Baseball -Cal Ripken Majors 60 League, Ages 10-11

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SOUTH ORANGE MAPLEWOOD CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH BASEBALL

South Orange Maplewood Baseball is affiliated with the national Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization. This program is open to all South Orange and Maplewood residents between the ages of 5 and 15 (as of April 30, 2013). Players are registered by age and the program is designed to permit each group to develop at an appropriate pace. League placement for all players is based on the child's age as of April 30, 2013. League registration is as follows:

Age 5 - Cal Ripken T-Ball American League
Age 6 - Cal Ripken T-Ball National League
Age 7 - Cal Ripken Rookie American League
Age 8 - Cal Ripken Rookie National League
Age 9 - Cal Ripken Minor League
Ages 10 and 11 - Cal Ripken Majors 60
Age 12 - Cal Ripken Majors 70
Ages 13 to 15 - Babe Ruth League

See the Age Chart attached below if you need assistance in determining the appropriate league placement.

PLEASE NOTE: Players always have the option to participate at the next lower level during the spring season if a parent believes it to be in the child's best interest. "Playing up" is not permitted, except where indicated below.

CAL RIPKEN T-BALL AMERICAN LEAGUE - AGE 5

The T-Ball American League division is for our youngest T-ballers, children age 5 (as of April 30, 2013). The use of a stationary batting tee helps children develop the proper swing and build confidence. Balls are softer to reduce the risk of injury. Each session will include some practice/instruction time and game time. Teams are formed by the Recreation Department. Players will be notified of their team assignment in early April. League play for the T-Ball divisions will begin on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

CAL RIPKEN T-BALL NATIONAL LEAGUE - AGE 6

The T-Ball National League division is for children age 6 (as of April 30, 2013). The use of a stationary batting tee helps children develop the proper swing and build confidence. As the season progresses, coaches may begin to pitch to those players capable of hitting a pitched ball. Balls are softer to reduce the risk of injury. Each session will include some practice/instruction time and game time. Teams are formed by the Recreation Department. Players will be notified of their team assignment in early April. League play for the T-Ball divisions will begin on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

CAL RIPKEN ROOKIE AMERICAN LEAGUE - AGE 7

The Rookie American League division is for children age 7 (as of April 30, 2013). The Rookie American program is designed for children who have a basic understanding of simple fielding techniques and the eye/hand coordination necessary to swing the bat at a pitched ball. Coaches will pitch to their own players at the beginning of the season. Depending on ability, players will have the opportunity to pitch to their own team in the second half of the season. Teams are formed by the Recreation Department. Players will be notified of their team assignment in early April. League play for the Rookie divisions will begin on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

CAL RIPKEN ROOKIE NATIONAL LEAGUE - AGE 8

The Rookie National League division is for children age 8 (as of April 30, 2013). The Rookie National program is designed for children who have a basic understanding of simple fielding techniques and the eye/hand coordination necessary to swing the bat at a pitched ball. Players will pitch to the opposing team players from the beginning of the season. Teams are formed by the Recreation Department. Players will be notified of their team assignment in early April. League play for the Rookie divisions will begin on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

Note: 8 year old players must register in the Rookie National League and there are no tryouts for this league. However, an 8 year old may elect to tryout to "play up" into the Minor League division. To do so, he/she must attend Minor League tryouts (see information for that program). After registration is complete and tryouts/evaluations are over, a limited number of 8 year old players will be offered the option to play in the Minor League. 8 year-olds not selected to play in the Minor League will be assigned to a Rookie National League team.

CAL RIPKEN MINOR LEAGUE - AGE 9

The Minor League division is for all children age 9 (as of April 30, 2013). Players pitch in the Minor League and teams play modified baseball rules. All players in the Minor League division attend tryouts to be evaluated before a draft, at which teams are selected (see details below). Teams play a round robin schedule, culminating in playoffs and a league championship. Team practices are scheduled to begin mid-late March and league play the week of April 1, 2013, weather permitting. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

All players in the Minor League division must attend tryouts to be evaluated, even if they played last year. EVERY PLAYER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM. The purpose of tryouts is to ensure that the teams are competitively balanced. Tryout times and location will be posted on the SOM Baseball website (www.sombaseball.org) when available.

PLEASE NOTE: Tryouts are being held indoors. Players should bring a glove and dress appropriately-- athletic wear and sneakers. NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

CAL RIPKEN MAJORS 60 - AGES 10 AND 11

All 10 and 11 year old players (ages as of April 30, 2013) will be registered in the Majors 60 division. All players in the Majors 60 division attend tryouts to be evaluated before a draft, at which teams are selected. Teams play a round robin schedule, culminating in playoffs and a league championship. Team practices are scheduled to begin mid-late March and league play the week of April 1, 2013, weather permitting. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm and on Saturdays.

All Majors 60 players must attend tryouts, even if they played last year. EVERY PLAYER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM. The purpose of tryouts is to ensure that the teams are competitively balanced. Tryout times and location will be posted on the SOM Baseball website (www.sombaseball.org) when available.

Note: 11 year old players must register in the Majors 60 League. However, an 11 year old player may elect to tryout to "play up" into the Majors 70 League. To do so, he/she must attend BOTH Majors 60 AND Majors 70 tryouts. After registration is complete and tryouts/evaluations are over, a limited number of 11 year old players (based on tryout/evaluation results) will be offered the option to play in the Majors 70 division. Registration numbers will dictate how many teams will be in the Majors 70 division and how many 11 year old players are needed to 'fill out' that division. The majority of 11 year old players will remain in the Majors 60 division.

PLEASE NOTE: Tryouts are being held indoors. Players should bring a glove and dress appropriately-- athletic wear and sneakers. NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

CAL RIPKEN MAJORS 70 - AGE 12

All 12 year old players (as of April 30, 2013) will be registered in the Majors 70 division. Games are played on a 50/70 field (pitching distance of 50 feet and bases 70 feet apart). This is a step up from the traditional 46/60 format and a great transition game to prepare players for playing on the "big diamond" (60/90) when they turn 13. All players in the Majors 70 division attend tryouts to be evaluated before a draft, at which teams are selected. Teams play a round robin schedule, culminating in playoffs and a league championship. Team practices are scheduled to begin mid-late March and league play the week of April 1, 2013, weather permitting. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1 night during the week at 6:00 pm or 8:00 pm and on Saturdays.

All Majors 70 players must attend tryouts, even if they played last year. EVERY PLAYER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM. The purpose of tryouts is to ensure that the teams are competitively balanced. Tryout times and location will be posted on the SOM Baseball website (www.sombaseball.org) when available.

PLEASE NOTE: Tryouts are being held indoors. Players should bring a glove and dress appropriately-- athletic wear and sneakers. NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

BABE RUTH LEAGUE - AGES 13 TO 15

The Babe Ruth division is for players ages 13-15 (age as of April 30, 2013). Games are played on a regulation baseball diamond (60/90). All players in the Babe Ruth division attend tryouts to be evaluated before a draft, at which teams are selected. Teams play a round robin schedule, culminating in playoffs and a league championship. Team practices are scheduled to begin mid-late March and league play the week of April 1, 2013, weather permitting. Games will be played in Maplewood and/or South Orange 1-2 nights during the week at 6:00 or 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays.

All Babe Ruth League players must attend tryouts, even if they played last year. EVERY PLAYER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM. The purpose of tryouts is to ensure that the teams are competitively balanced. Tryout times and location will be posted on the SOM Baseball website (www.sombaseball.org) when available.

PLEASE NOTE: Tryouts are being held indoors. Players should bring a glove and dress appropriately-- athletic wear and sneakers. NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

REGISTRATION

In-person registration for all 2013 spring baseball programs will be taken at The Baird in South Orange and the Civic House in Maplewood on the dates and times listed below.

Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS (any child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood Baseball program in spring, 2012) MUST REGISTER IN PERSON AND BRING A COPY OF THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

RETURNING PLAYERS have the option of online or in person registration. Online registration will be available from January 1st through February 10th for all players who participated in South Orange Maplewood Baseball in spring, 2012. (Please Note: If this is your first time registering online, you will need to create an account and it may take up to 24 hours for your ONLINE ACCOUNT to be activated. Service charges are applied to all online transactions and are paid directly to the internet service provider.)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The success of the South Orange Maplewood Baseball Program rests with the many volunteers who help out in a variety of ways. During the spring season adult volunteers are needed for all teams to serve as coaches, assistant coaches and team managers (descriptions below). If you are willing and able, please sign up when you register your child! The necessary volunteer forms are attached below.

PARENT OF A NEW PLAYER? Don't let inexperience keep you off the field. MANY VOLUNTEERS are needed in coaching and supporting roles for our T-Ball and Rookie Leagues (the more the merrier)! SOM Baseball will offer coaches training and instruction to support all our new and returning coaches.

HEAD COACH - The Head Coach has the primary responsibility of dealing with players and parents. He/she has final decision in all baseball matters. Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only) or complete the comparable coaches' certification course offered online by the Babe Ruth organization. The Rutgers course will be offered in South Orange in March (date TBD) for all new coaches. Adults interested in volunteering as a Head Coach must complete a Volunteer Form. All FIRST TIME COACHES in the SOM Baseball program must also complete a Coaching Application, consenting to a background check. Coaching forms are attached below.

ASSISTANT COACH - An Assistant Coach has the responsibility of helping the Head Coach. Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only) or complete the comparable coaches' certification course offered online by the Babe Ruth organization. The Rutgers course will be offered in South Orange in March (date TBD) for all new coaches. Adults interested in volunteering as an Assistant Coach must complete a Volunteer Form. All FIRST TIME COACHES in the SOM Baseball program must also complete a Coaching Application, consenting to a background check. Coaching forms are attached below.

TEAM MANAGER - A Team Manager is a parent volunteer who assists the coach/es by organizing and disseminating information to team parents regarding practices, games, etc. Communication is done via telephone and e:mail. Adults interested in volunteering as a Team Manager must complete the Volunteer Form attached below.

COACH FOR SUMMER BASEBALL TRAVEL TEAM - The summer travel baseball program begins with teams being selected at competitive tryouts in the spring. These teams practice several times per week and play as many as 3 league games per week from June 15-July 31. Additional tournament play is also possible. Summer team coaches must be available for tryouts, practices and games. Adults interested in volunteering as a Coach for a summer travel team must complete a Volunteer Form. All FIRST TIME COACHES in the SOM Baseball program must also complete a Coaching Application, consenting to a background check. Both forms are attached below.

SOUTH ORANGE MAPLEWOOD BASEBALL WEBSITE

Updated program information throughout the baseball season, including schedules, league standings, news, photos, etc., are available on the South Orange Maplewood Baseball website found at www.sombaseball.org.

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