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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Good News & Bad News!

The good news is each of the following divisions’ rosters are at or near full capacity in order to preserve our commitment to fair game scheduling and playing time. The bad news and as unfortunate as it is, once rosters are full, future registrations need to be waitlisted in order to have enough players to create one or two more teams to help guarantee an even number of games for all teams. Please reach out to friends that may be interested in playing to let them know.

Register like you normally would. Waitlisted registrations will be reimbursed if the additional number of players isn’t reached by Sunday, February 25. If that date can be pushed later based on numbers, we will announce it.

 

Current PY registrations update… Please reach out to friends that may be interested to let them know. As we do annually, PY keeps registrations open until the start of the season. However, we have begun waitlisting registrations in a few divisions that are now considered FULL until sufficient numbers are reached for additional teams. Waitlisted registrations will be contacted and reimbursed on February 25 IF the additional number of players isn’t  reached by that evening. If that date can be pushed later based on numbers, we will announce it.

  • TeeBall (4-6 years old) - 2 spots remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 20 players register.
  • Rookies (7-8 years old) - 6 spots remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 20 players register.
  • Minors (9-10 years old) - FULL. Waitlisted until another 12 players register.
  • Majors (11-12 years old) - FULL. Waitlisted until another 10 players register.
  • Babe Ruth (13-16 years old) - 1 spot remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 10 players register.
  • 8u Softball (7-1st year 9 year olds) - 1 spot remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 10 girls register.
  • 10u Softball - 1 spot remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 10 girls register.
  • 12u Softball (11-12 years old) - 1 spot remaining; then, Waitlisted until another 10 girls AND an additional coach registers.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

As of 2/7, we have 225 registered players!

Dick’s Sporting Good Coupon - Good for 2024!

2024 Uniforms! New this year, as requested, PYJSBA will move to MLB-like color schemes for baseball.  All uniforms for baseball & softball players registered by the February 5 deadline will have player last names on the back! Prospective Coaches, it is imperative that if you hope to coach, APPLY NOW! If your application is approved, you’ll have a chance to request your favorite MLB team if you have one. (Don’t worry, all MLB teams have home & aways and alternates, so we’re sure we can accommodate everyone). Softball will be the PYJSBA Panthers across the board in all levels with color variations. 

2024 Optional BUT STRONGLY ENCOURAGED Coaches' Clinic for ALL levels' board approved coaches: TeeBall, Softball 8u, Rookies, Minors, Majors, Babe Ruth, Baseball 16+, Softball 10u & 12u+ - January 17, 6 pm- 8 pm, locally. Experienced coaches will present various activities and approaches to having a successful and fun season. Coaches will be on hand to offer advice or share experiences. This Coaches’ Clinic is for anyone who gets board-approved to Coach, who wants to learn more before the season. On this night, PYJSBA Representatives will review the process and strategies related to coaching youth sports with PYJSBA and successful drills. While this night is optional for board-approved coaches, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, especially if you might be coaching for the first time with PYJSBA. If you’re considering joining your child’s team as a coach or “just a helper,” APPLY TO COACH TODAY!

2024 DRILLS & SKILLS CLINICS are INCLUDED for all paid registrants, ages 7 through 12, occurring from 6-8pm at a local indoor facility. This is for players who need extra fundamental work to help them prepare for evaluations. It’s recommended that you register early to take advantage of this opportunity. You MUST indicate interest to receive more information when you register. You will be enrolled in the Sports Engine team app no later than the end of the first week in January. If there is room, and you register after Skills & Drills Clinics begin, you will be added. 

*If your child is 13+ and lacking basic fundamentals, indicate interest in your registration, and our Player and Coach Agent will determine if these clinics are right for them.

6-7pm Ages 7-9 (Softball & Baseball) 
7-8pm Ages 10-12 (Baseball) & Age 10 (Softball)

  • Monday 1/22
  • Monday 1/29
  • Monday  2/5
  • Monday 2/12
  • Wednesday 2/21
  • Monday 2/26

6-8pm Ages 11-12 (Softball ONLY)

  • Wednesday 1/10
  • Wednesday 1/24
  • Wednesday 1/31
  • Wednesday 2/7
  • Wednesday 2/14
  • Wednesday 2/28

More details and the ability to opt in or out of this opportunity are available upon registering.

2024 Volunteering - PYJSBA is Volunteer-Driven - While PYJSBA has a committed group of volunteers beyond our board and coaches, we are ALWAYS in need of helping hands with pre-season duties, field prep, equipment and uniform distribution, and the Snack Shack among other tasks. We will post on Facebook and email specific tasks with contact information when opportunities arise.

2024 Player Evaluations for Rookies, Minors, Majors, Babe Ruth, Softball 10u & 12u - March 4, 5, and possibly 6, 6 pm -7:30 pm Locations TBA. On these three nights, players registered for the Rookie, Minor, Major, Babe Ruth, and Softball 10u & 12u  divisions are expected to attend a minimum of one workout, where they perform baseball or softball-related drills and activities, so coaches can make informed decisions when assembling their teams.  

2024 TeeBall & 8u Softball parents will receive Sports Engine access to their teams shortly after the Coaches’ Meeting scheduled on or around March 1.

2024 Coaches' Draft Night occurs on the final night of Evaluations. Location TBA Coaches at the Rookies, Minors, Majors,  Babe Ruth, Softball 10u & 12u Divisions meet after the final night of evaluations to select their teams' players based on their notes from attendance at the Evaluation Nights. Shortly thereafter, parents will receive access in the Sports Engine App to their players’ teams. TeeBall and Softball 8u parents will receive Sports Engine access to their teams shortly after the Coaches’ Meeting scheduled on or around March 1.

Assembling our Teams' Coaching StaffWhile traditional baseball and softball programs appoint "head coaches," PYJSBA assembles "coaching teams," where coaches are expected to work together to provide our players with the best possible experience. ALL coaches share duties and requirements equally.

Season Practice and Game Scheduling: PYJSBA does its best to accommodate coaches' schedules based on their availability.  We promise our players and families 1-2 experiences per week (5pm-7pm) with guaranteed games on Saturdays. On Saturdays, we anticipate Ages 4-8 playing between 9am and 12pm. Ages 9-12 play 1pm through 6pm. Ages 13+ play 10am through 4pm. (These times are dependent on times set within the majority of surrounding leagues and may differ slightly when we know these schedules). Nothing we offer has mandatory attendance; however, missing practices and games slows individual and team development and makes creating game-day lineups difficult for coaches.  Lastly, unless fields are unplayable, PYJSBA expects scheduled practices and games to occur. 

PYJSBA Refund Policy Acknowledging that a variety of unanticipated matters arise regarding youth and their or their parent’s or guardian’s interest and involvement in sports programs and organizations, PYJSBA has adopted a policy and refund structure regarding such instances where parents or guardians request a refund. PYJSBA’s Refund Policy is necessary to establish expectations and minimize impacts to the teams as well as protect PYJSBA’s Spring Season budgeting obligations. 
 

Dual Participation Policy: Acknowledging that youth have many opportunities to participate in sports programs and organizations concurrently, which we, unlike other organizations, fully support, it is in the best interest of the players registered with PYJSBA to provide a Dual Participation Policy to establish expectations and minimize impacts to the teams as well as provide financial relief.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Before, during, and after registration, questions arise. You are definitely welcome to reach out to our Player and Coach Agent, whose contact information can be found throughout and at the bottom of this page. It’s important to remember, PYJSBA representatives are volunteers and may need some time to get back to you. However, we often update our Frequently Asked Questions page to include many of the questions we receive from returning families to first timers. If you don’t find answers to questions here after reading through the detailed information, we urge you to check out the FAQs page, where you’ll likely get an answer right away. Because questions about PYJSBA’s All-Stars Program involve so many details, we developed its own page. Again, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our Player and Coach Agent, whose contact information can be found throughout and at the bottom of this page.

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DIVISIONS  BY AGE & REGISTRATION FEES

  • *New Hat/Jersey/Sock Designs and Color Schemes! 
  • *PYJSBA NO LONGER requires a Volunteer Bond as part of the Registration Fee.  Volunteer opportunities will still be available and shared via Facebook.
  • *Every year, PYJSBA offers playing opportunities for all ages from 4-16 years of age. However, it must be noted that the number of registrations fluctuate from year-to-year. Should you register your child, and we don’t end up with enough registrations to formulate a team in that specific age group, we will contact you via the email you register with all available options, including reimbursement if necessary, no later than a week after the posted registration deadline. 
  • $10 Early Bird Discount November through New Year's Day!
  • Discounts for families registering more than one player!
  • $25 Late Fee for Registrations Received After the 5th of February. This is required to offset the cost of rush delivery on uniforms to ensure children who are registered late get their uniform before opening day.

New: 

  • PYJSBA SOFTBALL: This is PYJSBA’s second year offering Softball for girls in Little Egg Harbor and surrounding towns. Because of the anticipated number of girls registered, ALL levels will be entered into our closest "Interlocking District." Main games will again occur on Saturdays with home and away games with Lacey, Pt. Pleasant, New Egypt, Waretown, Stafford, and Barnegat.
  • There is an option to register for Softball AND Baseball at a 10% reduced rate if you'd like to register your child for both.
  • If you have questions regarding level change requests, equipment needed, scheduling, volunteering, All-Stars, etc., please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Tee Ball Baseball (Ages 4-7) - $150

Designed for Co-ed Ballplayers ages 4-6 to learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin instructing young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. 

Girls Only Softball (Ages 7, 8, & (lower level) 9) - $175

Designed for Female Softball players ages 7 through 9 to learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. The primary goal is to begin instructing young players in the fundamentals of softball in a supportive team environment.  Children younger than 7, must register for tee ball.  This division uses a pitching machine or Coach to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants. 

Girls Only Softball (Ages 9 & 10) - $200

Designed for Female Softball players ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience their first post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. For more information regarding All-Stars, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Girls Only Softball (Ages 11, 12, & 13) - $225

Designed for the experienced level of Babe Ruth Softball players, ages 11, 12, and 13. Babe Ruth Softball is played under the Official Softball Rules like other levels but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience their first post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

Girls Only Softball (Ages 14, 15, & 16) - $235

Designed for the most experienced level of Babe Ruth Softball players, ages 14, 15, & 16. Babe Ruth Softball is played under the Official Softball Rules. In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

Rookie Baseball (Ages 7 & 8) - $175

Designed for Co-ed Ballplayers ages 7-8, this division uses a pitching machine or Coach to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.  In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience their first post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

Minors Baseball (Ages 9 & 10) - $225

Designed for Co-ed Ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience their first post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

Majors Baseball (Ages 11 & 12) - $225

Designed for the most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball Co-Ed ages 11 and 12. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. In most regions, there may be the possibility for participants to experience their first post-season tournament competition that could lead to post-season play, which is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

We register our Major Teams for the Major 50/70 format.

Unlike other programs, PYJSBA offers this format in preparation for eventual movement to 60/90 fields. This format features a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect as leads and head first sliding are permitted. There may be the possibility for participants to experience a tournament trail from District competition through the World Series. Post-season play is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter.

Babe Ruth Baseball (Ages 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16) - $235

Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth Baseball League was created for ballplayers ages 13-16 who wished to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. This is where players get their baseball cleats muddy for the first time on standard 60/90 diamonds under Official Baseball Rules used by Major League Baseball. Babe Ruth practices and home games traditionally occur on Pinelands Regional grounds while away games are played within an hour's driving distance against opponents registered within the Tri-State Elite Baseball League. In this division, there may be the possibility for participants to experience a tournament trail from District competition through the World Series. Post-season play is dependent upon the level of play that participants reach. If the possibility for post-season play occurs, evaluations are held to assemble the most competitive players possible within our charter. 

17 -18-year-old players can play with Jersey Shore Baseball and should contact jerseyshorefire@gmail.com for more information.  

What Does My Player's Registration Fee Cover?

Our mission is to provide ALL players at every level registered with PYJSBA  a safe, healthy, and fun experience within a caring environment, where our Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth-certified coaches teach players the fundamental skills and finer aspects of baseball with the added possibility of post-season play.

We aim to offer one to two practices and/or games per week for each team and level with games and/or practices occurring on weeknights with a set schedule of games for all levels on Saturdays. Sundays will always remain a practice option for coaches. Some teams may be able to offer more while others may have to offer less.

Registration fees pay for your players' hats, jerseys, socks and make a fair contribution toward the costs associated with field maintenance, equipment, umpires, concessions, league fees, and in-season & end-of-season activities.

All players will need to provide their own grey baseball pants, mitt, and helmet.  PYJSBA provides each team with its own catcher's gear and catcher's mitt, a team bat, balls, etc.

We always hope to have a community table set up for parents to donate and/or purchase gently used equipment on Opening Day!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

What's in the Works?

Pinelands Youth Jersey Shore Baseball is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to developing and promoting the game of baseball and softball for the youth of Little Egg Harbor and surrounding towns. We utilize fields within the town that are maintained by us, Little Egg Harbor Township, and Ocean County.

Making Baseball and Softball Fun Again!

THE OFF-SEASON

The season kicks off with "Skills and Drills Clinics!"

Included with each registration, for Minors through Babe Ruth, ages 7 through 12, Pinelands Youth Jersey Shore Baseball offers an “Open Gym Night” for paid registrants to prepare for evaluations and practices. Our focus is to instruct proper mechanics and the many aspects of baseball and/or softball in a safe and welcoming environment to the maximum ability afforded within a pre-determined, indoor space. 

Space is always limited and determined by registrations. All paid registrants ages 7 through 12 that are interested and participate in the 4-6 week experience are encouraged to indicate this during the registration process. Because space will be limited, priority will be determined by age, working from oldest to youngest.

Details regarding dates, times, and locations are posted in the Sports Engine App.  In order to participate, you must connect via the Sports Engine app shortly after registration.

*Tee Ball (ages 4-6) are not yet ready for this activity as our focus with Tee Ball is a little different, and our approach begins in March with team-related activities when they can be outdoors. 

EVALUATIONS (Early March)

Once players are registered, reminders are posted in the Sports Engine App about attending Evaluations on two to three evenings in early March  The venue is to be determined. On these dates, players registered for the Rookie, Minor, Major, Babe Ruth, and Softball 10u ans 12u divisions are expected to attend a minimum of one workout, where they perform baseball or softball-related drills and activities to help coaches create the most competitive and developmental teams possible. 

Our aim is to gain a sense of skill and interest level of each player to do our best to create the most dynamic environment possible for each player.  On "Draft Night," a coaches-only event, coaches come together to draft players and formulate teams. 

*Tee-Ball players DO NOT attend this event. Like "Drills and Skills Clinics," Tee Ball players (ages 4-6) are not yet ready for this activity as our focus with Tee Ball is a little different, and our approach begins in March with team-related activities when they can be outdoors. 

PRESEASON

Once teams are established, coaches soon reach out to parents to arrange lines of communication using our Sports Engine Mobile App and establish a practice schedule.  By the middle of March, coaches will post practice and game schedules with times and locations for parents. Coaches will also hand out uniforms when they come in, and they can be properly distributed to coaches.

OPENING DAY

We will open our season in Early April at the Little Egg Harbor Sports Complex with ALL players from every division of baseball and softball, dressed in their uniforms to celebrate the game of baseball and softball with music, opening day activities, and more!

THE SEASON

The fun continues with games for Tee-Ball, ages 4-6, Rookie, ages 7-8, and Softball 7-8 until early June.  Minor, ages 9-10,  Major, 11-12, Babe Ruth 12-15, and Softball 10u & 12u may play through the end of June and into July with post-season opportunities. 

To better understand "post season opportunities," please visit our FAQ page.

Depending on Interest Expressed by Parents

PYJSBA continues to offer group and individual lessons, large and small group clinics, and "pick-up play."  These opportunities are made available as they come and volunteers are available.  If ever you're interested in helping develop or becoming a part of PYJSBA's mission, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

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