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Shields & Ladders Tournament 2019

2019 Shields & Ladders

March 1st-3rd

It is time again for the Shields and Ladders Tournament at Big League Dreams in Mansfield. This is an annual tournament that supports local first responders.  This is the 4th Annual Tournament and is expecting to be another great turnout. This tournament is for AA teams from 6U-16U and is expecting teams from all over Texas and surrounding areas once again. The tournament will be divided into 2 Separate tournaments.  There will be the MYBA In City tournament which is for A and AA Rec teams.  The other side will be played on the USSSA side and is for AA Competitive teams. 

1. Weather

We will be updating via the USSSA as well as the Quickscores email/text website. So please make sure your correct info is registered on the website. We will also have a rainout line you can call for up to date info. 817-533-4270

Rainout policy is as follows:
0 games played - Full refund
1 game played - 50% refund
2 or more played - No refund

2. General Questions

Please be punctual for your games.  With the schedules being so tight, we really need to make sure that ALL TEAMS are at the field and ready to play 30 minutes before scheduled game times. If we have an opportunity to speed up play we will make sure we can do so.  If your team is NOT ready to play and have an opportunity to play early you MAY have to forfeit.  We will try and work with teams wherever possible.

All Pool play games are coin flip for Home Team. In Bracket Play, it is based on your seeding at the end of Pool Play.  Higher team gets home field.

MYBA will provide balls for games but please have a couple of balls handy just in case the official balls get too wet.  I would also HIGHLY suggest dry towels so the pitcher can wipe them down if needed.

There is NO GATE FEE from MYBA.  However, BLD does require an admission fee of $6 CASH for spectators and Coaches over the age of 13 while players in uniform pay $1 CASH.  Both of these receive a $1 token that can be used at the restaurants. BLD now allows coolers with Water, Fruit and Towels ONLY. No other outside food or drink is allowed into the park.

3. What to Bring/Not Bring

As stated above, you CAN bring coolers, however they can ONLY have Water, Fruit and Towels in them.

Please bring CASH for admission fees as BLD does NOT accept cards for admission.

I would highly suggest bringing dry towels as well as extra balls just in case the Tournament Provided Balls become too wet.

Turf shoes or sneakers are required for pitching.  BLD does NOT allow cleats or spikes on the mounds.

Lastly, please bring an extra helping of patience.  This tournament is a great cause and it sometimes seems plagued by weather every year.  We commit to you that we will do everything in our power to play the tournament for this great cause.  There may be confusion or changes that we MUST make during the weekend.  Please be a calming force rather than an instigator with your team.

4. Pitch counts are as follows

Pitcher can pitch 9 Outs (3 innings) and still be eligible for the next day
Pitcher can pitch 18 outs (6 innings) in any day but will not be eligible for the next day
Pitcher can pitch no more that24 outs (8 innings) during the weekend

So, everyone do your anti-rain dance to keep the clouds and rain away.  I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow and hope we have a great weekend of baseball.

Jay Johnson




Questions?  Contact Jay Johnson by email

Tournament Pitching Rules

Pitching Rules

Pitching Rules for ALL Teams and divisions