• Registration for Players and Umpires for the 2018 Season is Now Open!
  • Please Read Information Regarding Bat Restrictions for 2019 Season!

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Winter Training Clinics for Franklin Baseball and Softball League

The 2018 Season is fast approaching and we have 2 unique opportunities for your baseball and softball player to get ready for the Spring Season!

Get Ready for Baseball and Softball Clinics

Our Get Ready for Baseball and Softball Clinics are geared toward our younger players. We focus on the basics of baseball and softball to help your child get ready to begin their baseball and/or softball season in the Franklin Baseball League. Our clinics will include throwing, catching, hitting and running the bases. You can meet some of our Franklin Board members and learn about the Franklin Baseball and Softball Community. We offer the following 4 sessions:

When: Wednesday, January 17th- 6:30-7:30pm – GET READY FOR BASEBALL/ KIDS K-2

             Wednesday, January 24th - 6:30 -7:30pm- GET READY FOR SOFTBALL/ GIRLS K-4

             Wednesday, January 31st - 6:30 -7:30pm- GET READY FOR BASEBALL/ KIDS K-2

             Wednesday, February 7th - 6:30-7:30pm- INTRODUCTION TO PITCHING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN

                               GRADES 3-5 (For kids interested in learning the fundamentals of pitching) 

Where: West Maple Elementary Gym

To Register: Go to click here on the 2018 Get Ready for Baseball and Softball link on the right-hand side, under Priority Forms section.

 

Winter Training at The Varsity Shop Training Center

New This Year!!! For kids in our older divisions, get ready for the season by attending the Franklin LL Camp sessions at the Varsity Shop Training Center! The VSTC instructor staff has worked with the Franklin Baseball League board to create a camp to prepare your athlete for the Franklin Baseball League evaluations and upcoming season. Training is geared toward kids in the baseball divisions, and will focus on skills including; throwing, infield and outfield play, base running, and hitting. Register for all 5 sessions or sign up for individual dates. Details are below:

Grades: 3-8

Fridays 6:30-8:00 pm

Start Date: 1/26/2018

End Date: 2/23/2018

Cost: $35 per session or $150 for all 5 sessions

 

To Register, go to the Varsity Shop Training Center website at www.varsityshoptc.com and click on the Franklin LL Prep Camp button on the right-hand side. Additionally, Franklin members can sign up for any VSTC 2018 programs and receive a 20% discount by using the promo code, FRANKLIN, at check out.  The discount applies to camps only, not individual lessons.

 

 

 

 

For any questions regarding the above clinics or about Franklin Baseball and Softball League, email Susie DeMarco at franklinbaseball@comcast.net


2018 Registration is Now Open!!!

It's hard to believe that it’s time to think Baseball but it is! - Registration for the Franklin Baseball and Softball League’s 63rd Season is now open!! Click Here to register!

Space is limited - once the divisions fill up there will be a first come first serve wait list. Don't disappoint your child, sign up before it's Too Late! Register now and receive a $25 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!!!

The Franklin Baseball and Softball League serves almost one thousand local youngsters, ages 5 to 15, in Franklin, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Bingham Farms, and neighboring communities. 

We have implemented a number of improvements to our younger divisions (T-Ball and Prep) to create more focus on development. We listen to your feedback!  We are working on including more practices into the 2018 season, as well as some more flexibility into our scheduling system. Our NOVICE SOFTBALL division was so successful, we are bringing it back this season!  We received many requests for our 1st and 2nd grade girls to have the opportunity to play softball, so we added this division last season to allow our girls to get a head start on softball!! 

We will again be offering summer tournament team programs (Franklin Patriots)  in baseball and (Franklin Revolution) girls fast pitched travel softball. 


Umpires may register on-line using the same registration system. Click Here to register as an umpire. The League needs teenagers (13 on June 30, 2018 and older) and adults.  Training is provided; details will follow in the new year.  For more information please contact the Director of Umpires Tim Adams (248-229-0152) 

DIVISIONS: 

Tee Ball - Kindergarten and must be 5 years old before 4/30/18

Prep Division (Coach Pitch): 1st and 2nd grades (coed) and must be 6 years old before 4/30/18

Boys Continental I Division: 3rd grade

Boys Continental II Division: 4th grade

Boys Little League Division: 5th and 6th grades 

Boys Pony Division: 7th to 9th* grade

 

Novice Girls Softball (Coach Pitch): 1st through 2nd grade ***Beginning 3rd graders are also able to play in this division, please email Susie DeMarco at franklinbaseball@comcast.net before registering.

Intermediate Girls Softball: 3rd through 5th grade

Senior Girls Softball: 6th to 9th* grade

For more information contact the Division director for your division. Click here for contact information

If you're wondering what days your kids will play on, click here for a link to our "Generic Schedule by Division" Or see below:  PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE, BUT THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU A GENERAL IDEA AS TO WHICH DIVISIONS PLAY ON WHICH DAYS.

*Notes

·  9th grade boys and girls may play in either Pony or Senior Softball if they are not participating in High School baseball or softball.

·  Registration Fees: $195 (Tee Ball $150 and Novice Softball $170) includes $10 non-refundable registration fee. 

·  No refunds will be provided after March 17th (with the exception of 9th grade players who successfully tryout for high school teams)

Important Dates: 
March 3rd: Player evaluations (Continental/Little League/Pony) 
March 4th: Player evaluations (Girls Softball/ All divisions except Novice) 
March 19th: Team Assignment Notifications (following League-wide Managers meeting on March 17th
March 26th: Practices Begin

April 21st: Games Begin 
April 28th: Opening day Festivities (Team Photos and BBQ)

Bat Regulations: The league will be adopting the new USA Baseball's bat standards for the 2019 season. If you are considering purchasing a new bat for this season, we recommend adhering to the new standards.  These requirements are for BASEBALL DIVISIONS (Softball divisions have not changed)

Beginning with the 2019 season, non-wood bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2019 season. Additionally, starting in 2019, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

PLEASE NOTE:  The league NO LONGER provides helmets.  Parents are REQUIRED to provide their child with a properly fitting helmet to minimize the risk of head injury.

To keep up to date with Franklin Baseball events and to socialize with other Franklin Baseball “Fans” please visit our Franklin Baseball Facebook page. 

For additional information, call:
Your Divisional Director,
Jamie Blank, President (248) 840-4768
Susie DeMarco Administrator (248) 259-6101 or 
e-mail us at franklinbaseball@comcast.net


2017 Pony All-Star Game


Generic Schedule Days by League

Below are the typical days of the week leagues play on - they are not 100% guaranteed but in the great majority of cases they will apply:

LEAGUE TYPICAL SCHEDULE
T-Ball Kindergarten Must by 5 by Apr 30   Approx. 1-2 games per week. 45 minute practices followed by a 45 minute game. Typically follows  a Mon - Wed - Fri - Sat schedule. 
Prep 1st & 2nd Grade Must be 6 by Apr 30  Approx. 2 games per week. Prep 2 teams tend to follow a Mon - Wed - Sat schedule and Prep 1  teams tend to follow a Tue - Thu - Sat - Sun schedule
Continental 3rd and 4th Grade  Approx. 2 games per week. Some teams will follow a Mon - Wed - Sat schedule and some will  follow a  Tue - Thu - Sat - Sun schedule. 
Little League 5th and 6th Grade  Approx. 2 games per week. Some teams will follow a  Mon - Wed - Sat schedule and some will  follow a  Tue - Thu - Sat - Sun schedule. 
Pony 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade  Approx. 2 games per week. Some teams will follow a Mon - Wed - Sat schedule  and some will follow a Tue - Thu - Sat - Sun Schedule.
Novice Softball  1st- 2nd grade 
 Approx. 2 games per week. Teams tend to follow a Mon - Wed - Sat schedule.
Intermediate Softball 3rd-5th Grade  Approx. 2 games per week. Teams tend to follow a Tue - Thu - Sat - Sun schedule.
Senior Softball 6th- 9th Grade  Approx. 2 games per week. Teams tend to follow a  Mon - Wed - Sat - Sun schedule. 

 (Note: Fridays are used as Make-up Dates. Practice Schedules may not follow these guidelines)