This year, we are opening registration on www.gbll.org earlier than ever and we are excited about the programs offered for 2018! Our Spring Rec programs are the same as what was offered last year.
2018 Spring Rec Programs include:
TBALL Ages 4 & 5
Coach Pitch Ages 6 & 7
AA (Kid & Coach Pitch) Ages 7 & 8
Minors Ages 9 & 10
Majors Ages 11 & 12
Seniors Ages 13, 14 & 15
While always appreciated, payment is not required to register (just close out of the last screen when payment is prompted). If you do not pay immediately you will be registered but you will not receive a confirmation email until payment in full is made. We will send out a reminder email when payment is due - February 10th 2018 for Majors and Minors and later for other Rec Programs. Since payment is not due for several months, register your player TODAY so we can start planning for a great 2018 Rec Baseball Season! Information regarding Pre-Season practices, Training sessions & Rec Evaluations will be sent as the 2018 season gets closer!
Travel Baseball program info:
Travel Baseball is not a requirement for those that just want to play Spring Rec. Travel is an extra opportunity to play competitive baseball above and beyond our core Spring Rec Baseball program. In an effort to standardize the Travel experience and to become more competitive, those players interested in playing Travel Baseball in the 2018 season will be required to register and tryout in the Fall of 2017 for the next year. This is very similar to club-type programs. These tryouts are scheduled for October 30th and November 2nd at the Warren Municipal Fields in Warren. We are also holding a third date on November 5th at the Green Brook fields. Evaluations will conducted by the Full Count Baseball Academy staff in conjunction with the towns of Warren, Watchung and Long Hill, however there are no plans at this time to combine the GB Travel Baseball program with programs from the other sending district towns. The joint tryouts will only serve to increase options for convenience, reduce costs and potentially establish a baseline in the event GB Travel Baseball cannot field a full team a certain age level. The tryout process will be standardized and independent to ensure impartiality in the travel selection process. Complete tryout information is listed at the bottom of this email.
Please note, Registration for a 2018 Spring Rec Program is a requirement in order to register/ be considered for Travel Baseball in the 2018 season.
The Travel registration cost of $200 is for a 10 game travel schedule in the Spring of 2018. These games are usually on Sundays but will be scheduled around the Spring Rec season by the appropriate travel manager. We will be offering a separate winter training module for an additional cost with details TBA. Summer Travel Baseball will be a separate cost and a separate registration closer to that actual season. Separate evaluations/tryouts for Summer travel will NOT be held. Travel players for 2018 will be selected in Fall of 2017.
Registration for the appropriate Travel level (8U, 9U, etc.) is required in order to try out for the 2018 travel team. However, payment is not required up front in order to be evaluated and there is no fee to tryout. If your player is selected for the travel team, payment will be required prior to the start of season.
The age determination day for all travel players is April 30th 2018. Your player’s age on that day is the age they are considered for travel purposes. Please register your player in appropriate age bucket based on this determination date.
There is no Spring Travel for 7U. Please stay tuned for our BIG announcement regarding 7U Summer Travel as we get closer to that season!
Sun 11/5/17 Green Brook Baseball Complex – 8 Highland Street, Green Brook NJ
Actual times will be distributed to those that are registered for the travel program. Attendance at all 3 evaluation days is NOT necessary. Please only attend the appropriate session on ONE of the evaluation days or. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for check in.
If you have any questions regarding Rec or Travel, please reply to this email to contact the Player Agent, Adam Eder.
As you may have heard, all youth baseball organizations will be switching to a new bat standard in 2018. The new bat standard replicates wood bat performance with the goal of standardizing this performance across all levels of play. This is NOT Green Brook's rule but rather it was enacted by all major youth baseball associations including Little League & Cal Ripken.
All current bats (other than wood) in use will not be eligible in the 2018 Rec or Travel seasons. All bats for next year must have the "USA Baseball" certification stamped on the bat. DO NOT BUY A BAT AT THE END OF THIS SEASON AS IT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED NEXT SEASON. New bats from the manufacturers will be available on 9/1/2017. Make sure the USA BAT logo is stamped on any bat you purchase.
There is an excellent explanation on Little League's website that can be viewed here: 2018 USA Bat Standard
At this time, we do not anticipate new bats being needed for TBall Division. The Coach Pitch Division and Higher should be prepared for the new bat standard starting 1/1/2018. As you will see in the links, 14U may still be exempt in some cases. New bats are NOT needed for the 2017 Fall Ball season.
While this information may take some getting used to initially, the goal of standardization should ultimately be beneficial to the game. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or another Board Member.