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St. Johns County Police Athletic League

More Than A Game

Baseball/Softball Update....Scroll all the way down for detailed season info

 

Greetings PAL Nation,

I first wanted to thank everyone for your support and input regarding our implementation of a full baseball/softball program. After thoughtful consideration, we have decided to alter our program slightly based on several factors. As it stands now, we are slated to begin baseball/softball practices at the end of March. Games will begin the second week of April, with the season ending at the beginning of June. If we are to keep that format, and wish to have a full season of games, we would need about 56 teams to accommodate 4 teams per division. That equates to approximately 670 kids to fulfill that goal. While we can certainly manage a program that size, we are getting feedback from the community that the start of our season is too late with regards to other programs in the area. If the season start is preventing folks from registering, and we do not adjust our schedule, we will not have enough teams to play an inter-league season. This would also prevent us from playing other leagues around the county since their seasons will be winding down or already completed while PAL’s is just cranking up. The snowball would get even larger with respect to the post season. Babe Ruth League requires a minimum of 10 Babe Ruth Sanctioned games to be eligible to participate in the All-Star season (district, state, world series tourney , etc. ). With no available leagues to play against, we would fall short of the minimum number for games and thus short our kids from the full baseball/softball experience. We, at PAL, also do not want to wait too long to find out we will not be able to offer a full season and prevent players from having an opportunity to play elsewhere.After all, it is all about the kids.

So, we have listened to the feedback and decided to alter our season dates for those wanting a superior baseball/softball option that you can expect from a PAL program. The adjustment will move our season start date to March 10th. Practices will begin the last week of February. Hopefully this will swell our numbers so we can offer a full slate of teams in each division, thus allowing the opportunity to play against other leagues in the surrounding area;as well as inter-league and All-Stars. Our Plan is to continue with the same blueprint for practices and games taking place on Tuesdays and Saturdays respectively. This will overlap with our LAX program. There is simply no way around that, but we will work with those multi- sport families individually to best fit your needs.

To discuss this further, we will be having a parent meeting at the Calhoun Center this coming Monday evening (1/29) at 6pm. We will have an open forum to discuss the organization of the league as well as an in-person registration. I hope to see you all there and I hope to continue the momentum that has already begun with our registrations and community sponsorships.

As always, I welcome feedback and suggestions to make this the best baseball/softball league in the county. Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or concerns.


Regards,

Sheldon York

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St. Johns PAL Baseball






2018 Spring Baseball/Softball Season Details

PAL Baseball is Back!

If you reside OR your child attends school in the south end of the county (zip codes 32084, 32086, 32080, 32033, 32145), then PAL Baseball/Softball is available to you. This boundary rule is mandated by Babe Ruth Baseball in order to maintain a fair opportunity for the other baseball/softball organizations within the county to draw players from. If you are outside our service zip code don't worry, visit baberuthleague.org to find the nearest affiliate. 


As mentioned above, St. Johns PAL has chartered with Babe Ruth Baseball and Cap Ripken to offer the best baseball program to the youth in the south end of St. Johns County! Find the structure of the league below:

Cal Ripken Division

  • Tee-Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and elding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game.

  • Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field.

  • Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 8-10. Players build and refine their fun- damental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.

  • Major/70: Ballplayers ages 11-12. Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this division is now the most popular among the age group, and still includes a tournament trail from District competition through World Series.

Babe Ruth Division

  • Double A: Ballplayers ages 13 only. This division will eliminate age intimidation while fostering a smooth transition to a full size field. Post-season tournament track all the way to the 13-year old World Series.

  • Triple A: Ballplayers ages 14-15. Full post-season track available.

  • The Bigs: Ballplayers ages 16-18. This league is designed to offer both school and non-school players an option to keep playing in the school off season. Full post-season track available.

Babe Ruth Softball

         Designed for girls ages 4-18, age divisions offered include: 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under. The primary emphasis of Babe Ruth Softball is on education, skill development, participation for all levels of ability and of course, having fun.
         

         A special highlight of Babe Ruth Softball is its annual tournament trail. Tournament teams from each local league are eligible to participate in District competition with winners advancing to the State and Regional levels.
Entry to the official Babe Ruth Softball tournament trail is free. 12 & Under and 16 & Under Divisions advance to a World Series. In the 10 & Under, 14 & Under, and 18 & Under Divisions, we have a National Invitational Tournament that any Babe Ruth regular season or tournament team is welcome to sign up and participate in.


Season Dates

The season is slated to run from the end of March to Mid-June. An All-Star post-season will follow the regular season for those selected.

Games and Practice

We are tentaviely planning to play a game during the week and a game on Saturdays.  Teams will either practice or play on the selected weeknight once the season starts.. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for the Spring Season will open Tuesday January 9th, 2018 at 8am.  The season fee will be $65. 


Please contact Dep. York: syork@sjso.org or 904.209.2446 




















 

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