We have opened tryout registration for the 2015 SPFBL Travel Baseball season. Tryout will be held between 12/6 and 12/13, the dates/times being determined by age group. The specific tryout dates/times can be found below.
Registration for the 2015 season is now OPEN!! Please note this year, based on overwheming feedback, we will be adding the cost of the Coin Fundraiser ($40) to the registration fee for the 1st registration per household only. Additional registrations will simply be the appropriate registration fee charge for the particular division. For more information on the registration process or the Coin Fundraiser, Click Here to download the Registration Flyer.
Not Receiving SPFBL emails?
You may have opted out...
If you are not receiving emails from SPFBL, you or someone else on your account may have opted out. The opt-out process is a mandatory consumer law covering commercial email distribution that requires that anyone who receives email distributions from your company or organization should have the right to opt out of such email distribution. Every email has a one-click link at the bottom of it which if clicked will accomplish the opt out process. And once opted out, you will definitely not receive any email blasts from the league. It is a totally self-serve process. And we cannot opt anyone back in after they have opted out unless they request to be opted back in. If you feel that you may be opted out, intentionally or unintentionally, and would like to be opted back in, simply email us at email@example.com and make that request. Our administrators will opt you back in asap.
Profile of Travel Director Chris Bates in TAP into Scotch-Plains-Fanwood (TAP into SPF)
Q&A with SPFBL Travel Director Chris Bates
By John Mooney
Monday, November 24, 2014
SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Chris Bates took over as travel director for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) about a year ago. Since that time, the travel program has changed and grown. He sat down with TAP into SPF to discuss changes he has implemented and plans for the program in 2015 and beyond.
SPFBL is pleased to bring you holiday savings, courtesy of Modell's! The downloadable coupon can be used at NJ Modell's locations throughout our entire period. So be sure to keep it so you can reuse, or just print as many copies as you need, so you can use it on every trip you make to Modell's during the timeframe.
The deal is 15% OFF all merchandise!! You can also combine with other coupon offers and get double savings! It's a sweet deal, and it helps the league! This year we run from 11/28/2014 through 12/25/2014 (Christmas Day).
The Fall House League season has completed successfully. Thanks to all of the players, umpires, managers, coaches and parents for making it such a smooth season. Special thanks to John Mooney and Marco Massa for running the show. Thanks to Jami Pawelec and her staff for having the Hut open for business. Have a safe Halloween!!
SPFBL Summer Clinic Helps Players Improve Skills
Instruction Followed by Pickup Games
SPFBL launched its Wednesday evening summer instruction program on July 9th designed to help players not currently involved in summer travel to develop offensive & defensive skills. The offering proved to be an immediate hit.
Students, grades 3-5, will learn the basics of hitting, fielding, throwing, base-running, and pitching for the first hour, followed by an "old school" pick-up game among the young players. The camp is led by veteran baseball instructor Ed Kania.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (2376 North Ave.) has agreed to be a prime sponsor of the District 12 Tournament
SPFBL is proud to announce that Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (2376 North Ave.) has agreed to be a prime sponsor of this event in 2014. As part of its sponsorship, patrons who show their SPFBL Coins at the restaurant are eligible to receive a 20% discount on their order. Additionally, Charlie Brown's -- an area favorite for over 50 years -- is selling gift cards at the Booth Field concession stand. The gift cards cost $20 each and are immediately redeemable for $25 at Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill – that’s a 25% bonus right off the bat! They are redeemable at three area locations: Scotch Plains, Chatham and Millburn.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill
2376 North Ave. 35 Main St. 522 Southern Boulevard
Scotch Plains, NJ Millburn, NJ Chatham, NJ
908-232-3443 973-376-1724 973-822-1800
2014 District-12 10U CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Hosted by SPFBL
Click HERE to see the latest results and standings.
We have finished testing a new Field Status Alert feature, located on the right-side of the screen. This feature is now fully operational, but you are advised to please note the following when field conditions are in question:
The Scotch Plains Ballfield Hotline, while designed to be a "one-stop shopping", currently is not - it is just for Scotch Plains Rec fields - which include Brookside, Farley, Kramer, Memorial, Rt. 22 and VoTech). We use that same hotline to determine field status. So our Field Status tool should reflect what's indicated on the Ballfield Hotline FOR SP FIELDS ONLY.
The field status Facebook site (www.facebook.com/SPFFields) is also intended to be a one-stop shop for SP, FW and BOE. HOWEVER that is completely dependent on Scotch Plains Rec, Fanwood Rec (LaGrande, Forest Road Park, Watson Road) and SPF Board of Ed (Park MS, Terrill MS, SPFHS) each posting their own field status. So if they don't update their field status, then we will frankly be trying to get that status from them in real-time.
Booth Field we control. And while it drains extemely well, it may or may not be playable. We will indicate this is the Field Status tool.
St. Barts is a little bit of an outlier, semi-maintained by SPFBL but in an unofficial way. Best advice is that if you have an event scheduled there, check with your Manager and he/she will have the status.
NOTE: We use the above field status indicators to populate our own field status feature. As a result, we may or may not have a completely accurate field status at the time you check our website, until we can either get an indication from SP rec, FW rec and SPF BOE... OR we can check the fields out ourselves and make an assessment (for those organizations that permit us to do that). SO...............
CHECK & RE-CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT YOUR EVENT!! If you are in doubt, contact your Manager to be sure of whether your event is ON or Off. Managers- If you are in doubt, contact your Division VP's as they will be in the loop on the latest status in real-time and should be passing that along to you.
Hope this helps solve some of the field status confusion. It's not going to rain again during the spring, so we should have this problem any more :-).
Kids love to Color!!
Bambino Activity Sheets
Get your kids started right for Baseball 2014 - Download and print these activity sheets!
In 2012, SPFYBA will permit the use of bats that meet the standard of Babe Ruth League / Cal Ripken. This is a change from recent years. However bat availability and additional research on the subject has brought the Executive Board to the conclusion that in 2012 we will follow the Babe Ruth standard. ALSO: (3/16/2012) Update on Nike and Marucci bats that FAILED standards and will be ineligible for use in Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken play!
Please check the ballfield hotline if weather is questionable. Call 908-322-6700 x226. PLEASE NOTE:
Updated by the Township of Scotch Plains by 3pm weekdays, and as needed on weekends.
Refers ONLY to SCOTCH PLAINS TOWNSHIP REC fields (Memorial, Brookside, Rt. 22, VOTECH, Farley, etc.), FANWOOD BOROUGH REC fields (LaGrande, Forest Road Park, Watson Rd Basin, etc.) and BOARD OF EDUCATION fields (SPFHS, Terrill Middle, Park Middle, etc.).
BOOTH FIELD IS ENTIRELY OWNED AND OPERATED BY SPFBL. IT ALSO HAS INCREDIBLE DRAINAGE. So it is not unusual for the town and board of ed to close all of their fields, and we still play on Booth Field. Please check the website for updates on the condition of Booth Field.
No Parking on Valley Road
Violators may be ticketed
Everyone should be reminded that there is No Parking on Valley Road. This includes anywhere near the parking lot and anywhere near the batting cages. Coaches should drop off equipment and park in the lot. No parking in the little drive up area by the cages. Parents may NOT wait outside the cages in their car for players. Please adhere to these rules. Our neighbors have been patient with us, and we don’t want to see anyone issued a parking summons. THANK YOU!!