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2024 Opening Day and Picture Day

By KCRBL 05/02/2024, 9:45pm EDT

Saturday, May 4

The 2024 Kingswood Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Opening Day is this Saturday, May 4

The KCRBL traditional opening ceremony, parade, and activities begins this Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m. at the Nick Recreation Park. We have also combined Opening Day with Picture Day. Plus, we will have our Snack Shack open selling food, selling raffle tickets, collecting drink donations, and more! 

Players and coaches for all Cal Ripken baseball and Babe Ruth softball teams will gather at the pavilion at the Nick beginning at 8:30 a.m. in uniform.

At 9 a.m., the teams will parade from the pavilion down the walkway past the Snack Shack and onto Jocker Field for our opening ceremony, with the National Anthem, announcements, thank yous, first pitches, and a surprise or two! . 

The ceremony is over by 10 a.m., but we encourage everyone to make a day of it. We will have softball games beginning at noon and baseball practices all day on both Jocker and Kendall Fields. Plus, it is also Picture Day – details and schedule are below.

The Snack Shack will be open all day, selling coffee, water, soda, Gatorade, hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, candy, and other snacks. The Snack Shack is a major fundraising effort every year.

Plus, we will be holding our annual Opening Day raffle! Tickets will be $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, and $10 for 15 tickets. Prizes include a brand new bat backpack, a blaster box of Topps 2022 Series One baseball cards ($20 value), a baseball batting helmet ($25 value), a water jug ($20 value), an adult XL Kingswood Cal Ripken shirt, and a youth girl’s small Kingswood Cal Ripken shirt. We will draw the winning tickets at 1 p.m.

So come enjoy a day of ballgames, friends, and food at the Nick on Saturday, May 4.

 

PICTURE DAY

Picture Day is part of Opening Day, on Saturday, May 4. The schedule that follows lists the scheduled time for each team. Each player will have their picture taken and there also will be a team picture done for each team. 

The picture order form is printable from this link:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFAay7IyIA/OTCd1dnnCvEzNhJFt1mqyQ/view?utm_content=DAFAay7IyIA&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=editor

Please print and fill out the form ahead of time to expedite the picture-taking process. However, copies of the form will be available from the photographer if necessary. As you can see on the form, there are two attractive packages plus add-ons. Payment is due on Picture Day via cash, check, or Venmo. No credit cards.

Teams should arrive at the pavilion at the Nick 10 minutes before their scheduled time slot to ensure they are assembled and ready when their turn comes up. 

The Picture Day schedule:

Sat, May 4

Team

Sponsor

Level

10:00

Junkyard Dogs

Junkyard Dogs

T-ball

10:20

Calico Graphics

Calico Graphics

T-ball

10:40

Dr Neal Dentistry

Dr Neal Dentistry

T-ball

11:00

8u Softball

Back Bay Boathouse

Softball

11:20

Children’s Center

Children’s Center

T-ball

11:40

Magic Moments

Magic Moments

T-ball

12:00

Action Sports

Action Sports

T-ball

12:20

10u softball

Harmony Coffee House

Softball

12:40

Giants

Carroll County Oil

Majors

1:00

Red Sox

El Mariachi Mexican Rest.

Majors

 

BREAK

   

2:00

Bailey’s Bubble

Bailey’s Bubble

Minors

2:20

El Centenario

El Centenario

Minors

2:40

12u softball

Katie’s Kitchen

Softball

3:00

Yankee Smokehouse

Yankee Smokehouse

Rookies

3:20

Cubs

Lake Farm Realty

Majors

3:40

Johnsons Steak & Seafood

Johnsons Steak & Seafood

Rookies

4:00

Berry’s Bait

Berry’s Bait

Minors

4:20

Calico Graphics

Calico Graphics

Rookies

4:40

El Centenario Rookies

El Centenario 

Rookies

5:00

Independent Insulation

Independent Insulation

Rookies

5:20

Ridgeline Builders

Ridgeline Builders

Minors

5:40

C&L Excavation

C&L Excavation

Rookies


 

Delayed Start to Season

By KCRBL 04/07/2024, 7:15pm EDT

Mother Nature has forced a delay to the start of the KCRBL season

Due to the major snowstorm of last week, many coaches and league officials were without power and/or internet for multiple days. As a result, families should hear from their player(s) coach(es) in the next day or two if they were not contacted before the storm.

Before the snowy weather of two weeks ago and this most recent storm, we were planning on an April 8 start for Majors, Minors, and Rookies baseball practices. However, fields will likely not be available for two more weeks, as the snow must melt and the fields need to dry.

We will inform coaches as soon as we are given approval to use each field in our league boundary. With any luck, we can start before April 22, but that is now our current start date for these baseball levels. We are currently reworking schedules with this new start date and will likely extend the season for these levels to late June.

Softball is similarly affected by the weather and, just like baseball, as soon as we get clearance to use the fields, we will notify coaches.

Majors and Minors Evaluations Changed to Sunday, March 24

By Bill Huffman 03/20/2024, 8:45pm EDT

UPDATED - Please Note Time Change

Due to the impending snowstorm for late Friday night through Saturday evening, we are moving the 2024 KCRBL Majors and Minors Evaluations to Sunday, March 24 in the main and practice gyms at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH

The evaluations are for only players who are new to the Majors or Minors level of KCRBL, which includes those moving up from the previous level or who are new to KCRBL.

Reminder that Majors is ages 11-12 and Minors is ages 9-10. League age is the player’s age as of May 1, 2024. So, a player whose birthday is May 15, 2015, would be a league age of 8 years old for 2024. 

Majors evaluations will begin at 11:30 a.m. 
Minors evaluations will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Players should arrive 15 minutes before the evaluations to check in and warm up.  

Players should be ready for athletic activity, wear sneakers, and have their baseball mitt, bat, and helmet with them. Players should not bring any baseballs with them. We will be providing indoor-approved practice baseballs

Baseball Majors and Minors Evaluations Day, March 23

By Bill Huffman 03/07/2024, 7:30am EST

The 2024 KCRBL Majors and Minors Evaluations will be held on Saturday, March 23 in the main and practice gyms at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH

The evaluations are for only players who are new to the Majors or Minors level of KCRBL, which includes those moving up from the previous level or who are new to KCRBL.

Reminder that Majors is ages 11-12 and Minors is ages 9-10. League age is the player’s age as of May 1, 2024. So, a player whose birthday is May 15, 2015, would be a league age of 8 years old for 2024. 

Majors evaluations will begin at 10 a.m. 
Minors evaluations will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Players should arrive 15 minutes before the evaluations to check in and warm up.  

Players should be ready for athletic activity, wear sneakers, and have their baseball mitt, bat, and helmet with them. Players should not bring any baseballs with them. We will be providing indoor-approved practice baseballs.

Kingswood Winter Baseball Clinic

By Kingswood Athletics 02/22/2024, 1:00pm EST

The Kingswood Winter Baseball Clinic at Kingswood Regional High School is taking place Sunday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon for athletes aged 8-14. Register Now!

The clinic includes instruction on hitting, fielding, baserunning, fundamentals, and pitching. Registration is $30 per player or $50 for a pair of players, with proceeds going to the Kingswood Athletic Fundraiser Account. 

You can register online at the Kingswood Athletics website: kingswoodathletics.org

Any questions, call Asa Stockton at (603) 452-4256 or email him at astockton@sau49.org .

2024 Baseball and Softball Registrations Are Open

By KCRBL 01/25/2024, 7:45am EST

The 2024 Spring season of Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball is just around the corner. Registrations are now open for this season. 

Click on the Registration button in our menu bar to register your children for participation and/or yourselves for coaching/volunteering.

KCRBL made a conscious decision to keep our registration fees the same as the last few years. All levels of softball (8u, 10u, 12u) are $75. Baseball registration is $90 for Majors (ages 11-12) and Minors (ages 9-10), and $50 for Rookie (ages 7-8) and T-Ball (ages 4-6). Ages are based on “league age.” “League age” is defined by Babe Ruth League Inc as the player’s age as of May 1, 2024, for baseball, and as of December 31, 2023, for softball. 

Registration is open to all youth within our league boundary of Brookfield*, Effingham, New Durham*, Ossipee, Tuftonboro*, and Wolfeboro*. 
*Towns included in our Softball program

Also, Junior Babe Ruth Baseball is here for another season, for ages 13 to 16, at $150 per player. Yes, Babe Ruth League Inc has added age 16 to the Junior Babe Ruth level.  For 2024, our league boundary includes Alton, Alton Bay, and Middleton. Know people in those towns? Let them know that their 13- to 16-year-olds have a Babe Ruth league to play in this summer. The registration fee covers tournament fees, uniforms, umpire fees, insurance, equipment, and more. 

Deadlines to register are: Majors/Minors/Rookie Baseball on Monday, March 18; Softball on Thursday, March 21; T-Ball on Friday, April 5; and Junior Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 on Wednesday, May 1.

KCRBL accepts all major credit cards for payment through their online registration system. www.kcrbl.com 

If money is an issue and is holding you back from signing your child up for KCRBL, we encourage you to apply for a sports scholarship and even equipment assistance through The Nick's Youth Assistance Scholarship Program or Ossipee Children's Fund.

The Nick, a long-time partner of KCRBL, is proud to be able to award upward of 50 scholarships annually and is committed to ensuring all children in our community have the opportunity to play organized sports. Scholarship applications and more details can be found at www.thnick.org/yap and submitted to Holly@TheNick.org or mailed to The Nick, PO Box 838, Wolfeboro NH, 03894. 

The Ossipee Children's Fund provides tuition assistance for many programs, including  recreation, for eligible children living in the KCRBL towns of Effingham and Ossipee. The organization was established on the premise that children of working parents or parents seeking employment should be assured a secure environment in which to learn, socialize, and play. Scholarship applications and more details can be found at https://www.ocfnh.org/ .

When seeking financial assistance, you will not be able to complete the registration on kcrbl.com right away. Notify KCRBL that you’ve applied for scholarship, and then send us a copy of the YAP certificate to KCRBL upon receipt. At that time, KCRBL will issue a “scholarship code” to apply to your registration during checkout.

Keep visiting the KCRBL website and their Facebook page to get the latest news and information, from evaluations to tournament teams and more! Check our FAQ page for answers to common questions, too.

Spread the word that registration is open NOW!

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Colby-Sawyer College Baseball One Day Skills Clinic

By KCRBL 01/18/2024, 10:15am EST

The one day skills clinic will provide professional instruction from Colby-Sawyer Head Baseball Coach Tom White and coaching staff.  Fielding, Hitting, Pitching, Base Running and Mental Skills Training instruction.

Please bring helmet, glove, bat, and shoes. Payment is non-refundable a camp credit will be applied to next years Winter Skills Baseball Clinic.  

January 28th, 2024

Boys
Grades 5th - 8th | 9:30am-11:00am  

Grades 9th - 12th  | 11:00am-12:30pm
Cost: $80

 

Register at this link:

https://baseball.colby-sawyercamps.com/one-day-skills-clinic.cfm

 

Fall Interleague Baseball - Cancelled

By KCRBL 08/08/2023, 10:15am EDT

UPDATE 8/11: Due to unexpected reasons, the fall league is not happening after all. For players who wish to play fall baseball, Roger Allen Baseball in Rochester is still accepting registrations through Sunday, August 13. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Kingswood Cal Ripken (KCRBL) has joined Farmington 500 to form an interleague fall baseball experience for players who were in Minors or Majors this past spring or those who will be in those levels next spring. 

You can register your youth athlete on our website for fall baseball.

https://www.kcrbl.com/page/show/7577985-registration

You will see the two levels to which players can be registered. The registration is $70 per player, which covers shirts, hats, umps for home game days, and game balls. We are seeking sponsors to cover all other costs. We anticipate forming one team of 12-15 players per level. If a level has enough interest for two teams, we will look at forming two teams. There are no cuts, tryouts, or evaluations.  

Games will be on Saturdays, with times varying. Teams play one or two games. We are talking with other leagues about including their teams in our fall scheduling.  

Teams can practice at The Nick. The typical fall baseball schedule is one practice per week (though coaches/teams can schedule more), whichever afternoon/evening works best for the team, and a doubleheader on Saturdays.

KCRBL is talking with this past spring’s coaches about coaching the fall teams; fortunately, we have interest. 

Sample Schedule (could change depending on number of total teams from the leagues):

Kingswood home Saturday
Farmington vs. Kingswood, 9 a.m.
Belmont vs. Farmington, 11 a.m.
Belmont vs. Kingswood, 1 p.m.

Farmington home Saturday
Kingswood vs. Farmington, 9 a.m.
Kingswood vs. Belmont , 11 a.m.
Belmont vs. Farmington, 1 p.m.

More details to come. Keep coming back to kcrbl.com. 

Picture Day Pickup Part Two

By KCRBL 06/19/2023, 8:45am EDT

With many pictures still to be picked up, we are scheduling a second pickup time at the Snack Shack at the Nick for Wednesday, June 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

More than half of the pictures were picked up on Friday during our Cal Ripken Majors and Minors championships. It was a busy night and a great way to end our regular league season. 

For those who were missing something from their order when they picked up on Friday, the photographer has been notified of the missing component. 

Opening Day Raffle Prizes - Winning Tickets

By Bill Huffman 05/09/2023, 4:15pm EDT

We drew five winning tickets for our Opening Day raffle! Now we just need people to claim the prizes! 

If you have the winning ticket, please present it at the Snack Shack (when it is open) or email a picture of the winning ticket to kcrbl.huffman @gmail.com and we will attach the winning name to the prize for pickup at the Snack Shack. 

Grand Prize:
Marucci bat pack and four new balls (ticket 0622952)

Secondary prizes:
Topps 2023 Series One blaster box (ticket 0623056) - CLAIMED
Topps 2023 Series One blaster box (ticket 0622969)
Black's $25 gift certificate (ticket 0623091) - CLAIMED
Igloo water jug (ticket 0622353) 

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