General Information

*** Baseball details are subject to change. Please visit the Meridian School website for up-to-date information or contact the athletic coordinator at meridian-athletics@mwschool.org ***

 

Baseball General Information

 

We are excited to share information for the 2017-2018 baseball season which will begin February.

 

Meridian has enjoyed a very successful baseball team with significant parental financial support since we opened. This year's Varsity baseball team is open to 8th-12th graders. We are committed to a Meridian Varsity baseball team if a minimum of 12 student athletes commit to play at $350 each by Tuesday, February 6.

 

The Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League (TCSAAL) is not yet able to support a Middle School Division in the Austin area for the spring of 2018. Nonetheless, Meridian will offer a Developmental Group for 7th and 8th graders for $125 each. Participation fees for the Developmental Group are due Tuesday, February 6.

 

8th-12th Grade Competitive Baseball Through TCSAAL

Team

Grades Eligible

Registration Deadline

Tryouts & First Practice

Min. Players

Max. Players

Participation Fees

Season End

Varsity

8th-12th

January 16

Feb 5

12

20

$350 due Feb. 6

State - Apr 28

 

7th-8th Grade - Developmental Group

Team/Group

Grades

Eligible

Registration Deadline

First Practice

Min. Players

Participation Fees

Season End

Developmental

7th-8th

January 16

Feb 12

1

$125 due Feb. 6

Last practice Developmental Group practice before last game. For example, if Varsity advances to State, last practice will be Apr. 24

 

Important Dates 

  • Tuesday, November 14 - registration opens. Please note the new 7-step registration process. Student athletes must pay the registration/processing fee via PayPal AND complete the baseball Google registration form to be registered.
  • Friday, January 12 - Meet the Coach event at 4:00pm in Mays Building Lobby
  • Thursday, January 18 - 
    • Registration deadline
    • Physical forms due
  • January 23rd, 26th, 30th and February 2nd - Optional free Throwing Practices. See Pre-Season Training for more info. (Dates depend on basketball schedule. Please stay tuned for an update.)
  • Monday, February 5 - First day of Tryouts for Varsity (8th-12th grade students interested in playing on the Varsity Baseball team)
  • Tuesday, February 6 -
    • Tryouts continue and results announced
    • Mandatory Parent/Student Athlete Meeting at 6:00pm (end of practice/tryouts), Those signed up for Developmental Group must also attend.
    • Participation fees due by check made out to Meridian School during parent meeting. ($350 Varsity / $125 Developmental Group)
  • Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9 - regular practice for Varsity. (8th graders who were asked to train with the Developmental Group this year will resume practice on Monday, February 12.)
  • Monday, February 12 - First practice for Developmental Group
  • Tuesday, February 13 - Team/group and athlete photos by Lifetouch Sports
  • Thursday, February 15 - First game (non-league) for Varsity
  • Monday, February 26 - League season starts for Varsity
  • April 16-21 - Varsity Regionals
  • April 27-28 - Varsity State

 

How to Register

  • Registration is now a 7-step process. Register online November 14 through Tuesday, January 16th herePlease note the registration process includes paying a $30 registration/processing fee via a PayPal button found on the Registration page as well as completing a Google Registration form.
  • Please note that steps 1-4 in the registration process must be completed by this sport's registration deadline (January 16, 2018)  in order to be officially registered.
    • You should have proof in your personal records of paying the $30 registration/processing fee through PayPal. (This was step 3.)
    • Additionally, you should have received an auto reply confirmation email in response to step 4, the Google registration form, if you successfully completed your online registration form.
Late registration is not available for existing students or sports that have tryouts/cuts and meet their minimum numbers to form a team. For more information about the Late Registration policy, please go here.
 

Participation Fees

  • The participation fee for Varsity is $350, and it is due on February 6th at Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting. Please bring a check made out to Meridian School.
  • The participation fee for the Developmental Group is $125 and it is due on February 6th at Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting. Please bring a check made out to Meridian School.
  • 8th graders who try out for Varsity and do not make the team will be offered a position in the Developmental Group. Should they decide not to participate in the Developmental Group, their $30 registration fee remains non-refundable. 
  • Meridian School wants all students to have the opportunity to participate. Financial assistance and/or payment plans are available for those who need it. Please contact financialaid@mwschool.org to request a payment plan or a sport's participation fee reduction.

 

Eligibility (Physical, Academic and Financial)

 

Practices and Game Schedules

  • The baseball season is February through April.
  • The tentative practice and non-league game schedules are now available. Changes are expected based on field availability, the addition of league games and inclement weather.
  • We anticipate that most practices will be held at Old Settlers Park and Meridian's Secondary gym during bad weather or during poor field conditions.
  • Varsity team - Regular practices are planned for Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm at Old Settlers Park (or until dark if sunset is prior to 6:30 and weather permitting) and assuming the Varsity team does not have a game that day. The regular practice schedule will begin on Monday, February 12th after the first week of extended Varsity practice. (The first week of practice was extended to 4 days  instead of the typical 3 days of practice due to no games on the schedule that week.) Practice will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Baseball field and 6-6:30 at the batting cages, when cages are available and when sunset is 6:30pm or later.
  • Developmental Group - Practices are planned for Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm at Old Settlers Park (weather permitting) and assuming the Varsity team does not have a game that day. The regular practice schedule will begin on Monday, February 12th. We are excited to give middle school baseball players an opportunity to participate with their classmates and grow together as a baseball team. The Developmental Group will serve as a great start for long term Meridian Baseball success. The 7th & 8th graders will practice 2 days per week for 3 hours.  Developmental Group practices will be designed to develop fundamental hitting, fielding, and base running. This will not only give the middle schoolers an opportunity to grow and strengthen their skills but learn from the Varsity players. The middle school athletes will not physically compete with a high school player in situations such as live batting practice, pitching, or sliding. They will have an opportunity to play practice scrimmages within their Developmental Group. 

 

Parents/Guardians' Roles

  • Parents are needed to serve in many volunteer roles including fundraising and donations. Participation on the baseball team includes an expectation that parents will commit to serving in these roles throughout the school year.
  • Transportation: Meridian does not provide transportation to games or practices. 7th and 8th graders must be transported to practice and games by a parent or guardian.
  • Parents are encourages to share photos of practices and games with Meridian-athletics@mwschool.org.
  • Parents should watch the Athletics Newsletter, emails from their coach and Athletics Department and the Athletics Website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Participation Fees

Varsity - $350

7th-8th Grade Developmental Group - $125

 

How Do I Pay?

Please bring a check made out to Meridian School for your participation fee ($350 for Varsity / $125 for Developmental Group) to the Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 6pm at Old Settler's Park.

 

Meridian School wants all students to have the opportunity to participate. Financial assistance and/or payment plans are available for those who need it. Please contact financialaid@mwschool.org to request a payment plan or a sport's participation fee reduction.

 

Varsity Tryouts

February 5-6

  • 8th-12th graders who would like to play on the Varsity Baseball team must tryout both Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6. 
  • All 7th graders and any 8th graders who do not wish to try out will start participating Monday, February 12th. These student athletes will not be participating in Tryouts on Monday, February 5th and Tuesday, February 6th, nor will they be participating in Varsity practices on Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th. They will, however, need to attend the Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting on Tuesday, February 6th at 6pm and bring a check to pay their Developmental Baseball participation fee ($125).

 

Varsity Practice Continues

 February 8-9

  • For all 8th-12th grade baseball players who made the 2018 Varsity Baseball team
  • 4:30-6:00pm Thursday and Friday
 
The regular practice schedule begins Monday, February 12th.
 
Equipment/Uniform Requirements

Please see your specific team or group page for your equipment and uniform requirements.

 

 

*** Baseball details are subject to change. Please visit the Meridian School website for up-to-date information or contact the athletic coordinator at meridian-athletics@mwschool.org ***