BASEBALL

CURRENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

2022 LOWER MAC

Fall Baseball

Registration

Registration will be open from Friday, June 24th to Friday, July 29th.  Provisional registration will then be open from June 30th through August 5th.

Fees

Instructional (K, 1st, and 2nd grade)

$70 (Provisional $100)

PYL Biddy, Midget, Knee-hi, and Majors

$140 (Provisional $170)

PYL Baseball

Lower Mac Baseball will participate in PYL this fall at the Biddy, Midget, Knee-Hi, and Major levels. All levels will be intramural this fall.  There is no travel baseball in the fall. Depending on registration numbers, we may also participate at the 1st and 2nd-grade (Coach Pitch/Rookie) levels also.  Fall ball at Lower Mac is strictly intramural. There are no evaluations.  Coordinators will place players on teams based on the levels they played in previous seasons. The baseball committee will have discussions with coaches to make sure that we do the best we can to place players on a team where they can be successful while also develop their skills.

INTRAMURAL BASEBALL

FAQ:  Why does Lower Mac 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 in 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 reduction 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 Lower Mac Baseball coaches based on team needs.

Fall 2022 Refund Policy

PYL/Jr Legion/Sr. Legion

No full refund requests will be honored after 8/5/2022. Uniforms, hats, and field supplies are ordered on the morning of 8/5/2022.  A partial refund of $70 will be given for each request made between 8/6/2022 and 8/29/2022.  No refunds will be given after 8/29/2022.

Instructional

No full refund requests will be honored after 8/5/2021. Uniforms, hats, and field supplies are ordered on the morning of 8/5/2022.  A partial refund of $40 will be given for each request made between 8/6/2022 and 8/29/2022.  No refunds will be given after 8/29/2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid Safety Protocols (Baseball Specific)

Guidelines will be updated before evaluations this spring based on CDC guidance.  Please check back for these guidelines at a later date.

 

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

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2022 Fall Intramural Program

The Lower Mac 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 Lower Mac 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, base-stealing, 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.

PYL Biddy

In the first three years of Intramural program eligibility (3rd, 4th, 5th grades) Lower Mac 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:  American and National
Coordinator:  Matt Zelno (email)
Coaches: TBA after registration

Eligibility: Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade (if 10 years old before May 1, 2023)
Practices: Begin Early August
Games:  begin late August
Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from the mound to plate
Home Field:  Church Small or Quarry 2
Away Fields:  travel within Lehigh County for away games

The number of Lower Mac teams competing in the PYL American and PYL National Divisions is dependent upon the number of 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 May 1, 2023, 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 May 1, 2023, 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 the third year.

PYL Midget

PYL Division: American and National
Coordinator:  Chuck Evans (email)
Coaches: TBA
Eligibility: 11 and 12 years old (must turn 11 prior to May 1, 2023; cannot turn 13 prior to May 1, 2023)
Practices: Begin Early August
Games:  begin late August
Fields:  Church Large or Quarry 3
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from the mound to plate

PYL Knee Hi

PYL Division: American and National

Coordinator:  Tom Strencosky (email) and Craig Coenen
PYL Head Coaches: To Be Announced
Eligibility: 13, 14, and 15 years old (must turn 13 prior to May 1, 2023; cannot turn 16 prior to May 1, 2023)
Practices: begin Early August
Games:  begin late August
Fields:  Church Large, Church HS, Quarry 4 and East Texas
Diamond:  80' bases; 54' from the mound to plate

[PYL] Majors Level

Division:  Majors

Coordinator:  Craig Coenen
PYL Head Coach: TBA
Eligibility: 16, 17, and 18 years old
Practices: begin Early August
Games:  begin late August
Fields:  East Texas Large for home games; travel within Lehigh County for away games
Diamond:  90' bases; 60' 6" from the mound to plate

Fall 2022 Instructional Program

The Lower Mac Instructional program is a player’s first opportunity to play organized baseball in the fall. The program usually 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.

Depending on registration numbers, instructional levels may have to be combined.

Pee Wee League

Coordinator: Lucas Haughney (email)
Eligibility:  Kindergarten Fall 2022

To be eligible to begin to play in the Lower Mac baseball program, players must have turned five years old on or before 12 September 2020, currently be enrolled in kindergarten, and planning to enroll in first grade in the fall of 2021. Players that do not meet these criteria are not eligible to register for baseball this spring.

Practices:  Begins in Mid to Late August
Games:  TBA (times vary from 9A-2P)
Fields:  Schoeneck Field
Diamond:  60' bases; no set distance from the mound to plate

Lower Mac 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 instructional tool, practice and games will be centered on the coach's soft-toss pitching to batters from a kneeling position at a comfortable distance from the plate.  In the field, the focus is on elementary throwing mechanics and basic fielding.

Coaches Pitch League

Coordinator:  Lucas Haughney (email)
Eligibility:  First Grade Fall 2022
Practices:  begin Mid to Late August; one to two days per week
Games:  TBA
Fields:  Schoeneck or Orchard
Diamond:  60' bases; 38'-40' from the mound to plate

Young players' second year is one with a 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: Lucas Haughney (email)
Eligibility:  Second Grade Fall 2022
Practices:  Start Mid to Late August
Games:  TBA (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Orchard Field
Diamond:  60' bases; 42' from the mound to plate

Rookie League is an important transition year in the Lower Mac 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 kid's pitch portion of the season.

LowerMac Baseball Equipment Information

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Lower Mac baseball provides shirts and hats for each player participating in the Instructional and Intramural programs and provides uniforms for Travel Program players (an additional $50 fee is charged for biddy and midget travel team participants and $100 for Junior Connie Mack and Junior Legion to cover the uniform and umpire expenses).  Lower Mac Baseball also provides catching gear, batting helmets, games, 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 (Lower Mac 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 a 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.  Lower Mac 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 Lower Mac 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. Lower Mac 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 is 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 heavier bats with a decreasing weight differential.

Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors: the player's 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 Chuck Evans June - 2022
Uniform Coordinator Chuck Evans Jun-22
Equipment Coordinator Chuck Evans Jun-22
Instructional Program Coordinator 
  - Rookie League Coordinator Lucas Haughney July 2021
  - Coaches-Pitch Coordinator Lucas Haughney July 2021
  - Pee Wee Coordinator Lucas Haughney July 2021
Intramural Program Coordinator  Craig Coenen Oct-19
  - PYL Biddy Coordinator Matt Zelno July 2021
  - PYL Midget  Coordinator Chuck Evans July 2021
  - PYL Knee Hi Coordinator Tom Strencosky

Craig Coenen

July 2021

Oct-19

  - PYL Majors Coordinator Craig Coenen July 2021
LVLBL Travel Program Coordinator  Tony Viola Jan-14
PYL Representative Chuck Evans June 2021
8th grade Team Coordinator Jason Geist April 2020

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 Jason Geist at baseball@lmya.org

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

SCHEDULES

TEAMS