- 2015 Rec Baseball Registration is now Open!
- New Sunday-Only Wood-Bat League now forming for 16-18 Year-Olds!
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- Princeton Residents can now Register for Cougar Cubs, I-Ball, D-Ball, Minors and Majors for 2015!
- For Information on our Travel Programs, click on "Montgomery Baseball Travel Website"
2015 Spring Recreational Baseball Registration is now OPEN!
Open to all boys and girls who reside in Montgomery, Rocky Hill and NOW Princeton*!
*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.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY
$25 Per Player Early Bird Discount is now available and until December 31st
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
Montgomery Baseball's 2015 Spring Recreational Registration is for all players, ages 4 to 18 from Pre-K and up!
We are pleased to announce exciting NEW changes to our lineup of programs for 2015!
- Johnny Rooney, OHES Physical Education teacher/owner of JR Hit-n-Run will head up our Pre-K division - the Cougar Cubs - for players 4-5 years old starting Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015
- We will continue to have our successful I-Ball, D-Ball, Rookie programs - divisions for players in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade
- We will continue to have our 3rd/4th grade division - Minors - which is kid pitch, adds base stealing and includes a certified umpire
- We will continue to have our 5th/6th grade division - Majors - which is on our two intermediate 50/70 fields, adds leading, pick-offs, balks, base stealing and includes two certified umpires. We are adding this season inter-league games against rec teams from Hillsborough Baseball League
- We will continue to have our Babe Ruth 13 Prep and Babe Ruth 14-15program for players in 7th through 9th grade (13 to 15 year olds); this program will continue to play against teams from Hillsborough Baseball League and offers some scheduling flexibility to allow MHS and UMS athletes the opportunity to play MBL recreational baseball with their friends without conflicting with the school programs
- We are excited to add a NEW Babe Ruth 16-18 (16 to 18 year olds) division which will play "Sunday only" in a Wood Bat format; Games will be played at the McKnight Complex and at some local neighboring district team locations. Regular season games will be played on Sundays so as not to conflict with High School Baseball. Come out and play on one of the best 60/90 baseball fields in New Jersey!
In addition to our recreational leagues, we have many fun events in store for our players this season:
- Opening Day Ceremony Activities
- New this year, "Prime Time Saturday's" at the McKnight Complex featuring DJ Music and Fun on selected Saturday's by our very own Joe Bassford, VES Physical Education teacher
- Applebee’s Family Pancake Breakfast
- Montgomery High School (MHS) home games hosted at our McKnight Complex
- MBL Night Out at the Somerset Patriots Game
- MBL Free Outdoor Movie Night at our McKnight Complex
- Championship Day Festivities
- Free Clinic and Training Options, including partnership programs with MHS Varsity Baseball Coach Pete Mueller and OHES Physical Education teacher Johnny Rooney of JR Hit-n-Run Academy
- And we have so much in store for our players, their families and our community this year!
Please share this important update with your friends/neighbors who might not be on our community email distribution list!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY
2015 Baseball Bat Buying Guide
At this time of year, it’s not uncommon for parents and players to be considering a new baseball bat, whether as a holiday gift, in advance of winter training, or just to get ready for spring. MBL realizes that the process of purchasing a new baseball bat can be confusing with different technical standards, the wide variety of materials, and a plethora of confusing rules governing "legal" bat usage. And with the wide range of prices (from $40 to $400!), making the right choice is important.
The 2015 Baseball Bat Buying Guide can help provide some clarity on the process. It covers the basic anatomy of the bat, guidelines for selecting the right length and weight for your player, and a simplified explanation of the rules for bats of different specifications across the different age groups. This is not a substitute for familiarizing yourself with the more comprehensive bat rules which can be found via a link in the attached document, but perhaps this simple one-page view can serve as a shopping guide to help guide you to the best choice.
In Memory of Jimmy Dunwiddie
Montgomery Baseball League is saddened to report the loss of one of our own: Jimmy Dunwiddie, 24, passed away on Thursday, November 13th. Jimmy, who grew up in Montgomery, was an active baseball player in the MBL from age 5 through 15. Our thoughts and prayers go out the entire Dunwiddie family, including his father Jim (who served as President of the MBL for several years), his mother Theresa, and his sister Kaitlyn. Friends are invited to share condolences at http://www.partroyfuneralhome.com/viewobituary.php?uId=1333 . In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Jimmy’s memory to Montgomery Baseball League, PO Box 432, Belle Mead, NJ, 08502 (please make checks payable to “Montgomery Baseball League” and write “In Memory of Jimmy Dunwiddie” in the memo field).
Fall Baseball Clinic with the Pros!
On Saturday, October 18th, Montgomery Baseball League held a spectacular free clinic for our 3rd through 6th grade Fall Ball players at the McKnight Baseball Complex. The clinic - hosted by Johnny Rooney and Steve Perone of the JR Hit and Run Academy - featured skills, drills, and games. What made this clinic unique and extra special was that Coaches Rooney and Perone were assisted by three professional baseball players. Josh Prevost (New York Mets), Mike Ford (New York Yankees), and Jon Prosinski (Philadelphia Phillies) – all former Montgomery Baseball players (at the MBL and Montgomery High School level) – also spent time talking to our young players about their experiences getting to and playing in professional baseball. This was a great day and a great experience for all involved.
MBL Congratulates our new Board of Directors
Montgomery Baseball League held its annual election of its Board of Directors on Monday, October 27th. We would like to congratulate all of our newly elected Board members:
- President: Frank Kimick
- VP-Cal Ripken Divisions: Paul Cocuzzo
- VP-Babe Ruth Divisions: Jon Carver
- VP-Umpires: Greg Swerdlow
- VP-Maintenance (Fields & Facilities): Scott Greenstein
- VP-Administration: Brian Smith
- VP-Finance: Amy Reynolds
- VP-Marketing: Stacy Greenstein
- VP-Player Registration & Retention: Eric Rossman
- VP-Special Events: Al Reicheg
- Board Secretary: Ken Reilly
This year, in addition to our existing 11 Board positions, MBL has added two (2) additional Board positions to better increase community involvement. Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of these positions can be found on the MBL web site under the General Information link (select “Board Positions” under the Categories drop down list).
All newly elected positions become effective on November 1st (in accordance with MBL By-Laws, the newly elected Board members will each serve a term of 1-year beginning November 1, 2014 and running through October 31, 2015).
Please note that the position of “Past President”, currently held by Joe Gerdes, is not an elected position. Also, the position of “VP-Travel & Tournaments” is currently vacant and will be filled by appointment – and approved by the new Board - at a later date. In the interim, Paul Cocuzzo, former VP-Travel & Tournaments, will handle any issues related to that position.
The Montgomery Baseball League is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization and operates solely through the active participation from the community at large. Each year we seek to retain a number of our existing volunteers to ensure continuity in our program while at the same time attracting new board members to bring in new ideas and energy, and to represent our younger player generations. All Board positions are open for election each year (with the exception of the role of “Past President”).
Each year, we seek volunteers who are committed to the entire league - across all age groups - who can make decisions for the benefit of the entire program and not just a single age group or division. We look for members who can not only dedicate their time to the program, but who also have the ability to recruit other volunteers to work with them in their respective area. While being an active MBL Board member has a certain degree of responsibility, it is also a very rewarding experience and well worth your time.
MBL would like to give a warm welcome our newest Board Members: Jon Carver, Al Reicheg, Eric Rossman, Scott Greenstein, and Stacy Greenstein. At the same time, we would like to bid a fond farewell to retiring Board Members, Frank Iati, John McCaffrey, and Christine Petrane, and thank them for their selfless dedication of our program over the years.
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.
TED Talk: "Changing the Game in Youth Sports"
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.
Got WiFi? (We Do Now!!!)
New for the 2014 season, MBL now has FREE WiFi at the McKnight Complex!
SSID = MontgomeryBaseballLeague
Password = MBLguest
(Please use responsibly!)
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