Baseball

Welcome to the 2016 Baseball summer season!

The New Providence PAL Baseball Program, for both Junior Baseball and Travel Baseball, is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable summer sporting environment for our children. Our “Junior Baseball” activities are comprised of “Tee Ball”, for boys and girls, aged 5-6; and, “Coach Pitch”, for boys and girls aged 7-8. The Junior Baseball season begins at the end of the school year and runs through the end of July.

Games are played either Mondays and Wednesdays; or, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm at our Salt Brook School fields. The New Providence PAL Summer Travel Program, while maintaining the organization’s goals of fun, sportsmanship and learning, also places the children in a more competitive environment on ballfields usually within a 15 to 45 minute radius of our community. The Summer Travel Program begins in May after evaluations are conducted to place the children in the appropriate competitive level. The travel season concludes in the latter part of July. Practices may be scheduled any day of the week, as per the respective coaches’ itinerary. The “Gold” League may have games scheduled any day of the week, while the “Green” League limits its’ games to week nights.

Latest Updates

2018 Baseball Winter Clinic now available

Our Winter Baseball Clinic is hosted by NPPAL and the NPHS Baseball Coaching staff.

Grades 3rd through 8th >> Registration now open >> Clinic runs 1/7 to 2/25

Take advantage of this special opportunity for your son to improve his baseball skills indoors this winter to prepare for the upcoming Spring season and PAL Baseball tryouts. For the 8th graders, meet and work with the coaching staff your boys will be playing for in the coming seasons.

LOCATION: New Providence Middle School Gym

COST: $100 for (7) 1-hour sessions, beginning January 7th and ending February 25th  (no session on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th)

SESSIONS: will be as follows: (Subject to change depending on registrations) 5:30-6:30 (3rd and 4th Grade) 6:30-7:30 (5th and 6th Grade) 7:30-8:30 (7th and 8th Grade)

Space is limited so register today!

NPGL

New Providence baseball teams compete in the New Providence Green League (NPGL). Learn more about league rules, standings, past and upcoming seasons here

Join Us for the 2016 Season!

We’re looking forward to the best season ever of New Providence baseball!

Registration details

Registration for the 2016 New Providence PAL “Travel Baseball” program will begin on March 1, 2016 and conclude on March 31, 2016.

Registration for “Junior Baseball”, including “Tee Ball” for ages 5 and 6 and “Coach Pitch” baseball for ages 7 and 8, will remain open until May 1, 2016.

All players MUST register on-line via “Community Pass”. Summer “Travel Baseball” tryouts will be held for ages 8-14 as necessary in April. Check PAL Baseball website for tryout and other info at: http://www.leaguelineup.com/newprovidencepal

PLEASE NOTE: Late registration requests will be subject to a $50 late fee and will only be considered based upon roster availability. Although “last chance registration” is offered, spots on teams cannot be guaranteed after the normal registration period. Wait lists will be created for late-registering players. Address questions to baseball@newprovidencepal.org.

League Rules / FAQ

Batting Lineup & Extra Hitters

All uniformed players in attendance of the game are required to be placed in the batting order (Roster Bat). A uniformed injured player in attendance of a game will not be required to bat, only unless the injured player enters the game into any position on the field. If a player is required to leave the game, his place in the order shall be skipped and no out shall be recorded so long as at least nine batters remain in the team’s batting order. Roster batting requirement is limited to the number of players the opponent has. For example, team A has 11 players, team B has 13 players. Team A is required to bat all 11. Team B is required to bat at least 11 but is encouraged to bat all 13. PLAYERS LEFT OFF OF THE ROSTER BATTING MUST PLAY ALL INNINGS AT A FEILDING POSITION. IN THE EVENT OF ROSTER BATTING TO THE OPPONENT’S NUMBER OF PLAYERS… THE MINIMUM PLAYING TIME RULE DOES NOT APPLY, AND IS PERMITTED TO HAVE PLAYERS LEFT OFF THE BATTING ORDER, ACHIEVE MAXIMUM PLAYING TIME IN THE FIELD.

Minimum Playing Time

The league has instituted a rule for minimum playing time. We suggest that the participating towns follow and abide by the minimum playing time rules. PLAYERS MUST PLAY A MINIMUM OF 3 INNINGS OUT OF 6 AND A MINIMUM OF 4 INNINGS OUT OF 7. IN THE EVENT OF ROSTER BATTING TO THE OPPONENT NUMBER OF PLAYERS… THE MINIMUM PLAYING TIME RULE DOES NOT APPLY, AND IS PERMITTED TO HAVE PLAYERS LEFT OFF THE BATTING ORDER ACHIEVE MAXIMUM PLAYING TIME IN THE FIELD.

Tagging Up

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Eight “U” players (8u) are not allowed to tag up from any base.  “There is no tagging up from any base on a ball hit in the air.”    

The key at this age is to develop outfielders that can make basic plays.  Catching a fly ball for an 8 year old is difficult enough, now we are asking them to hit a cutoff man and make a play at home.  Once again, we want to stress development of the players.

Having players tag up will only promote higher scoring and balls being thrown around the infield. The main objective is for the outfielder to catch the ball and have the infielders go out for the cutoff and get it back to the pitcher.  If we can accomplish that; the days of throwing out a runner tagging up is right around the corner.  This is only a rule for 8u baseball.

Home Field Mercy Rules

You must make the umpires aware of any Home Field Rules such as…

  • 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

The NPGL mercy rule is STILL IN EFFECT for NPGL Playoff tournament games. It is the following:

Mercy rule. The league uses a 12 run mercy rule after the losing team has at least completed its turn at bat in the 4th inning of a 6 inning game, or the 5th inning of a 7 inning game, or in any later inning in a regulation game.

 

Playoff Official Game

A game is an official game when:

1) 4 innings have been completed of a 6 inning game, or 5 innings are completed of a 7 inning game.

Who pays the umpire fee during playoffs?

Teams split the fee

Suspended Games / Roster Additions

If your game is suspended and you must continue next day, you must use same players as previous day.

You may not add players to your roster.

Age Chart

For questions about age divisions and eligibility, download the 2016 Age Chart …

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:

Sportsmanship 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:

  1. I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
  2. I will encourage my player, or any other person, to engage in good sportsmanlike conduct with all coaches, parents, players, participants, and officials.
  3. I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, and official.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I will not engage in the use of profanity both verbal and jestures. Penalty: Game Ejection + 1 Game Suspension (Adults), (Players) Game Ejection .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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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.

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