The MSBL has been working hard to provide some semblance of a baseball season for 2020.
Assuming the state of Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan as scheduled, The MSBL Board is proposing the following truncated season plan.
Regular Season will start July 6th and run through August 2nd. Teams will play approximately 8 -10 games (depending on team participation) and we will realign divisions based on participation and location as much as we possibly can.
All teams will participate in a single game elimination playoff to happen August 3rd and end no later than August 16th. Championship games will be scheduled for a date and location selected by the two remaining teams in each level.
In the very near future, each league director will be reaching out to determine each team’s decision.
We must have your team’s decision by June 15th. If we have not received your team’s decision by June 15th, we will assume you are not going to participate in the truncated season and you will be removed from the updated scheduling process.
The MSBL is still hopeful we will be able to offer at least a shortened season. That being said we have extended our league wide "rain delay" until tentatively June 1st.
The MSBL has extended the suspension of all its baseball related activities through April 30th. We don’t want to make any calls regarding the overall status of the season until we have to. We will continue to take this month by month as long as we can.
We are not rescheduling any games at this time. When we do resume activities, the MSBL will determine the best course of action on how to proceed based on how much season we have left.
As we continue to monitor and adhere to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health officials, along with local Park District Agencies we have decided to suspend the start of our 2020 MSBL season. This situation remains fluid and we will update everyone when we have more definitive information.
8U: July 3-5
9U July 9-12
10U June 25-28
11U June 25-28
12U July 9-12
13U June 25-28
14U July 9-12
USA bat rules will not be mandatory for MSBL games in 2020 and we will follow the same USSSA bat rules from 2019.
This is done to lessen the financial impact on families.
Please note that USSSA Baseball Tournaments and Gameday USA have decided not to follow the new USA bat rules for 2020 as well.
If you have a new USA approved bat, you can use it in League play for MSBL.
For a bat to be legal it must be permanently marked
“1.15 BPF” “BBCOR” "USA" or be a wood bat. There are NO barrel restrictions
The U14 division will be the only division that must use a -5 or -3 bat.