ERA BASEBALL: ERA Baseball is a coed sport that is available for all children ages 3 to 15. Our younger teams play in our recreational or in-house league and our older teams play in the Anne Arundel Baseball Coop. We also host travel teams that play more competitively within the State of Maryland. The spring season begins on April 1st (earlier if weather permits) and runs through the end of the school year.
RECREATION PLAY: Players are placed at a level that corresponds to their age on specified date of the current year. Teams activities are decided by the coaches and volunteers for each team. Each team is responsible for putting together their own volunteer staff. This staff will decide the make up of the season (a mix of games and practices). Practice times and days are coordinated with each teams volunteer staff and they will post these to the teams TeamSnap calendar after registration closes and the teams are finalized.
ASSIGNMENTS: ERA places children in groups with the best interest of each child in mind. We place kids in groups by age, school, location and finally to whenever possible using special requests. We cannot guarantee a special request however we make every effort to make everyone happy. The earlier you register the greater the chance of a special request being granted. If a special request is not granted a refund will NOT be issued. Please see our refund policy on the registration form for more details.
Tee Ball Clinic (4U): A fun intro to the game of baseball. Upon being placed in a group the team must delegate a group of parent volunteers who will run the team. Once those volunteers have been selected they will work with the master scheduler to create a schedule that works for the team. At this level the athletes get an introduction to the sport and get to spend time with their friends in a laid back and fun environment. The focus is on fun and learning at this age and players use the tees for the entire season. Jerseys are now required at all levels. This level uses a reversible mesh tank. Refunds will only be issued if the the required minimum number of participants is not reached.
Coach Pitch w/ Mandatory Tee Rescue (6U): All games at this level will be coach pitch to the greatest extent possible. The coaches will agree to a set number of pitches (usually 4-6 depending on the total number of players) and if a player is unable to hit the ball, they will have an opportunity to hit using a tee. All players may only take one base and a base is always awarded even if the player is thrown out or tagged out. Each side hits through once per inning with the last batter clearing the bases. Games are generally two innings but can be more depending on the time remaining and the size of the teams. The main goal at this level is to have fun and allow players as many reps as possible throughout the game. Upon being placed in a group the team must delegate a group of parent volunteers who will run the team. Once those volunteers have been selected they will work with the master scheduler to create a schedule that works for the team. Scores, results and statistics are not kept by the league.
Coach Pitch w/ Optional Tee Rescue (8U): All games are played as coach pitch. Rules are introduced with the emphasis remaining on fun. A large amount of repetition is introduced in this age group as players begin to understand the finer intricacies of the game. Scores, results and statistics are not kept by the league. Games can be in-house against other ERA teams or against other local teams. Travel is minimized to the greatest extent possible. Upon being placed in a group the team must delegate a group of parent volunteers who will run the team. Once those volunteers have been selected they will work with the master scheduler to create a schedule that works for the team.
Baseball (10U, 12U, 15U): All games are player pitch. Games are against other local area teams. Upon being placed in a group the team must delegate a group of parent volunteers who will run the team. Once those volunteers have been selected they will work with the master scheduler to create a schedule that works for the team. Please note the league we play in is dictated by the number of area players/teams that have registered with other local organizations. If the number of hyper-local area teams is low we reserve the right to enter the team into the AACO league which requires travel in and around AACO, however the decision will be up to the team volunteer staff.
Travel Baseball: ERA can host teams that are looking to play at a higher level. Opportunities exist for ages 8U through 14U. The specifics depend on the coach, the team and the league that they participate in. Coaches must submit rosters for pre-approval to ERA and those rosters cannot be modified once submitted without ERA approval. Opportunities are granted on a case by case basis, if you are interested please reach out to the organization to discuss the opportunity. Travel baseball fees vary team by team and we can work with your administration to customize the experience for your team. Two practices a week with no home games begin at $200 per person per season with a minimum of 10 registrants. Teams are expected to provide their own administrative support and also provide all of their own equipment including jerseys. Spring season (March 15th - May 30th), Summer season (June 1 - August 31st), Fall Season (September 1st - November 15th).
Tee Ball Clinic (4U) - $TBD
Coach Pitch w/ Tee Rescue (6U) - $TBD
Coach Pitch (8U) - $TBD
Baseball (10U, 12U, 15U) - $TBD
Costs are subject to change. Final costs will appear in the registration system and may differ. The above costs are only registration fees and do not include equipment, accessories or jerseys. If you are playing at the recreational level you will be required to purchase an ERA blue and white reversible jersey which can be used for all ERA recreational sports. If you are playing in the coop or county league you will be required to purchase a team jersey which will need to be re-purchased at the beginning of each season.
REGISTRATION: The ERA season begins with online registration which generally opens in January. Registration is time limited and will close prior to the start of the season or when the program has filled. Once registration closes a $30 late registration fee will be assessed for all registrations and will only be accepted if space is available in that age group. Refund policies differ based on deadlines, see the registration form for more information.
FALL BASEBALL: ERA can host teams for Fall Baseball in the AACO league. Teams must have a minimum of 10 players to be considered. Rosters must be submitted and pre-approved by the organization and all players must be registered prior to the county deadline for submitting rosters. This requires advanced planning, if you are interested please do not wait. ERA does not provide administrative support, equipment or jerseys for the fall. Also please note that our field maintenance decreases during this time of the year and depending on the amount of rain received field conditions can vary greatly. Fields will not be lined if you want to host a non-league game and all umpire fees will need to be paid by the team. Please note that Fall Baseball is an out of season sport so field times are not scheduled until the fall sport schedule is released.