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2018 Schedules and Standings

2018 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 this link!!

To access the schedules (for all leagues) and standings (for Minors, M60, M70 and Babe Ruth only), use this link:  SOM SCHEDULES

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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How to find out if a game is 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.



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What to do with the iron-on patch

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IRON-ON PATCH INSTRUCTIONS

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 of the shirt.

Here are some simple instructions:

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

2. Position the patch on the outside of the left sleeve. (Tip: use a safety pin to attach the patch in the correct position BEFORE turning the uniform inside out).

3.  Turn the shirt inside out and place it on your ironing board so that you will be ironing the inside of the shirt sleeve, over the patch which now has the glue facing up. 

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

5. Press the iron firmly 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.



2018 Pitch Hit & Run Results!

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2018 Results of 14th Annual Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Congratulations to all the winners! A special thanks to the Columbia High School Baseball Program and the support of Coach Whalen and their players for helping run the event!

7/8 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Riley Sanders
Hitting Winner: Henry Leonard 
Running Winner: Riley Sanders

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Gavin Lubomski 
Pitching Winners: Sam Bastardo, Marcus Heinnickel, Nathan Linzer, Gavin Lubomski, and Miles Simon 
Hitting Winner: Gavin Lubomski 
Running Winner: Sam Bastardo

11/12 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Trent Jenks
Pitching Winner: Gerald Browne 
Hitting Winner: Trent Jenks
Running Winner: Trent Jenks 



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Coming this Summer - Cougar Baseball Camp

Cougar Summer Baseball Camp - Full Day

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

3 One-Week Camps
Week 1: June 25 - June 29
Week 2: July 2 - July 6 (4 days)
Week 3: July 9 - July 13 

Ages 6-13 (must be 6 as of April 30, 2018)
Monday-Friday (except July 4)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm
Meadowland Park, South Orange 

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: Online Registration for Cougar Summer Baseball Camp.


Handout: 2018 Summer Baseball Camps

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Cougar Half-Day Baseball Camp with Coach Chris Henry

Coach Henry's Half-Day Baseball Camps

Summer is the time for the youngsters to continue to work on their game and enjoy their summer playing the best game ever invented!

An extension of Cougar Baseball Camp, these half-day sessions offer the same baseball drills and skills in a shorter day.

• Proper mechanics/techniques of throwing a baseball?
• Defensive techniques and strategy
• Dynamic Stretching and Warmups done properly?
• Fundamentals of the swing?
• Mental Aspect of the “Game”?
• Baserunning form/techniques?
• Pitching, Catching, and Position Player Fundamentals?
• Sportsmanship and Rules
• Live Gameplay!

**We will have water activities to cool off and possible use of the pool on certain dates**

Full week and Single Day registration are available.

The following sessions will be offered:

• Week of July 16th
• Week of July 23rd
• Week of July 30th

Sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, rain or shine!

This camp will be limited to 30 athletes, so hurry and reserve your spot today!

Please see the attached handout for more details and a registration form.

Registration can be done by mail or directly through Coach Henry at chrishenrysportsinstruction@hotmail.com.


Handout: 2018 Coach Henry Half Day Summer Camp

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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!    
 
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 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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Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities

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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 https://baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx for the updated league bat rules. 

Please visit https://usabat.com/ for a list of approved bats.



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