The Prep Minor division is third step in the youth baseball and softball program of MYBS. Players in this division are league age 8 years old. Players who are league age 7 years of age may also participate in this division if the player has played at least one year in the coach pitch division and there is space available, but players 8 years of age have first priority. At this level teams will usually be formed by the elementary school they attend. This division is where players are introduced to playing baseball on a regulation size Cal Ripken diamond with 60-foot base paths and a pitching distance of 40 feet. Beginning in the 2008 season, the Prep Minor Division will begin using player pitching rather than a pitching machine. After the first two walks of an inning, a coach will take over pitching and finish the inning in order to keep the pace quick enough to reduce boredom and loss of attention by the players on the field. This division provides an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence. The season typically starts in mid-April and goes until the 1st week of June.