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Spring Recreational Registration
01/14/2022
Hi Somerset Hills Ball Club Families – Registration for...
Zoned Winter Training Reminder (Baseball and Softball)
01/13/2022
Hello Somerset Hills Ball Club Families -  As mentioned,...
Coaching Certification Requirement
01/09/2022
Hi SHBC Families -  A few new coaches have asked so we wanted...
Somerset Hills Ball Club Spring Registration (Rec)
01/07/2022
Hi Somerset Hills Ball Club Families –   Happy New...
Somerset Hills Zoned Baseball and Softball Winter Training
01/03/2022
Hello Somerset Hills Ball Club Families -   Happy New Year. ...
Somerset Hills Ball Club Announcement
12/27/2021
Dear Somerset Hills Baseball and Softball Families -  We’re...
 
Spring Recreational Registration

Hi Somerset Hills Ball Club Families –

Registration for our Spring 2022 Recreational Baseball, Softball and Tball season is now open.  As mentioned in a communication last week, the family max for Spring recreational registration is $450.  As an update, the registration site can't cap that amount, but we're tracking those families that exceed the max and will work out a refund at the end of registration. 

This Spring season and moving forward, SHBC will be using the Team Snap Team Management service for our league registration and in-season scheduling and team communications.  Team Snap is a mobile friendly service to be used in either a Mobile App or Web Based environment.  If you don’t have a Team Snap account, this would require a one time set up. 

Our Spring Recreational Registration link is included below and registration will remain open until Friday, Feb 25th.

https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/298890

 

Our league will offer recreational playing opportunities to children in the following divisions:

  • Tball (4 years old through Kindergarten.  Youngest DOB 9/30/2018)
  • Instructional A Baseball (K and 1st Grade)
  • Instructional AA Baseball (2nd Grade)
  • Minors Baseball (3rd and 4th Grade.  NOTE: 5th graders can choose to play Minors Baseball.  Register for Majors and email Brian Gallagher (shllbgags@gmail.com) the request to play Minors)
  • Majors Baseball (5th, 6th and 7th Grade)
  • Instructional Softball (K and 1st Grade)
  • Minors Softball (2nd and 3rd Grade)
  • Majors Softball (4th and 5th Grade)
  • Seniors Softball (6th, 7th and 8th Grade)
  • Seniors Baseball (DOBs 5/1/2007-4/30/2009) for 8th/9th graders and older 7th graders who would prefer to play on the 90 ft bases (big diamond).

We’re happy to say that, as compared to Spring 2021, we’ve held our registration fees for our younger age groups while increasing fees for older groups by $10 to account for a 2022 increase in umpire fees.  The overall family maximum, which is applicable for families with 3 or more players, is $450.  We’ve also realigned softball divisions and have added in softball opportunities for Kindergarteners and 8th graders (in Spring 2021, girls between 1st-7th grader were eligible to play). 

 

Financial Assistance

Additionally, Somerset Hills Ball Club’s philosophy is that any child that wishes to play this Spring should play and the cost shouldn’t be an obstacle.  As part of the registration process, you can request financial assistance during registration to waive fees.

Coaching

As a league run entirely by volunteers and baseball or softball lending itself to a need for 3+ coaches on a team for the best experience possible for our kids, we strongly encourage parents to consider coaching this Spring.  During the registration process, you can sign up as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach and can even decide to coach more than 1 team.  As in past years, for new coaches that need their Rutgers Certification (3 hour course available this Winter/Spring either online or in person), SHBC will communicate any courses available.  We’ll also provide practice plans and helpful tips for coaches to help them along the way.

 

Registration Helpful Hints

  • If a registration box includes a red star, you have to complete it in order to continue through registration.  All other boxes are optional.
  • If requesting Financial Assistance, answer "Yes" to "Does the player need financial assistance" and further down include the Financial Scholarship Code (click the ? icon for codes for each division).
  • All playing levels will be based on a child’s grade.  The logic used in the registration process assumes a player’s grade based on the 10/1-9/30 Date of Birth provided.  If your child’s grade doesn’t align with that (auto placing them in a different division), then please register for the selected division and email Brian Gallagher (bdgags@aol.com) for baseball or Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com) for softball and they will make the adjustment.
  • If a Kindergartener only has the option to play Tball through registration, but would prefer either Instructional Softball or Instructional A Baseball, please complete registration and email Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com) a request to play softball or baseball.
  • The site is programmed so that girls are eligible for Tball or softball.  If a girl would prefer to play baseball instead of softball, please register for softball and email Brian Gallagher (bdgags@aol.com) the request.
  • If registering more than one player, click either “Import Past Participant” or “Add Additional Participant” on the first registration screen.

We hope that you find Team Snap to be both a more user friendly registration process and a much more useful in season communication method with your teams and coaches.  If you have any questions on the registration process, please email both Anil Yitta (anilyitta@gmail.com) and Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com).

 

Sincerely,

Somerset Hills Ball Club (SHBC) Board


by posted 01/14/2022
Zoned Winter Training Reminder (Baseball and Softball)

Hello Somerset Hills Ball Club Families - 

As mentioned, our league has partnered with Zoned Sports Academy in Bridgewater in offering baseball (1st-7th graders) and softball (2nd-8th graders) indoor Winter training from early-Feb through mid-March on Sunday afternoons.

The cost per player is $150.  Here are the links to register for Somerset Hills softball or baseball Winter Training at Zoned:

Softball Zoned Training Registration

https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=526&GroupID=3077243

Baseball Zoned Training Registration

https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=526&GroupID=3077242

 

Also, below is a recent announcement from Zoned regarding current COVID protocols.

 

Regards,

Somerset Hills Ball Club Board

 



Zoned Sports Academy Announcement:

We are excited about the upcoming new year and want to be sure we do everything possible to keep our athletes, their families and our staff, healthy.  

With the uptick in COVID cases and illnesses, we’ll be asking everyone to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only those athletes participating in a lesson or class will be permitted in the playing area.
  • Parents must wear masks and will only be allowed in the lobby to check in, make payments, and schedule sessions but will not be allowed into the playing area.
  • All athletes are required to wear masks.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks.
  • Sanitization stations are provided.  Please encourage your athlete to use them.
  • If your athlete is sick, test positive for COVID or has a prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive, please keep them home.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to these guidelines and your continued patronage.  We sincerely appreciate your business. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
Zoned Sports Academy


by posted 01/13/2022
Coaching Certification Requirement

Hi SHBC Families - 

A few new coaches have asked so we wanted to share the attached link to the upcoming Rutgers SAFETY Coaching Clinics this Winter.  This is a one time requirement that new coaches need to complete (existing coaches don't need to get re-certified).

It's a 3 hour course with in-person and online options.  You just need to reach out to the contact for the course that's convenient for you to coordinate.  When we get closer to the Spring SHBC season, we will make sure that all of our coaches have their Rutgers Certificate.

https://live-ru-ysrc.pantheonsite.io/courses/

 

Sincerely,

SHBC Board

 


by posted 01/09/2022
Somerset Hills Ball Club Spring Registration (Rec)

Hi Somerset Hills Ball Club Families –

 

Happy New Year to all of our players, coaches and families!  Registration for our Spring 2022 Recreational Baseball, Softball and Tball season is now open and we’re very excited for our next chapter in delivering on great experiences for our local youth under our new name, Somerset Hills Ball Club (SHBC). 

This Spring season and moving forward, SHBC will be using the Team Snap Team Management service for our league registration and in-season scheduling and team communications.  Team Snap is a mobile friendly service to be used in either a Mobile App or Web Based environment.  If you don’t have a Team Snap account, this would require a one time set up. 

Our Spring Recreational Registration link is included below and registration will remain open until Friday, Feb 25th.

https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/298890

 

Our league will offer recreational playing opportunities to children in the following divisions:

  • Tball (4 years old through Kindergarten.  Youngest DOB 9/30/2018)
  • Instructional A Baseball (K and 1st Grade)
  • Instructional AA Baseball (2nd Grade)
  • Minors Baseball (3rd and 4th Grade.  NOTE: 5th graders can choose to play Minors Baseball.  Register for Majors and email Brian Gallagher the request to play Minors)
  • Majors Baseball (5th, 6th and 7th Grade)
  • Instructional Softball (K and 1st Grade)
  • Minors Softball (2nd and 3rd Grade)
  • Majors Softball (4th and 5th Grade)
  • Seniors Softball (6th, 7th and 8th Grade)
  • Seniors Baseball (DOBs 5/1/2007-4/30/2009) for 8th/9th graders and older 7th graders who would prefer to play on the 90 ft bases (big diamond) is still under consideration.  If interested, please email Chad McQueen (chadrmc@gmail.com)

We’re happy to say that, as compared to Spring 2021, we’ve held our registration fees for our younger age groups while increasing fees for older groups by $10 to account for a 2022 increase in umpire fees.  The overall family maximum, which is applicable for families with 3 or more players, is $450.  We’ve also realigned softball divisions and have added in softball opportunities for Kindergarteners and 8th graders (in Spring 2021, girls between 1st-7th grader were eligible to play). 

 

Financial Assistance

Additionally, Somerset Hills Ball Club’s philosophy is that any child that wishes to play this Spring should play and the cost shouldn’t be an obstacle.  As part of the registration process, you can request financial assistance during registration to waive fees.

Coaching

As a league run entirely by volunteers and baseball or softball lending itself to a need for 3+ coaches on a team for the best experience possible for our kids, we strongly encourage parents to consider coaching this Spring.  During the registration process, you can sign up as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach and can even decide to coach more than 1 team.  As in past years, for new coaches that need their Rutgers Certification (3 hour course available this Winter/Spring either online or in person), SHBC will communicate any courses available.  We’ll also provide practice plans and helpful tips for coaches to help them along the way.

 

Registration Helpful Hints

  • If a registration box includes a red star, you have to complete it in order to continue through registration.  All other boxes are optional.
  • If requesting Financial Assistance, answer "Yes" to "Does the player need financial assistance" and further down include the Financial Scholarship Code (click the ? icon for codes for each division).
  • All playing levels will be based on a child’s grade.  The logic used in the registration process assumes a player’s grade based on the 10/1-9/30 Date of Birth provided.  If your child’s grade doesn’t align with that (auto placing them in a different division), then please register for the selected division and email Brian Gallagher (bdgags@aol.com) for baseball or Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com) for softball and they will make the adjustment.
  • If a Kindergartener only has the option to play Tball through registration, but would prefer either Instructional Softball or Instructional A Baseball, please complete registration and email Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com) a request to play softball or baseball.
  • The site is programmed so that girls are eligible for Tball or softball.  If a girl would prefer to play baseball instead of softball, please register for softball and email Brian Gallagher (bdgags@aol.com) the request.
  • If registering more than one player, click either “Import Past Participant” or “Add Additional Participant” on the first registration screen.

We hope that you find Team Snap to be both a more user friendly registration process and a much more useful in season communication method with your teams and coaches.  If you have any questions on the registration process, please email both Anil Yitta (anilyitta@gmail.com) and Greg Freisen (gfreisen@gmail.com).

 

Sincerely,

Somerset Hills Ball Club (SHBC) Board


by posted 01/07/2022
Somerset Hills Zoned Baseball and Softball Winter Training

Hello Somerset Hills Ball Club Families -  

Happy New Year.  As previously mentioned, our league has partnered with Zoned Sports Academy in Bridgewater in offering baseball (1st-7th graders) and softball (2nd-8th graders) indoor Winter training from early-Feb through mid-March on Sunday afternoons.

Here are the links to register for Somerset Hills softball or baseball Winter Training at Zoned:

Softball Zoned Training Registration

https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=526&GroupID=3077243

Baseball Zoned Training Registration

https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=526&GroupID=3077242

 

Also, below is a recent announcement from Zoned regarding very recent updates to their COVID protocols.

 

Regards,

Somerset Hills Ball Club Board

 



Zoned Sports Academy Announcement:

We are excited about the upcoming new year and want to be sure we do everything possible to keep our athletes, their families and our staff, healthy.  

With the uptick in COVID cases and illnesses, we’ll be asking everyone to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only those athletes participating in a lesson or class will be permitted in the playing area.
  • Parents must wear masks and will only be allowed in the lobby to check in, make payments, and schedule sessions but will not be allowed into the playing area.
  • All athletes are required to wear masks.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks.
  • Sanitization stations are provided.  Please encourage your athlete to use them.
  • If your athlete is sick, test positive for COVID or has a prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive, please keep them home.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to these guidelines and your continued patronage.  We sincerely appreciate your business. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
Zoned Sports Academy


by posted 01/03/2022
Somerset Hills Ball Club Announcement

Dear Somerset Hills Baseball and Softball Families - 

We’re very excited to announce that our organization, formerly known as Somerset Hills Little League (SHLL) is changing our name to Somerset Hills Ball Club (SHBC) for the 2022 year and beyond.  As part of this change, our organization has established a charter with Babe Ruth League, Inc., which provides tball, softball and baseball playing opportunities to children from ages 4 up to 18! 

This new affiliation allows us to provide the same great league offerings that you've come to expect and trust us with - baseball and softball leagues run by dedicated volunteers in a safe environment for your kids to learn sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect.  This also creates a more flexible infrastructure that allows our league to define parameters within our recreational leagues that work for us.  This new organization also combines our recreational and travels programs under the same umbrella that will have long and short term benefits across all levels.  As part of this transition, we will no longer be affiliated with Little League Baseball and Softball.

The following includes answers to some questions that league members have asked and/or may be most interested in hearing about.  We couldn’t be more excited for the future of Somerset Hills Ball Club and the nearly 400 children that participate on an annual basis.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Babe Ruth League? 

The Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball programs above all, are of, by and for our youth.  It’s mission is to make better citizens through proper supervision of regulation competitive baseball and softball in addition to promoting mental and physical development and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play.  Within the organization is Cal Ripken Baseball (ages 4-12), Babe Ruth Baseball (ages 13-18), Babe Ruth Softball (ages 4-18) and Bambino Buddy Ball, which is similar to LL Challenger Day that we’ve participated in (for ages 5-20).   Babe Ruth League, Inc’s. fundamental belief is that every child with a desire to play baseball or softball be afforded that opportunity.  The organization’s mission would make the baseball immortal for whom the program is named very proud.

 

Why did we make the decision to transition from Little League to Babe Ruth?

  • Age adjusted league definitions ensure kids play recreation baseball/softball with their classmates and friends based on school grade level and not predefined arbitrary cutoffs.  In the past, the rec cutoff was generally September 1st for baseball and January 1st for softball (regardless of grade).
  • Youth Softball has been underserved in our community and by Little League. This transition will provide improved infrastructure and bring up the level of play for our girls.
  • Offers baseball and softball opportunities after age 12 - where Little League provides less emphasis and support.  This provides our league and your kids an opportunity to continue to improve their skills beyond 6th/7th grade and prepares them for high school if their desire is to play at that level.
  • Cal Ripken Baseball better prepares young baseball players for the transition to the standard field (60-foot pitching distance and 90-foot base paths) used in higher levels of the game by increasing field dimensions at the Majors level.  This includes introducing additional rules like leading off the base - allowing kids to play a higher level of baseball at a younger age.
  • Combining recreational and travel programs will provide more opportunities for interested players to play more baseball.  This includes an option to create multiple teams with varying levels of commitment per age group for travel - a limiting restriction via Little League.
  • This format allows coaches to focus on player development and building a collaborative multi-level approach to improving player skills throughout their youth career.  This includes more transparency for parents on team creation.
  • Reduced administrative requirements for volunteers, allowing board members to focus their time and energy on the things that matter.  For example, a priority leading into the 2022 year is working with the town on Claremont and Rose Bowl field improvements, coordinating with area partners on scheduling clinics, and building on the existing culture that puts kids first.

 

How does this change impact age classification for travel teams? 

Travel baseball and softball will follow the age classifications established by the Babe Ruth (and Cal Ripken for Baseball up to age 12) organization.  For Baseball, the age cutoff is April 30th and for Softball, it is December 31st for age classifications.  This is a change for baseball, where the Little League cut-off was August 31st, but not for softball, which will continue to be calendar year. 

 

How does this impact this past year’s Somerset Hills travel baseball teams?

We recognize that the Cal Ripken travel program has different age cutoffs than Little League. Players will be subject to the new age eligibility rules starting in 2022.  This may impact the roster your son/daughter will play on next year.  We will do our best to ensure your child has the best experience in our Travel program moving forward.  We have dedicated coaches across our age groups that will give your child the best opportunity to improve their skills.  For baseball coaches, this may impact your team's roster.  We appreciate the time and dedication you have put into the development of the players on your team to date and want to work with you to make this league transition as seamless as possible.  Your participation in our Travel committee will help the league, your current/future team and the players you have and will coach moving forward.  This decision was not made lightly and while we understood there would be impacts to our volunteer coaches, we felt the benefits were too great not to move to Cal Ripken.

 

Why are we no longer participating in Little League?

Little League is an established brand and spends a lot in resources marketing that brand - including their annual LLWS.  Participating in that brand has become overwrought with administrative work that has little return on the development of our players and the infrastructure that Little League provides is archaic and flawed - requiring too much time of our volunteers. 

Cal Ripken provides a more flexible infrastructure that allows our League to define parameters within our recreational leagues that work for us.  It reduces the administrative functions substantially and allows us to repurpose that time to growing our league and players.  While the Babe Ruth World Series isn’t as heavily marketed, they have had their championships televised on ESPN's networks and sponsor other youth tournaments throughout the summer.

 

Will Somerset Hills Ball Club Participate in the district tournament that leads to the Babe Ruth World Series?

Our league’s travel baseball and softball sub-committee will work annually with our travel Head Coaches to assist in planning for each travel season.  That includes entering teams that wish to participate in the Babe Ruth Summer District Tournament.  Our local district tournament then leads to a regional qualifying tournament and then the Babe Ruth World Series.  Some details on the Babe Ruth World Series are included in this link.  https://baberuthworldseries.org/#/

 

Was this decision made to benefit board member’s children?

Please know that no individual child was a consideration for this change, especially those of the board.  All of our decisions are based on what is best for the entirety of our community's children.  

 

When will Somerset Hills Ball Club open Spring recreation baseball and softball registration?

Early January 2022

 

When will the league communicate details on 2022 Somerset Hills Travel Baseball and Softball?

The Somerset Hills Ball Club travel baseball and softball committee and interested coaches will meet in January to discuss plans at various age groups for the 2022 season.

 

What is Somerset Hills Ball Club’s new website?

SHBallClub.org 

 

You will hear more from us soon as it relates to registration for the Spring recreation season. 

 

Sincerely,

Somerset Hills Ball Club Board

 


by posted 12/27/2021
Spring 2022 Registration

Spring 2022 Registration is now open. Please click below link to register.

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