South Parkland participates in fall baseball programs that are designed in part to prepare players for the age level they will be playing the following spring. The specific levels are listed below. While fall rules are typically modified by the leagues in order to assist players in advancing to the next level of baseball (e.g., moving from 60’ base paths to 70’ base paths), the fall season is still competitive, and concludes with a double elimination tournament at the end of the season.
South Parkland Fall Baseball Teams will primarily participate in the Parkland Youth Baseball League (PYL).
Players at the15-17 year old level will have the opportunity to try out for the fall Connie Mack Team.
The Parkland Youth Baseball League (PYL) will divide into two levels (American League and National League) as it does in the spring. Tryouts will be held for selection to the American League teams. The team selection process for remaining teams will be similar to the process used in the spring.
Biddy Division – 60’ Bases – 8-9 year olds – Cannot have turned 10 before May 1, 2017 Midget Division – 70’ Bases – 10-11 year olds – Cannot have turned 12 before May 1, 2017 Knee-Hi Division – 80’ Bases – 12-14 year olds – Cannot have turned 15 before May 1, 2017 Majors/Connie Mack Division* – 90’ bases – 15-17 year olds – Cannot have turned 18 before May 1, 2017 (For Connie Mack, cannot turn 18 before September 1, 2017).
At the time of registration, parents will be asked to either commit to at least five (5) hours of volunteer time during the season ORpay a $50 fee in addition to the regular registration fee. Upon registering, ALL parents who chose to pay only the regular registration fee will be committing to those 5 hours. Each coach will have activities for which parents will be able to fulfill their 5 hours of volunteer time (Parents who paid the additional $50 will not be on the list, so if you know that you cannot volunteer, please be sure to pay the $50 fee at the time of registration). Numerous volunteers will be needed to support SPYA Baseball throughout the fall season. Volunteer needs include, but are not limited to: Head Coaches; Assistant Coaches; Scorekeepers; Field Preparation & Maintenance before & after practices/games; etc.
SPRING SEASON INFORMATION
Lehigh Valley League - Players registering to try out for the highly competitive travel teams must use the LEHIGH VALLEY LEAGUE registration links ($105 registration fee). Only players registering for Lehigh Valley League (LVL) will be allowed to try out for an LVL travel team.
Parkland League - For Parkland League registrations ($95 registration fee), players may either play for the National League level (teams are selected by a draft process following a coaches clinic - no tryouts required) or try out for the more competitive American League level (tryouts will include any player registered for the Parkland League who wishes to try out, as well as any player who registered for the Lehigh Valley League and who was not selected for an LVL team).
TEAM SELECTION INFORMATION
South Parkland Youth Association takes pride in its players, parents, families, and volunteers, including the many coaches. Speaking on behalf of South Parkland Baseball, we appreciate the support and commitment of all our members throughout our in-house, recreational, and travel baseball programs.
Because baseball is a team sport, it requires a commitment from all involved. We expect this commitment at all levels of baseball, be it our in-house, recreational, or travel programs.
Players who are selected for South Parkland’s Lehigh Valley League travel teams are making a specific commitment to being available throughout the baseball season. Players sign a contract with both South Parkland and the Lehigh Valley League to be available for all games and practices (we do understand that unavoidable circumstances may arise). This commitment is not just to the coach, to South Parkland, and to the League, but most importantly it is to the other players on the team. Therefore, a player who is unable to commit to being available throughout the season should not accept a roster spot, as there are many other players who would gladly make that commitment.
We plan to adhere to the scheduled dates and times as posted (barring any unforeseen circumstances), but there may well be changes in location based on weather and field conditions. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FREQUENTLY FOR ANY CHANGES AND/OR UPDATES.
Tryout sessions are posted by age, not by specific teams.
Players must attend all posted sessions at their age level. If an extraordinary situation arises where a player is unable to attend a posted session, PLEASE EMAIL ME IMMEDIATELY at
Parents should plan to drop players off 15 minutes before the scheduled tryout time.
Because of the limited room inside the warehouse, only players, coaches, and evaluators will be inside the warehouse during the tryout sessions.
Please be sure to return a few minutes before the posted ending time so that players can be picked up as soon as the sessions end.
Players will be evaluated by a group of individuals that includes the head coach, head coaches from other travel levels, and/or other individuals with no child trying out for the team.
Players will be given Number Tags to wear front and back during the sessions (NUMBER TAGS MUST BE RETURNED AT THE END OF EACH SESSION).
Information will be posted on the website after each tryout session with instructions for the following sessions (e.g., “All Players should return to the next session”; “The following players should return to the next session”, etc.)
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
High school players who are trying out for their school team, depending upon the rules of the high school the player attends, may or may not be allowed to attend the South Parkland tryout sessions.
High school players who are registered for South Parkland and are unable to attend the South Parkland tryouts are automatically rostered on one of our LVL teams if they make their high school junior varsity or varsity team.
The decision as to which team a junior varsity or varsity player will be placed on will be made by the Junior Legion, Connie Mack, and Senior Legion head coaches, in conjunction with the Baseball Commissioner, and will be based on multiple factors.
Junior varsity and varsity players will join their respective South Parkland teams as soon as the high school seasons have ended, and will make the same commitment to their South Parkland teams as are made by the players at the younger Lehigh Valley League levels.
For the benefit of all the SPYA kids who are playing baseball this spring, ALL families must either volunteer for 5 or more hours OR pay an additional $50 in place of volunteering.
*SPYA Baseball policy only allows a child to "play-up" a level under specific circumstances and with the approval of the baseball commissioner. Any player requesting to play-up must have an in-season birth date (May-June-July), must have a recommendation from a previous coach, and must have previously played for SPYA. For developmental and safety reasons, no child will be considered without meeting these requirements.
*Players must attend tryouts to be selected for the Lehigh Valley League (LVL) Teams
**The Parkland Youth League (PYL) is divided into 2 levels. The more competitive level (American League - AL) requires players to try out. The less competitive level (National League - NL) DOES NOT require players to tryout.
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.