About Mets Sandlot Baseball League \ NYCE \ WYAL
The Mets Sandlot Baseball League was started in 1968 to provide great baseball experiences for youth baseball players ranging from ages 10u to 21u. At its peak during the late 1980's and early 1990's the Mets Sandlot Baseball League had over 150 teams, including some great travel teams. The Bayside Yankees, Whitestone Knights, Youth Service, Bonnies, Flushing Tigers, Long Island Mets, Astoria Youth and several others where all a part of this elite league.
In 2012 we have decided to restart the league with a generation of new youth baseball players under the leadership of our President John Procida.
Mets Sandlot Baseball League (MSBL) Organization Roles
League President - John Procida
League Commissioner - John Guarneri
Board Member \ Umpire Director - Joe Hili
Board Member \ Umpire Crew Chief - Andrew Lehman
Board Member - Mario Delgado
For 2019, we offer the following leagues \ programs to our dedicated players:
1. NYCE (New York City Elite) \ WYAL Travel League - for spring and summer seasons we offer local travel teams the opportunity to highly competitive local travel legaue games against other local travel teams. There is no longer the need to commute out to long island and other states for tournaments. Our local travel teams have the ability to play in a great, competitive local league.
Currently we have the following divisions:
6u, 7/8u, 9/10u, 11/12u, 13/14u, 15/16u, Senior, Mens+
2. MSBL Tournaments - Through-out the 2018 baseball season we plan to have several tournaments. We usually base the tournament schedule around holidays so we look forward to tournaments being schedule over Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween weekends.
3. NYCE (New York City Elite) \ WYAL Fall Travel League - for fall season we offer local travel teams the opportunity to highly competitive local travel legaue games against other local travel teams. There is no longer the need to commute out to long island and other states for tournaments. Our local travel teams have the ability to play in a great, competitive local league.
History of how we re-started Mets Sandlot \ NYCE \ WBF
The resurgence of the MSBL started with WBF Baseball Program in the fall of 2012 when two coaches wanted to extend the Bayside summer season into the fall. At the time there was no Fall programs in northern queens and the other fall programs from the other local leagues where cancelled due to not having enough players. So we decided to put the initial fall program together.
We where able to get enough players for two teams, and ended up playing 8 games during the September and October months in 2012.
We initially decided to make this league a free of charge, developmental league where the players will not only play games, but also learn about the game and the proper way to play it. Many of the players from the initial 2012 season where able to improve their skills in preparation for their spring seasons the following year.
The WBF Fall League grew to 4 teams and 65 players in 2013, 9 teams and 133 players in 2014 and 150 players in 2015. We also held our First Annual Season Ending Award Ceremony on a chilly day in November.
In 2015 we decided to put together a New York City based Travel League and the NYCE (New York City Elite) Travel league was born. We started with the 9/10u, 11/12u and 13/14u divisions but have also added the 6u, 7/8u, 15/16u, Senior & Mens+ divisions over the past seasons.
In 2017, due to popular demand, the 1st official NYCE Fall League was put together. We look to continue to grow the league and continue to provide the best competition through out the five NYC boroughs.
Also 2017 was the 1st year that we had all five NYC boroughs represented in the league. We also had our first team from Westchester county and look to keep expanding our borders into the surrounding areas of NYC.
In 2018 we have joined forces with Williamsburg Youth Athletic League (WYAL) as look to unite all of NYC five boroughs and surrounding areas with great organized baseball products. Overall in 2018 we had our finest year with over 1500 total games scheduled across all divisions and spring, summer and fall seasons.
In 2019 Spring Summer season we continue to grow with 132 participating teams.
Our vision is to improve the overall athletic talent in the New York City and surrounding areas. We also look to give the players a positive experience that they will remember the rest of their lives and also learn many different life lessons that they will use throughout their life.
We do thank all of the players, parents, sponsors, umpires, and coaches/managers for their great support and dedication to the program.