Team Rosters: Spring 2021
“What’s the score?”
You hear this a lot at Oakwood park because there’s no scoreboard, like you see at other local fields.
As we plan for the upcoming sports seasons, we would love to elevate our home field at Oakwood with a digital scoreboard so our players and their families can feel proud of their field. NP PAL is eager to invest in our fields but we need your help.
Please consider donating $10, $20 or $50 to make this dream a reality for our players as they return to the field.
- 2nd grade GOLD
- 2nd Grade GREEN
- 2nd Grade WHITE
- 3rd Grade GOLD (9u)
- 3rd Grade GREEN (9u)
- 4th Grade GOLD (10u)
- 4th Grade GREEN (10u)
- 5th Grade GOLD (11u)
- 6th Grade GOLD (12u)
- 6th Grade GREEN (12u)
- MS GOLD
- MS GREEN
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our PAL 2021 Spring baseball tryouts. All the players should be very proud of their efforts and we look forward to a great season in the Spring.
We will leave player registration open for the foreseeable future, however we would like to have all interested coaches registered in Community Pass by 12/1/20. Once coaches are selected teams have the ability to practice together should they want to and should the current state of the pandemic allow. Any and all baseball activities in the winter are 100% optional.
Player Participation Guidelines
- Equipment sharing is prohibited
- No sharing of helmets, gloves, catchers equipment and water bottles
- Teams will have limited catcher’s equipment. Therefore, players who wish to catch on regular basis are encouraged to purchase their own equipment
- Players will be required to social distance in dugouts
- Players will have access to hand sanitizer provided by the coach for frequent disinfecting
- Players will be prohibited from high fiving and contact celebrations
- Sunflower seeds and spitting will be prohibited
- Players should have a mask available in the event they are required to wear one
- Players must submit to temperature checks and a health questionnaire at every practice and game
- Players will be prohibited from attending any practice or game if they are sick
- Parents are discouraged from carpooling
- Parents must sign a waiver indemnifying the coaches and PAL of any liability related to infectious diseases
- Coaches will be required to wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained
- Coaches will be required to enlist a non-coaching parent who will assist in monitoring social distancing guidelines
- Coaches must conduct temperature checks and complete a health questionnaire of all personnel prior to the start of every practice and game.
- Coaches will have to provide the New Providence PAL guidelines to visiting teams prior to the start of a game
- Coaches will be prohibited from attending any practice or game if they are sick
- Coaches should discourage carpooling
- Coaches must complete a formal training provided by PAL
- PAL strongly encourages spectators to bring their own seating and not use bleachers at fields
- Spectators should wear masks during events
- Families will be permitted to cluster together, but should socially distance for other spectators
- Spectators will adhere to all guidelines set forth by either home or away team.
PLease register and sign the necessary waiver through Community Pass.
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2020 Baseball FAQs (not yet updated for 2021)
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- How are rosters formed?
PAL Baseball rosters will be based off grade levels. The grade levels are 1st to 8th grades. There will be some instances (eg. to create an additional team) where it is necessary for children not to play with their grade. If this is needed, it will be discussed with the child’s parents first before implementing.
- Will PAL be offering spring teams?
Yes, PAL will offer both a spring & summer team. For the Spring season, PAL will have an “A” team. If there is enough to form a 2nd team at a given grade, PAL will assist in the formation of the 2nd team.
- Will my child have to tryout?
2nd–8th grade children who want to be part of an “A” team roster must participate in tryouts held in late January/early February.
- What will my child be evaluated on?
The player evaluations will consist of the following: Batting, Throwing, Fielding & Attitude
- What will the teams look like at each grade level?
2nd–8th graders will be positioned on an “A” or “B” team upon completion of the tryouts. “A” team players are required to play in the Spring Ridge League, Cal Ripken Tournament and stay together for Summer Baseball. *Please note that if your child is selected to a spring “A” team they will be expected to play in the summer league as well. “B” team players are committed to the summer only. Spring PAL baseball would be an option if there were enough interest and availability of players and coaches. “Both “A” and “B” teams will begin summer baseball mid-June (before school ends) and run through the end of July.
- Will my child be required to play on a REC and PAL team in the spring?
REC is not required, but strongly encouraged.
- Will PAL support any spring tournaments?
Yes, PAL will support the 4th & 5th grade “A” teams in a spring tournament in Aberdeen, Maryland.
- Will there be a Middle School team?
PAL will form a Middle School team comprised of both 7th and 8th graders. They will play in the spring in a local Middle School League with non-parent head coaches. Selection of the team will not be based on grade level, instead it will be a combination of grade levels based on evaluations. All 7th and 8th grade players not selected for the Middle School Team are encouraged to participate with the NP REC teams that play in the Chatham Baseball league. Tryout attendance is required regardless of whether your child is playing in the spring. 7th and 8th grade summer teams will be determined at the same time the middle school team is determined. Please note, a New Providence High School coach is scheduled to coach the summer 8th grade team.
- Are there summer High School teams?
PAL will help facilitate the creation of a summer team that will have paid coaches. These teams will not play in the spring as they are potentially committed to NPHS. Registration for these teams will happen at a later date.
- What about 1st graders?
First grade team formation will be for the summer only and tryouts are not required.
- How many players will be on an “A” team roster?
Ideally, there are 12 kids per team.
- What is the cost?
If your child plays in both the spring and summer, the cost is $475, billed in 2 installments (February & April).
League Rules / FAQ
Batting Lineup & Extra Hitters
Minimum Playing Time
Home Field Mercy Rules
- Time Limits
- Physical Attributes of the Field
- Any Rule that nay effect the outcome of the game.
If the Home Field Team does not submit these Home Field Rules Prior to the game to the visiting team and Umpire…we will Rule that the game must continue at a later date. “Rescheduling Games” Please be aware the schedule is flexible. The coaches in our league have always been very accommodating and they understand the importance of playing games. Last year we experienced issues with the ability to play all games due to amount of rain we received. There are plenty of days built into the season to reschedule games due to conflicts with inclement weather. We strongly urge you to reschedule your games early to middle of the season… in order to avoid missed games at the end of the season. We prefer all the games to be played.
Playoff Mercy Rule
Playoff Official Game
Who pays the umpire fee during playoffs?
Suspended Games / Roster Additions
Fostering sportsmanship is at the center of our mission, and to that end we ask that all athletes, coaches, officials and attendees observe the following pledge:
I pledge to take ownership for my behavior both verbal and physical while attending, coaching, officiating or participating in a any sporting event and shall adhere to the following code of conduct:
- I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
- I will encourage my player, or any other person, to engage in good sportsmanlike conduct with all coaches, parents, players, participants, and officials.
- I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, and official.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
- I as a coach, player, parent, official will not use drugs or alcohol while at a youth sports event and will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to use drugs or alcohol at a youth sports event and will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- I will not engage in the use of profanity both verbal and jestures. Penalty: Game Ejection + 1 Game Suspension (Adults), (Players) Game Ejection .
- I will not encourage my player or any other person, to engage in the use of profanity.Penalty: Game Ejection + 1 Game Suspension (Adults), (Players)Game Ejection .
- I will be respectful to all coaches, parents, players, participants, officials or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
- I will encourage everyone to act with respect towards all coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), (Players) League Ejection.
- I will not initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee. Penalty: League Ejection (Adults), 4 Game Suspension Player first offense, 2nd offense League Ejection.
- I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
The NPGL will enforce the penalties. The NPGL has the right to impose season suspension or multiple seasons suspension if the extent of the infraction warrants.
The following is a pretty good note from Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister….
If you talk to your child while they’re competing — even from a distance, even in a whisper — that’s all they can hear. And it’s the last thing they need to hear. When you are on the field as an athlete, especially as a young athlete, the people you do not want to disappoint the most are your parents. And when a child hears a parent’s voice, especially one telling them what “they’ve done incorrectly or need to do more of”, it adds to the tension and the anxiety. When you’re there and you’re cheering and you’re clapping and lending support, their feeling is so much greater. They’re going to compete harder. They’re going to focus. … When they hear the clapping they know they did something good.
When my son started playing ball, I used to shout things from the stands. I used to think it was being “helpful” and “supportive.” That glower should have told me otherwise. Now I shut up during games. Don’t say a word — just cheer and clap, that’s it. And now the boy plays with a smile — even after a strike-out. I’m not his coach. I’m his dad. His cheerleader. His biggest fan.