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January 24 and 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 7 and 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In-person registration for the 2015 spring baseball programs will be taken at The Baird in South Orange and Maplewood Town Hall in Maplewood (note the new location)Any child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood Baseball program in Spring 2014 MUST REGISTER IN PERSON AND BRING A COPY OF HIS/HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

Returning players have the option of online or in-person registration.  Online registration will be available from January 1 through February 8 for all players who participated in South Orange Maplewood Baseball in Spring 2014. To register online, go to and select "Register Online." (Note:  If this is the first time you are registering for a program online, you may need to wait up to 24 hours for your online account to be activated. Convenience fees apply to online registration.  These fees are paid directly to the internet service provider.)

The fee for Spring Baseball is $95 per child. All players will receive a complete uniform consisting of a team shirt, pants, cap and socks.

Members of the South Orange Maplewood Baseball Committee will be on hand at all registration sessions to answer any questions. 

View the attached handout for information about registration, important dates, volunteer opportunities, umpires, league descriptions, and tryouts.

See the next article for the downloadable registration form.

Handout: 2015 Registration Flyer

Print Out the Registration Form

If you are planning to register in person, you can expedite the process by completing this form (BOTH SIDES!) before you arrive at registration.

Be sure to also bring some form of payment and your child's birth certificate (unless he/she participated in SOM Baseball in 2014, in which case we still have a copy of the birth certificate).

Handout: 2015 Registration Form


Age Chart

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, 2015, as mandated by the national Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization.  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 (link 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.

Handout: 2015 Age Chart


Tryout Dates and Times

Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth:  ALL players MUST attend tryouts/evaluations.  Tryouts will be held indoors at the South Orange Middle School Gymnasium.  Please come on the date/time shown below, based on your league age as of April 30, 2015.  Bring a glove and dress appropriately - sneakers and athletic wear.  NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

 Tryouts/Player Evaluations - South Orange Middle School

League - Age


Tryout Date


Last Name 




 Minors - Age 9*
Sunday, February 22 


2:15 - 4:15 pm  

 Majors 60 - Ages 10-11**
Sunday, February 22


12:00 - 2:00 pm   

 Majors 70 - Age 12
Sunday, February 22


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 Babe Ruth - Ages 13-15 Tuesday, February 24


8:00 - 10:00 pm 


* 8 year olds who are trying to play up to the Minor League MUST attend Minor League tryouts. 

** 11 year olds who are trying to play up to Majors 70 MUST attend BOTH Majors 60 and Majors 70 tryouts.

Makeup Dates/Times for those unable to attend tryouts/evaluations at the times scheduled above:

Minors:  Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
Majors 60:  Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm 
Majors 70:  Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 pm 
Babe Ruth
:  Sunday, February 22 at 4:15 pm



Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities


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 as well as scorekeepers and summer baseball coaches (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 Doug Sasfai (Minors, Majors and BR) or Greg Dawkins (T-Ball and Rookie). 


Handout: 2015 Coaching and Volunteer Forms


Hitting Essentials with Coach Henry


Baseball season is right around the corner; time to warm up! Small group batting practice/instruction will be offered at the Baird in January and/or February. Four-week sessions will focus on developing the complete hitter. This program will cover batting stance and load, power position, approach and contact point to release as well as follow through, strike zone awareness and hitting to all fields. The second half of each class will have simulated game play to further develop the young hitter both physically and mentally at the plate. 

Registration begins January 2nd at The Baird and online at (select "View Activities" to access the registration site).

This program is under the direction of Chris Henry, High School Baseball Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. Questions? Contact Coach Henry at

4-week sessions will be offered on THURSDAYS as follows. THESE DATES ARE REVISED FROM THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULE.

Session I: January 15, 22, 29 and February 5

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Age 9* (Minors)
6:00 - 7:00 pm Ages 10-11* (Majors 60) 
7:00 - 8:00 pm Ages 12-14* (Majors 70 & Babe Ruth) 

Session II: February 12, 19, 26 and March 5

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Age 9* (Minors)
6:00 - 7:00 pm Ages 10-11* (Majors 60) 
7:00 - 8:00 pm Ages 12-14* (Majors 70 & Babe Ruth)

*Age listed is “league age” as of April 30, 2015 (Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth eligibility date)

Fee: $50 per 4-week session. Enrollment will be limited to 10 players per session.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to small group sizes, sessions may fill quickly. If your player is closed out, please put his/her name on the “Waiting List”. Additional sessions may be added if there is sufficient demand. 

See handout for Registration Form. 

Handout: 2015 Winter Batting Clinics


Sponsors Welcome


We are accepting requests to be a team sponsor from individuals and members of our business and professional community for the 2015 season. This is a cost effective way to build brand loyalty by advertising to the local market while supporting the kids and the community.  

Team shirts are printed with the company or team name of your choice, and sponsor information and links are included on every page of this site.  

For information regarding team sponsorship, download the handout below or contact Patti Coleman at 973-378-7754 or

Handout: 2015 Sponsor Letter


Umpires Wanted


Anyone who will be at least 13 years old as of April 30, 2015 and/or in high school is eligible to be an umpire for the Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth games. Completion of "Youth Umpiring 2015" qualifies students for a preference of game assignments and $5 extra per game. Students must attend 4 sessions (one make-up session will be held).

Even if you attended last year, you must still attend Umpire School to receive the preference and the additional $5.

Cadet Umpiring 2015:
Saturdays - January 31, February 7, 21, 28
9:30 am - 12:30 pm at The Baird 

In addition, there will be an Advanced Umpiring Class for select umpires who meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

* you must be in high school
* you must have successfully completed the 2013 and 2014 Umpiring Clinics
* you must have prior experience umpiring in the Majors

Advanced Youth Umpiring 2015:
Mondays - February 2, 9, 23, March 2
7:30 - 9:00 pm at The Baird

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EITHER CLASS. The registration form below can be downloaded and printed and submitted to The Baird.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Chip Nolet.

Handout: 2015 Umpires Wanted

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 by email or telephone to find out when/where they will be meeting.  ACT NOW!!  Your kids thank you for your help!    

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 Les LeAndre at (973) 763-2948.

UMPIRES: Responsible for recruitment, training and scheduling of umpires. Contact Chip Nolet at

COACHES: Team assignment, qualifications and training:  
  T-Ball and Rookie Leagues: Greg Dawkins at or 917-328-7457.
      Minor, Major and Babe Ruth Leagues:   Doug Sasfai at or (973) 275-0914.

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

TRYOUTS AND TEAM SELECTION: 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 Chris Coreschi.

GAME AND FACILITY SCHEDULES: Responsible for preparing the master schedule for the fields and facilities and scheduling make up games. Contact Patti Coleman at or (973) 378-7754 x 2237.

RULES: Responsible for reviewing and publicizing league rules and working to resolve any conflicts that arise. Contact Ed Matthews at Ed Matthews or 973-714-9399.

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

FACILITY MAINTENANCE: Responsible for working with public works and the recreation department to improve the facilities. Also organize Parent work weekends. Contact Bill Fitzsimmons at or (973) 378-2517, or Mike Pierre at

FUNDRAISING: Co-Chairs: Dan Fleetwood (917-292-8028) and Chris Henry.

PARADE: Contact Scott Lewis.

SUMMER PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Responsible for Summer League calendar, teams, coaches, etc. Contact Matt Lefferts at or (973) 275-1333.


Photos from All Star Games

Enjoy these photos from the M60 and M70 All Star Games held on June 4, 2014.


M70 All Stars Participants 

M70 All Star Participants 

M60 All Stars Skills Competition Winners

9U Cougars win Memorial Day Tournament


The South Orange Maplewood Cougars 9U team completed a sweep of the Mount Olive Memorial Day Tournament by winning 6 of 6 games, including a scintillating win in the semi-finals against the Peapack Pirates.  Down 11-5 in the bottom of the 6th inning, they made a miraculous rally to tie the game and send it to extra innings.  Nicolas Lorenzo cleared the bases with a long triple, and then came home on a throwing error by the Pirates.  Again, down 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Cougars refused to lose and scored 3 runs to win 14-13.  That win sent them to the Championship game where they beat Kinnelon 11-4 to cap their undefeated weekend.  Congratulations to the boys for their tireless effort, and to all of the coaches and parents who support them.


Front row:  Official team mascot Liam Johnson

2nd Row L to R:  Nicolas Lorenzo, Alejandro Lorenzo, Dominic Starzynski, Alex Chibbaro, Jack Kalsched, Jake Gewirtz

3rd Row:  Nick Williams, Brandon Doubek, Matthew Motiwalla, Dylan Sullivan, Zach Johnson, Nico Reyes

4th Row:  JC Lorenzo, Joe Doubek, Head Coach Eddie Starzynski, Rob Chibbaro

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Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 2/7 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Baird Center or Maplewood Town Hall
Sat 2/7 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 1:00 PM Batting Cages
Sun 2/8 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Baird Center or Maplewood Town Hall
Thu 2/12 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 8:00 PM Batting Cages
Wed 2/18 Baseball Coaches' Meeting - Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Baird
Sat 2/21 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 1:00 PM Batting Cages
Sun 2/22 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations- Minors, Majors 60 and Majors 70 All Day South Orange Middle School
Tue 2/24 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations - Babe Ruth All Day South Orange Middle School
Mon 3/2 Baseball Clinic: Running a Perfect Practice 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Maplewood Middle School Gym
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