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2017 SCHEDULES and STANDINGS

We use a service called Demosphere to keep track of our baseball schedules and (for the older players) the standings.  You will want to bookmark this link!!

To access the schedules (for all leagues) and standings (for Minors, M60, M70 and Babe Ruth only), use this link:  SOM SCHEDULES

After a rain-out, the schedules should be updated within 48-72 hours with the date, time and location of your make-up game.  You are responsible for checking the site.

If you have any difficulties, please let us know at sombaseball@aol.com.

 



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2017 Summer Baseball Tryouts

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NOTE: Please check back often for updated information due to rainouts

Summer travel baseball tryouts will take place in late April and early May. Players interested in playing summer travel baseball should attend the tryouts for their respective age groups at the dates, times, and locations noted on the Summer Travel Baseball page. 

The age is based on the player’s age as of April 30, 2017. 

There are two tryout dates for each age group. Every player should make every effort to attend BOTH tryout sessions. 

 



2017 Spring Break Baseball Clinic

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With winter nearing the end and spring closing in on us, it's time for baseball! Registration is now available for Coach Henry's Spring Break Baseball Camp on April 10-13 from 9am - 2 pm. While the season will be in full swing, this is a great chance for your player to get the preparation he or she needs to be their best! Register by Wednesday, March 15th and receive a 10% discount off full week registration! This clinic will have limited enrollment.  

Coach Henry's Spring Break Baseball Camp

Dates: April 10 - April 13 (Monday thru Thursday)
Time: 9AM-2PM
Players: 7-12 years of age
Location: Meadowlands Park Fields and Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ
Sessions take place RAIN OR SHINE!
Cost: $200 for Week or $55 per day

Coach Chris Henry along with current and former high school and college players will demonstrate and teach a variety of drills for all levels, along with live gameplay each day! During the sessions, we will go over Hitting, Fielding, Pitching, Dynamic Speed Training, Mental Skills Training and Situational Play. Games will be played at the end of each day. Players will be grouped according to age and ability.

Download the handout for the registration form.

Act quickly, as enrollment fills fast!

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Chris Henry.


Handout: 2017 Chris Henry Spring Break Cllinics

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Baseball Bat Information

NOTICE REGARDING BASEBALL BAT PURCHASES

USA Baseball, the parent organization for all youth baseball, is in the process of reviewing current baseball bat standards. New standards will be introduced on September 1, 2017 and become effective for the 2018 baseball season. Bats meeting the new standards will not be for sale before September 1, 2017. It is unclear whether any bats currently being sold will meet the new standards. For this reason, we urge all SOM Baseball families to use caution when considering bat purchases for the upcoming season. It is possible that some bats may not legal beyond this year. If you have any questions concerning this issue, please feel free to contact Ed Matthews, the Chairman of the SOM Baseball Rules Committee, at ematthews@bournenoll.com.

 

 



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Coming this Summer - Cougar Baseball Camp

It's back!! Cougar Baseball Camp with Coach Chris Henry and his staff of former and current high school and collegiate players.   

3 One-Week Camps
June 26-July 14
Ages 6-13 (as of April 30, 2017)
Monday-Friday (except July 4)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm
Meadowland Park, South Orange 

This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball and instill the proper methods to improve and hone each player’s skills, all while learning and enjoying this great game. Each camper will be exposed to the following:

• Proper mechanics/techniques of throwing a baseball
• Defensive techniques and strategy
• Fundamentals of the swing
• Mental Aspect of the “Game”
• Baserunning form/techniques
• Pitching, Catching, and Position Player Fundamentals
• Sportsmanship and Rules

Please see the handout for more details. Registration can be done by mail or in person at the Baird using the attached registration form OR online here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/southorange


Handout: 2017 Summer Camp

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Please click here to send an email to South Orange Maplewood Baseball.

 

 



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Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities

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The success of the South Orange Maplewood Baseball 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 (descriptions can be found in the handout). If you are willing and able, please sign up when you register your child!

The necessary volunteer form (for coaches and ANY volunteer) can be downloaded from the link below.  

Coaches need to ALSO fill out the Consent to Background Check, also available at the link 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.

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 baseball matters. 

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 at the Baird in South Orange in March (date TBD) for all new coaches.  

Questions? Contact Kate Schmidt at the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, 973.378.7754, ext. 1

 


Handout: 2017 Coaching and Volunteer Form

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Baseball Committee Opportunities

Baseball Committee Opportunities

The South Orange Maplewood Baseball Organization is divided into several subcommittees which meet year-round, working with the Recreation Departments, constantly reviewing and improving the baseball program.  New volunteers are always needed.  Please pick an area (or areas) where you would like to participate and contact the committee chair to find out when/where they will be meeting.  ACT NOW!!  Your kids thank you for your help!    
 
BASEBALL SUBCOMMITTEES:

REGISTRATION AND PUBLICITY: Responsible for organizing registration, keeping track of registration names and forms, placing articles in News Record, Gaslight, web site, getting flyers to schools. Contact recreation@southorange.org.

UMPIRES: Responsible for recruitment, training and scheduling of umpires. Contact Matt Greenblatt.

COACHES: Team assignment, qualifications and training. Contact Doug Sasfai.
  T-Ball and Rookie League Commissioner: Contact Greg Dawkins.

COACHES’ TRAINING: Responsible for planning and scheduling of training and instructional clinics/seminars for development of players and coaches. Contact Chris Nomura and Chris Henry.

PLAYER EVALUATIONS/DRAFT: Responsible for designing the tryouts and subsequent drafts for the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth divisions and the team formation for the younger divisions. Contact Lou Lombardi and Dave Maitlin.

GAME AND FACILITY SCHEDULES: Responsible for preparing the master schedule for the fields and facilities and scheduling make up games. Contact Patti Coleman.

RULES: Responsible for reviewing and publicizing league rules and working to resolve any conflicts that arise. Contact Ed Matthews.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Responsible for addressing Code of Conduct issues, sportmanship issues and team/player and coach conflicts. Contact Bob Hugel.

FACILITIES: Responsible for working with public works and the recreation department to improve the facilities. Also organize Parent work weekends. Contact Mike Pierre.

FUNDRAISING: Contact Jerry Donaty.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Contact Rob Chibbaro.

SUMMER PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Responsible for Summer League calendar, teams, coaches, etc. Contact Matt Lefferts.



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Wed 3/29 Baseball RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Baird Main Room
Sat 4/1 Baseball League Play Begins for Babe Ruth, Majors & Minors All Day
Sat 4/1 Baseball Coaches' Meeting - T-Ball & Rookie 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM The Baird
Sat 4/1 Baseball Clinic: T-Ball/Rookie Coaching Clinic 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Meadowlands 4
Sat 4/8 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sun 4/9 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Mon 4/10 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Tue 4/11 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Wed 4/12 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Thu 4/13 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Fri 4/14 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sat 4/15 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sun 4/16 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sat 4/22 Baseball T-Ball & Rookie uniform distribution and first team practice All Day
Sun 4/23 Baseball National Pitch Hit & Run Competition 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Meadowlands 3
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