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STRA Baseball & Softball

Southampton Township Recreational Association (STRA) is an organization focused on providing an instructional sports program for children in our township.

Season Timing

Baseball and softball programs are open to children ages 4-15. The season typically runs from the beginning of April through Memorial Day, with 2-3 events per week (practices or games). Events take place between 5:30pm and sunset (as late as 8pm). 

Equipment

Your child will need a baseball/softball glove, a batting helmet, baseball/softball pants and cleats.  Boys also need an atheletic cup.  Bats & catcher’s gear is provided for each team.  Each player will recieve a shirt, hat and socks.

STRA is a 100% volunteer run organization. Volunteer opportunities within the baseball and softball programs include:

  • Coaching
  • Assistant Coaching
  • Field Lining
  • Snacks
  • Team organization

We thank you for making this program possible through your support. 

STRA Baseball & Softball FAQ

Question: What is the minimum age I can sign my child up for baseball or softball?
Answer: 4 years old and entering Kindergarten at the start of the next school year.

Question: When can I sign up for Baseball/Softball?
Answer: Registration opens mid January. A letter is sent home from school in your child’s folder.

Question: I am not from Southampton.  Can I still sign up for your program?
Answer: If your township has a recreational program for baseball/softball for your child’s age group, then you can NOT sign up at Southampton.  The program’s Commisioner & STRA board will make the final decision based about out of town players.  Please send and email to admin to be considered.

Question: When are practices and games?
Answer: A practice/game schedule will be created after team selection.  Practices and games usually start around 5-5:30pm Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings.  Most likley there wont be more than 3 games/practices a week.

Question: What are evaluations?
Answer: The purpose of evaluations are to construct fair and balanced teams.  Evaluations are not tryouts.

Question: I want my child to play in a different age group than is listed.  How can I do that?
Answer: Generally we like to keep children in their own age group, but in certain circumstances, you can consult with the commisioner of your program.  Only in extreme cases do we consider changing the age group.

Question: Which program should I sign my child up for?
Answer: Baseball and Softball divisions are separated by grade. Baseball divisions also have an age requirement, with the cut-off birth date (May 1st). It is highly recommended that baseball players play within their grade. In some instances, a player may be too old to play with his grade, so he may need to play with the grade above him. Similarly, if a player's skills are not appropriate for his grade, he may play down a grade. Grade level changes should be approved in these cases by the commissioner.
 
 
Grade Baseball Softball

Pre-K and Kindergarten (Ages 4-6)

PK Players must be entering kindergarten in the fall.

T-Ball - Coach pitch or T T-Ball - Coach Pitch or T
1st Grade (Ages 6-7) Rookies – Coach Pitch T-Ball – Coach Pitch
2nd Grade (Ages 7-8) Slugger – Kid & Coach Pitch Rookies – Coach Pitch
3rd Grade (Age 9) Minors – Kid Pitch Rookies – Kid & Coach Pitch
4th Grade (Age 10) Minors – Kid Pitch Minors – Kid & Coach Pitch
5th Grade (Age 11) Majors Minors
6th Grade (Age 12) Majors Majors
7th Grade (Age 13) Babe Ruth Majors
8th Grade (Age 14) Babe Ruth Majors
9th Grade (Age 15) Babe Ruth High school
10th to 12th Grades   High school