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    MSBL & DICK’S Sporting Goods 20% off Event May 14-17

    Mid-Suburban Baseball League  20% Off Shop Event

    May 14 – May 17, 2021 (Friday – Monday)
    Store Location: All Chicagoland Locations

    Save the date! Our partner, DICK’S Sporting Goods, is offering you a 20% off discount throughout the store to help you gear up for the season! Be sure to use the coupon linked below, as this is specific to our organization. The coupon is valid in-store on the dates above, and should be shown at the register during checkout.

    MSBL update 5/4/2021

    umpire issues!

    In recent weeks we have been made aware of and also have been affected by umpire issues.  Umpires not showing up for games, umpires showing up late to games, and also umpires flat out not available  This is an area wide issue and not specific to the MSBL.

    The MSBL is making a few recommendations to help alleviate or at least minimize the impact of these issues.

    Home team should contact the scheduled umpire 3 hours in advance to confirm they will be coming to the game.

    Managers have the right to use an un-patched umpire to start a game or to umpire the entire game if both managers agree to it prior to the first pitch.  This is in section 4.E. of the MSBL rules.

    "Home teams are required to supply and compensate one “patched” umpire (IHSA preferred) during practice, league, and tournament games. If the umpire is not “patched” the managers must agree using a “non-patched” umpire prior to the start of the game."

    This means a game cannot be protested because an un-patched umpire was used if both managers agreed to it prior to first pitch.

    Again, we wanted to make sure you know we are aware of these issues and offer recommendations on how to handle the situations.  This is an unfortunate consequence of the past 12 months and is an area-wide shortage. We only expect the shortage to get worse when House Baseball and Softball games start up next weekend.

    As with everything we have all done the last 15 months we will adjust and adapt. 

    Please reach out to your respective League Directors with any questions.

    2021 MSBL Tournament Dates

    New for 2021:

    The MSBL Tournament will be a true "Tournament". Regular season standings will not factor into Tournament placement. Also the Tournament will not necessarily mean the end of the season. 

     

    8U: July 9-11

    9U July 1-3

    10U July 7-11

    11U June 23-27

    12U July 7-11

    13U June 23-27

    14U June 23-27

    Bat Rule concerns

    USA bat rules will not be mandatory for MSBL games in 2021 and we will follow the same USSSA bat rules from 2020.

    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 13U  division bats must be stamped either 1.15 BPF, USSSA or USA Baseball and must be no lighter than a drop -8 length-to-weight ratio. Alternatively, "BBCOR" and/or wood bats may be used.  

    The 14U division will be the only division that must use a -5 or -3 bat.

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