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Draft Date Change

CHANGE OF DATE: Minors, Majors 60 and Majors 70

The player draft has been changed to Thursday, March 15.

 Parents - you will not hear from coaches until after that date. 

2018 Spring Break Baseball Camp


Coach Henry's Spring Break Baseball Camp

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 9-13 from 9 am - 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 Tuesday, March 15th and receive a 10% discount off full week registration! This clinic will have limited enrollment.  

Dates: April 9 - April 13 (Monday thru Friday)
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: $250 for week or $55 per single 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: 2018 Spring Break Camp

Coming this Summer - Cougar Baseball Camp

Coach Henry's Summer 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
Week 1: June 25 - June 29
Week 2: July 2 - July 6 (4 days)
Week 3: July 9 - July 13 

Ages 6-13 (must be 6 as of April 30, 2018)
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: Online Registration for Cougar Summer Baseball Camp.

Handout: 2018 Summer Baseball Camps

Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities


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 (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).  The Rutgers’ course will be offered at the Baird in South Orange in March 28th for all new coaches.  

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


Handout: 2018 Coach and Volunteer Form

2018 Bat Standards

2018 Bat Rule Changes

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - All non-wood bats must have USABat Marking. Barrel Maximum 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For T-Ball, bats must be marked with USABat T-Ball Stamp.

Babe Ruth 13-15 Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.

Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.

Please visit for the updated league bat rules. 

Please visit for a list of approved bats.



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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!    

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 Mark Calveric.

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 Mark Hall.

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 3/28 Baseball RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Baird Main Room
Mon 4/2 Baseball League Play Begins for Babe Ruth, Majors & Minors All Day
Sat 4/7 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sun 4/8 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Mon 4/9 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Tue 4/10 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Wed 4/11 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Thu 4/12 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Fri 4/13 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sat 4/14 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Sun 4/15 Baseball School Break - no games scheduled All Day
Mon 4/16 Baseball Clinic: T-Ball/Rookie Coaching Clinic 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM South Orange Middle School Gym
Sat 4/21 Baseball T-Ball & Rookie team practices/team meetings All Day
Sat 4/21 Baseball T-Ball & Rookie Coaches' meeting 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Baird
Sun 4/22 Baseball National Pitch Hit & Run Competition 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Meadowlands 3
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