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Everyone,

As the Spring season is now behind us, we know everyone has visions of summer cook-outs, camp-outs, and pool parties. However, we here at South Colonie Youth Baseball / Girls Softball are busy planning our 2017 Fall Ball season, and want to let everyone know that registration for the Fall season is now OPEN!

From a competitive standpoint, Fall Ball is in between our recreation games and Spring/Summer travel league games. Some stricter rules are enforced, but the emphasis on competition does not reach that of travel games and more closely resembles our recreation games. Our Fall Softball teams will again play within divisions of the Hudson Mohawk (HM) District 7 Girls Softball Traveling League, and our Fall Baseball teams will once again play within divisions of the Eastern States Baseball League (ESBL).

SOFTBALL

For 10U, 12U, 14U, and 17U, play consists of doubleheaders on four consecutive Sundays beginning on September 10th, and ending on October 1st (8 games total). In addition, each team will practice one to two times per week on top of the games. Travel will be within the local area, i.e., Latham, Burnt Hills, Shen, Rotterdam, etc. We may be scheduled for home games if our league is asked to host on one of the Sundays, but we will not know until schedules are released by HM. NOTE: Registration age for Fall Ball is based on the level that the player will play in Spring 2018, i.e., a player who played 10u and turns eleven in 2018, will play 12u fall ball this year.

For 8U (Mini Minors), we will again be running our own in-house program primarily focusing on instruction and skills development through both individual and team based drills and scrimmages. Emphasis will be on throwing, fielding and hitting. In the past the program was one weeknight a week plus a set time on Saturday. Exact details for this year's program are still being worked out. We will let you know when they are finalized.

BASEBALL

For 8U, 9U, and 10U, play will be on Saturdays and/or Sundays beginning around September 9th or 10th, and ending around October 7th or 8th (8 - 12 games total). Some days will consist of doubleheaders. In addition, each team will practice one to two times per week on top of the games. We will have some home games, as well as away games within the local area at locations such as Niskayuna, Guilderland, North Colonie, etc. We will know exact game dates when schedules are released by ESBL.

REGISTRATION

The Fall Ball registration fee this year for each player (except 8U Softball) is $80 and goes towards players' jerseys, umpire fees, HM/ESBL league fees, and insurance. The cost for our 8U Softball in-house program is $40, and all players receive a shirt. To register, go to our website at www.southcolonieball.org/registration and click on the 'Register' button!

If you have any questions about Softball, please contact Bryan Kelly at bryankelly@southcolonieball.org . For any Baseball questions, please contact Matt Conley at mattconley@southcolonieball.org .

We hope to see you for Fall Ball!
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1115938_624921010935070_8674007024257632028_oWhy choose Cal Ripken baseball for your child?

What is Cal Ripken Baseball? It is basically a “brand” of baseball similar to the “Little League” brand of baseball we’ve played for years. Cal Ripken baseball is growing more & more every year with many leagues doing what SCYB did in 2012, converting from “Little League” to Cal Ripken Baseball. Many leagues are realizing that there is a need for the game to evolve with the kids as they develop as players and Cal Ripken Baseball offers just that. The kids play by slightly different rules, mostly at the 9-12 years of age levels. The rules they play by prove to be very helpful as they transition out of youth baseball at age 12 and onto Babe Ruth baseball and/or modified school baseball at age 13. We have found that kids of ALL playing ablities enjoy playing the Cal Ripken brand of baseball!

In a nutshell, the Cal Ripken style of play allows the kids to experience a more “real baseball” style of play where leading, stealing and bunting are introduced at an earlier age. In the Majors division (10-12 years of age), the kids play on a slightly larger field than a Little League field, which has been proven in many other Cal Ripken programs in the area to be extremely beneficial in the transition to the Babe Ruth level and modified baseball in 7th & 8th grades. We have been told by many Babe Ruth and Modified coaches that they see a significant difference in the “readiness” of the players to play Babe Ruth & Modified baseball that transition out of a Cal Ripken program because they have already learned the Babe Ruth/Modified playing rules. The only adjustment is the larger field they play on at those levels.

South Colonie Youth Baseball offers “Cal Ripken” baseball to boys & girls ages 4-12 years of age. Our boundaries are open to any child (ages 4-12) living within the South Colonie School District. SCYB is the only Cal Ripken program offered in the South Colonie School District.
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