About Baseball

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**.

You can register online or in-person on certain dates in the registration period.  See the Latest News Section of our website for onsite registration dates.

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.

  • Age Ranges Chart
  • MSA Divisions

The following age table is for the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 seasons:

BIRTH CHART FOR 2019 – BASEBALL DIVISIONS

 2015201420132012201120102009200820072006200520042003200220012000
January45678910111213141516171818
February45678910111213141516171818
March45678910111213141516171818
April45678910111213141516171818
May4456789101112131415161718
June4456789101112131415161718
July4456789101112131415161718
August4456789101112131415161718
September3456789101112131415161718
October3456789101112131415161718
November3456789101112131415161718
December3456789101112131415161718

All player ages are determined by the birth chart shown above. May 1 in any year shall be the deciding date.

Season of 2019:

Cal Ripken – Any player born prior to May 1, 2015 and on or after May 1, 2006 will be eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition. Any player that turns 4-years-old in the months of May, June, July and August of 2015 is eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken T-Ball Division

13-15 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2006 and on or after May 1, 2003 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 13-15 League competition.

16-18 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2003 and on or after January 1, 2000 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition.

Any player born in 2000, 2001 and 2002 is eligible for Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division. Players born in January, February, March, and April of 2003 must play in the 16-18 Division.

MSA provides the following divisions in which children can play:

DivisionLeague AgeField SizeGame TimeDetails
5U Instructional T-Ball4-5Mound: 30’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
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-Ball5-6Mound: 30’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
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)7-8Mound: 46’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
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)9-10Mound: 46’
Bases: 60’
6 Innings
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)11-12Mound: 50’
Bases: 70’
6 Innings
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 Juniors13-15Mound: 60’
Bases: 90’
7 innings or no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutesThis division plays by Babe Ruth / major league rules.
18U Seniors16-18Mound: 60′
Bases: 90′
7 innings or no new inning after 1 hour 50 minutesThis 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.