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SCR Summer Tournament Information
by posted 04/17/2014



We hope you have enjoyed the 2014 Spring Scottsdale Cal Ripken Season.


Cal Ripken Baseball holds state and regional baseball tournaments each year, these tournaments occur each summer.  As a state franchise, Scottsdale Cal Ripken (SCR Baseball League) members are eligible to participate in the sponsored tournaments.  The tournament teams are made up from the best players in each age division. The tournaments provide the opportunity to travel with a team and play against the best players in the other Arizona and other western regional Cal Ripken Baseball leagues.  The tournament season begins early June and depending on the outcome of the State tournament, the regional tournaments are held the third week of July.


As we are near the close of the Spring Season I am pleased to announce our 2014 Summer Tournament Team Head Coaches, State Tournament dates (start date) and locations:


Division                           Head Coach                                 State Location              Date

6U                                 Toursten Coulsen                           Casa Grande              June 24

8U – Machine                   JW Wight                                     Casa Grande             June 24

8U Kid Pitch             Doug Saunders/Evan Terry               North Phoenix             June 9

9U                                   Todd Finlayson                                 Phoenix                  June 16

10U                                   Mike Smith                                      Surprise                 June 24

12U                                    Jamie Lee                                       Surprise                June 24


You can register your player for tournament tryouts online at our website (http://scottsdalecalripken.com).  If you have an interest please register your player as quickly as possible.  This will allow our coaches a longer evaluation period before the tryout date.


Since the tournaments are aged based and not division based, your player is allowed to play on any team they are age eligible.  So for example, if your player is in the Minors division and is 8 years old, the player is eligible to play for every team but 6U.  The “magic” baseball age date for players is 5/1/2014.  So for example, a player wanting to play in 8U cannot turn 9 before 5/1/2014.


Regional tournaments start July 20th in CA or UT for the 8U Kid Pitch division and older.  Machine Pitch and 6U do not have a Regional Tournament.


To participate on the All Star/Tournament teams, you must agree to play in the Regional Tournament if your team wins the state tournament.


There is no payment required for Try Out registration, however if selected to the team, there will be costs for tournament registration and team uniforms.  We expect registration fees to range from $100-$160.  In addition to the registration fees and depending on the location of the tournament, there may be added expenses for travel, hotels, and meals (state and regionals).  It should also be understood that there is a required commitment of time for practices and scrimmages.  Since there is only six weeks to prepare, practice times are likely to increase over a regular season schedule.  Further, if the state tournament team wins, the players and parents should be prepared to take the entire week to travel to the regional tournament.  Check your vacation schedules to determine if there are conflicts.


The goal of the Tournament Teams is to select the best possible players for the roster.  The Head Coaches and the board will review selection criteria and roster creations before announcing the final team for each age group.  If we have enough players in an age bracket, we will consider fielding additional teams with the remaining players.


There should be no expectation of staying with your same coach or even players on your team.  If there is an abundance of players, some players may not be selected to a team.  It is important to talk with your child about this possibility.  It is also important to understand that whereas during the season all players are required to play in the field, during the tournament, there may be circumstances or instances when your child will not play.  This is the coach’s prerogative and decision. 


Tryouts will be held in early May and will be announced once fields are secured.  Once you register your player, coaches will be scouting the players in the remaining league games as part of the selection process.


We hope you will consider trying out for one of the tournament teams, as it’s a very rewarding experience for players, coaches and the families involved.


If I can answer any questions or clarify any requirements, please feel free to contact me.


Doug Saunders

SCR Tournament Director

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Chad Moeller Clinics for SCR Players 7-12 yrs old
by posted 03/28/2014

We are excited to be hosting a series of clinics for SCR players led by Chad Moeller Baseball.  The first clinic will be held on Friday April 4th from 5-7 p.m.  The focus will be hitting and is for players ages 9-12.  


The cost of each clinic is $25/player - the regular price for the clinic is $55!!  This is a significant savings and is being offered only to registered SCR players.  Space is limited to 24 players. 

At the hitting clinics, players will work on the mechanics of hitting from the ground up and the importance of the legs. Players will receive the same teachings that the New York Yankees receive.

At the pitching clinics, players will receive instruction on the responsibilities of being the pitcher, the mechanics of pitching and throwing properly.

Future clinics will be held on April 11th (hitting for 7-9 year olds), April 18th (pitching for 9-12 year olds), and finally April 25th (pitching for 7-9 year olds).

Registration is now open for all clinics.  To register please click on "Shop Online" (located on the left side bar on our Home Page).

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Parents in Youth Sports
by posted 05/23/2013
Parents, please take 5 minutes to read this article pertaining to parents in youth sports.  It's an amazing piece written by Bruce Brown that could affect the way we all look at youth athletics.

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