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2018 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:
*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.
2018 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 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. 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 for 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. D-Ball is for 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. 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. Some games may be played with teams from neighboring towns but most will be in Montgomery. 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. Minors is a full kid-pitch program for 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. Some games may be played with teams from neighboring towns but most will be in Montgomery. 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 neighboring towns. Some games may be played in Hillsborough or Hopewell 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 BR13-15: For 13 to 15 year old players. Welcome to the Big Field! Notice to 7th graders: 7th graders playing 12U Travel must play Majors not BR13-15. 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".
Babe Ruth WoodBat 16-18: For 16 to 18 year old players. For High School players in grades 10-12. Players will use wood bats only. This program meets once weekly on Sundays (~6 dates during the spring, plays 8 games and 1+ playoff game) 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.
The cost per-player is based on the league that the player is registered for, as follows:
- Cougar Cubs - $95
- I-Ball & D-Ball - $195
- Rookies, Minors & Majors - $250
- Babe Ruth BR 13-15 - $250
- Babe Ruth WoodBat 16-18 - $95
Families with multiple players discount - Families with 2 or more players will receive a $50 discount for the 2nd and each additional player registered.
Families are required to volunteer time - see registration link for more details.
Teams are formed in late March 2018 and managers will notify players shortly thereafter.
The 2018 Cougar Discount Cards are NOW AVAILABLE! Get great discounts at more than a dozen popular local merchants (and generous/loyal sponsors of Montgomery Baseball!). It also helps raise money for Travel Baseball Tournaments. Cards are only $10. Email us at email@example.com for details (please put "COUGAR CARDS" in the Subject Line of the email) or visit us in person at T & T Pet Supplies, next to the Montgomery Shoprite every weekend on Saturday and Sunday starting December 16, 2017 thru Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018 as our program will be selling cards there. Please stop by and purchase a card. Thank you!
2018 USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE!
Starting in 2018, to be legal for play in Little League, Pony Baseball, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball, AABC, AAU and Dixie Youth Baseball, your bat will need the USABat stamp on it.
USABat Standard Baseball Bats will go on sale in the Fall of 2017. Major brands like Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings are already hard at work on these new youth baseball bats with the USABat stamp.
Key USABat Standard Baseball Bat Facts apply:
- Cal Ripken Division (Tee Ball League) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - Tee Ball Bats (lengths 26' and shorter) must feature the USABat mark and accompanying permanent text which reads " ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS"
- Cal Ripken Division (Cal Ripken Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved the use of youth baseball bats 2 5/8” barrels, with USABat mark and NO BBCOR Bats are allowed
- Babe Ruth Division 13-15 (Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved the use of youth baseball bats 2 5/8" barrels, with USABat mark or BBCOR.50
- Babe Ruth Division 16-18 (Leagues and Tournaments) of Babe Ruth League, Inc. - have approved all baseball bats must be BBCOR.50 and NO Greater Than Drop -3
- The 2 5/8” big barrel lengths will be much shorter than the current 2 5/8” 1.15bpf barrels used in today’s game due to the performance regulations put in place
- All current youth baseball bats will continue to be legal in the above mentioned organizations through December 31, 2017
- 1.15bpf bats will NOT be grandfathered in for the 2018 season
- The goal is to make youth bats perform like a wood bat
- There will be no limit to how light a bat can be (except the Babe Ruth 16-18 Division) which should be helpful to younger players
- According to USA Baseball, the governing body that oversaw the research and ratification of the new USABat standard, this change is being made for “integrity of the game”, and not “safety” reasons, as it claims “Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports
Long story short, everyone who plays with the Montgomery Baseball League (league and tournament play) under the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball chartered organization and the other organizations mentioned above will need to buy a new bat starting in 2018. These bats will perform like wood bats. Baseballs will likely not be hit as far with these bats, BUT the larger diameter barrel on the baseball bats can and will make the baseball easier to hit for many players. See the chart below and please feel free to visit http://www.baberuthleague.org/ for more information.
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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.