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2019 Spring Baseball Registration

Registration for the 2019 Spring Season is now CLOSED. All teams are full.

We have four (4) teams this season:
   Ages   4-6     PeeWee (Coach Pitch and Tee Hybrid)  -- This team is full.
   Ages   7-8     Shetland (Coach Pitch) -- This team is full.
   Ages   7-8     Pinto (Player Pitch) -- This team is full.
   Ages   13-14 Pony --This team is full.

We will not be fielding teams for ages 9-12. MAA kids in the Mustang (9-10) and Bronco (11-12) age groups are encouraged to register with another association such as Evergreen, Swift Creek, Weaver, Gordon, or Woolridge. List of Associations

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--->Follow these steps to get ready for the season:

  1. Register Online: Use the registration page to register prior to 3/1/2019.  This online registration is required to collect key information within the system. Payments can be made online using a credit card or in person by check or cash.

  2. Attend a Uniform Fitting: To complete the registration process you MUST attend one of the registration and uniform fitting events and bring the following items:

    1. CBC Registration Form:  Print and fill out the CBC registration form, which is required by the league. We will also have copies at the walk up registration events

    2. Birth Certificate:  Bring a copy of the players birth certificate that we can submit to the league with the team roster.

    3. Payment: If you have not paid you can pay in person via check or cash.  All credit card payments should be made online via this website.

    4. Bring your child so they can be fitted for the uniform and so they can pick their top three number choices for their uniform. First come first serve so don’t wait. 

  3. Obtain Equipment:  MAA will provide the uniform pants, shirt and hat.  Your player will also need a belt (Navy), cleats, baseball glove and helmet. Ages 8 and under should wear a protective face guard on the helmet. If you do not have a bat that is okay. Many players will have bats to share and I will be happy to help you pick a bat for your player using a bat sizing chart. Ideally you should practice with different bats to find the one that feels right.  All bats must have the USA baseball stamp on the the handle or BBCOR for the older kids.  See USABat.com for list of approved bats and FAQ page. 

  4. Attend the Free Clinic: On 3/9 at Midlo Middle School we will be offering a free clinic to registered players. To help the players prepare for the season, coaches will cover baseball fundamentals with ages 4 - 8 (T-Ball through Pinto) 10AM - 12:00PM. Hot dogs and lemonade will be served after the clinic.

  5. Volunteer to Help:  MAA is a parent-run, volunteer, community association. We depend on parents that want to help the kids have fun. Please consider volunteering as a head coach, assistant coach or another role within your team such as keeping the score book. Please give me a call to discuss how you can plug in. 

General Baseball Information

What makes MAA/CBC special compared to other Recreational Baseball Leagues?
The short answer is we get to represent our school district and play on teams with our classmates and friends from the neighborhood. The Chesterfield Baseball Club (CBC) is composed of member associations like MAA that play under PONY rules.  Each association represents a school district, ours being the JB Watkins Elementary school district.  Each association forms teams composed of players that go to school together or live in the same school district.  CBC is the best option for getting kids from the same school and local community to play together on the same team.  All other recreational baseball leagues require central registration and use a lottery system to “draft” players on to a team.  The only players guaranteed to be on a given team are the children of the head and assistant coaches.  All other players participate in the “draft” and could be drafted by any team within that age group.  None of this ambiguity exists within the CBC/Pony approach as your home address determines the association team. If your school area does not have an association then you can play for any adjacent school district or association.  Once a team is formed, the director, coaches and parents assess the skills of the team and decide what level to play at during the season. 

There are other differences between Pony and other recreational leagues like Little League.  Pony plays by High school and Major Leaue rules, has two year age brackets compared to three year brackets used by Little League and Pony scales the size of the field to match the age of the players.



Affiliation:
  Midlothian Athletic Association (MAA) is a member of the Chesterfield Baseball Club (CBC), which is one of the longest standing youth athletic organization in the county of Chesterfield.  It is comprised of 26 athletic associations based on elementary school attendance boundaries.  CBC is nationally affiliated with Pony Baseball, which governs the rules of play and hosts an international tournament for post season all-stars.  MAA conducts registration, selects coaches, forms teams and provides uniforms.  Game schedules are provided by CBC.

Eligibility:  Children who live within the Watkins Elementary School attendance boundary or eligible free agents (no athletic association for baseball established within your elementary school zone) may play for the MAA.  Boys and girls that are at least 4 years old and no older than 18 years old on August 31st of the current year.

Fees:  $160.00  Fees are subject to change from year to year. 

Equipment:  Players are required to provide fielding gloves and cleats.  Batting helmets, bats and catching equipment are provided as needed, since many players are opting to provide their own.  Bats must conform to USA Baseball Bat Standards effective January 1, 2018.  See USABat.com for list of approved bats and FAQ page.

League Age Descriptions (double click on league name to see complete rules): 

League

Age

General Description

Tee Ball

4 to 6

Developmental; each play initiates by a ball being hit off a tee; 3 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes; coaches umpire; no league championship tournament

Pee Wee

5 & 6

Developmental; coach pitch; 7 swings and misses before the batter is out; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes; coaches umpire; no league championship tournament

Shetland

7 & 8

Developmental; coach pitch; 3 swings and misses with max of seven pitches before the batter is out; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes; coaches umpire; no league championship tournament

Pinto

7 & 8

Kid pitch; traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including no leading off from bases or base stealing and 5 run per inning limit; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes

Yearling

9 & 10

Recreational (travel players not permitted); traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including no leading off from bases and 5 run per inning limit; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes

Mustang

9 & 10

Elevated competition; traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including no leading off from 3rd base or stealing home without a play; 6 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes

Palomino

11 & 12

Recreational; traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including 5 run per inning limit and only 3 innings may be pitched by a 12 year old; 6 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes

Bronco

11 & 12

Elevated competition; traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 6 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes

Stallion

13 & 14

Recreational (no high school players); traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including 6 run per inning limit; first level with 90 ft. base paths; 7 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes

Pony

13 & 14

Elevated competition; traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 7 innings or 2 hours

Colt

15 & 16

Traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 7 innings or 2 hours

Sr. Colt

17 & 18

Traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 7 innings or 2 hours

 

Team Selection/Assessments:  Skill assessments will be held on or after the first Saturday in March to determine the player’s appropriate level of competition.  If three or more teams are to be formed within an age group, then there will be a draft conducted by the Baseball Administrator.  Assessments may not be held for age groups with only enough players to form one team.   CBC requires its members to field the highest level of competition within each age group, unless an exception is received from the Commissioner.  For example, if the MAA only receives 12 registrations from 9 & 10 year olds, then the WAA will field a Mustang team and skill assessments will not be required.

Coaches:  Head and Assistant coaches are selected from a pool of volunteers by the Baseball Administrator.  All coaches must complete a volunteer background check and display their co-sponsor coach’s card from Chesterfield County during league games.  The more parent coaches the better so please consider helping out this season.  

Season:  The length varies by league.  Pre-season practice begins following assessments.  The regular season runs mid-April through mid-June for Tee-Ball through Stallion leagues.  Pony begins in mid-May extends to mid-June due to high schools’ junior varsity schedules.  Colt and Sr. Colt play from late June through early August due to high schools’ varsity schedules. 

Practice:  Practice times vary based on field availability and coaches’ personal schedules.  CBC assigns practice times and fields to MAA.  A majority of practices are held at Watkins Elementary or Midlo Middle School .  Rockwood Park is typically the second practice location for the younger teams and the larger fields needed for Bronco and older.  Practices are typically limited to one per week after the season begins.  

Games:  Tee-Ball through Pinto, Yearling, Palomino and Stallion will play most of their games on Saturdays.  Pinto through Sr. Colt will have games during the week.  Mustang, Bronco, and Pony will play almost all of their games on weeknights with start times between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  A majority of games will be played at Rockwood Park, but Palomino and above may play games at Ironbridge Park.  Sundays are typically reserved for makeup games.  Game schedules are typically distributed by CBC the week prior to the first game.  Please note: the Midlothian Athletic Association does not set the game schedules.

Playing Time:  MAA coaches will abide by player participation rules set by CBC.  Tee-Ball through Pony have offensive and defensive participation requirements.

Post Season Play:  Pinto League and above have postseason tournaments.  Participation and seeding is dependent on team record.  Not all teams will make the end of season tournament.

All-Stars:  There are various all-star opportunities following post season play.  CBC will form all-star teams to participate in Pony Baseball’s international tournaments to crown 9U through 18U World Series Champions.  CBC will also form all-star teams to participate in local tournaments and tournaments specifically for coach pitch teams or non-travel baseball players.

Free Agent Policy:  Children who live outside of Watkins Elementary School attendance boundary and do not have CBC member association within their elementary school boundary are considered to be open players and may consider registration with MAA.  Children who live within the Watkins Elementary School attendance boundary will only be released to play for another association if we are unable to place them on a team.  Players who request to play for another association will be released according to the request date and the merits of the individual case.

Insurance:  Supplemental insurance is provided through CBC and is funded by the player’s registration fee.   This insurance covers injuries sustained during a league game or authorized practice.   Primary coverage provided by the player must be utilized first before the supplemental plan becomes effective.  The CBC insurance plan has a $25 deductible and will pay any claims over and above primary coverage up to a maximum of $10,000 for medical claims and $500 for dental claims. 

Contact Administrators

MAA Baseball Director:  Tom Osterbind

Email: [email protected]

Mobile Phone: 703-994-3468

Timeline of Important Dates

Please be sure to attend one of the walk up registration days.  We need paper work signed for your player, a birth certificate if new to the association and we will have sample uniforms to try on so you can provide sizes for pants, jersey and hat.   It is critical that we collect this information so we can place uniform orders.   You will also have an opportunity to order spirit wear. 

February 2019

  • 2/9 (10AM-2PM)  Uniform Fitting at DICK'S Sporting Goods Chesterfield Town Center
    (20% off coupons are available as well as free raffles for gift certificates
    We will collect registration paper work and payments being made by check or cash. All Credit card payments should be made online via the MAA website. We will have sample uniforms for you to try on. We will NOT take spirit wear orders during this event.

  • 2/21 (6:30-7:30PM) Uniform Fitting & Spirit Wear Orders @ JB Watkins Cafeteria
    We will collect paper work, payments, size players for uniforms and take spirit wear orders. 

  • 2/26  (6:30-7:30PM) Uniform Fitting & Spirit Wear Orders @ JB Watkins Cafeteria
    We will collect paper work, payments, size players for uniforms and take spirit wear orders. 

March 2019

  • 3/3 (11AM-4PM)  MAA Day at DICK'S Sporting Goods Chesterfield Town Center
    (20% off coupons are available for this day only as well as free raffles for gift certificates) 

  • 3/9  Free Baseball Clinic (10AM - 12PM) @ Midlothian Middle School 
    Coaches will provide a free clinic for MAA players. The free clinic will cover baseball fundamentals, with age groups T-Ball through Bronco (4-12), to help the players prepare for the season. We will also serve Hot Dogs and offer some lighthearted games.
    Ages 4 - 8  :  10AM - 12:00PM
    Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

  • 3/11 First Week of Practice 

  • 3/25 Lights turned on at county ball fields. 

    • Contact Susie Owens at 751-4199 to rent lights prior to 3/25

    • $10 per hour via credit card

    • Reservations must be made 1 week in advance

April 2019

  • TBD  Opening Ceremony (Rockwood Park)

  • TBD  CBC Rules Clinic & Schedule Distribution at Meadowbrook HS

  • TBD  Opening Day - Regular Season Starts T-Ball Thru Stallion – PLAY BALL!!

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