The calendar has turned to August, and Summer is coming closer to an end -- so that can only mean one thing -- the 2015 SPFBL Fall House League is right around the corner!
This year, the theme will be "old school baseball" -- each team will be a baseball team that is no longer in existence like the Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Browns and the old New York Giants.
Fall House League will be open to kids starting 2nd through 10th Grades, and games will be played on successive Saturdays commencing September 12th and concluding on October 24th. The plan is to have 4 divisions (i) 2nd Grade; (ii) 3rd/4th Grades; (iii) 5th/6th Grades; and (iv) 7th-10th Grades. There are no practices, only games. As is always the case, Fall Ball will be competitive (all divisions will have kids pitch and catch with umpires) and the two teams with the best records in each division will fight it out for the championship with the winners receiving a championship t-shirt.
We have been in communication with both flag football and soccer and have determined that the best times to play with the least conflicts are:
2nd Grade: 12:00 noon
3rd/4th Grade: 2:00 pm
5th/6th Grade: 3:45/4:00 pm
7th-10th Grade: 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm @Tamaques 2
We will be partnering with Westfield Baseball this season so some games may be played at their fields -- which will add a fun "travel" element to the In-Town league. For age divisions where we have enough to fill out a team we will try to keep SPF kids together and have an SPF coach run that team.
The cost is $100.00 for 2nd through 6th Grades and $110.00 for 7th through 10th Grades. Registration link is below!
Young Players Learn from Yankee Great Jeff Nelson at SPFBL Pitching Clinic on July 18
Four-time World Series Champion Hosts Clinic at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Former Yankees reliever Champion Jeff Nelson gave pointers to 40 aspiring major leaguers at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s varsity field on Saturday.
The four-time World Series champ talked about his days playing in little league and pitching on the baseball world's biggest stage. He also took questions from the audience: What was your favorite baseball memory? ("Beating the Mets in 2000 because they talked too much smack.") Why was your record so good with two outs and the bases loaded? ("The runners weren't mine. I didn't feel as much pressure.") Are you in the Hall of Fame? ("No, but I'm in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.")
The 15-year MLB veteran also posed for pictures and signed autographs for participants, organizers, and volunteers.
The proceeds from this event will start a fund to defray costs for Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL)'s 12U travel teams to participate in the annual tournament in Cooperstown, NY, in 2016.
"Jeff was great, and it could not have gone better," said SPFBL travel director Chris Bates. "The feedback was overwhelmingly positive today."
The clinic was possible with the help of Joe Quagliano of Mint Pros, a company that specializes in stadium tours and other baseball celebrity VIP events. Mint Pros is a longtime supporter of SPFBL. Scotch Plains High School athletic director Ryan Miller and varsity head coach Joe Higgins offered use of the field for the young players.
"Next year, we'll look to put together a hitting clinic with another one of our former MLB stars," said Quagliano. "I'm glad it worked out today."
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Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League Announces Award Winners, Opens 2014 Season
Coverage in The Alternative Press of Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League Announces Award Winners, Opens 2014 Season
Thanks to All Who Came Out in Support of the League and Our Heroes!!
Field Status Indicator
Check with your Manager to be sure...
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!!