Welcome to ELOC Cal Ripken Rookie League Baseball!
Recommended for ballplayers ages 7-8, as of April 30, 2018.
Thank for for the great assessment turnouts. Teams have been formed and coaches will be emailing each of you prior to Sunday evening.
Practices Begin March 5th
Openning Day March 24th
Games Begin March 24th
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR LEAGUE PLEASE READ THE MESSAGE BELOW
THEN CONTACT NEAL GRAHAM IF YOU STILL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT COACHGRAHAMBASEBALL@GMAIL.COM
ELOC Rookie League (Machine Pitch) Information:
DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER - Throughout the registration process I will monitor the number of players registered, I will then chose coaches for teams based on those numbers. This process works best if players are registered early in the process so that we have a much better idea the amount of coaches and teams we will need, if players show up to assessments and/or sign up after that date there as no assurances you will get on a team. The goal is to have no more than 11 players per team and once teams are full we will have a waiting list. I try to account for a few late sign ups but it's a moving target so I encourage everyone to get registered if you plan to play as soon as you can.
Players Playing UP or DOWN - Age limits are in place for the safety of all players, for this reason the registrations are set up for specific ages. If a parent is requesting their child play UP a league they need to complete the following...
1. Submit in writing by email to the League President (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following info; players name, players date of birth, reason why they should be considered a candidate to play up and a recommendation from previous coach.
2. In this rare instance the League President (not coaches) must approve the player to be attend the mp player assessments & attending this the assessment is a must! Your player will be signed up in the system by the League President and payment will be expected once league is determined.
3. If your player is approved to attend assessments the League President along the coaches he will make the final decision if they are ready for the Machine Pitch League or not, this will be a final call on the matter.
The bottom line is your player must currently be a stand out player for their age group to even be approved to attend assessments, then from there the assessment becomes a tryout. Due the the growing number of families requesting to play up and how this has affected the experience of the 8 year old players in recent seasons it has become much harder to assess in the league. If this process carries even a potential issue for disappointment for your family and/or player then keep them with their age group to avoid any issues. Per the registration agreements a League President can request to see a birth certificate at any time, giving false information during this time can result in family not being able to play at all at ELOC. Playing DOWN is not going to be allowed unless there is a significant developmental issue with the player and will also need approvals from League Presidents. There are new players at every age group so playing down means they could be playing against a player almost 3 years younger which is a safety issue. Playing down simply for experience against much younger kids is unfair to the younger players coming up and will not be approved.
Registration Requests & League Draft - Requests made during registrations are much more difficult to accommodate for this age group because the league has a true draft by coaches after the assessment of the players. We will be sure to get siblings on the same team and you can request not to have one coach, other than that it is very difficult to accommodate other requests. The coaches requests and other requests will be given to the coaches before the draft but it is up to each coach to draft that player IF given a chance to do so. Coaches can only reserve their player and a player of one assistant with the limit of 2 players for their team, the rest are chosen when it's their turn to pick. Any additional players (siblings) will be kept together and/or traded with League President direction. Assessments are done to score players to ensure as equal teams as possible. At the end of the draft coaches leave agreed upon teams, the teams drafted are final and moving players from team to team
will not be allowed.
Assessments - Players are expected to attend if at all possible. During assessments players are given a score based on ability, the goal is to draft teams that are as equal and fair as possible according to these assessment scores. If a player does not attend assessments they will still be placed on a team but there is a very good chance that will not happen in the draft room, the League President will complete teams and decide the process once assessments numbers are considered. In other words, a player has a much better chance to get on a team with the coach they hope for by attending assessments and being draft eligible! Also, it is very possible a birth certificate will be requested at the time of assessments.
Spring All-Stars - Cal Ripken All-Stars is an EXTRA and should not be confused with something included with regular season team fees. The teams allowed to be created according to Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth depends on the registration numbers and teams so each Spring the League President will evaluate those numbers and decide if both a 7u & 8u team will be created. The plan for each spring is to create one 7u team and one 8u teams each spring, the Rookie age teams will be created either by try-outs and/or coaches nominations. The final rosters will be decided on by the head coaches and League President so it's important to understand that a coaches "nomination" does not mean a player is on the final all-star roster. Players on the team must live in our district and be of age (see the main baseball page for website links to this information). All players/parents will be expected to make all the dates associated and understand that there is no guarantee playing time or positions, these teams will be created and coached to win. 7u typically can play a max of 3 tournaments and 8u a max of 4 tournaments, teams must finish in the top 3 in each tournament to qualify for the next. The league will provided uniforms and practice fields leading up to tournaments, fees associated for players/parents will be entry fees, extra tournaments and travel involved. The process of creating teams will start about mid-season each spring, whether it's tryouts or nominations there will be some that are disappointed because they did not make the final roster, please understand this up front and explain to your player the possibilities. If your player does not handle disappointment well and/or you do not agree with the process then please inform your coach that your player will not be available to be nominated, this is extra so you will get everything you paid for during the regular season!
Fall All-Stars - The same tournaments available in the spring are not available in the fall. The fall season will end with an All-Star game between 2 teams made up of players in our own league. The teams will be created by coaches nominations and coaches for each team will be the losing coaches of the "Final 4" tournament games.
Equipment Needs & Helmets - Each play will need a Glove, Cleats & Athletic Supporter (Cup). Each player will also need to purchase their own Helmet with Face Mask so we can limit the sharing of equipment as much as possible, teams will be issued very few helmets for this reason. Bats for this age group can not be big barrel of any kind, that MP Rules shows "no bigger than 2 1/4 barrel and there are no length restrictions".
Practice & Game Schedule - In machine pitch baseball you can expect your player to be on a baseball field about 3 times a week. The goal is to always have an even number of teams where all teams play one game during the week and another on Saturday, if we have an uneven number of teams that isn't possible so some weeks they won't have a game. There are no set days for games or practices so they will not be the same days from week to week. Some coaches may have another field and could practice more often. At this age most team events will start at 5:30 to 6:45 PM and we try very hard not to schedule anything where the players will be on the field past 8 PM, Sundays might be used on occasion just for make up games. The fall season has less teams so most team events will be at the ELOC fields but in the spring with more teams many coaches find fields on their own at nearby parks and schools.
Seasons - Spring season registrations will be available online in January, the season will start at the end of February/beginning of March and will end in June just before School let's out. The Fall season registrations will be available online in July and the season will start Mid-August and end by mid November.
ELOC Field & Facility Rules - League Rules are on the "Documents" tab on the home page, sometimes rules are updated season to season. Please make sure to review the ELOC Field Rules posted at the fields. Just as a reminder: NO SMOKING at the facility, pets are never allowed, parking on the main street is not allowed (over flow parking is available near field 1) and profanity and/or arguments will not be tolerated at the Machine Pitch games. Rookie League Rules can be round under documents tab from the main website page. If the Fields are listed as "CLOSED" or an event has been canceled due to weather then no one is permitted to use the ELOC field for any reason whether you are individuals, teams or members. They are closed for a reason so please respect the decision and club volunteers will do their best to keep the website updated.
Sponsorship - We just added a new tab on this website for anyone interested in sponsoring our league and teams. These funds go directly to benefiting our players and to keep the league fees as low as possible. Please support our sponsors and direct any potential sponsors to our website.
Coaching Volunteers - Teams would not exist if it wasn't for volunteers stepping up to coach. My goal is to have the best possible coaches for teams, I will do my best to work around schedules to do this. All those hoping to coach must complete the coaches application each season through the registration system. If the league president finds a team in need of a coach for you and contacts you about taking a team then two other things will be required; Head Coaches must be Babe Ruth Certified ($20 cost). To become certified please visit www.baberuthcoaching.org (the advanced class is not required). A background check must be completed for all coaches, they are good for 2 years so returning coaches can just verify they are still valid. The directions to complete this can be found on "Documents Tab" then to "Coaches Background Check." Notify the League President once all requirements are complete!
Participation & Volunteering - As I stated earlier, this league is run by volunteers. If you have a talent that does not include throwing or catching a baseball or even a like for the sport there still might be a way for you to help volunteer you time to the league and/or team. I look a this as very simple, if you want to see change then be a part of the change! That is exactly what I am doing and I encourage everyone to get involved in their players league to make it better!
Shirt Sizing for registration:
The Shirts Run Small (If you normally wear an XL you will want to order a 2 XL for sure)
Pants sizing chart for registration:
The Pants run Big!
2017 Fall Rookie League Baseball Results
Fall Champions: Mets
Fall Runner-Ups: Tigers
2017 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE ALL STAR TEAMS
7u ALL STARS
Head Coach: Matt Phillips - Assistant Coaches: Blaine McFalls, Brandon Jones - Volunteer: Brent Beam
Players: Parker Frisk, Cayden McFalls, Zac Phillips, Colt Puckett, Mason Clark, Easton Lusk, Daniel Smith,
Joshua Beam, Presley McConnell, Brandon Hartzell, Brooks Jones
8u ALL STARS
Head Coach: Chris Matile - Assistant Coaches: Dustin Hutchison, Jeremy Howard
Players: Tanner Matile, Tyson Maggs, Canton Bare, Kaeden Hutchison, Connor Cramer, Kollin Howard,
Trent Yelton, Wyatt Watson, Josh Francis, Grant Nemire, Zachary Ireland, Preston Currence
2017 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS
SPRING CHAMPIONS: CUBS
SPRING RUNNER-UPS: NATIONALS
2016 FALL ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS
FALL CHAMPIONS: TIGERS
SPRING RUNNER-UPS: NATIONALS
2016 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE ALL STAR TEAMS
7u ALL STARS
Head Coach: Chris Matile - Assistant Coaches: Brian Ballard, Cameron Clark - Volunteer: Dustin Hutchison
Players: Tanner Matile, Hudson Reeves, Eastyn Ballard, Tyson Maggs, Greyson Evans, Canton Bare, Kaeden Hutchison,
Connor Cramer, Brodan Barnes, Mason Clark, Danny Okoniewski, Evan Robinson, JF Roche, Cooper Seagle
8u ALL STARS
Head Coach: Mark McGinnis - Assistant Coaches: Kelly Miller, Brent Dellinger - Volunteer: Brent Duckworth
Players: Luke Fenters, Reed Duckworth, Cason McGinnis, Justin Stroupe, Tommy Skiles, Daniel Burns,
Gavin Heaberlin, Elliott Dellinger, Braden Brotherton, Brayden Miller, Connor Godin, Houston Dellinger
2016 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS
SPRING CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS
SPRING RUNNER-UPS: DIAMONDBACKS
2015 FALL MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS
FALL CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS
FALL RUNNER UP: BRAVES
(Names not in order) Tyler Osley, Noah Emmerson, Cason McGinnis, Elliott Dellinger, Reed Duckworth,
Nicolo Catalano, Houston Dellinger, Tommy Skiles, Cooper Seagle, Hudson Reeves, Greyson Evans
(Names not in order) Stewart Queen, Canton Bare, Jackson Sipe, Justin Stroupe, Braden Brotherton,
Brayden Miller, Maxwell Riggenbach, Daniel Burns, Gavin Heaberlin, Mason Clark, Lawson Miller.
2015 SPRING MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS
SPRING CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS
SPRING RUNNER UP: TIGERS
SPRING ALL STARS
(Names not in Picture Order - Not all Pictured) Ryan Bassani, Brady Rinkus, Jake Dillingham, Cole Collier, Miles Welch, Hunter Bolling, Trenton Trobaugh, Trae York, Cameron Whitten, Maddax Switzer, Cason McGinnis, Charlie Trotter, Dominic Robinson, Evan Myers, Gabriel Geimer, Aden Tompkins, Ayden Bush, Vaughn White, Evan Matile, Brayden Miller, Joseph Bruce, Jack DePasquale
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO COACH JACK
FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR MP LEAGUE
COACHING 10 SEASONS!!! THANK YOU JACK!!!
2014 FALL MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS
FALL CHAMPIONS: GIANTS
FALL RUNNER UP: NATIONALS
2014 SPRING MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS
SPRING CHAMPIONS: TIGERS
SPRING RUNNER UP: RAYS
SPRING ALL STARS
Rockies: Hunter Bolling & Christian Burns, White Sox: Conely Killian & Ty Donahue,
Phillies: Drew Wayne & Zach Smith, Rays: Marcel Johnson & Luke Hayes, Orioles: Jack Wuerdeman & Dylan Scott
Rangers: Jacob Smith & Justin Bassani, Braves: Evan Brown & Barrett Erwin, Yankees: Nathan Aberle & Alex Nouri
Astros: Ben Seagle & Liam Sutton, Tigers: Alex Robinson & Vance Keenan, Nationals: Jaxon Prunty & Parker Davis
FALL 2013 MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL
FALL CHAMPIONS: RAYS
FALL RUNNER UP: RANGERS
SPRING 2013 MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: BRAVES
LEAGUE RUNNER-UP: PADRES