The 2020/21 Roadrunner Summer Baseball for kids - boys and girls aged 9-12

 

Families from all suburbs in Melbourne's northeast are invited to join (everyone is welcome, but there may be clubs closer to you if you live in Mornington! LOL).  In the past, our club has had families from Montmorency, Lower Plenty, Research, Eltham, Briar Hill, Greensborough, Rosanna, McLeod, Viewbank, Epping, South Morang, and Mill Park participate. We even have one from Broadford as well as Sunshine. Talk about commitment!

 

We have kids baseball teams for boys and girls ages 8-16. We also have tball for kids ages 5-8. Visit www.tballsmash.com.au to learn more. Tball Smash begins on Friday, November 27th at 530pm at Glenauburn Park in Lower Plenty.

 

We are excited to offer a number of family fun baseball options as safely as possible. Please note all of the information provided below is based on current government advice and is subject to change. We will do our best to keep everyone updated.

As per DHHS requirements, all players, volunteers and coaches must register here to attend any type of training or trial. There is no cost for this registration and is mandatory. No rego, no play, sorry!

 

There are three options for families to choose from:

  1. Friday Nights: November 27th - December 18, 2020, February 4th - February 25th 2021
  2. Sunday morning little league club competition:  November 4th - December 20, 2020; Late January - Mid March 2021 (dates TBC by Baseball Victoria)
  3. Play both!

 

OPTION 1: Friday Nights includes:

  • What we call "training" games - the first one is on Friday, November 27th.
  • ideal for new or relatively new kids to the sport, kids will train by playing a modified version of baseball to develop confidence and knowledge of the game with coaches sharing tips and hints to improve. 
  • Kids are assigned to teams and get a club top. Coaches or pitching machines will pitch to players to build up everyone’s confidence and ensure everyone gets to hit.
  • Instruction may occur before, during and after the games.
  • For more experienced players, kid pitch training matches will be held on an adjacent diamond.  
  • Whilst we suggest this option is ideal for 9-12-year-olds, if your child is keen to try the game and is a little older, we will work with you to ensure your child can participate.
  • Quite simply - this is an awesome experience for the kids and families. We are also hoping to have The Bullpen available when we return in February. This is an outdoor area for the parents (and kids if they aren't running around) to congregate and relax from the full-on week they just had. Our current clubhouse is being knocked down with a brand spanking new one opening in the new year.

 

Training for Friday Night participants

Additional training is optional for participants and their families. The additional training takes place on:

 

WEDNESDAY nights (beginning 18 November 2020).

5:30p - 7:00pm at Glenauburn Park in Lower Plenty. 

 

Family Environment 

Our Friday nights are designed to be a family night at the ballpark. At this stage, we anticipate hosting this option at Glenauburn Park.

Roadrunner Tball Smash is currently planned to be played at the same time and same location. There is a park for younger children and many families bring the lawn chairs or picnic blanket to enjoy a great family night out!

 

Inclusions and costs

There are three types of fees - club fees, Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia fees.

Club fees cover the following:

  • Playing top
  • Facilities, equipment and other costs to run the club throughout the summer
  • Team Photo 

Baseball Australia & Baseball Victoria

  • Insurance, state and national administration costs

 

2020 Club Fees $125+GST.

Baseball Australia/Baseball Victoria ~$75 (we are waiting for confirmation on the final fees)

We always have been and will continue to be a not for profit club and all funds generated through grant applications, fundraising, sponsorships are reinvested 100% back into the club for the benefit of our members.

 

Uniforms

Club hats can be purchased for $25 from the club - ask one of your coaches for more information.

 

White baseball pants are ideal (cricket pants are fine too). If you want to go all-in, you could also grab a maroon baseball belt and maroon socks. These aren’t mandatory.

 

All players are required to wear a protective cup and we recommend for all players to purchase their own helmet.

 

Pants, other uniform pieces and equipment can be purchased at stores such as Ausport, K2 or Fielders Choice.

 

Location

All Friday night activities are currently planned to be hosted at our home field located at Glenauburn Park, Lower Plenty on Cavanagh Road, Lower Plenty click here for google map. 


As of 28 October 2020, all players, volunteers and helpers must register her prior to training or they will not be allowed to train. Please click on this link to register your child for free to allow them to attend training.

 

 

 

OPTION 2: Little League Baseball Program - for girls and boys age 9-12 (born between 1 September 2008 - 30 August 2012)

 

Families can also choose for their children aged 9-12 to represent our club in competition against other clubs. Note that players who register for Little League can also play Friday Night Instructional League at no extra cost.

Program details include:

  • The focus of the competition is to introduce players to playing proper rules of baseball.
  • There are two divisions - Little League Minor and Little League Major. Little League Minor is typically for newer players to the game. Little League Major team comprised of the advanced players. Coaches will allocate players to teams in pre-season.

Training

  • Training will take place on WEDNESDAY nights from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.
  • Training begins on WEDNESDAY the 4th of November 2020 at Glenauburn Park, Lower Plenty.

 

Games

  • Home and away games on Sunday mornings (8 am warm-up, 9 am game time start);
  • Throughout the season we will play teams from Preston, Essendon, Fitzroy, Newport, Werribee and Port Melbourne Baseball Clubs. The good news is that for the far west clubs, it’s only a 30-minute drive via the Western Ring Road on a Sunday morning.
  • Proper baseball rules – the children will be pitching and hitting according to the proper baseball rules.
  • Boys and girls may play in both the Instructional League and the Little League teams.

 

 

Inclusions and costs

All fees cover insurance, facilities, equipment and other costs to run the club throughout the summer. All players will also have access to our new indoor batting cage (subject to availability).

Due to the potential impacts of COVID19, if making full payments for club fees is going to be a challenge, we can work with you. We DO NOT want kids not to play because of financial situations. Please talk to AJ or Trudi if you'd like to explore payments options. 

Registration fees include three portions – club fees, Baseball Australia and Baseball Victoria Fees.

Baseball Australia and Baseball Victoria fees are approximately $105

Club fees are $165+GST

2020 fees also include J Bands (for arm care), a training top and training shorts.

We always have been and will continue to be a not for profit club and all funds generated through grant applications, fundraising, sponsorships are reinvested back into the club for the benefit of our members.

Uniforms

Club caps can be purchased ($25) from the club - please ask your coach for more details.

 

Playing tops can be purchased from our online store for $48+GST. We also plan to have tops available to purchase if you join after the order deadline.

 

White baseball pants (approx. $50), a fielding glove (approx. $50) batting helmet (approx. $50) a maroon baseball belt (approx $10),  protective cup (approx $25) and maroon socks (approx $10)  are required to be purchased. These can be purchased at stores such as Ausport, K2 or Fielders Choice. We may also have some second-hand items, just ask us and we can see what we have.
 

Location

Training will take place at our home field,  located at Glenauburn Park, Lower Plenty on Cavanagh Road, Lower Plenty click here for google map. 

 

Our Sunday home games will most likely be hosted at Glenauburn Park or another park nearby. For example, last year we held them at Malcolm Blair Reserve in Montmorency.

 

As of 28 October 2020, all players, volunteers and helpers must register her prior to training or they will not be allowed to train. Please click on this link to register your child for free to allow them to attend training.

 

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