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Did You Miss Registration

Registration for spring baseball will continue to be taken IN PERSON ONLY at the Baird in South Orange until Saturday, February 11.

After the 11th, some divisions may be closed and registration will continue at the Baird only until rosters are full. If you have not already registered, please do so as soon as possible. To be eligible, your child must be a Maplewood or South Orange resident, age 5-15 as of April 30, 2017. 

If this is your child’s first time playing in SOM Baseball, you will need to bring a copy of their birth certificate.
Baird Hours:

9:00 am-9:30 pm Monday-Thursday
9:00 am-4:30 pm Friday-Saturday

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 2016, in which case we still have a copy of the birth certificate).

Handout: 2017 Registration Form

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T-ball and Rookie: Players will be contacted by coaches during the week of April 3rd.


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, 2017.  Bring a glove and dress appropriately—sneakers and athletic wear. NO CLEATS ALLOWED!


 League/Age Tryout Date  Last Name  Time 
 Minors - Age 9*  Sunday, February 26 A-L
2:15 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:15 pm 
 Majors 60 - Ages 10-11**  Sunday, February 26 A-L
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:00 pm
 Majors 70 - Age 12  Sunday, February 26 ALL  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
 Babe Ruth - Ages 13-15  Tuesday, February 28 ALL 8:00 - 9:00 pm


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

** 11 year olds trying out to play up to Majors 70 MUST attend BOTH Majors 60 and Majors 70 tryouts.


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

·     Minors- Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm

·     Majors 60- Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 pm

·     Majors 70- Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30 pm

·     Babe Ruth– Sunday, February 26th at 4:15 pm

Baseball Bat Information


USA Baseball, the parent organization for all youth baseball, is in the process of reviewing current baseball bat standards. New standards will be introduced on September 1, 2017 and become effective for the 2018 baseball season. Bats meeting the new standards will not be for sale before September 1, 2017. It is unclear whether any bats currently being sold will meet the new standards. For this reason, we urge all SOM Baseball families to use caution when considering bat purchases for the upcoming season. It is possible that some bats may not legal beyond this year. If you have any questions concerning this issue, please feel free to contact Ed Matthews, the Chairman of the SOM Baseball Rules Committee, at



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, 2017, 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: 2017 Age Chart

2017 Umpires Needed!



Anyone who will be at least 13 years old as of April 30, 2017 is eligible to be an umpire for SOM Baseball Minors, Majors, and Babe Ruth League games.

Completion of “Youth Umpiring 2017” qualifies students for $5 extra per game.

Umpires who attended in 2016 must attend in 2017 to receive the additional $5/game.

Students must attend all sessions. Notification in advance is required if there will be any individual absences – please don’t simply assume you can’t participate if you need to miss any classes. . .

Cadet Umpiring 2017: All from 10:00am to 12:30pm at The Baird

  • Saturday, January 28th
  • Saturday, February 4th
  • Saturday, February 11th
  • Saturday, February 25th

MAKE-UP: Saturday, March 4th

Advanced Youth Umpiring Class 2017 – For Select Umpires

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 2015 AND 2016 Umpire Clinics
  • You must have prior experience umpiring in the “Major League” Division

Advanced Youth Umpiring Class

Mondays – February 6th, 13th and 27th
7:30pm-9:00pm 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

Hitting Essentials


Hitting Essentials with Coach Henry

Baseball season is right around the corner; time to prepare! Small group batting practice/instruction for SOM Baseball players will be offered at the Baird. Four-week sessions will focus on developing the complete hitter in 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.

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

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


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

Session I: Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15

6:00-6:45 pm

Ages* 9-10, Level 1

6:45-7:30 pm

Ages* 9-10, Level 2

7:30-8:15 pm

Ages* 11-13, Level 1

8:15-9:00 pm

Ages* 11-13, Level 2

Session II: Feb. 22 and March 1, 8, 15

6:00-6:45 pm

Ages* 9-10, Level 1

6:45-7:30 pm

Ages* 9-10, Level 2

7:30-8:15 pm

Ages* 11-13, Level 1

8:15-9:00 pm

Ages* 11-13, Level 2

*Age listed is “league age” as of April 30, 2017 (Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth eligibility date)

Please select the level most appropriate for your player.
Level 1 will focus on basic skill development for beginner/intermediate players. Level 2 is for the more advanced and experienced ball player.

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

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. 

See the flyer for the registration form.

Handout: 2017 Hitting Essentials

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


Handout: 2017 Coaching and Volunteer Form

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



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

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.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sun 2/26 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations- Minors, Majors 60 and Majors 70 All Day South Orange Middle School
Tue 2/28 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations - Babe Ruth All Day South Orange Middle School
Sat 3/4 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 12:30 PM Batting Cages
Sat 3/11 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 12:00 PM Batting Cages
Sun 3/12 Baseball Clinic: Running an Efficient Practice 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM South Orange Middle School Gym
Tue 3/14 Baseball Draft for Minors, M60 and M70 Coaches 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Baird
Sat 3/18 Baseball Parents' Work Day 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Baird
Sat 3/18 Baseball Practice begins for Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sun 3/19 Baseball Clinic: Moving to the Big Field 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Cameron Field
Wed 3/22 Baseball Clinic: Strike Three and You're Out! 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Baird
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