Updated Tuesday April 15, 2014 by Babe Ruth Import.



This email summarizes the MAJORS (11 & 12 year olds) Spring 2014 Middlebury Baseball program and is being sent out to ALL players’ parents. ALL parents will receive an email about each program: Instructional 1, Instructional 2, Minors, and Majors.  This ensures that our parents have information on all our baseball programs. 


The Middlebury Baseball Board of Directors (BOD) would like to welcome you to Middlebury’s Spring 2014 Cal Ripken Baseball Program for MAJORS.   Middlebury Baseball is a registered Cal Ripken League in CT’s Northwest District.  Cal Ripken is part of Babe Ruth Baseball. 


We have been busy preparing for the Spring Season!  We pledge to provide an enriching venue for our players to experience the fun of baseball.   We strive to build teamwork, friendship, self-esteem, character, courage and loyalty in our players!  Our top priority is and will always be our players!


We are very grateful to the many parents that offered to volunteer as coaches and for other positions during online registrations.  The online registration application is provided by Babe Ruth Baseball and is used by baseball leagues nationwide.  It is a very efficient way to gather player and volunteer information and has been used for many years.  The BOD has reviewed volunteers identified for Majors coaching positions.  Our screening process is complete, and approved coaches were notified and assigned to teams.


Our Majors Coordinator this season will be Pat Dunfee.  Going forward, all Majors communications will be sent out by the Head Coaches.  The Majors Head Coaches are Pat Dunfee and Bob Twombly.  Pat has several years of youth sports coaching experience including both baseball and hockey.  Bob has several years of youth sports coaching experience including baseball and basketball.

Majors have three weeks of Preseason practices that started April 8th and will continue until April 25th.  Preseason and Regular season practice days and times will be determined by the Head Coaches.


Majors’ games will start on Saturday April 26th.  Thereafter, Majors games will be on a rotating schedule in the following time slots: Tuesdays (5:30 or 6:00PM), Thursdays (5:30 or 6:00PM), and Saturdays (5:00PM or 7:30PM).  There will be games scheduled on other days and times (Wednesdays as needed).  Majors Teams will play 2-3 games per week. 


Based on coaches’ recommendations, there will be no player evaluations in the spring.  Minors players eligible to play in the Majors next season will be identified and based on coaches recommendations placed on the Minors Call-up List.  The Majors Head Coaches will be provided with the Minors Call-up List.   There is no guarantee of practice time or games for players on the Minors Call-up List.


Please note these important dates for the Middlebury Baseball Spring 2014 Baseball Season:

Please be sure to mark your calendars with the following important dates for the 2014 Middlebury Baseball season !

•Coaches Clinic & Spring Training Day - Postponed due to field conditions

•Majors & Minors Draft (Head Coaches only) – Monday March 31st

•Spring Game Scheduling Meeting (Head Coaches only) – Thursday April 3rd  

•Spring Cleanup Day – Saturday April 5th 10AM-3PM

•OPENING DAY ! - Saturday, April 26th Noon at Quassy Field

•U10 Summer Travel Team Tryouts – Sunday April 27th Noon at Quassy Field. Tryouts are open to 9 year old and 10 year old Minors players (age on April 30th).  Team will practice and play scrimmage games on Sunday afternoons in the spring. Team will play in the Route 84 Summer Baseball League.  Team will play 18-24 games from June 20 – July 31. 

•U11-U12 Summer Travel Team Tryouts – TBD.  11 year old and 12 year old Majors players (age on April 30th) that are interested should notify their coach.  We need 12 or more interested players to hold a tryout.  Team will play in the Route 84 Summer Baseball League.  Team will play 18-20 games from June 20 – July 31.

*Team Photo Day - Saturday May 3rd (Times TBD) at Quassy Field

•New Britain Rock Cats Hit, Run, & Throw Competition - Saturday May 3rd - 11:30AM at Quassy Field

•Family Night at New Britain Rock Cats Stadium, New Britain, CT - Saturday May 3rd Game Time 6:30PM

•U9 Summer Travel Team Tryouts - Sunday June 1st 11:00am at Quassy Field. Tryouts are open to 8 year old Instructional 2 players and 9 year old Minors players. Team will play in the Route 84 Summer Baseball League.  Team will play 15-18 games from June 20 – July 31.

•Minors End of Season Tournament – Monday June 9th to Friday June 13th

•Majors End of Season Tournament – Monday June 9th to Friday June 13th

•Region 15 Last Day of School – Tuesday June 17th 

•Summer Travel Teams Practices Begin – Wednesday June 18th

•Route 84 Summer Travel Team Games – tentatively Saturday June 21st – Thursday July 31st 

•Middlebury’s Under the Lights Tournament – Further details to be provided.

•Fall Registration – August is Fall Registration Month!

•League in Shutdown Mode – August 1st to September 1st (Labor Day)


*Southbury Baseball Fall Registration – Middlebury Baseball merges with Southbury Baseball for the 13-15 year old Babe Ruth league.  Our current 12 year old Majors players will move on to play in the Southbury Baseball Babe Ruth Fall 13 year old league (Further details to be provided).

•Middlebury Baseball Fall Season Begins – Monday September 8th (Further details to be provided).