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Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League to Host Annual Fundraiser on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Italian American Club

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) will host its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, May 8th, 2015, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Italian American Club, 1976 Valley Ave. in Scotch Plains.

This year, SPFBL celebrates its 60th anniversary. Over the past six decades, the league has served Scotch Plains and Fanwood families, and thousands of players from the pre-K to high school levels. SPFBL is an instructional league that  emphasizes good sportsmanship, team building, individual skill/player development, and lasting friendships.

"The harsh winter resulted in a lot of erosion at Booth Field and necessary repairs in and around the building and the snack hut at the field," said Neil Kaufman, president of SPFBL. "We are able to keep our fees comparatively low, compared to other sports that don't incur the expenses of field upkeep, because of the success of this annual fundraiser. I encourage parents of players in the league as well as other friends of the league to support this dinner, which happens to be a lot of fun."

Tickets are $40 per person, and proceeds from the dinner will benefit the players by providing new equipment and making major repairs to the league-owned Booth Field and its grounds. A portion of the money raised will offset the costs of the league's travel program expenses.The evening features a hot buffet dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks, and desserts, along with live music by local band, The Dumbwaitors. There will also be tricky trays and silent auctions for great prizes.

To purchase tickets online via PayPal payment -- by far, the easiest method of payment – click Payments must be received no later than April 30th, 2015.

For more info, email


Special Needs Adaptive Program Sign-ups for 2015 Season
REGISTER NOW!!! Starts Sunday, April 26th

SPFBL is proud to announce our new, revised special needs youth baseball program.  “This program had a pilot phase for the past few seasons,” said Neil Kaufman, President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL).  We are now thrilled to be ready to open this to the community at large!  Click "Continue..." for more information:


Opening Day Ceremonies
Saturday, April 18th 9am @Booth Field

Join us for SPFBL's 60th Anniversary Opening Day ceremonies!!

The Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) will celebrates our 60th anniversary in 2015, and it all our starts with our traditional Opening Day Ceremonies on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 9:00AM.  2015 marks an amazing milestone for an organization that has served the youth of Scotch Plains and Fanwood for all these years.  As usual, Opening Day festivities will take place at our “headquarters” for youth baseball, BOOTH FIELD.

Opening Day is a special time for our local baseball community.  As always, all of our teams participating in programs from Tee Ball (Pre-K and K) to our Majors Division (5th/6th grade) gather together on this special day to kick-off the new baseball season.  Our ceremony includes acknowledging all of our honored guests attending the celebration, presenting various awards to players and coaching members of our organization, and culminates with the traditional First Pitch of the Season.

ALL treams (Tee Ball through Majors Division) and their managers/coaches are expected to be present at Booth Field.  Gathering time is 8:30am, ceremonies start promptly at 9:00am.  Managers who cannot be there should designate an assistant coach to lead your team at Opening Day Ceremonies.  Team parents - Check with your Manager on specifics of where you will gather, usually in the parking lot or near the Booth field house.  It's a great time for the kids, a great kickoff before you play your opening game later in the day!!

For more information, contact us at

SPFBL Fundraising Dinner & Social
Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) will host its annual dinner and social on Friday, May 8th, from 7pm - 11pm. at the Italian American Club, 1976 Valley Ave (near the intersection of Valley Ave. and Union Ave.) in Scotch Plains.  EVENT PRESS RELEASE CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.  For more information or to purchase tickets, select "Special Events" from the left-side menu, or CLICK HERE.

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Teen Umpire Clinic
Saturday, April 11th 1pm @Memorial Field

There will be an teen umpire clinic on Saturday, April 11th 1pm at Memorial Field.  If you are interested in attending, you must reserve a spot by emailing John Mooney at  PLEASE DO NOT JUST SHOW UP, follow the instructions to register to reserver your spot in the clinic.

NOTE: Whether you have umpired before or not, THE CLINIC IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO UMPIRE IN 2015.  If you cannot attend, you must let us know asap, and we will attempt to arrange a makeup.

Modell's Team Weeks
Save 15% - Until April 23rd!!

SPFBL is once again pleased to be partnering with Modell's Sporting Goods to provide this opportunity to our baseball families.  IT'S BEEN A COLD AND SNOWY WINTER!!  But baseball season is here.  And the time to SAVE BIG is now!!

With the downloadable Modell's coupon, you save 15% on all purchasesModell's Sporting Goods.  But that's not all!  You save 15%, and you also help our league as an additional 5% comes back to SPFBL in the form of donation.  And best of all, YOU CAN REUSE THIS COUPON AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WOULD LIKE THROUGHOUT THE OFFER PERIOD.  NOTE: This program will run from Friday 3/13/2015 through 4/23/2015 at all New Jersey Modell's locations.

Download the 2015 Modell's Spring Team Weeks Coupon Here

SPFBL is grateful to Modell's for making this possible for our families year after year.  ENJOY THE SAVINGS!!

2015 Spring Registration
Opening Day will be here soon!!


Please note for 2015, based on overwheming feedback, we will be adding the cost of the Coin Fundraiser ($40) to the registration fee for the 1st registration per household only.  Additional registrations will simply be the appropriate registration fee charge for the particular division. 

Note also that we have passed the early registration deadline, but there is still time to get in for 2015.  Beat the waitlist, register now!!  For more information on the registration process or the Coin Fundraiser, Click Here to download the Registration Flyer.

Registration Fees
Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the fee structure in 2015?  Click "Continue..." below...

Not Receiving SPFBL emails?
You may have opted out...

If you are not receiving emails from SPFBL, you or someone else on your account may have opted out.  The opt-out process is a mandatory consumer law covering commercial email distribution that requires that anyone who receives email distributions from your company or organization should have the right to opt out of such email distribution.  Every email has a one-click link at the bottom of it which if clicked will accomplish the opt out process.  And once opted out, you will definitely not receive any email blasts from the league. It is a totally self-serve process.  And we cannot opt anyone back in after they have opted out unless they request to be opted back in.  If you feel that you may be opted out, intentionally or unintentionally, and would like to be opted back in, simply email us at and make that request.  Our administrators will opt you back in asap.

SPFBL Summer Clinic Helps Players Improve Skills
Instruction Followed by Pickup Games

SPFBL launched its Wednesday evening summer instruction program on July 9th designed to help players not currently involved in summer travel to develop offensive & defensive skills.  The offering proved to be an immediate hit.

Students, grades 3-5, will learn the basics of hitting, fielding, throwing, base-running, and pitching for the first hour, followed by an "old school" pick-up game among the young players. The camp is led by veteran baseball instructor Ed Kania. 
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (2376 North Ave.) has agreed to be a prime sponsor of the District 12 Tournament

SPFBL is proud to announce that Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill (2376 North Ave.) has agreed to be a prime sponsor of this event in 2014.  As part of its sponsorship, patrons who show their SPFBL Coins at the restaurant are eligible to receive a 20% discount on their order. Additionally, Charlie Brown's -- an area favorite for over 50 years --  is selling gift cards at the Booth Field concession stand.  The gift cards cost $20 each and are immediately redeemable for $25 at Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill – that’s a 25% bonus right off the bat!  They are redeemable at three area locations: Scotch Plains, Chatham and Millburn.  
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill
2376 North Ave.          35 Main St.         522 Southern Boulevard
Scotch Plains, NJ       Millburn, NJ         Chatham, NJ
908-232-3443            973-376-1724     973-822-1800
Hosted by SPFBL

Click HERE to see the latest results and standings.

Coin-Toss Game
Coin-toss winners chosen


Click "Continue..." below for more information...

Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League Announces Award Winners, Opens 2014 Season
Coverage in The Alternative Press of Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League Announces Award Winners, Opens 2014 Season

John Mooney

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Memorial Day Parade a Success!
Thanks to All Who Came Out in Support of the League and Our Heroes!!

Scenes from Opening Day 2014

Under sunny skies on Saturday, April 12th, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League opened its 2014 Spring Season.

Field Status Indicator
Check with your Manager to be sure...

We have finished testing a new Field Status Alert feature, located on the right-side of the screen. This feature is now fully operational, but you are advised to please note the following when field conditions are in question:

  1. The Scotch Plains Ballfield Hotline, while designed to be a "one-stop shopping", currently is not - it is just for Scotch Plains Rec fields - which include Brookside, Farley, Kramer, Memorial, Rt. 22 and VoTech).  We use that same hotline to determine field status.  So our Field Status tool should reflect what's indicated on the Ballfield Hotline FOR SP FIELDS ONLY.
  2. The field status Facebook site ( is also intended to be a one-stop shop for SP, FW and BOE.  HOWEVER that is completely dependent on Scotch Plains Rec, Fanwood Rec (LaGrande, Forest Road Park, Watson Road) and SPF Board of Ed (Park MS, Terrill MS, SPFHS) each posting their own field status.  So if they don't update their field status, then we will frankly be trying to get that status from them in real-time. 
  3. Booth Field we control.  And while it drains extemely well, it may or may not be playable.  We will indicate this is the Field Status tool.
  4. St. Barts is a little bit of an outlier, semi-maintained by SPFBL but in an unofficial way.  Best advice is that if you have an event scheduled there, check with your Manager and he/she will have the status.
  5. NOTE: We use the above field status indicators to populate our own field status feature.  As a result, we may or may not have a completely accurate field status at the time you check our website, until we can either get an indication from SP rec, FW rec and SPF BOE... OR we can check the fields out ourselves and make an assessment (for those organizations that permit us to do that).  SO...............
  6. CHECK & RE-CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT YOUR EVENT!!  If you are in doubt, contact your Manager to be sure of whether your event is ON or Off.  Managers- If you are in doubt, contact your Division VP's as they will be in the loop on the latest status in real-time and should be passing that along to you.

Hope this helps solve some of the field status confusion.  It's not going to rain again during the spring, so we should have this problem any more :-).

Kids love to Color!!
Bambino Activity Sheets

Get your kids started right for Baseball 2014 - Download and print these activity sheets!  


Special Needs Program
Volunteers Needed

This season, we are offering a baseball program focused on children with special needs.  Click below to see how you can help make a difference...

Bat Regulations - 2012 Rule Changes
Updated 3/16/2012

In 2012, SPFYBA will permit the use of bats that meet the standard of Babe Ruth League / Cal Ripken.  This is a change from recent years.  However bat availability and additional research on the subject has brought the Executive Board to the conclusion that in 2012 we will follow the Babe Ruth standard.  ALSO: (3/16/2012) Update on Nike and Marucci bats that FAILED standards and will be ineligible for use in Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken play!

Continue reading below to learn more...

Do you own a business (or know someone who does)?
We need your sponsorship help...

Click here to go to our Fundraising page.  Team sponsorships available!!!  And more...

SPFBL Merchandise
Design it yourself online!

The perfect gift.  Give the give of BASEBALL!!  Buy apparel & accessories for all members of the family as well as customize your own.  If prompted, locker # is ek005.

Click Here to Begin Shopping for SPFBL Apparel


SPFBL Ballfield Hotline
For Field Status due to Inclement Weather

Please check the ballfield hotline if weather is questionable. Call 908-322-6700 x226.  PLEASE NOTE:

  • Updated by the Township of Scotch Plains by 3pm weekdays, and as needed on weekends.
  • Refers ONLY to SCOTCH PLAINS TOWNSHIP REC fields (Memorial, Brookside, Rt. 22, VOTECH, Farley, etc.), FANWOOD BOROUGH REC fields (LaGrande, Forest Road Park, Watson Rd Basin, etc.) and BOARD OF EDUCATION fields (SPFHS, Terrill Middle, Park Middle, etc.).  
  • BOOTH FIELD IS ENTIRELY OWNED AND OPERATED BY SPFBL.  IT ALSO HAS INCREDIBLE DRAINAGE.  So it is not unusual for the town and board of ed to close all of their fields, and we still play on Booth Field.  Please check the website for updates on the condition of Booth Field.
No Parking on Valley Road
Violators may be ticketed

Everyone should be reminded that there is No Parking on Valley Road. This includes anywhere near the parking lot and anywhere near the batting cages. Coaches should drop off equipment and park in the lot. No parking in the little drive up area by the cages. Parents may NOT wait outside the cages in their car for players. Please adhere to these rules. Our neighbors have been patient with us, and we don’t want to see anyone issued a parking summons. THANK YOU!!

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