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Glen Ridge Athletic Association Baseball - Commissioner Erick VanTuyl

Fall 24 Registration

Baseball Tryouts Summer 2024

Glen Ridge Baseball is proud to continue its comeback with the launch of our 10U travel baseball team this summer that will be open to both the 9U and 10U age groups. Based on the travel baseball age chart, this means any child living in Glen Ridge born in May 2013 – April 2015 will be eligible to try out.

 

When: Your choice of either Sunday, April 28, from 12pm-2pm, or Sunday, May 5, from 12pm-2pm. We will hold tryouts on both days for your convenience but we encourage all kids to register for the April 28 session. It will be the same tryout both days, with no significant difference or advantage to one versus the other. An independent evaluator will be present for both sessions.

 

Where: Sherman Field

 

How: Register here

 

Coaches needed: Any successful travel program depends on both players and coaches. During registration, you’ll be able to indicate your willingness to serve as a volunteer coach/admin should your child make the team. Please let us know as you register if this would interest you.

 

Looking ahead: We know we can field a competitive team with this combined age group playing at the 10U level. It is also not out of the question that we could field a second travel team solely for the 9U level – either this summer or fall – if enough additional players and coaches demonstrate interest and ability.

 

Ultimately that will be determined by players and coaches, which is why we encourage all interested 9U and 10U players to try out and all interested coaches to raise their hands.

 

We look forward to seeing the kids out there and forming this new team to provide a great opportunity for your kids to develop and showcase their skills as they represent Glen Ridge on the diamond.

 

Please send questions to baseball@graa.org

 

Glen Ridge Baseball Board

Registration for the 2024 Little League baseball season is now open!

Glen Ridge is continuing its partnership with Bloomfield Little League to give kids of all ability levels a chance to play the game and develop their skills in a fun, supportive environment.

Sign up before Jan. 15 for the early registration discount of $110 for one player or $160 for 2+ players in the same family. Registration will close on Feb. 23 at 6pm

Who can play: Any child born between Sept. 1, 2010, and August 31, 2019, who lives in or goes to school in Glen Ridge or Bloomfield. Proof of residence or school attendance is required.

What you’ll need handy during registration: A completed Little League medical release form, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, and proof of residency.

Where to register: Click here to register via TeamSnap by 2/23/24 6pm

Volunteers needed:

If you’re able to serve as either a coach or assistant coach, we encourage you to volunteer. To do so, please fill out a Little League volunteer application and email it to littleleaguevolunteer@gmail.com with a copy of an ID. We’ll need volunteers at all age levels and anyone helping on a team will need to complete a form.

FAQ:

Can I request a specific coach or team, or for my child to play with a friend?

For the 5u to 8u age groups: Yes, there is a spot for such requests in the registration form. Please be sure to make any such requests during registration as they cannot be added later.

For the 9u to 13u age groups: No, these players will have a tryout and be drafted by a coach. Once teams are established, no trades are permitted.

(See the LLB age chart to determine your child’s league age.)

Can my child play up at a higher age group?

No, the league strictly follows the age chart above, regardless of grade or ability level.

When will I find out which team my child is on?

Coaches will get their team assignments by March 10. If you do not hear from a coach, please email littleleaguevolunteer@gmail.com for assistance.

When are practices and games?

Practices typically start in mid-March, and are dependent on the coach’s availability and field availability. Historically, the game schedule has been:

5u: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

6u: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

7u: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

8u: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

9/10u: Tuesday, Thursday

11/12u: Monday, Wednesday

These are subject to change based on the number of registrants in each age group.

What is the general objective for each age group?

5u: Tee-ball and basic fundamentals – how to hold a bat, swing, run to first, catch and throw

6u: Tee-ball with introduction to coach toss

7u: Coach pitch

8u: Kid pitch – if the child pitcher throws 4 balls, the coach finishes the batter until a hit or strikeout

9/10u: Full kid pitch with limited stealing of bases

11/12u: Full kid pitch with unlimited stealing of bases

What equipment does the league supply and what do I need to get my child?

The league supplies the coach a first aid kit, balls, a couple of team bats and helmets. We also supply a team shirt and hat for the 5-8u teams and full uniform for 9-13u. Your child will need their own glove. We generally recommend getting your child their own helmet due to sanitary issues. Most prefer to use their own bat, which must be a USA Baseball bat. If it doesn’t have a USA Baseball sticker on the bat, it is not allowed.

Key dates:

Jan. 15: Early registration discount ends. Full registration pricing is $130 for 1 player and $195 for 2+ players.

Feb. 23: Registration closes. We cannot accept registrants past this date as rosters will be built shortly after closing.

March 3: Assessments take place for the 9u-13u divisions at Bloomfield Middle School. Times for each age group will be sent out at a later date.

April 6: Opening Day parade (there will be a break in the schedule during the week of April 15 for the Glen Ridge School District spring break).

June 15: End of year picnic at Vassar Field

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