As of right now, we are prepared to do everything possible to still have as much of a spring season as we can.
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.
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.
Crofton Cardinals Baseball Vision and Mission Statement
PLAYERS before plays.
Crofton Baseball fosters integrity, respect, teamwork, and character while instilling a love of baseball in those it serves.
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.
Please go to www.croftonsports.com to register!
Spring Baseball 2020
Selecting the proper Age Division:
Registration Closed 2/28/2020
|Birthday Eligibility for Spring 2020|
|Crofton Rec Intramural||CBA Rec County Travel||CBA Select Regional Travel|
|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)|
|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)|
|1st||2013||May||6U or 8U|
|1st||2013||June||6U or 8U|
|1st||2013||July||6U or 8U|
|1st||2013||August||6U or 8U|
|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|
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.