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DEMAREST BASEBALL & SOFTBALL
Mission
The goal of the Demarest baseball and softball program is to help aspiring young softball athletes learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime in a positive, safe, and supportive environment.
 
Related Sports Offered
Baseball
Softball
 
Commissioners & Contact
Demarest Baseball Commissioner: Don Morgan
E-Mail: morgandmrst@aol.com
Demarest Softball Commissioner: Adam Collins

PLEASE READ THE WEBSITE BELOW AND/OR THE SUMMARY PDF TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS BEFORE SENDING AN EMAIL. 

Rules and Expectations

In order to assure your child's best experience in our programs, you must review the complete

Rules, Objectives, and Expectations of the Tri-Town Baseball and Softball Programs.


Signup
Late Winter annually
 
2017 BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
 
Each year, we ask all parents to register on time, as we are having increasing problems with selecting teams and ordering equipment and uniforms with all of the late sign-ups. Please note that requests for placement of children on specific teams are not possible. Due to the large number of children registering, children will play on the teams that they are chosen for. Please understand this policy prior to registering, and make your decisions on your child's participation prior to registration day.
SCHEDULES FOR 2017
TBD-please reach out to your respective coaches.
 
 
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REC ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR TRAVEL PLAYERS:
  • Travel players must make every effort to attend all their scheduled Rec games and team practices.
  • Travel players will be subject to minimum required games played at the rec level (at least 70 percent participation) in order to maintain their eligibility to play on a Tri-town travel team.
  • Abuse of this rule may result player being suspended from playing on travel team or dismissal from team for more flagrant violators.
 
Seasons
Recreational: April-June
Travel: April-June; additional late summer travel baseball may be available
 
Teams
Baseball:
  • Kindergarten (FARM TEAM): Demarest only, 10 weeks of 1 hour co-ed clinic, typically on Saturday mornings, rec only
  • 1st/2nd grade (PEE-WEE): Coach-pitch baseball, rec only
    • Each rec team is comprised of children from Haworth and Demarest
  • 3rd/4th; 5th/6th; 7th/8th: Rec & Travel
    • Each rec team is comprised of children from Closter, Haworth, and Demarest
    SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SPRING TRAVEL TEAMS & REC TEAM PARTICIPATION/ATTENDANCE:
    • Any child wishing to play on the tri-town-sponsored SPRING TRAVEL teams MUST be registered and play Recreation Baseball/Softball. Travel players must make every effort to attend all their scheduled Rec games and team practices. Travel players will be subject to minimum required games played at the rec level (at least 70 percent participation) in order to maintain their eligibility to play on a Tri-town travel team. Abuse of this rule may result player being suspended from playing on travel team or dismissal from team for more flagrant violators.
    SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SUMMER TRAVEL TEAMS:
    • Summer travel baseball eligibility requires any player wishing to tryout and play summer travel baseball must be registered and play spring rec baseball. If your son cannot play spring rec this season but wishes to tryout and play summer travel the tri-town baseball committee must be notified before the start of the spring rec season.

Softball:

  • Kindergarten (FARM TEAM): Demarest only, 10 weeks of 1 hour co-ed clinic, typically on Saturday mornings, rec only
  • Grades 1-2: Rec & Travel, Demarest only
  • Grades 3-8: Rec& Travel, Each rec team is comprised of children from Haworth and Demarest
    • Girls Softball (Grades 5-8) If you would like to play competitive travel softball this spring and summer, please contact Tom Antoshak at 201-788-4877 or email tantoshak@goeletcorp.com. We need to how many girls are interested in this program.

 

Uniforms
  • ALL boys and girls in Grades 3-8 are required to wear GRAY baseball pants as part of their uniform.
  • Please note that the children will receive a team jersey, baseball cap, and socks as part of their registration fee, but NOT the pants or belt.
Player skills assessment (All players should attend)
• For the purpose of developing balanced baseball rec teams comprised of players from the 3 towns of Demarest, Haworth, & Closter, coaches conduct a player skills assessment before each season.
This is not a tryout but ALL BASEBALL PLAYERS GRADES 3-6 should attend. 

Any news related to softball will be posted here in the near future.

Tryouts (Travel teams only)
Each year, spring baseball conducts tryouts for all Travel teams (Grades 3-8)

Details about softball tryouts will be posted closer to season.

Special Clinics & Opportunities
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING IN ADDITION TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLINICS WHICH MANY LEVELS HAVE.
 
Coach & Parents meeting - With NVD baseball coach Marc Houser
  • Annual meeting, TBD. 
  • Parents and coaches only. No players/children.
  • Coach Houser will discuss NVD baseball and its relationship with the lower level programs
 Spring Clinics with Coach Houser 
  • Clinics are offered each late Feb-early March by NVD Varsity Baseball Coach Marc Houser and his staff.
Spring Baseball Camp with NVD Coach Houser
  • Northern Valley Baseball Camp
  • A youth instructional camp, implementing fundamentals of baseball and game competition.
  • early April, each year. TBD
  • For children ages 7-14.
  • Marc Houser, the NVD head baseball coach, his staff, and current players will provide professional instruction for all campers
  • To sign up, go to: http://www.closterrec.com/campsclinics.html
  • For mor information, contact Coach Houser at marchouser@mac.com

Spring Softball Camp with NVD Coach Johnson

  • Northern Valley Softball Fever Camp
  • A youth instructional camp, implementing fundamentals of softball and game competition.
  • early April, each year. TBD
  • For children ages 8-15.
  • Keith Johnson, the NVD varsity softball coach, his staff, and current players will provide professional instruction for all campers
  • To sign up, go to: http://www.closterrec.com/campsclinics.html
  • For more information, call 201-784-1600, ext 24047
Girls Softball Pitching Clinics (Grades 3-8) - TBD
  • When: Saturday mornings - TBD most likely 10am-12noon time frame. 
  • Where: Hillside Elementary School - Closter - gymnasium (first 4 sessions)
  • Memorial Field - Closter or TBD (final 6 sessions)
  • Cost: To be determined
  • Please e-mail Tom Antoshak at tantoshak@goeletcorp.com for more information

Little League Day - NVD High School TBD

Competing/participating towns:
BASEBALL:
  • Rec:
    • Grades 1/2 are in a combined league with children from Haworth. Each team is comprised of children from both towns and both grades.
    • Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 are in a combined league with children from Haworth and Closte (Tri-Town Baseball). Each team is comprised of children from all towns and both grades.
  • Travel:
    • All children are invited to participate in travel league baseball, although it is a selective, objective process and not all children may be well suited for participation.
SOFTBALL: 
  • Rec:
    • All grades 1-8 compete in the Northern Valley Softball League (NVSL), which includes teams from Haworth, Closter, Norwood, Northvale, Harrington Park, Cresskill and Old Tappan. Demarest develops its own teams for participation in softball for grades 1-2 and is combined with Haworth for grades 3-8.
  • Travel:
    • Players from Closter, Demarest and Haworth are invited to try-out for the "Valley Stars" travel softball program. The Valley Stars program is a non-profit organization based in Closter. The Valley Stars program is not under the management and control of the DAA. Upon request, the DAA can provide information and contacts regarding the Valley Stars softball program.

 

Coaches
All volunteer.
Please volunteer to coach!
• Anyone wishing to coach a travel team will need to put in an application, meet with the Tri-town Baseball Coaches Selection Committee, and meet criteria set forth by the Tri-town baseball committee prior to be being selected as the travel team coach. We urge any interested parent who wishes to coach a Travel team to indicate so when registering their children on Community Pass.
• All rec and travel baseball ball coaches are required to complete the Rutgers safety training, and the Heads up concussion awareness online training in order to be consider for a coaching position in our youth sports programs. For more information on these requirements please click Become a Coach tab on DAA website.
 
 
At most levels professional trainers lead sessions during the week, typically with coaches assisting at these sessions and directing play during games.