Mandarin Sports Association (MSA) of Jacksonville is the original organization for youth baseball for Mandarin and its surrounding areas. We offer two youth baseball seasons each year – Spring and Fall. Following the Spring Season, All-Star teams are formed in most age divisions. Further, MSA offers an Advanced Baseball (AB) programs in both Spring and Fall for most age divisions if there is enough coach and player participation. Our Mandarin little league baseball home games are primarily played at Alberts Field in Jacksonville. Some age groups play within a coalition of nearby associations and may travel to other parks to play some games.
Spring Baseball Key Dates:
- Registration – Mid-November through the end of January.
- Evaluations and Teams Form – Between Mid-January and the first week of February.
- Season – First of March through Early May*.
Fall Baseball Key Dates:
- Registration – Mid-June through the Beginning of September.
- Evaluations and Teams Form – Between the Beginning of September and Mid-September.
- Season – October through Mid-November**.
Practices are typically two days a week for 1:30 – 1:45 and start as soon as teams as formed. Games are typically two days a week. Practice time after games start is at the coach’s discretion.
*All-Star season runs Mid-May through Mid-July and is on a try-out basis.
**Fall Baseball season ends before the week of Thanksgiving. Further, there are NO GAMES ON SATURDAYS in the Fall whenever possible unless there are field limitations, conflicts, makeups, or coalition needs.
MSA follows the Cal Ripken youth baseball rules for league ages 12 and under and Babe Ruth baseball rules for league ages 13-18.
League Age is based on Babe Ruth Baseball’s age chart. Babe Ruth Baseball league age is based on the child’s age as of the upcoming April 30th. The following age table is for the Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 seasons:
|Birth Range||League Age|
|From May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013||4|
|From May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012||5|
|From May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011||6|
|From May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010||7|
|From May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009||8|
|From May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008||9|
|From May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007||10|
|From May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006||11|
|From May 1, 2004 to April 30, 2005||12|
|From May 1, 2003 to April 30, 2004||13|
|From May 1, 2002 to April 30, 2003||14|
|From May 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002||15|
|From May 1, 2000 to April 30, 2001||16|
|From May 1, 1999 to April 30, 2000||17|
|From May 1, 1998 to April 30, 1999||18|
MSA provides the following divisions in which children can play:
|Division||League Age||Field Size||Game Time||Details|
|5U Instructional T-Ball||4-5||Mound: 30’
No new inning after 1:30
|5U Instructional T-ball is a program recommended for league age 4 and beginning 5 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The coach pitches three to five pitches to the batter after which they are allowed to hit off a batting tee, hence the name. Outs and score are not recorded. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.|
|6U T-Ball||5-6||Mound: 30’
No new inning after 1:30
|6U T-ball is a program recommended for league age 5 and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The coach pitches to the batter and with three strikes they are allowed to hit off a batting tee, hence the name. Outs and score are kept starting with this age group. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.|
|8U Pitching Machine (Rookie)||7-8||Mound: 46’
No new inning after 1:40
|The 8U Pitching Machine (Rookie) league is designed for league age 7 and 8 year olds. A pitching machine delivers pitches at ~42 miles per hour. Batters receive five hittable pitches. If the ball is not batted into play after the fifth pitch, the batter in effect strikes out. By controlling pitches with a pitching machine, there is more action at the plate and in the field. The Rookie league is an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence.|
|10U Minor (kid pitch)||9-10||Mound: 46’
No new inning after 1:45
|The 10U Minor division is designed for league age 9 and 10 year olds. The players are introduced to live pitching at this level. Players are allowed to steal multiple bases including home, but not lead off. Among teammates of their own age and experience level, players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game.|
|12U Major (kid pitch)||11-12||Mound: 50’
No new inning after 1:50
|The 12U Majors division is most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball and is designed for league age 11 and 12 year old players. This division builds on the 10U Minor division with the addition of lead offs, dropped third strike rule and 70 foot base paths.|
|15U Juniors||13-15||Mound: 60’
|7 innings or no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes||This division plays by Babe Ruth / major league rules.|
|18U Seniors||16-18||Mound: 60′
|7 innings or no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutes||This division plays by Babe Ruth /major league rules.|
All players are required to go through a player evaluation process in order to create a better distribution of talent through the draft process. (Player evaluations are not required for Instructional T-Ball/T-Ball.) Team selections are made using a draft process based on the player evaluation scores. All children will be placed on a team and will play at least half of all innings played.