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2019 Important Changes for Lebo Baseball

Lebo Baseball Fundraising Fee

Every season the Mt Lebanon Baseball Association holds a Pirates Lexus Club Ticket Raffle as our main fundraiser. In an effort to maximize fundraiser participation for 2019, there will be a $35 fundraising fee added to every account at registration for the Lebo Baseball Spring Season. Each player will receive 10 Pirates Raffle Tickets to be sold at $5 per ticket. Parents/players will keep the $ from the raffle ticket sale (up to $50) which will offset the fundraiser fee and, potentially (if all 10 tickets are sold), lower the 2019 Spring Season registration fee by $15.

Example:

  • Major(12U) Division Registration fee is $180 + $35 Fundraiser Fee = $215 total due at registration. 
  • $215 total due at registration - $50 (10 Pirates Raffle tickets sold) = $165 Major(12U) Division registration fee.
  • You save $15 off registration fee by selling 10 Pirates Raffle fundraiser tickets!

Spring Season Timeline

In past years, once the MTL school year ends there is a high rate of attrition among players due to family vacations and other Summer plans or adventures.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure maximum participation for the 2019 Spring Season, every attempt will be made to bring the Maverick thru Pony Divisions' seasons to an end by the last day of school, June 10th, 2019


PONY League Age-Cutoff Change

PONY Baseball has changed the birthday cut-off used to determine player eligibility from April 30th to August 31st.  This rule change went into effect January 1, 2018.  The impetus for this change was to make programs younger, allowing all players to compete on a level playing field. This change ensures all PONY participants will play in their true age group.

  • Since MLBA is currently only a PONY Baseball affiliate at the PONY division (ages 13-14), starting in 2018, the MLBA Board decided to restructure our divisions based on age eligibility and “grandfather-in” this new August 31st age-cutoff change.
  • For 2019, MLBA will continue to incorporate the PONY age cutoff guidelines into our divisions while allowing parents/players more flexibility/choice to "play up" or "play down" a division where appropriate (based on grade or skill level). 

* Please see our Spring Division Descriptions prior to registering to help determine the most appropriate division for your player based on age, grade and skill-level. 

* MLBA recommends that if you have already played two (2) years in a division (e.g., Major) then register for the next older division (e.g., Pony).

  • Older age divisions, as well as all Lebo Prime Travel Baseball age groups will use the April 30th date (except for 13U and 14U PONY World Series-eligible Travel Teams which will use the 8/31 cutoff) to determine age eligibility for 2019.
The MLBA Board believes that realigning our divisions by age with a two-year “and under” structure provides the best opportunity moving forward to promote development of our players while maintaining a competitive game environment, where appropriate. This approach also allows us to minimize any effects on player eligibility due to the age-cutoff change and corresponding move away from grade-based divisions while maximizing player participation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact MLBA President, Ian Smith, at [email protected] or call at 330-383-3288.













USA Baseball Youth Bat Standard

For 2019, Lebo Baseball has fully adopted the USA Baseball Youth Bat Standard for all Spring Season Divisions.

Mt Lebanon Baseball Association decided to wait until the 2019 season to fully implement the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). 

This means for the 2019 Spring season, only bats that are USABat certified will be legal for use.  USABat certified bats can have a barrel diameter of 2 1/4” or 2 5/8” and must have the USA Baseball stamp or sticker.

Please contact the MLBA with any questions.

* Travel teams will need to determine what bats are legal for leagues or tournaments.

Statement from PONY Baseball:

In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

To find out more about the USABat standard click here.
To find PONY's official approved bat list, which is in accordance with USABat, click here.

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