21ST WARD JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Last Updated: November 16, 2017
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NEW BAT RULES IN 2018
With holiday shopping season fast approaching, we want the 21st Ward community to be up to speed on the new bat regulations that will be going into effect Jan 1, 2018. Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth Baseball will be adopting the new USA Bat standards. The new bats are designed to behave more like traditional wood bats. As discussed at the 11/15 General Body Meeting, as a Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth chartered league, it is our intent to adopt these new standards for our in-house program for the 2018 season for the AAA - Pony levels. If you want to see a list of the individual bats, sorted by bat manufacturer that are approved, visit www.usabat.com The key thing you are looking for is the USA bat stamp on the bat. Below are the new specifications for 2018.
Weds 11/15/17 at 21st Ward Complex
7:30 p.m. Advisory Board
8:30 p.m. General Body
FILLIES SOFTBALL 2018 TOURNAMENT TEAMS - MYRTLE BEACH/RIPKEN EXPERIENCE
After 3 days of evaluations and careful consideration from the independent evaluators, the 21st Ward Fillies are proud to announce that the following girls will represent the Fillies for the 2018 Tournament season and the Cal Ripken Myrtle Beach Experience.
12U - Alison Armstrong
14U - Molly Devenney
Congratulations girls and Good Luck! Parents there will be a mandatory meeting or night at Hagys Complex date will be confirmed shortly.
The Fillies are also looking to start a 10U Tournament team and are looking for coaches. Please contact Tom Liciardello at 215-852-8453 if you are interested.
FALL BASEBALL WORKOUTS FOR PLAYERS AGES 8 -11
The 21st Ward Jr. League will be hosting open baseball workouts every Sunday through the end of October (as weather permits) for 21st Ward players Ages 8 - 11 at 9:00 a.m. on the B Field. Additional dates may be added. Chuck Malloy and other members of our tournament coaching staffs will lead the players through developmental drills focused on fundamentals in fielding, throwing, hitting, and pitching. There is no cost and no advanced registration is required. Just have your child arrive in proper baseball attire and dressed for the weather. Workouts will run for about 90-120 mins. We hope to see you there!
FALL SOFTBALL SEASON TO KICK OFF 9/23/17
The Fillies Fall Softball Season will begin on Saturday Sept 23, 2017. The Fall season schedule is available by clicking here: http://www.leaguelineup.com/schedules.asp?url=21stwardjl&sid=69782191&divisionid=810173
BASEBALL - AGES 7 - 12 ***FALL SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT***
As announced at the Sept General Body Meeting, due to low registration numbers we will not be able to offer a fall baseball program this year. Anyone who signed up and paid registration should have received an email communication with information on how to apply your fees to your Spring registration or to obtain a full refund. In the coming weeks we will be announcing an off-season workout program for ages 8 to 11 that will give the boys an opportunity to develop their skills and prepare for the 2018 season. We apologize for this inconvenience. During our off-season planning meetings, we'll be revisiting the topic of fall baseball and look to come back with an offering that will attract the numbers we need next year.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
Baseball and softball playoffs are underway. You can click below to see each bracket, game results, and schedules. Good Luck to all teams! Champions & Runner-ups will be posted below as levels complete.
AAA Playoff Bracket - CHAMPION: White Sox RUNNER-UP: Rockies
MINORS Playoff Bracket - CHAMPION: Pirates RUNNER-UP: Astros
MAJORS Playoff Bracket - CHAMPION: Astros RUNNER-UP: Cardinals
PONY (Babe Ruth 13-15) Playoff Bracket - CHAMPION: White Sox RUNNER-UP: Pirates
SENIOR CHAMPION: Pink SENIOR RUNNER-UP: Purple
JUNIOR CHAMPION: Pink SENIOR RUNNER-UP: Orange
CONGRATULATIONS ROXBOROUGH REBELS & FILLIES SOFTBALL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TEAMS AS WELL AS OUR OUTLAWS TEAMS!
Congratulations to all the players selected to represent the 21st Ward and Roxborough on our district teams. This season we are also pleased to announce that we were able to have multiple teams at both the 9U and 10U levels. Good Luck to all our tournament teams this summer!
12U FILLIES SOFTBALL DISTRICT TEAM
8U CAL RIPKEN DISTRICT TEAM
9U CAL RIPKEN DISTRICT TEAM
10U CAL RIPKEN DISTRICT TEAM
11U CAL RIPKEN DISTRICT TEAM/2018 COOPERSTOWN TEAM
James Martin III
Congratulations & Good Luck next year in Dreams Park in Cooperstown! Coaches will be in touch.
12U CAL RIPKEN DISTRICT TEAM/2017 COOPERSTOWN TEAM
13U BABE RUTH DISTRICT TEAM
14U BABE RUTH DISTRICT TEAM
15U BABE RUTH DISTRICT TEAM
James Jones Jr.
Cameron J. Mole
Shawn "Tiger" McDaniel
DISTRICT TOURNAMENT & TRYOUT INFORMATION
5/20/17: All tryouts for baseball and softball have now been completed. Thank you to all players who tried out. Rosters will be posted above once the Manager of each team submits them.
If your child is interested in trying out for a district tournament team, try out dates are posted below. For any age groups that don't have dates set yet, we will post them as soon as each District Team Manager confirms their tryout dates and locations. We encourage as many players at each age group to tryout as possible. Please continue to check below and on our Facebook page for the tryout dates/times for each age group. We will also send an email to each age group as tryout dates are finalized. Softball tournament information will also be posted soon.
Each player must attend 2 out of 3 tryouts to be eligible for selection.
Baseball Tournament Managers
8U - Fran Filiwecz
9U - Joe Rauscher
9U B - Jeff Reed
10U - Brian Sannicandro
10U B - Andy Brock
11U/2018 Cooperstown Team - Anthony Fresta
12U/2017 Cooperstown Team - Nick Rosley
13U - Brian Morris
14U - Joe Monahan
15U - Lou Fresta/Brian Gaughan
Softball Tournament Managers
12U - Tom Liciardello/Keith McFarlane/Katie Rizzo
What are the Tournament Teams and How Does it Work?
For those not familiar with the Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth tournament process, our tournament teams will participate in a more competitive level of tournament play that Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth offers at each respective age group, first starting within our district tournament. The district tournaments consist of Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth affiliated teams local to our area (start dates & locations vary by age but typically begin in late June). The district winner will advance to State Tournament (start date & locations vary by age group but usually early/mid July) and then potentially Regionals (start date & locations vary by age group, but usually late July). For ages 10U and up, there is a path to the Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth World Series which is in early August (locations vary by age group). In addition to the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth sanctioned tournaments, these teams participate in other local tournaments throughout the summer. Teams will practice regularly and play scrimmages against other local teams. Our baseball tournament season kicks off on Father’s Day weekend, when we host the 21st Ward Father’s Day Tournament. This tournament is a league fundraiser where 25-30 outside teams come to our complex to participate with our Rebels/Outlaws teams. The 12U softball tournament season typically kicks off with various games and/or or tournaments locally before the state tournament in July. Last year, all of our teams had great success throughout the summer and we hope your child will try out.
What is the Financial Commitment?
The league will support our tournament programs. In addition, a nominal "per player" financial commitment and mandatory fundraising will also be required to cover uniforms and other related fees. More info will be provided by each Manager.
YOUTH BASEBALL CELEBRATION WITH THE PHILLIES
Join the Tigers AA & 21st Ward Jr. League on Saturday June 3, 2017
Phillies vs. SF Giants - 4:05 p.m. Tailgate begins 10:00 a.m. in Lot K
All kids in uniform can walk the perimeter of the field prior to the game
$25.00 per ticket, includes admission to game & pregame tailgate
Contact Brian Decker by April 30, 2017 for tickets. Click here for more information
*On-site Parking fees not included. You must provide your own transportation.
WELCOME OUR NEWEST SPONSOR
The 21st Ward Jr. League is proud to welcome our newest "Clear the Bases Triple" Sponsor DICK'S Sporting Goods. To celebrate this new sponsorship, DICK's is pleased to offer the 21st Ward baseball & softball community with several great offers for the Spring & Fall 2017 seasons! Click the banner below to access our 21st Ward exclusive coupons.
**3/11/17 Update: All player drafts have been completed for AAA thru Pony Baseball and for Junior & Senior Softball. Pee Wee Softball has not drafted yet
If your child was drafted into AAA and you have not been contacted yet, we are in the process of securing our final 2 Managers for that level. As soon as your child's team has a Manager you will be contacted. If you are interested in being a Manager, contact Nick Rosley, email@example.com
If your child is placed in I-Ball, Coach Pitch/T-Ball then you will be contacted sometime later this week.
All Little Fillies softball players will be contacted by the week of 3/20.
2017 Player Drafts - Elected Board & Managers Only Attend
Baseball: Saturday 3/11
Pony 7:00 a.m.
Majors 8:30 a.m.
Minors 10:00 a.m.
AAA 11:30 a.m.
Softball: Tues 3/7 and Thurs 3/9
Senior Softball - Complete Tues 3/7
Junior Softball - Complete Tues 3/7
Pee Wee Softball - Thurs 3/9
2017 Manager List
Nick Rosley - PIRATES
Brian Morris - WHITE SOX
Anthony Fresta - ROYALS
Joe Monahan - ASTROS
John Michini - ROCKIES
Fred Koniecki - CARDINALS
Mr. O/Rob Remus - YANKEES
Chuck Clark - ASTROS
Bryce Istvan - CARDINALS
Tim Murphy - YANKEES
John DiBenidetto - WHITE SOX
Andy Brock - ROYALS
John Hack - ROCKIES
Bill McGaughey - ASTROS
Joe Rauscher - YANKEES
Brian Sannicandro - PIRATES
Fran Filewicz - ROCKIES
Brian Decker - YANKEES
Joe Murphy - WHITE SOX
Jim Moran - PIRATES
Michele Pownall - ORIOLES
Joe DiGiovanni Jr. - TIGERS
Dave Brown - INDIANS
Joe Opiela - ATHLETICS
Ron Yeager - BRAVES
T-BALL & COACH PITCH
All to TBA soon
PEE WEE SOFTBALL
Welcome Communication Sent on 3/6
All Parents of registered players should have received a 2017 Season Welcome email on 3/6. If you did not receive, check your SPAM Folder and be sure to allow emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not attempt to reply to that address, as it cannot receive emails.
If you did not receive the email, a copy is available by clicking the link below:
8U's Magical Ride Comes to an End in Cal Ripken SEPA State Quarterfinals
This past weekend, the 8U Roxborough Rebels advanced out of pool B in the Cal Ripken Southeastern PA State Tournament with a 3-1 record. On Monday, they took on 4-0 Warrington, who advanced out of pool A. It was the competitive game you would've expected throughout, but Warrington pulled away late for a 9-5 win to advance to the semi-finals. The Rebels were eliminated from contention with the loss. The 8U Rebels had quite the run this summer, amassing a record of 20-5. They were winners of the 21st Ward Break Out of School Tournament and the Cinnaminson Summer Slam, and they took home the Cal Ripken District 2 title to qualify for the State Tournament. They also finished as the runner up in the Maple Shade Tournament. Great job 8U Rebels! Congratulations on an amazing tournament season - the future is indeed bright! Players: Ryan Friel, Sean Herron, Zach Jacobs, Luke Kletzel, Dan Malloy, Danny McNally, Matt Pownall, Will Pownall, Jake Rauscher, Ryan Regan, Michael Rex, Rocco Rizzo Manager: Matt Rizzo Coaches: Chuck Malloy, Dan McNally
9U Rebels Win YES! Baseball is Life Tournament
Congratulations to the 9U Rebels. In Berlin, NJ this weekend, they were crowned the 9U Champions of the Baseball is Life Tournament, put on by Youth Elite Sports. The Rebels dominated from start to finish with amazing pitching, stellar defense, and red hot bats, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 47-3. Congratulations 9U Players & Coaches on a great weekend of baseball!
Players: Finn Whittle, Keith Samarco, Andrew Mulligan, Dominic Sannicandro, Chris Cavalcante, Joey Markey, Aaaron Barnes, Patrick Buckley, Chris Kingkiner, Matt McGaughey, Mikey Green, Mike Nicolucci. Manager: Brian Sannicandro Coaches: Elmer Kingkiner & Tom Mulligan
2016 Babe Ruth State Tournament Updates
Congratulations to our 14U and 13U Rebels, both of whom competed in the PA Babe Ruth State Tournament this week. Both teams competed hard, and in just our 2nd year affiliated with Babe Ruth baseball, both showed that the 21st Ward/Roxborough will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.
14U: In Altoona, the 14U Rebels run reached the State semi-finals, where they dropped a hard fought contest to West End, 8-6. Representing District 3, the Rebels went undefeated in pool play and secured the #1 seed coming out of the National Pool by defeating Perry County 8-0, Brandywine 13-3, and host Altoona 8-5. Congrats to the 14U players and coaches on a great performance and on how you carried yourselves and represented Roxborough out in Altoona!
13U: In Belleville, the 13U Rebels, representing District 3, battled perennial power West End for 9 innings in one of the best games you could see, before finally falling 6-5 to be eliminated from pool play. Over the weekend, the Rebels dropped a close 3-2 decision to Franklin Township and bounced back to defeat Wayne County 8-6, setting up their elimination showdown with West End yesterday. Congrats 13u players and coaches for how well you represented our league in Belleville and for how hard you battled! We are very proud of you.
Congratulations Roxborough Rebels 14U
PA Babe Ruth District 3 Champions
Photo: Bill Martelon
The Roxborough Rebels 14u team defeated Newtown 14-3 to secure the Babe Ruth District 3 Championship and berth to the State Tournament in Altoona, PA starting on July 8th. Great job 14U and good luck in States!
Congratulations Roxborough Rebels 13U
PA Babe Ruth District 3 Champions
Photo: Joe Monahan
The Roxborough Rebels 13u team will be competing in the PA Babe Ruth State Tournament just outside of State College, PA starting on July 8th representing District 3. Good Luck in States 13U!!
Congratulations Roxborough Rebels 12U
PA Cal Ripken District 2 Champions
Photo: Rick Cawley
On Sunday 6/26, the Roxborough Rebels 12U team defeated Harleysville 6-4 at the 21st Ward Complex to clinch a back to back District Championship (2015 - 11U Champions). Congratulations to all the 12U players and coaches!
Good Luck in the SE PA state tournament next week in Harleysville!
Congratulations Roxborough Rebels 8U
PA Cal Ripken District 2 Champions
Photo: Katie Rizzo
Under the lights and rain showers in Norristown, the Roxborough Rebels 8U team broke a 1-1 tie with Towamencin in the 4th inning enroute to an 11-1 win to secure the PA Cal Ripken District 2 Championship. The 8U squad won their 3rd straight tournament championship, previously winning the 21st Ward Break Out of School Tournament & the Cinnaminson Summer Slam. Congratulations to all the players and coaches.
Good Luck in the SE PA state tournament 8U!
Congratulations to our 2016 League Champions!
AAA - White Sox (Rockies runner up)
Minors - Pirates (White Sox runner up)
Majors - Rockies (Yankees runner up)
Pony - Astros (Yankees runner up)
Good Luck to our Roxborough Rebels District Teams. Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth District Play begins this week!
14U - Fri 6/24 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Liberty Bell/Torresdale (Location: Hagy's Complex)
13U - Advances to State Tournament - Begins July 8, 2016
12U - Weds 6/22 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Central Perkiomen (Location: 21st Ward Complex)
11U - Weds 6/22 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Central Perkiomen (Location: Towamencin)
10U - Weds 6/22 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Central Perkiomen (Location: Souderton)
9U - Thurs 6/23 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Harleysville (Location: Central Perkiomen)
8U - Friday 6/24 at 6:00 p.m. vs. winner Towamencin/Harleysville (Location: Norristown)
21st Ward is proud to be the host of the Cal Ripken District 2 12U 50/70 Tournament. Volunteers are needed all weekend. Please come out and help us make this a great weekend for all of our District 2 teams!! Go Rebels!!!
Managers for AAA & Above:
Please sure you are adhering to pitch count and rest requirements. You should be counting pitches not just for your pitchers, but also for your opponents and validating them with the opposing coach each half inning. Also, YOU MUST adhere to the pitcher to catcher rule. If a pitcher delivers 41 pitches or more in a game, they may not play catcher for the remainder of the day. See the handouts tab to download a copy of the pitch count and rest requirements and associated rules. Thanks for your cooperation.
See Important Announcements Below:
Revised Game Schedule Now Available - Revised Practice Schedule Now Available
Game Schedules are now available in the schedules section on the left side of the website. Click "schedules," then select your level and team from the drop downs. Updated practice schedule field assignments are available in the handouts section of the website for download. If you have questions, contact Joe Monahan.
Submit Your Scores
Pitch Count Rules & Required Rest Limitations
Available in the Handouts tab. Please print a copy for yourself so you can reference if needed. It is imperative for the health of our young arms you understand and adhere to the pitch count rules and required rest. If you have questions, contact Nick Rosley or Joe Monahan.
Help Keep Our Complex Clean and Please Be Courteous
ALL MANAGERS & ASSISTANT COACHES MUST HAVE CLEARANCES!
CLEARANCES AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AND LINK TO CAL RIPKEN CERTIFICATIONS
ALL IN HOUSE MANAGERS MUST HAVE CLEARANCES
CAL RIPKEN CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED FOR DISTRICT AND COOPERSTOWN MANAGERS
CONTACT NICK ROSLEY WITH ANY QUESTIONS. 215-817-6061 NICK.ROSLEY@HOTMAIL.COM
NOW ACCEPTING 2016 UMPIRE APPLICATIONS:
CONTACT JOE GRATZINGER AT 267-230-4603 GRATZ0222@COMCAST.NET
MUST HAVE CLEARANCES
21ST WARD IS GOING BACK TO SCHEDULING BACK TO BACK GAMES
SPOTS ARE FILLING UP FAST!
21st Ward Junior League
Providing Baseball & Softball for Children since 1957
Sponsors for the 2015 Junior League Season as of May 18, 2015
GRAND SLAM SPONSOR
Roxborough Memorial Hospital
CLEAR THE BASES TRIPLE SPONSORS
Allstate – Mike McBride
Bryn Mawr Trust
Maria’s Ristorante on Summit
Mr. David Montgomery
State Farm - John Nicolucci
STAND UP DOUBLE SPONSORS
DeBellis & Sons Construction
Michini Heating & Cooling
Roxborough Ridge Runners Car Club
Tony Roni’s Pizza
SINGLES HITTERS SPONSORS
C.J. & Eck’s Bar
George Hummel Air Duct Cleaning
Henry James Saloon
Mister P Pizza and Pasta
Summit Spine & Wellness
Unique Indoor Comfort
Ye Olde Ale House
Mr. Mike Gondos Sr.
LATE INNING CLOSER SPONSORS
Holod’s True Value
Rita’s Water Ice
St. Chris Care at Falls Center
ATTENTION MANAGERS & COACHES FOR 2016:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COACHING A TOURNAMENT TEAM FOR CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH BASEBALL DISTRICTS/STATES/REGIONALS,YOU MUST PASS 1 CERTIFICATION COURSE ON CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH BASEBALL WEBSITE. THIS IS MANDATORY. ONCE COMPLETED, EMAIL YOUR CERTIFICATES TO AN ELECTED BOARD MEMBER.
ALL MANAGERS & COACHES MUST HAVE THIS CERTIFICATION. EVEN IF YOU PLAN ON PUTTING YOUR NAME IN FOR A TOURNAMENT TEAM OR POSSIBLY COACHING WITH A MANAGER, YOU MUST BE CERTIFIED.
IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED TO TAKE THESE COURSES EVEN IF YOU ARE ONLY COACHING IN-HOUSE. YOU WILL LEARN A WHOLE LOT. YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURSE AND MATERIALS AT ALL TIMES VIA CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH WEBSITE.
HERE IS THE WEBSITE:
HERE IS THE COST: (PAID BY MANAGERS/COACHES)
REMEMBER, YOU ONLY NEED 1 CERTIFICATION. YOU CAN TAKE THE COURSE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT TO PASS AND ONLY PAY ONCE. CONSIDER TAKING THE 2 BASEBALL COURSES. IT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES IMMEDIATELY. OUR KIDS WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS RIGHT AWAY.
HERE IS WHAT THE DOCUMENT LOOKS LIKE AFTER COMPLETION OF THE COURSE. YOU WILL NEED TO CARRY A WALLET SIZE WITH YOU COACHING AND SEND A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT BABE RUTH SITE TO NICK.ROSLEY@HOTMAIL.COM. CERTIFICATE ONLY, NOT TRANSCRIPT.
THANK YOU, 21ST WARD JL BASEBALL
COACHES: HERE IS A LINK FOR GREAT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
NO SMOKING/NO CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES!
to respect my teammates, my opponents, the coaches, and umpires
and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body.
I will positively support all managers, coaches, and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.