The summer baseball program is the second part of our season aimed at players ages 8-15, who are interested in a more competitive level of play from late June through mid August. There are typically 2-3 games per week although that can vary among specific leagues.
Overall, when both practices and games are included, the summer is a relatively intensive program. Recognizing that this is the vacation season, we do make modest allowances for family vacations without jeopardizing a youngster's roster spot. However, the commitment to the leagues is a significant one, and we request that longer vacations be reserved for later in August when the season has ended. Parents and players are asked to be realistic about the significance of this commitment.
Players are selected for Summer teams on the basis of how they performed in the first half of our season the Spring, past years, and if deemed necessary, tryouts may take place near the end of the Spring season.
Summer Baseball Program Descriptions
Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Teams
There is an opportunity for a select group of players in each of the following age groups, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 in the Cal Ripken Division and 13-15 in the Babe Ruth division to play on the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Tournament Teams. Age is determined by Age on April 30, 2018 and is strictly adhered. This is so MYBL is fielding the most competitve team possible when facing other towns that are following the same perameters.
Players are selected by the team coaches through season long scouting and, if deemed necessary, tryouts. These teams involve an intense commitment by the players, their parents, and the coaches. Each team will compete against the best players in the region. The Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Teams represent a small fraction of the excellent MYBL Summer baseball program.
Members of these District teams, which consist of 11 to 15 players each, represent Marshfield in competition with other towns who are part of Eastern Massachusetts Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth District 6. There are no guaranteed minimum playing requirements for players on these teams. Inclusion in the District teams requires 100% commitment to all practices and games. Practices for these teams will begin immediately following the regular Spring season. District tournaments begin in late June or early July, and last roughly one week. If a team wins its District, it will move on to the Eastern Massachusetts State Tournament in mid-July. Players must be registered for the Spring season in order to be eligible to play for District teams. If there is a tryout, a player's inability to attend the try-out will not determine his team eligibility. Players NOT selceted may be taken as an alternate and will be placed in the South River Division.
***Players selected for the Cal Ripken Tournament Teams DO NOT have to commit to a summer travel program (althought they are encouraged to). Players placed on a Ripken tournament 'A' team may have a slightly higher fee to cover the cost of uniforms and tournament fees.
Suburban League and South River League Baseball
Typically the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth District Teams double as Suburban League Teams or Friendship League in the case of the 8's.
Suburban League and South River League are both"travel" baseball. Teams typically have a 10-12 game schedule plus playoffs. Schedules are typically set up so that half of each teams games are at home and half are away. Travel to away games is generally to other teams located on the South Shore. Teams generally play games that take place one or two nights per week, and one weekend day. The season ends roughly about the beginning of August, with playoff season play carrying on sometimes up to the second week in August. The commitment level expected by MYBL is 75%, which translated, allows for a week long family vacation during the season. All players must be registered for the second half Summer Season to play in either the Suburban or South River League. Leagues are broken into the following categories:
Friendship League is the 8 year old Ripken Summer Travel Team. There are 2 games a week, mainly weekdays with an occasional weekend game or tournament. There are also Playoffs in late July, early August.
Suburban League are the Ripken Teams ages 9 & 10. This is a very competitve level of baseball.
South River League is a less intense level of play that consists of the next level of play with teams mainly constiting of teams 9/10, 10/11, 11/12
Kingston 50/70 League is for the 11 and 12 year old Ripken Teams and is played mainly out of Kingston MA with some travel.