TRAVEL TRYOUT NOTICE (see Dates, Times, and Locations Below)
Please review the following information carefully regarding the SPYA Travel league tryouts (for more information regarding the Travel leagues in which SPYA participates, please see the information below under League Participation).
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at
The posted Travel League tryout dates and times are subject to change, due to weather/field conditions. It is therefore important that you CHECK THE WEBSITE FREQUENTLY for any changes. Any changes will be posted at least ONE (1) hour before the session is scheduled to start, so be sure to check the website for any updates.
SPYA has secured indoor time in anticipation of inclement weather/poor field conditions, but will move as many sessions outdoors as possible. Locations will be posted closer to the actual tryout dates.
The Travel tryout schedules are listed according to age levels. However, there is overlap at the older levels, so please be sure to review the schedules and ages carefully (e.g., 14 year olds who do not make the Junior Legion team [14 and 15 year olds], will subsequently attend the tryouts for the Knee-Hi team [13-14 year olds]).
If team selection is completed sooner than expected, all scheduled tryout dates may not be needed.
GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPANTS
Players are expected to ATTEND ALL TRYOUT SESSIONS at their age level, unless absence is requested and approved in advance by the Baseball Commissioner (an email must be sent to
BEFORE a scheduled session so that the request can be reviewed).
Players MUST NOT WEAR shirts/hats/uniforms containing the players' names or any numbers.
Players MUST NOT WEAR shirts/hats/uniforms from a previous SPYA travel team on which they may have played.
Tryout results will be posted on the website once decisions begin to be made. The names of players being invited to return to the next session will be listed on the website the night before the next session, or by Noon on the day of the next session, if there are back-to-back days scheduled for tryouts.
Players who are not invited to return for the next scheduled session at that level will be invited to attend another tryout session at an overlapping age level, or will be invited to attend the ULMK clinic scheduled for the end of March.
The South Parkland Youth Association Baseball program fields teams in both Recreational and Travel leagues.
Teams that are placed in the Upper/Lower Macungie (ULMK) Recreational league are formed through a draft process following a player clinic, but NO TRYOUTS are held. All players 9 through 18 years of age wishing to participate in the ULMK league will be placed on teams, regardless of their current skill levels.
Teams that are placed in the Travel leagues are formed through a series of player evaluations. The Travel Leagues include:
The Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League: Biddy (ages 9-10); Midget (ages 11-12); Knee-Hi (ages 13-14)
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League: Junior Legion (ages 14-15); Senior Legion (ages 16-19)
The Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League (ages 15-16)
Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League (Biddy, Midget, and Knee-Hi)
For the spring of 2014, SPYA is planning to field an increased number of Lehigh Valley Little Baseball League teams (the final number of teams will be dependent upon total registrations at each age level).
We currently anticipate the following:
Two (2) Biddy teams (ages 9-10); Two (2) Midget teams (ages 11-12); One (1) Knee-Hi team (ages 13-14)
Players are encouraged to try out for these teams, even if they hesitated to try out in the past, or previously tried out, but were not selected.
Tryouts are tentatively scheduled to begin the weekend of March 8th. There will be weekend and weekday sessions.
A few notes on player selection and participation:
Independent evaluators will be assisting in player selection.No player is guaranteed to be selected.
Players must attend all tryout sessions, unless absence is preapproved by the baseball commissioner.
Selection to a travel team requires a full commitment from the players and parents. Players must commit to all SPYA games and practices over any other sports or teams.
Because of the commitment that players and parents are making to these teams, the coaches have committed to assure that over the course of the season, each player will, on average, play 2-3 innings per game and bat at least once per game. This is in keeping with the SPYA Baseball philosophy that players at all levels in all leagues who are making a positive contribution to their teams with their time, energy and dedication are deserving of the opportunity to fully participate, both on and off the field.
Junior Legion, Senior Legion, and Connie Mack
At the upper levels, we will field one (1) Junior Legion team (ages 14-15) and one (1) Senior Legion team (ages 16-19), and anticipate fielding one (1) Connie Mack team (ages 15-16), depending upon total registrations at the 15-16 year old age level.
NOTE: Players making the Parkland HS JV/Varsity teams are automatically eligible for the Junior Legion/Senior Legion teams, as they are unable to try out for the Legion teams while the High School season is in progress.
NOTE: Players may be 19 years old and still eligible for Senior Legion baseball (cannot turn 20 before January 1, 2015).
South Parkland Baseball Teams that participate in the Upper/Lower Macungie League are determined by a draft system.In order to allow for a more even draft, SPYA will be holding a baseball clinic for those players in the recreational ULMK League.Each clinic incorporates various drills that teach the basic principles of baseball; catching, fielding, throwing, hitting, and base running.The clinic will allow the coaches to evaluate the skill level of the players before drafting teams. South Parkland wants this experience to be a positive one for both the child and the parent.Every participant should leave with a better understanding of the fundamentals of the game of baseball.
Players who do not attend the clinic will be placed on teams via random draw after the draft has been completed.Only players who have attended the clinic can be drafted by a coach.All players will be placed on a team.Players who have been protected by a coach should not attend the clinic.
Each player who attends the clinic should bring a baseball glove and bat (if they have one).Players should report to the field 15 minutes early for registration.
The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 29th at the Covered Bridge Park/Wehr’s Dam Complex.Directions to the fields are available on the SPYA Baseball Website.
ULMK A Ages 9-10Born 5/1/03 through 4/30/05CBP/WD Field #1
ULMK AAAges 11-12Born 5/1/01 through 4/30/03 CPB/WD Field #2
ULMK AAAAges 13-15Born 5/1/98 through 4/30/01CPB/WD Field #4
*Report times for each level will be announced shortly*
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.THERE IS NO RAIN DATE FOR THE CLINIC.
The Mission of the South Parkland Baseball Program is to make available within the community of Parkland an effectively organized and implemented youth baseball program in which each participant can obtain a positive, competitive, and rewarding developmental and participatory experience in the game of baseball.