Welcome to PAL Baseball 2020!
Baseball Tryouts 2020 | SPRING/SUMMER TEAMS
>> Registration opens December 15
>> Closes January 10
NP PAL will be hosting tryouts for all Spring and Summer teams in January. Please keep in mind that for all “A” team placements, there is a commitment requirement for Spring and Summer.
*Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and warm up for all tryout slots. Tryouts will begin promptly at start time. Players should bring all equipment necessary for that day’s focus: helmet, water, sneakers (cleats not necessary), bat, batting gloves, fielding glove, etc. We will have some extras on hand for any player who needs to borrow.
As mentioned in the earlier NPPAL Baseball message, we tried to schedule the batting evaluations around the same time as the fielding evaluations. The age groups are scheduled as per the grid below. Each player is required to attend at least one of the dates. It is recommended that they attend both dates as their evaluations will be the better of the 2 scores if they attend both sessions. This will reduce the likelihood of a low evaluation score due to a child having a bad day.
- Date: January 3 and January 10
- Location: Dbat in Mountainside (124 Globe Ave – Mountainside, NJ 07092)
- Categories: fielding, throwing, pitching
|Grade 2||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||4-5 pm|
|Grade 3||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||5-6 pm|
|Grade 4||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||6-7 pm|
|Grade 5||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||7-8 pm|
|Grade 6||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||8-9 pm|
|Grade 7/8||Sunday, 1/3 AND 1/10||9-10 pm|
Tryout dates for fielding, throwing & pitching
|Grade 2||Sunday, 1/12||7-8:30pm|
|Grade 5||Sunday, 1/12||8-9:30pm|
|Grade 3||Sunday, 1/19||7-8:30pm|
|Grade 6||Sunday, 1/19||8-9:30pm|
|Grade 4||Sunday, 1/26||7-8:30pm|
|Grade 7/8||Sunday, 1/26||8-9:30pm|
Tryouts for Batting will be held later the same week for the same grade level, but details not finalized yet.
- Location: Inman Sports Facility, 2 Villa Drive, Edison NJ 08820
- Categories: fielding, throwing, pitching
- Bat Requirements:
7-8th grade BBCOR stamp, maximum -3 drop, USA -5 2 5/8 barrel diameter max
3-6th grade USA stamp (no drop limitations)
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2020 Baseball FAQs
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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 & May). If your child plays only in the summer the cost is a one time payment of $300.
Did you miss the Baseball Town Hall on Nov 1?
Here’s the presentation slide show.
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.
Field Location # 1
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.