Last Updated: February 13, 2016
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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*!
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If you have any questions, please send an email to: email@example.com for player ages 4 to 12 years old; firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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!
2016 Cougar Discount 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.
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
PARENT/PLAYER MEETING FOR ALL REC FAMILIES
Montgomery Upper Middle School
MooYah Restaurant Nights! Two Dates!
MooYah Restaurant Nights,
Village Shops at Montgomery
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
MBL DISCOUNT DAY
Dick's Sporting Goods, 530 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton (ONLY)
Please click here to SAVE on your next purchase. Coupons valid through 6/30/2016.
McKnight Baseball Complex
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!
1225 Route 206, Princeton
APPLEBEE'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
315 Route 206, Hillsborough
MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER SALE
McKnight Baseball Complex & Thomas Sweet Cafe
SOMERSET PATRIOTS BASEBALL NIGHT
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
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 FLYER. All 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
Some key takeaways:
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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