2021 Middle School Madness:
November 6 & 7
**REGISTRATION ENDS SUNDAY OCT 31st AT MIDNIGHT. PAYMENT MUST ALSO BE RECEIVED BY THAT TIME**
Hello Coaches and Parents. Please read the information below very carefully and thoroughly. Most all of your questions should be answered as well as information on how to get your team into this tournament.
We are pleased to announce the return of the Middle School Madness Tournament hosted by Mansfield Youth Baseball Association. This is a great opportunity for athletes to compete as a school with their school mates, much like they will in High School. This experience is very unique, very exciting and often has select team players facing off against each other for the first time. This tournament is NOT sanctioned, so no one needs to worry about roster freezes.
How are teams formed?
A coach/parent must organize a team(s) of players at your school. We have a “Who’s Coming List” below. This list contains the school teams that are currently registered, and also will indicate whether the coach is still needing players. If the coach indicates they need players, contact them directly please. If there is not a team listed for your school, no one has yet stepped forward to let us know they are coaching a team from your school. We cannot supply coaches so it is up to parents/coaches at the school to organize teams.
All students must play for the school they attend.
What if my player is home schooled or attends a charter or private school?
First, if their school has a team registered to play, they must play with their school. If their school is not putting a team in, they are eligible to play with the public school they are zoned for. The coach will have to provide proof of residency as well as the school zoning chart at check in.
Can girls play? Absolutely! There are many talented girls out there that would love the chance to play and represent their school. Even though they may play fastpitch softball the rest of the year, doesn’t mean they won’t make great competitors this weekend. They just might be your MVP.
What if my school district does not put 5th and/or 6th grade into Intermediate/Middle Schools, but are instead in elementary schools?
Because elementary school typically have fewer students per grade than elementary schools, we will allow this exception to be made:
If your school has 5th and/or 6th grade in elementary, TWO elementary schools from the SAME Middle School Zone, may merge and play as a 5th or 6th grade team from that Middle School. Both elementary schools MUST be feeder schools to that Middle School. IMPORTANT, no more than two elementary schools can be combined to form a team. No Intermediate or Middle Schools are allowed to combine, except in a few special circumstances we approve.
What if I feel like I do not have enough players from our Middle School to form a team, can I pickup from a neighboring Middle School in our district so we can play? NO! Teams must be “school pure”. Every coach/team is expected to play bring a team formed by students at their school. Schools may not combine to form a single team. It would not be fair to allow a team to do this for any reason, and then come play against the teams that did pull together a team from their own school. Think about it this way, the students that don’t make the High school team, do not then get to pickup with another High School, nor can a High School Coach “pickup” a player from a neighboring High School. You play with what you got.
What grades can play?
We will have 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade divisions. Any player that is in 4th – 7th can play up ONE grade level if necessary, but no player can play down a grade.
Where will games be played?
We will first fill up Big League Dreams, Mansfield. As enrollment exceeds the capacity there, we will also add on The Mansfield Sports Complex. If we fill both of those parks, we may add a third park that is within 8 miles of BLD. Teams need to be prepared to play at any one of the three parks. We will NOT be able to accept Schedule requests. With a tournament of this size, it will be impossible to accommodate requests for all teams.
What do we do for jerseys?
All that is required by us is that the players be in similar color, with a number on the back. Most teams have been having inexpensive tshirts or jerseys made up but we do not require that.
How do we make payment and register?
To get on the Who's Coming List (register), the coach or team rep needs to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give the following info:
Do you still need players? Yes or No
Grade Registering For
Coach Cell Phone #
The cost is $350 per team. We are not trying to make anything on this tournament, just merely cover the costs. Payment will be made by team and MUST be made no later than Sunday Oct 31st at midnight. If we do not have that by then we will not be able to put your team on the schedule.
Payment can be made by:
We will be playing by USSSA rules for each grade as follows:
We will NOT be able to accept Schedule requests. With a tournament of this size, it will be impossible to accommodate requests for all teams. Please have your teams at the field :30 minutes prior to game time. If the previous game ends early, we can start games :30 minutes early. Game times are 90 minutes long. Pool Play CAN end in a tie but Bracket play will settle ties with a Texas Shootout. We will not start a new inning with less than 2 minutes to play.
Friday Night Team Check In
The Head Coach or other designated team rep must come to the Mansfield Sports Complex on Friday November 5th between 7:000PM and 8:00PM to check in.
The coach must provide:
There will likely be more information added to this page so check back often. if you have a question that was not addressed above, please email BOTH Kevin Lewis at email@example.com as well as Jay Johnson (Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Who's Coming List is below. If the coach has indicated to us that they are looking for players, then their email address is provided. If you player attends that school, contact the coach directly.
**Updated Nov 1 11:00AM
***NOTE: The Coach's Email Address will only show here, IF the coach has told us they are in need of more players.