Georgetown Athletics Association

Gtown Baseball Update - 7/09/2020
Posted Jul 9, 2020

Hi Georgetown Baseball Families,

First and foremost, thanks to all of you for playing a role in getting our kids back on the field.  While this season is definitely unique, the baseball itself has been great and there have already been lots of good games and MOST IMPORTANTLY it has been awesome seeing the kids smiling and competing…that is why we play!.  The coaches and players are working hard to refresh their baseball skills and in learning a whole new set of precautions and changes to our game due to this unprecedented COVID situation.  We have had lots of eyes on our return to play and for the most part, everyone is doing their best to take all the necessary precautions that ITBL laid out prior to resuming play. 

 

We will  continue to ask all our players, coaches, and parents to practice social distancing when possible.  Our spectator areas have been designed to allow for our fans to maintain social distance, so we are asking all our fans to keep families socially distant from one another.  In cases where you can’t be socially distant, we ask that you wear a mask.  This is the one area we have received some constructive feedback and we want to do everything in our power to ensure that we are allowed to have spectators throughout the season.  Also, we respectfully request that you only bring immediate family members to the games.  Again, we know that is a big ask, but social distancing and masks are guidelines issued by the state and the guidelines that we MUST follow in order to stay in compliance and to allow us to keep our season rolling. 

Finally, we further request that you do not allow your players to head down to the park to watch their friends play.  As much as we love that they want to be there and hang out at the park with their friends, it is not proper for them to be there during COVID times.

 

Finally, just a reminder that we are taking direction from various levels of government.  Based on that, we are following quarantine rules as it relates to travel.  If your player has travelled to a state that requires quarantine upon return, we expect that you will follow those guidelines.  We need your help to make this work and to keep our league safe for your player and all the other players.  Details on travel can be located here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19

 

Please feel free to email us at georgetownbaseball1@gmail.com

 

Thanks again for all your support, this would not be possible without all of you!  

 

Georgetown Baseball BOD

 
UPDATE: Georgetown Baseball - COVID-19 Update - Posted 6/07/2020
Posted Apr 3, 2020

Dear Georgetown Baseball Families, 

First and foremost, we hope you are all well and safe during these trying times in our society.  With continued uncertainty around COVID-19, we know many of you are wondering if and when there will be a baseball season.  As you can imagine, the towns that make up the InterTown Baseball League (ITBL) continue to review all the guidelines being issued by the state (Phased Opening), and return to play details being discussed and released by Massachusetts, other surrounding states, local towns, and baseball youth governing bodies.  Based on all that information we are happy to report that ITBL has voted again to move forward with our 2020 season.  Our season will be contingent on our state and towns moving into Phase 2 and 3 per the current schedule issued by Governor Baker.  Furthermore, while things are looking positive, we will also need our towns to fully open fields and approve our permits to play baseball this season.  All the towns are currently working with the appropriate town and local representatives and are reporting that they feel confident that if things continue to progress as they currently are, we should be able to resume baseball activities at some point in Phase 2 with games beginning in Phase 3. 

The ITBL Board has been hard at work detailing our return to play plan.  Along with state and local government approvals, our return to play is contingent upon our ITBL towns implementing additional COVID-19 playing rules and precautions to enforce mask wearing, social distancing, and disinfection where appropriate.  While we will be asking coaches to wear masks, we will not require the players to wear masks while on the field (players should wear a mask when off the field and unable to be socially distant).  Parents, spectators, and others will be asked to stay in certain viewing areas and to maintain social distance and/or wear masks.  To be as transparent and open as possible we wanted to share some of the new rules and regulations that will be required to allow us to return to our fields.  Attached, are the new ITBL return to play rules (Note: there may still be some minor modifications as we learn more from the state and local officials and work through the mechanics of some of these rules), we thought it was important to provide them to all baseball families so they could read, review and understand the important safety precautions that we will be taking this season.

We have had many conversations as a Board about the 2020 season and the fact that it will not be business (or baseball) as usual.  Implementing and enforcing these new policies put in place to protect our players, coaches, parents, and spectators will be challenging, but each of our towns agreed that although it will be hard, we need to ensure SAFETY FIRST.  With that being said, we need the help and support of all our Families.  We will not be successful if parents are not willing to help us enforce these rules with their players and willing to follow these rules while attending games.  If a coach or league official asks for your support during a game either moving to a new area or asking for more social distancing or mask wearing, we ask that you please be supportive of these volunteers who are trying to ensure that our season is successful.  This season will be different, and we all need to accept that if we want to return to play.  We urge and encourage you to work closely with your town league and your player’s coach to see how you can help make this season a success.  Ultimately, if we are unable to adhere to the guidelines that we put in place, we will need to cancel the season.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!

At this point, Phase 2 of the States reopening is set for next week.  Phase 2 does allow for small team practices to begin (assuming your town fields are open) with games not being allowed until Phase 3 (end of June/start of July).  We are beginning the process of drafting our ITBL schedules for Minors and Majors with games to begin after the 4th of July.  Our season will run through mid-August.  Our current plan is to play a 12 game season, followed by playoffs.  In general, our teams will play 3 games per week (either Monday - Wednesday - Friday or Tuesday - Thursday - Sunday). Ultimately, our goal is to allow our players to just get out on the field, play some baseball and have some fun!

Our Farm program will follow all the ITBL COVID-19 safety protocols attached in this email but will most likely include added protocols for this age group.  We are discussing practice and game schedules for this year, and it will be different from past years due to added COVID-19 safety protocols.

 The Board is still in discussions regarding the Tball program to develop social distancing guidelines for this age group.  These guidelines will be sent to the Tball program soon.

Lastly, Babe Ruth will be following a similar timeline with ITBL in terms of phase two practice and phase three games. The Babe Ruth coordinator will be in touch with babe Ruth families as we hear more for the inter town Babe Ruth league. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at georgetownbaseball1@gmail.com

Thanks and see you on the field!

- Georgetown Baseball



 
Georgetown Baseball's Mission

 

Welcome to the home of Georgetown, MA Baseball!  Georgetown Baseball offers instructional and competitive baseball programs to the youth of Georgetown, Massachusetts.  Georgetown Baseball is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Email georgetownbaseball1@gmail.com for more information and check us out on Facebook @georgetownbaseball!


 
Georgetown Baseball Programs - 2020
Posted Oct 12, 2016

NOTE:  Schedules, Standings, etc. can be found at http://itblbaseball.com/ for Minors and Majors divisions.

Tee Ball (Pre-K and K)

Jason Nadeau, Age Director (jnadeau@suffolk.com) 
Players are eligible for Tball if they currently attend kindergarten, or will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020. Georgetown tee ball focuses on teaching basic baseball skills in a very fun and recreational environment.  Players begin the season hitting off of the tee and often end the season hitting soft pitching thrown by coaches. (2020 Fee - $100 per player). 

Practices: There are no practices apart from the clinic-style program that runs on Saturday mornings at Penn Brook School.  

Games: Simulated games take place during the clinic-style program on Saturday mornings at Penn Brook School.

Farm (1st-2nd Grade)

Tony Alves, Age Director (daddyalves3@gmail.com)  & Peter Amadon, Age Director (peter.amadon@gordon.edu)
Farm League is Georgetown’s instructional league bridging the basics of tee ball and the more competitive minor league division.  Players will continue to develop the basic fundamental skills and knowledge of the game needed to progress their skill set.  Farm League is primarily a coach pitch league. (2020 Fee - $115 per player)

Practices: Practices typically take place at Penn Brook School and times vary throughout the week.

Games: TBA

Minors (3rd-4th Grade)

John Crosby, Age Director (jcroz04.jc@gmail.com) & Keith Grant, Age Director (kwg442000@yahoo.com)
The minor League Program is Georgetown’s league which builds upon the basics of Farm League and begins preparing the player for the major league division.  To raise the competitive level, teams play not only other teams from Georgetown, but also compete against some of our neighboring towns.  Players will continue to learn and build upon the fundamental skills and begin developing the mental acumen required to become an effective player.  Minor League is a completely kid pitch league.  (2020 Fee - $140 per player)

Practices: Practices typically take place at Penn Brook School and times vary throughout the week.

Games: TBA, Home Games are at Penn Brook School on S/S/M/T/TH/F (times vary)

Season: The minors season runs from April through June (typically done by the end of school).


Majors (5th-6th Grade)

Mark Thibeault, Age Director (mark.thibeault@verizon.net) & Rob Neilson, Age Director (rneilson@verizon.net)
The major League Program is Georgetown’s league which builds upon the skills developed in the Minor League and begins advancing those skills in preparation for Babe Ruth.  Teams play not only other teams from Georgetown, but also compete against some of our neighboring towns.  Players will continue to build and enhance  the fundamental skills and continue development of the mental aspects required to become an effective player.  (2020 Fee - $140 per player)

Practices: Practices take place at ALP and times vary throughout the week.  Two practice time blocks are usually available: 5-6:30PM and 6:30-8:00 PM

Games: American League (Mo/Th/Sa), National (Tu/Fr/Su)

Season: The majors season runs from April through June (typically done by the end of school).


Babe Ruth (7th-10th)

Pete Lucido, Age Director (petelucido48@gmail.com)
The Babe Ruth Program is the culmination of Georgetown’s youth league and encompasses all the youth skills learned and moves to the large baseball diamond.  To raise the competitive level, teams play not only other teams from Georgetown, but also compete against some of our neighboring towns.  Players will continue to build their baseball skills and acumen in a competitive environment.  (2020 Fee -$180 per player)

Practices: TBA

Games: Sunday through Thursdays, schedule TBA.  Home games are on the GHS turf (13s amd 14-15b) and GHS Varsity field (14-15b)

Season: 13s season begins in April.  14-15s season starts after the GHS season is over (through summer). 

For more information, please email your age director(s) directly!

 
Baseball Evaluations - 2020
Posted Dec 8, 2016

Due to Covid-19 our annual evaluation day is posponed!

 

Every Spring, Georgetown Baseball holds an evaluation day in March for our grade 2-6 players who will play in our Spring Farm, Minor and Major League programs. That day is scheduled for XXXXX XX, 2020 at New England Premier Sportsplex, Route One - Danvers. Players will be evaluated for fielding, outfield, hitting, and pitching.  Our regular-season teams will be formed based upon these evaluations and the summer coaches may take this data into consideration when forming the summer teams.  Players should bring their bats, gloves and helmets- please use sneakers instead of cleats.

The schedule is as follows:

2nd Grade- sign-in 9:30am evals start at 10:00am

3rd Grade- sign-in 10:00am evals start at 10:30am

4th Grade- sign-in at 10:30am evals start at 11:00am

5th Grade- sign-in at 11:00am evals start at 11:30am

6th Grade- sign-in at 11:30am evals start at 12:00pm

This is our ninth full year being affiliated with the Cal Ripken League.  What this means to Georgetown Baseball is an opportunity for some very competitive summer tournaments for our 8-12 years old teams.   A few years ago year we changed the process and criteria in choosing our summer teams.  We will create our Summer Tournament Teams sooner than in years past.  The first step in formulating these teams will begin on March xx, with our annual evaluation day.  The process continues with input and recommendations from regular season coaches once the season is under way.

Historically, the minors and majors teams in Georgetown have needed to have a certain number of "call up players" and/or "permanent play up players" identified to round out their rosters.  This will be done based on evaluations and more information for 2020 can be found at http://www.georgetownathletics.com/baseballpolicies

See you on the field!

 
2020 Royal Academy Baseball Camp
Posted Dec 10, 2019

The Georgetown High School Baseball coaches and players will teach you the skills that they work on everyday! From basic fundamentals to mental skills and strategy that will help get you ready for the upcoming season!

 

Players will work on hitting, throwing and catching, pitching, and position specific defensive drills.

Dates for camp are Monday March 9 thru Thursday March 12 at Georgetown High School.

 

UPDATED -  Grades 1-6 attend 4:00-5:30

 

Cost- $100

All proceeds go to the Georgetown High School program.

Please bring your glove, bat, and helmet. Catchers bring your equipment if you have it.

 

 

 *If you have any questions please contact Phil Desilets at pdesilets@comcast.net


 
Georgetown Baseball Winter Clinic - 2020
Posted Jan 2, 2018

Georgetown Baseball Winter Clinic

Play Ball - Salisbury

Sunday Nights - Feb 9, 2020 – March 22, 2020

(Note: No Clinic on 2/16 due to February Vacation)

Updated TIMES:

Grades 1-3 - 4:00 - 5:30

Grades 4-6 - 5:30 - 7:00

 

 

 Objectives:

  • Knock the rust off in time for the start of the Spring Season
  • Tune up old skills and learn some new ones
  • Focus on both fundamental and mental aspects of the game
  • Hitting, Fielding, Pitching, and Base running Instruction by PlayBall and Georgetown Baseball Experienced Coaching Staff
  • Feedback from last years players/parents and coaches is that those player who attending the clinic were more prepared for the start of the season and really had a leg up

Open to players Grades 1st-6th -  $75.00 per player

Sign up here:  http://www.georgetownathletics.com/baseball

 

 


 
Georgetown Baseball News
Posted Nov 27, 2017

NEW 2018 ITBL BAT REGULATIONS:

ITBL recently voted to adopt the new USA bat regulations along with the other major, national youth baseball leagues (Little League, Cal Ripken, etc.).  Beginning in January, 2018, all ITBL players must use a bat with the new "USA Baseball" stamp (Not USSSA) and bats without this stamp will not be legal.  Bats with the 1.15 Bat Performance Factor (BPF) stamp will not be legal after January 2018.  

Essentially, the new bat standard ensures that the exit velocity and performance of the bats closely mimics that of wooden bats.  This is done to preserve the long-term integrity of the game along with increasing safety for pitchers and infielders.  As this standard is relatively new, bat companies are in the process of releasing 2018 USA Baseball stamped bats.  Some companies released their first line of bats in September and others are slated to release new bats throughout the year.

Our players in grades 3+ participate in a league called "Inter-town Baseball League" (ITBL).  All players in grades 3+ will need to use a USA stamped bat this coming season.  

Note: This does not apply at all to teeball or in-town grade 1/2 farm players.

Thank you!

-Georgetown Baseball Board

 
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