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Baseball Registration Fees Reduction
by posted 01/19/2018

 

Parents-

I wanted to make you aware of a change in registration cost for Spring Travel Baseball. 

Effective immediately, registration fees will be lowered to the following:

8U - $275

9U- $275

10U - $275

11U - $300

12U - $300

13U - $300

14U - $300

 

To account for this savings, the training schedule will now begin the first week of games (early April) as opposed to the previously scheduled March.

*If you have already registered, you will be receiving a refund on your credit card for the appropriate amount.  Please allow two weeks for all of those to be processed.

 

 

Teams will still have the opportunity to train together prior to the season and that will be organized by the coaches.  This will be optional and will not have any bearing on positions/playing time ect. for those that cannot attend.

 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like further explanation.

Best,

Ryan Samuelson

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by posted 01/19/2018

PAL Boys Lacrosse

Registration is open for the Berkeley Heights PAL Boys Lacrosse spring 2018 season.  

Registration: Registration will run through January 31st.  The cost of the program is $180, and it is a league requirement that all participants are also registered with US Lacrosse.  Please see the below links to register for the program and US Lacrosse.

Season: Practice starts in early March, with games running from early April through early June.

Games: Each team will play approximately 12 games, plus 1-2 tournaments. 

Grades: We are planning to have one team for each grade: 3rd - 7th. 

Equipment Requirements: All boys will need a lacrosse stick, helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, elbow pads, cup, and mouth guard. 

Coaches: We have a dedicated group of dads across grades, who all have lacrosse experience, and have a lot to offer to the program and the boys.  We plan to work closely with the newly hired Governor Livingston Varsity Lacrosse Coach, so we have continuity in terms of philosophy and training to best prepare the boys for the high school level. 

To register for PAL Lacrosse: Please go to www.bhpal.org, and click "register online" in the left column.

To register for US Lacrosse: Please go to www.uslacrosse.org, and click “Join” in the top right corner of the page.

Questions: Please contact Keith Linde at klinde@bhpal.org

 

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Reminder - PAL Spring Baseball
by posted 01/07/2018

REMINDER!!!!

 

The Berkeley Heights PAL is excited to announce that registration is now open for SPRING BASEBALL (Both Recreational and Travel)!   The information below will outline the details of each program.  (Please feel free to reach out with questions).

 

Recreational (In-Town Baseball)

  • Cost
    • $125 (includes uniform pants, jersey and cap)
  • Schedule
      • The 2018 season will begin in early/mid April and end in mid June.
      • Gmes will be played on weeknights and Saturday mornings
      • Practices will be scheduled by the coaches to best allow for player availability
  • Ages
      • Tee Ball – Open to all boys and girls in kindergarten, as well as pre-schoolers that are 5 years-old before May, 1 2018
      • 1st-2nd Grade Division – games will be coach-pitch, focused more on developing skills, than competition
      • 3rd/4th Grade Division, 5th/6th Grade Division – games will be kid-pitch

 

  • Equipment
    • Kids will each need their own fielding glove, batting helmet and chest/heart guard

 

  • Questions
    • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 

 

    • 8U - Open to kids in 2nd Grade and born after May 1st, 2009
      • Cost - $450
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 1-hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/9/20182/16/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 9U – Open to kids in 3nd Grade and born after May 1st, 2008
      • Cost - $450
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 1-hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/9/20182/16/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 10U – Open to kids in 4th Grade and born after May 1st, 2007
      • Cost - $550
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 1 ½ hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/8/20182/15/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 11U – Open to kids born after May 1st, 2006
      • Cost - $650
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 2 hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/8/20182/15/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 12U – Open to kids born after May 1st, 2005
      • Cost - $650
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 2 hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/7/20182/13/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 13U – Open to kids born after May 1st, 2004
      • Cost - $650
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 2 hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/7/20182/13/2018 (location TBD)

 

    • 14U – Tryouts open to kids born after May 1st, 2003
      • Cost - $650
          • Includes 12 weeks of training sessions from hired, accomplished position-specific trainers
            • 2 hour training session per week beginning 3/1/2018
          • Includes entry into USABL league as well as one Spring Tournament (location TBD)
      • Tryouts – 2/7/20182/13/2018 (location TBD)

 

  • Schedule
      • The 2018 season will begin in early April and playoffs with start in mid/late June.
      • Games will be played on Sundays ONLY
      • Practices will be scheduled by the coaches to best allow for player availability

 

  • Equipment
    • Kids will each need their own fielding glove, batting helmet and chest/heart guard

 

  • Questions
    • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 

 

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Implementation of USA Bat Standard
by posted 01/06/2018

Parents-

Please be aware of the following changes to the USA Baseball bat standard.  PAL operates under the Ripken Baseball rules and as such will follow their lead regarding the change to these new USA Baseball approved bats.

Only USA Baseball approved bats may be used for all tryouts, practices and games in 2018.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and have a great weekend.

Best,

Ryan Samuelson

 

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Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats.  Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?

To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?

USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

Why not just use wood bats?

Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?

Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.

Why is USA Baseball involved?  

The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.  Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.

Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?

Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois

Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University

Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute

Is my current bat good for league play?

Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

Is safety the reason for the change?

No.  Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

How will I know which bat to buy?

All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.

When can I buy the new bat?

It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.

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