"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
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2017 SEASON!
Registration is now open and will remain open through February 28. TBL offers the following age divisions.
Instructional (tee-ball) - Kids entering kindergarten in fall 2017 and kids currently in kindergarten
Coach Pitch - Kids currently in 1st or 2nd grade
Juniors (kid pitch) - Kids currently in 3rd or 4th grade
Minors - Kids currently in 5th or 6th grade
Majors - Kids currently in 7th or 8th grade
Seniors - Kids currently in high school who will not turn 18 before Aug 1, 2017
Note - while registration closes on February 28th, it does stay open later for the Majors and Seniors divisions. Those divisions do not start play until the school year comes to a close.
Also, most of the key dates you need to know are already set for the 2017 season! Check out our League Calendar to view all the key dates for the coming season.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Below are some key dates to remember for the coming baseball season!
Tuesday, February 28 - Registration closes for the Instructional, Coach Pitch, Juniors, and Minors divisions
Thursday, March 16 - Parents Meeting (6-8 PM) and Coaches Meeting (8-9 PM)
Saturday, March 18 - TBL Field Clean Up Day & Coaches Equipment Hand Out Day - Liberty Park
Saturday, April 1 - Practices begin
Sunday, April 2 - TBL Day at Dick's Sporting Goods in Bainbridge (discounts for TBL families)
Thursday, April 6 - Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) parents workshop from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Twinsburg High School varsity gym
Saturday, April 8 - Night at the Races Fundraiser for 12U Travel Tigers trip to Cooperstown, NY
Saturday, April 29 - OPENING DAY! LIBERTY PARK!
PARENTS AND COACHES MEETINGS - RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
On Thursday March 16th, TBL will be conducting our parents meeting from 6-8 PM at the Twinsburg Community Center. We heavily encourage all parents to attend. We will cover everything you need to know about the coming season, and also talk through the principles by which TBL is run and governed. We also encourage and welcome parent feedback at these meetings. We conduct two separate meetings, one from 6-7 PM for parents of kids in or entering kindergarten in the fall. And one from 7-8 PM for parents of kids currently in 1st grade or older.
That same night, we will conduct our coaches meeting from 8-9 PM. Coaches will pick up their equipment two days later on Saturday, March 18th.
A couple weeks later, TBL has partnered with Twinsburg City Schools to bring a parent workshop from the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to Twinsburg High School (varsity gym) on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-8:30 PM. More details on PCA and TBL's partnership with them can be found here, and more details on the parent workshop coming to Twinsburg can be found here.
CHANGES COMING TO INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISION IN 2017!
In an effort to provide the kids more repetitions to develop skills we're implementing some changes to the Instructional Division (formerly Tee-Ball) for the coming 2017 season. We'll be scheduling dual team station practices throughout the season with the goal to hold practices during the week and games on the weekend. These practices will be comprised of two teams practicing together and doing drills at stations. The stations will focus on developing hitting mechanics (both off a tee and soft toss/coach pitch), throwing, catching, and fielding development and a 4v4 mini game. In addition, we are also modifying the fielding setup and positions for the games. Currently we allow all 12 players to play in the field. This makes for 6 infielders and 6 outfielders which creates confusion and the moshing of players going for a ball. We are going to an 8 player defensive setup with 4 infielders (P, 2B, SS and 3B) and 4 outfielders. A coach/parent will play first base. We feel that this will encourage more throws to first base while also make the game safer.
In order for these changes to be as effective as possible we will need parent support and volunteers during practices to help us run the new program. We will discuss these changes in more detail at the Parents meeting on Thursday, March 16th at 6 PM at the Community Center. Look forward to seeing everyone!
COACH PITCH I & COACH PITCH II COMBINED INTO ONE LEAGUE FOR 2017 & BEYOND
After weighing the topic this fall, the TBL Board of Directors recently voted to combine the Coach Pitch I (current 1st graders) and Coach Pitch II (current 2nd graders) into one division. The result will be one larger league that will play by the CPII rules, which have always been very similar to the CPI rules. Scores will be kept for all games, with all teams finishing the season by competing in a playoff tournament.
LOOKING FOR UMPIRES FOR THE 2017 SEASON
Do you want to earn some sweet summer cash, while working the game that you love? Then register to become a TBL umpire! Umpires Registration is now Open for the 2017 season!
It is a great way to earn money while enjoying the great game of youth baseball! Prospective umpires that are at least 12 yrs of age are eligible to register. We will place umpires at the same or below age level that they are.
Umpires for the following age divisions are needed:
Coach Pitch (1st/2nd grade), Juniors (3rd/4th grade), Minors (5th/6th grade), Majors (7th/8th grade), Seniors (9th/10th grade)
Our season begins approximately 5/1/17 for Coach Pitch/Juniors/Minors and a few weeks later for Majors and Seniors. We'll have a training meeting and demonstration for all new and 2nd year umpires in mid-April. Please click here to begin or continue your umpiring career with TBL!
CLEVELAND INDIANS YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP COMING BACK TO TWINSBURG!
Our defending American League champion Cleveland Indians have once again selected Twinsburg as the site for one of their youth baseball camps this summer! The camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM from June 5th-9th at Liberty Park and is available to children between the ages of 6 and 12. More details and registration can be found by clicking here. Note - this camp always sells out fairly quickly!
3RD ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF WIFFLE BALL THE BEST YET!
The weather was gorgeous, the turnout was incredible, and the 3rd Annual World Series of Wiffle Ball was definitely our best yet. 72 teams descended upon Liberty Park in Twinsburg, vying for Wiffle Ball glory. And these are the three teams that walked away as champions:
7-10 Age Division - The Wallnuts defeated The Blitzers
11-14 Age Division - South Park Cows defeated Golden War Hawks
15+ Age Division - MLW All-Stars defeated Wiffle Ballsagna
Many thanks to all that volunteered and also to all of our players and spectators! Mark your calendars now for the 4th Annual World Series of Wiffle Ball, which will take place on August 26-27, 2017!
"TBL CELEBRATES OUR MVP'S EVENT" A HOME RUN IN YEAR ONE!
This past weekend, Twinsburg Baseball was lucky to partner with Event Coordinator Stevie Romano and Twinsburg City School District to host a truly special and unique event at Liberty Park on the afternoon Sunday, August 7th. The "TBL Celebrates Our MVP's Event" was a baseball game that celebrated MVP players that with challenges that have prevented them from playing the game of baseball along with their typically developed peers. After the game, we had a huge cookout, and a great time was had by all! Liberty Park was PACKED!
We are so thankful to Stevie Romano, the Twinsburg Schools, the dozens of volunteers, and the many others in the community that came out to participate or watch, and help make this event special for those involved! This will be an annual event we will look to continue to grow in future years!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL STARS & STRIPES TOURNAMENT IN THE BOOKS!!
Over 50 of the most talented youth baseball teams in the state of Ohio were in Twinsburg this past weekend for our annual Stars & Stripes Travel Baseball Tournament. We had gorgeous weather, competitive action, and many compliments from teams that came into Twinsburg on our ball fields and baseball program! All five Twinsburg teams also fared very well, with all five making Sunday's semifinal action. The 9U team lost a close affair in the championship game, and the 10U and 11U teams went a combined 10-0 and won their respective division championship games by 13-1 and 13-3 final scores respectively! Click here for a full recap of all the action!
TWINSBURG TRAVEL BASEBALL PROGRAM IMPRESSES ONCE AGAIN IN 2016!
What a season it was for the Twinsburg travel baseball program! Here's a recap:
8U - 16-4 in league, won the first tournament they ever entered
9U - 20-0 in league, multiple tournament championships, finalist in Stars & Stripes 9U tournament
10U - 9-5 in league, Stars & Stripes 10U tournament champions, championship game of Brawl by the Bay, went to championship game of state tournament, semifinals of Kings Island Invitational
11U - 13-0 in league, Stars & Stripes 11U tournament champions, tournament win in June, went to championship game of state tournament, semifinals of Kings Island Invitational
12U - Winners of Aurora Tournament, impressive run at Cooperstown
14U - Back to back tournament championships in June, strong success throughout season
Comprised 100% of Twinsburg kids, the travel baseball program continues to have great success competing at the highest levels at all age divisions! Tryouts for the 2017 teams will take place on July 31 and August 7 at Liberty Park!
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!
TBL 2017 FIELD SCHEDULE
Below is the link to the real time updated TBL master field schedule. Coaches, please schedule practices and rained out game makeups through your league commissioner.
THANK YOU TO OUR TBL SPONSORS!
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 well over 1,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.