"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
DATES TO REMEMBER - 2019 SEASON
January 1 - Registration for the 2019 TBL rec regular season opens
January 5 & 12 - Indoor tryouts for our rec league tournament teams (8U-12U)
February 28 - Registration closes for the Instructional, Coach Pitch, Juniors, and Minors divisions (reg stays open later for Majors & Seniors)
Mid March - Coaches established, teams formed, coaches meeting, parents meeting
Late March/Early April - Practices begin
Late April - Opening Day!
Late June - Season ends for Instructional, Coach Pitch, Juniors, Minors. Playoffs start (seasons conclude by July 3) for Coach Pitch, Juniors, Minors.
July 5-8 - Twinsburg Stars & Stripes Travel Baseball Tournament
Mid July - Fall Ball registration opens
Early August - Fall Ball starts
Mid August - 6th Annual Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Bal
Early October - Fall Ball ends
AGE DIVISIONS - 2019 SEASON
Instructional (Tee-Ball) - Kids currently in kindergarten or who are entering kindergarten in fall of 2019
Coach Pitch - Kids currently in 1st or 2nd grade
Juniors - 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 9th, 10th, or 11th grade
REC TOURNAMENT TEAM TRYOUTS - JANUARY 5 & 12
Each year TBL conducts tryouts for tournament teams that will represent TBL's recreational division at a handful of area baseball tournaments each summer. The tryouts will be held on Saturday, January 5th at The Edge in Twinsburg to allow these teams time to practice together indoors during the winter months. These tournament team tryouts are only open to players who are registered for the TBL 2019 rec league. Each team will get one weekly practice starting in late January, and going throughout the summer. The practices and tournaments will not interfere with the players regular season rec team, practices, and games.
Note that unlike the TBL regular season, which uses school grades to form divisions, these teams are formed by date of birth. See below ...
8U (coach pitch) - 8 years old or younger on May 1, 2019
9U (kid pitch) - 9 years old or younger on May 1, 2019
10U - 10 years old or younger on May 1, 2019
11U - 11 years old or younger on May 1, 2019
12U - 12 years old or younger on May 1, 2019
Applications to coach one of these teams are due in by December 15, 2018. Interviews will be conducted at the Monday, December 17 TBL Board Meeting. The application can be found below.
NEW USA BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS - DO NOT AFFECT TBL
We've had a few questions come into the email inbox about a new USA Baseball Bat Standard (USABat) adopted by Little League Baseball effective January 1, 2018 that will allow larger bat barrels (2-5/8") but also mandate that all bats must be marked with the new USA Baseball stamp. These changes do not impact TBL, which is not affiliated with Little League. So all bats purchased last year or for the holidays this year are still fine for kids to use in 2019, provided they are in compliance with TBL's bat restrictions, which can be found here in the rules for each of our respective divisions. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
5TH ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF WIFFLE BALL A HUGE SUCCESS!!
Twinsburg, Ohio - Wiffle Ball capital of America? I think you can now make the case.
91 teams from five states descended upon Twinsburg for our 5th Annual World Series of Wiffle Ball. And once again, the event was a huge success, with so many people up at Liberty Park, zero issues or drama, and a great time had by such a wide cross-section of people.
Head over the event website linked below for the final results, pictures, and much more!
3RD ANNUAL TBL CELEBRATES OUR MVP'S EVENT!
This year's event was our best yet! Many thanks to all of our MVP players and their families for coming out! And to all the volunteers that helped make it happen! Below are some pics of the event!
ANOTHER STARS & STRIPES TRAVEL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT IN THE BOOKS!
We had awesome weather, sold out fields in all seven age divisions, and great baseball played all weekend! Six of Twinsburg's teams advanced to championship Sunday, four made it to the title games, and our 12U and 13U Tigers brought home Stars & Stripes championships! Many thanks to all the teams that participated, the volunteers that helped execute the event, and to all the members of the community that came out to take in the action!
Full results in all of the age divisions and much more info on this year's tournament can be FOUND HERE on our Stars & Stripes home page.
TRYOUTS FOR OUR 2020 TRAVEL BASEBALL TEAMS - JULY 21 & JULY 28, 2019
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2019 season, we'll conduct our tryouts for our 2020 travel baseball teams. Twinsburg fields one travel baseball team annually in seven different age divisions: 8U, 9U, 10U,11U, 12U, 13U and 14U.
The tryouts for the 2020 travel teams are scheduled to take place on Sunday July 21, 2019 and Sunday July 28, 2019 at Liberty Park in Twinsburg.
For much more information on our travel baseball program and the differences between travel and rec baseball, click HERE.
It was only a matter of time, right?
Finally succumbing to years of inquiries and requests, TBL facilitated a series of adult (in age only) baseball games this fall. Amazingly, everyone had a blast, no one was injured (badly), and the games were (shockingly) well played and competitive! We're not quite sure where we're going with this yet, but we know we'll be playing more adult baseball in 2018 after a successful beta test this fall! To be added to the adult baseball email list, shoot Jim Porach a note at email@example.com.
LESS KIDS PLAYING BASEBALL? NOT IN TWINSBURG!
We're putting the finishing touches on what was a record setting year for TBL, with more kids out on the baseball diamonds in our city than ever before! Remarkably, TBL enjoyed all-time high levels of participation in 2017 for every single league and event we facilitate:
~ 67 teams participated in our spring recreational league.
~ 49 teams participated in 7 age divisions (8U-14U) in the Stars & Stripes Travel Baseball Tournament. Furthermore, all six Twinsburg travel teams advanced to the championship game of their divisions and four of them won Stars & Stripes titles!
~ 92 teams played in the 4th Annual Twinsburg World Series of Wiffle Ball, which is now America's largest Wiffle Ball tournament.
~ 30 teams participated in our Fall Ball league.
~ For the first time ever, TBL will field 7 travel baseball teams (8U-14U) in 2018. The travel baseball program is coming off its best collective season yet, with last year's teams combining to win an astounding 22 tournament championships despite being a true community program competing against largely club teams that are comprised of kids from large areas or multiple communities.
TBL 2018 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.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TBL PLAYERS!
Premier Fitness & Performance is providing all TBL baseball players 11 and up with a 10% discount off enrollment fees in their Middle School or High School speed & strength program. PFP focuses on helping youth athletes improve their speed, strength and power for enhanced hitting, throwing, fielding and catching on the playing field. Get started by signing up for a trial session at www.premierfitnessoh.com.
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.