"Twinsburg represents community baseball at its best. Their teams are consistently strong fundamentally and more importantly they play the game the right way; with respect."
Former Cleveland Indians & Current Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro
FIELD SCHEDULE - APRIL PRACTICES
Below is the field schedule for April practices. For coaches looking to reschedule a rained out slot, please do so through your league commissioner. You'll find this field schedule near the top of the home page all season, and as real-time updated as possible.
TWINSBURG TRAVEL BASEBALL OFF TO A FAST START TO THE 2016 SEASON!!!
Twinsburg's travel baseball program's has developed a reputation as one of the state's finest, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that all of our travel teams are comprised of 100% Twinsburg kids. The program is off to an incredible start to the 2016 season, highlighted by big time tournament wins from our youngest Tiger squads. The 8U Travel Tigers won their first tournament ever, coming back to beat a Holly Hills team that on beat them on Saturday to win the Hudson Spring Classic. And the 9U Tigers defeated the Glass City Grasshoppers out of Toledo in the finals of the Ohio Bombers Early Bird Tournament to pick things right back up where they left off last season, when they were very successful at the 8U level. Go Tigers!
TBL DAY AT LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS PARK - SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH!
TBL has once again partnered up with the Lake County Captains for a TBL Day at Captains Park in Eastlake on Saturday, June 25th for the Captains their 7 PM against the Great Lakes Loons. All TBL players will receive a free ticket to the game, and all friends and family members of TBL players can buy tickets for $9 each. A fireworks show will follow the game, and discounted vouchers for food, merchandise, and Kids Zone play are also available to the TBL community. Download the registration form below to lock in your spot!
TBL PARENTS MEETING PRESENTATION
We want to thank the hundreds of parents that came out to the Twinsburg Community Center on Saturday, March 19th to hear about the state of the league, key dates and events for the coming season, the principles on which it is run, and to ask questions. Below is a copy of the presentation we went through.
Now we ask you all to pray for a dry April and May. ;-)
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR SENIORS DIVISIONS
Here are the age divisions for our upcoming 2016 spring/summer recreational baseball league. Registration is now closed for the Instructional, Coach Pitch, Juniors, Minors, and Majors divisions. Registration is still open for the Seniors division through May 13th.
Teams are formed by mid-March, and practices begin in late March/early April. Opening Day is Saturday, April 30th and the season concludes by the July 4th holiday. Teams will practice twice a week before the season starts, typically one weeknight and again on Saturdays, and may have periodic practices after the season begins. Games are also typically on weeknights at 6 PM and on Saturdays all day.
If you are interested in making money while being involved in the game you love, then become a TBL Rec League umpire! Players that are age 12 on up can register and umpire for the upcoming 2016 Spring/Summer season. The 1st year and 2nd year umpires usually umpire TBL Juniors games (3rd and 4th graders), 3rd year umpires usually umpire Minors games (5th and 6th grade), and 4th year on up can umpire all 3 age divisions including Majors ( 7th and 8th grade). All new and returning umpires are required to register. Umpiring in TBL is a super way to learn more about baseball, have fun and get paid while still participating in a great sport! Click HERE to register!
Register now, and see you this spring!
CLEVELAND INDIANS YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP COMING BACK TO LIBERTY PARK IN JUNE!
The Cleveland Indians will once again bring their youth baseball camp to Liberty Park in Twinsburg again in 2016. The camp is open to children ages 6-14, runs from 9 AM-3 PM up at Liberty from Monday, June 6th to Friday, June 10th, and registration is now open. All campers will receive an Indians jersey and hat, Indians drawstring backpack, workbook, Indians Diamond Dictionary poster and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night (August 21, 2016). Get your child signed up! The camps are very well run, always well attended, and are a great way to get summer started off!
TBL BOARD VOTES TO CHANGE THREE RULES FOR 2016
The TBL Board voted recently to make the following changes to the rules of the TBL recreational baseball leagues for 2016 ...
1. Formally introduce a kid pitch component to the tee-ball/instructional league. Starting on June 1 each year (halfway through rec season), from the 3rd innings on in tee-ball games, players may elect to be pitched to. If they do not hit three pitches, the player will then hit off the tee.
2. Allow big barrel bats in the Juniors and Minors divisions. Max barrel size of 2 3/4".
3. Implement the MLB Pitch Smart pitch count guidelines. The MLB Pitch Smart pitch limits/rest parameters will replace our current pitching rules in the Juniors division on up.
TBL ALUM JALEN WASHINGTON NAMED CAPTAIN OF 2016 OHIO STATE BASEBALL TEAM
TBL travel baseball player and Twinsburg High School graduate Jalen Washington was recently named as a captain for Ohio State's 2016 men's baseball team, which is decided by a player vote. The Buckeyes are coming off of a 35-20 season, and Washington was recently named the team's "Most Improved Player" this fall. The junior will enter this season as the Buckeye's starting catcher and is poised for a breakout season.
Go Buckeyes! Go Tigers!
TBL INSTALLS NEW BATTING CAGE AT LIBERTY PARK
Through years of fund raising events, TBL raised enough money to install a sweet new batting cage at Liberty Park behind the fence of field #2! Gives kids another place to get swings in when all four fields at Liberty are occupied! Check it out below!
TBL PARTNERS WITH THE POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE
In February of 2015, the TBL Board voted to partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a quickly growing national organization that works with youth and high school sports leaders, coaches, athletes and parents to help promote a positive, character building youth sports experience.
PCA offers a number of tools for all of the aforementioned groups.
The numbers of kids in America playing baseball from ages 6-12 is at healthy levels, but there has been a sharp drop off in the number of kids that continue playing after that point.
PCA is committed to helping coaches and youth sports organizations to create the positive type of atmosphere that leads to kids wanting to continue to play sports through their high school years.
Click HERE to learn more!
PLEASE NOTE - TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT DATES ALREADY SET FOR NEXT SEASON
Knowing that many families schedule vacations far in advance, and that many times those vacations happen right after baseball season ends, we've already set the dates for the tryouts for our 2017 travel baseball teams, which take place a summer in advance so that teams can begin to practice together in the fall and winter that precede the coming season. We're also moving the dates of these tryouts up, as Twinsburg's have historically occurred much later than other communities and other travel programs. Nothing else is changing. Two tryout dates, may attend one or both, independent talent evaluators, top eight kids automatically make the team, conducted at Liberty Park, etc.
The dates for next year's travel tryouts are ...
Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Sunday, August 7th, 2016
THANK YOU TO OUR TBL SPONSORS!
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A reminder to all of our coaches, players and parents ...
1. These are kids
2. This is a game
3. Our coaches volunteer
4. The umpires are human
5. This is not professional baseball
We are always looking for new TBL board members. TBL is an all volunteer, non city affiliated entity that manages the many different aspects that go along with providing a positive youth baseball experience for over 600 children each year. Our board is a great group of people that meets roughly once a month, and we'd love to add a few new good people to the board this winter. Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or potential interest.
TBL mandates that our volunteer head coaches take an online training course to become registered members of the National Youth Sports Coaching Association and also that they take an online concussion awareness training course. Both courses are also highly recommended for our assistant coaches and any other parents that help out with their children's teams.