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Spring 2018 Rec Baseball & Softball

Bridgewater Baseball & Softball is looking forward to the Spring 2018 Recreational Season! Our all-volunteer league includes over 1,000 boys and girls from Pre-K to 18 years old in our spring, summer and fall programs. Our goal is to provide a personal and rewarding experience for children of all ages, that players have fun, learn the fundamentals of the game and sportsmanship, and play with their friends from school in the younger leagues. Our strong partnership with the Township of Bridgewater, along with our own sponsorship dollars, allows us to play on state-of-the-art fields and provide premier facilities for your family.
 
REGISTRATION:  For our spring season, you will register for baseball and softball on-line through our website http://www.bridgewaterbaseball.comOn the website, click on the "Online Registration" tab in the column on the left side of the screen and follow the registration instructionsAfter you complete all the required information, you must pay on line to complete your registration. Bridgewater Baseball conveniently accepts all major credit cards. Once your registration is complete you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Families needing to pay by cash or check can attend our open house registration on Thursday, January 18th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  Spring Registration is open from November 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 10, 2018. Registrations received after February 10 will include a $30 Administrative Fee, and will run the risk of your child being placed on a waiting list for the 2018 season, as team placements will already be underway.
 
WORK BOND:  The operation of our all-volunteer league and the concession stand at Prince Rodgers continues to require family support. All families are required to pay a $100 work bond ($150 starting in 2018 for new work bond families) and fulfill volunteer time for the Spring Season. Families with children only in T-Ball or Babe Ruth are exempt from the work bond. Work bond volunteer time is accomplished through concessions, coaching, admin work, or other volunteer options that are posted on our website during the season. You have the option to forfeit the work bond if you do not wish to volunteer your time. If you fulfill the work bond, it will carry forward to registration for the following year.
 

During the registration process you will be asked if you satisfied your work bond requirement for the 2017 season. Please select Yes or No from the drop-down menu indicating whether or not you satisfied your 2017 requirement.  If “Yes”, identify the type of auxiliary work that you completed in 2017 from the drop-down list, or select “Other” and write in the auxiliary work performed, so the league can verify.  If you did not satisfy your volunteer time for the 2017 Spring Season, or registering for the first time, you must pay the work bond.
 

MARKETING & SPONSORSHIP:  We are thankful to all the individuals and businesses that have continually supported our program by advertising at our facility and sponsoring teams.  If you are interested in sponsoring a team or advertising at our complex please, go to the “Sponsors” tab.  The continued support and the need for new sponsors is an important element of our league operations and benefits so many kids.  Every year a new crop of T-Ball teams are created and are in need of team sponsors.  We look forward to your support.

LEAGUES/ELIGIBILITY:  All of our Spring Leagues are formed strictly on the basis of a child’s grade in school, with a couple of exceptions, which are noted.  Despite age restrictions for other programs, like summer tournament play, we continue to maintain this policy as a league so that the children can play with their grade school friends.  If you have any questions about our various leagues, see the section below on "League Info for Various Grades and Ages".  Also, check "League Contact Lists" for League Commissioners for various age groups.

2018 SPRING SEASON DATES: please advise your other spring sports coaches about these dates now to avoid conflicts.

Events

Dates

Teams are formed

Mid to late March 2018

Games Begin

Monday, April 9, 2018

Opening Day

Saturday, April 14, 2018 (rain date Sunday April 15th)

Picture Days
 Saturday April 28, 2018 and Sunday April 29, 2018
 

Championship Day & Closing Ceremonies

Saturday June 9, 2018

COACHES:  Finally, a big part of our league’s success is based on great coaching support and involvement.  Every year we add a whole new set of coaches to lead our T-Ball program, in addition to on-going needs for all levels in Baseball and Softball.  If you are interested, please indicate it when you register.  You don’t have to be a baseball expert.  We are looking for well-organized and positive individuals to get involved and help maintain a strong and fun program for our kids.

We look forward to seeing you on the fields in the spring!

Spring League Commissioners
 
Commissioners are responsible for managing teams, coaches, schedules, clinics, rules, and all aspects of play in their respective leagues.  Once teams are formed, your primary point of contact will be your team manager.
Commissioners are responsible for managing teams, coaches, schedules, clinics, rules, and all aspects of play in their respective leagues.  Once teams are formed, your primary point of contact will be your team manager.
 

SPRING 2017 Leagues

Grade

Commissioner

E-mail

   SOFTBALL CHAIRPERSON

 

Theresa Santiago

 Softball Pee Wee Commissioner

1st/2nd 

Theresa Santiago

Softball Minors Commissioner

3rd/4th/5th

Theresa Santiago

Softball Majors Commissioner

6th/7th/8th

Andy Fresco

BASEBALL LOWER LEAGUE CHAIRMAN

 

Mike Pikulin

michael.pikulin@veolia.com

 T-Ball Commissioner

Pre-K

Mike Pikulin

T-Ball Commissioner

K

Katie Franklin

Baseball Farm A Commissioner

1

Theresa Santiago

Baseball Farm AA Commissioner

2

Tom Alifano

BASEBALL MIDDLE LEAGUE CHAIRMAN

 

Anthony Spirra

anthonyspirra75@hotmail.com

Baseball Minors Commissioner

3rd/4th

Anthony Spirra

 

Robert Zeiman

Baseball Majors 50/70 Commissioner

5th

Kevin Young

Baseball Majors 50/70 Commissioner

6th

Joe Locrotondo

BASEBALL UPPER LEAGUE CHAIRMAN 

 

Art Lehberger

Baseball Pony Commissioner

7th/8th

Mike Colbert

Baseball Seniors

8th/9th

Keith Garnett

 

 

 Commissioner

& 10th

 

 

Babe Ruth League Commissioner

16-18 yrs old

Mike Bellinger

 
 
League Info for Various Grades & Ages

T-BALL (K and Pre-K)  (for boys and girls)

For all our Kindergartners, and children not yet in Kindergarten (Pre-K), who will be 5 or 6 yrs old by 9/30/18.  This is an instructional, non-competitive league for boys and girls.  Coaches concentrate on teaching basic baseball rules and skills.  Teams are formed geographically.  A soft core baseball is used for safety.  No substitution and full roster batting are used, and players are able to try many field positions.  A batting tee is used at the beginning of the season, and coaches transition players to hitting a soft pitch.  Games for all T-Ball teams begin around 6:00pm at fields throughout Bridgewater.
 

RECREATIONAL SOFTBALL LEAGUES (for girls only)

The softball leagues are divided strictly on the basis of school grade.  All leagues play 2 days per week, usually with start times at 6:15pm or 8:00pm.  While our preference is always to play games at 6:15pm, field availability requires that we rotate the 8:00pm game times through the teams in Minors and above.  In Pee Wee, Minors and Majors there are no scheduled Monday games, but the Softball teams have Mondays if they wish to schedule an extra practice, or make-up a rained-out game. 

 

League

Grades

Game Days (2 games/week) & Times

Extra Practice
or Make-up Day

Pee Wee

1/2

Tuesday & Thursday - 6:15pm

Monday

Minors Softball   

3/4/5

Wednesday & Fridays - 6:15pm & 8:00pm 

Monday

Majors Softball

6/7/8

Tuesday & Thursday - 6:15pm & 8:00pm

Monday

 

 

PEE WEE - Grades 1/2:  This instructional league takes over where Tee Ball left off. Players receive on-field instruction in batting, fielding, sliding, game rules, safety, and good sportsmanship.  All players are placed on teams geographically.  A soft core softball is used, free substitution and full roster batting are used, and players are able to try many field positions.  Most games are played at North Bridge Park with a few games played at nearby Hillcrest and White Oak Parks at the end of the season. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:15pm.

 

MINOR LEAGUE - Grades 3/4/5:  This is a more competitive multi town league with an exciting end-of-season playoff in which all teams participate. Teams are selected via a draft process.  Players may expect to focus on specific playing positions and to learn more advanced skills. Most games are played at North Bridge Park with some games played at nearby Hillcrest and White Oak Parks. Games are played on Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:15pm and occasionally at 8:00pm.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE - Grades 6/7/8:  This is a competitive multi town league with an exciting end-of-season playoff in which all teams participate.  Teams are selected via a draft process. Players will be expected to focus on specific playing positions and to learn more advanced skills. Games are played at North Bridge, Hillcrest, and White Oak Parks. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:15pm and 8:00pm. 

 

BASEBALL LEAGUES (for boys and girls)

The baseball program is divided into leagues based on school grade.  In order to maintain the proper level of competition in each league and to allow developing players to benefit from playing with more experienced players, all players are required to play only in their proper and assigned league, except where a safety concern dictates playing in a lower division.  All leagues play at least 2 games per week on pre-designated days.  The divisions are as follows:
 

League

Grades

Game Days

# days
per week

T-Ball

PreK/K

Mondays & Thursdays - 6:00pm

2

Farm A

1

Tuesdays & Fridays - 6:00pm, occasional 8:00pm

2

Farm AA

2

Wednesdays & Fridays - 6:00pm, occasional 8:00pm

2

Minors

3/4

Tuesdays or Thursdays - 6:00pm or 8:00pm
every Saturday (afternoon)

2

Majors 50/70

5

Mondays or Wednesdays - 6:00pm or 8:00pm
Every Saturday (mornings or afternoons)

2

Majors 50/70

6/7

Mondays or Wednesdays - 6:00pm or 8:00pm
Every Sat (mornings or afternoons)

2

Pony

7/8

Once Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 6:00pm or 8:00pm
Every Saturday (mornings)

2

Seniors

8/9/10

Once Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 6:00pm or 8:00pm
Every Saturday (afternoons)

2

Babe Ruth

16-18 yrs

1 home game, 1 away game per week as scheduled - days to be determined

2

FARM A LEAGUE - Grade 1:  This also is an instructional league with slightly more attention to competition and team play.  Players receive on-field instruction in batting, fielding, game rules, safety, and good sportsmanship. All players are placed on teams geographically.  A soft core baseball is used and coaches pitch to the players. Informal substitution rules are followed.  Games times are usually 6:00pm, with an occasional 8:00pm game "under the lights" at Prince Rodgers Complex - the late game will usually be on Friday nights.

FARM AA LEAGUE - Grade 2:  This instructional league continues where Farm A left off.  Players receive on-field instruction in batting, fielding, sliding, game rules, safety, and good sportsmanship.  All players are placed on teams geographically.  A soft core baseball is used, and informal substitution rules are followed.  Games times are usually at 6:00pm, with an occasional 8:00pm game "under the lights" at Prince Rodgers Complex.

MINOR LEAGUE - Grades 3/4:  This league is semi-competitive with teams formed based on evaluations and a draft.  Coaches usually hold practices, players play some different positions, including pitcher and catcher, and all players are guaranteed playing time in every game.  A post-season playoff is held, in which all teams participate, to determine a season champion.  Games during the week are played either on Tuesday or Thursday night, with most games played at 6:00pm and an occasional game at 8:00pm.  Games on Saturdays will usually be in the afternoons.

MAJOR LEAGUE 50/70 Field - Grade 5:  This competitive league plays on the 50/70 field, with standings maintained, and an exciting end-of-season playoff in which all teams participate.  Players follow more advanced rules, including leading, stealing on pitch, and pitching with runners on base rules (from the stretch), etc.  Teams are selected in a draft.  Players may expect to focus on specific playing positions and to learn more advanced skills.
 
MAJOR LEAGUE 50/70 Field - Grade 6 and age-eligible 7th graders: A competitive league on the 50/70 field, with standings maintained, and an exciting end-of-season playoff in which all teams participate.  Teams are selected in a draft.  Players follow more advanced rules, including leading, stealing on pitch, and pitching with runners on base rules (from the stretch), etc.  Players in grade 7, who are not 13 years old by May 1, 2018 are eligible for this league.
 
PONY LEAGUE - Grade 7 and age-eligible 8th graders:  A competitive league, with standings maintained, and end-of-season playoffs.  Games are played on the major league 90 foot fields, and rules follow Babe Ruth guidelines.  Players in grade 8, who are not 14 years old by May 1, 2018 are eligible for this league.
 

SENIOR LEAGUE - Grades 8-10: A competitive league, with standings maintained, and end-of-season playoffs. Players must be 13-15 years old as of May 1, 2018.  Games are played on the major league 90 foot fields, and rules follow Babe Ruth guidelines.

BABE RUTH LEAGUE - 16-18 year olds: A competitive league that plays as part of a local network of teams, with home and away games each week.  Eligible players are born prior to May 1, 2002 and on or after January 1, 1999.  The spring season runs at about the same time as the regular Rec season, from mid-April through Mid-June.  Games are played on the major league 90 foot fields, and rules follow Babe Ruth guidelines.