BASEBALL

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2017 Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Information

The Suwannee County Babe Ruth League offers children in our community the opportunity to participate in organized youth baseball in a safe environment.  We seek to teach our participants the fundamentals of the game as well as instill a lifelong passion for baseball in each player. We strive to provide you and your child with a safe and enjoyable youth sports experience.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Youth Baseball Program, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at (386) 362-3004 or through email at suwanneerec@windstream.net.

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Registration Dates:

Registration will begin Monday, January 18th and will conclude on Friday, February 17th

Senior League registration dates: TBA

Registration Fees:

  • $65 from Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 23rd
  • $75 from Monday, January 25th through Friday, February 12th
  • $85 from Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 17th (and for any available spots available after registration closes)

Age Divisions:

Suwannee Parks & Recreation offers four different baseball age divisions:

  • Rookie Ball (Coach Pitch) – For players 7 & 8 years old, players cannot turn 9 before May 1st
  • Minor League – For players 9 & 10 years old, players cannot turn 11 before May 1st
  • Major League – For players 11 & 12 years old, players cannot turn 13 before May 1st
  • Senior League – For players 13-15 years old, players cannot turn 16 before May 1st

Player Evaluations (Drafts):

TBA

Practice Info:

  • Location – All practices will be held at the First Federal Sportsplex in Live Oak.  Due to limited field space, your coach may also practice at a location other than the First Federal Sportsplex.  Be sure to confirm your practice schedule with your coach.  All practices scheduled at the First Federal Sportsplex will be posted in the Concession Stand.
  • Duration – Teams will typically practice for an hour and a half three days per week.  Practices will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays typically beginning at 5:30 pm.

Game Info:

  • Start Date – Games are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 2nd
  • Location – Games will be held at the First Federal Sportsplex in Live Oak.  Additionally, your team may play away games in Branford, Fort White, Jasper, Madison, Mayo and/or Perry.
  • Duration – Teams will play a minimum of 10 games during the season, typically one weeknight game and one Saturday game each week.  The season is scheduled to conclude the last week of school but may conclude earlier depending on the final number of teams participating.

What Suwannee Parks & Recreation will provide:

All participants will receive a uniform consisting of socks, pants, jersey and cap.  Please do not practice in your team uniform.  Uniforms will be distributed the week before the first game.  Coaches will be provided with practice baseballs and a set of catcher’s gear for use during the season.

What you need to provide:

All participants must furnish their own glove (write your player’s name on his glove in permanent marker) and cleats.  Cleats must be made of rubber or plastic, no metal cleats allowed.  We recommend that each player provide their own helmet, but we will provide additional helmets as necessary.  Additionally, you must provide your player with a practice uniform (with a cap). All participants are encouraged to wear a protective cup, but any participant who will be playing catcher must wear a protective cup.  Players can share bats, but most players choose to provide their own bat.  See information on bat limitations below.

  • NOTE: Senior League players are permitted to wear metal cleats.

Important Bat Information:

  • Rookie Ball, Minor League, Major League – The bat may not exceed 33” in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 ¼” in diameter.  Only 2 ¼” barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed.  Wood 2 ¼” barrel bats are allowed.
  • Senior League – The bat may not exceed 34” in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8” in diameter.  All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed.  Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed.  Wood barrel baseball bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

T-Ball Information

Tee Ball Information

The Suwannee Parks & Recreation Tee Ball program is a coed, instructional league designed to introduce new players to the game and improve the skills of returning players.  We do not keep an official score for Tee Ball games as the emphasis should not be on wins and losses but on player development and overall enjoyment of participation.

We strive to provide you and your child with a safe and enjoyable youth sports experience.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Tee Ball program, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at (386) 362-3004 or through email here

Ages:

The Tee Ball program is designed for players 5 and 6 years old:

  • Players must turn 5 years old before May 1st.
  • Players cannot turn 7 years old before May 1st.

Player Evaluations (Drafts):

There are no player evaluations for Tee Ball.  Players will be assigned to a team by Suwannee Parks & Recreation staff.  Siblings will be paired together.

Practice Info:

  • Location – All Tee Ball practices will be held in the outfields of fields 2, 3, 4 and 5 at the First Federal Sportsplex in Live Oak.  Check the Tee Ball Field Map posted in the Concession Stand to help locate your practice field.
  • Duration – Tee Ball teams will typically practice for an hour and a half no more than three days per week.  Practices will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays typically beginning at 5:30 pm.  Your coach will contact you with your official practice times.

Game Info:

  • Start Date – Tee Ball games are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 2nd
  • Location – All Tee Ball games will be held at the First Federal Sportsplex in Live Oak.
  • Duration – Teams will play 10 games during the season, typically one weeknight game and one Saturday game each week.  The season is scheduled to conclude prior to Memorial Day weekend, but may extend beyond that date depending on the final number of teams.

What Suwannee Parks & Recreation will provide:

All Tee Ball players will be outfitted with a uniform consisting of socks, pants, jersey and cap.  Please do not practice in your team uniform.  Uniforms will be distributed the week before your first game.  Coaches will be provided with a batting tee and safety balls for use during the season.  Additionally, all Tee Ball players will receive a personalized trophy at the conclusion of the season.

What you need to provide:

Tee Ball participants must furnish their own practice uniform.  Additionally, Tee Ball participants must provide their own glove and cleats (write your player’s name on their glove in permanent marker).  Cleats must be made of plastic or rubber, no metal cleats allowed.  We recommend each player have their own helmet, although we will provide helmets as needed.  We also recommend each player have their own bat, but players can share bats amongst the team.

WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER COACHES.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COACHING YOUR CHILD’S TEAM, PLEASE CONTACT SUWANNEE PARKS & RECREATION AT (386) 362-3004.

Suwannee Parks & Recreation

1201 Silas Drive

Live Oak, FL 32064

Phone: (386) 362-3004

Fax: (386) 208-1580

Email: email here

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