Since 1975, Dunwoody Senior Baseball has provided a place for middle and high school aged boys to play baseball in Dunwoody. Started for boys too old to play Little League, the program has grown to also include a Spring middle school league, Summer colleg

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Middle School Season 2017

We are planning to sponsor the 18th year of our Middle School League (MSL).  Last year we had 39 teams in our league and there may be a few additions this year.  Here are the major elements of our program:

  • Big News.  As you may have heard, our City has reach an agreement with the Dekalb Schools to exchange our portion of Dunwoody Park for 2 fields at Peachtree Middle School and the existing site of Austin Elementary.  A new Austin elementary will be built at Dunwoody Park and 2 new baseball fields will be built at PCMS.  Our board had hoped to be relocated to Brook Run, but our Council felt this was in the best interest of the city as a whole.  We are now working with the City to provide input on the field construction project.  If all goes according to schedule, our last season at Dunwoody park will be Summer 2017 and we will be playing at PCMS in the Fall of 2017.  We are sad to leave Dunwoody Park after 42 years, but education is of the utmost importance to everyone and there were no viable alternatives to moving Austin to Dunwoody Park.
  • Facilities.  DSB has two lighted fields that can be configured to 54x80 or 60x90 for league play.  In addition, we will use Field 5 at the Morgan Falls/Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS) complex for practices and games.  We will also be playing at various school fields including Pace, Davis, Sutton, Decatur HS, Wesleyan, and others.  
  • Divisional Play.  We will schedule games according to skill level.  Last year we had 4 divisions of play.  We will again play a few interleague games with Middle School League teams from Druid Hills and Central Dekalb.  The A bracket is our highest level of play and plays 60x90.  All others are 54x80.
  • Practices.  DSB and SSYS will make its fields available for practices prior to and during the season.  Last year the schools that had space practiced at their own schools, and those that did not practiced at DSB and Morgan Falls. 
  • Rules.  We use GHSA rules except in a couple of areas.  The rules that are different from GHSA are field size, bat sizes (-9 for 7th graders, -5 for 8th graders), 10 players in the batting order, and free substitution in the field. Please consult the web site for details.  We will have a coaches meeting prior to the season to review league rules.
  • Player Eligibility.  This is not a travel league in which the teams are free to recruit any player they choose.  Player eligibility rules are:
    • Public Schools.  Players must attend the school or live in the boundaries of the high school to which it feeds. 
    • Private Schools.  Players must attend the school or if they are 8th graders must have an application on file with the school.
    • Private Schools as Part of a Church.  If the school is part of a church (e.g. St Jude’s), children of registered members of the church are also eligible for the team.
    • Free Agents.  Any player who tries out for their school team and does not make the team is eligible for any other team.
    • Exceptions.  Any exceptions to these rules must be approved in advance by the league.
  • Schedule.  Each team plays 12 games followed by playoffs where teams are divided into brackets.  Game times are 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM on weekdays, throughout the day on Saturday, and during the afternoon on Sunday.  Games are limited to no new inning starting after 2 hours.  No games are played during a school’s spring break.
  • DSB Park Team(s).  DSB will form one or more teams from players who do not make their school teams or who attend schools that do not participate in the league.  These teams will be coached by DSB volunteers.  All players who try out will be assigned to a team.  There will be a cost of $280/player.  We are requesting that all teams finish selection of their teams by Jan 31 so that they can sign up for the Park team(s).  Note:  DSB offers a Spring League for 13-14 year olds and for older kids after the MSL ends.
  • Awards.  T-Shirts are awarded to the top 2-3 teams in each tournament bracket.
  • Weather/Field Prep.  Last year weather caused many games to be rained out.  We are pay a professional company this year for field prep and rain recovery. 
  • Cost.  $2400 per team, which includes field preparation, lights, insurance, balls, umpires, and scheduling.  We will also open our concession stand.  DSB will provide batting helmets and catcher's equipment as needed.
  • Key Dates:

Date

Event

Thu, Jan 05

7:00 PM Mandatory coaches meeting at DSB Field House located at the DSB fields.  Practice times will be assigned.  Usually lasts about 2 hours.

Mon Jan 30– Sun Feb 19 DSB and SSYS fields available for practice on a scheduled basis

Sat  Feb 04-05

4-6 PM both days. Tryouts for DSB Park Teams(s) on Lower Field

Tue Feb 22 – Sun Apr 09

Regular season games

Sat Apr 01-- Sun Apr 09

Public & Catholic (except Marist) spring break.  No games scheduled for schools on break.

Mon Apr 11 – Fri Apr 21

Playoffs.  Note that Easter falls on Apr 16 this year so no games over 15-16 weekend.

 

  • Expression of Interest (Mandatory).  We expect to have even more teams than last year.  If you are interested in playing, please send an e-mail to John Crawford at the address john.crawford.atl@gmail.com.  You can reach us at the following numbers:
     

Name

Position

Phone No

E-Mail

Jerry Weiner

DSB President

404-701-1841 (c)

jerry@jerryweiner.com

John Crawford

DSB Executive VP

770-396-5377 (h)

john.crawford.atl@gmail.com