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Big Changes for Pelham Baseball
11/18/2017
    The Pelham Baseball board is excited to announce...
Congratulations Pelham 10U Tournament Team
07/16/2017
10U Hollis-Brookline Tournament Champions 2017!  Back to Back!!   Front...
MLB Junior Homerun Derby Champions
05/14/2017
  Hello Pelham Baseball Families!   I'm pleased...
MLB Pitch Hit and Run Champions
05/06/2017
  Hello Pelham Baseball families!   I'm pleased...
Pelham Baseball 2016 Year-in-Review
01/02/2017
  Pelham Baseball 2016 Year-in-Review 2016 was a busy...
Consider Amazon Smile to Support Pelham Baseball
12/14/2016
Pelham Baseball is happy to partner again this year with the...
Announcing 2017 Pelham Baseball Board
11/23/2016
Your 2017 Pelham Baseball Board:   President-Scott Paquette Vice...
Little League International Baseball Age Requirement
11/24/2015
Little League International implemented a new age range for...
 
Big Changes for Pelham Baseball

 

 

The Pelham Baseball board is excited to announce that during our October meeting the board voted unanimously to change our charter from Little League to Cal Ripken. This decision was made after several discussions with board members as well as many of our tournament and regular season coaches. All agreed that there are several benefits to changing charters which include more opportunities for our baseball players to experience "real" baseball during the recreation season and have expanded summer tournament offerings. Additionally Cal Ripken has close association with Babe Ruth baseball which will allow  13-15 year olds the opportunity to play on the big diamond.

Based on the decision to change charters the board voted unanimously to refurbish our Majors field to play 50/70 (real) baseball. Cal Ripken also has an April 30th age cutoff which will give all kids born between May 1st and August 31st the year back that Little League took away from them with their new age requirements. 

As far as on field change for  the T-ball, AA, and AAA divisions there will be no change. The big on-field change will be at the Majors level. The mound will move from 46' to 50' and the base paths will move from 60' to 70'. Leading and stealing are both allowed which is what we are referring to as "real baseball". 

Please watch out for emails in the coming weeks with updates for the 2018 season. As always if you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out to me.

Scott Paquette

President

Pelham Baseball


by posted 11/18/2017
Congratulations Pelham 10U Tournament Team

10U Hollis-Brookline Tournament Champions 2017!  Back to Back!!

 

Front Row (L-R): Jack Koutrobis, Maddox Ketelaar, AJ Songini, Kyle Hardy, Jason Gendreau, Justin Desmarais

Middle Row (L-R): Nicky Muise, Zach James, Brady Hegan, Henry Paquette, Christian Figueroa

Back Row (L-R): Coach Brian Hegan, Coach John Koutrobis, Mananger Rich Desmarais, Coach Scott Ketelaar


by posted 07/16/2017
MLB Junior Homerun Derby Champions

 

Hello Pelham Baseball Families!

 

I'm pleased to announce the 2017 Pelham Baseball Junior Homerun Derby champions.

 

10U Division

Jason Gendreau

 

12U Division

Jacob Albert

 

14U Division

Zach Jones

 

Good luck to our 12U and 14U champions in the regional competition!


by posted 05/14/2017
MLB Pitch Hit and Run Champions

 

Hello Pelham Baseball families!

 

I'm pleased to announce the 2017 champions for the Pelham Baseball Pitch Hit and Run competition.

 

7/8 Division

All-Around Stephen Pare
Pitch Stephen Pare
Hit Stephen Pare
Run Stephen Pare

 

 

9/10 Division

All-Around Jackson Marshall
Pitch Jackson Marshall
Hit Jackson Marshall
Run Jack Koutrobis

 

 

11/12 Division

All-Around Jacob Albert
Pitch Jacob Albert
  Aidan Gustafson
  John Hamilton
  Cesar Martinez
  Scotty Paquette
Hit Jacob Albert
Run Jacob Albert

 

 

13/14 Division

All-Around Tim O'Connor
Pitch Tim O'Connor
Hit Tim O'Connor
Run Mike Gendreau

 

 

 

Good luck to all our champions at the sectional round of the competition in Manchester!

 

 


by posted 05/06/2017
Pelham Baseball 2016 Year-in-Review

 

Pelham Baseball 2016 Year-in-Review

2016 was a busy year for Pelham Baseball.  The program took on a number of new and innovative initiatives beginning with a new snack shack and announcer’s booth.  The snack shack provided fans and players with a wide assortment of food, beverage and treat options and served as a great place for players and parents to mingle and share their thoughts on the games of the day.  The announcer’s booth allowed for players to listen to the sounds of the game ranging from the national anthem and warm-up tunes to their name being called as they came to the plate.  In addition, players and parents were treated to a series of new features to the program including.

 

• Major League Baseball-sponsored Pitch, Hit and Run competition prior to opening day

• Eleven-Year-Old Travel Tournament Team (the Predators) which took part in the Nationals Tournament held in Myrtle Beach, SC

• Summer tournament team(s) covering all ages 8 and up.  Teams represented Pelham well as they competed in tournaments held in Tyngsboro, MA and Manchester, NH including placing first in the Hollis-Brookline 9U tournament

• Introducing competitive baseball to the AA Minors division with features including player pitching and catching development

• New apparel options including extra comfy fleece blankets, hooded sweatshirts and player-customized decals and water bottles

 

These new features were coupled with some great continuing traditions including an opening day ceremony which paid tribute to the selfless work of the Ketelaar family to the program, the annual Challenger Under the Lights game, picture day and an off-season training opportunity for all players at Play Ball’s facility in Salem, NH.  In addition, we were treated to some tremendous regular season baseball which saw the Timber Rattlers capture the AAA Minors title and the Royals won an extended playoff series against the Rockies.  

At the end of the year the program sought input from its participants in a year-end survey.  The long hours and commitment by the board members, coaches and volunteers appears to have paid off.  When asked about the overall satisfaction with the program and its direction a whopping 92% responded in the affirmative and 83% said they planned to have their children continue on in the next year and 82% responded that they would refer Pelham Baseball to other families.  93% also said that the coaching within the program was of top-notch quality.

Among the comments submitted in the survey..

 

 “Outstanding communication and commitment shown by coaches. Thank you all!”

“Big bonus points for the TROPHIES given to the t-ball players this year. My son just was thrilled to receive an actual trophy (as opposed to a medal) Thanks for giving those out. I also appreciated that the t-ball coaches pitched to the kids towards the end of the season.”

“This year was a huge improvement from last year with all the practices and games. Our child has improved his skills and attitude a lot due to these changes. Thank you.”

 

While the overall feeling towards the program shows a positive direction the Board also acknowledges there is still much more work to do and challenges to overcome.  In particular, providing more practice time, additional games and the continued pursuit of helping develop better coaches and players.  The Board will also continue to strive to provide timely and informative communication and work hard to ensure umpires are properly coordinated and any field assignment changes or game cancellations are conveyed as efficiently as possible.

The Board is also continuing to explore ways to enhance the program's offerings including exploring the re-introduction of Babe Ruth baseball and even new snack shack features.  While everyone seemed to love the ice cream there is always the yearning for slushies, pizza and other prepared foods as well as continuing to enhance the ability to provide more reliable credit card payment for food and apparel.  These, and other improvements, are always up for consideration as the program continues to grow.

As always, the program is only as good as those who volunteer their time to its continued success.  The Board is grateful to the selfless and passionate work it receives each year from everyone who participate.  While donations are always welcome the most valuable is that of time.  There is always the need for more volunteers and we welcome anyone interested to step forward and get involved.  If not you, then who?

More than anything, the Board would like to thank all parents who entrust their children’s well-being and commitment to allowing their players to learn and grow in the game that we all love.  The mission statement of Pelham Baseball is ..”to create a safe and healthy environment for children to develop their baseball skills as well as learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.”  With that in mind the players are always foremost in all the planning and work that is done each year and we hope for another great year to follow.


by posted 01/02/2017
Consider Amazon Smile to Support Pelham Baseball

Pelham Baseball is happy to partner again this year with the Amazon Smile program.  By shopping at Amazon Smile members will be contributing .5% of their total bill to Pelham Little League Baseball.

Shopping at Amazon Smile is easy.  Users simply navigate to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7259747 from their web browser and select Pelham Little League Baseball as the charitable organization of their choosing.  This only needs to be done once.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! 


by posted 12/14/2016
Announcing 2017 Pelham Baseball Board

Your 2017 Pelham Baseball Board:

 

President-Scott Paquette

Vice President-Brian Hegan

Secretary-Ellen Patchen

Treasurer-Candice Repici

Player Agent-Jared Breault

Safety Officer-Jeff Drew

Coaching Coordinator-Rich Desmarais

Equipment Manager-John Koutrobis

Fields Manager-Kai Cheung

Concessions Manager-OPEN

VP Fundraising/Apparel-Kathleen Albert

VP Challenger Division-Dave Williams

VP Majors Division-Jay Carroll

VP AAA Minors Division-Mike Todino

​VP AA Minors Division-Tom Tosto

VP T-Ball Division-Eric Ducharme

​Tournament Director-Derrick Koes

Congratulations to all. It's now time to get to work on the 2017 season!


by posted 11/23/2016
Little League International Baseball Age Requirement

Little League International implemented a new age range for the 2017 season.  The primary reason for this change is to make the Little League Baseball Division, known as the Pelham Baseball Majors Division, a 12 and under program.  No child playing in this division will turn 13 years of age during their final season of eligibility.  For this reason, the age cutoff for a season will change from 12/31 to 8/31 of the calendar year.

For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31.

 

 

Please reference this Little League International article.


by posted 11/24/2015
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