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Bay State Summer Baseball Program

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Bay State Summer Baseball Program
         

Introduction

Each summer, Framingham Baseball participates in the Bay State Baseball Tournament. The mission of Bay State Baseball is to bring together youth all-star teams from cities and towns within Massachusetts, regardless of affiliation, for highly-competitive summer baseball.  Each of the teams will compete for the coveted Tournament of Champions trophy.  Games typically begin between the end of June and beginning of July and finish in early/mid-August depending on the success of the team.

Purpose

It is Framingham Baseball’s goal to provide the opportunity to participate in summer travel baseball on a very competitive level, while ensuring children have fun playing and learning more about the game they love.  Players will participate in 1-2 practices per week where coaches will teach them about the various aspects of the game of baseball by working with them to refine and improve both their physical and mental baseball skills.

Format

This is a very competitive league that covers four age-groups, ages 9 – 12.  The birthdays for each age group for the 2016 summer season will be as follows:

Age

From

To

9*

May1, 2006

August 31, 2007

10*

May 1, 2005

August 31, 2006

11

May 1, 2004

April 30, 2005

12

May 1, 2003

April 30,2004


*New for This Season (please read):

There are differences in the birthdates used to identify a baseball age 9 and age 10 year old player between Little League Baseball and Cal Ripken baseball that affect those players born between May 1 - August 31, 2006 as well as May 1 - August 31, 2007.  As a result, Bay State Baseball has decided that any child born inside these  2 different 4 month periods must declare their "Bay State age" prior to the start of this summer's season.

What does this mean? 

Those children born between May 1, 2006 - August 31, 2007 must declare themselves as a Bay State 8 or 9.  If they declare themselves a "Bay State 9" and participate in the "D" division this season, they will begin their eligibility for Bay State this summer.  If they declare themselves a "Bay State 8" and do not play this season, they will be considered a "Bay State 9" next season (2017).

Those children born between May 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006 must declare themselves as a Bay State 9 or 10.  If they declare themselves a "Bay State 10" and participate for the first time in the "C" division this season, they will begin their eligibility for Bay State this summer and only be eligible to play 3 total seasons of Bay State.  If they declare themselves a "Bay State 9", they will play in the "D" division this summer and maintain 4 full years of Bay State eligibility.  If a player has already played a summer of Bay State baseball, then they will continue to progress through the age groups and they do not need to declare and age.

The A-70 division is a single round tournament. The B, C and D divisions are multi-round mini-tournaments.  It should be noted that Framingham will not field an A-60 team, as our oldest group will play in the A-70 league playing on a 50/70 intermediate diamond. The commissioners of Bay State Baseball will re-balance the competition after each round across the various teams for parity. Teams accumulate points throughout the summer season for the opportunity to play in the final Tournament of Champions. The final weekend of baseball is a festive occasion that usually includes skills competitions (e.g. home run derby), cookouts and great baseball.

Bay State Baseball is considered travel baseball and teams can travel up to 90 minutes for games, but many of the games are with a 30-minute drive. Teams typically play 3-4 games per week – one home weekday, one away weekday and 1-2 weekend games (A-60, B and C divisions only). In order to introduce the boys and girls to tournament baseball, many weekend games are at neutral sites that will host upwards of 25-30 games throughout the day.  Framingham will typically host at least one of these neutral site weekends during the summer.

Tryouts

Framingham Baseball will announce and hold tryouts each spring for interested players. Players will be evaluated on a number of aspects which cuts across both baseball physical skill and knowledge. 12 players will be chosen to make each team’s core roster and there will be a call-up list as well of up to 8 additional players per team.  Those players on the call-up list are encouraged to play in Framingham’s in-town summer league.  There are no guaranteed roster spots for previous players on prior Bay State teams.

Commitment

In deciding whether or not to try out for Bay State Baseball, players and their families should consider the extent of the time commitment required.  The goal of this program is to ensure that each coach can field the best team possible and that there are enough players available for each game.  Framingham Baseball realizes that everyone’s circumstances are different during the summer related to vacations, camps, etc. If you are aware of potential conflicts, do not let this be a deterrent from trying out and contact the appropriate coach at tryouts.  Rosters are built to accommodate these conflicts to ensure each team has enough players for each game.

Registration

Player registration for Bay State Baseball is estimated to be $200. In town summer league is estimated to be between $60 - $80.  These fees can vary from year to year and are subject to change.  Please note that if a player is on the Bay State call-up roster, they only need to register for the in town summer league.

Information   

For more information or any questions on the Bay State summer program, please refer to the Bay State Baseball web site (http://www.baystatebaseball.com/index.asp) or contact Mike Milewski (mikemilewski@comcast.net).

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