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2018 Registration Details



January 20 and 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 3 and 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In-person registration for the 2018 spring baseball programs will be taken at The Baird in South Orange

Any child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood Baseball program in Spring 2017 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 4 for all players who participated in SOM Baseball in Spring 2017. To register online, go to (Please 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 $115 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: 2018 Registration Flyer

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 2017, in which case we still have a copy of the birth certificate).

Handout: 2018 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, 2018, 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.

“Playing up” is NOT permitted, with the following exceptions:

(1) All 8 year olds MUST register as Rookie National but can also check the box on the registration form indicating they will try out for Minors. After registration is complete and tryouts/evaluations are over, a limited number of 8 year old players (based on tryout/evaluation results) will be offered the option to play in the Minor League.

(2) All 11 year olds MUST register as Majors 60 but can also check the box on the registration form indicating they will try out for Majors 70. After registration is complete and tryouts/evaluations are over, a limited number of 11 year old players (based on tryout/evaluation results) will be offered the option to play in the Majors 70 division. 

Handout: 2018 Age Chart

2018 Evaluation Dates and Times

2018 Evaluation Dates and Times

Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth:  ALL players MUST attend evaluations.  

Every player is assigned to a team. The purpose of the evaluations is to ensure that teams are competitively balanced. 

Evaluations 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, 2018.  Bring a glove and dress appropriately - sneakers and athletic wear.  NO CLEATS ALLOWED!

Player Evaluations - South Orange Middle School

League - Age


Tryout Date


Last Name 




 Minors - Age 9*
Sunday, February 25 


2:15 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:15 pm  

 Majors 60 - Ages 10-11**
Sunday, February 25


12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:00 pm       

 Majors 70 - Age 12
Sunday, February 25


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 Babe Ruth - Ages 13-15 Tuesday, February 27


8:00 - 9:00 pm 


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

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

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

Minors:  Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm
Majors 60:  Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm 
Majors 70:  Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm 
Babe Ruth
:  Sunday, February 25 at 4:15 pm


2018 Umpires Needed!



Anyone who will be at least 13 years old as of April 30, 2018 is eligible to be an umpire for SOM Baseball Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth League games.

Completion of “Youth Umpiring 2018” qualifies students for $5 extra per game.

Umpires who attended in 2017 must attend in 2018 to receive the additional $5/game.

Students must attend all sessions. Notification in advance is required if there will be any individual absences – BUT please don’t simply assume you can’t participate if you need to miss any classes. . . give us a call to discuss any conflicts you may have.

Cadet Umpiring 2018: All from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at The Baird

  • Saturday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 10
  • Saturday, February 24
  • Saturday, March 3

MAKE-UP: Saturday, March 10

Advanced Youth Umpiring Class 2018 – For Umpires with 2+ Years of Experience

An advanced class will be held in lieu of the Cadet clinic for returning umpires who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be in High School
  • You must have successfully completed the 2016 AND 2017 Umpire Clinics
  • You must have prior experience umpiring in the “Major League” Division

Advanced Youth Umpiring Class

Mondays – February 12, 26, and March 5
7:30 pm-9:00 pm at The Baird


Advance registration is being accepted for both classes at The Baird (Registration Form on back of handout below). The fee is $5.00.

Questions - contact Matt Greenblatt at 917.232.8499 or

Handout: 2018 Umpires Flyer

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 (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: 2018 Coach and Volunteer Form

2018 Bat Standards

2018 Bat Standards
  • Starting January 1, 2018, USA Baseball is instituting a new bat standard which will be approved for play in AABC Baseball, Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball & Dixie Boys Baseball, Little League Baseball® (all divisions except Senior League) and PONY Baseball.
  • Barrels up to 2 5/8" are now approved for ages 14 and under.
  • Players will need a new bat stamped with the new USA Baseball Mark.
The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) will be implemented on January 1, 2018. New USA Baseball approved bats were made available for purchase on September 1, 2017.
Please visit for the updated league bat rules. 
Please visit for a list of approved bats.


Monday, December 18

Baseball Winter Workouts

with Coach Chris Henry


This program is designed for experienced baseball players preparing for more advanced levels of play on the bigger field. Coach Chris Henry will provide large group training for South Orange Maplewood Baseball players seeking to hone their skills for the upcoming spring and summer travel baseball seasons. Two-hour weekly workouts will include stations and progressive skill development over a six week period.

Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm
January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11
South Orange Middle School Gymnasium
Registration Fee: $115

Players must be league age 11-14 as of April 30, 2018.

Over a six-week period, sessions will include:

  • Proper warm-ups and stretching
  • Form throwing (with progression each week into a long toss program
  • Infield and outfield repetitions
  • Defensive situations - bunt defense, 1st and 3rd defense, pick-off plays and live game situations
  • bunting, proper leads and base running
  • Pitcher’s progressive winter workout plan
  • Catcher’s defensive skills
  • Conditioning
  • Discussion of the day and what’s next

Players must:

  • Wear baseball attire and wear layers
  • Wear sneakers (NO CLEATS are permitted in the gym)
  • Bring own gloves/equipment
  • Bring water (only) to stay hydrated. No other drinks are permitted in the gym.

Register at the Baird with the attached registration form or online at Space is limited.

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

Check out the details in the handout below.

Handout: 2018 Winter Workouts

Hitting Essentials with Coach Henry


Hitting Essentials with Coach Henry

Baseball season is right around the corner; time to prepare! Group batting practice/instruction for SOM Baseball players with Coach Henry will be offered at the Baird. Two 4-week sessions will focus on developing the complete hitter, covering stance and load, power position, approach and contact point to release as well as follow through, strike zone awareness and hitting to all fields. Each session will end with simulated game play to further develop the young hitter both physically and mentally at the plate. 

This program is under the direction of Chris Henry, professional instructor and high school baseball coach. Questions? Contact Coach Henry at

Register at the Baird with the registration form below or online at Space is limited.

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.

Two 4-week sessions will be offered on WEDNESDAYS as follows 

Session I: January 10, 17, 24, and 31

7:00 - 7:45 pm Ages 9-10*
8:00 - 8:45 pm Ages 11-13* 

Session II: February 7, 14, 21, and 28

7:00 - 7:45 pm Ages 9-10* 
8:00 - 8:45 pm Ages 11-13* 

*Age listed is “league age” as of April 30, 2018 (Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth eligibility date)

Fee: $60 per 4-week session. Enrollment will be limited to 10 players per session. 

See handout for Registration Form. 

Handout: 2018 Hitting Essentials

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.


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Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 1/20 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Baird
Sun 1/21 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Baird
Sat 2/3 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM The Baird
Sun 2/4 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM The Baird
Tue 2/13 Baseball Coaches' Meeting - Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Baird
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