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Feb, 2018

Baseball, Softball, and TBall Season Information

2018 Baseball, Softball, and T-ball General Info and Season Plan

(Please check back prior to all events for possible changes)

 

REGISTRATIONS are now open and will close on March 8, 2018.  Late registrations will NOT be accepted unless otherwise approved by the Baseball/Softball Committees.  Registrations are available on-line only.  Computers with internet access are available at the Sheridan Public Library.

 

CLINICS are conducted in order to prepare the players to perform their best during evaluations.  Therefore, the goal of the clinics will be to tune up many of the basic fundamentals including hitting, pitching/throwing, fielding, and catching.  Our first set of Baseball clinics are scheduled for February 10 as follows:

  • Rookies (8U) 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM at SMS
  • Minors (10U) 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM at SMS
  • Majors (12U) 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM at SMS

     

    EVALUATIONS are critical to the team selection process and the success of the program.  The main goal for the evaluation process is to distribute player talent as evenly as possible among the teams.  Our goal is for each SCRI team to be competitive with the other SCRI teams.  Not a perfect system but typically gets us pretty close to what we want.  Evaluation dates are as follows:

     

    T-Ball – no evaluations but there will be a mandatory parent meeting on March 10th at 1:00 at SHS

     

    Softball – registration numbers will dictate the need for evaluation.

     

    Baseball (Final location may be subject to change)

  • Rookies (8U) March 10 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at SHS
  • Minors (10U) March 10 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon at SHS
  • Majors (12U) March 10 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at SHS

 

TEAMS will be selected the week following evaluations with the exception of T-Ball.  Baseball and Softball players will be notified by their coaches the week after evaluations.  T-ball players will not be contacted until after Spring Break.

 

PARK CLEAN UP will be on April 14, 2018, with a rain out date of April 21, 2018.  All parents and players are expected to participate in helping us clear the park of the leaves as a first priority and if time allows we may do other minor maintenance activities as well.  There will be no practices on this day, but each team will be scheduled a specific time to be at the park to assist the coaches with the cleanup.  This is a great event that demonstrates our overall team work as a program and shows well as a community service event.

  

OPENING DAY and Hamburger Fry will be April 28, 2018.

 

PICTURE DAY is scheduled for April 27, 2018.

 

FUNDRAISERS will continue to be our normal activities, which consist of the Hamburger Fry, and Trash Bag sales.  I know these events can be a big hassle for both you as parents and us as organizers, but we need to keep them up.  Last year was a successful year overall between baseball and softball, and it has allowed us to do and plan for several improvements.  Our improvement needs and expenses far outweigh our fundraising level, but if we can keep up the participation that we experienced last year we can start to close the gap while keeping our registration fees in check. 

 

BAT SELECTION, 2018 brings about a new bat rule by our governing body Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball.  According to their direction all bats must display the USABat logo.  However, for interleague rec play with our surrounding communities, will offer this year as a transition year.  So, all USABat logoed bats will be allowed even 2-5/8” barrels, but this size must have the USABat logo.  Older bats must be approved by Little League and/or Babe Ruth with a BPF of 1.15 for baseball and a diameter of 2-1/4" max.  For the Rookie/8U group, we suggest a 27" to 28" with a -13 to -11 length to weight ratio.  The Rookies/8U really don't need anything any bigger or heavier than this.  Remember shorter and lighter equal more control, faster swing speed, and better hits at this age group.  Heavy oversized bats just cause poor swing mechanics.  The same will hold true for the Minors/10U and Majors/12U, but those guys will want a little more length and potentially weight, provided they have good mechanically sound swings. 

 

T-BALL is our youngest league and it is ran as a coed group for children ages 4-6.  In the past we've asked 4 year olds to be 4 by 12/30 of the previous year.  We have recently open it up to be 4 by 4/30 of the current year.  Parents, please use good judgement here.  Your child that turns 4 on 4/30 WILL be playing with 6 year olds and possibly with children that turned 7 on 5/1 of the current year.  We do strongly encourage 6 year olds to play Rookie baseball or 8U softball.  However, first time players may need to play Tball first.  If you are a parent of a 6 year old and are on the fence, please bring them to a 1st year rookie clinics and we can help you determine what is best.  Lastly, we do not do clinics for Tball and team notifications will not be made until after spring break. 

 

PLAYING UP/PLAYING DOWN – We have several requests for children to "play up” or “play down" into a league other than their age would dictate.  After internal committee discussions and discussions with the Mid-State Baseball League (Sheridan, Tipton, Cicero, and Lapel) representatives, we have determined that all children will need to sign up and evaluate with their age appropriate league.  Once evaluated the baseball committee will review requests to "play down" or to "play up" if that is the case.  Upon review of the player’s ability we may or may not determine a change in league.  If a child desires to stay down or move up, then please indicate that too us at evaluations and during clinics so we can evaluate the concern during clinics as well.  We strongly encourage those that desire to play up or down to attend the clinics for both their age group and the age group that they want to play in.  Finally, all age cut offs are based on the players age as of 4/30 of the current year for baseball and 12/31 of the previous year for softball.

Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball (14U) - SCRI will once again provide this age group with a program to continue player development in a competitive setting utilizing our Chartered Babe Ruth League affiliation.  Jeff Weir along with George Reners will assist with getting this program started.  Coach Reners plans to host his first work out on Monday, February 5, at 7:00 PM at the High School Gym followed by Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00 PM at the Middles School Gym.  All other times will be expressed directly to the players.  Neither email nor text will be utilized as a typical communication for this age group.  We will look to the players to be responsible for knowing what it next.  At this time it appears we could have enough participation for two teams; however, we only have enough known volunteers to coach one.  Therefore, we need your help.  If you are willing to coach we need you to step up.  Without a second group of coaches, we may be forced into a situation that is not favorable for the overall growth of the program or some of the participants.  Furthermore, as many know by the time we get to this age group field time is extremely rare.  As such, we typically initially schedule all games as away games and then upon completion of the varsity schedule we move as many games to the High School as we can to achieve some since of home and away balance.  Many other communities struggle with the same issues we are not unique in this.  It is a sacrifice we make to complete the season by mid-June with mostly weekday games rather than playing weekends and a longer more drawn out summer season.

 

Sincerely,

SCRI Baseball and Softball Committees

Joe Grinstead, Nicole Cummings, Mike Mackintosh, Pat LaFave, Scott Westermeier, &

Joe Snider, Matt Hewitt

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