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MBL Spring 2016 Opening Day
Monday, April 4, 2016  
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QUICK POLL: What should MBL show at the 2016 Community Movie Night under the stars! (Saturday, June 4, 2016)

Alvin and The Chipmunks (Road Trip)
The PEANUTS MOVIE
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2016 Spring Rec Baseball Registration is OPEN!

 Open to all boys and girls who reside in Montgomery, Rocky Hill and Princeton*!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

If you have any questions, please send an email to: greg.swerdlow@gmail.com for player ages 4 to 12 years old; jcarver@mtsd.us for player ages 13 years old and up 

 

 *Princeton residents ages 4 - 12 are eligible to play Montgomery Baseball under the Cal Ripken Charter.

*Princeton residents ages 13-18 are covered by the West Windsor Baseball Babe Ruth Charter and therefore are not permitted to play in Montgomery. 


 

2016 Spring Rec Baseball Program - General Information 

Montgomery Baseball aligns players (boys & girls) into divisions by birth-age (not grade, grades are listed below for reference).  Specific birth-date cut-offs can be found on the registration form (see Registration link).  In general, the rec baseball divisions are as follows:

Cougar Cubs:  For 4 & 5 years olds who will be entering Kindergarten in the upcoming Fall. Players will meet once per week on Saturday mornings. Emphasis is on fun.  Program teaches the very basics of throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting (off of a tee) in a safe, fun, fast-paced setting.  Each 60 minute session includes a 30 minute "skills session" followed by a 30 minute "fun games". 

Instructional (a.k.a. "I-Ball"):   For 5 & 6 year olds.  I-Ball is a tee-ball program targeted towards Kindergartners or young 1st graders who have never played baseball before. I-Ball meets twice per week - 1 weeknight and Saturdays. Emphasis is on fun.  Batters bat off of a tee (some coaches will pitch to batters later in the season).  All batters bat in every inning.   All players play in the field every inning.  No scores are kept.  Games are played on a smaller-dimension (46:60) field, and last about 90 minutes.

Developmental (a.k.a. "D-Ball"):  For 6 & 7 year olds who have played I-Ball.  D-Ball is targeted towards 1st graders and young 2nd graders (born after May 1st) who have never played baseball. D-Ball meets twice per week - 1 weeknight and Saturdays. Emphasis is on fun.  Coaches pitch to batters.  All players bat and field every inning. There are no strike-outs or walks.  Games are played on a smaller-dimension (46:60) field, have a 3-inning minimum, and take about 90 minutes.

Rookies:  For 7 & 8 year olds who have played D-Ball.  Rookie is our first "kid pitch" division which combines kid pitch, coach pitch and pitching machine. It is geared towards 2nd graders and "young" 3rd graders who turn 8 after May 1st. Rookie meets 3 times per week - 1 practice, 1 weeknight game and a Saturday game. Player development is emphasized.  Players will pitch (coaches will assist in the early part of the season and pitching machines might be used).  A catcher wears full equipment to learn the position.  There is no stealing.  All batters bat but only nine players will play on the field at a time (field positions will be rotated to ensure equal playing time).  A team may only bat around once in an inning.  Games are played on a smaller-dimension (46:60) field, and last about 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Minors:   For 9 & 10 year olds that have played in Rookies division. Minors is a full kid-pitch program targeted towards 3rd and 4th graders and "young" 5th graders who were born after May 1st. Minors meets 3 times per week - 1 practice, 1 weeknight game, 1 Saturday game. This division is more competitive and follows the majority of the standard baseball rulebook.  Players pitch; there is stealing; an inning ends when there are three outs.  A certified umpire is used.  Games are played on a smaller-dimension (46:60) field, and last about 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Majors:  For 11 & 12 year old players.  Majors is our 5th and 6th grade program. Young 7th graders who were born after May 1st may also play majors. Majors meets 3 times per week - 1 practice, 1 weeknight game, 1 game on Saturday. This league will also include a few inter-league play with Hillsborough teams. Some games may be played in Hillsborough but most will be in Montgomery. This division is competitive and follows the entire standard baseball rulebook.  This division adds leading, pick-offs, balks, and base stealing.  Two certified umpires are used.   This is pretty close to "real" baseball.  Games are played on a mid-dimension field (50:70) and last about 1 hour 45 minutes.   

Babe Ruth BR13 Prep & BR 14-15:  For 13 to 15 year old players.  Welcome to the Big Field! Predominately for players in 7th grade. 7th graders playing 12U Travel must play Majors not BR13 Prep. 8th graders born after May 1, 2012 may also play. 8th graders who played last year on the 50:70 field may elect to play BR14-15 or BR13 Prep. This league plays inter-league play with Hillsborough teams and players can expect to play at least half of their games in Hillsborough. Games are played twice per week: 1 weeknight and Saturday. Practices are optional. This division is competitive and follows the entire standard baseball rulebook.  This age group plays on larger dimension (60:90) field that high schools, colleges, and some professional teams play on with two certified umpires.  There are more restrictive bat rules to ensure safety, fairness, and to make the game more like "real baseball".

Wood-Bat BR16-18:  For 16 to 18 year old players.  Babe Ruth 16U through 18U program for High School players in grades 10-12. Players will use wood bats only. This program meets once weekly on Sundays and will have games both home at McKnight Complex as well as in neighboring towns up to 30 minutes away. HS Freshman may also participate upon request. This division is competitive and follows the entire standard baseball rulebook.  This age group plays on larger dimension (60:90) field that high schools, colleges, and some professional teams play on with two certified umpires.  All players must use wooden bats, just like the pro's.  This is as close to "real baseball" as it gets!

The cost per-player is based on the league that the player is registered for, as follows:

  • Cougar Cubs - $85
  • I-Ball & D-Ball - $195
  • Rookies, Minors & Majors - $250
  • Babe Ruth BR13 Prep & BR14-15 - $250
  • Babe Ruth BR16-18 Wood-Bat - $195

Families with multiple players discount - Families with 2 or more players will receive a $50 discount for the 2nd and each addiotnal player registered.

Early bird discount of an additonal $25 per player registered before December 31, 2015.

Families are required to volunteer time - see registration link for more details.

Teams are formed in mid March 2016 and managers will notify players shortly thereafter.


 

2016 Save the Date!

  • Spring Rec Registration Drive w/Local Baseball Pros - Saturday, January 30th at Thomas Sweets
  • Spring Rec Draft Night - Friday, March 18th
  • McKnight Baseball Complex Opening - Saturday, March 12th or 19th, weather permitting
  • Parent/Player Meeting Night For All Rec Families - Tuesday, March 22nd at UMS
  • Opening Week for Games - Monday, April 4th
  • Opening Day Ceremonies - Saturday, April 9th
  • Applebee's Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, April 23rd
  • Mother's Day Flowers Sale - Saturday, May 7th & Sunday, May 8th
  • Somerset Patriots Night - Saturday, May 21st
  • Movie Night - Saturday, June 4th
  • Championship Day - Saturday, June 18th
  • More dates to follow

2016 Cougar Discount Cards Are NOW Available!


The 2016 Cougar Cards get you great discounts at more than a dozen popular local merchants (and generous/loyal sponsors of Montgomery Baseball!).  It also helps raise money for Montgomery's 12U Travel Baseball teams so that they can participate in the annual week-long summer tournament in Cooperstown, NY (near the Baseball Hall of Fame), where they will complete against teams from around the country and even around the globe!  Cards are only $10.  Email Stephanie at montydiscount@yahoo.com for details (please put "Cougar Cards" in the Subject Line of the email). 2016 Cougar Cards are NOW AVAILABLE!


   


 

2016 season exciting events that MBL has planned


50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  

In 1966, Montgomery Baseball League threw out its first pitch.  From it's early days at township parks, through the growth and expansion of Montgomery and Rocky Hill, the development of our world class McKnight Baseball Complex, to today's program of almost 400 players from almost 300 families, we are proud of our rich history and deeply appreciate the families, volunteers and generous sponsors that have made MBL what it is today - one of the best youth baseball leagues in America.
 

Over these 50 years, we built more than a vibrant league and a world class complex.  Whether it was our children playing games in the sun or under the light, 500 players and family members taking over a minor league ball park stadium, or hundreds of residents taking over McKnight Complex on movie night, we helped build friendships that have outlasted MBL playing days.  It's why we like to say we're building community.

So in 2016, as we celebrate our gold glove anniversary, look for special events to celebrate our history, our future, our community.  You are all a part of it and we look forward to celebrating together.

 


 

REC REGISTRATION DRIVE w/LOCAL PROS

Thomas Sweet Café, Skillman NJ

Saturday, January 30th from  Noon – 3:30 PM (NEW DATE)

Professional baseball player Josh Prevost (Mets), and others TBA – all former
Montgomery baseball players will sign baseballs and talk about their journey to the pros before Spring training.
The first 50 kids (ages 4–18) will receive a Thomas Sweet gift certificate courtesy of MBL.


 PARENT/PLAYER MEETING FOR ALL REC FAMILIES

   Montgomery Upper Middle School
   Tuesday, March 22th @ 6:30 PM
  Get details about the season, meet your coaches, pick up your uniform, buy MBL  merchandise,  and more!
          - Cougar Cubs @ 6:30 PM               - IBall & DBall @ 7:00 PM
          - Rookies & Minors @ 7:30 PM         - Majors & Babe Ruth @ 8:00 PM

 All registered players will be entered into a drawing for door prizes to be held at each session

 



MooYah Restaurant Nights! Two Dates!

MooYah Restaurant Nights,

SKILLMAN, NJ (Store #227)
1378 Route 206, Skillman, NJ 08558

Village Shops at Montgomery
TWO DATES! Thursday , March 24th and Thursday, May 5th - 4:00PM to 10:00PM 

BURGERS! FRIES! SHAKES!

MOOYAH will donate a percentage of all sales to MBL - he more people you bring in to eat, the more money MBL can make!


 BASEBALL COMPLEX OPENING

   McKnight Complex, Reading Blvd, Belle Mead
  
Saturday, March 12th or 19th from 9:30 AM - Noon (Rain Date Sunday, March 20th)
   Many hands make light work, so please join us to help to get our baseball complex game-ready.
   We'll supply the coffee and donuts if you bring work gloves!  Let's "spring" into action!
   Managers & Coaches:  We will be distributing equipment at this time, please be sure to stop by!


MBL DISCOUNT DAY

  Dick's Sporting Goods, 530 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton (ONLY)
  Saturday, March 26th - ALL DAY
  Print and bring this special MBL coupon to Dick's for extra savings on the baseball gear you need.                                    

  Please click here to SAVE on your next purchase. Coupons valid through 6/30/2016.
                



 OPENING DAY PARADE & CEREMONIES

   McKnight Baseball Complex
   Saturday, April 9th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
   Enjoy the parade of teams, first-pitch by the township Mayor, and lots of fun activities & events!    

It's our 50th Year Anniversary! and the GAME TRUCK is coming to OPENING DAY!

Two GAME TRUCKS will be at the complex for all MBL players! FREE all day!  

 


YO-FRESH SATURDAYS

1225 Route 206, Princeton
Every Saturday all Season (from April 1st through October 31st)
Mention MBL and YoFresh will donate 10% of your purchase to MBL
 


APPLEBEE'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST

315 Route 206, Hillsborough
Saturday, April 23th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, and coffee, tea, milk, or juice
(This event will not conflict with any scheduled games or practices)
Cost:  $10 per person
Proceeds go to Montgomery Baseball League



MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER SALE

McKnight Baseball Complex & Thomas Sweet Cafe
Saturday, May 7th & Sunday, May 8th - While Supplies Last!
Pick up a dozen colorful tulips for all of the Moms in your life!
The event is always a big hit and we always run out, so get yours early!
Cost:  $10 per dozen
All proceeds go to Montgomery Baseball League





TIGER’S TALE NIGHT
1290 US-206 South, Skillman
Monday, May 23rd from 11:00 AM till Closing
Print/show this special MBL flyer and Tiger’s Tale will donate 10% of your bill to MBL!


SOMERSET PATRIOTS BASEBALL NIGHT
TD Bank Ballpark, 860 E. Main Street, Bridgewater
Saturday, May 21st vs. Long Island Ducks (Gates open at 6:00 PM; Game Time 7:05 PM)
Come join us for an evening of professional baseball and giveaways!
Open to all registered MBL players, their friends, and families!
Pre-game parade for all!  A few lucky players will get to throw out a first pitch!
Tickets are available Parent Night or through your Rec Coach later this spring
Cost: $10/Upper Box Seat (Buy 4, get the 5th ticket FREE!)
Proceeds go to Montgomery Baseball League


OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
McKnight Baseball Complex - Field H
Saturday, June 4th @ 6:00 PM (Movie Starts after Sunset)
Join us for a fun-filled evening with a baseball-themed movie under the stars
The Concession Stand will be open and the Bar-B-Que will be grillin'
 
This community-wide event is FREE and open to all!
 Take our movie poll at the top of this page and help choose this year's movie!

 
Mark your calendar - More details to follow

 



REC CHAMPIONSHIP DAY

McKnight Baseball Complex
Saturday, June 18th
94.5 WPST and the Kona Ice Truck will be on hand for all games!
Mark your calendars - Details to follow


 

   PRIME-TIME SATURDAYS
   McKnight Baseball Complex
   Select Saturdays Throughout the Spring Rec Season
   DJ Joe Bassford will be on hand spinning tunes at the complex
   More details coming soon! Saturdays May 7; May 14; May 21; June 4

 


 THE DATE: PHILLIES vs. METS ROAD TRIP - TBD

MBL is planning a trip to a major league ball park (Citizens Ball Park or Citi Field)to see the NY Mets or Philadelphia Phillies! Mark your calendars - Details coming soon!

 


 

 

Montgomery Baseball League is celebrating our League Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods on March 26, 2016!

Dick’s Sporting Goods will hold a special Appreciation Day for all of our participating players, coaches and their family members.  Please see attached MONTGOMERY BASEBALL FLYERAll of our members will receive 20% off their ENTIRE Purchase!  So join us on March 26th for Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods as we gear up for the upcoming season.  Every season starts at Dick’s Sporting Goods!

Please click here to SAVE on your next purchase.  Coupons valid from 1/6/2016 to 6/30/2016.

 


 

Recommended Parent Viewing: "Changing the Game in Youth Sports" TED Talk


Please watch this 14 minute TED Talk video titled "Changing the Game:  A Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes & Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids"

Some key takeaways:

    • The single greatest effect on performance is an athlete’s state of mind
    • Youth sports used to be about children competing against other children; now it is often adults competing against other adults through their children
    • Children play sports because it is fun; winning comes in way down the list
    • Children quit sports when they don’t get to play, and when winning becomes more important than enjoyment
    • 90% of children would rather play on a losing team than sit the bench on a winning team
    • Competition is important, but being competitive comes from putting the needs and priorities of our children first
    • We can all start changing youth sports for the better by learning five simple words (watch to learn what they are)

I hope you will take the time to watch the video and if you enjoy it, please share it. Share it with families that have children in youth sports. Share it with coaches, schools and organizations that are struggling to serve the needs and priorities of our kids in a youth sports world that sometimes does not allow our children to “Play” anymore. Share it with like minded people so that we all realize that we are the silent majority, and that youth sports can and will change. We have the power to change it the right way, and make it about our players first.


 

Reminder: The McKnight Baseball Complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY

The McKnight Baseball complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY.  It is not a public facility and is not associated with the Montgomery Township or Somerset County Parks systems.  The management and maintenance of this facility is funded by the Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) through registration fees, advertising, fund raising, and the generous donations of local residents and businesses. 

Use of the McKnight Baseball Complex is limited to individuals registered for current MBL programs and MBL-sponsored events and groups.  MBL reserves the right to permit or deny any individual and/or team access to the McKnight complex, including fields, batting cages, or concession, seating, and parking areas. 

Use of these facilities for private games, lessons, or training without written authorization from MBL is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Any unauthorized use of these facilities for such purposes is at the risk of the Trainer/Coach AND Trainee(s)/Player(s).  Any damage or injuries resulting from unauthorized use of these facilities will be the sole responsibility of Trainer/Coach.  Violators will be considered to be TRESPASSING and may be PROSECUTED. 

Any questions about this use-policy can be directed to any member of the MBL Board of Directors.  If you see unauthorized use of the McKnight Baseball Complex, please contact a member of the MBL Board of Directors or contact the Montgomery Township Police non-emergency number.  Thank you.


 

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