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Acton-Boxborough Summer Baseball

In addition to spring and fall seasons, during the summer ABYB typically fields multiple teams in four leagues:

Information about each program is provided below.  If you have questions or would like more information, please email the ABYB summer coordinator at: [email protected] for the 9-12 year old age group, or [email protected] for players 13 or older.




Bay State League and Little League World Series Tournament

Bay State League and Little League World Series tournament is for players of "League Age" 11-12. 
This team will consist of 12-14 players.  
Typically, in order for players to be eligible for this team, they must have played in at least 60% of their Spring Majors team's games. 
Each Majors team must have played a minimum of 12 games, not counting playoffs. 
In addition, each player must provide an original birth certificate as proof of their league age. 
Also, each player must provide school enrollment proof for the current academic year* OR 3 different proof of residency documents**. 

* RECOMMENDED - Official/Certified school enrollment record dated prior to October 1 of current academic year OR a Little League issued school attendance form completed by the school administrator, principal or vice principal.
** We recommend drivers license, gas/electric bill, and Internet/cable bill.  Residency documents must be dated within a year.

*Bay State League A Division ("League Age" 11-12)
*Bay State League B Division ("League Age" 10-11)
*Bay State League C Division ("League Age" 9-10)
*Bay State League D Division ("Leage Age" 9 only)

The Bay State League is a highly competitive summer league involving teams from towns in the Northeastern part of Massachusetts. Typically, the season begins in late June or early July, and will run through mid-August.
There will be 3-4 games per week. 
Players and their parents should expect that half of the scheduled games will require travel to other towns.
Each of our Bay State League teams will consist of 12 roster players and up to 8 additional alternate players.
The league's website is at www.baystatebaseball.com.

Who is eligible to play Bay State? 

Bay State baseball is available to ABYB players who have been selected to play on the team following tryouts and who:

  1. Played in either the ABYB Fall or Spring season if the player resides in Acton or Boxborough, and/or
  2. Participated in the ABYB Little League program in the Spring season if the player does not reside in Acton or Boxborough.

Who is eligible to play Little League World Series?

Little League World Series players must meet the following criteria:

  1. Played in at least 60% of ABYB's most recent Spring Season Majors games (with all Majors teams having played at least 12 games not counting playoffs, and
  2. Player must reside in Acton or Boxborough, and
  3. Player is league age 11 or 12.  Player must provide school enrollment proof for the current academic year OR 3 different proof of residency documents as described above in addition to their original birth certificate.

What determines a player’s Bay State and LLWS age?

A player’s league age is typically defined by his/her calendar age as of April 30 of the current season, although there are some exceptions.

 

What is the selection process for Bay State/Little League World Series teams?

The head coach for each divisional team, along with input from other evaluators, will select his/her roster following two tryout sessions.  Teams typically have 12 core players, as well as alternates who may or may not get called on to play.  Each Bay State division normally has one ABYB team, though there can be more than one team per division.  Assessments from Spring season Majors coaches will also be included in the LLWS team selection process.

How do I register for Bay State/Little League World Series?

Use the ABYB Registration System and select the "Summer Bay State / LLWS" program.

The player fee is assessed only if the player is selected for a team following tryouts.  Once the player is selected, payment is required at that time.  There is no fee simply for attending tryouts.

What are valid residency documents for Little League World Series?

Each player must provide school enrollment proof for the current academic year* OR 3 different proof of residency documents**.
 * RECOMMENDED - Official/Certified school enrollment record dated prior to October 1 of current academic year OR a Little League issued school attendance form completed by the school administrator, principal or vice principal.
** Drivers license, voter registration, school records, welfare/child care records, federal records, state records, local (municipal) records, support payment records, homeowner or tenant records, utility bills (*only one can be used for the 3 proofs, ie: gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal), financial records (load, credit, investments), insurance documents, medical records, military records, internet/cable/satellite records, vehicle records, employment records.

Who are the A-B Bay State coaches?

Coaches for each team will typically have coached in the ABYB program in Spring immediately prior to the Summer and/or will have coached several seasons in the ABYB program.  They will be CORI-certified and approved by the ABYB Board.
If you are interested in coaching in the Summer program, either in Bay State or MIB (under 12), or Lou Tompkins/Minuteman, email the appropriate coordinator: [email protected] or [email protected].  You can also make this indication during registration.

Who coaches the Little League World Series team?

Coaches will be CORI-certified and approved by the ABYB Board.

What Can Players/Parents Expect in Bay State?

Players selected for Bay State teams are asked to attend 75-80% or more of the games.  If vacation schedules or other commitments would result in missing more than 20-25% of the games, players should ask to be considered as a Bay State “alternate” and/or play in the MIB league.

  • The A, B, C and D divisions will normally play two qualifying rounds of games.  Each round will last approximately 2-3 weeks and consist of 6-10 games, depending on the division, played on a combination of weeknights and weekends.  For the first round, each team will usually be placed in a group with teams from other nearby towns.  At the conclusion of the first round there will be a trophy weekend where the top two teams from each group will compete.  After the first round is finished teams will be re-grouped according to their performance in the first round.  The second round will again consist of 6-10 games played over a 2-3 week period, followed by a trophy weekend.  Teams earn points for victories during each round and for their performance in a trophy weekend.  The top 8 teams in each division, based on points earned, will advance to a double-elimination format Tournament of Champions to end the season in August.  Games may be played at home in Acton, at the opposing team's field, or at a neutral site.  For the most part, neutral site games would be played on a weekend.

Conflicts with other sports/activities: If a team does well and continues into the Tournament of Champions (ToC), there will be overlap between Bay State and pre-season practice of other sports over the last week or two of the baseball season in August.  If your player is selected for Bay State, please consider that making the ToC is a significant accomplishment, and in fairness to that team it is expected that attendance at ToC games will take priority over other sports/activities.

Playing Time: According to the Bay State rules, players are guaranteed a minimum of three innings of play in the field and one at bat in each game.  However, ABYB encourages coaches to play every player at least 4 innings (of a full 6-inning game) in each game and to rotate substitutions so that the same few kids do not sit out every game.

Travel: There are approximately 35 cities and towns that participate in Bay State.  Travel to away games varies from 20 minutes to one hour.  There also can be significant driving to and from road games, as far away as Boston and Marblehead, as an example, and as close as Sudbury or Westford.  Game times for away games typically begin at 5:45pm.  For home games, where we have lights at Veterans' Field, games often begin at 7:00pm.

Parental commitments: Bay State parents are asked to help with various things throughout the season, including field maintenance after games as well as helping with the various activities that go along with “hosting” a qualifying or tournament weekend.  Activities include getting fields ready before and between games (there can be up to 16 games over that “host” weekend), staffing the food stand, keeping score, emptying the trash and generally committing to be at the field as a volunteer for 2-4 hours (and upwards, if desired).

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Bay State Summer program, please email the ABYB Summer coordinator at: [email protected].
 


 Massachusetts Independent Baseball (MIB) League

ABYB often participates in the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIB).  The MIB summer season begins in early July and runs for 6 weeks into mid-August.  Teams have two games per week scheduled, usually on weeknights.  The league consists of teams from neighboring towns, so there will be some travel to games outside of Acton or Boxborough. 
The MIB league has three divisions: an 8U division, a 10U division and a 12U division. 
The number of teams we will field in each division will be determined by the number of players and coaches that register.

Who is eligible to play MIB?

Players on these age-based teams will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis based on registration date.  There are no ABYB participation requirements however there are residency requirements in Acton or Boxborough, unless ABYB can obtain a special waiver for an individual player.

MIB is considered a recreational league, and therefore there is no selection process/tryout required.

What determines a player’s MIB age?

A player’s league age is defined by his calendar age as of April 30 of the current season. 

How do I register for MIB?

Use the ABYB Registration System and select the "Summer MIB" program.
Payment is required at the time of registration.

Who are the A-B MIB coaches?

Because of the large number of players interested in this league, we are always in need of coaches for these teams.  Please consider signing up to help.  We frequently end up with co-head coaches due to scheduling conflicts, and this has worked out fine.  You can specify your willingness to coach during the online registration process.  If you have not coached in ABYB in the prior Spring, you will need to be CORI'd.  

What Can Players/Parents Expect in MIB?

Players on these teams can miss up to roughly one third of the games due to vacation or other commitments.  However, there will be no refund of registration fees.

Schedule: Typically, games for these teams will begin after July 4 and continue for approximately five to six weeks.  Teams usually play two games per week; most games are during the week (Monday through Thursday), usually beginning around 5:30-6:00pm.  In the past, the 9-10 year old division has typically played games on Mondays and Wednesdays, while the 11-12 year-olds have played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Playing Time:  Equal playing time will be required for each player at a game as long as the player has made the coach aware of prior absences in advance of missing a game or practice.

Travel: Travel time to away game varies from 15 to 30 minutes.  Other participating towns have included: Westford, Concord-Carlisle, Littleton, Groton, Bedford and Harvard.

Parental commitments: Team parents are encouraged to help with various tasks throughout the season, including field maintenance before or after games.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information about the MIB Summer program, please email the ABYB Summer coordinator at: [email protected].
 


Senior League Summer Baseball

Senior League Summer baseball is available to players in Acton and Boxborough who have participated in AB Babe Ruth programs or organized baseball at the junior or senior high schools.  There are two leagues:
 

Lou Tompkins All Star Baseball League

Lou Tompkins baseball includes teams from Metro-West to Boston.  Each team typically play at least 18 games during the season.  The season starts in late June and ends in the first weeks of August.  Players can expect to play two games each midweek and also play games every other weekend.  Prospective players need to register with AB Youth Baseball prior to any potential tryout dates.  Depending on the number of A-B players who register, tryout dates will be determined.  Also, depending on the number of A-B players who register, players from other neighboring towns may be invited to register and try out for various teams.

Who is eligible to play Lou Tompkins for A-B?

Players who live in Acton or Boxborough, or students who attend school in Acton, are eligible to try out for Lou Tompkins league teams.  The Lou Tompkins league has three divisions, 'B' for 13 & 14 year-olds, 'A' for 15 & 16 year-olds, and 'Senior' for 17-21 year-old players.  ABYB will participate in whichever divsions are deemed appropriate by the summer coordinator based on number of player registrations and available volunteer coaches.  There are various opportunities for players to play up in a higher division.  Those will be documented below and on the individual registration forms on our web site.  If ABYB is not able to field a competitive roster of players from Acton-Boxborough, players from other adjacent towns may be considered.

Tryouts are typically used to pick these select teams, however that will also depend on registration numbers and potentially other factors.  If more players sign up for these teams than there are available roster spots, there will be cuts to get to an appropriate roster size.  Any players of appropriate age (13-16) who are cut from these rosters can subsequently choose to play on a Minuteman League team.

What determines a player’s Lou Tompkins league age?

A Lou Tompkins player’s league age is defined as the player’s calendar age as of April 30 of the current season.

Division B is designed for 13-14 year-olds. 

Division A is designed for 15-16 year-olds.

Senior Division is designed for 17-21 year olds.

How do I register for Lou Tompkins?

Use the ABYB Registration System and select the "Summer Lou Tompkins..." program appropriate for the player's age.

The player fee is assessed only if the player is selected for a team following registration/tryouts.  Once the player is selected, payment is required at that time.  There is no fee simply for attending tryouts.
 

What Can Players/Parents Expect in Lou Tompkins?

Schedule: Games typically begin in mid-June and end in mid-August, followed by a Tournament of Champions for qualifying teams.  Games will occur on a mix of weeknights and weekends.  The Tournament of Champions is a minimum of 2 games and could be as many as 5 games.

Conflicts with other sports/activities: Players on these teams are expected to miss no more than 4-5 games during the summer.

Playing Time: Players are NOT guaranteed a minimum amount of playing time on these teams, therefore rosters will typically be kept to around 13 core players, although each coach may choose a slightly different roster size.  Alternates may be accepted at the coach's discretion, but will also need to be registered through the ABYB site.

Travel: Travel time to away games varies from 15 minutes to 1 hour.  Midweek games will typically be in nearby towns, weekend games will be farther away.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Lou Tompkins Summer program, please email the ABYB senior league Summer coordinator at: [email protected].
 


Minuteman League

The Minuteman League provides for play in the 13-16 year-old age group.  A-B will attempt to field as many teams in this league as there is player interest and coach availability.  We will need at least 13-14 players and a set of coaches to form each team.  The Minuteman League website is located at http://www.mmbrl.com/.

Who is eligible to play Minuteman League?

The Minuteman League is considered a recreational league, and therefore players on these teams will be placed on a first-come first-served basis based on registration date.

What determines a player’s Minuteman League age?

League Age is determined by the player's age on April 30 of the current season.

How do I register for Minuteman League?

Use the ABYB Registration System and select the "Summer Minuteman" program.

What Can Players/Parents Expect in Minuteman League?

Schedule: Games for these teams usually begin the third or fourth week of June and continue through mid-August.  Teams usually play 2 games per week and all games are normally scheduled on weeknights.  There is typically a single-elimination format playoff at the end of the season.  Detailed schedules are not yet available.

Conflicts with vacations/activities/other sports: Players on these teams could miss up to 6-7 games due to vacation or other commitments.  However there will be no refund of registration fees.

Playing Time: Minimum playing time in this league is 3 innings defensively, and no player can sit out in consecutive innings.  All players bat in a continuous batting order.

Travel: Travel time to away games is about 15-30 minutes.  All games are played on weeknights

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Minuteman League Summer program, please email the ABYB senior league Summer coordinator at: [email protected].

Contact

Acton-Boxborough Youth Baseball
P.O. Box 2784 
Acton, Massachusetts 01720

Phone: 617-970-4575

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