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Preliminary Info for players moving up from Cal Ripken:

March 3, 2020

For players younger than 13 or 7th grade:  Tournament teams are formed out of the Cal Ripken Major and Minors leagues.  You must play in the Springfield AA CAL RIPKEN LEAGUES to qualify for ALL tournament teams.  

 

If you are in 7th grade and your age qualifies you (you won’t be 13 until after April 30th of this year) to play for the Cal Ripken League tournament team, and you wish to play Cal Ripken, you must play in the Cal Ripken League and tryout for the tourney team.  You may not play in both the Travel Baseball program and play on tournament teams.  

 

Players ARE NOT required to play in the SAA intramural leagues to be eligible for Travel Baseball.  If players do participate in the intramural league, their  primary commitment is to the travel team.  Since tournament season coincides with travel baseball playoffs, travel players cannot play for any SAA tournament teams unless the travel team participates in a tournament as a team or is formed from within the program.

Travel Baseball - Program Information Update

March 3, 2020

 

This is a community based baseball program for the youth of Springfield who wish to play the game with their local friends but at a higher level than intramural programs can offer.  These teams from Springfield compete against teams from surrounding communities and counties. Teams compete in traditional regular season competition followed by a playoff tournament where league champions are crowned and afforded the opportunity to progress to higher level championship competition at the state, regional and, for senior legion,  the national level.  

 

Coaches for our teams are volunteers and have been involved in the program for several years.  All bring stability to our program and respect from surrounding community programs and league leadership.  All coaches undergo mandatory background checks as required by both Springfield Athletic Association (SAA) and Pennsylvania American Legion.  Coaches work year round with league officials ensuring that there will always be a place for Springfield's young players to play organized community based travel baseball.

 

All players must be members of Springfield Athletic Association (SAA) and reside within Springfield School District geographical boundaries to participate in this program. The geographical boundary is a league requirement.  The SAA grandfather rule does NOT overrule the league residency requirement.  Players who do not reside within the boundaries of SAA CAN NOT PLAY.  Players must also meet the minimum age/grade requirements. 

 

If interested in trying out for a team, please join SAA now and sign up for "Travel Baseball" to ensure you receive important informational updates.

 

All players will be required to provide proof of residency and proof of age documentation during tryouts.  In addition to the SAA membership fee, all players are required to pay an additional program travel fee of $100.  Total cost outlay to play will average $200 per player including membership fee and travel fee.  

 

Requirements Summary:

 

SAA Membership- Register at (www.Springfieldaa.org) Simply select "Travel Baseball" as your sport.  Director will verify (pay now at sign up)

Proof of Age-Birth Certificate (no copies)

Proof of residency - Valid parent drivers license or similar indicating address of parents.

(in the case of split residency, the players residence during the school year sets his residence)

Proof of grade - If younger than 13

SAA travel fee- $100 (check payable to SAA at tryouts)

 

Player Equipment Requirements:

Glove

Spikes (most use metal spikes)

Cup (catchers required)

Wood Bats -must be single piece wood.  No composite wood or bamboo (If it has a BBCOR rating, it's probably not all wood and it's probably illegal)

 

All teams under the travel baseball program will play on a regulation sized 90 foot baseball diamond with a 60'6" foot distance between mound and home plate. 

 

Team rosters are filled via tryout selection. 

 

Teams travel across Delaware County with some Chester County, Montco and Philly games. 

 

Schedule and commitment varies with teams and coaches.  Younger teams tend to practice more than older teams. For 13/14’s parents should expect 3 games per week on average along with 2 practices.  15’s and older tend to play 3 games per week and 1 practice. Weeknight games start at 6PM.  Weekend start times can vary. 

 

Local high school, middle school and CYO baseball does not usually interfere with SAA travel baseball.  In the event of conflicts in the seasonal overlap (during tryouts and preseason practice) our coaches will normally work around the conflicts.

 

Players (and their families) considering trying out for SAA travel baseball teams should be willing to commit to the team and the schedule that goes with being a team member.  Commitment is expected until the end of the season(as late as mid-late July).  While conflicts can arise, it's our hope that participants will avoid conflicts during the playing season with other baseball, lacrosse, basketball and any other outside summer sports teams.  Dual participation with other teams can put players in an over committed position and can force parents/players into a position to make difficult choices that ultimately can put the teams in jeopardy of forfeiting games.   Players planning to be involved with any other teams should discuss their level of commitment to the SAA travel baseball team and outside conflicts with coaches or director before accepting a roster spot on a team.  Communicate your potential conflicts up front so the coach can asses your unique situation and, if possible, adjust/advise accordingly. 

 

Family vacations in the summer are a fact of life.  If you can’t schedule your family vacation after the season and playoffs you should discuss your vacation schedule with the coach prior to accepting a roster spot on a team.   

 

Positions in the field (and other coaching decisions) - Players are encouraged to tryout at positions best suited to their ability. However, players (and parents) should realize that coaches will move players around in the field during tryouts, practices and games for various reasons. Players might be asked to play positions they don't necessarily like in certain situations to help the team better compete. Parents are encouraged to respect and support coaching decisions that come about for betterment of the team.  This dynamic will persist over the playing career of most players. As such, players need to understand and accept it.

 

Travel Team Tournament Participation- The primary focus of the program is regular season play between mid May and early July (16-20 games) followed by a post season playoff tournament (double elimination).  If time and schedule permit, teams may enter outside tournaments.  Any costs associated with outside tournaments would be in addition to the SAA registration fee and travel fee.  Participation would be optional to players within the team/program.

 

Age Rules for 2019

The following age rules were approved for the 2020 season for Pennsylvania Youth Legion Baseball Programs:

 AGE and BIRTH DATE:

American Legion Baseball uses the calendar year: January 1 to December 31. 

The players league age will be the age he/she is in the year that he/she is playing.  In 2020, if player turns 14 on January 2 or December 29, he/she is a 14 year old.

The Youth Legion Baseball Programs:

The Prep Program - 14u, this means players can be 14 years or younger. Born Jan 1, 2006 or later. Cant turn 15 prior to Jan 1, 2021.(Typically 7th Grade). This team can roster 18 players.  However, the team roster is limited to twelve players in the "14 year old group"....or born in 2006.

The Sandlot Program - 15u, this means players can be 15 years or younger. Born Jan 1, 2005 or later. Cant turn 16 prior to Jan 1, 2021. (Typically 8th Grade).  This team can roster 18 players of any age mix under 15.

The Youth program - 16u, this means players can be 16 years or younger. Born Jan 1, 2004 or later. Cant turn 17 prior to Jan 1, 2021. (Typically 9th grade).  This team can roster 18 players. However, the team roster is limited to twelve players from the "16 year old group"...or born in 2004.

How many teams will SAA enter into the Legion league(s)?  There is no guarantee that SAA will enter teams to compete at each level.  Player demand/interest in playing American Legion Baseball will dictate the approach to team structures and will drive roster selections.  Once tryouts are underway the program director will gauge the interest level and the ability of the organization to field a team at each level.

 

Senior Program:

The Senior program - 19u.  Born Jan 1, 2001or later. (Typically players in 10/11/12th grade) This is a high school varsity level of competition.