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Messiah Baseball Skills Camp March 8th

On Sunday March 8th, the Messiah College Baseball team will host an indoor baseball skills camp for Upper Allen Baseball Association and Mechanicsburg Area Teeners players. The camp will be held at Messiah College's Hitchcock Arena in the Sollenberger Sports Complex.

Ages 5-8, 10am-Noon, $35.

Ages 9-12, 12:30pm-4:30pm, $55.

Ages 13 and up, 2:30pm-6:30pm, $55.

This preseason camp is a great way to kick off the preseason with instruction from the coaches and players of the Messiah College Baseball team. Full information and how to register can be viewed by clicking here.

Spring Registration is now closed.

Registration for the 2015 Spring season is now closed. You may request late registration by using the contact us tab above. Due to the heavy turnout, we cannot guarantee late registration but will inform you if there is room at your child's age level.

We are in the process of forming teams. You should hear from your child's manager by early March. Rosters will also be posted here.

--Field day is tentatively set for March 7th, Field Day is when we prepare the fields for the season. The weather will dictate when we are able to have Field Day and start practices.

--April 11, 2015 is Opening Day! Our Opening Day celebration is one of a kind and a memorable day for our kids, families and the community. The festivities include player intros, carnival games, prizes and food! View pictures from last year by clicking here.

Here are some answers to come common questions:

Do I need to buy baseball pants? The league supplies a full uniform including baseball pants. Pants are gray except for majors who wear white. However, the uniforms do not arrive until closer to Opening Day so it's a good idea to buy an extra pair for practices and just to have an extra pair.

What equipment does my child need? A baseball glove and cleats. Some kids like to have their own bats and helmets but each team is supplied with bats, helmets and catcher's equipment. Free cleats can be obtained at the Mechanicsburg cleat bank --full info is under the parents tab above. Metal cleats are prohibited except for Teeners level players (ages 14-16).

When are practices and games? This depends mainly on which team your child is placed on. Most teams will practice once during the week and once on the weekend. Once games begin, there are usually 2 games a week. Minors, Majors and Teener level teams usually practice 3 times a week in the preseason and play 2-3 games per week. A complete practice schedule will be available under the Teams tab above. Game schedules will also be posted towards the end of March.

What size bats are allowed? In the little league levels (ages 5-12), no big barrels (2 5/8" or more barrel) are allowed. Bats should indicate that they are approved for Babe Ruth League or Little League play. Preteeners may use big barrels and must be a drop 5 (e.g. 30/25) or drop 3 (e.g. 32/29). These bats must be BBCOR certified.

Next UABA Board Meeting March 10, 2015 at 8:00pm

The next UABA board meeting is Tuesday March 10th, 2015 at 8:00pm at the Upper Allen Township Building. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

New in 2015: Baseball for Special Needs Children

Upper Allen Baseball Association is proud to offer baseball to special needs children in the Mechanicsburg School District starting in 2015! For more information and how to register click here.