South Orange-Maplewood Baseball
About South Orange-Maplewood Baseball
South Orange Maplewood Baseball is a volunteer organization formed to assist the Departments of Recreation in a providing rewarding baseball experience for community children. The goal of SOM Baseball is to encourage participation, teach fundamentals, promote teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play and to foster a love of the game of baseball.
South Orange Maplewood Baseball is operated under the banner of the national Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization and is open to South Orange and Maplewood children ages 5 to 15 as of April 30. Also eligible are students who attend school within the boundaries of Maplewood and South Orange. SOM Baseball includes a spring recreation league for all interested children meeting the eligibility guidelines as well as a summer travel program with teams selected through competitive tryouts.
Volunteer members of the SOM Baseball Committee work year-round on various functional subcommittees (listed below) to bring a quality baseball program to the community. New volunteers are always welcome and needed. Pick an area of interest and reach out to the committee chair if you would like to participate.
SPRING BASEBALL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS - Any child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood Baseball program in Spring 2018 MUST REGISTER IN PERSON at one of the sessions listed below and provide proof of age by bringing a COPY OF THE PLAYER BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR PASSPORT.
RETURNING PLAYERS - Any player who participated in SOM Baseball in Spring 2018 may register online via the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs website HERE from January 1-31 OR in person at one of the sessions listed below.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2019
In person registration will be taken at the Baird Community Center, 5 Mead Street, South Orange on all of the following dates/times:
Registration volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the SOM Baseball program.
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!
TO VOLUNTEER AS A COACH, ASSISTANT COACH OR TEAM MANAGER, CLICK HERE AND SELECT "VOLUNTEERS".
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: Responsible for organizing registration and coordinating volunteers to ensure all forms are correctly filled out and appropriate documentation is obtained for all new registrants.
League Vice-President: Contact Bill Fitzsimmons.
Publicity: Responsible for league communications and promotional activities., developing appropriate notices for all baseball functions and activities to be distributed as widely as possible to all schools for distribution to students as well as the News Record, the Gaslight, Village Green, Tapinto SOMA, the Village Website and the SOMBASEBALL website. It also collects and distributes appropriate news for presentation to news outlets. Works in conjunction with other subcommittees to ensure events are appropriately publicized. (Help Wanted: Interested in volunteering to help with League communications and publicity? Please contact Bill Fitzsimmons).
Umpires: Responsible for recruiting, training and assigning of umpires for all Spring Recreation games. This includes the recruitment, training and supervision of school-aged young men and women to umpire in the League. The chair of this committee shall also be a member of the Rules subcommittee. Contact Matt Greenblatt.
Coaches: Recruits and appoints coaches at the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth league levels. Works with the Registration and Publicity subcommittees in the recruitment and registration of coaches during registration periods. Develops and oversees the training of all coaches within the League. Schedules and runs a mandatory pre-season coaches meeting to review League rules with all coaches at the Minor level and above. Selects pairings of coaches and responsible for oversight and evaluation of the performance of coaches during the season. Contact Doug Sasfai or Steve Livingstone.
Coaches' Training: Responsible for scheduling and overseeing coaches' training programs for coaches at all age levels. Contact Chris Henry.
T-Ball/Rookie Coaches: Recruits and appoints coaches at the T-Ball and Rookie levels. Works with the Registration and Publicity subcommittees in the recruitment and registration of coaches during registration periods. Develops and oversees the training of all coaches within these League divisions. Schedules and runs a mandatory pre-season coaches meeting to review League rules with all T-Ball and Rookie level coaches. Selects pairings of coaches and responsible for oversight and evaluation of the performance of coaches during the season. Contact Mark Hall.
Registration: Responsible for organizing registration and coordinating volunteers to ensure all forms are correctly filled out and appropriate documentation is obtained for all new registrants. Contact Ron Iozzio.
Tryouts and Team Selection: Designs and oversees the evaluation process so that every player has the same opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills. Supervises the draft for the upper level divisions and makes the player assignments for Tee Ball and Coaches Pitch divisions to ensure equally balanced teams. Contact Dave Maitlin or Lou Lombardi.
Rules: Reviews Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken rules including any rules changes adopted on a national level to ensure local compliance with the rules. Proposes for adoption local rules for each of the divisions. Coordinates with the Umpires and Coaches Subcommittees to review the rules and changes with the umpires and coaches.
Responsible for assigning rules commissioners and pitch counters for the upper divisions.
Facilities: Responsible for working with the Recreation Department to help with upkeep and improvement of the baseball facilities. Organizes the Parent Work Weekend and other volunteer efforts to address issues relating to the baseball facilities. Contact Mark Calveric or J.R. Carlucci.
Fundraising: Organizes and oversees all fundraising activities. Organizes the annual coaches’ softball game. Works with the Facilities and Program subcommittees to identify fund-raising initiatives. Contact Jerry Donaty.
Program Committee: Responsible for overseeing the Spring Recreation League Program structure. It makes recommendations with respect to any modification of age or year groupings.
Special Events: Coordinates and supervises special events including:
Works with the Publicity Committee to appropriately publicize these events. Contact Ron Chibbaro.
Travel Baseball: Responsible for overseeing and coordinating the travel baseball program. Coordinates with the Publicity Committee to appropriately publicize tryout dates.
Coordinates and supervises tryouts for each age group to ensure a fairness in the tryout process. Determines whether more than one team is appropriate at each age group. If there is more than one team at each age group the Travel Baseball Chair will interact with the respective coaches to determine how the teams are selected. Coordinates with the coaches at each age group to determine what leagues the teams are to play in.
Coordinates with the Coaches Subcommittee to recruit and train coaches for the summer teams. It acts as the liaison between the teams and the leagues they are playing in to make sure the coaches are familiar with the rules and regulations of their specific leagues.
During the travel season subcommittee members attend the games to evaluate how the teams are performing as well as evaluating the managers and coaches. As part of the manager/coach evaluation they conduct an end of season survey of the parents soliciting their views on the program as well as the coaches. These surveys are reviewed by the subcommittee and an end of season meeting is held with the coaches. The surveys are shared with the coaches.
The chair of this subcommittee is expected to attend the District meetings as well ensure the coaches for the Red teams attend their individual tournament meetings. Contact Ed Matthews or Chris Caracciolo.
Sportsmanship: Responsible for handling all sportsmanship related issues involving, players, coaches, parents and/or fans. Investigates all complaints and/or incidents and attempts to resolve all issues. After thoroughly reviewing a matter the subcommittee can propose a resolution which can include the imposition of an appropriate sanction against any person involved and found to be in violation of the league Code of Conduct. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, letter of reprimand, suspension, ban from attending any league games. Any sanction imposed is subject to review by the League President and Vice President. The Chair of this subcommittee shall keep the League President and Vice President updated on the status of any investigation. Contact Matt Lefferts.
Technology: Responsible to identify and implement appropriate technology to assist in the proper functioning of the League. Contact Greg Dawkins.
SOM Baseball League President: Kate Schmidt, Director of South Orange Department of Recreation.
2019 Umpires Needed!
Youth Umpires Wanted - Training Available
South Orange - Maplewood Baseball provides basic training for youth umpires to prepare them to officiate SOM Baseball recreation league games for Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth leagues (players ages 9-15). Anyone who will be at least 13 years of age as of April 30, 2019 is eligible to take the Cadet Youth Umpire Training Course. While training is provided, candidates must have a knowledge of the game and basic rules of baseball.
Rate of pay is $20 per game for first year Youth Umpires who complete training and certification.
Upon completing 2 years of Cadet Youth Umpire Training, Advanced Youth Umpire Training is offered.
Questions regarding this youth umpire training program and eligibility can be directed to Matt Greenblatt (SOM Baseball Umpire Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the handout for more details.
Handout: 2019 Umpire Flyer
Send Us an Email
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Holiday Break Baseball Clinic
Coach Henry's Holiday Break
Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 27
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 and simulated activities!
During these 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 session. Players will be grouped according to age and ability.
Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, December 27 (full or half-days, one day or both)
Ages: 7-12 years old - Limited Enrollment Available
Location: Baird Center Batting Cages, Meadowlands Park Fields and Baird Venter Gym/Activity Rooms (rain or shine)
Bring your own lunch or snack.
If you have any questions/concerns, please e-mail Coach Henry at email@example.com.
For more information and a copy of the registration form, please download the attached handout.
Handout: 2018 Holiday Break Clinics
2018 Playoff Schedule & Results
The playoff schedule and results for Babe Ruth, M70, M60, and Minors are posted below.
Babe Ruth Seeds:
1. Wilber's Painting
1. Beacon Jewelers of Maplewood
1. Village Service Center
1. Maplewood Tree Experts
2018 Pitch Hit & Run Results!
2018 Results of 14th Annual Pitch Hit & Run Competition
Congratulations to all the winners! A special thanks to the Columbia High School Baseball Program and the support of Coach Whalen and their players for helping run the event!
7/8 Year Olds
11/12 Year Olds
South Orange Maplewood Baseball