What in the world is this Middle School Matchup?
MSM is a unique weekend tournament for middle school baseball players in areas that do not have formal middle school teams. At MSM we align players by middle school, regardless of skill level, and give them the special chance to take a short break from their current team and play ball with the kids they have grown up with! Smiles and high-fives are guaranteed. PLUS – this is a great preview into your High School Program (HS Coaches LOVE MSM)
How do I sign up to be a coach?
First, thank you for even considering. We open up coaching applications a day or two after we open official registration. Get on the VIP list in your area to find out when we open for official registration and you can also check the event page for a link once we open in that area. We take applications until the day we close and coaches are selected and notified the following week.
When/Where is this tournament
Check out your event page for your area for all the details…but all tournaments are in the Fall and played on fields in your area.
Is this run by the Schools?
Nope. We are often featured in trophy cases, year books….and there is always a big buzz in the schools MSM week (we have had complaints from teachers 🙂 ) but we are not affiliated with any schools and the involvement of the staff is up to them. We see teachers, coaches, and the student body from schools all the time. Some schools get super involved…some administrations ignore it entirely.
Is this run by or affiliated with the city or any other baseball league?
Nope. We are a completely independent event.
Local leagues are great supporters of the event but there is no official relation between us or any league. We love their support and all they do for the baseball community.
Run by the city? No – We are not affiliated with any city either…although they always do their best to support us! It’s not uncommon to say mayors come by…they love the community feeling this tournament brings.
Part of a larger sports organization like USSSA – not at all.
I want to bring my own team to the tournament. Can I?
Not really…if you have a group of kids that all go to the same school then review the FAQ on how we form teams and then contact us if you have any questions. If you are talking about bringing your team that is already formed to this tournament the answer is no way.
I have a player that goes to a private school but lives in a school district. Can he play?
Probably. We do allow teams to be formed in middle schools of private schools that do not have teams already. Many private schools already have teams and leagues. These schools are not allowed. If your school does not have a team then no problem!
If your player attends a private school but you want to play for the public school you would be ‘zoned’ for, that is not allowed . If that is the case you are encouraged to form a team for your private school.
I have a player that is home schooled. Can he play?
Maybe. We try to fill out an all homeschool team. Occasionally we will use a homeschooler to backfill a team that needs help ‘making’.
I want to do this in my area…what do I do?
Contact us at info at middleschoolmatchup.com and let’s discuss it. We are expanding to different areas in Texas and the US and there are opportunities to work with us!
How do I contact you?
If you prefer email, which is not as fast, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is just checked once a day, and if you are asking a question that is already answered in the FAQs then it will be tagged low priority. We are just a small, little team…and we do our best.
What if we get rained out or have other bad weather?
Our tournament director is excellent and we will do our best to make games up during the week or find another weekend to play. With our unique format we do things a bit different than other normal tournaments. Other tournaments do not have to order shirts or mess with custom awards so early. Because of this, if by chance we can’t get this tournament to play there are no bad weather refunds. Again, we will do EVERYTHING we can to get the tournament completed.
What is the refund policy?
Bad Weather – Our tournament director is excellent and we will do our best to make games up during the week or find another weekend to play. With our unique format we do things a bit different than other normal tournaments. Other tournaments do not have to order shirts or mess with custom awards so early. Because of this, if by chance we can’t get this tournament to play there are no bad weather refunds. Again, we will do EVERYTHING we can to get this tournament completed.
Player Dropping – Once teams are made and uniforms are ordered there will be no refunds. Because of our unique format, when a player drops it can really create a domino affect on a whole division. Especially when dealing with mixed teams. We may work with you on a case by case basis to see if we can grab someone off a waitlist etc, but our general policy is no refund.
What is the difference between the VIP List and Registration
VIP List – Because of our unique format, we really need a heads up on who’s is intending on coming to help us get a good vision of how teams are going to shape up, so that we can order jerseys, umps, fields, etc. So we initially just ask you to show interest by signing up without paying. Once you sign up you will show up on the ‘who’s coming list’ when it’s updated next. We send out invitations early to everyone on the WCL. This is important to you because many teams sell out in an hour…so you are going to want this early access if you are serious about playing.
Registration – This is when we officially launch and open registration where we take payment and are asking to fully commit to playing with your team. At that point you will get highlighted some way on the who’s coming list and teams will officially start getting formed.
The tournament has different phases or steps.
1. VIP List
2. Registration/Payment Opens then Closes
3. Team Building by Tournament Director
4. Coaches selected and notified. (who will then tell the players)
5. Gear Distrobution
How are teams formed?
Timestamp is everything!
Most of the hard stuff comes when you have two teams in one grade. That is still just a small portion of the teams but it does need to be addressed.
The following is a very high-level view of how teams will be formed. A detailed documentary will be coming out soon 😄
School Pure – A Team with 9 or more from same school (as opposed to a combo team)
Two-Team – A school/grade with enough for two teams
Combo Team – When you have 3 or more we combo you up with a school. You still wear your school jersey. It looks like an all star team.
Free Agent – a player form a school that could not form a team. Has a chance to still backfill a team like a pick up game.
Here are some common scenarios – with getting 9-13 players being the most common by far
9 Players – 13 Players – we build a team just like normal. School Pure
13+ Players – we start building team two. The first 13 by timestamp are given spots. We try like crazy to build two teams with the remainder.
18+– Two teams, divided by timestamp. There is no longer a talent consideration. People were gaming the system. The timestamp is true and irrefutable what someone puts on the registration form isn’t.***
If we can’t get two teams, the ones on the bubble will be dropped or offered to play on a combo team if available.
Two Teams Last Year – if the same players register we do our best to keep them together.
Two Teams Last Year – But not enough for two this year – It’s timestamp like the normal 13+ players scenario above. This one can hurt… a lot.
4-7 Players – Combo Team (you still wear team colors)
1-3 Players – Can be a free agent, or may be able to play you in a creative way (playing up) but most likely a refund.
-Team MSM reserves the right to build teams how we see fit and will sometimes make exceptions to the guidelines above.
-Team MSM builds teams before coaches are even contacted. There is no coach input – promise. It’s just a couple of guys in a war room building 200+ teams.
-We can’t do friend requests. You can try to register side by side though and get similar timestamps.
-If two team school – sometimes coaches can swap players with TD approval (of course parent approval).
** if you want to attempt to line up a more talented team you can attempt this by registering at the roughly the same time. We call this the ‘Prosper Special’ from 2014. 🙂 It can backfire though.
Are uniforms supplied?
We create a custom shirt for each player for each player. So even if you are a ‘combined’ team, you will still be wearing a jersey for your school. Coaches will decide what pants you wear.
Uniform numbers – Right now we are not doing custom numbers. It’s a big task just to get the shirts ordered with so many different schools.
Caps– we want the kiddos to wear the caps from their current team they are regularly playing with. This gives it a cool all-star game feel…and looks really really cool as you look across the diamond. There are teams that get together to purchase team caps…that’s fine too and up to you guys.
I have never played on a baseball team before. Is MSM right for me?
No. We want MSM to be your BEST baseball experience but not your FIRST.
With the unique format of the tournament there is little to no coaching prior to the games and mix this with different levels of talent on the field it can become a safety issue as well. There have been cases of a super athlete coming over to fill a team that has not played in a while but we want to keep it to players that are currently or very recently playing.
How much does this cost?
It varies but you can check out your specific event page for pricing. We offer different packages but the basic entry fee includes your player shirt, MSM swag bag, and gate fees for the whole family all weekend.
Important note: When you join the VIP list you get priority access and a discounted price. Prices raise once the VIP list has had a chance to register first.
It looks like my team is not going to get 9 player but we still want to play…possible?
Remember, it’s the most fun if we can make a ‘school pure’ team but sometimes that is hard, especially the first year…. but we will build combo teams as well (they will still wear school gear). These teams have been called ‘skittles’ teams by players. We wont add them to a ‘school pure’ team if they are complete but we typically can find a spot for them. You can see the MSM skittles teams all over our photo gallery. If we can not find a spot we will absolutely refund you!
The combo teams are usually very strong teams and we have actually had a two different teams take their combo teams and turn them into a select team after the brotherhood they built during MSM
We are already on a team/club. We can’t be on another team!
Yup we understand. This is just for ONE WEEKEND and most ‘teams’ only practice one time (if at all) to prep for this tournament. It’s not supposed to be more work…it’s supposed to be FUN! 100% of the players that form middle school teams are currently on teams of all levels. You will just be playing for one weekend of fun.
Parents Love MSM
This weekend wasn't about winning or losing....It was about playing MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL!!!! It brought boys together that have never played together but showed what a passion for baseball can do. Thank you!!!!
Players Love MSM
I have played in nearly 1000 games now, all over America and I still think MSM was probably the most fun I have ever had playing baseball. Playing with the kids I grew up with was amazing. Even in high school we still talk about how fun (and crazy) our games were!
What is Middle School Matchup?
MSM is a unique weekend tournament for middle school baseball players in areas that do not have formal middle school teams. At MSM we align players by middle school, regardless of skill level, and give them the special chance to take a short break from their current team and play ball with the kids they have grown up with! Smiles and high-fives are guaranteed.