2019 Murphey Candler Baseball Tournament Team Information Guide and FAQ
After each spring season Murphey Candler Baseball (MCB) organizes “Tournament Teams” that compete against other all-star teams around North Georgia. Our tournament teams provide select players the opportunity to play additional baseball at a more competitive level through organized tournaments. Tournament teams at MCB are available to players from Coastal (8U) through Major (12U). MCB is affiliated with Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. Our tournament teams have won eight state championships and thirty-nine district championships. In 2018, our 11U Gold team won the 11U Dizzy Dean state championship.
Participation in tournament baseball is strictly voluntary and there is no guarantee that a player will be selected to a team. Players are expected to commit to their tournament team from the first practice through the last game. Known conflicts (other sports, family vacations, etc) should be communicated to the player’s League Director, Tournament Team Director, or VP – Baseball in advance of tryouts.
Frequently Asked Questions for MCB Summer Tournament Teams
What is the cost?
The fees to participate on a tournament team may be up to $350 per player. This includes a game jersey, practice shirt, pants, hat, spirit shirt, access to practice facilities, tournament fees (up to four tournaments), insurance, and any other fees charged by Dizzy Dean Baseball.
This does not include any additional fees collected as “team dues” for such items as snacks, drinks, team parties, alternate jerseys, additional tournaments, travel, etc.
Who may tryout?
MCB supports tournament teams for players in Coastal (8U), AA (9U), AAA (10U and 11U) and Major (11U and 12U). Players may try out for a tournament team associated with their league only (an 8 year old “playing up” in AA may only try out for the AA Tournament Teams).
When are tryouts?
For the 2019 tournament team season tryouts will be held at MCB on March 17thand 24th. Tryouts arerain or shine. Players who are interested in playing on a tournament team are required to participate in at least one tryout, but it is highly recommended they attend all tryouts. Parents/Guardians of eligible players must confirm with their league coach or league director that their child should be considered for tournament team selection. Players are not guaranteed to be selected to a tournament team.
How are teams selected?
Teams are selected based on a vote amongst league coaches (Manager and COR). Coach votes are based on player tryouts, player information obtained during the regular season, and player positions. Players are ranked in order based on average votes from the league’s Managers and CORs. The Tournament Team Director, VP of Baseball, League Directors, and Player Agents oversee all discussions and votes for tournament team selections.
For coach pitch leagues (8u), teams of twelve players will be formed. The first twelve players are selected to the “A” team, the next twelve players are selected to the “B” team. A “C” team may be formed based on interest and depth of league talent.
For kid pitch leagues (9u-12u), teams of eleven players will be formed. The first nine players are selected to the “A” team with the remaining two spots designated as Manager’s picks to fill any needs by position, as appropriate. The next nine players are selected to the “B” team with the remaining two spots designated as Manager’s picks to fill any needs by position, as appropriate. A “C” team may be formed based on interest and depth of league talent and the player selection process is similar to the A and B teams.
What is the level of commitment?
Full player commitment begins on May 19th and concludes on the last day of the last tournament entered. Players selected to the “A” team must be available to play in the Dizzy Dean District and State Tournaments. Players selected to the “A” team, but unable to commit to the Dizzy Dean District and State Tournament schedule may have the option to defer to the “B” or “C” teams.
Team practices will be scheduled on Sundays during the regular season starting after Dekalb County Schools Spring Break. Make-up games for the spring regular season may be held on Sundays and will take priority over Tournament Team events.
At the discretion of each Manager, teams may participate in tournaments over Memorial Day weekend.
Each family will be provided a detailed commitment letter that outlines tournament dates, team fees, and other expectations. Parent signed commitment letter and any required waiver forms must be provided within 24 hours of selection. NO EXCEPTIONS.
What is the tournament schedule?
Tournaments may start earlier than published and may continue into the next week. Dates above are as of September 27, 2018. More information may be found on the Dizzy Dean website: www.dizzydeanga.com
Where are the tournaments located?
With the exception of the Dizzy Dean State Sanctioned Tournament (Boynton, GA) and the Dizzy Dean World Series (Southaven, MS) all tournaments are played around Metro Atlanta with most tournaments hosted in Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb, and Forsyth Counties.
Are there minimum playing requirements?
Every player must play two innings on defense and all teams will establish a continuous batting order. There is no minimum playing requirement for elimination games.
I am a regular season MCB coach, how can I be selected to coach a team?
Coaches who wish to coach a tournament team must indicate as such to their League Director who will provide this information to the MCB Tournament Team Director and VP of Baseball. Coaches are selected based on qualifications, past coaching history, etc. All coach selections are governed by the respective league director and will be reviewed by the MCB Tournament Team Director and VP of Baseball. The MCB Tournament Team Director will present a recommended slate of coaches to the MCB Executive Committee for approval.
All questions regarding the Murphey Candler Baseball Tournament Season should be directed to Peter Bok, our MCB Tournament Team Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.