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2019 Clinics for Coaches

2019 Clinics for Coaches 

South Orange Maplewood Baseball has scheduled a number of clinics for coaches, focusing on a variety of skills and levels of play. SOM Baseball coaching volunteers are REQUESTED TO ATTEND 2 of these instructional clinics. While some clinics are recommended for specific coaching levels, ALL coaches are welcome to ALL coaching clinics. Player parents are also invited to attend clinics (without their player). All instructional clinics are free to SOM Baseball coaches and parents but ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLINICS. To register contact the Baird at (973) 378-7754, ext. 2 or



Recommended for Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth Coaches

Batting Cages behind the Baird (2 dates/times below)


Make the most of your team’s batting cage sessions!  Coach Chris Henry will show coaches how to use the batting cage facility at the Baird safely and efficiently, making best use of the available time, space and equipment. The sessions will include proper procedure and safety, using the machines and L-Screens, throwing and defensive drills, using a batting tee properly and the fundamentals of soft toss. 


Please Note: Coaches wishing to use the Batting Cages with their players at any time must receive training in proper and safe use of the equipment and facility. Attendance at one of these clinics will meet this training requirement. Coaches who have NOT completed safety training are not permitted to reserve time in the batting cages. 


This clinic is offered on 2 different dates for your convenience:

·       Thursday, January 31, 7:00pm

·       Sunday, February 3, 3:00 pm


RUNNING AN EFFICIENT PRACTICE w/CHS Varsity Baseball Coach Ryan Muirhead and staff

Recommended for All Coaches

Wednesday, February 6th, 7:00-9:00 pm

South Orange Middle School Gym


Columbia High School Varsity Coach, Ryan Muirhead, and staff will present fun and instructive practice plans and drills, showing coaches how to run an efficient and effective practice in a limited period of time. Players will be used to demonstrate drills and game situations and will also provide instruction on proper drills and techniques. Coaches are encouraged to take notes. Q&A will take place at the end of the session. Not to miss!!



Sunday, February 10th, 12:00-2:30pm

Seton Hall University Field House


SHU Baseball Coach Rob Sheppard and his staff will have our local coaches observe a practice at the University. This will take place either on their field if weather is accommodating. Otherwise this will take place inside the field house.




The same clinic is offered on 2 dates – We want to be sure coaches can get to one!

·       Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00-9:30pm (immediately after Coaches’ Meeting) OR

·       Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00-9:00pm

South Orange Middle School Gym


Jimmy Murphy Jr, former SOM Baseball player, CHS alumni standout, student-athlete at Fordham University and now a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles minor league organization, will be on hand to assist with this clinic focusing on pitching and catching basics and technique. Other instructors will include local Coaches Chris Henry and Steve Livingstone.  Chris has been a coach at the youth, high school and college level and is an instructor for the Dept. of Recreation. Steve played and pitched at Ithaca College for four years and is now coaching at the youth level helping players help develop and hone their skills.



MANDATORY for all coaches in the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth divisions and highly recommended to all coaches at all levels

Wednesday, March 13th 7:30-9pm

Baird Center Conference Room


This clinic will discuss many of the misconceptions of rules during gameplay. Umpire Jesse Hein will give a breakdown of rules and discuss sportsmanship between teams, players and umpires. What’s an infield fly rule?  Who determines the two hour hard stop?  What is obstruction?  We will cover these rules and many others including sportsmanship issues for players, coaches and parents. Any new and local rules will be explained. This could be one of the most important meetings you attend. 



MANDATORY for ALL first time SOM Baseball Coaches

Wednesday, March 27th - 6:30-9:30pm

Baird Center, Main Room

All SOM Baseball coaches are required to complete the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic. The objectives of this coaching certification course are to help coaches minimize the risk of injury to young athletes, provide information about fundamental coaching concepts and protect volunteer coaches from civil lawsuits.  This course only needs to be taken once.




Saturday March 30th, 10:00am

Meadowland #4 (Rain Site SOMS Gym)


PLEASE NOTE: EVERY T-BALL AND ROOKIE TEAM MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE COACH PRESENT AT THIS CLINIC.  The SOM Baseball T-Ball and Rookie league schedules incorporate a practice and game format.  In this clinic, experienced coaches and SOM Baseball representatives will review these guidelines, share their ideas and experience of running your team’s first practices/games.  New coaches will see how easy and fun it is to take a team of younger players through a series of simple drills—keeping everyone engaged and learning some new skills.  Other practical topics, such as player safety, appropriate equipment, communicating to parents, field locations, and more, will be covered in detail.  

Handout: 2019 Clinics for Coaches

Coaches Needed

Coaching 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!


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 sometime in March for all new coaches.  

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


2018 Local Rules

2018 Local Rules 

The attached handout spells out the 2018 Local Rules for South Orange - Maplewood Baseball.  Any rules not specifically addressed by the Local Rules are covered by the Official Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Rules.

Rules Commissioners for the 2018 season are:

Minors: Greg Dawkins,, 917.328.7457

Majors 60: Jerry Donaty,, 908.625.6853 (cell), 973.763.5141 (home)

Majors 70: Ben Reyes,, 973.477.4749

Babe Ruth: Chris Nomura,, 917.825.3426

Chair, Rules Committee: Ed Matthews,, 908.679.8100 (home), 908.277.9620 (work), 973.714.9399 (cell) 


Handout: 2018 Local Rules Addendum

COACHES: How to Report Scores

Coaches: You will now be phoning scores in directly to the web site.  It is easy to do and shortly after you phone in the score, it will appear on the web site on the page where your team schedule is.

The winning coach is responsible for reporting the scores.  In the case of a tie, the home team coach should report the score.
Complete PHONE IT IN directions are below:

1. Dial the toll free number: 1-866-334-6294
2. When asked, say or enter the pin number, and the code of the game.  (The game codes are the # in the first left hand column on the web site page where your team schedule is, titled Game #).
3. You will then be told the division, teams playing, and field location - if this is the correct game, confirm by saying yes.
4. When asked, say or enter the score for each team, then confirm.

You can do more games in the same call, or just say goodbye when done.
The pin number will NOT be posted on the web site for security reasons.  If you do forget it or lose it, contact

Reporting Pitchers and Pitch Counts

Reporting Pitchers and Pitch Counts 

All Coaches are expected to know the rules governing pitching and pitch counts for their league. They are included in the local rules posted on this page.

Violations may result in a forfeit. All teams must report the pitching statistics for their own team’s  pitchers to the league representative via email after EVERY game. The information reported must include all pitchers’ names, innings and pitch count.

Rules Commissioners (listed below) will ALSO serve as pitch counters. They will post this information to this publicly viewable Google Doc.

Babe Ruth: Chris Nomura -
M70: Ben Reyes -
M60: Jerry Donaty -
Minors: Greg Dawkins - 

Umpire Reports

Coaches should send feedback on their game’s umpire to

Rules and Player Call-Up Procedure

The Rules Commissioners for the 2018 season for each league are listed above. These representatives should be contacted with rules inquiries. In addition, the M60, M70 and Babe Ruth representatives will handle all “call-up” player requests.  PLEASE read the local rules for details on the call-up procedure for M60, M70 and Babe Ruth (there are no “call-ups” for the Minor League).


Helpful You-Tube Videos for Coaches

Helpful YouTube Videos for Coaches

If you are having issues with the locks or bases - please check out these helpful videos: 

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