2017 Online Registration is now OPEN
NOW - March 11, 2017!
SOUTH JORDAN BINGHAM BASEBALL LEAGUE CHANGES
South Jordan Bingham Baseball League has completed some BIG CHANGES for the upcoming 2017 Spring Season. Check the website often, this will be the first line of communication to you.
Many years ago, city leagues were unresponsive to the desires of advanced players to form teams and stay together, year after year, to become great. In response to this need, private leagues popped up that allowed for the creation of teams who were not only allowed, but encouraged, to stay together and become great. In fact, they were so focused on providing the most competitive experience that they initially limited their team enrollment to a very few of the best teams. They turned many teams away that were not quite where they needed to be to help the other teams get better.
Fast forward 10-15 years. The private league moved its focus from providing the highest level of competition to making money. Several divisions of "Super League" teams were formed in every age group. The cost of the league climbed to thousands of dollars per team per season. To keep some teams in the League, the private league has even allowed younger teams to play up into older divisions. This was unheard of as recently as last year. When the older teams see the divisions released, they became frustrated that they have to play younger teams.
Further, the desire to make money drove the requirement for 9-year-old kids to be checked out of school twice a week to play youth baseball games on fields that were often not prepared with umpires due to having a start time of 4:00 PM.
Now to today. After much hard work, and a one-year pilot program in the Riverton Youth Baseball League, an alternative has been formed where "city league" used to be a four letter word for those seeking to play highly competitive baseball, it is now again becoming a great option.
Here is how it is laid out:
The Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth city leagues of Lone Peak, Saratoga Springs, South Jordan, Herriman, Riverton, and Copper Hills have unified to provide a Southern California patterned Travel Ball experience for advanced baseball players from the south end of the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County. A total of 9 teams from all of those leagues combined will sign up at their home field in one year increments (8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U etc.). The home team is determined by what town at least 50% of the team's roster lives and will register the team in their home city league. Each team will play the other 8 teams in each age group one time at their home field and then travel to the other team's home field for the other game. This is patterned after the high school home and away format. Finish awards will be given to the winner at the end of the season tournament for each age group. No awards will be given for league play. We want to focus league play on development of competitive players, not make each game a do-or-die.
What about the players in the middle (National or A Division)? What about the player who may currently be a bit more skilled than the rec ball kid, but maybe does not want to make baseball his whole life like the Intact league-type? The South Jordan Bingham Baseball League will charter into the State of Utah National Cross-Over League to increase level of fun and competition for this type of player. In this league, locals from Hunter/Cyprus, Granger, Murray, Meuler Park, Central City, Brighton, South East Valley, Rose Park, Crown Colony, Lone Peak, Saratoga Springs, Copper Hills, Herriman, and Riverton allow teams to sign up that are pre-formed and allows them to play together all season long and provides an all-star experience for them at the end. These teams are based on 100% of players that live or attend school in their boundary (South Jordan Bingham Baseball boundary zip codes are 84095 and 84009) of the league where they play. There will be an additional fee to play in this league and will require travel to other cities.
What about the rec ball player (American or B Division)? South Jordan Bingham Baseball will ALWAYS provide a quality league for the rec ball player. In fact, they are the lion share of all registration in our league. We will not turn away one kid that wants to sign up from our boundary. All registered players will have a chance to tryout and be drafted to either the National League, where there is vacancy, or to the American League. The American League will be awarded a league championship in each age division at the end of the season. There are all-stars with all the bells and whistles that we all remember from our youth. The American League will always be the point of emphasis to get players excited, developed, and build a love for the game of baseball.
South Jordan Bingham Baseball’s decision to join in the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth format was based on many factors, but the ultimate goal is to provide a competitive, fun, and rewarding youth sports program for its residence. We feel that joining in with the program that Riverton has spearheaded, and chartering with the State of Utah, will help us meet this goal. The WBA league that South Jordan Bingham Baseball was part of has been disbanded and our partner, Herriman Baseball, is joining us in this decision.
Many of you are going to have many questions and we will do our very best to provide answers in a timely fashion. We will put as much information on this website, http://www.binghambaseball.com, and you can reach our league president, Dan Ramsey at email@example.com for any additional questions.
The biggest change that will come with chartering with the State of Utah for Cal-Ripken will be bat regulations. No bats larger than 2 ¼ will be allowed in the National/American city and crossover leagues.
The biggest change for the positive will be a true all-star tournament that the South Jordan Bingham Baseball players will have the opportunity to participate, and the amount of cities/competition we will be able to experience.
We would like to thank Dr. David Gatti, Riverton Baseball President for his contribution to this announcement. Most of the information contained here came from his post on Facebook and he has graciously given us authorization to use this information.
If you have questions or would like to discuss any of the details further, we are happy to answer as best we can.
South Jordan Bingham Baseball Board
Programs for 2017
Keeping baseball FUN-especially in the early stages of youth baseball-is a primary concern of Bingham Baseball League, which is comprised of the following divisions:
T-Ball/Coach pitch $75 (Ages 3 to 5)– This is where all the fun starts for our youngest players. Participants learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a coach pitched ball or batting tee, which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. All players get the opportunity to hit, field, and score!
Approximately 12-14 games. Games are played on weeknights 2x a week.
Hat, jersey, game day treats, participation trophy, and team/individual pictures included in registration fee.
PW7 $130 – Designed primarily for ball players ages 6-7. This division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants. Development of all baseball skills, rules, and sportsmanship are the primary focus of the coaches, while introducing friendly competition. PW7 offers development, competition, and tournament play.
Approximately 12 games played on weeknights 2x a week.
Hat, jersey, game day treats, and team/individual pictures included in registration fee.
AMERICAN DIVISIONS PW8 (Age 8), Minors (Age 9-10), and Majors (Age 11-12) $130
Approximately 12 – 14 games played on weeknights 2x a week plus tournament play.
Hat, jersey, game day treats, and team/individual pictures included in registration fee.
PW8 (Age up to 8 by May 1, 2017): True Cal-Ripken competition with scoring recorded and opportunity to advance to tournament play. Kid pitch Using regulation baseballs. Stealing one base on an overthrow but no lead-offs are allowed. Played on a baseball field with regulation bases and field. Tournament play included.
Bases are 60' and the mound is 42'.
Minor (Ages 9-10 by May 1, 2017): Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level, leading to the 10 Year-Old Cal-Ripken World Series.
Bases are 60' and the mound is 46'
Major (11-12 by May 1, 2017): Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths, and includes a tournament trail from Cal-Ripken District competition through the World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland at the Ripken Baseball Complex featuring 8 International Champions.
Babe Ruth (Age 13U, 14/15U, and 16/18U) $160: These divisions are intended to keep athletes playing into the Junior High and High School grades. Skill development, competition, and tournament play are available in these Divisions. Teams can be formed on their own or through a draft. These teams will participate in x-over games with other cities.
National Cal-Ripken Pre-Formed, In-Tact Teams (8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U) $1,750 per team: Please read information here.