About the Bandits
The Bandits Baseball program is for dedicated players in grades 7 and 8 who live in Brookline. Our goal is to develop talented, smart, confident, disciplined, team-oriented ballplayers through high-level training and competitive games.


Run by Brookline Youth Baseball, the Bandits program offers several benefits for ballplayers:

  • Emphasis on advanced skill development, team-building, and sportsmanship

  • Competitive spring games against club teams

  • The familiarity and cohesiveness of playing on an all-Brookline team

  • The convenience of playing home games in Brookline

  • Total cost that's about one-third of what out-of-town club teams charge



We're looking for serious players who are ready to:

  • Make a commitment to the program

  • Give their best mental and physical effort

  • Work hard to achieve their goals

  • Take responsibility for their decisions and actions

  • Put the team ahead of themselves

We realize that some out-of-town club teams will offer spring roster spots to players early in the fall. If you​'re trying to decide between an out-of-town team and the Bandits for next spring, we will let you know as early as necessary about your chances of earning a spot on the Bandits roster so you can make the decision that's best for you (please let us know if you're facing a deadline). In the end, we want kids to end up wherever they have the best chance to be challenged, successful, and happy playing baseball.


John Bucci: Head Coach (Fall/Winter), Program Director

Jack Sherlock: Head Coach (Spring)


The Bandits are active during three seasons of the year, from September through June.


Brookline players in grades 7-8 are eligible to try out for the Bandits fall program.

  • Flexible Schedule: Several practices/scrimmages each week, from early September through late October. Choose the sessions that fit your schedule.

  • In-Depth Training: Practices designed to improve your knowledge and skills on the big diamond.

  • Extended Tryout: The fall season also serves as your tryout for the spring roster.


After the fall baseball season, we notify you about your spring roster status by early November. If you’re selected for the spring team, you're invited to attend our weekly indoor winter practices on Sunday evenings, and you're expected to make a commitment to the Bandits during the spring.


From April through June, the Bandits compete in the New Balance Select League on weekends. Our current plan is to enter one team at the 14U level, made up of a combination of 13- and 14-year-old players. On weekdays, Bandits players practice once per week and also participate in BYB's Senior League.


The Bandits program is non-profit. The cost of the fall season is roughly $250, and the cost of the entire program — fall, winter, and spring combined — is expected to be roughly $1500–$1750. Full and partial fee waivers are available for those who have a financial hardship.


If you have any questions about the Bandits — structure of the program, timing of roster decisions, commitment expected of players, program costs, or anything else — please contact John Bucci.

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