The 2020 season will be the 21st Middle School League (MSL) and our 2nd full season in the new facilities at the Brook Run Park Baseball Fields (adjacent to Brook Run Park and next to Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS)). In 2000, we started the MSL with six teams (Dunwoody, Holy Innocents', St. Pius X Blue, St. Pius X White, Wesleyan and Woodward). The league has grown to about 40 teams each year, across four different playing divisions.
Important aspects of this year's season:
New Fields. The Brook Run Park Baseball Fields have two new artificial turf fields with state of the art LED lighting. The East Field (EF) is 315' down the line and 355' and the West Field (WF) is 300' down the line and 315' to center. Both fields are be configurable to 54'x80' and 60'x90' play. Dugouts are concrete block, there is a great new concession stand and much improved restrooms including a family restroom. There are 4 batting cages and off-the-field bullpens.
Field Rules. The City of Dunwoody paid over $6.3 million to build the Brook Run Park Ballfields and we have new rules to help us preserve this great venue. Metal cleats, sunflower seeds, shelled peanut, and gum are are all banned from the facility - both on the field and in the spectator area. Violators of these rules maybe ejected from the park.
Facilities. In addition to the Brook Run Park Baseball Fields, we will use Field 5 at the Morgan Falls Park (AKA Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS)), the large field at NYO, and two fields at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) for practices and games. We will also be playing at various school fields including Pace Academy, Davis Academy, Sutton Middle School, Decatur High School, Wesleyan School, St. Pius X Catholic High School, and others.
Divisional Play. We will schedule games according to skill level. We expect to have 4 divisions of play, as we have had for most years. We will again play a few interleague games with Middle School League teams from Druid Hills and Central DeKalb. The A bracket is our highest level of play and plays 60x90. All others (B, C & D) are 54x80.
Practices. DSB and SSYS will make its fields available for practices prior to and during the season. Schools that have the space, typically practice at their own facilites, and those that do not practice at DSB, Morgan Falls, and MJCCA.
Rules. We use GHSA rules except in a couple of areas. Some of the rules that are different from GHSA are field size, bat sizes (new this year, depend on bracket), 10 players in the batting order and free defensive substitution. Please consult the DSB Playing Rules for complete playing rules. We will have a MANDATORY coaches meeting prior to the season to review league rules.
Player Eligibility. This is not a travel league in which the teams are free to recruit any player they choose. Player eligibility rules are:
Public Schools. Players must attend the school or live in the boundaries of the high school to which it feeds.
Private Schools. Players must attend the school or if they are 8th graders must have an application on file with the school.
Private Schools as Part of a Church. If the school is part of a church (e.g. St. Jude), children of registered members of the church are also eligible for the team.
Exceptions. Any exceptions to these rules must be approved in advance by DSB.
Schedule. Each team plays 12 games followed by playoffs where teams are divided into brackets. Game times are 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM on weekdays, throughout the day on Saturday, and during the afternoon on Sunday. Games are limited to no new inning starting after 2 hours. No games are played during a school’s spring break.
DSB Park Team(s). DSB will form one or more teams from players who do not make their school teams or who attend schools that do not participate in the league. These teams will be coached by DSB volunteers. All players who tryout for a DSB Park Team will be assigned to a team. There will be a cost of $300/player. We are requesting that all teams finish selection of their teams by January 31, 2020 so players who do not make a school team can sign-up for the DSB Park Team(s). Note: DSB offers a Spring League with two divisions of play (13-15 & 15-18) after the MSL season ends. Players can signup to play individually or whole teams can enter the league.
Awards. T-Shirts are awarded to the top 2-3 teams in each tournament bracket.
Cost. $2,600 per team, which includes lights, insurance, balls, umpires and scheduling. We will also open our concession stand. DSB will loan batting helmets and catcher's equipment as needed.
Expression of Interest (Mandatory). We expect to have even more teams than last year. If you are interested entering a team in the league, please send an e-mail to John Crawford at