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Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association

Lebo Prime Baseball

The purpose of the Lebo Prime program is to:

  • PRIME the player's interest in the sport of baseball.
  • PRIME players to become lifelong athletes. 
  • Serve as the PRIME introduction to sports, free from negative experiences and pressure.
  • Develop players and coaches who are the PRIME examples of sportsmanship, effort, and play.
  • Develop the PRIME baseball player in each athlete.


Lebo Prime Baseball is the competitive and player/coach development division of the Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association (MLBA). Lebo Prime exists as an extension of MLBA and complements MLBA programming. Lebo Prime is not considered a substitute to participating in the MLBA Regular Season. 


The Lebo Prime program's goal is to provide the youth of Mt. Lebanon - who love the game of baseball - a year-round or multi-season, competitive baseball environment as a complement or alternative to AAU/Select/Club baseball.  Lebo Prime Baseball is committed to promoting the game of baseball while preparing players for competitive play by focusing on skill and character development and emphasizing fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 


As a division of MLBA, Lebo Prime Baseball will field teams in the 7U through 14U age divisions, and these teams will represent the MLBA and Mt. Lebanon in local community tournaments, leagues, and PONY World Series qualifying tournaments. Players who are invited to join Lebo Prime teams will be required to participate fully in the MLBA Spring Regular Season practices and games and comply with the standards and expectations set forth by MLBA and Lebo Prime Baseball.  

The Lebo Prime Baseball program provides players who have demonstrated the requisite skill and desire an opportunity to compete against players of similar skill levels from other communities.  "Travel" baseball is more competitive and has a greater emphasis on winning than recreational or in-house baseball. This is evident in the following ways:

  • Greater expectations on the players in terms of effort, concentration, and commitment.
  • Players may play fewer positions.
  • Coaches will place players in positions best suited for the success of the team.
  • Players will take on different roles within the framework of the team.
  • Players will learn that every role is essential for the success of the team.
  • There is no minimum playing time requirement.
  •  The coaching staff is responsible for making all playing decisions within the framework of the goals of Lebo Prime Baseball at each age group and skill level. 

MLBA Regular Season practices and games should be considered a priority over Lebo Prime activities. 

Player Eligibility

Teams are designated by age level (7U through 14U)

Age is determined by the player’s age on April 30th of the current year.

Exception: For PONY World Series Qualifier teams, age is determined by player’s age on August 31st of the current year. 

MLBA gives priority to players that are in the same grade and meet the age requirement. Players are, typically, not recommended to play up an age group. 

The Lebo Prime Baseball program is open to all age-appropriate players who: 

  1. Reside in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
  2.  Register online for and participate fully in MLBA Regular Season practices and games.
  3.  Register online for Lebo Prime Travel Program prior to tryouts.
  4.  Attend a Lebo Prime Travel Program Tryout.
  5.  Have paid all past due account balances from previous seasons.
  6.  Have agreed to all required MLBA waivers.

Seasons / Player Commitment

Spring Season (optional, team/player availability dependent,  additional fee- 2 to 3 tournaments or league play. Weekends only, April through June.

Summer Tournaments (Primary season) - 3 to 6 tournaments depending on age group (includes Mt. Lebanon host tournament). Play from mid-June through first week in August, mostly weekends with possible play Thursday through Monday.

Fall Season (optional, team/player availability dependent, additional fee) - 2 to 3 tournaments or Wood bat league play. Position Specific Camps/Skill workouts. August through December. 

Winter Workouts (optional) - 1 to 1.5 hours per week of skill-development practices. January through March.

Coaches and Volunteers

Anyone interested in becoming a Lebo Prime Team Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Tournament Director, or Team Coordinator can volunteer during the player registration process. Applicants may be interviewed by a subset of the Board of Directors, which will include the Competitive Leagues Director/Travel Coordinator. The MLBA Board of Directors will make the final decision regarding volunteers for each age group and team. 


Player registration fees are set on an age-group basis, factoring in basic registration fees and the cost of any additional activities that teams and players may participate in. Additional uniform fees may be separate from the registration fee and will depend on the items purchased.

Lebo Prime Baseball Registration Fees:

7U age-group is approximately $200-300*
8U thru 14U age-groups is approximately $300-600*

  • All Registration fees include a $25 non-refundable tryout fee (paid at time of registration).
  • Remainder of Registration fees are due when placed on a team. Fees may be split into 2-3 monthly payments.
  • * PONY World Series qualifier teams and 12U teams may incur additional fees depending on tournaments and extra travel expenses.
  • * Participation in Spring and/or Fall/Winter activities may incur additional fees.


Uniform package for all players includes: hat(s), primary jersey, and alternate jersey (8U-14U only). Uniform cost is approximately $100-$175A separate link to purchase uniform items will be provided after team placement. Jerseys and hats will have player last name and number. 

MLBA supports all Lebo Prime Baseball teams by providing insurance, fields, umpires, equipment, baseballs, etc.
* Any additional expenses shall be paid for by the families of participating players. 

Tryouts / Player Selection / Team Formation


Tryouts across all age groups will be held each season.

Lebo Prime Team tryouts will be held late February to early May depending on the age group, facility/field availability and/or weather. Dates of the tryouts will be posted on the MLBA website and emailed to potential program participants. 

Please find specific tryout information for the current season here: Lebo Prime Tryout Dates and Times

Independent evaluators (selected by the MLBA Board of Directors) will rate players on the following criteria: 

  1. Specific technique demonstrated and overall results for each area of evaluation.  

  2. Effort, attitude, and sportsmanship.

  3. Ability to focus, listen, and follow directions. 

Purpose of Tryout/Evaluations: 

  1. Put players in a position to be successful yet challenged. 

  2. Maximize opportunity for player growth. 

Details regarding the types of drills and evaluation criteria will be made available prior to scheduled tryouts. 

Player Selection and Team Formation

Travel program coordinators, evaluators, and coaches will be responsible for player selection and team formation, which will be based on the following criteria (where applicable): 

  • Tryout performance 

  • Past travel team performance 

  • Current travel team performance 

  • Rec league performance 

A subset of the MLBA Board of Directors will be responsible for coordinating tryouts for all age groups and approving the final team placement of all players. 

Announcement of teams will be made online and by email. 

Lebo Prime Team Formation Process-
Please view our team formation process here.

Team Descriptions

Lebo Prime Blue Teams consist of players who have shown a higher skill and commitment level, as well as a significant understanding of the game. These teams are expected to compete in "A" level and/or Open tournaments.

Lebo Prime Gold Teams consist of players who have shown an intermediate skill level and understanding of the game. These teams are expected to compete in "B" level and possibly some "A" level or "C" level tournaments (when appropriate). At some age groups, Gold teams may have expanded rosters to maximize opportunities for skill development and player growth for players evaluated to be at the intermediate skill level.

Lebo Prime
 Teams are developmental teams that consist of players who have shown the desire to play the game but lack the skill at present to compete at the "A" or "B" level. These teams will play in appropriate skill tournaments or leagues (if/when available). 

Lebo Prime Sandlot Sluggers is our summer skill development program for players 8 thru 11 years of age that, currently, do not meet the skill criteria for a tournament team but are looking to Develop Core SkillsImprove Baseball IQ, and Compete in Games and Activities.

* MLBA and Lebo Prime Baseball reserve the right to make adjustments to team formation to promote competition and player development based on what is in the best interest of all players in the program. *

Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
Phone : 412-392-7374
Email : [email protected]
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