Welcome to Springfield Babe Ruth 2017 Season
Springfield Babe Ruth is a baseball league serving the teenagers of Springfield Virginia.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 7:30PM
LAKE BRADDOCK SECONDARY SCHOOL
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Welcome to the 2017 Springfield Babe Ruth League!
We welcome our returning players, new players, parents and friends to Springfield Babe Ruth (SBRL). We are proud of our tradition of providing quality baseball for the Springfield Community and look forward to another wonderful year.
This year, we're about to experiment with a new expansion program for players who want to match the experience of Springfield Babe Ruth League competition with the rigors of a travel team. We will be expanding the season for seniors who engage in a special tryout (and agree to pay a separate fee) with an extra 20 games on the regular 16-game Babe Ruth schedule. The games will be interspersed in the regular seniors season – we'll break for All-Stars with the best players from the travel team and the regular seniors squads – and then run on into the summer with additional games in the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League (NVTBL). We'll have to see how it goes with sign-ups. The expected fee will likely be significantly less than what a player would face in an area travel team.
I want to thank all the friends and members of the league for their support last year. SBRL provides baseball opportunities in both Spring & Fall for players who are league ages 13 to 19.
Our league is run entirely by volunteers. Our current Board of Directors is comprised of 10 members, of which only two still have league age children. We all work and use our spare time to volunteer. Organizing practices and games for our teams in the Spring and Fall, including many inter-league games with neighboring leagues, is a major undertaking. Frankly, we need more help to make the league run as smoothly as we would like. Please consider joining the Board of Directors.
In order to encourage greater family participation, the Board introduced in 2016 a participation fee of $50 per family enrolling in SBRL each Spring. The fee will be entirely refunded to families assisting the league with various jobs throughout the season. These jobs require about 3-4 hours of your time. Those who do not participate in some capacity will forfeit this fee to the league.
Our ultimate goal is to encourage more involvement in the league. This could be managing a team, assisting at tryouts and all-star games, or helping maintain our fields, batting cages and bullpens to keep them in the prime condition that will make us proud to play there and host other leagues. If we cannot get more involvement, we will at least have the funds needed to hire people to do these jobs because we just cannot keep up with it all. All families will have equal opportunity to sign up for various jobs that will be posted on the SBRL website following our 3rd walk-in registration.
Please get involved and help us make Springfield Babe Ruth League an even better experience for our players now and in the future.
President, Springfield Babe Ruth
Team Formation Policy
Springfield Babe Ruth knows that for many reasons players like to play with friends and coaches they have played with before and coaches like working with players they have coached before. For these reasons it is now possible for players to stay on teams they have played on the previous season. This has been a very successful policy in our senior league for many years and we have now extendeded it to the 13-15 age division. This policy also extends to teams coming out of Little League that would like to stay together as they transition to Springfield Babe Ruth. We are still preserving our younger leagues (Prep, International and Major Leagues), but it is now possible for teams to form up as Prep teams and stay together until they reach our Senior league. If you have questions about this new policy, please inquire about it when you register this year.
TEAM ASSIGNMENTS AND TRYOUTS
Guidelines for tryouts and team assignments:
Please address questions about tryouts to the Player Agent or Vice President.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS: The SBRL Board of Directors strongly recommends physical examinations prior to tryouts. The parents or guardians of the participants are responsible to ensure that their sons or daughters are physically able to participate in the program. If a player has a special physical condition that may affect participation (e.g., diabetes, allergies, and unusual vision problems), please indicate that on the player information sheet when you register, and at tryouts.
Hooes Road Park Improvements
Springfield Babe Ruth is proud to announce the latest efforts to improve the baseball field at Hooes Road Park. Springfield Babe Ruth has been working with the Fairfax County Recreation Department to improve the field, a project that dates back to 2003, before the current field existed.
Springfield Babe Ruth installed roofs over the two dugouts that will provide welcome relief from the hot sun during late spring and summer games.
Springfield Babe Ruth provided $15,000 in addition to a grant received from the Fairfax County Recreation Department to build back-to-back batting cages on the third base side of the field. The batting cages will allow both teams to take batting practice simultaneously.
For earlier pictures of the field and to learn more about the baseball field at Hooes Road park, click here Hooes Road Park Field .
Springfield is committed to making the Hooes Road Park baseball field one of the finest in the Fairfax County Recreation Department. Coming soon will be a scoreboard beyond the centerfield fence.
Improving the baseball field requires help from Springfield Babe Ruth members. We will be looking for volunteers to help with several projects at the field that are listed here. Please consider volunteering for these projects. They will benefit your player as well as all players in the league.
|SBRL President: Shannon Coffey, email@example.com.
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