New Player Questions/FAQ
How many games are played? - We attempt to play a minimum of 16 games each season. We schedule 18-21 games for each team but depending on number of teams and the weather, some games may not be able to be made up. Playoff's are also included at the end of the year.
Do you accept established teams? - MAYBE?! Please contact us prior to registration and provide us your Team Name. We can them add that to the registration form to make it easier for your players to sign up on your team. We require a minimum of 14 players to ensure each team has enough players for the full season. The league currently has 10 teams, and with only three (3) fields, all of our field play dates are currently booked. So we need notice
When are the games are played, weekends or week nights? - Our games are scheduled during the evenings on week nights and day/evening on weekends. Our schedule depends on the number of teams and the weather. We may add games on days as needed. Here are the days we play, we generally play one Sunday game and one weeknight game per team.
Weekday games Tuesday/Thursday start @ 6:30 or 7:00
Weekend games Sunday start @ 11a, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p these are at different fields
How old do I have to be? - As long as you turn 18 years of age before December 31 of the current year, you are eligible to play. We offer waivers for 17 year-old who have graduated from high school.
How old is too old? - You are never too old, you're only as old as you feel!! You may compete at this level for as long as you feel competitive. If your skills start to dwindle and you are old enough to move up to the next age bracket feel free to do so. At the national level, some leagues are forming teams in a 58+ age bracket. There are several 50+, even a few 60+ players in the league.
How often do you play? - We will be creating the schedules once we have a complete list of teams that are playing. We play evenings during the week and afternoon and evening games on the weekends. Best guess is a Sunday game and one weeknight game, however rain-outs can play havoc on that plan.
How much does it cost? - The league fees are determined each year. We sometimes offer a early bird fee so take advantage if offered. These fees cover field rental, balls and umpires for the entire season, membership in the national MSBL organization, which allows you to play in tournaments and league insurance. Some teams charge a team fee to purchase team equipment, such as catcher's equipment or team bats. This fee can range from $10.00 to $50.00. In addition, first year players need to purchase a uniform, which can be as little as $35.00 to as much as $75.00.
What do the uniforms look like? - Each team has their own uniforms. This will depend for each team. Some teams may even have professional style uniforms. You may even be asked for an autograph in certain places!!
What do I need to play? - All you need is a glove, a pair of spikes/cleats, a good attitude, and the desire to play baseball. Yes some play with metal spikes, but you do not have to wear them. We play with both metal and wooden bats. Since bats are expensive, some players don't mind sharing (just ask first, and don't use up all the hits!). Usually with a wood bat, if you broke it, you bought.
How fast is the pitching? - Not as fast as you (or the pitchers) think!! Most guys have already used up their arms by the time they get into the league (otherwise they'd be tossing for the Drillers, right?). You may hear about some guy throwing 90's but if this happens it will not last long because he will either be signed, blow it out or the myth will be revealed and you will realized that he only throws 65 or 85mph.
What positions are most in demand? - All positions are in demand. Good pitchers are like gold in the league (one definition of a good pitcher: more strikes than balls) and have the highest demand. Catchers probably come next, especially when those late season double headers roll around.
How do I get on a team? - Each year an open workout is held. Don't worry, the workout format just gives the league board members a chance to look everyone over and try to match your skills with their needs. After the workouts/tryouts, players are assigned to the existing teams, based on the needs of the existing teams. To obtain information on the next draft keep an eye on the main page at www.metrotulsabaseball.org.
What happens if I do not get drafted? - Every effort is made to place players from the draft on a team. In the event there are too many players in the draft to fill existing team rosters, we will either form a new team from those left or form a pool of players to be drawn from during the season in case a team runs short on players due to injury or relocation. If we cannot find a place we will refund your money.
What if I want to submit an entire team? - Contact us via email and we will provide you with the details for being a manager, if the league can expand (field availability).
Where do you play? - We use high school fields around the Tulsa area. We pay the schools for the use of their facilities using your league fees. Some fields we play on are La Fortune park, Catoosa and Sapulpa High Schools
How competitive is the league? - Most players have some baseball experience, ranging from little league to a stint at the professional level. You can bet your Mickey Mantle rookie card that every team will be trying to win, but 'Having Fun is Goal Number One'. Also there is a sense of family within the league. A dysfunctional family, but family none the less.