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2016 Summer Baseball Tryouts


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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, 2016. 

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

 



Schedule for Team Photos - May 10 & 11


The schedule for team photos on May 10 and 11 is provided below.

Station 1: Inside the Baird Community Center, Main Room
Station 2: Inside the Batting Cages behind Baird

To prepay online, got to www.bassettiphoto.com/prepay and enter code "SOMB" for baseball or "MSOS" for softball to view your order form. If you prefer, you can complete an order envelope and return it to the photographer on picture day. Coaches will also be handing out order forms shortly.

ALL players will be in the group photo but only those placing an order will be photographed individually. 

May 10 photo schedule

 



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Coming this Summer: Cougar Baseball Camp


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

This popular summer camp is offered during the weeks of June 27-July 1, July 5-8 (4 days), and July 11-15.

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: 2016 Summer Camp Form

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2016 Pitch Hit and Run Results


Our 12th Annual Pitch Hit & Run event went off without a hitch.

We would like to thank members of the Columbia High School Baseball team for their help in running the event.

The winners are eligible to compete at the Sectional Competition - time and place to be determined.

7/8 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Adam Carlucci
Pitching Winner:  Logan Barnett & Adam Carlucci
Hitting Winner:  Adam Carlucci
Running Winner:  Adam Carlucci

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Jared Carlucci
Pitching Winner:  Eric Donaty & Jared Carlucci
Hitting Winner:  Trent Jenks
Running Winner:  Henry Cooper

11/12 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Ryan Donaty
Pitching Winner:  Ryan Donaty
Hitting Winner:  Ryan Donaty
Running Winner:  Ryan Donaty

13/14 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Pitching Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Hitting Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Running Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt

Congratulations to all the winners!



2016 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 these links!!

To access the schedules, use this link:  SCHEDULES

To access the standings (for Minors, M60, M70 and Babe Ruth only), use this link: STANDINGS  

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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What do I do with this iron-on patch??


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Each player will receive an iron-on Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth patch. It should be attached to the LEFT sleeve of his/her uniform. The patch is too thick for heat from an iron to go through the patch to melt the glue; so you must iron from the inside.

Here are some simple instructions:

1. Set iron to highest (cotton) setting. Do not use water or steam.

2. Turn the shirt inside out. (Tip: use a safety pin to attach the patch in the correct position BEFORE turning the uniform inside out).

3. Position the patch on the outside of the left sleeve (which is now on the inside) so that the glue is facing up. Make sure you will end up with the patch in the desired place when you turn it right side out! (Also make sure the patch will not be upside down. Been there, done that.) 

4. Cover with a thin cloth such as a cloth diaper or dishtowel.

5. Press firmly with the iron on the inside of the sleeve (which is now on the outside) for a FULL minute.

6. Let the shirt cool. Make sure all the edges have stuck to the shirt.



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Is my game or practice rained out?


CODE-A-PHONE AND TWITTER
If the weather or field conditions are in question, there are 2 ways you can be informed:

1)     Call the code-a-phone at 973-762-0748. If there is no announcement for the current day, activities are on as scheduled.

2)     Set up a “twitter” account to receive notifications. To do so, go to www.twitter.com, create a free account, and follow  “SOrangeRec”.  Again, if you receive NO notice, all activities are on as scheduled.

You can also get updates sent to your cell phone without a Twitter account.  Just send a text message that says "Follow SOrangeRec" (without the quotes) to 40404 and you will start receiving tweets from us on your device. 
 
As a rule we ONLY POST CHANGES in the schedule on the code-a-phone or via Twitter. We will NOT post affirmative messages (i.e. “Games WILL be played). Therefore, if the message you hear on the code-a-phone is from a prior date, the current day’s activities will proceed as scheduled.

The Recreation Department will try to post weather-related cancellations/changes as early as possible for weeknight games. However, it is not always possible or desirable to call games early in the day. The right kind of weather and some maintenance work can sometimes significantly alter the outlook. Fields that look unplayable at noon may be ready to play on by late in the day.

On weekends, we make every effort to post any changes in the schedule by 8:30 am or as necessary if conditions change throughout the day.
 
RESCHEDULING OF GAMES
The league will reschedule any games that are canceled due to bad weather or poor field conditions. The Demosphere schedule will be updated accordingly so please be sure to check regularly for updates and changes to the schedules.



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



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 Les LeAndre.

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.



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Upcoming Events
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