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What to do if you Missed Registration


Registration for spring baseball will continue to be taken IN PERSON ONLY at the Baird in South Orange until rosters are filled.

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, 2018. 

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 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



Pre-Registration Required for Summer Baseball Tryouts

If your player is even THINKING about MAYBE playing travel baseball with us this summer, keep reading!

Players who participate in South Orange Maplewood spring baseball and are age 8-14 (as of April 30) are eligible to try out for Cougar Summer Baseball program. Attached is an informational flyer about the summer program.
If your child is even thinking about trying out for summer travel baseball, a pre-registration with the Recreation Department is required by March 1st. Pre-registration does NOT obligate your child. However, this process will help us determine how many coaches/teams we will need for each age group. Even if you are not sure but considering summer baseball for your player, please pre-register. There is no cost for pre-registration and no obligation.

To pre-register, send an email to Please put “summer baseball” in the subject line and include just your player’s name and age as of April 30, 2018 in the email. That’s all that is required to pre-register for tryouts. 
If you have any questions about the summer baseball program, please contact Matt Lefferts of SOM Baseball at


Go Cougars! In preparation for Cougar Summer Baseball team tryouts, our summer team coaches will hold Spring Training on Sundays in March. To be eligible to participate in this Spring Training program, players must:

1) Be age 9-14 (as of April 30th) 
2) Pre-register for Summer Baseball Tryouts (follow directions above)

Spring Training sessions will all be under the direction of our volunteer summer coaches. 

When you pre-register your player to try out for one of the summer teams for ages 9-14, you will automatically be registered for this Spring Training program. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO ATTEND Spring Training, but all players planning to try out for Cougar Summer Baseball are invited and encouraged to do so.

Cougar Baseball Spring Training Schedule

Dates: Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25
Location: South Orange Middle School Gym
Times: By age as below

Age (April 30th)Start TimeEnd Time
9 12:30 pm 1:50 pm
10 1:50 pm 3:10 pm
13-14 3:20 pm 4:40 pm
11-12 4:40 pm 6:00 pm

This Spring Training program is being held in an effort to provide some preparation for players in advance of travel team tryouts. Summer team tryouts and team selection will be held as early as possible when the weather and field conditions permit.


The number of travel teams selected at each age level is determined by player interest and available coaching volunteers. There are currently no volunteers for ages 8, 11 and 12. Coaches may also be needed for ages 9 and 10, depending upon the number of teams formed at each age level. 

SUMMER COACH COMMITMENT: The summer travel baseball program begins with teams being selected at competitive tryouts in the spring. These teams practice several times per week and play as many as 3 league games per week from June 15-July 31. Additional tournament play is also possible. Summer team coaches must be available for tryouts, practices and games. 

If you are interested in being a summer travel team coach, please contact Matt Lefferts of SOM Baseball at

Handout: 2018 Summer Baseball FAQs

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 28th 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 Rule Changes

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - All non-wood bats must have USABat Marking. Barrel Maximum 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For T-Ball, bats must be marked with USABat T-Ball Stamp.

Babe Ruth 13-15 Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.

Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.

Please visit for the updated league bat rules. 

Please visit for a list of approved bats.


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


Send Us an Email

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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.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Wed 2/21 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM Batting Cages
Sun 2/25 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations- Minors, Majors 60 and Majors 70 All Day South Orange Middle School
Mon 2/26 Baseball Clinic: Running an Efficient Practice 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM South Orange Middle School Gym
Tue 2/27 Baseball Tryouts/Player Evaluations - Babe Ruth All Day South Orange Middle School
Wed 2/28 Baseball BP Clinic for Coaches 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM Batting Cages
Thu 3/8 Baseball Draft for Minors, M60 and M70 Coaches 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
Wed 3/14 Baseball Clinic: Strike Three and You're Out! 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Baird
Sat 3/17 Baseball Practice begins for Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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