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PRESS RELEASE: March 15, 2020
POSTPONEMENT OF EVENTS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Montgomery Baseball League (“MBL”) is committed to a safe environment for our families and children in both our Baseball and Softball programs. We continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and all guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey Department of Health, Montgomery Township Department of Health and Babe Ruth League.
Ever evolving guidelines issued by these organizations have informed our decision regarding the following events for our upcoming spring baseball and softball seasons.
Original Event & Date Revision
Parent’s Night at UMS – March 24
Cancelled – Season information will be shared virtually prior to season start. Uniforms will be distributed when the season starts
Team Assignments – March 24
Will be sent to all participants via email by April 15
Coaches Safety Clinic – March 19
Postponed by Montgomery Recreation Department –Revised Date TBD.
Season Start - March 30
Rescheduled – Season to commence on April 20
Opening Day Ceremonies – April 4
Cancelled – Will not be rescheduled
Montgomery Baseball is also coordinating with USABL and other organizations regarding revised plans for our spring travel teams. Information will be communicated directly to the travel teams. Additionally, MBL is committed to following guidelines announced by Babe Ruth League regarding social distancing and safe hygiene practices as follows:
Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
All MBL participants should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
· Wash hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
· If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
· Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
· Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
· Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Babe Ruth League and MBL are recommending a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as tipping of the cap or saying, “good game” without contact.
In addition, MBL will clean and sanitize all surfaces used at the McKnight Baseball complex; make sure all players have their own water/drink bottles and are not sharing; stock bathrooms and concession stand areas with soap and hand sanitizer. Additional guidelines will be provided to managers/coaches to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved.
We continue to monitor this evolving situation closely and will act in the best interest of the children and community at large. We intend to provide regular updates to our baseball and softball community via email blast and on the MBL Website at: https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=mbsl
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.
Gautam Kobla, MBL League President
2020 Board of Directors - Open Positions
The Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) elected its new Board of Directors for the upcoming season. In accordance with MBL By-Laws, the newly elected Board members will each serve a term of 1-year beginning November 1, 2019 and running through October 31, 2020.
At this time, we do have 2 board position that are vacant.
Board of Directors Open:
- VP of Softball - *Vacant*
- VP of Travel & Tournaments - *Vacant*
The 2020 Cougar Discount Cards are HERE!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a card!!
2020 Spring Rec Baseball Dates - Mark Your Calendars
Following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health guidelines events originally scheduled for the spring season have been adjusted. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates to our baseball and softball community. See below for schedule changes.
PARENT NIGHT - **CANCELLED**
- MBL will look to offer a virtual information session for parents and players.
- Uniforms will be individually distributed to players when the season starts.
- Team assignments will be announced by April 15th
- Equipment bags will be distributed to coaches before the start of the spring season
MBL MCKNIGHT COMPLEX - "OPEN and READY" - **POSTPONED**
Saturday, March 21st, from 9:00 AM to Noon!
Equipment Bags distribution too!
SPRING REC LEAGUE DAY - OPENING CEREMONIES & GAMES! - **CANCELLED**
We will plan a fun and eventful end-of-season Championship Day at the end of the season!!!
McKnight Baseball Complex
Saturday, April 4th - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Enjoy the parade of teams, food, fun, music, first-pitch by the township Mayor, live national anthem and Special appearance from Boomer!
***LEAGUE OPENING DAY CEREMONIES***
PRIME-TIME SATURDAYS - TBD when season starts
McKnight Baseball Complex - Concession Stand Area!
Saturday Dates Throughout the Spring Rec Season
DJ TY will be on hand spinning tunes at the complex
Saturdays April 4; April 25, May 2; May 9; May 16; May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13
SPRING REC PHOTO DAY - TBD when season starts
McKnight Complex - Saturday, May 2nd - (Rain date May 16th)
Times assigned by team
A professional trained photographer will be on hand at the complex capturing and promoting team pride, league spirit and the personality of the athletes that make every team unique.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB) PITCH HIT & RUN WITH JR. HOME RUN DERBY
TWO MLB EVENTS!
McKnight complex - Date TBD
Major League Baseball PH&R is a FREE event for boys and girls ages 7-14. This is an official skills competition including pitching, hitting and running sessions. Details coming soon!
Major League Baseball JR. Home Run Derby is a FREE event for boys and girls ages 14 years and under. This is an exciting home run derby contest. More details to follow. CLICK HERE for a short 15 second video!
MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER SALE
McKnight Complex & Thomas Sweets Cafe
Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th - While Supplies Last!
Pick up a dozen colorful tulips for all of the Moms in your life!
This event is always a big hit and we always run out, so get yours early!
Cost $10 per dozen - all proceeds go to the Montgomery Baseball League
Trenton Thunder Night
ARM & HAMMER Park, One Trenton Road, Trenton NJ
Date - Friday May 15th
Trenton Thunder (AA NY Yankees) vs. Erie Seawolves
(Gates open at 6:00 PM; Game Time 7:00 PM)
Come join us for an evening of professional baseball and giveaways!
Open to all registered MBL players, their friends, and families!
Pre-game parade for all!
Click HERE to get tickets!
REC CHAMPIONSHIP DAY - Still on!!
McKnight Baseball Complex
Saturday, June 13th
Baseball and Softball players will enjoy the championship teams introduction, guest first pitch, and lots of fun activities & events!
94.5 WPST and the Kona Ice Truck will be on hand for all games!
MONTGOMERY BASEBALL "FUTURES" and JR. FUTURES" CAMP
Register for a great camp experience this summer!
Featuring the MHS coaching staff! Including MHS Varsity Coach Pete Mueller!
Registration Coming soon for "FUTURES" Camp!
Registration Coming soon for "JR. FUTURES" Camp!
"Futures Camp" June TBD (3 days) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 4th - 9th Grades $225
"Jr. Futures Camp" TBD (3 days) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM K-3rd Grades $125
MONTGOMERY BASEBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES
2020 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) is proud to announce the 8th annual Montgomery Baseball League College Scholarship program. The annual fund provides scholarship awards to assist qualified and deserving current and former MBL baseball player applicants attend institutions of higher learning. Each award will be designated for one school year. It is our intent to award up to three individual scholarships with a value of up to $1,000.
Scholarship applicants must have participated in the MBL program for a minimum of 3 years, be actively involved in community service with their high school baseball program or other community-based activity, be of outstanding character and integrity, exhibit leadership on their baseball teams as well as in their communities, and have demonstrated strong academic performance. Additionally, applicants must submit at least 2 adult references and an original essay of 250-500 words describing what baseball has taught them that will help them be successful in your future endeavors. All application requirements must be received by Monday April, 20th. Scholarship decisions will be made by Friday, May 15th.
For additional details on the scholarship program requirements, screening, and selection process go here.
FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON WEATHER & FIELD CONDITIONS:
Reminder: The McKnight Baseball Complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY!
The McKnight Baseball complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY. It is not a public facility and is not associated with the Montgomery Township or Somerset County Parks systems. The management and maintenance of this facility is funded by the Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) through registration fees, advertising, fund raising, and the generous donations of local residents and businesses.
Use of the McKnight Baseball Complex is limited to individuals registered for current MBL programs and MBL-sponsored events and groups. MBL reserves the right to permit or deny any individual and/or team access to the McKnight complex, including fields, batting cages, or concession, seating, and parking areas.
Use of these facilities for private games, lessons, or training without written authorization from MBL is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any unauthorized use of these facilities for such purposes is at the risk of the Trainer/Coach AND Trainee(s)/Player(s). Any damage or injuries resulting from unauthorized use of these facilities will be the sole responsibility of Trainer/Coach. Violators will be considered to be TRESPASSING and may be PROSECUTED.
Any questions about this use-policy can be directed to any member of the MBL Board of Directors. If you see unauthorized use of the McKnight Baseball Complex, please contact a member of the MBL Board of Directors or contact the Montgomery Township Police non-emergency number. Thank you.
|2020 Spring Baseball and Softball|
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|McKnight Complex - Field E|
|McKnight Complex - Field H|
|Montgomery Park - Field 1|
|Montgomery Park - Field 2|
|Montgomery Park - Field 3|
|Van Horne 1 (closest to Parking Lot)|
|Van Horne 2 (far field)|