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Franklin Twp Baseball & Softball

FAQs

Here is a list of some frequently asked questions.

Q: My child wants to play baseball. Who do I contact?
A: Please check the information on our website www.ftblbaseball.org. You can also email the League at [email protected] or contact us via FaceBook @FranklinTownshipBaseballLeague for any specific question.


Q: How much is the total cost to register?
A: Spring Registration has 3 components.
1- Registration Fee (per player): This is per player. We offer discounts if you register early and also discount for siblings.
2 - Work Bond (per family): This is a $110 refundable work bond and you can earn it either by 10 hours of voluntary work or by volunteering on your child's team as a Team Manager/Coach/Team parent.
3- Field Maintenance Fee (per player): A $30 field maintenance fee per player. For the Siblings, this is reduced to $20 for each additional sibling

***  For those who volunteer their time to earn the work bond, your out of pocket cost then is just the registration fee and field maintenance fee.
 

Q: What age can my child start?
A: Our program has two leagues – Junior and Senior. Cal Ripken League (junior) is available to children ages 4 thru 12, and Babe Ruth League (senior) is for ages 13 thru 18 years. League age is calculated as the age on April 30 of the registration year.

Q: When does the season begins?
A: Spring season starts in early April and ends around middle of June. We also have a fall program (which is more instructional); fall season is 9 weeks long starting in September and ending early November.

Q: When does the registration start?
A: Registration for the spring season begins in October of the previous year. By the beginning of March we have completed evaluations for players (ages 8 and up) and players are assigned to teams. We also offer free winter clinics to all registrants in February/March. These free clinics are held at the local school gyms. Actual games begin in April. The regular spring season ends around mid-June.
Q: Can I register late past February? Is there a late Fee?
A: While we do not charge a late Registration Fee, we do close registration for divisions where we have the required number of players to form the teams. Even if you are able to register and get a spot on a team, you may not get the desired uniform size. To ensure a guaranteed spot on a team and desired uniform, please register by FEB-28.

Q: Is uniform included in the registration cost?
A: Registration cost covers the full uniform. All players in Cap Ripken division (ages 4 thru 12) receive full uniform – cap/shirt/pants/socks. Players in seniors league (ages 13-18) get a cap and a shirt. In the fall program players in all age groups get a cap and shirt only.

Q: Which equipment is provided by the league?
A: Each team gets an equipment bag which comes with 3 helmets and a catchers gear.
Helmets: Most kids have their own personal helmet for hygiene reasons. We have plenty of helmets available. You can pick one for your child, keep it with you throughout the season and return it at the end of the season. Minors and lower division must use a helmet with a face mask.

Bat: T-Ball/Coach Pitch divisions are provided with a team bat. However, in our experience 90% of the kids have their own bats. For the eligible bats, check the link below. All bats from Tee-Ball through Majors division must have USA Bat stamp.
https://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx


Q: What additional equipment is needed?
A: Player must have a protective cupa fielding glove and cleats. If your child players soccer or football, you can use the same cleats for baseball.

Q: I have completed the registration but have not heard from the team manager yet. Who do I call?
A. Don't worry. Until February end, we are still getting registrations for Spring. Here is a general timeline of events
September/October == Spring Registrations starts
February and March == Free Indoor winter clinics held at the Middle School gym
March [1 - 15] == Teams are formed and announced.
March [16 - 31] == Games schedule announced. Teams communicate practice schedules with parents and may organize one or two outdoor practices depending on the weather.

Contact

Franklin Township Baseball & Softball League

51 Dekalb Street 
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

Phone: 732-649-8068
Email: [email protected]

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