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Summer Pick-Up Baseball – 6PM T-Th!
DON'T FORGET --- Tu/Th Pick-up Baseball is an informal, come-and-play experience that occurs on Tuesday and Thursday nights in July and August, starting at 6 PM at Lawrence Playground. Games generally go for two hours, or until dusk. There is no registration necessary, and all are invited. Games typically take place on two diamonds, with informal team creation each night. The games are coach pitch, and everyone has a great time.
Brookline Youth Baseball is pleased to announce a newly structured, small-diamond, fall baseball program that provides a convenient, in-town option for players across skill levels and age groups. Key enhancements include:
In-town Farm, Minor and Major Leagues will replace Rookies, Veterans and the Belmont small-diamond, fall travel league. The Senior League and Brookline Knights AAU program remain options for older players interested in a competitive, big diamond, travel program.
Registration opens today, June 4, two months earlier than usual. Families who register by June 30th will receive a ~15% discount off of their registration fee! Registration will close July 31st to allow time to create teams and send out schedules several weeks in advance to promote a smooth start to the season.
***** Registration has been extended until August 31, 2014 although some leagues are only accepting wait list registrations. Follow the registration link (upper right) for more information.
The fall schedule will be simplified for parents managing busy fall calendars. Schedules across leagues will be limited to an assigned weekday practice and/or scrimmage and a Sunday game. When registering, parents are encouraged to highlight known weekday conflicts, which will be honored when assigning teams.
Our three small-diamond, fall leagues – Farm, Minors, and Majors – are focused on instruction and improvement at all levels, with an atmosphere that is more relaxed than our spring or summer programs. League placement is based on a combination of school grade, previous experience, and prior coaches’ evaluations. No tryouts are held. Due to the shorter days in the fall, a full playoff schedule isn’t practical at the end of the season, but a fun, competitive atmosphere will be promoted during games including the use of umpires in the Minor and Major leagues.
The season starts after Labor Day and ends in late October. Weekday practices will start at 5pm in September and will move to 4:45pm and then 4:30pm, as the days get shorter in October. Sunday games are mostly scheduled in the afternoon with a few late morning games in some leagues. Between religious holidays and Columbus Day, there is usually little time to make up practices or games due to rain, but we always manage to get in a lot of baseball before the kids hang up the cleats for winter.
Our new fall baseball program will offer a fun and convenient option for all Brookline kids who want to extend their baseball season. Please don’t delay your registration, as we can’t guarantee placement after July 31st. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
VP, Fall Baseball &
Fall Major League Commissioner
Brookline Youth Baseball
Appeal for Head Coaches
We always need parents willing to take on head coaching responsibilities. If you’ve thought that you would like to be a coach but weren’t sure you had the time, the fall is the ideal season to give it a try given the more modest schedule during the week. If you travel on occasion and don’t think you can make every date, don’t worry. We have many parents willing to be an assistant coach who can run a practice or game. If you don’t know how to run a practice, we can teach you. Please indicate your willingness to be a head coach when registering your child.
Fall League Placement
Although we don’t hold tryouts in the fall, we do want your child in the right place. The league commissioners will make placement decisions based on the following criteria (grades stated are for the 2014/15 school year).
All 1st and 2nd graders
3rd graders with no previous baseball experience
3rd graders with some baseball experience but who could use another season of coach-pitch baseball, as determined by the player’s parents, previous coaches, and league commissioner
Most 3rd graders with previous playing experience
5th graders with one or fewer years of baseball experience
5th graders with two or more years of experience but who could use another season of Minors baseball, as determined by the player’s parents, previous coaches, and league commissioner
Most 5th graders with two or more years of experience
7th graders who will be 12 years old or younger on April 30, 2015
Seniors Belmont Babe Ruth League
Players who will be 13 or 14 on April 30, 2015 may be placed in Fall Seniors or may try out for the Brookline Knights AAU program.
7th graders who will be 12 on April 30, 2015 have the option to be placed in Fall Seniors or try out for the Brookline Knights AAU program.
Please see the league descriptions below for more information. If your child does not fit into one of these groups, is new to Brookline, or has a special consideration not covered here, please contact the relevant league commissioner listed below to discuss.
As with all of BYB’s programs, our fall leagues are open to boys and girls. With the exception of the Brookline Knights, no tryouts are required. All teams in the in-town leagues will be assigned a specific weekday evening for a practice and/or scrimmage and play games on Sunday.
The Farm League program is a coach-pitch league. It uses a structured station-based practice format and split squad games to maximize the actions for players, with no more than 8 kids per side in any game. The program is targeted at both inexperienced and experienced 1st and 2nd graders, and for 3rd graders who are just picking up the sport or who need more time to work on fundamentals before they move on to kid pitch baseball. We group together kids of similar skill levels for station work and games in order to provide them with an appropriate challenge.
Our goal is to provide players with the fundamental skills they will need to enjoy the sport at higher levels. They will also learn the basic rules of the game, teamwork and sportsmanship. Teams will meet one weekday each week for a clinic style practice and on Sundays for a short practice session followed by a non-competitive game with an instructional focus. All events will likely take place at the Lawrence school playground. If you have any questions, please contact the Farm League commissioner, ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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For kids in 3rd to 5th grade of the current school year who have 1-3 years of experience, Fall Minors is a kid-pitch league and is a good fit for kids who played AA or Minors in the spring. Each team works with a coach and a student-athlete from BHS, and spends half of each practice in a scrimmage with another team. Teams will meet one weekday per week and on Sundays for competitive games. The focus is on skill building for kids who want to play competitive ball in the future but need to improve their tools. If you have any questions, please contact the Fall Minor League commissioner, ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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For kids who will be 12 or under on April 30, 2015, Fall Majors is for experienced 5th – 7th graders with 2 years experience. The focus is on advanced individual skills and game strategies. Each team works with a coach and a student-athlete from BHS, and spends half of each practice in a scrimmage with another team. Teams will meet one weekday per week and on Sundays for competitive games. If you have any questions, please contact the Fall Major League commissioner, ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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Seniors Babe Ruth Prep League
For players aged 12-14 who have completed Major A or summer 12U baseball, Seniors is a starting place for moving toward the 90’ diamond. Practices are held once a week on a regulation 90' diamond and players are introduced to base leading, stealing, balks, pick-off plays and advanced hitting techniques. Games are played on Sundays in the Belmont travel league. Seniors is also the season-long evaluation for the Brookline Knights Baseball Club. For more information, please contact ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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Brookline Knights AAU
For dedicated players who will be age 13 or 14 next spring, the Knights program offers a more competitive level of baseball than an in-town league. Tryouts for the fall team take place in August. Those who are selected for the fall team play a six-week schedule of practices and developmental games on a full-size baseball diamond against teams from throughout eastern New England, and the entire fall season serves as an extended tryout for the spring team. Players who are selected for the spring team then participate in weekly winter practices (indoors) from December through March. In the spring, the Knights practice on two weeknights and play double-headers on weekends. For more information, please contact ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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Youth Umpire Program
BYB runs a limited youth umpire program in the fall for Sunday games in the Minor and Major Leagues. Because we have training only in the spring, registration for the fall youth umpire program is open only to those who have had previous BYB youth umpire experience, are in the Knights AAU program, or have played high school baseball. If interested, please ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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Coaching Is . . . Ten Reasons YOU Should Become a Baseball Coach
New coaches are the lifeblood of the system that keeps BYB dynamic and active. Every small era in our development is owed in great part to the parent volunteers who choose to get involved, stay involved and grow their teams. To those who love to spend time with their kids and their kids’ friends, and who value the life lessons that baseball teaches, we proudly invite you to get involved.
Coaching is about giving kids confidence by teaching them a game that literally changes lives.
Coaching is hauling the gear bag around like a custodian, because you are one.
Coaching is a chance to make all kinds of new friends (especially the young ones).
Coaching is making every player know s/he’s the best one on the team.
Coaching is two hours on a green grassy field where the office can’t reach you.
Coaching is the high-fives you give and get from the sweetest faces.
Coaching is assuring a dejected child that the sun will rise tomorrow.
Coaching is a tribute to your own kids’ dreams.
Coaching is a tribute to your community.
Coaching is a tribute to the ones who coached you.
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Brookline Joins Little League
Brookline Youth Baseball has decided to affiliate with Little League Baseball. Little League is the world's largest youth sports organization and we hope to take advantage of its resources. We will also be fielding a team to compete in the Williamsport Tournament. Keep an eye on the website for more details. Go Brookline!!