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Posted on: December 31, 2018

South Orange/Maplewood Baseball and Softball Registration begins January 1st

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If you wait until spring to think about baseball and softball, it will be too late! January is registration time for all children wanting to participate in SOM Baseball or the MSO Girls Softball program.

BASEBALL

South Orange-Maplewood Baseball is administered by the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs and operates with the assistance of a vibrant parent volunteer organization. The program is open to all South Orange and Maplewood children, ages 5-15 (as of April 30, 2019).  SOM Baseball is affiliated with the national Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization, which provides a league structure that begins with T-Ball for ages 5 and 6 followed by a coaches’ pitch Rookie League for ages 7-8.  Players then progress to the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth leagues, including playoffs and championship games at the end of the season.

All first time registrants to the South Orange-Maplewood Baseball program must register in person at one of the registration sessions below and bring a copy of their birth certificate or passport as proof of age. Returning players may register in person OR online January 1-31 on the South Orange Department of Recreation website HERE.

In person registration for SOM Baseball will be accepted:
Saturdays, January 12, 19 and 26 and Sunday, January 27
1:00-4:00 pm
The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange

SOM Baseball volunteers will be on hand at all in person registration session to answer any questions.  In addition, SOM Baseball will hold an informational meeting for interested community members on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 pm at the Baird Community Center.

For more information about South Orange-Maplewood Baseball, go to www.sombaseball.org or contact the South Orange Department of Recreation at recreation@southorange.org or 973-378-7754, ext. 2.

SOFTBALL

The Maplewood-South Orange recreational softball program is administered by the Maplewood Department of Recreation with the cooperation and assistance of parent volunteers.  The program is open to all girls from kindergarten through 8th grade.  Divisions are historically grouped by grade as follows (divisions may change based upon registration numbers):  
 
Kindergarten and 1st Grade - Tee Ball
2nd and 3rd Grades - Coaches Pitch
4th and 5th Grades – Junior Division following modified ASA rules
6th through 8th Grades – Senior Division more closely following ASA rules
 
Practices will be held for all divisions prior to the start of the season. Friend requests (one per player) are accepted for grades K-3.

In person registration for MSO Softball will be accepted:
Saturdays, January 12, 19 and 26 and Sunday, January 27
1:00-4:00 pm
The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange

Interested softball players may register in person at one of the sessions listed. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions. Registration is also available online at https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Home beginning January 1st  and registration will continue online and at the Maplewood Recreation department until February 23. After that date, planning for teams will begin and girls may be placed on a waiting list.  
 
Volunteers are needed as coaches and in many other areas in order to ensure the success of the softball program.  Please check the MSO Softball web site for up to date information at www.msosoftball.org.


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