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2016 Playoff Update

 

July 25, 2016 (4:30 pm)

News from Boyertown Regional: NP 15s run ended with a 10-4 loss to the hometown Boyertown Cubs today.

Many thanks to the players, coaches and families of the team for a great season. What a great group - you all have much to be proud of, not just for this season, but for the entirety of your U15 careers!

Well, that's a wrap on the NP Legion U19 season. Thanks to everyone for making it a fun summer. Please feel free to contact me, Bob Dawes and Bob Sullivan with any feedback/insights comments via email or private message from the season. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 

July 24, 2016 (1 pm)

NP Legion update:  15s win 10-0 vs Dallastown (York) today.  Team will play at Boyertown Regional again at 1pm.  Each game remaining is an elimination game.  Go Bulldogs!

 

July 23, 2016 (1 pm)

Prep (13s) Lost in the DelMont Playoff Championship today, 3-1 vs. Whitemarsh (who will now go on to the State tourney at Spring City). Many thanks to the Prep coaches, players and families and congrats for a great run this year - the first NP Prep team in recent memory to make it to the Championship game.

 
NP 15s lost in it's first game today at the Boyertown Regional, 7-2 vs. Norchester. Back at it again tomorrow 10 am - every game is an elimination game now.
 
Independent team finished a fine year with a semi final playoff loss on Thursday night, 3-2, to Narberth. Again, many thanks to coaches, players and families for a special year.

 

July 21, 2016 (4 pm)

NP Prep beats Haverford 10-4 last night to advance to Prep Playoff Championship against Whitemarsh Friday 5:30 pm.  If NP wins Friday night, teams play again on Saturday to determine Champion of the league.  Winner of Championship will represent at Prep State Tournament in Spring City starting July 30.

Independents won in the 3rd round of the playoffs and play tonight at Upper Darby High School.  It's win or go home for both teams from here on out in the playoffs.

 

July 20, 2016 (3:30 pm)

Both Prep and Independents lost last night (Tuesday, July 19).  Both are in elimination games tonight. 

If Prep wins tonight vs. Haverford (SHMS, 5:45), it plays for the Championship Friday night (and if needed), Saturday.

More to come on Independents after results tonight.

 

 

July 18, 2016 (8 am)

Prep (13s) WIN second game of playoffs against Wayne 4-3.  Team will play again at SHMS on Tuesday (July 19), 5:45 pm.

Independents plays 5:30 today at Narberth.

 

July 16, 2016 (3 pm)

Exciting news to report on all fronts! 

Juniors (15s) WIN Playoff Championship last night (Fri), 5-2 vs. Aston Media.  Bulldogs will go to the Boyertown Region which begins Saturday, July 23.

Prep (13s) WIN its first game of the playoffs against Wissahickon, 6-3.  Team plays again 12 Noon Sunday.  Team and field TBA.

Independents WIN its first game of playoffs against Marple/Newtown, 6-2.  Team plays again 5:30 Monday at Narberth.

Go Bulldogs!

July 13, 2016 (9 pm)

NP Sr Legion season comes to an end with a 5-3 loss to Wayne tonight. Congrats to Wayne who will represent Main Line Legion at Region 3 Tournament beginning this Saturday.  We are proud of the Senior Legion boys, and Coaches Shane Raines, Tim Gunn and Rick Eiel for a fantastic season.

Jr Legion Championship moved to Friday 5:30 at SHMS as Loser Bracket Final between Aston Media and Taney was rained out tonight.  Go Bulldogs!

July 13, 2016 (8 am)

Nether Sr. Legion wins 7-0 vs Wayne Tuesday night in Championship 1. Both teams square off again Wednesday 5:30 pm at SHMS for the championship and right to go to Regionals.

Nether Jrs. beat Aston Media 2-1 in the winners bracket final Tuesday night and will play in the Championship Thursday night, 5:30 at SHMS vs. winner of Aston Media/Taney on Wednesday night.

Come out and support the Bulldogs!

 

July 11, 2016 (11:30 pm)

Nether Seniors win 3-0 vs. Broomall-Newtown.  Will play Wayne Tuesday 5:30 @ Wayne for Championship 1.  If win, have to beat Wayne again Wednesday in Championship #2.  If lose Tues, season over.

 

July 11, 2016 (9AM)

Seniors won in an elimination game vs. Haverford on Sunday, 4-0. Will play Broomall-Newtown (again) in the Losers Bracket final tonight (Monday) at SHMS, 5:30 pm. Jrs won vs. Wayne on Sunday 10-5 and will play top seed Aston Media at Cardinal O'Hara, 5:30 pm Tuesday. Prep and Independents finishing out their regular seasons this week and will start playoffs on July 16.

 

July 10, 2016

Senior Legion won it's first game on Wednesday vs. Aston Media, lost it's second game to Broomall-Newton on Thursday and won it's 3rd game on Friday vs. Springfield.  The team plays today (Sunday) at 2 pm, at home (SHMS) vs. Haverford.  Every game is an elimination game for the Srs.

Junior Legion won it's first game vs. Taney and is traveling to Wayne at Odorisio Park for a 3 pm start today (Sunday).

Go Bulldogs!

End of Regular Season - Here Come the Playoffs!

July 7, 2016

 

Hello Friends - hope the summer has been a great one for you all!

A quick update on the Legion Program:

Senior Legion Bulldogs (16-19s) finished the regular season with the best record in the League (only 2 regular season losses).  The team goes as top seed in the double-elimination playoffs and held serve with the first playoff game on Wednesday, July 6 against Aston Media with a 9-5 win.  The playoffs continue with Nether taking on the star-studded Broomall-Newtown team Thursday, July 7, 5:30 at SHMS.  BN's core is made up of the Marple Newtown Varsity team that made it to the State Semi Finals this year, and features DelCo Times Player of the Year, Ricky Collins, on the roster.  Win or Lose tonight, NP will play again July 8, 5:30 at home, opponent to be determined.  Winner of the League playoff will be the sole representative for Main Line Sr. Legion in the Regionals which start July 16.

Junior Bulldogs (15s) finished the season as the 3 seed with a 11-5-2 record and kicks off the double-elimination playoff on Saturday, July 9, 3 pm at SHMS vs. Taney.  Aston-Media has already wrapped up one of the 2 spots for Regionals by winning the regular season.  NP will need to win the playoff championship to go to Regionals, UNLESS it makes it to championship with Aston-Media, in which case, Bulldogs would go win or lose.

The Prep Bulldogs (13s) still have 3 regular season games left before the double-elimination playoffs start on July 16th.  They currently hold the 3 seed with a 10-4 record and are only a game behind top ranked Wayne and 1/2 game behind second place Haverford.  In order to represent DelMont Prep League at States, the team must win the Playoff Championship (winner of the League regular season does not get a bid to States).

Finally the Independent Team (16-18s) finds itself with a 4-7-1 record with 6 games left prior to a playoff start of July 16. Everyone makes the double-elimination playoffs so the team will be primed to do its best when the lights shine brightest!

There is plenty of GREAT baseball left this summer, so please do make sure to come out and support the teams as the playoffs heat up!

NPAA American Legion Program: Need to Know

January 3, 2016

 

For those of you who are new to the American Legion Baseball Program, here is a snapshot of how the season and the NP Legion program work.

Nether Legion is offered to all Wallingford - Swarthmore School District age eligible residents, as well as portions of Ridley.  In general, Ridley Township west of Rt 420 and North of MacDade is in our territory, and the portions of Ridley Park west of Morton/Swarthmore Ave and North of I-95.   Families in Ridley living east of these boundaries are part of the Glenolden-Clifton program.  
 
For exact territory borders, please contact bobdawes@yahoo.com, who can share how to use the Census maps to see which census tract you reside in.   Nether's territory includes all of census tracts 4016.01 and 4016.02 (essentially Folsom) and 4041.01 and 4041.02 (Swarthmorewood and Woodlyn).  Ridley Park tracts (4039.01 and 4039.02) are shared with Glenolden using Morton/Swarthmore Ave as the dividing line.  The Census map is available for public viewing here http://bit.ly/29xvD1z


2016's Legion program will offer the Legion "Prep" Team (primarily 13 year olds, 12 year olds may qualify if they are currently on the 7th grade school roster), a U - 14 Team (Sandlot), and our Main Line Jr. Legion League Team (13-15) and a Sr. Legion program for players 16 to 19 years of age. Ideally, the Prep Team and the U-14 Team are key elements and venues to prepare players for the Jr. Legion Team. The Sr. Legion team is designed for players who want to continue to play baseball at a very high level throughout the summer and keep their skills sharp for the upcoming high school or college baseball season.

In January and February we will hold indoor practices and tryouts for all players interested in travel baseball who will still be no older than 15 on April 30th 2016. Senior Legion tryouts will also be held for players that are still 19 or under as of January 1, 2016.

From these tryouts the coaches will evaluate all participants and determine the talent level of each player. As a result of the tryouts and indoor practices, players that make the travel program will be assigned to a pre-season roster on either the Prep team (made up of mostly 13 yr olds), the Jr. Legion pre-season roster (13-15's) and or the U - 14 "sandlot league" Team. Understand that as the pre-season evolves players may be moved from one roster to another based on their skill levels until final rosters are determined. Senior Legion rosters will be set later in the spring as this league does not generally begin practice or games until all school ball has concluded.

Our preseason schedule will include weekly clinics at Swarthmore College with the coaches and players of Swarthmore College, as well as other coaches in our program. This has proven to be a great tool to our success to sharpen our skills prior to the regular season. We intend to also offer special clinics for players who wish to attend that will be sponsored by our professional coaches.

In March, April and May we may play (on weekends) scrimmages and tournaments as schedules and weather permit. Understanding there are many conflicts with other activities, school ball and social events, the preseason rosters allows us to continue to evaluate our candidates for the Legions regular season rosters. Legion, Prep and the U - 14 "sandlot league" travel team will not conflict with any School baseball schedules as the regular season schedule will not start until just before Memorial Day and go through mid-July and possibly late July and or early August, if a team advances to states in any playoff competition.

As this is the most competitive baseball for this age group, we expect a commitment from the players and parents to have their son available throughout the entire season and especially playoffs which could run through July and possibly in early August. (please do not schedule any family vacations until August if you plan to have you son play on the Prep, Jr Legion or Sr. Legion teams)

The scrimmages, practices, clinics, and your performance will decide who actually makes the final roster on any of the the travel teams. Final announcements of team assignments will be made prior to roster deadlines outlined by each program. Regardless of your assignment, players may be dual rostered and schedules will be carefully planned to maximize playing time and minimize conflicts with another team (should your son be dual rostered). NPAA Baseball has capped the number of teams you may play on to two. This may include two travel teams or a travel team and our NPAA Senior league. Generally, all rising 13's (Prep Team players) will also be rostered on the NPAA Senior League. 14s and 15s that are not dual rostered on the Jr. Legion team are encouraged to also play NPAA Senior League in order to maximize playing time and gain valuable extra "reps" and experience to sharpen their skills.

The cost of Legion or travel baseball is more expensive than our intramural league due to the type of baseballs used, umpire fees, Clinics, Insurance, and uniform requirements. In an effort to keep prices as low as possible, we will hold our annual fundraiser "tag/bat-day" on the Saturday before Easter, and all players are expected to participate, while parents are encouraged to participate as well. Each year we also sponsored a U-14 tournament over Memorial Day and hosted a snack bar on multi-game weekend days that generated additional funds. As this is a volunteer organization, all parents are asked to get involved and volunteer for one or more of our fund-raising programs.

Registration will begin just after the new year and all participants will first register for NPAA and those making the travel and or legion progams will be assessed the difference between NPAA senior program and the Legion fee. If you make a travel program roster (and pay the Legion fee), you will not have to pay extra to play NPAA Senior league and or a second travel team. NPAA will have a registration table at our tryouts.

If you have any questions regarding our program, please contact NPAA Legion Coordinator, Peter Atsaves, for details. Cell: 610.608-7344, patsaves@gmail.com.