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Baseball and Softball

This program is intended for boys ages 5 through 17 and girls ages 5 through 18!
 The season runs from April through July
Registrations: Mid-January 2023

Emergency Entrance to the Upper Fields!
Posted April 21, 2022

The Fox Chase Elementary School has elected to lock their school yard (yes, it not a parking lot) when school is not in session.  We are not sure how long the school wishes to continue this recent practice.  Please be advised that there is an emergency entrance for ambulances and fire trucks to enter the upper fields.  That entrance for emergency responders is through the driveway located between the recreation center building and the pool.   

Baseball and Softball Photograph Day - Saturday May 21, 2022!

Baseball and softball photographs will start at 8:00 AM on the lower fields at the Fox Chase Recreation Center.  All teams who have been sponsored must have their photograph taken. All players should be in uniform and all coaches need to wear their coaching shirt for the team photographs! Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.  The schedule can be downloaded here: 2022 baseball and softball picture schedule 05112022.pdf


Order envelopes will be available at the concession stand for coaches to pick up and distribute to their players. It is imperative to have the forms completed prior to the schedule photograph session. We welcome anyone’s assistance who may require service hours.  Should you wish to preorder, go here:  2022 baseball and softball picture schedule 05112022.pdf

Please be advised that there is no maximum age team restriction to have photographs taken. If you have an older team and want to have your team and/or individual player photographs taken you can. Just pick up the order envelops/forms and inform Tim Eck at [email protected] or via telephone at 267.246.7927, who will add your team to the master photograph schedule. Again, all sponsored teams must have their photograph taken as the team photograph is used in the plaque that we present to our sponsors.

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE TAKEN IN THE GYMNASIUM THAT IS LOCATED INSIDE THE FOX CHASE RECREATION CENTER INSTEAD OF ON THE LOWER FIELDS.


Opening Day 2022 - Let's Have a Parade!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The baseball and softball season will begin on Saturday, April 23, and keeping with our tradition, we are going to kick it off with a parade!  All home league and travel team’s ages 10 years old and younger must march in this opening day parade.  All players are to be in uniform and all coaches are to wear their coaching shirts!  If you did not receive your uniform, your coach will provide it to you before the start of the parade.

All players and coaches are to meet at 7:40 AM on Saturday, April 23 in the parking lot behind "Temple Health/Fox Chase Cancer Center" located at 8 Huntingdon Pike at Fillmore Street in Rockledge.  The teams will line up according to age with the youngest marching first.  The parade will start at 8:15 AM sharp!  We will march east on Huntingdon Pike and onto our fields at the Fox Chase Recreation Center where we will officially start our baseball and softball season!  All are welcome to come and enjoy the fun and hear those famous words, "Let's Play Ball!"  

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, A DECISION WILL BE MADE CONCERNING PARADE CANCELLATION AND WILL BE POSTED HERE AT 6:00 AM ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022.  THERE IS NO THREAT OF RAIN, THE PARADE IS ON!

  
Still Seeking Young Players!
Posted April 11, 2022
T-Ball and Machine Pitch have reopened .  Coach Pitch is open for waitlist only!  No payment will be requested until your child is released from the waitlist.  If your child wishes to play, please register now.  You only have a few days before this will close. 


What's Next for Baseball and Softball!

Posted March 27, 2022

Teams are presently forming.  You can expect to be contacted by a coach during this upcoming week.  Still have questions?  Please contact our Director of Baseball, Tim Eck at [email protected] for questions concerning baseball.  For questions concerning softball, please contact Lauren Hughes, our Director of Softball at [email protected]


Uniform Distribution and Clean Up Day - Saturday April 2, 2022!

Our annual Clean-Up Day will be held on the playing fields at the Fox Chase Recreation Center on Saturday, April 2, 2022.  We will start at 8:00 am and should be completed by noontime.  Please remember to bring work gloves, rakes and brooms.  We will provide the trash bags.  Baseball and softball coaches along with their teams are expected use this time to prepare their playing fields for the start of the season.  Please note, no ball playing or practice is permitted until clean-up has been completed.  Uniforms will be distributed after clean-up has been completed should we received them in time for distribution.  In the event of inclement weather, Clean-Up Day will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 9. 

A letter below from Ted Kelly, Long Time Former Director of Baseball, now T-Ball/Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch Commissioner 
Field cleanup day is for anyone that signed up to play baseball at Fox-Rok.  We encourage all families to come and help since we are all volunteers and get very little assistance from the City.  The fields are filled with trash, debris, weeds and anything else you can imagine.  The club will provide trash bags and some tools.  It would be great if you could bring your own tools such as rakes, shovels, clippers, blower, wheel barrow or anything else you think will help.  We will start at 8:00 AM, but come anytime.  P
ease make every effort to come, even if it is only for an hour or two.  It is greatly appreciated.  Below are the fields that you can start at.  The plan is to have a lead at each field, but you don’t have to wait for direction.  I will be around somewhere.  I will be the guy with his right arm in a sling and may be riding the tractor.  Any questions, let me know.  Hope to see ya Saturday.  Thanks!

 

BTW – we are “drafting” players on Thursday so you should be hearing from a coach soon.

 

Field 9 (lower fields on Borbeck) – T-Ball families

Field 3 (upper fields at top of steps) – Coach Pitch families

Field 4 (upper fields by the pool) – Machine Pitch families

2022 Baseball/Softball Registration Has Closed!  The Season is Underway!

Posted April 25, 2022

Seeking Softball Coaches!
Posted March 1, 2022
We are presently seeking softball coaches.  Those interested are to contact Lauren Hughes via email at [email protected] or call 215.840.9077. 

for Boys ages 5 through 17 and Girls, Ages 5 through 18
Baseball and softball registrations are only being accepted online here at www.foxrokaa.com starting now and ending on Monday, February 28, 2022.  Don't miss out, register today from the comfort of your home.  

Baseball/Softball Registration Fee

$75.00 - T- Ball, Age 4* & 5 plus Coach Pitch Age 6

$100.00 - Ages 7 ~ 10

$140.00 - Ages 11 and older

 

Online Registration Here, on This Website

From Sunday, January 31 until Monday, February 28, 2022
*Player must be 5 years old by August 1, 2022 in order to play.  
Whatever age you are on or before the age cutoff dates posted below is the age that determines your registration fee.

 

Registration will close on Monday, February 28 at 11:45 PM.  Don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Divisions when filled will close.  Your child will be placed on a waiting list if the division closes before the official close of registration. 

 

Sorry, no personal checks.  MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted.

 

* Both boys and girls must be at least 5 years old on or before August 1, 2022 in order to register.

The online registration will not allow you to make a mistake when registering your child/children.  It is based on the “Team Placement Age Cut-Off Dates,” that are listed below on this page.

If you experience any difficulties in registering and require assistance, please call 866.981.2583 during normal business hours.


Be advised that late registrations will NOT be accepted unless we are short players to field a team.  Divisions, when filled, will close.  Each division has a pre-established maximum player count.  Once the maximum player count is satisfied, the division closes and the child is placed on a waiting list should that occur before the established registration close date.  Once that happens, those on the waitlist are not released until we have enough players to establish another team. 


How to Register

To register for any sport within Fox-Rok Athletic Association, go to www.foxrokaa.com and click on “Register” that is located in the upper right hand corner of our home page.   You will then need to click on “Create New Account or “Login” if you have already created an account.  As a reminder, you must first have an account before you can register your child/children.  The process is easy.  
  

Once you have created an account, you then need to list your child/children before you can choose a program to play in.  Select “Add Participant.”  Enter the child’s name and complete all of the required fields.  If you have more children to register, don’t select “Next.”  Select “Add Another Participant.”  Once you have added all of your children, you then select “Next.”

After you have entered all of your children only then will the system allow you to select the available program for that child or children.  Make your selection.  Continue to complete the necessary fields until you have completed your order.  You will receive an email confirmation after you have successfully completed the process.           

After the first time you register your child/children, the system will remember your information!  You will only need to update a few lines as opposed to starting from scratch when registering for all other Fox-Rok sports.  

Please note, if you want to coach or volunteer in any way, you must create an account online and state your interest.  The program is set up to ask if you have a desire to volunteer and in what role.   

To get on the mailing list, you must create an account online.

If you experience any difficulties in registering and require assistance, please call 866.981.2583 during normal business hours.  After hearing the prompt press 2.  After hearing the next prompt press 2 again.  Tell them that you are a parent trying to register your child for baseball/softball with the Fox-Rok Athletic Association.    

Concerning Registrations!

Registration cutoff dates are established mainly to ensure that uniforms and the necessary equipment needs can be identified and ordered in time to be received before the start of the playing season.  This is the case for each sport offering at Fox-Rok A.A.  Occasionally we have situations where we may require additional players to prevent a team or teams from folding and will solicit players by posting these openings on our website.  That is the only time we will accept registrations after the established cutoff date.  This website provides ample notice time for registration of all sports.  On our website, at the top of each sport page, it states the month when registrations are held and the duration of the season.  It is provided for your planning purposes.  

Still have questions?  Please contact Tim Eck our Director of Baseball at [email protected] or via telephone at 267.246.7927.


Copy of Birth Certificates Are Required For Travel Baseball!  
All travel players will be required to provide a copy of their birth certificate for the purpose of issuing identification cards by the leagues.  Copies will be needed prior to the start of the season.  Softball may also require them. 

Age Cutoff Dates for 2022!

Coed T-Ball to players who will be 5 years old by August 1 of the current year. 

Coach pitch is coed for 6 year old who cannot turn 7 before May 1.

Boy’s Machine Pitch boys age 7 cannot turn 8 before May 1.

Girl’s travel softball ages 7 & 8 cannot turn 9 before August 1.

Boy’s Home league 8-10 cannot turn 11 before August 1.

Boy’s Philadelphia Parks & Recreation travel tryouts for the age the player is on or before May 1.

Boy’s travel NEAA 11/12, 13/14 & 15/16 now use August 1.

Girl’s travel NEAA Softball 9/10 cannot turn 11 before August 1.

Girl’s travel NEAA Softball 11/12, 13/14, 15/16 & 17/18 now use August 1.
\Girls RBI League - Cannot be 19 before Jan 1.


Additional Equipment Needed for 2022!

All boys on travel teams are required to purchase their own uniform pants from the Fox-Rok Athletic Association. If you already have them, you do not need to purchase them again unless they are in unusable condition and/or fit.  The cost for new travel uniform pants is $30.00 and belts are $5.00.  They can be purchased during baseball cleanup day at our Snack Shack (concession stand), when open.  Uniform pants sell out fast. It is suggested that you purchase these early and avoid special ordering.  For special arrangements, please contact Matthew Williams at 215.783.8405.



Team Leagues and Age Grouping

We have “home league” teams as well as travel teams for the older children.  The travel teams are grouped by age and by player talent.  The leagues are as follows:
 
Ages 4/5:                        Tee Ball (mixed boys and girls) - This is a "Home League."
Age 6:                             Coach Pitch (mixed boys and girls) - This is a "Home League."
Age 7:                             Machine Pitch (boys only) - This is a "Home League."
Ages 7 and 8:                Travel Softball (girls only)
Ages 8, 9 & 10:              Kid Pitch - Home League (boys only) - This is a "Home League."
Ages 9 through 18:         Girl's Travel Softball
Ages 11 through 17: Boys Travel Baseball

We also have "A-Team" boys travel baseball at ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16.  See travel tryouts.  Those 17 years and older do not need to try out as we generally only have one (1) team at that age group.  
This league is intended for those players who demonstrate above average skill and talent and desire a higher level of play.  You must be a registered player and show up for tryouts to be considered for this level of play.  See "Tryouts" page for more details. 

T
eam Placement Age "Cut-Off" Date Change!
Updated March 12, 2022
All league age "cut-off" dates are as follows:
  • Tee Ball - Cannot turn 6 before May 1.
  • Coach Pitch - Cannot turn 7 before May 1.
  • Travel Girls Softball - Ages 7 & 8.  Cannot turn 9 before August 1.
  • Machine Pitch, Boys - Cannot turn 8 before May 1.
  • Fox-Rok Home League, Boys - Cannot turn 11 before August 1.
  • Girls RBI League - Cannot be 19 before Jan 1.
  • NEAA (Northeast Athletic Association), Girls Travel - Cannot be 19 before August 1.
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (fka Department of Recreation), Boys travel - Cannot turn 18 before May 1.*

Please be advised that these “cut-off" dates are established to determine player placement.
*  Tryout and successful selection is required to play in these league.

Attention - All Baseball, Softball Coaches and Assistants!

A word of warning concerning field maintenance!  When it rains NEVER push the wet infield soil mix onto the grass!  To do so ruins the field for the remainder of the season.  We have invested thousands of dollars this year on field maintenance, plus numerous hours of time.  To learn how to care for the fields please make it to our monthly meetings!  Also view the details posted on our "Field Maintenance" page.  
  

Concerning Baseball/Softball Registration and Tryouts!


The NEAA (Northeast Athletic Association) league had changed their cutoff date to August 1 for both boys and girls.  Most children go from our home league to the NEAA.  Hence the ripple affect we are were faced with during tryouts.  This is NOT consistent with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s cutoff dates of May 1 for boys.

“Travel” baseball/softball is for those who participate in the NEAA, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and RBI leagues.  Typically there are two (2) games per week.  One (1) game at home and the other game is played away at a neighboring location.

Tryouts are based on the age cutoff date for those who wish play in the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation leagues.  If your child/children does not try out, or if he or she does and is not selected, they will automatically play in the NEAA or the appropriate "in-house" league based on their age.  An example of this would be an eight (8) year old who doesn't make a travel team.  They will play in the "in-house" league.

Tryout details and schedule are listed on our tryout page!

NEAA (Northeast Athletic Association) Code of Conduct!
Those placed on a team that play in the NEAA (Northeast Athletic Association) league will need to read and sign their Code Of Conduct.  Coach, player and parent are to sign it and return to NEAA.  You can download that document here: neaa code of conduct 2021.pdf 

Our league affiliations:

PP&R = Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
NEAA = Northeast Athletic Association (formally known as NEPL) 
RBI =     Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (A Philadelphia Phillies league)

 

 

                                                                                                                               
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