The BMBL offers tryout-based advanced play teams for the Majors age group in the Spring Season. For each Spring Season, we will attempt to form four advanced play teams, if the numbers allow:
- 12U-A team (Black Bears)
- 12U-B team
- 11U-A team
- 11U-B team
The Black Bears are described in the next section.
The other advanced play teams in the Majors age group (12U-B, 11U-A, and 11U-B) participate in 4-5 local weekend tournaments within a 60 minute drive of Boyertown. The 11U-A team represents Boyertown for their age group in the Cal Ripken district, state, and national playoffs (if advancing). The season for all advanced play teams in the Majors age group begins with tryouts and practices in early April and concludes in late July.
Players participating in advanced play teams are expected to also play on and practice with a BMBL Majors rec team. Participants will practice with their advanced play team on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. If a scheduling conflict arises between the advanced play team and the in-town rec team, the rec team should be the priority.
Players selected to a BMBL advanced play team should understand that being a member of an advanced play team is an honor and comes with an expectation of a commitment to that team. Participants should also remember that they are representing Boyertown as a member of this team and act accordingly. To be eligible for advanced play teams, each parent and player must sign the advanced play code of conduct, which details the expectations of players and their families. Fielding positions and playing time are not guaranteed on advanced play teams and are determined by the head coach and his coaching staff.
Majors advanced play team members must pay an advanced play fee, in addition to the rec team fee. This extra fee goes toward 2 jerseys, a hat, and the 4-5 local tournaments.