The Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League (MAVBBL) Capitol Conference currently consists of 5 teams.
1) The Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore, MD
2) The Potomac Nine of Washington, D.C.
5) A Carroll County (Maryland) expansion club
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for interested players:
Teams set their schedules in each winter during the annual Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League organizational meeting. Teams usually play twice a month, April – September, mirroring the MLB season. Typically they play a doubleheader with another team on a Saturday or Sunday. There are tournaments and special events, like the one at the Oatlands Plantation and Manassas Civil War Days. Teams will travel great distances to tournaments, such as New York City.
Team members do not come out to every game. We recognize that everyone has busy lives, family commitments, vacations, and injuries play a factor. On average, members play once a month. There are approximately 25 members on each of our teams that play at least once a season. You’ll usually get 9 to 11 players travel to a road game (sometimes less) and a few more for home games. A handful come out to nearly every match while others come out once or twice a year. Bottom line, 20-25 is a good target for team membership.
2. Do we have to practice regularly?
The conference typically holds “spring training” practices for all teams and members in a central location. This past year, we had two practices in March and drew enough for full scrimmages.
In-season practices are rare for most clubs because each team plays about every other week, so we don’t want to overload the weekend calendar. Because members in our conference are so geographically disbursed in a crowded, traffic laiden area, we do not generally hold mid-week practices. Some clubs do hold mid-week practices in smaller towns where there members are all geographically located near each other.
3. How often do we have to play?
See question to answer 2. Bottom line is, each member plays as much as he/she can and desires. There are no attendance requirements or anything like that.
4. What kind of commitment from sponsors are expected/mandated?
This is an area we are working on as an organized MAVBBL conference. Today, we have no sponsors. However, we are completing our articles of incorporation and will file as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. This will open a lot more doors for us, especially with sponsorship.
5. Is there a membership fee?
Yes, the C&P membership fee is $50 per person annually. Membership fees pay for equipment purchases, any park/field fees, insurance, winter gathering, lodging for overnight tournaments, and other expenses, such as 501c3 filing. .
6. Is this the vintage baseball where you play with no gloves or would we use gloves?
No gloves, no catcher’s equipment, just a bat and a ball. The vintage base ball is a tad larger and a tad softer than today’s baseball.