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Softball & Baseball Parade

The annual Softball & Baseball Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

The parade will march from the New Waterlands Fields off of Third Street in South Orange to Cameron Field near the Baird Center in South Orange.  Players should wear their uniforms and "muster" at New Waterlands beginning at 8:30am - the parade will get underway at 9:00am SHARP.

PARADE ROUTE:  From New Waterlands driveway, the parade will head east on Third Street and then turn left onto Sloan Street and follow it to the end.  From Sloan Street, the parade will then turn left  onto South Orange Avenue followed by a right onto the river walkway next to the Village Service Station and finally end at Cameron Field.

There will be NO PARKING at New Waterlands.

JITNEY SERVICE WILL BE AVAILBLE!  A jitney service will be provided from the corner of Meadowbrook and Mead (near the Baird Center) to New Waterlands starting at 8:00am.  Jitney service will also be provided after the parade to take parents back to the Sloan Street and NJ Transit Parking lots.

Parents can also park nearby at the NJ Transit lot or at South Orange Middle School.  You can drop off your child on Third Street at the entrance to Waterlands (adult supervision will be plentiful) but you CANNOT enter the Waterlands driveway.

Coaches are encouraged to arrive by 8:20am to help their players.  Parents, you can march with your child or line up along the parade route.  Either way, be sure to bring your camera!

There is NO RAIN DATE for the parade.  We will not be put off by a little rain!  In the event of inclement weather, there are two ways to find out about changes or cancellation:

Twitter - Follow 'SOrangeRec' on Twitter to receive notification directly to your mobile device.

Code-a-Phone - Call the South Orange Recreation Department Code-a-Phone at 973-762-0748, ext. 1 anytime after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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Summer Villagers Tryouts - 8U

All girls* who reside in Maplewood and South Orange and are between ages 6 and 8 as of 1/1/2016 are invited to try out for the MSO Villagers 8U summer travel team (YOB 2007, 2008, 2009).  See the Summer Villagers page for tryout dates, times and locations.

* Girls must be registered to play Recreation Softball in Spring 2016 in order to be eligible to try out for a 2016 Summer Villagers team.

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Cougar Softball Camp - 2016

Come join CHS Softball Head Coach Cliff Smith this summer for the Cougar Softball camp.  This 4-day camp will be held in July at the New Waterlands fields in South Orange.  The camp will focus on the fundamentals of softball and instill the proper methods to improve and hone each player’s skills, all while learning and enjoying this great game.  See the Softball Camps & Clinics page for more details.

Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities

Help Wanted

The success of the MSO Softball Program rests with the many volunteers who help out in a variety of ways.  Adult volunteers are needed for all teams to serve as coaches, assistant coaches and team managers.  If you are willing and able, please sign up when you register your child!

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)!  MSO Softball will offer coaches’ training and instruction to support all our new and returning coaches.

If you have any questions, please come to one of the registration sessions - coaches will be on hand to describe the program in detail.

HEAD COACH – The Head Coach has the primary responsibility of dealing with players and parents.  He/she has final decision in all softball matters.  Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only).  Information on the Rutgers’ clinic dates and times will be posted in the Coaches' Corner section once it is available.

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).  Information on the Rutgers’ clinic dates and times will be posted in the Coaches' Corner section once it is available.

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