Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League (RTJBL) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, New Jersey non-profit corporation dedicated to providing the children of Readington Township (and, beginning with the 2015 season, Tewksbury Township) with a safe and structured environment to learn and play the game of baseball. We have 8 levels or divisions of play which are as follows:
Level - Age Group
Little Sluggers – is for Pre-School and Kindergarten
Rookie 1 is for First Graders
Rookie 2 is for Second Graders
Minors is the primary league for Third and Fourth Graders. Any NEW players to the league must attend Evaluation for the purpose of selecting balanced teams. Evaluations to be held the first weekend of February (typically Super Bowl Sunday)
Major 60 is the traditional 60 foot base youth baseball program. This is the primary league for Fifth graders and is to a select number of Fourth graders based on skill level. Additionally, any Sixth grader who does not want to play in Major 70 can elect to play in this league.
Major 70 is the format program with 70 foot bases to ease the transition from the traditional youth 60 foot base program to the regulation 90 foot baseball field program. This is the primary league for Sixth graders and age eligible Seventh graders (have not turned 13 years old by May 1st)
A limited number of Fifth graders may be placed in the league subject to selection based on skill level.
Babe Ruth 13-15: Babe Ruth 13-15 Any player between the ages of 13-15 (turning 13 before May 1, 2018, and not older than 15 before August 1, 2018), is eligible for the Babe Ruth 13-15 90 foot baseball league. Additionally, 12 year old players born between May 1st and August 1st can request to play in this league. Teams will be selected the last week in March (after the RMS and HCRHS teams are selected)
If you do not register by the deadlines for Major and Minors leagues teams are selected, you will not be eligible to play in these divisions. A mandatory evaluation is required unless special circumstances approved by the league can be demonstrated. With the exception of 'play-up' requests approved by the Executive Board, children playing outside their age group is not permitted. Usually commencing by December 15th for the upcoming season, registration is accomplished directly on-line by accessing the Player Registration Application form on the designated tab of the League website, which must be filled out and submitted with on-line payment of the appropriate fees.
The recreation season generally runs from around mid April (opening day) to June 15-22nd of each year. Practices usually start in late March, weather permitting. The Travel Baseball season, whose teams for the 9U-13U age levels are generally selected by try-outs held in mid-October of the fall preceding the upcoming recreation season, is typically from around June 15th to July 31st of each year. Depending on the travel team/manager, travel tournament and/or league play may continue through fall ball programs offered in the region in September through October 31st. (Tryouts for the incoming 8U and 14U travel baseball teams will be held in March of the upcoming recreation season). For more information on the League’s Travel Program, please go to that section of the web page.
If games or practices on the League’s fields are cancelled due to inclement weather, a message will either be put on the League Hotline
908-823-0566 by 4:15 pm that day or “closed” signs will be placed on the fields. Email & text blasts will also be made simultaneously to League members, managers and coaches of field status and/or closings.
The League uses a number of fields throughout the Township. These fields include those at the Railroad Avenue Complex which has two fields that are interchangeable for 60' and 70' usage and one 90’ field and is the primary complex for the League. In addition, two 60’ fields (one of which is interchangeable for 70' usage) are used at the Cornhuskers field complex which is located off Readington Road, a short distance from where it intersects with Route 523. The League also uses another 90’ field behind Readington Middle School as well as 60’ fields at Pickell Park Complexes. Directions to any of these fields can be found by going to the Field Directions section of the web page.
The League is governed by a formal set of By-Laws which can be viewed by downloading as a file attachment from the By-Laws Icon. The primary decision-making body of the League is the Executive Board, which is elected once a year each November. The Executive Board is comprised of the League President, Executive-Vice President of League Operations, Vice President of Administration/League Secretary, Vice President of Facilities, VP of Tournament Baseball and Training, VP of Sponsorship and the VP of Financial Affairs/League Treasurer. The Executive Board is assisted in running the League by the Voting Council which is comprised of all Executive Board Members plus the League Directors for each division, Player Evaluation Chairperson, Schedule Chairperson, Snack Stand Chairperson, Chief of Umpires, the Sponsorship Chairperson, Summer Tournament Chairperson, the Equipment Chairperson. All Voting Council positions are annually elected positions or, in the absence of anyone running are appointments by the Executive Board. Any By-Law Amendments or capital expenditures over certain dollar amounts can only be approved by majority vote of the Voting Council.
Except for July and August where there are no meetings, the League meets the first Wednesday of every month usually at the Readington Middle School at 7:30 pm, except for May and June when the meeting starts at 8:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend. The League is always looking for new members and volunteers and the best way to get involved is to attend the monthly League meetings. Also to learn more about the League, it is encouraged that you read the League by-Laws.
The Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League is run by volunteers. All the registration fees collected, as well as other sources of revenue for the league are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, and insurance, pay umpire fees and maintain and improve the fields that we utilize.
Should anyone be interested in managing a team, this should be marked where appropriate on your child’s registration form and returned to the League at the beginning of each year’s registration period. An application will then be sent to you or can be downloaded from the web page for submission to the League. All first time manager applicants will be interviewed by the Manager Selection Committee and if recommended for a team, subject to approval by the League Executive Board.
Executive Vice President of League Operations
VP of Financial Affairs /Treasurer
Rookie 1 League Director
Rookie 2 League Director
Little Slugger League Director
VP of Administration
VP of Tournament Baseball and Training
Minors League Director
VP of Facilities, Equipment
VP of Sponsorship
Major 70 League Director
M60 League Director
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