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Fall 2019 Registration is open!
05/24/2019
SCR Fall Registration is open! Grab your friends and form a team...
Spring 2019: Championship Games & Thank You
05/20/2019
SCR Sportsmanship Award 2019
05/16/2019
SCR Sportsmanship Award 2019 This year, Scottsdale Cal Ripken...
Dicks Sporting Goods 20% Off Coupon!
05/16/2019
Playoff Picture - Who Will Wear the Ring?
05/03/2019
With 14 more games last night, SCR’s playoff picture is taking...
Rijo Athletics
03/15/2019
Scottsdale Cal Ripken has partnered with Rijo Athletics for...
2019 All-Stars Season Approaching!
03/15/2019
Hello SCR Families!  Our board wanted to start sharing information...
Exclusive Unequal Technologies Discount
02/27/2019
SCR has partnered with Unequal Technologies baseball product protection...
SCR Baseball Weather Procedure
10/23/2018
SCR's weather policy can be viewed online or by clicking here. ...
Important Info: Bat Regulations
09/18/2018
Bats must have the appropriate USA Baseball stamp to be used in Scottsdale...
 
Fall 2019 Registration is open!

SCR Fall Registration is open!

Grab your friends and form a team to play in our Fall league

To register for Scottsdale Cal Ripken please 

Register Here:

 

Questions? Email a commissioner

T-ball Commissioner - Kevin Vaughn - tball@scottsdalecalripken.com

Rookie AA Coach Pitch Commissioner - Zac Henry & Justin Klump - r2a@scottsdalecalripken.com

Rookie AAA Machine Pitch Commissioner- Jason Stringfield & Kevin Goldman - r3a@scottsdalecalripken.com

8u Kid Pitch Commissioner - Brad Seitzer - u8@scottsdalecalripken.com

Minors Commissioner – Jason Stringfield, & David Di Vito - minors@scottsdalecalripken.com

Majors Commissioner - Dan Sparks - majors@scottsdalecalripken.com


by posted 05/24/2019
Spring 2019: Championship Games & Thank You


by posted 05/20/2019
SCR Sportsmanship Award 2019

SCR Sportsmanship Award 2019

This year, Scottsdale Cal Ripken has created its inaugural SCR Sportsmanship Award.  As a developmental baseball league, one of our goals is to foster and acknowledge outstanding actions by our players and coaches. This award is meant to recognize our league’s athletes who exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship with ethical behavior, respect, empathy, and integrity.

We were taken aback by the amazing stories shared to us by the coaches.  There were so many wonderful and inspiring displays of sportsmanship which reminded us why we enjoy volunteering for the league and supporting youth baseball and these wonderful players.

The SCR Board of Directors has selected a grand prize winner as well as 6 additional winners for our first ever "SCR Sportsmanship Award".  Before announcing the SCR Sportsmanship Award winner, I’d like to briefly introduce the 6 runners-up and share a little about them.

  • Kyle Kenney: 12U Majors on Jason Girard/Paul Jones’ Team.  Kyle always tries his hardest and is very supportive of all the players on the team. When a player is feeling down, you know that Kyle will be there to lift them up.    

  • Ben Tatum: 12U Majors Tony Cohill’s team. Always supportive of his teammates, cheering for them, super coachable and never down even in tough spots during games. Ben never blames anyone and is always there to lift up his teammate's spirits.

  • Gavin Tutrow: 8U Kid Pitch Justin Klump’s team.  Gavin epitomizes a supportive player, waiting for players in the dugout to keep them positive and says statements such as "Even the best strikeout" to teammates once they’re settled in the dugout after an at-bat.

  • Parker Spade:  9U Minors John Masciandaro team. After an injury which required him to wear a walking boot and miss several weeks of games, he still showed up and would offer encouragement from the bench.  His commitment to the team and positive attitude was contagious and helped the team immensely from the dugout.

  • Luke St. John: AAA Machine Pitch Andy St. John’s team.  It’s hard to be a coach's son, but Luke takes it in stride and demonstrates a maturity beyond his years. Luke is always supportive of his teammates and exemplifies great sportsmanship. One example was during a close game he told his coaches to change a call, which went against his team, as a player was safe when they called the runner out.

  • Josh Wika: Minors Barry Rybicki team.  Josh is a very coachable player that has a great attitude. After a game, the coach had given Josh the game ball and noticed a few minutes later that Josh was sitting in the dugout by himself writing something on it. He was writing on the ball “this shows what hard work and practicing gets you.”  !!!

If these players aren’t inspiring enough, let’s talk about the winner of the award.

This year's winner is a AA Coach Pitch player on Brendan Bader’s team, really encompasses everything you could hope for in a youth baseball player. This player demonstrated all the attributes that our league only hopes for in one player:  a positive attitude, a great teammate, hustle on every play, caring for others, and respect for your opponent. He played the entire season with a smile on his face and had a happiness that was contagious to both the players and the coaches. David Nurczynski shared an amazing quote about him with us:  “His smile and enthusiasm could brighten up the darkest places and his cheer and positivity have rubbed off on his teammates and coaches, in both dugouts this season. He constantly cheered on his teammates when they struggled and even cheered on the other team when their players were battling through setbacks. He is polite, well mannered and very patient, far beyond most children his age.”  All of this while fighting AND WINNING the battle against a serious illness.

We could not be more proud to have Keaton Kelly as our inaugural SCR Sportsmanship award winner!!  Congratulations Keaton!

Please join us in Congratulating All our Winners!

Enjoy the photos below of some of the winners being recognized during Championship Day!

 


by posted 05/16/2019
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by posted 05/16/2019
Playoff Picture - Who Will Wear the Ring?

Road to the Finals - Contenders Coming Into Focus

With 14 more games last night, SCR’s playoff picture is taking shape.  The semi finals are upon us!  Who will be crowned champions in each of our 5 divisions competing for gold and silver winners?  Come out to catch a game tomorrow with another full slate of playoff games throughout the day!  Check the SCR Brackets on our webpage for game times and locations.

Tomorrow also brings to a close the end of our spring season for T Ball through Machine Pitch divisions.  Congrats to our youngest players for a tremendous season!  

Champs and runners up will wear the gold and silver on May 11th.  Let's remember great sportsmanship, both on the field and from our fans while watching these exciting games.  Come checkout not just great baseball, but the exciting atmosphere and kids being kids playing arguable the best game there is!


by posted 05/03/2019
Rijo Athletics

Scottsdale Cal Ripken has partnered with Rijo Athletics for all your player training needs! Check out the videos below and contact Rijo Athletics today!

https://www.rijoathletics.com/rijo_arizona/Rijo_Arizona_Academy

Jose Rijo-Berger | President
Rijo Athletics
WA office: 425-486-4878
AZ office: 623-556-7774
site: www.rijoathletics.com
site: www.rijoselect.org
Worldwide Leader in Player Development and Mentorship.
 

by posted 03/15/2019
2019 All-Stars Season Approaching!

Hello SCR Families! 

Our board wanted to start sharing information around the 2019 spring/summer all-star selection process and key dates that are fast approaching!  Our AAA machine pitch through 12U majors participate in annual state and potentially regional (playing against CA, NV, UT and Hawaiian and Guam teams) tournaments in June and July.  As these tournaments represent the top talent from the many leagues in and out of our state, there is a tryout process to make the team for your child’s age group.  The SCR board will hold tryouts for all teams over two Friday evenings:  April 12th and 19th beginning at 6PM (tentatively scheduled for Thompson Peak Park). 

We will be doing the registration and coaches selection a little bit different this year.  As the tryouts will consist of fly balls, infield grounders and throwing to first, batting and pitching/catching (for 8U and older), both tryouts will be scored but only the higher score will be kept.  This means the first week can be used as a warm-up and the second as the real score.  Attending the try-out sessions are free and a registration process on our league website will be established.  Members of SCR’s board of directors will conduct all evaluations and select the 12 players making up each team.  Once the teams have been selected, the SCR board will then make requests for team by team managers.  Managers will be able to select their own assistant coaches.

As the cost of participating in tournaments and purchasing full uniforms (jersey, practice jersey, pants, socks and helmet) is a significant cost to our league, there is a registration fee should your child be selected to an all-star team.  Registration dues will be $150, which is only paid if your child is selected.

Playing in all-stars is a tremendous honor in representing our league and showcasing our most gifted players.  However, it is also a significant time commitment on our players, coaches and families.  Practices will begin the week of May 13th, usually occurring 3 times a week until completion of tournaments (middle of July if our teams qualify for regionals).  As our teams have had a high level of success in State tournaments the past few years, regionals extend the all-star season through a significant portion of July, where multi-day out of town travel is required (other than machine pitch which is limited to a 3 day tournament in early June in Yuma).  We ask that you only tryout your child if you are able to commit to both State and Regional tournaments*

Please see the “Summer Tournament Info” tab of our SCR website for key dates around 2019 all-stars. Also, watch for an announcement for tryout registration portals opening.  As always feel free to reach out with any questions!

 

*Machine pitch does not have a regional, so only one out of town state tournament*

 

Tony Cohill and Mike Colao
Co-All Star Commissioners

Brett Johnson
SCR President

 

 


by posted 03/15/2019
Exclusive Unequal Technologies Discount

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Visit Unequal at https://unequal.com/shop/sports/baseball Enter SCR2019 at checkout for our 20% discount. 

Check out the video links below!

 

Unequal Video:  

https://unequal.vids.io/videos/a49adcb1181fe7c62c/unequal-like-no-other

 

Chicago White Sox Video:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v67207583/mincws-broadcast-discusses-noesis-kevlar-cap


by posted 02/27/2019
SCR Baseball Weather Procedure

SCR's weather policy can be viewed online or by clicking here.  As it relates to lightning, we suggest using the WeatherBug App as they have a feature called Spark which shows the current lightning activity in the area. As a rule of thumb, if lighting is within a 10-mile radius you should suspend play/practice and take shelter.  Typically, you should wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or sound of thunder -- or wait until the nearest lightning strike is 10-miles or more away -- prior to resuming activity.

Parents, please be in touch with your coaches. Coaches, please be in touch with your division's commissioner and the league will notify the coaches of any delays or closures but sometimes you will have to make a judgement call on when to play and when to seek shelter.  Thanks!

WeatherBug App Download Link:  https://www.weatherbug.com/appdownload/

SCR Weather Policy:  https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=52995&org=scottsdalecalripken.com

Thank You!

SCR Baseball


by posted 10/23/2018
Important Info: Bat Regulations

Bats must have the appropriate USA Baseball stamp to be used in Scottsdale Cal Ripken. These bats can have up to a 2 5/8 barrel but must include the USA Baseball logo.  BBCOR is not allowed.  Wood bats that adhere to the national Cal Ripken rules are also allowed. Only Tball and AA divisions are allowed to use Tball bats.

Click here to read more about this new bat national standard for Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball.

*Please refer to your division's rules for further clarification or contact your commissioner.


by posted 09/18/2018
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