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Please read about all three of our Farm Leagues prior to registering.

Here is some general information that applies to all three of our Farm Leagues:

 

Registration: Register online at www.marsbaseball.com and pay via PayPal.  Registration ends on February 28. 

Baseball Opening Day has not been officially scheduled yet but likely will be April 21, 2018.  All teams will play at least one game and pictures will be taken. 

League Festivals: League Festivals will take place at Adams 1&2 on Saturday, June 2 for the Farm 8 League, Sunday, June 3 for the Farm American League and Saturday, June 9 for the Farm 7 League.  We try to schedule all teams to play 2 games that day (games might be a little shorter than normal).  It is a fun way to end the season!

Team Announcements: You will receive notification of your child’s team placement on or before March 31, 2018.

Practices: Teams will be scheduled to practice twice each week from April 2 through Baseball Opening Day.

Season Length (games): Baseball Opening Day through June 15, 2018. 

Typical Game Schedule: 14 scheduled games per team.  We will make every effort to make sure that every team plays a minimum of 12 games (weather permitting).

Games Per Week: Typically two games per week (including the weekends). 

Scheduled Days of Practices and Games: Other than the Farm American Festival, no practices or games will be scheduled on Sundays.  Farm American will not practice or play games on Mondays.  Farm 7 will not practice or play games or Tuesdays.  Farm 8 will not practice or play games on Wednesdays.

Time of Games: The earliest game on Saturday will be noon.  During the week, games will begin at 6:15 pm. 

Practice and Game Locations: Valencia, Adams 1&2, Adams Township Park, No Off Season

Player Requests: If two players want to play with each other, both must submit the same request. Although we cannot guarantee any placement request, we will try to honor placement requests between 2 players so long as both request to play together and we can still maintain a proportional balance of ages and abilities on teams.  No requests to play for a certain coach are permitted.

Team Announcements: You will receive notification of your child’s team placement on or before March 31, 2017

Practices: Practices will begin on or after April 2, 2018.

Commissioner: Please e-mail   in January, 2018 if you would like to be a Commissioner of one of the Farm Leagues.  

Equipment Provided/Equipment Needed: The league provides hats, jerseys and practice/game balls.  Most players prefer to purchase their own bat although the league provides a limited number of team bats.  Players will also need to purchase a helmet, gray baseball pants and cleats and may want to purchase a bat bag.
 

The Farm American League (6U through 8U as of April 30, 2018)

What: Coach pitch league

Ages: Players who are 6 through 8 years old as of April 30, 2018

MBA Recommendation: All 6 year olds who are ready for coach pitch and any 7 year old who has not previously played coach pitch should play in the Farm American League.

Rules: A Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) baseball will be used. It is the same size as a regulation baseball, but it is softer. Batters will receive 8 pitches from the coach. If they don't hit the ball, then they will have the opportunity to hit the ball with soft toss. The entire season is coach pitch.  Games are 5 innings in length with a time limit of one and half hours.

Team Assignments: Players will be placed on teams without a formal player evaluation. The Commissioner will attempt to balance teams based on the age of the players and the known skill level of the players.

The Farm National 7U League (7U ONLY as of April 30, 2018)

What: Coach pitch league

Ages: Players who are 7 as of April 30, 2017

MBA Recommendation: All 7 year olds who have previously played at least one coach pitch season and who are ready to handle the three strikes and you’re out rule should play in the Farm National 7U League.

Rules: We use a standard little league baseball in the Farm 7 league that is harder than the Reduced Injury Factor ball used in the Farm American league. Batters will receive 7 pitches from the coach. If they don't hit the ball or have 3 swinging strikes, the batter is out. The entire season is coach pitch.  Games are 6 innings in length with a two hour time limit.

Team Assignments: Players will be placed on teams without a formal player evaluation. The Commissioner will attempt to balance teams based on the age of the players and the known skill level of the players.

The Farm National 8U League (8U ONLY as of April 30, 2018)

What: Coach pitch/transition to kid pitch league

Ages: Players who are 8 as of April 30, 2018

MBA Recommendation: All 8 year olds who have previously played at least one coach pitch season and who are ready to face pitching by players should play in the Farm National 8U League.

Rules: We use a standard little league baseball in the Farm 8 league that is harder than the Reduced Injury Factor ball used in the Farm American league.  On Opening Day, the games will be 6 innings of coach pitch.  For every other game during the season, the games will be 4 innings of coach pitch and 2 innings of kid pitch.  During the coach pitch portion of the game, batters will receive 7 pitches from the coach. If they don't hit the ball or have 3 swinging strikes, the batter is out.  During the kid pitch portion of the game, the batters are out after three strikes but a coach will finish pitching an at bat after four balls.  Games are 6 innings in length with a two hour time limit.

Team Assignments: Players will be placed on teams after a formal player evaluation on Tuesday, March 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm at No Offseason Baseball.  All registered players are requested to attend. At an in person meeting with the Commissioner and Head Coach of each team, teams will be balanced based on the evaluated skill level of the players.