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SPRING 2019 RECREATION  BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN

We are pleased to announce that registration for our 2019 Spring North Hunterdon Youth Baseball season for children age 4 through 12 is now open! Our registration period will close on January 2, 2019.   We ask that all children are registered prior to this deadline so the league can ensure ample time for the teams can be formed and uniforms be ordered on time.

Our League

North Hunterdon Youth Baseball (NHYB) is a non-profit organization whose revenues are derived solely from its membership fees and fundraising efforts. We are not affiliated with any municipality or recreation department.  We receive no public or municipal funding. All costs associated with operating our league which includes field maintenance, equipment, uniforms and umpire fees, are paid by our registration fees and fundraising efforts.

The NHYB Board of Directors is already hard at work preparing to make the 2019 season to be another great one.  We are excited that our Jericho field 2 will be renovated over the next few weeks.   

Work Bond

One of our main fundraising initiatives is running our Jericho concession stand with 100% volunteers. To achieve this, we implemented a volunteer “work bond” process in 2018 which requires all families with players 8 through 12 (AA through Majors American Division players), to participate. We received very positive feedback from our families and our local and county health inspectors on our revamped concession stand. We look forward to a safe, fun and healthy concession stand in 2019. In an effort to continue our success, the 2019 requirement is to run the concession stand for a minimum of 5 hours per player – 2 separate games completing 2-and-a-half hours per family per game, with a 10-hour maximum – to satisfy your volunteer obligation. 

The following format will be used for the 2019 Spring Recreation season.

  • A $100 per player work bond (with a $200 family maximum) will be due at the time of registration for all players age 8 through 12.
  • IMPORTANT CHANGE FROM 2018: For our 2019 Spring season, the bond MUST be satisfied by providing a postdated check dated July 1, 2019 - this check should NOT include your child's registration fee.
  • You can submit your bond check: 

1.     By US Mail to NHYB P.O. Box 113 High Bridge, NJ 08829;

2.     In person at the January 6 evaluations at Vorhees High School; or

3.     In person at the J1 Concession Stand on certain dates in the Spring - dates and times will be published on the League website.

Players ages 7 and under (Rookie and A Division players) will not be required to post a bond. However, if a player younger than 8 is placed in the AA division after trying out at player evaluations on January 6th, the player will be assessed a $100 work bond prior to the start of the season.

  • Managers will be instructed not to issue player uniforms if the bond has not been received. If a bond is due and not posted/paid, your child will not be able to play.
  • In March, we will be publishing an online calendar that will allow you to sign up for 2 single-game time slots (approximately 5 hours in total) to complete your volunteer obligation. Specific details will be communicated to the league once the calendar is published and made available to all families required to post the bond.  Slots are based on a first come first served basis.
  • Should you not fulfill your volunteer obligation, you will forfeit the amount of your bond.  Your check will be deposited on the date it is posted.
  • All families who volunteer and fulfill their obligation will be notified that their bond check has been destroyed. 
  • The purpose of this model is to ensure that we have adequate volunteers to run our concession stand which raises funds for the league. In this regard, we urge families to work the concession stand in support of our league.

Spring 2019 Recreation Baseball

Our league is open to all players who live in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees school districts, with the exception of Tewksbury. Our Spring Recreation program is open for all children age 4 to 12 – Senior League registration will open in December.  Your child’s baseball age is the age they will be as of April 30, 2019. Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone who you think would be interested in joining our league.

The Spring program will run from late March to early/mid-June. Teams will play an average of 1 game during the week and 1 game on Saturday. Unless there are rainouts that need to be made up, there will be no games on Sunday. It is our goal to have each team practice prior to the season.  In season practices will be at the discretion of the team manager.

Managers/Coaches

If you are interested in being a manager or coach, you will find a separate registration on the NHYB registration site. There is no cost to register as a manager or coach. Registration will require a background check and one-time attendance at a safety course sponsored by Rutgers University (RUTGERS Certification) at a cost of $40.  Each Coach and Manager will also need to complete a background check prior to the 2019 season.  This is a mandate by the High Bridge Police Department, the municipality that our fields reside in. Additional information on the RUTGERS safety and background check requirements can be found on our registration listed on www.nhyb.us

Registration includes:

  • Placement on an NHYB team;
  • A 12-14 game proposed regular season schedule with umpires (AA division though Majors American);
  • At least 2 guaranteed playoff games (AA division though Majors American);
  • An award ceremony and final game at our Jericho Complex (Rookie and A divisions);
  • A full uniform – hat, shirt, and pants;
  • Tickets to NHYB Day at TD Bank Park to see a Somerset Patriots Game; and
  • An end of season picnic including food, games and a homerun derby.

All players 8 through 12, as well as any younger player requesting to play in our competitive division will be required to attend a mandatory evaluation at Voorhees High School on Sunday January 6, 2019. Evaluations will be from approximately 9-3pm and you should plan on your child needing 30 minutes of time to complete their evaluation. Please note that is a change - previous evaluations were held at North Hunterdon High School. Details will follow in early January via email and will also be posted on the NHYB website.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking volunteers to assist our Board of Directors with various activities including fundraising, running special events and, of course, managing and coaching our players. Please email info@nhyouthbasebll.org or contact a Board Member if you are interested in volunteering.

We assure you that the North Hunterdon Youth Baseball Board of Directors will do our best to make this season an enjoyable experience for everyone.  If you have any questions regarding the registration process or any questions regarding our league in general, please send your questions via email to 

 

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NHYBS will once again “Paint it Pink” on October 20, 2018 to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the second year in a row, NHYBS will host a fundraiser for Norwecap’s CEED (Cancer Education and Early Detection) program, which provides free breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer screening, as well as... community outreach and education, for individuals residing in surrounding communities.

“Not only do Fundraising campaigns surrounding breast cancer help raise awareness and fund progress, they can directly help people who are personally affected and lack funding for screenings,” said Gladys Kowalski, Director of the CEED Program.

The event will feature two North Hunterdon Youth Baseball games played at the Jericho baseball complex. The teams will feature players wearing commemorative pink uniforms. The league’s concession stand will be open for guests to purchase food and beverages with all proceeds from the day being donated to Norwescap. The league will also be selling a variety of fundraising items including pink bracelets and T-Shirts and will be accepting monetary donations. The funds raised by the league will be allocated directly to the screening/mammogram portion of the CEED program.

Local breast cancer survivors and elected officials will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and CEED representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information on the program.

The event is the brainchild of NHYBS Board Member Mike Lunger, who is once again spearheading the league’s effort.

“This is an important cause that we’re honored to be part of,” Lunger said. “NHYBS is one of the premier sports leagues in the area and serves more than 400 families in Northern Hunterdon County. This is a great opportunity for us to teach our young players the importance of giving back.”

Please come out to our Jericho Fields in High Bridge on October 20th between 3:30 P.M. and 8:00 P.m. to help us “Paint it Pink.”

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NORTH HUNTERDON YOUTH BASEBALL GROVER WILSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

The Grover Wilson Scholarship recognizes a senior boy who participated in the North Hunterdon Youth Baseball program, is planning to continue his education and has demonstrated the qualities and characteristics that represent the very best of sportsmanship, teamwork, scholastic achievement, volunteerism, and integrity. NHYB is proud to announce this year's winners of the Grover Wilson scholarship - Gehrig Anderson and Grant Sible. Both Gehrig and Grant participated in NHYB youth baseball, Senior League Ball, and played for four years in North Hunterdon High School baseball program. Gehrig will be continuing his education this Fall at Wake Forest University and Grant will be attending The College of New Jersey. Congratulations and Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

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North Hunterdon Youth Baseball & Softball “Painted it Pink” to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

The North Hunterdon Youth Baseball & Softball (NHYBS) organization with support from the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP) hosted a fundraiser on Saturday October 21st at the Jericho complex in High Bridge NJ to raise awareness for breast cancer detection. NHYBS raised and donated $1,000 directly to the Screening/Mammogram portion of NORWESCAP’s Cancer Education and Early Detection program (CEED).

“CEED is trying to increase the rates of survival by offering free breast cancer screenings to low income and uninsured individuals,” said CEED Director Gladys Kowalski. “Not only do Fundraising campaigns surrounding breast cancer help raise awareness and fund progress, they can directly help people who are personally affected and lack funding for screenings.” 

“With more than 800 children involved in our organization, our Board of Directors thinks it is important to partner with organizations like NORWESCAP,  to conduct important awareness events for the families we serve in our community,” said George DeTorres, President of North Hunterdon Youth Baseball & Softball.  “Unfortunately, Breast Cancer is something many of our families and friends are affected by and we feel NORSWECAP’s CEED program is something we can stand behind as a league.”

Gladys Kowalski from CEED will be on hand to provide information on her program and assist anyone with questions on how to get help. In addition, monetary donations can be made directly to NORWESCAP on their webpage http://norwescap.org/how_to_donate.php

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