball bats are approved for all Leagues except Junior and Senior Legion.  The Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League has posted a list of banned bats on its website - to review it click here.

Any bat that is not a single piece of wood with a weight differential of (-3) must meet current NFHS (BBCOR) standards and must be properly marked with the BBCOR logo. The logo must be (one-inch rectangular and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color to read BBCOR *50). No aluminum or composite bat without the BBCOR logo is legal beginning Jan. 1, 2012. If the bat should have both BESR and BBCOR logos, the bat is legal.  Click here for a definition of the bat performance standards.

BAT WEIGHT AND WEIGHT TO LENGTH RATIO

Most bats are measured in inches lengthwise and weighed in ounces,and manufacturers have done a great job in balancing the bat's weight to its length. The weight differential (or drop, or minus) refers to the difference between the length of the bat (in inches) and the weight of the bat (in ounces).   It is always shown as a minus number and the higher the weight drop, the lighter the bat (if the length is the same). Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -4, -6, etc.

  • For example, a 28” bat with a -10 drop weighs 18 oz.
  • Bats used in the Instructional program often have weight differentials in the -10 to -12 range.  As players grow stronger, they generally begin to use heaveir bats with a decreasing weight differential.

Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors: the players strength and hitting style. It also depends to a degree on personal preference in weight and length, so the following are simply guidelines to follow:

  • Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat since they get the benefits of both the heft and swing power
  • Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to generate a quicker swing
  • Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat increases control: great for singles hitters, while also reducing the risk of injury

FIELDS

Orchard Field:  From Route 100 turn onto Schoeneck Road.  Follow through the industrial complex.  Go straight through the stop sign, cross over the railroad tracks.  Make a left onto Scenic View Road.  This baseball field is nearer to Orchard Drive on Scenic View Road (by the playground).

Schoeneck Field:  From Route 100 turn onto Schoeneck Road.  Follow through the industrial complex.  Go straight through the stop sign, cross over the railroad tracks.  Make a left onto Scenic View Road. nearer Schoeneck Road on Scenic View Road (farther west).

Church Lane Small:  From Route 100 South, crossover Route 222 heading towards Macungie. Make a left onto Church Lane just passed the church. In approximately 1 mile field will be on your right hand side.

Church Lane Large:  From Route 100 South, crossover Route 222 heading towards Macungie. Make a left onto Church Lane just passed the church. In approximately 1.5 miles, make a right onto Oak Drive. Make the first right in approximately 150 feet onto Walnut Lane.  Make the next right onto Laurel Lane and then the next right onto Heather Road.  Make the second right into the park entrance.

Quarry Lane Complex:  From Route 100, turn onto Quarry Road.  Follow Quarry Road for approximately 0.7 mile. Quarry Lane Complex will be on your right hand side.  Field #1 is first field along Quarry Road, Field #2 is just below the pavillon, Field #3 is the next field that is set on the right hand side of the lower parking lot, Field #4 is on the left of the lower parking lot the furthest field back in the complex.

East Texas Large Field:  From the Route 222 South Bypass, turn onto Brookside Road South.  (Wawa will be at the intersection).  At the second traffic light make a right hand turn on to East Texas Road.  Continue approximately 0.5 mile.  Field will be on the right immediately after a small little white church / community center.

TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT

Coaching Clinics/Instruction

Coaching clinics are available to coordinate instruction and improve skill development at all levels within the baseball program

Those interested in enhanced coaching training should contact Andrew Moxey

Camps/Clinics

Emmaus Baseball Camp

Lehigh University Camp

IronPigs Baseball camp
DeSales Holiday Baseball Baseball Camp

Pride of the Diamond

USA Baseball Academy

Websites of Interest

Coaching Baseball

Eastbay

ADMINISTRATION

Position   Official   Date Elected
Director of Baseball Operations Andrew Moxey Jan-10
Director of Fall Baseball Operations Eric Kahler Jun-12
Uniform Coordinator Jason Geist Jun-17
Equipment Coordinator Brent Shriver Jun-17
Instructional Program Coordinator  Tom Strencosky Jan-15
  - Rookie League Coordinator Tom Strencosky Jan-16
  - Coaches-Pitch Coordinator John Schadler Jan-17
  - Pee Wee Coordinator To Be Announced Jan-17
Intramural Program Coordinator  John Ivankovits Jan-13
  - PYL Biddy Coordinator Craig Coenen Jan-16
  - PYL Midget  Coordinator Jason Geist Jan-16
  - PYL Knee Hi Coordinator Eric Kahler May-16
  - PYL Majors Coordinator Brian Horton Jan-17
LVLBL Travel Program Coordinator  Tony Viola Jan-14
PYL Representative Eric Kahler Jan-14
Member at Large Sean Poll May-16

VOLUNTEER

Coaching

Coaching Clinics/Instruction

Coaching clinics are available to coordinate instruction and improve skill development at all levels within the baseball program

Those interested in enhanced coaching training should contact Andy Moxey at baseball@lmya.org

Volunteering
Parents interested in volunteering in coaching, administrative assistance or field assistance, please contact Andy Moxey at baseball@lmya.org

SCHEDULES

TEAMS