BASEBALL

CURRENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring 2021 Evaluation Announcement

Hello LMYA Baseball Parents,

BIDDY EVALUATIONS WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND, MARCH 13th and 14th.  

The Church Small field is in great shape.  We will be holding the Biddy evaluations on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-2:45.  Please show up 15 minutes early to register.  The biddy coordinator has been communicating with parents about which day a biddy player is supposed to show up.  Please only come to the day you are assigned so that we can easily follow our Covid guidelines.

SUNDAY MARCH 14th MIDGET/KNEE HI/JUNIOR WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED

SATURDAY'S POSTPONED EVALUATIONS WILL NOW BE HELD SATURDAY MARCH 20TH.  TIMES ARE TBD.

Midget, knee-hi, and junior legion coordinators will be reaching out to parents with other information.

Players will need to bring a glove, bat, cleats, and mask.  Your player will not be able to participate without a mask.  Parents are allowed to stay for the biddy evaluations.  For the midget and the knee-hi/junior legion evaluations, parents must drop off and leave.  We will be enforcing this policy more strictly than we have in the past because of Covid.  The township wants us to limit the number of people at our events whenever possible.  If you refuse to follow this policy, both you and your player will be asked to leave.

There have been many challenges in the planning of this upcoming spring season. I believe that we have come up with a plan that will keep everyone safe while giving our committee the best opportunity to place players at the appropriate level.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or your level coordinator.

2021 Spring Baseball Information

Registration for LMYA baseball will open on January 20, 2021, and will remain open until March 5, 2021.

Fees

Instructional (K-2nd Grade) $80

PYL (Biddy, Midget, Knee-Hi) $150

*Players who are asked to play for the travel, Junior Legion, or Legion teams will be charged an additional $50.  These teams play more games than the PYL teams.  There is a higher cost for the league and umpire fees that need to be covered by the players on these teams. You will receive an email to pay through TeamSnap after your player was given a spot on the travel roster.

**Some Legion players are eligible to be double-rostered to Junior Legion.  These double-rostered players will be charged an additional $25 fee to cover the additional league and umpire fees for the second team.

Spring 2021 Refund Policy

PYL/Jr Legion/Sr. Legion

No full refund requests will be honored after 3/5/2021. Uniforms, Hats, and field supplies are ordered the morning of 3/6.  A partial refund of $75 will be given for each request made between 3/6/2021 and 4/7/2021.  No refunds will be given after 4/7/2021.

Instructional

No full refund requests will be honored after 3/5/2021. Uniforms, Hats, and field supplies are ordered the morning of 3/6.  A partial refund of $40 will be given for each request made between 3/6/2021 and 4/7/2021.  No refunds will be given after 4/7/2021.

Spring 2021 Provisional Registration

Any player registered after March 5, 2021, will be added to the provisional list for their age group.  Equipment for the spring season needs to be ordered by March 6, 2021.  Team counts must be decided at this time.  Any player that registers provisionally will be added to a wait-list.  These players will be added to teams when needed based on the order they were registered.  If we are unable to place your son on a team, you will be fully reimbursed. 

Baseball Bat Requirements for Spring 2021

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/

Lower Mac Baseball Spring 2021 Tryouts FAQ

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 Lower Mac Baseball website under the 'Player / Participation' page for Instructional Program details.

BASEBALL PLAYER EVALUATIONS

  • PARENTS
    All  (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 EVALUATIONs
    Our new method of evaluations will be to hold only one weekend of evaluations.  Your son will be asked to attend a one 2-2.5 hour session.  Players who are being considered for travel may need to attend a second evaluation session.
  • JUNIOR / SENIOR LEGION TRAVEL PLAYERS
    The Junior Legion will conduct evaluations in accordance with the Spring evaluation schedule.  The Senior Legion team may conduct evaluations – 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 evaluations and practices. If evaluations are held, players released from the travel team will be eligible to participate in the appropriate PYL level.
  • 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.
    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 evaluation sessions are canceled 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 Lower Mac 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 Lower Mac Baseball 'Player/Participation' page for contact information under each league description

 INTRAMURAL BASEBALL

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

  • 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 Lower Mac program. All players are graded on a 1-5 scale in each skill category using criteria established by Lower Mac Baseball.
  • Based on the outcome of the evaluations, the top eleven to thirteen (11-13) players in each age group will play in the PYL American Division for 2021. 
  • Players not assigned to PYL American teams will be drafted onto PYL National team rosters.

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 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 Lower Mac Baseball coaches based on team needs.

Spring 2021 Travel Program

The Travel program is the most competitive of the Lower Mac baseball programs.  Players who participate in Travel teams are selected according to their relative performance during a series of structured evaluations that take place during that weekend in March. Players are evaluated by experienced coaches and coordinators within the Lower Mac Baseball 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.

Practices begin in March immediately after the teams are selected, weather permitting.  These teams require a full commitment from the players and parents.  All players selected to a Travel team must make baseball their primary sport and Lower Mac Travel teams their primary team commitment for the season, for both practices and games.

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.

Biddy Team

Head Coach:  Matt Zelno (mhzelno@aol.com)

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 Small for home games; travel within the Lehigh Valley for away games

Diamond:  60' bases; 44' from the mound to plate

Midget Team

Head Coach:  Chris Saylor (csaylor@saylorsinc.com)

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 the mound to plate

Knee Hi Team

Head Coach:  Craig Coenen (coenenc@mccc.edu)

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 the mound to plate

Lehigh Valley Junior Legion Baseball League

Head Coach:  Shawn Betz (shawn@pondworksonline.com)

Eligibility:  This is done by birth year.  2005-2007

Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on the roster; commitment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games

Games:  The 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 the 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 season. It is only fair to your teammates and coaches that you are committed through the entire season including the playoffs.  

Click here for the Junior Legion site for more details

Lehigh Valley Senior Legion Baseball League

Coordinator:  Jeff Smith (jsmith@insurebailey.com)

Eligibility:  Birth Year 2003-2004

Practices: limited; depends on # of high school players on the roster; commitment is 3-6 days per week between practice and games

Games: The 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 the mound to plate

The LV Senior Legion League has residency restrictions that determine whether players are eligible to play for Emmaus Baseball or Lower Mac 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 Lower Mac 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

 

 

 

Covid Safety Protocols (Baseball Specific)

As our baseball program considers a return to the field, it is recommended that our organization adheres to guidelines that are given by the CDC and other government officials.

  1. All individuals (players, coaches, and fans) should measure their body temperature to ensure there is no fever present before participating in any baseball activities. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or worsening respiratory symptoms, or any known exposure to a person with COVID-19, should not attend any baseball activities.
  2. No handshakes or personal contact celebrations should happen during baseball activities. After the game, teams will line up on the baselines and tip their caps to the opposing team.
  3. Everyone should bring their own personal drinks. No sharing of drinks or food among players, coaches, and fans.
  4. Coaches and players should be assigned spaces in the dugout or on bleachers so that they are socially distant. Players will remain in their spot of the dugout until it is their time to take the field or bat.
  5. Coaches will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Players will be required to wear masks when they are not on the field.  Players can choose to wear a cloth mask on the field but are not required to do so.
  6. Players should avoid sharing any baseball equipment.
  7. Sunflower seeds, gum, etc., are not permitted in the dugout or the field. Players and coaches should refrain from spitting during baseball activities.
  8. Baseballs should be rotated on a regular basis to limit contact. Foul balls should be retrieved by players and coaches only.  Fans should not retrieve baseballs that leave the field of play.
  9. Instructional, Biddy, and Midget will be limited to 2 events per week. Knee Hi and Majors will be limited to 3 events per week.
  10. Times between practices on shared fields will be spread out to allow everyone from the previous practice to leave the premises. Players, coaches, and fans should not arrive on the field more than 30 minutes prior to game time.  If you arrive early, please stay in your car until the participants of the previous game or practice have left the field area.
  11. Fans shall practice social distancing while at the baseball facilities. It is recommended that fans wear a mask when they are unable to stay socially distant.  Fans should avoid direct hand or other contacts with coaches, players, and other fans that do not reside in the same household.
  12. Bleachers will not be available at LMYA fields. Fans should bring their own seating, if possible.
  13. No concession stands will be opened.
  14. Parents will be asked to please wait for their child in the car after games and practices to prevent the gathering of groups after games.

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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2021 Spring Intramural Program

Players will participate at the level that they will be eligible to play in for the Spring of 2021 Season.

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:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Chuck Evans (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, 2021)
Practices: begin early April; generally once per week (in season varies depending 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 the mound to plate
Home Field:  TBA
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 player's 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, 2021, 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, 2021, 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:  Forecasting one team in American division for Spring 2017; balance in PYL National
Coordinator:  Tom Strenkowsky (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 May 1, 2021; cannot turn 13 prior to May 1, 2021)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies depending on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late-June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL
Fields:  TBA
Diamond:  70' bases; 48' from the mound to plate

PYL Knee Hi

PYL Division: We will have 1 American league team and 2 National teams this spring

Coordinator:  Craig Coenen (email)
PYL Head Coaches: To Be Announced
Eligibility: 13, 14, and 15 years old (must turn 13 prior to May 1, 2021; cannot turn 16 prior to May 1, 2021)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies depending on field & coaches' availability)
Games:  begin late April and end late June; one to three games per week; schedule established by the PYL
Fields:  TBA
Diamond:  80' bases; 54' from the mound to plate

[PYL] Majors Level

Division:  Lower Mac Baseball is evaluating participating in the Parkland Youth League for Fall 2020

Coordinator:  Eric Kahler
PYL Head Coach: TBA
Eligibility: 16, 17, and 18 years old (Players born between 7/1/2002 and 4/30/2005)
Practices: begin late March / early April; once or twice per week (in season varies depending 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 the mound to plate
Evaluations:  no player evaluations for Majors

Spring 2021 Instructional Program

The Lower Mac 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 consists of about 4-8 teams, with the number of teams dependent upon the number of players signed up. There are no player evaluations. Lower Mac 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 in the same field.

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

Pee Wee League

Coordinator:  Tom Strencosky (email)
Eligibility:  Kindergarten

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 late April 2021
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:  Matt Zelno (email)
Eligibility:  First Grade Fall 2020
Practices:  begin early April; one day per week (schedule determined in late March by League Coordinator)
Games:  begin late April on Saturdays (times vary from 9A-4P)
Fields:  Kindergarten Center
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: Matt Zelno (email)
Eligibility:  Second Grade Fall 2020
Practices:  Late April (schedule determined in early April by League Coordinator)
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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LowerMac baseball provides shirts 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 and umpire expenses).  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 Jason Geist Oct-19
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 Matt Zelno Jan 2020
  - Coaches-Pitch Coordinator Matt Zelno Jan 2020
  - Pee Wee Coordinator Tom Strenkowsky Jan-17
Intramural Program Coordinator  Craig Coenen Oct-19
  - PYL Biddy Coordinator Chuck Evans Jan 2020
  - PYL Midget  Coordinator Tom Strenkowsky Oct-19
  - PYL Knee Hi Coordinator Craig Coenen Oct-19
  - PYL Majors Coordinator Eric Kahler May-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