NOTE: All photos are from previous years.
Play Ball! (With Safety in Mind)
While every family must make decisions based on their own situations and comfort levels, the benefits of youth sports are undeniable. Participating in sports has shown to build self-esteem, teach sportsmanship and teamwork, show kids how to play within the rules, develop time management skills, and provide safe social interaction. Opportunities for these life lessons are particularly difficult during the pandemic, and then there are the physical benefits, too!
Restrictions put in place to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus by Gov. Phil Murphy will likely stay in place for Spring 2021 youth sports in Hunterdon County, affecting recreational sports leagues whose registration is normally underway this time of year.
In many cases, you can expect players and spectators to be required to wear masks, even during play. Some leagues are reducing the ratio of athletes to coaches to meet COVID social distancing requirements, propelling a need for more volunteers. Others are limiting behaviors such as gum chewing or high-five handshakes. Parents should expect continued restrictions on player drop-offs and temperature-checks. While these measures may impact some aspects of the game, leagues are working hard to proceed with a full spring schedule that’s both safe and FUN.
Below are a list of leagues offering teams this spring in Hunterdon County. Check out their Web sites for registration dates, fees and schedules.
Hunterdon County YMCA
144 W. Woodschurch Road, Flemington
Hunterdon County YMCA is offering classes that focus on hitting, throwing, catching and fielding for kids ages 3-10 years old. Spring registration is not open at time of publication.
North Hunterdon Youth Baseball
PO Box 113, High Bridge
A Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball league, North Hunterdon offers teams for children 4 through 7. Registration is open through January 31. A late fee of $15 will be assessed on registrations after February 1, 2021.The season begins April 1.
Clinton Township T-Ball Teams
125 Route 31 South, Lebanon
Geared to children ages 3-5, Clinton Township’s Recreation Department hosts T-ball teams that aim to help each child develop skills and understanding of the game, which is played at Bundt Park. Registration is not open at time of publication.
Delaware Township Baseball and Softball
PO Box 107, Sergeantsville
Delaware Township’s recreational baseball and softball program offers teams for kids ages 5 through 12. The season runs from April through June, with a tournament baseball program that runs from May through August. Registration is not open at time of publication.
Delaware Valley Athletic Association
PO Box 491, Milford
This Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League that offers softball and baseball teams for children ages 3 1/2 to 15 years old. Spring registration is not open at time of publication.
Lebanon Township Athletic Association
PO Box 27, Califon
This township league offers softball, baseball and soccer teams geared to kids in grades 1 through 8. Spring registration is not open at time of publication.
Lambertville-West Amwell Youth Baseball and Softball
PO Box 141, Lambertville
The league sponsors softball and baseball teams for all kids ages 4-12. Games are played at Ely Field in Lambertville. Spring registration is not open at time of publication.
PO Box 2346, Flemington
This Little League offers teams for boys and girls ages 5 to 16. Registration ends March 31st. The season begins April 12th. The league also offers a traveling team and summer baseball clinic. Check out THIS LINK to register.
Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League
PO Box 568, Whitehouse Station
The Babe Ruth league is still accepting signups for Little Sluggers, which encompasses children in kindergarten and pre-school who will be age 4 by May 1st, with the season set to begin on April 17th. Check the Web site for additional teams and registration criteria.