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"THE CO-OP LEAGUE"

The Anne Arundel Baseball Cooperative (AABC, Co-op) is a private league of independent youth baseball organizations that operate in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Teams entered from the various organizations are RECEREATIONAL teams that would otherwise play wholly within their own community organization, and are participating in this league solely to have more teams to play during the season. This is NOT A TRAVEL OR SELECT TEAM LEAGUE!

The Co-op league is in a partnership with Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks (R&P) to provide a place to play for R&P-accredited community organizations that can't otherwise field their own in-house schedule.

Select "The Co-op" on the main menu for more info, or send email to aabaseballcoop@gmail.com.



PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2020 SPRING

For the 2020 SPRING season, the following organizations are expected to be participating in one or more divisions:

Arden (ARA), Broadneck (BBSC), Brooklyn Park (BPYAA), Crofton (CAC), Elvaton (ERA), Eastport(), Glen Burnie (GBBS), Greater Glen Burnie (GGBJSL), Gambrills-Odenton (GORC), Harundale (HYSL), Kent Island (KIYBSC), Lake Shore (LSYB), Linthicum-Ferndale (LFYAA), Maryland City (MCRC), Pasadena (PBC), Peninsula (PAL), Severn (SAC), Severna Park (GSPAA), South Maryland/Davidsonville (SMLL/DAA), South River (SRYA).


TEAM COUNT SPREADSHEET

The link above is the up-to-date number of teams each organization has provided to the Co-op for purpose of making a game schedule.  The deadline to provide an update to this team count is NLT Wednesday March 18, 2020.  Email bladesboys@aol.com or aabaseballcoop@gmail.com to updated your organization's team count.



ORGANIZATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR 2020 SPRING

Each Organization participating in the Co-op League is required to complete one (1) form by an authorized representative of the organization NLT than Tuesday March 30, 2020.

To complete the form, go to Forms on the main menu, then Online Forms, then select Organization Acknowledgment Form.



TEAM ROSTERS FOR 2020 SPRING

Each Team participating in the Co-op League is required to complete one (1) roster form by an authorized representative of the team or it's organization NLT than Tuesday March 30, 2020.

To complete the form, go to Forms on the main menu, then Online Forms, then select Team Roster Form.



RULES FOR 2020 SPRING

Team managers are responsible for knowing first the GROUND RULES  and the SCHEDULING POLICY (see The Co-op on the Main Menu), and then the PLAYING RULES for their specific division (see below in this section).

ALL CO-OP COMPLETE ("ALL-IN") AND CROSSOVER GAMES ARE PLAYED BY THESE RULES - THERE ARE NO "HOME FIELD" RULES. Managers should print out the appropriate pages for their division and carry these with them to all games, and ask any pertinent questions at the plate conference with the umpire.

We expect the 2020 playing rules to be identical, or nearly so, to the 2019 playing rules, which are linked below for reference, and will be updated to reflect 2020 by April 1, 2020.

2019 CO-OP PLAYING RULES - All Divisions

  • Revised 4/27/2109. Clarified Rule 2-f in 5U/6U, 8U, 10U and 12U, that in accordance with USA Baseball standards, all solid, one-piece wood bats may be used with or without the USABat stamp.

2017 OFFICIAL PONY RULES



GAME SCHEDULES FOR 2020 SPRING

We recognize this is a unique situation we are all facing this spring.  We have adjusted the first games for all organizations to Saturday April 18.  We will make adjustments from this once we get a go-ahead.

In the meantime, we request each organization review the DRAFT Schedules below, and provide team/manager contact information, and field assignments to the scheduler for each respective division. 

For managers and parents, this is a DRAFT schedule and is subject to change without notice while organizations work through their field availability.  Please do not directly email the Co-op league regarding this schedule; contact your org rep.

Age Group - Scheduler

  • 6U Schedule  - All-in Schedule - Fred Engel/Pasadena
  • 7-8U, 9-10U, 11-12U Schedule - All-in & Crossovers - Fred Engel/Pasadena
  • 13-15U Schedule - All-in Schedule - Jack Nutter/Lake Shore
  • 16-18U Schedule - All-in Schedule - Michael Phillips/Severna Park

PLANNING MEETING FOR 2020 SPRING SEASON - Tue 3/10

We will be having a Planning Meeting for the 2020 Spring Season, date is March 10, 630pm, at the Pasadena Greene Turtle on Magothy Beach Road.  For more information, email bladesboys@aol.com.

We are "targeting" Sat April 4 as Opening weekend for games, though organizations can choose their own opening weekends.



AGE AND BAT RULE CHANGES

Age Determination - Reminder that beginning with the 2018 Fall season, the age of a player in Co-op league will be determined by the player's age on August 31 for the year in question.  For the 2020 Spring season, the date is AUGUST 31, 2020. This matches national youth baseball organizations such as Little League and PONY, and part of an effort to make all the divisions younger on average, and equivalent to school grade ages.

Bat Rule - We will also be following the same national youth baseball organizations who have adopted USA Baseball's bat program. This is an effort to have metal and composite bats better simulate wood bat performance. Non-wood bats will have to have a USABat certification sticker. Go to www.usabat.com for a complete list of approved bats.

  • Recommended in 4-5U and 6U
  • Required in 7-8U, 9-10U, 11-12U
  • Optional in 13-15U
  • Not applicable in 16-18U