Last Updated: February 21, 2017
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2017 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.
2017 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. 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. 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:
Families with multiple players discount - Families with 2 or more players will receive a $50 discount for the 2nd and each additional player registered.
Early bird discount of an additional $25 per player registered before December 31, 2016.
Families are required to volunteer time - see registration link for more details.
Teams are formed in late March 2017 and managers will notify players shortly thereafter.
2017 Spring Rec Baseball Dates - Mark Your Calendars
MBL - FREE Roller Skating Community Event
Sunday, February 26th 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
The first 100 kids are FREE for this great two hour skating session including FREE skate rental!
After the first 100 FREE kids! $4 per child! Adults are $4.
Kendall Park Roller Skating Rink (Flyer and details below!)
Tuesday, March 21st at UMS (Upper Middle School Auditorium and Cafeteria)
Parent's and players please attend! Each division should report to the Auditorium according to the following schedule:
Following a short meeting in the Auditorium, you will meet with your coach and fellow teammates, and proceed to the Cafeteria where player uniforms will be distributed. Montgomery Baseball merchandise and Trenton Thunder tickets will be available for purchase.
Other important dates:
SPRING RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y COACHES CLINIC - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
This program is mandatory for any new coach planning on coaching for a sport league in Montgomery Township. This Clinic is FREE for any person coaching in Montgomery. Please make sure you say you are from Montgomery. You only need to complete the Clinic once during your coaching career.
Date: Wednesday, March 22 – Registration begins on March 1st!
Time: 7 - 10pm (sign-in begins at 6:30) Attendees must be there for the entire 3 hour program.
Location: Otto Kaufman Community Center
Cost: FREE to Montgomery Twp. Coaches
($35 fee for out-of-town coaches)
Must register by March 20!
MBL MCKNIGHT COMPLEX - "OPEN and READY"
Saturday, March 25th, from 9:00 AM to Noon!
Volunteers Needed To Help! Please Help Us!
Equipment Bags distribution too!
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS - MBL DISCOUNT DAY
Dick's Sporting Goods, 530 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton (only)
Saturday, March 25th - ALL DAY
20% OFF ALL PURCHASES - NOT JUST BASEBALL, EVERYTHING! WOW!
Print and bring this special MBL COUPON to Dick's for your 20% savings!
SPRING REC OPENING DAY - CEREMONIES & GAMES!
McKnight Baseball Complex
Saturday, April 1st- 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Enjoy the parade of teams, first-pitch by the township Mayor, and lots of fun activities & events!
McKnight Baseball Complex - Concession Stand Area!
APPLEBEES PANCAKE BREAKFAST
315 Route 206, Hillsborough
Saturday, April 29th 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 the Montgomery Baseball League
SPRING REC PHOTO DAY
McKnight Complex - Saturday, May 6th
A professional trained photographer will be on hand at the complex capturing and promoting team pride, league spirit and the personality of the athletes that make every team unique.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB) PITCH HIT & RUN WITH JR. HOME RUN DERBY
TWO MLB EVENTS!
McKnight complex - Saturday Afternoon, May 13th
Major League Baseball PH&R is a FREE event for boys and girls ages 7-14. This is an official skills competition including pitching, hitting and running sessions. CLICK HERE for details!
Major League Baseball JR. Home Run Derby is a FREE event for boys and girls ages 14 years and under. This is an exciting home run derby contest. More details to follow. CLICK HERE for a short 15 second video!
MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
McKnight Complex Field H - Saturday 6:30 PM , May 13th or Saturday Evening, June 3rd
Join us for a fun-filled evening with a movie under the stars in center field
The concession stand will be open and the Bar-B-Que will be grillin'
This community-wide event is FREE and OPEN to EVERYONE!
MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER SALE
McKnight Complex & Thomas Sweets Cafe
Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th - While Supplies Last!
Pick up a dozen colorful tulips for all of the Moms in your life!
This event is always a big hit and we always run out, so get yours early!
Cost $10 per dozen - all proceeds go to the Montgomery Baseball League
Trenton Thunder Night
ARM & HAMMER Park, One Trenton Road, Trenton NJ
Saturday, June 10th
Trenton Thunder (AA NY Yankees) vs. Bowie Baysox (AA Baltimore Orioles)
(Gates open at 6:00 PM; Game Time 7:00 PM)
Come join us for an evening of professional baseball and giveaways! FIREWORKS after the game!
Tickets are available Parent Night or through your Rec Coach later this spring
REC CHAMPIONSHIP DAY
Enjoy the championship teams introduction, guest first pitch, and lots of fun activities & events!
94.5 WPST and the Kona Ice Truck will be on hand for all games!
Mark your calendars - Details to follow
2017 Cougar Discount Cards Are NOW Available!
The 2017 Cougar Discount 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details (please put "COUGAR CARDS" in the Subject Line of the email). 2017 Cougar Cards are NOW AVAILABLE!
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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.