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by posted 09/12/2018

Player Evaluation Process

Each season, RB conducts player evaluation sessions for players who qualify to play in our "competitive" divisions based on their age (Single A, Double A, Major 60, and Major 70). Our primary goal in conducting these sessions is to try to assess each player's level of development in several key baseball skill areas, including:
 

  • Throwing arm strength
  • Throwing arm accuracy
  • Pitching 
  • Fielding technique
  • Batting technique
  • Running speed

During these sessions, which may be conducted outdoors in the fall (Sept/Oct) & indoors (Feb/March) to avoid unfavorable weather conditions, players are given the opportunity to field batted balls, make throws to a base, take some swings, and run around a simulated baseball diamond. A panel of evaluators, which typically consists of members of RB's Board of Directors and coaches from the Major 70 Division, independently score each player based on the player's performance in each skill area. These scores are used in two ways:
 

  • The Player Agent uses the scores to create teams in the Single A, Double A and Major 60 Divisions. The scores are used to build teams that have evenly distributed levels of talent in order to promote as much parity as possible. Our goal is to "make the teams fair" to the best of our ability so that every child will have the opportunity to play on a team that has a chance to compete in its division.  Please note, the individual player results are not shared out. 
  • Each Major 70 coach's scores are made available to him or her during that division's draft. The Major 70 Division is the only RB division where coaches individually select their teams' players. Coaches typically have a good idea of the talent level of the players entering the Major 70 draft, since most of these players have participated in the RB program for several years. For new players, or for players who are not familiar to the Major 70 coaches, the evaluation scores provide a tool to help assess talent levels. In this way, players have the best chance of being assigned to a division where they will have the opportunity to succeed and to enjoy their playing experience.

The evaluation sessions are rigidly scheduled by the league's Player Agent to ensure the most efficient process possible. If your child is age 9 or older (8 if you are interested in having your child bypass the Major-Minor division), he or she will need to be evaluated for placement. The Player Agent will contact you directly to schedule your child's evaluation.

If you have questions about the evaluation process, please contact

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2019 Cooperstown Team Rustic Sip & Paint Fundraiser
by posted 09/12/2018

2019 Cooperstown Team Rustic Sip & Paint Fundraiser – Thurs, Oct. 18, 2018 6:00 pm

Please join us to create a special project and have a fun night out with friends! All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the 2019 Cooperstown Team. Please click on the link for the order form.

 

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New Bat Rules for 2018
by posted 11/09/2017

Greetings RB Baseball Community,
As the holiday season is approaching, we would like to share the new bat rules for the 2018 season in case a baseball bat is on your player's list.
Starting on January 1st, 2018 the Riverside Bradford Baseball League will be adopting the USA Baseball Bat Standard. This is a change that is being done Nationally by Little League, Pony League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, AABC and many others.  The changes associated with the new USA bats will decrease the speed of the hit balls compared to the old USSSA bats and is intended to increase safety for pitchers and infielders.
All bat levels will need to have the USA Baseball Stamp on it.  These bats will be made available to the public in retail stores starting September 1st. If the bat has a USA stamp on it then it can be used for any of the divisions in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League, all other bats will be illegal. The barrel sizes for these bats will be from 2 1/4-2 5/8 and the new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so players can use bats made with light-weight material as long as the USA stamp is on the bat. All other bats from previous years will now be considered illegal starting January 1st.  
Below is what the stamp will look like on the bats.  The Riverside Bradford Baseball League will NOT be supplying baseball bats in the 2018 season. USSSA (U triple S A) - These stamped bats WILL NOT  be allowed in the Riverside Bradford Baseball League in 2018.  There is a difference between the USA stamped bats and the USSSA stamped Bats.  

Play Ball in Salem, NH will be hosting an Easton demo night on Thursday, Nov 9th from 6 PM - 9 PM & in Salisbury on Friday, November 10th for you to try out the new approved bats.

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RB Board Meeting Schedule
by posted 01/07/2016

To All Coaches, Parents and interested parties:

Board of Directors meetings will be held at the Trinity EMS Training Center (7 Stewart St) on the following dates and times:


2018:

January 8th - 7pm

February 5th - 7pm

March 5th - 7:30pm

April 2nd - 7:30pm

May 7th - 8pm

June 4th - 8pm

July 9th - 8pm

August 6th - 8pm

September 10th - 7:30pm

October 1st - 7:30pm

November 5th - 7:30pm

December 3rd - 7:30pm

 

All meetings are open to the public.
 

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