HTRBA Little League: HTRBA News

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All Star Schedules - Late Tournaments
 11/12 District Team
 Sun  7/19  3:00 pm  Sunnybrae  West End  L 5-3
 Mon  7/20  8:00 pm  West End  West End  W 10-0
 Wed  7/22  8:00 pm  Lawrence  West End  L4-1
 9/10 District Team
 Fri  7/17  8:00 pm  Florence  Lawrence  W 9-3
 Sat  7/18  1:00 pm  West Windsor  Lawrence  L 3-2
 Mon  7/20  6:00 pm  Lawrence  Lawrence  W 16-3
 Thu  7/23  6:00 pm  Bordentown  Lawrence  L13-2
 9s Tournament Team
 Sat  7/18  11:00 am
 Ewing A  Ewing  L 11-1
 Mon  7/20  6:00 pm  Robbinsville Blue   Ewing  L 16-7
 Fri  7/24  6:00 pm   East Windsor  Ewing  W 14-4
 Sat  7/25  1:00 om  Ewing  Ewing  L 17-2
 Wed  7/29  6:00 pm  MIllstone  Ewing  
 8s Tournament Team
 Sun  7/19  10:00 am  West Windsor  HTRBA  W 9-5
 Wed  7/22  6:00 pm  Ewing B  HTRBA  W 17-2
 Sat   7/25   10:00 am  Robbinsville Gold  HTRBA  W 13-5
 Mon  7/27  6:00 pm  Ewing B (Semis)  HTRBA   W 17-7
 Wed  7/29  6:00 pm  West Windsor (Finals)  HTRBA  W 13-3

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HTRBA Annual Family Picnic - POSTPONED

Upon consulting with several weather forecasting sources, we regret to inform you that the HTRBA Executive Board has decided to postpone Saturday’s Family Picnic. The possibility of rain throughout the day on Saturday is too great at this point for us to take a chance.

We have several hired resources that we we’re working with for the picnic who require sufficient notice of cancellation without us incurring cancellation fees. Some require at least 24 hours notice.

The new date for the picnic will be Saturday, September 12. That may seem like a long way off, but with all star tournaments running throughout July, and many people being on vacation in August, we feel this is the best course of action. For those of you still relatively new to the league, up until two years ago, the Saturday after Labor Day was always the date of the Family Picnic.

Since your calendar is clear on Saturday now, Texas Roadhouse has graciously offered a Dine to Donate event for us. Just bring this email to Texas Roadhouse on Saturday, and they will donate 10% of your bill back to HTRBA.

If individual teams so wish, we will offer the trophies to the managers to distribute at a team party, if one is planned. We will also offer providing trophies to individuals if they would like them prior to the picnic in September. In any case, teams and players will still be recognized for their accomplishments at the picnic.

We humbly offer our apologies if this has caused any major inconvenience. It just doesn’t appear that Mother Nature is going to cooperate. We’d rather have an event that the players and their families will enjoy, rather than fight through the weather just to say we had a picnic.

We hope you all have a fun and safe summer. Follow our all star teams’ schedules on the league website and come out to support them. We should have some very competitive teams this summer.

HTRBA Executive Board

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Congratulations to Our Champions!


Regular Season: Golden Dawn
Playoffs: Hamilton Fire Co.


Regular Season: B&E Service
Playoffs: Garden State Legal Services


Regular Season & Playoffs: Unity Title 

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Playoffs Schedule


Hamilton Fire Co. 15 (3) vs Allegretti Builders 10 (2), Wednesday, June 17 at 5:45 pm on A Field (semi-final)
Play Good Play Well 5 (4) vs Golden Dawn 8 (1), Wednesday, June 17 at 8:00 pm on A Field (semi-final)
Hamilton Fire Co. 1 (3) vs Golden Dawn 0 (1), Saturday, June 20 at 12:30 pm on A Field (Championship)


A+ Athlete Sports Medicine 4 (6) vs Doctors Express 10 (3), Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 pm on A Field
Kids At Heart Photography 9 (5) vs Kennedy's Cheesecakes 16 (4), Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 pm on B Field
Kennedy's Cheesecakes 11 (4) vs B&E Service 12 (1), Thursday, June 18 at 6:00 pm on A Field (semi-final)
Doctors Express 4 (3) vs Garden State Legal Services 8 (2), Thursday, June 18 at 6:00 pm on B Field (semi-final)
Garden State Legal Services 9 (2) vs B&E Service 8 (1), Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 pm on A Field (Championship)


Headgames Motorworks 0 (4) vs Unity Title 8 (1), Monday, June 15 at 6:00 pm on A Field (semi-final)
Frascella Abstract 0 (3) vs GoBallistic Sports 2 (2), Monday, June 15 at 6:00 pm on B Field (semi-final)
GoBallistic Sports 4 (2) vs Unity Title 5 (1), Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am on A Field (Championship) 

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Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following people for having thier ticket drawn in our annual Raffle Drawing...

$1000 - Christine Lacey
$500 - Phil Schirmer
$250 - Jane Lockwood
$150 - Sue Thompson
$100 - Cesar Camacho
$100 - Randy Shuler
$100 - Sabrina Bass
$100 - Exor Natal
$100 - Michelle Habengreither
$100 - Roe Germana

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HTRBA Announces Bryan Smolka as 2015 Jim Davis Sportsmanship Award Recipient

Each season, every league in NJ District 12 selects one 12 year old player to receive the Jim Davis Sportsmanship Award. The HTRBA Executive Board is proud to announce that Bryan Smolka has been selected as the 2015 recipient. The Jim Davis Sportsmanship Award recipient is selected based on the following criteria:

 Helps other players   Is a graceful loser 
 Always tries hard  Doesn't argue with the umpires
 Displays enthusiasm and team spirit      Is polite and courteous
 Sets a good example  Always does what the managers asks    
 Plays fair at all times  Is a team player

Bryan will be honored prior to a District 12  Tournament game at Sunnybrae Little League, along with the recipients from the other District 12 leagues.

Congratulations to Bryan for this well-deserved award!

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MLB Pitch Hit & Run sponsored by Scotts - UPDATE

HTRBA's Will Richards has qualified to advance to the Regional competition of the MLB Pitch Hit & Run.  He will now compete against other players from the Philadelphia area at Citizens Bank Ballpark prior to the Phillies game on Saturday, June 20.  This marks the second year in a row that an HTRBA player has made it to the Regional competition.  

Will is now one step away from advancing to the National Finals in Cincinnati prior to the MLB All Star Game.  Good luck, Will! 


Congratulations to the following players on advancing to the Sectional competition of the MLB Pitch Hit & Run sponsored by Scotts.  They will compete on Sunday, May 31 at Arm & Hammer Park prior to the Trenton Thunder game.

11/12 Year Olds

Pitch: Jakob Papiez, Will Richards, Nick Wilke
Hit: Trevor Kliem
Run: Trevor Kliem
Overall: Nick Wilke

 9/10 Year Olds

Pitch: Matthew Juliano
Hit: Cesar Camacho
Run:Matthew Juliano
Overall: Matthew Juliano

7/8 Year Olds

Pitch: Emma Wilke
Hit: Emma Wilke
Run: Zion Madden
Overall: Emma Wilke

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Volunteer of the Year and Mom of the Year are Announced
Congratulations to Scott Applegate for being selected as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award, and to Ann Wilke for receiving the 2015 Mom of the Year Award.  Both of you are very deserving of your awards!

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Age Determination Date Change Information

As many of you may know, Little League International announced in April a change in the age determination date beginning with the 2018 season. The date will change from April 30 of the current year, to December 31 of the current year.

This past week, Little League announced that the timeline for transition to the new age determination date is changing. Instead of waiting until 2018, it is being implemented immediately for younger age groups.

Any player born on or after January 1, 2006 will use December 31 of the current year as their age determination date. Any player born prior to January 1, 2006 will use April 30 of the current as their age determination date for the remainder of their Little League career. An easy way to think of it is any player born after 2005 will use the age they turn during the calendar year as their league age.

This change will have the greatest impact on players born from May to December in, or after, 2006.

For example, a player with a birthdate of June 20, 2006, played as a league age 7 in 2014 (age as of April 30, 2014). Under the new rule, that same player will now play as a 9 year old in 2015 (age as of December 31, 2015).

The immediate effect on HTRBA is that there will be an abnormally large 9 year old group this year. We are still analyzing exactly how this may require changes to our division structure. More details will be made available once our analysis is complete.

For more information, here is a link to the Little League website with the announcement and an age determination chart… Little League Announcement

Please feel free to send an email to with any questions related to your specific situation. 

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2015 Board of Directors

HTRBA is pleased to announce the 2015 Board of Directors.  Elections were held at the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, October 2.

President:  Dave Edwards
Past President:  Gene Palazzi
VP - Administration:  Doug Kenney
VP - Baseball Operations:  Mike Marino
Treasurer:  Jack Caldwell
Secretary:  Lisa Septak
Safety Officer:  Scott Applegate
Player Agent: Lou Juliano

Board Members At-large:  Chris Conte, Jim Dunmeyer, Joe Formica, Matt Given, Rob Lee, Dan Leon, Tom Miller, Denise Richards, Scott Rocco, Bill Scannon, Steve Wilfing 

2015 Board Committees

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Fund-raiser Information

Candy Sale

The HTRBA Executive Board has decided to replace the Pizza Kit / Cookie Dough Sale with a Candy Sale for the 2015 season. Parents will be required to sell one box of candy bars per player. There are 30 bars in a box that sell for $2 each. A $60 fee will collected at registration, and the money is recovered through selling the candy bars. Buyouts are available ($40 for one player, $65 for two players, $80 for family). Candy will be distributed at each team's first practice.

Tag Day

For those not familiar with Tag Day, this is when a player stands outside of a store and solicits donations. Every child is required to complete one shift as scheduled by the league. Players between the ages of 9 and 12 will be scheduled for two hour shifts on the weekend of February 27-29 (pending approval by the township). Players between the ages of 4 and 8 will be scheduled for one hour shifts the weekend of May 22-24. Buyout is available ($60 per player).


Raffle tickets will be distributed in mid May. Each family is required to sell up to 10 tickets per player. Tickets are $5 each. The winners are drawn on Super Saturday in June. There are multiple prizes ranging from $150 to the grand prize of $1000.

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New Player Eligibility Rule
Little League International recently changed the Player Eligibility Rule to allow players who attend a school within the boundaries of another league to play for that league. For example, a player who lives outside our boundaries, but attends Morgan Elementary School, can now play for HTRBA. So, any child who attends the following schools, regardless of where they live, can now play at HTRBA: Greenwood, Klockner, Kuser, Mercerville, Morgan, OLS, and University Heights. Please pass this along to your child's classmates' parents, and let them know that your kids can now all play together in the same league.

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