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Due to the impending storm, registration has been cancelled for January 23 and 24 and rescheduled to January 30 and 31. 

January 23 and 24 30 and 31, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 6 and 7, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In-person registration for the 2016 spring baseball programs will be taken at The Baird in South Orange and Maplewood Town Hall in MaplewoodAny child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood Baseball program in Spring 2015 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 7 for all players who participated in South Orange Maplewood Baseball in Spring 2015. To register online, go to (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: 2016 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 2015, in which case we still have a copy of the birth certificate).

Handout: 2016 Registration Form


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, 2016.  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 28 


2:15 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:15 pm  

 Majors 60 - Ages 10-11**
Sunday, February 28


12:00 - 2:00 pm   

 Majors 70 - Age 12
Sunday, February 28


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

 Babe Ruth - Ages 13-15 Tuesday, March 1


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, March 1 at 6:30 pm
Majors 60:  Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm 
Majors 70:  Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm 
Babe Ruth
:  Sunday, February 28 at 4:15 pm



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, 2016, 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: 2016 Age Chart


Umpires Wanted


Anyone who will be at least 13 years old as of April 30, 2016 is eligible to be an umpire for SOM Baseball Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth games. Completion of "Youth Umpiring 2016" 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/game.

Cadet Umpiring 2016:
Saturdays - January 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 6
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 2014 and 2015 Umpiring Clinics
* you must have prior experience umpiring in the Majors

Advanced Youth Umpiring 2016:
Mondays - February 1, 8, 22, March 1
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 Matt Greenblatt at 917.232.8499 or

Handout: Umpires Wanted

Parent Work Day


Saturday, March 19th 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, March 20th

Help ready the fields for Opening Day! The work includes field edging, backstop improvements, base installation/relocation and general field maintenance.

See the flyer for details.

Bring tools (work gloves, shovel, rake) if you have them - we'll supply the coffee and doughnuts.

Questions? Contact Mike Pierre at 973.650.8648 or by email.

Handout: 2016 Work Day


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: Coaching and Volunteer Forms

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 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 Ron Chibarro.

SUMMER PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Responsible for Summer League calendar, teams, coaches, etc. Contact Matt Lefferts.


2015 Playoff Schedule & Results

Babe Ruth champions, photo by Susan Rogers

The playoff schedule for Babe Ruth, M70, M60, and Minors is posted below.

Once the playoffs begin, all teams should be prepared to play any day of the week. Games postponed due to weather/field conditions will be rescheduled on the first available date.

Babe Ruth Seeds: 

1. Freshwater Films
2. JBA Titans
3. Kid Docs
4. Parkwood Diner
5. Cubs
6. Nationals

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Babe Ruth            
Round 1   BYE seed 1 and seed 2       
  Friday, May 29 6:30 PM seed 3 vs seed 6 101 Cameron Nationals
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 4 vs seed 5 102 Cameron Cubs
Round 2

Monday, June 1

Wednesday, June 3 

6:30 PM seed 2 vs winner of #101 (Nationals) 103 Cameron  JBA Titans

Tuesday, June 2

Thursday, June 4 

6:30 PM seed 1 vs winner of #102 (Cubs) 104 Cameron Freshwater Films
Round 3

Friday, June 5

Monday, June 8 

7:00 PM

6:30 PM 

winner of #103 (JBA Titans)  vs winner of #104 (Freshwater Films) 105 Cameron  Champion: FRESHWATER FILMS 

M70 Seeds: 

1. LAZ Parking
2. Taylor Oil Co.
3. FTI Consulting
4. Wilber's Painting
5. Bunny's 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Wednesday, May 27 6:30 PM seed 4 vs seed 5  201 Meadowlands 3 Bunny's
Round 2 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs winner of #201 (Bunny's) 202 Meadowlands 3 LAZ Parking
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 3 203 Meadowlands 3 FTI Consulting
Round 3

Saturday, June 6

Monday, June 8 

10:00 AM

6:30 PM 

winner #202 (LAZ Parking) vs winner of #203 (FTI Consulting) 204

Meadowlands 3

Champion: LAZ PARKING 

M60 Seeds: 
  1. Twin City
  2. Maplewood Tree Experts
  3. Bass Family Chiropractic
  4. Ricalton’s
  5. NJABL
  6. Wilber’s Painting
  7. SOMA Skin & Laser
  8. South Orange Disposal Trashers
  9. Village Barbers

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Friday, May 29 6:00 PM  seed 8 vs seed 9  301 Meadowlands 2 Village Barbers
Round 2 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs winner of #301 (Village Barbers) 302 Meadowlands 2 Twin City
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 303 Meadowlands 2 SOMA Skin & Laser
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6  304 Maplecrest 2 Bass Family Chiropractic
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 305 Maplecrest 2 NJABL
Round 3

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3 

6:00 PM winner of #302 (Twin City) vs winner of #305 (NJABL 306

Meadowlands 2

Meadowlands 1 

Twin City

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3 

6:00 PM winner of #303 (SOMA Skin & Laser) vs winner of #304 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 307

Meadowlands 4

Meadowlands 3 

SOMA Skin & Laser 
Round 4 Saturday, June 6  10:00 AM winner of #306 (Twin City) vs winner of #307 (SOMA Skin & Laser) 308 Meadowlands 2  Champion:

Minor Seeds: 

1. Keller Williams
2. Taylor Oil
3. Roman Gourmet
4. Ridge Tire
5. Game Night NJ
6. D&J Landscape
7. Maplewood VFW
8. United Energy Consultants 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs seed 8 401 Meadowlands 1 Keller Williams
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 402 Meadowlands 1 Taylor Oil
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6 403 Meadowlands 4 D&J Landscape
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 404 Meadowlands 4 Game Night NJ
Round 2 Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #401 (Keller Williams) vs winner of #404 (Game Night NJ) 405 Meadowlands 2 Keller Williams
  Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #402 (Taylor Oil) vs winner of #403 (D&J Landscape) 406 Meadowlands 4 Taylor Oil
Round 3

Saturday, June 6 

Monday, June 8 

10:00 AM

6:00 PM 

winner of #405 (Keller Williams) vs winner of #406 (Taylor Oil) 407 Meadowlands 4 Champion: KELLER WILLIAMS 


2015 Playoff and All Star Photos

2015 Pitch Hit and Run Results


Our 11th Annual Pitch Hit & Run event went off without a hitch.

We would like to thank Coaches Fischetti and Becht and the entire 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:  Raymond Stein
Pitching Winner:  Raymond Stein
Hitting Winner:  Alex Mandell
Running Winner:  Raymond Stein

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Max Gigante
Pitching Winner:  Max Gigante & Evan Greenblatt
Hitting Winner:  Eric Donaty
Running Winner:  Walter Beneteau

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

Congratulations to all the winners!



Is my game or practice rained out?

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, 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.
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.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 2/6 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM The Baird and Maplewood Town Hall
Sun 2/7 Baseball Registration 1:00 PM The Baird and Maplewood Town Hall
Thu 2/18 Baseball Coaches' Meeting - Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Baird
Sun 2/28 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations- Minors, Majors 60 and Majors 70 All Day South Orange Middle School
Mon 2/29 Baseball Clinic: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Play 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SOMS Gym
Tue 3/1 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations - Babe Ruth All Day South Orange Middle School
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