HISTORY OF THE MAJOR YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE

The league was created in 2004 as the Great Lakes Youth Baseball League by a group of individuals who were dissatisfied with the philosophy of what at the time was the largest youth baseball league in SE Wisconsin.  Prior to the 2006 season the founders of the league were no longer able to administer the league, so they passed the league onto Shawn Kramlich.  That 2006 season the league had 2 age levels and only 11 teams.

Since taking over the league in 2006, Shawn has provided much of the impetus behind the explosive growth of youth baseball in Wisconsin.  The first change he made was allowing 11 year olds to play using real baseball rules (leading off and stealing).  Then 10 and 9 year olds were given the same opportunity.  For many years, this was the only league in Wisconsin offering such opportunities.  What we take for granted today, 9-11 year olds playing real baseball, was not an option until the MAJOR YBL started offering it in 2006. 

Still very modest in size in 2009, the league had nearly tripled in size to 32 teams.  In 2011, the league had grown substantially to 78 teams.  Also in 2011, the league was the first offer a league for 8-year-old leagues.

As the league continued to innovate and set the direction of youth baseball in Wisconsin, by 2012 it surpassed 100 teams.  Then just 2 years later, in 2014 it became the first and only league to date in Wisconsin to surpass 200 teams and became the largest youth baseball league in Wisconsin that year.  The innovation continued during this period as the league added competition based breakdowns at each age level and then added geographic breakdowns. 

The addition of the competitive and geographic breakdowns really accelerated the league's grow.  In just 3 years the league grew from 200 teams in 2014 to over 300 teams for the 2017 season.  The innovations have continued, with the introduction of our 7-year-old select baseball in 2017.  As we look towards the future, as the clear trendsetter in youth baseball in Wisconsin, the future looks very bright.

THE CERTIFIED YOU'RE SAFE UMPIRE PROGRAM

New for the 2018 season, all league umpires will be Certified You're Safe Umpires.  We are the only youth baseball league in Wisconsin that conducts background checks on all league umpires to make sure when you play in the MAJOR YBL You're Safe!  Why take the risk of playing anywhere else?

No one can guarantee something could never happen, but we are trying to be as proactive as possible. Anyone with a history of violence or abuse of any kind against anyone will not be allowed to umpire in the MAJOR YBL.  

BECOME AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE MAJOR YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Our official sponsorship program is limited to 12 sponsors each season.  Reach over 9,000 current and former MAJOR YBL families with your brand message.  

Help support youth baseball, while benefiting from the opportunity exposure to these families offer. Our teams cover all the counties in SE Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Don't delay, contact us today as we do limit our official sponsors to only 12 each year.

To learn more about our very affordable official sponsorship program, please contact Shawn Kramlich

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE MAJOR YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE

Please take a moment and let us know why you love the MAJOR Youth Baseball League. We will share your experiences with others, so they can see why we have become Wisconsin's Youth Baseball League.  Please send your testimonials to Shawn Kramlich

We are the largest of Wisconsin's Youth Baseball Leagues.  Looking for the best baseball leagues, look no further than the MAJOR YBL.  Wisconsin's biggest and best baseball league.  See why we are Wisconsin's best youth baseball league.

Registration is open for the 15TH ANNIVERSARY 2018 SEASON
 
The registration fee includes 2 dozen high quality MAJOR YBL Game Balls ($100 value), NFHS Rule Book ($8 value).  Also included in your registration, is access to our Coach's Concierge, providing the best customer service anywhere.  Umpire assigning for all league games, high-end trophies and the best youth baseball league website.  State Championship games at all age levels are played at marquee locations like Miller Park, Kapko Park and Helfaer Field.  League teams enjoy access to discounted liability insurance and special discounts offered from our sponsors.
 
OVER 300 TEAMS CAN'T BE WRONG, JOIN WISCONSIN'S YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE TODAY!
 
ANNUAL MEETING AND COACH'S CLINIC
 
In addition to all of the above, at our Annual Meeting in January each year, we offer a Coach's Clinic, INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION to all league head coaches and assistant coaches.  The Coach's Clinic includes practice tips and drills, along with instructions on proper mechanics from our friends at UW Milwaukee Panthers Baseball.  
 
In addition to the valuable coaching tips, there will be many other valuable presentations by experts in their field on topics such as youth sports injury prevention and proper coaching techniques for the healthy emotional development of youth athletes.  The value of this Coach's Clinic, which includes lunch, easily exceeds $150 alone and is included as part of your league registration fee.
 
Registration fee for the 2018 season is only $575.  

OUR LEAGUES ARE DIVIDED BY BOTH ABILITY AND GEOGRAPHY, THIS ALLOWS US TO PROVIDE A COMPETITIVE AND CONVENIENT LEAGUE FOR ANY AND ALL TEAMS. OVER 300 TEAMS CAN'T BE WRONG, SEE FOR YOURSELF WHY WE ARE WISCONSIN'S YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE.

We offer leagues for ages U7-U14 and we have no residency requirements. Our format does not penalize teams from smaller communities by giving teams from larger communities a competitive advantage, based on the size of their population base.

We believe regardless which High School our players will be attending, playing competitive games week in and week out will better prepare our players for High School and beyond, when compared to other leagues. 

Youth players that are not challenged regularly may not develop the necessary skills to thrive in High School or beyond.  Our format provides top-of-the-line competition, most every game.  As a result, our teams generally excel in tournament play against non-league teams and our former players are some of the better performers at area High Schools each year. 
 
Our 14-18 game regular season schedule allows teams that enjoy playing regularly in weekend tournaments the opportunity to play against solid competition during the week, without forfeiting much needed practice time. With a regular season stretching over 13-14 weeks, teams do not play more than one game a week, most weeks. Our flexible scheduling policy allows coaches to arrange their own schedule, avoiding conflicts. 
 
We are Wisconsin's Youth Baseball League
PLAYOFF CORNER

2018 PLAYOFF INFORMATION

2018 Playoff schedule will be released in late December.  Dates for potential playoff games you want to keep open are July 10th-12th and 17th-19th.  State Championship games could extend into the week of July 23rd for some age levels.

The U9, U10, U11 and U12 State Championship games will be played on July 24th at the Rock

 

 

2017 MAJOR YBL Playoff Schedule

2017 STATE CHAMPIONS

U14 Pewaukee Jr Pirates Black over Racine Redbirds 

U13 Kenosha Red Sox over Legends Baseball 

U12 6 Tool Baseball School over Titans Select

U11 Milwaukee Hitmen over 6 Tool Baseball School Blue

U10 ZEPP Prospects over Genoa City Predators

U9 Muskego Storm (2 time defending champion) over Dirt Dogs

U8 Milwaukee Angels over Muskego Storm

2016 STATE CHAMPIONS

U8 Muskego Storm

U9 Dirt Dogs

U10 Muskego Storm

U12 Wisconsin Rockhounds

U13 Spartans Select

U14 Brookfield East Jr Spartans Navy

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DID YOU KNOW
If a batted ball hits a base runner after the batted ball has passed a fielder the base runner is not out? A batter does not have to pull their bat back when bunting to avoid a strike, they just can't offer at the pitch. If the bat does not move, it does not have to be pulled back to avoid a strike. A batter is not required to make an attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch to be awarded first base.
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Learn about our new Certified You're Safe Umpire Program on the bottom left of this page.  When you play in the MAJOR YBL, you know You're Safe!

 

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