Welcome to Sacred Heart Baseball and Softball Association’s 2014 season. This is our 57th year of providing recreational and tournament ball to children of the Rancocas Valley area, which includes the New Jersey communities of Hainesport, Mount Holly, Lumberton, Westampton and Eastampton.
General Membership Meeting, Thursday October 30, 8:00 pm at Westampton Municipal Building .... Fall Field Cleanup, Saturday Nov 1, at 9:00 am - your help is much appreciated!
Website Refresh We are working hard to develop a more efficient website and registration process, as well as improved methods of communication. Some improvements are already underway, and we plan to have some new ideas to share before registration begins for the 2015 season. Stay turned!
Election of Executive Board, Thursday August 7 Our league is led by an Executive Board which is supported throughout the year by a group of volunteer league officials.
The following individuals were elected to Executive Board positions after expressing interest in the specific roles noted
Brian Fifield - President Joe Kwiatkowski - Vice President Mike Dinneen - Business Manager Brian Creelman - Secretary Mike Shaffer - Baseball Coordinator Ken Jacobs - Softball Coordinator
To learn more about all of the nominees, click here.
End of Season Slugfest Invitational Tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart Thank you to all teams that joined us for this year's Slugfest Event. We had a great group of teams coming from all over New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
For more information, including game results, visit our Slugfest Tournament Page.
Sacred Heart District Teams Advancing to State Tournaments Congratulations to the Sacred Heart teams that have advanced through districts and have qualified for the upcoming Southern NJ State Tournaments:
Baseball 12's 50/70: District Champions Baseball 12's 46/60: District and State Runner-up Baseball 11's 46/60: District and State Runner-up Softball 12u: Runner-up at Districts, States and Regionals ... Offered a bid to National World Series in Florida! Softball 10u: Runner-up at Districts and States Softball 8u: District, State, and Regional Champions!
Good luck to all of our teams as they play on through the summer!
11's 46/60 District Tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart Thank you to all teams that joined us for this year's Southern NJ District 5 Ripken 46/60 Baseball tournament for 11 year-olds, recently hosted by Sacred Heart.
Crazy 8's Tournament Thank you to all teams that came out and participated in our Annual Crazy 8's event, a one-of-a-kind experience specifically suited for 8 year old and 7 year old baseball action.
Once again, we had teams participating from all over New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. For complete results, visit our Crazy 8's Tournament Page.
Fathers' Day Classic Tournament The recently completed tournament was a big success once again. For more information, including complete schedule, directions, rules, etc, visit our Fathers' Day Classic Tournament Page.
Playoff Tournament Our Rec Playoffs have been completed ... Congratulations to our rec league champions: Majors Rivercats Minors 10 Twins Minors 9 Indians Dev 8 Giants Instructional Pirates 8U Softball LSU Tigers
Click on your division below to see the complete tournament brackets:
Need a Practice Field? Insurance Certificate? Sacred Heart is able to schedule time slots for team practices at a limited number of fields in Lumberton and Westampton. Unfortunately, with so many teams in our league, we are unable to assign each team its own practice time on one of these fields.
Coaches may also secure (on their own) field time for practices at other fields in the area that are not noted on the schedule.... for younger ages, an open field of grass works great and gives flexibility as to when you'd like to have practice. Be creative!
If you are securing a field on your own for team use, you might be asked to provide an Insurance Certificate from the league. We have prepared certificates (link noted below) for use with the townships in our footprint, and a few schools commonly used.
If these are not acceptable to the party you're working with to secure field use, please email us at email@example.com and we can help prepare the insurance certificate with the appropriately designated "certificate holder" name inserted.
Teaming Up With Dick's Sporting Goods Sacred Heart successfully teamed with Dick's Sporting Goods in Burlington Twp. to bring you 20% savings on almost everything in the store, on Sacred Heart Appreciation Day, March 8, 2014. Check out the link below for more information.
My Website User ID and Password don't work ...what to do now? The only USER ID you'll need is the one for the LeagueOne Registration site. The Sacred Heart website you're currently at does not need a user ID ... almost all information at our website does not require you to log in. So if you've forgotten your user ID or password for this page, don't worry...you will still be able to see schedules and other information. Your LeagueOne Registration will require a user ID, so we know where to email you during the season. If you have any questions about this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ban on Composite Bats: - Babe Ruth says "nevermind" Little League implemented a ban on composite bats (12/30/10) for ages 12 and under effective with the 2011 baseball season, however, Babe Ruth / Ripken (our governing body) reversed its' own ban and decided to continue to allow composite barrel bats that are stamped "Babe Ruth approved" and "BPF 1.15", with barrels of not more than 2-1/4" in diameter. Don't be confused by discussion around BBCOR for ages 12 and under ....that level of bat certification is applicable only for divisions involving ages 13 and up. Nonetheless, be careful about buying an expensive bat ($175 and up) that you might not be permitted to use for more than one season if the rules change again.
Click here for link to the announcement by Little League. Click here to see Babe Ruth / Ripken's current view regarding composite bats.
Eligibility: Who Can Play in the Sacred Heart Program? The Sacred Heart CYO program is affiliated with the Babe Ruth / Ripken organization, which follows clear geographical boundaries that prohibit children from playing in a Babe Ruth / Ripken league outside their sanctioned area.
Baseball: Sacred Heart baseball can accept players that live in the Burlington county communities of Hainesport, Mt. Holly, Lumberton, Eastampton and Westampton. Essentially all other communities in our immediate surrounding area are included in the sending areas for other Babe Ruth / Ripken affiliated programs.
Softball: Sacred Heart softball can accept players that live in the communities of Hainesport, Mt. Holly, Lumberton, Eastampton and Westampton, and can also accept players that live in other nearby communities that do not have a Babe Ruth affiliated program. Please check with us regarding eligibility if you live in a nearby community other than the 5 communities in our core sending district. We welcome all eligible players!
Sacred Heart School students: Eligibility for playing in the Sacred Heart program is governed strictly by the regulations put into place by the Babe Ruth organization, which are based on residency. As such, while we enjoy and benefit from the relationship with Sacred Heart Parish, the league is not in a position to allow students to play in the Sacred Heart Baseball and Softball Association if they live in a community that is included in a competing Babe Ruth / Ripken program.
If you happen to move: Anyone that plays in the Sacred Heart program with a qualifying residence can continue playing at Sacred Heart after they move to another community that is part of another Babe Ruth affiliated program's sending area. Under those circumstances, proof of prior residency would need to be maintained. The player's eligibility at Sacred Heart would end once they sign up for another Babe Ruth affilitated program, or once they decide to not come back (even for one year).
Do these rules apply to all ages? Yes ... Sacred Heart is applying the residency rules for all ages in our programs, all the way down to t-ball.
Are You a Registered User at Sacred Heart's website? Our league's general membership does not need to maintain a USER ID at THIS website. As part of the online registration, you will have to enter a valid email address in order to register - we will use that information for league communication purposes. Registered users can get access to team schedules and other limited access information during the season. If you have questions about what to do, email us at email@example.com and we'll let you know.
Messages from our League President -Weekly Updates: Scroll Down to News and Notices below to access our most recent newsletters -Annual Update: .... Read our 2013 Year-end Newsletterfrom the league president, recapping last season and previewing 2014.
Updates Through Our Website Be sure to stop back again frequently throughout the 2015 season for information about scheduling and other things going on at Sacred Heart.
If You've Never Been to our Fields .....
Mapto CYO Complex (Southbound lane of Rt. 541 Bypass, Hainesport) Driving directions to CYO Complex Map to new Westampton Fields, next to Friends Academy on Bridge St. (supplementing our main complex) Map to Westampton Municipal Building, 710 Rancocas Road (Location for Meetings and Registration)