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NEW PLAYERS: It COSTS you NOTHING to join our Free Agent / Pool Player list, and by signing up, your INFO will be made available to ALL of our managers. Signing up for the Free Agent / Pool Player list online is simple: just click JOIN LABL and fill out the form. If you get picked up by a team, great! If not, don't worry, things change during the season and you may get a call from a team in need later on. And, the league either tries to place free agents to teams in need, or holds tryouts before each new season (held twice a year - spring and fall) for players that are still looking for a team, and have not found one. There is no charge to tryout for the LABL, but attending our tryouts is no guarantee you will be drafted onto a team. To all of you who might be thinking of getting back into the game, give it a shot, it's got to be better than softball.
- Our summer season (March - September) length is 20/21 games, and our winter season (October - January) length is 8 games. We do not scheduled games on National Holiday Weekends.
- Divisional playoff and Championship games (for players/teams that qualify). In most divisions, the top 4 teams in each division qualify for playoffs. Championship games are played on the best fields available.
- Summer winning teams get a credit towards the next summer season's fees.
- Individual player awards for Batting Champ, MVP, and Cy Young for our summer league.
- Divisions available* based on ability and minimum age: 18+, 25+, and 35+. Minimum of 6 teams per division.
- Player fees: Fees depend on the roster size, but they are generally between $400 - $550 for the summer season, and generally between $200 - $275 for the winter season. This includes player's weekly share of umpire fees. This is only about $25 - $30 per scheduled game. Pool players pay by the game until they are "signed" to a team roster.
- League fees pay for: Field rentals/permits, field maintenance/game day preparation, donations, general liability insurance, administrative staff/overhead, Diamond D-1 baseballs, scorebooks and line-up cards. League fees do not include umpire fees of $80 per game, per team.
- Pro and ex-pro player rules: All players must be out of any level of professional baseball (excluding Independent Leagues) for three complete LABL seasons after his last year played, or have a written exemption from the league president to participate.
RETURNING PLAYERS: We strongly recommend that you contact your team manager regarding his roster plans for you regarding the upcoming season. After each and every season, each and every player is a free agent.
MINIMUM AGE FOR ALL PLAYERS: Date of birth is higher for 25+, 35+ age bracket divisions. In these divisions, you must have reached the age bracket's minimum age by 12/31/2018. Each division has exemptions for underage players, depending on that division (check with league officials or your manager to see what exemptions are applicable for your division). Any exempt player must be a minimum of 18 years of age when playing.
RETURNING TEAMS/ MANAGERS: The time to register is now! Click here to register. A word to the wise...once a season is completed, ALL players are free agents, so get your players committed by registering for your team.
NEW TEAMS/ MANAGERS: If you have a NEW team interested in joining the LABL, please contact Dave Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-850-7388.
The LABL, Inc. (Los Angeles Baseball League) is an organization dedicated to playing the game of baseball on the best fields and with the best umpires available to us. We also believe in "giving something back" through structured contributions to the baseball programs on whose fields we are allowed to play. Our League is governed by the team managers (League Board) and is operated by the League President. We also have a Rules/Disciplinary Committee that handles rules, disciplinary issues, and other issues on an as needed basis.
LABL … Adult Organized Baseball, since 1989.
What is the Los Angeles Baseball League? The Los Angeles Baseball League (LABL) is an organization dedicated to playing the game of baseball on the best fields and with the best umpires available to us. We also believe in "giving something back" through structured contributions to the baseball programs on whose fields we are allowed to play. Our League is governed by the team managers (League Board) and is operated by the League President. We also have a Rules/Disciplinary Committee that handles rules, disciplinary issues, and other issues on an as needed basis.
Why choose the LABL? The LABL is a highly organized league that plays a 20/21-game summer schedule (March - September), and an 8 game winter schedule (October - January) on the best high school and college fields available within our budget. Most, if not all fields have mounds, infield grass and fences; and all games have 2 umpires. We have separate Saturday and Sunday leagues with divisions available for all ages and abilities. And, summer championship games are played at the best fields available; most with scoreboards and announcers.
You have Saturday & Sunday leagues? We have separate leagues for each day, you can play in either, or if you are able to commit to the time and expense, and you love to play ball (like many of our players do), you can play both days. We have National and American divisions available for our Saturday divisions, and we have many options for our Sunday divisions.
What divisions do you have, and what type of competition is available for my team? Basically our divisions are based on age and ability. Meaning that you have to be a certain age to participate, and then you decide which ability level is best suited for your team. We have National and American divisions for most age groups, and, depending on the amount of teams we may have other divisions. We also may have a Sunday Open division which is the for the most highly skilled players.
What are the skill levels of each division? The National division is always a higher ability division than the American. We usually have Federal and/or Continental divisions, which would be lower ability divisions than the American, and we may have a Sunday Open division that is usually the highest quality of play. So basically, play in the division that makes you the most happy. Here is a sample of our typical divisions…in order of ability, so you can get an idea of which division would best suit your abilities…..Saturday National, Sunday South Bay National, Sunday National 35+, Saturday American 35+, Saturday American, Sunday South Bay American, Sunday Federal, or Sunday Continental. And of course keep in mind the age restrictions of a division will influence the overall ability level.
What do you mean by "highly organized"? The LABL has been around since 1989, when the league consisted of 4 teams. This season's team count will be 40+. So we must be doing something right. We have our schedules made and posted in a timely fashion. We communicate field changes, roster changes, rules changes, or any other information as quickly as possible. In short, we communicate! Our website has stories, schedules, stats, videos, and all of the information needed to keep you up to date. Our Facebook page is filled with important updates, stories, photos, and our players can communicate with other players anytime.
What is the cost per team for the season? The cost per team is TBD* for a 20-game 2018 summer season. You may say, "wow, that seems high". But it's really not. It's roughly only $20 - $25 per game per player. Other leagues may have similar per season rates, but remember, our season is 20 games guaranteed for our summer season. The cost per team was $2,000 for our 2017 fall/winter season with 8 games guaranteed for our fall / winter season! Umpire fees are not included in the league fees. *8-team divisions play a 21-game season and the team fee is TBD.
What does it cost for umpires? $80 per team on gameday; payable prior to the start of the game to the umpires. This amount is not included in, or part of the league fees.
What exactly do my team league fees pay for? Field rentals/permits, field maintenance/game day preparation, donations to our fields baseball programs, general liability insurance, administrative staff/overhead, Diamond D-1 baseballs (per team), scorebooks and line-up cards.
What about playoffs and championships? Playoff and championship games are included in the league fee should your team qualify for the playoffs. And, playoffs are played on the best fields available; with most summer playoff games including scoreboards and announcers.
You say you "give back" to help baseball programs. What does that mean? Besides the permit and prep fees, we give structured contributions to the baseball programs on whose fields we are allowed to play. This helps these programs (kids) that are in dire need of help.
What does "league age" mean? Simply put, your league age for the 2018 summer season is how old you will be on December 31, 2018. Many of our divisions are age sensitive, so knowing a players "league age" is important. You must be at least 18 years old at time of participation.
I still have questions, who can I get more info from? Please carefully read all of the INFO, and then if you still have questions, please email Dave Becker @ email@example.com or text @ 310-850-7388.
LABL … Adult Organized Baseball, since 1989.
ALL PLAYERS AND MANAGERS: NO DOGS ALLOWED!
We all love dogs, but NONE of our fields allow them to be present. So, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOG @ HOME. And advise friends and family who might be coming to your game: No Dogs Allowed! Failure to comply could cost us a field. And we are NOT going to risk that, right? Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Thanks for your immediate co-operation.