Summer Baseball - Koufax & Mantle

UpdatedSunday June 6, 2021 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.

UPDATED
JUNE 3, 2021

NBSL will not be fielding teams at the Koufax or Mantle level for the summer 2021 season

 

 

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dated April 2019
Northampton Baseball & Softball (NBSL) is excited and proud to announce that beginning with the 2019 spring season,
NBSL will be operating and administering the Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle 90’ baseball teams in Northampton.

The Board of Directors for the Mike Laga Youth Baseball Association (MLYBA) and NBSL have decided to converge and unify all baseball operations in our community, this after MLYBA decided to dissolve operations. 

Beginning with its inception in 2001, MLYBA has successfully operated 90’ baseball programs we’ve come to know as Koufax and Mantle.
The dedication by current and former MLYBA board members and coaches is evident by the level of success the program had in preparing players for high school level baseball.

NBSL is dedicated to maintaining this level of excellence when it comes to serving the 13 to 17 year-old players in our community in the same fashion that MLYBA had done those past 17 years.

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KOUFAX & MANTLE
are the summer baseball opportunities on the full size 90’ baseball diamond.

These teams are formed after tryouts each spring with player skillsets being the foundation for placement within these divisions.

ABOUT KOUFAX DIVISION
This division of play is for players age 13, 14 and 15 years of age

Northampton Baseball will aim to field a team each year.
Teams will be formed based on number of interested players, summer availability and demonstrated skill sets during tryouts.


SCHEDULE FOR KOUFAX
Teams that participate in this division normally play an 18-game regular season schedule beginning on/around June 1st each year.
At conclusion of the regular season a double elimination tournament begins with all team activity being complete by July 20th +/-

Travel to other communities is expected – over previous seasons this division has seen travel to Amherst, Turners Falls, Deerfield, Granby, Palmer, Shelburne Falls and Westfield

 

ABOUT MANTLE DIVISION
This division of play is for players age 14, 15, 16 and 17 years of age

Northampton Baseball will aim to field a team each year.
Teams will be formed based on number of interested players, summer availability and demonstrated skill sets during tryouts.

Travel to other communities is expected – over previous seasons this division has seen travel to Amherst, Dalton, Deerfield and Shelburne Falls


SCHEDULE FOR MANTLE:
Teams that participate in this division normally play an 18-game regular season schedule beginning on/around June 1st each year.
At conclusion of the regular season a double elimination tournament begins with all team activity being complete by July 28th +/-

 

COMMITMENT EXPECTATIONS TO KOUFAX & MANTLE:
Those selected to play Koufax or Mantle are expected to make the commitment to that program/team - This commitment shall extend to parents & guardians as well.
Expectation of players is to make this program their single priority, as such, those players who are rostered with showcase/independent teams or participating in other sports are disqualified from playing.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT WILL A SEASON LOOK LIKE AT THE 90' LEVEL?

A Spring Season for everyone;
NBSL will operate a 90' Spring Season in the months of March, April, May and June and for non-high school players on the 90' diamond. 

Then, a Summer Season,
NBSL will operate a Summer Season called Koufax and Mantle
these teams will participate in either the Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League (PVYBL) or the John L Sullivan League (JLS)
NBSL shall follow the rules of PVYBL or JLS for team creation, operation and play

Placement and acceptance on a Koufax or Mantle team will be based on demonstrated ability during try outs combined with where a player will see more playing time via on field player development

Team placement announcements will be made via this website

 

RULES OF ELIGIBILTY FOR KOUFAX & MANTLE
 ( players who meet any of these, qualify to tryout and participate ) 

1) participated on current/former spring season NBSL team or current year spring scholastic high school team

2) are residents of greater Northampton area

3) are residents of neighboring communities without a PVYBL or JLS program

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T Y P I C A L    S E A S O N A L    S C H E D U L E

March weekends – Spring Training for 90’ spring season

April – early/mid – 90' spring season begins

May - Tryouts for Koufax & Mantle teams take place - DATE & TIME WILL BE LISTED ON WEBSITE

May - Koufax/Mantle practice begins and will continue each weekend until games begin

June 1st – Sandy Koufax season begins (we may seek late May tournament)

June 10th – or there around when spring season concludes

June 20th – or there around, Mantle season begins

July 13th – Koufax regular season concludes

July 16th – Koufax double elimination tournament begins

July 20th – Mantle regular season concludes

July 23rd – Mantle double elimination tournament begins

July 23rd – Koufax tournament concludes / end of season

July 28th – Mantle tournament concludes / end of season

**** Dates are projected and subject to change as seasonal planning takes place ****