News
Hello Baseball parents,
          As of right now, we are prepared to do everything possible to still have as much of a spring season as we can.  

                                 
We are postponing all Crofton Baseball activities until schools re-open which is currently planned for Monday 3/30

Coaches Clinic scheduled for Sunday 3/15 is cancelled.  A virtual meeting is being planned and a date will be sent out to coaches once that is in place.
 
Crofton Baseball and Softball opening day event on 4/4 is cancelled. 

New opening day for games is targeted to be Saturday 4/18.  However, there will not be a large scale gathering as planned for opening day, no matter the date.
 
Team pictures, which were also planned for 4/4, will be rescheduled for late May.
We will continue to keep parents updated on any further decisions, pending information and directives from all levels of government to ensure the safety of our community.
 
Sincerely,
 
 Andy Neal
Commissioner,
Crofton Baseball
 
CAC Families,
           The county has suspended the use of all permitted fields/organizations through March 27th. Due to that, ALL CAC sports (practices and games) are suspended until March 27th. CAC's main concern continues to be the health and safety of our athletes and their families and these precautions are the best way to protect our members. 
 
We have received questions about refunds if sport seasons are cancelled. As of now, all sports are just postponed. If seasons are cancelled at a later date, we will provide refund information. We remain hopeful our athletes can return the field/court at the end of March.
 
Our top priority is your child's safety and health and we will continue to make decisions that are in the best interests of our athletes. Please stay safe over the next few weeks and we will pass additional information as we receive it.
 
Thank you,
Your CAC Board of Directors 

Crofton Cardinals Baseball Vision and Mission Statement

Vision

PLAYERS before plays.

Crofton Baseball fosters integrity, respect, teamwork, and character while instilling a love of baseball in those it serves.

 

Mission

Crofton Baseball is a community-based youth baseball program committed to creating a safe and fun setting for players of all abilities to learn integrity, respect, teamwork, and character while developing their skills in the game of baseball.  The Select level offers players of more advanced ability a competitive environment to develop their baseball skills and strengthen their commitment to the game.

 


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Spring Baseball 2020

Selecting the proper Age Division:     

 Registration Closed 2/28/2020

Birthday Eligibility for Spring 2020
Typical Grade

Birth

Year

Birth

Month

Crofton Rec Intramural CBA Rec County Travel CBA Select Regional Travel
10th 2004 May     15U(by tryout)
10th 2004 June     15U(by tryout)
10th 2004 July     15U(by tryout)
10th 2004 August     15U(by tryout)
9th 2004 September     15U(by tryout)
9th 2004 October     15U(by tryout)
9th 2004 November     15U(by tryout)
9th 2004 December     15U(by tryout)
9th 2005 January     15U(by tryout)
9th 2005 February     15U(by tryout)
9th 2005 March     15U(by tryout)
9th 2005 April     15U(by tryout)
9th 2005 May   14U 14U(by tryout)
9th 2005 June   14U 14U(by tryout)
9th 2005 July   14U 14U(by tryout)
9th 2005 August   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2005 September   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2005 October   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2005 November   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2005 December   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2006 January   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2006 February   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2006 March   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2006 April   14U 14U(by tryout)
8th 2006 May   14U 13U(by tryout)
8th 2006 June   14U 13U(by tryout)
8th 2006 July   14U 13U(by tryout)
8th 2006 August   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2006 September   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2006 October   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2006 November   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2006 December   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2007 January   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2007 February   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2007 March   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2007 April   14U 13U(by tryout)
7th 2007 May   12U or 14U 12U(by tryout)
7th 2007 June   12U or 14U 12U(by tryout)
7th 2007 July   12U or 14U 12U(by tryout)
7th 2007 August   12U or 14U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2007 September   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2007 October   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2007 November   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2007 December   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2008 January   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2008 February   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2008 March   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2008 April   12U 12U(by tryout)
6th 2008 May   12U 11U(by tryout)
6th 2008 June   12U 11U(by tryout)
6th 2008 July   12U 11U(by tryout)
6th 2008 August   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2008 September   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2008 October   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2008 November   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2008 December   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2009 January   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2009 February   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2009 March   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2009 April   12U 11U(by tryout)
5th 2009 May 10U 10U(by tryout) or 12U 10U(by tryout)
5th 2009 June 10U 10U(by tryout) or 12U 10U(by tryout)
5th 2009 July 10U 10U(by tryout) or 12U 10U(by tryout)
5th 2009 August 10U 10U(by tryout) or 12U 10U(by tryout)
4th 2009 September 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2009 October 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2009 November 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2009 December 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2010 January 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2010 February 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2010 March 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2010 April 10U 10U(by troyout) 10U(by tryout)
4th 2010 May 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
4th 2010 June 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
4th 2010 July 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
4th 2010 August 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2010 September 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2010 October 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2010 November 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2010 December 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 January 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 February 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 March 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 April 10U 10U(by troyout) 9U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 May 8U or 10U   8U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 June 8U or 10U   8U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 July 8U or 10U   8U(by tryout)
3rd 2011 August 8U or 10U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2011 September 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2011 October 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2011 November 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2011 December 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2012 January 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2012 February 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2012 March 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2012 April 8U   8U(by tryout)
2nd 2012 May 8U    
2nd 2012 June 8U    
2nd 2012 July 8U    
2nd 2012 August 8U    
1st 2012 September 8U    
1st 2012 October 8U    
1st 2012 November 8U    
1st 2012 December 8U    
1st 2013 January 8U    
1st 2013 February 8U    
1st 2013 March 8U    
1st 2013 April 8U    
1st 2013 May 6U or 8U    
1st 2013 June 6U or 8U    
1st 2013 July 6U or 8U    
1st 2013 August 6U or 8U    
K 2013 September 6U    
K 2013 October 6U    
K 2013 November 6U    
K 2013 December 6U    
K 2014 January 6U    
K 2014 February 6U    
K 2014 March 6U    
K 2014 April 6U    
K 2014 May 6U    
K 2014 June 6U    
K 2014 July 6U    
K 2014 August 6U    
PRE-K 2014 September 6U    
PRE-K 2014 October 6U    
PRE-K 2014 November 6U    
PRE-K 2014 December 6U    
PRE-K 2015 January 6U    
PRE-K 2015 February 6U    
PRE-K 2015 March 6U    
PRE-K 2015 April 6U    
PRE-K 2015 May T-BALL or 6U    
PRE-K 2015 June T-BALL or 6U    
PRE-K 2015 July T-BALL or 6U    
PRE-K 2015 August T-BALL or 6U    
PRE-K 2015 September T-BALL    
PRE-K 2015 October T-BALL    
PRE-K 2015 November T-BALL    
PRE-K 2015 December T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 January T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 February T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 March T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 April T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 May T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 June T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 July T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 August T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 September T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 October T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 November T-BALL    
PRE-K 2016 December T-BALL    
PRE-K 2017 January T-BALL    
PRE-K 2017 February T-BALL    
PRE-K 2017 March T-BALL    
PRE-K 2017 April T-BALL    

 

Levels of Competition

v  Intramural – Crofton Rec Intramural (Tee ball – 10U)

Ø                 In-house league play. 

             Teams play against other Crofton Rec teams.  

Ø                 Some exhibition games against other local clubs begin to occur at 10U.

Ø                 First come first served.

Ø                 Players play 2 years at each age group

v  County Travel – Chesapeake Baseball Association (CBA) Rec (10U – 14U)

            Increased competition 

Ø                 Teams play against outside organizations as well as other Crofton teams

Ø                 Tryouts are held for 10U only - 12U and above are first come first served.

                    10U County tryouts will occur in two sessions at API on Rt 3 from 2:30 to 4:00 on 3/1/2020 and 3/8/2020.

                    Players can attend both tryouts but only need to attend one.  

Ø                 Players play 2 years at each age group

v  Select Travel – CBA Select (8U – 15U)

Ø                 Highest level of competition

Ø                  All teams hold tryouts

Ø                  Regional Travel for league play (as far as La Plata and Kent Island)

Ø                  Option to play in tournaments (Ocean City, Hershey Park, Williamsburg, Cooperstown, NY etc.) 

Ø                  Teams move up to next age group after 1 year.

 

Please go to www.croftonsports.com to register. 

Please contact baseball@croftonsports.com if you have questions. 

 

Age Group Differences and Rule Advancement

v  Tee Ball (50ft base paths)

Ø                    All players hit off a tee

Ø                    No outs are recorded

Ø                     Everyone gets to hit each inning

Ø                     Score is not kept

Ø                    No playoffs.

v  6U (50ft base paths)

Ø                    Coach Pitches to his/her own team. 

Ø                     No Strikeouts. (Tee is used when necessary)

Ø                     Entire line-up bats each inning

                          Outs at bases are acknowledged 

Ø                     Score is not kept

Ø                     No playoffs

v  7U/8U (60ft base paths)

               Coach Pitches to his/her own team 

Ø                     Players can strike out

Ø                     Half-inning ends after 3 outs or run maximum is reached

Ø                     Score is kept

Ø                     Championship game for 1st and 2nd place

v  9U/10U (60ft base paths)

Ø                     Kids pitch

Ø                     Umpires are used to officiate

Ø                     Players can steal after the pitch crosses the plate

Ø                    Walks are introduced

Ø                     May play some games against teams outside of Crofton

Ø                      End of Season tournament

 v  11U/12U (70ft base paths) – High School Baseball on a smaller field

Ø                     Leading and stealing whenever

Ø                    Balks are enforced

Ø                    Will play other teams outside of Crofton. 

Ø                    End of Season tournament/Championship.

v  13U/14U/15U (90ft base paths) – High School Rules

 


Crofton Cardinal Player Wins 2019 National Pitch, Hit and Run Competition!

Congratulations to Charlie Compher from the 8U Crofton Cardinals for winning the 2019 National Pitch Hit and Run Competition.  We are all proud of you! 

Over 40 Finalists From Across the Country and Canada Competed for the Chance to Become Champions.  

Ten young players were crowned Champions of Major League Baseball’s youth skills competitions– the AllStar MLB Jr. Home Run Derby and MLB Pitch, Hit & Run – after competing at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Forty-four children (ages 7-14) from around the United States and Canada advanced from their respective regional championships to compete in the Finals at the site of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard.  Following are the champions of the 2019 Jr. Home Run Derby & MLB Pitch, Hit & Run:

Jr. Home Run Derby: 12U – Ryker Parker from Charleston, W.Va.

                                   14U – Landon Perry from Hollidaysburg, Pa.   

Ages 7/8: Charlie Compher from Gambrills, Md. 

Ages 9/10: August Backman from Waterbury, Vt.

Ages 11/12: Brady Blanks from Jupiter, Fla.

Ages 13/14: Sylas Boris from Greensboro, N.C. 

The fourth annual MLB Jr. Home Run Derby Finals featured 20 young sluggers who advanced from over 1,800 local competitions across the U.S. and Canada.  The MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Finals featured 24 finalists who advanced from over 4,200 competitions in each age division. Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eric Hosmer & Matt Wisler of the San Diego Padres, J.P. Crawford of the Seattle Mariners are all Pitch, Hit & Run alumni. First overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft Adley Rutschman (Baltimore Orioles) is also an alum of the program, having competed in 2006.   Finalists of both competitions attended various All-Star Week activities, including PLAY BALL PARK (July 5th – July 9th), All-Star Sunday featuring the All-Star High School Home Run Derby, All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (July 7th) and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 8th).  

Both competitions are part of the PLAY BALL initiative, which is baseball’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to engage in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, especially on key dates throughout MLB’s Championship Season and through the Postseason & World Series. PLAY BALL events demonstrate the positive way the game can serve as an outlet for physical activity, fun with friends and learning how to play the sport at its most basic levels. PLAY BALL also serves as the League’s youth umbrella in which all associated programs and events derive from the initiative’s consistent, simple message: However You Play Ball, PLAY BALL! PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites. PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. In addition to flagship partnerships with USA Baseball and USA Softball, PLAY BALL is also supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Minor League Baseball, Little League International, and MLB Corporate Partners Chevrolet, Scotts and Kingsford. 


Survey on Coaching

Crofton Baseball relies entirely on volunteers to organize and run the program to benefit the children in our community.  The program is only as good as the coaches who give their time for the athletes.  The Crofton Baseball Board wants to understand what we can do to encourage more volunteers to act as coaches to best support our players. Please take a few short minutes to answer the questions in the survey at the link below to provide input on what might help you decide to coach.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

https://surveymonkey.com/r/CS6NQ86