2018/19 Roadrunner Junior Program

Families from all suburbs in Melbourne are invited to join, including but not limited to Montmorency, Lower Plenty, Research, Eltham, Briar Hill, Greensborough, Rosanna, McLeod, Viewbank, Epping, South Morang, and Mill Park.

We have teams for ages 8-14, split into 4 programs - Friday Night Instructional, Little League Minor, Little League Major and Junior League.

 

The Roadrunner Friday Night Instructional League is the next step for 8-12 year old boys and girls following Roadrunner Tball Smash. Children may choose Tball Smash or Instructional league depending on their interest and skill level. Ideally children will have the concept of how the game works and be able to throw the ball 10-15 metres and catch the ball thrown to them.

The league features optional training on Wednesday nights and parent pitch games on Friday nights. Friday nights feature four teams and focus on playing “real” games of baseball with modified rules and coaching as the games take place.

The Friday Night Instructional League is designed to be a family night at the ballpark.Roadrunner Tball Smash is played at the same time, there is a park for younger children, the canteen is open, the BBQ is working overtime and many families bring the lawn chairs or picnic blanket to enjoy a great family night out!

Players participating in Friday nights can also choose to play in our Little League Minor or Major teams.

Click here to register if you want your child to play Friday Night Instructional League ONLY

 

Little League is for boys and girls aged 9-12 (see information matrix below for details) players wishing to represent our club on Sunday mornings in intra club competition. The focus of the competition is to introduce players to playing proper rules of baseball. There are two divisions - Little League Minor and Little League Major. We have one Little League Major team comprised of the advanced players, and Little League Minor teams for those who do not wish to play or are not named to the Little League Major team.

Depending on numbers, we will enter either one or two teams into the league. Details of this program include:

  • The first pre season training will take place on Thursday 30 August. For the month of September, pre season training will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 530pm-7pm. Ideally players can attend. For families going away on holidays, we know you’ll be there when you get back!
  • Regular Season Training will be on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
  • Home and away games on Sunday mornings (8 am warm up, 9am game time start) against other clubs in our charter;
  • Our charter consists of Preston, Essendon, Fitzroy, Newport, Werribee and Port Melbourne Baseball Clubs. The good news is that for the far west clubs, it’s only a 30 minute drive via the Western Ring Road on a Sunday morning.
  • Proper baseball rules – the children will be pitching and hitting according to the proper baseball rules.
  • Boys and girls may play in both the Instructional League and the Little League  teams (as per the age requirements outlined in the information matrix below). Note you once you register for Little League, you will be automatically registered for Friday Night Instructional League.

Click here to register for Little League

 

Junior League is for boys and girls aged 12-14 (see information matrix below for details) representing our club on Sunday mornings in intra club competition. This is the first time we will have a team in this age group and we are really  excited to enter into this league!

Details of this program include:

  • The first pre season training will take place on Thursday 30 August. For the month of September, pre season training will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 530pm-7pm. Ideally players can attend. For families going away on holidays, we know you’ll be there when you get back!
  • Regular Season Training will be on Wednesday nights from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
  • Home and away games on Sunday mornings (8am warm up, 9am game time start) against other clubs in our charter;
  • Our charter consists of Preston, Essendon, Fitzroy, Newport, Werribee and Port Melbourne Baseball Clubs. The good news is that for the far west clubs, it’s only a 30 minute drive via the Western Ring Road on a Sunday morning.
  • Proper baseball rules – the children will be pitching and hitting according to the proper baseball rules.
  • Boys and girls may play in both the Instructional League and the Little League  teams (as per the age requirements outlined in the information matrix below). Note you once you register for Little League, you will be automatically registered for Friday Night Instructional League.
  • Home and away games on Sunday mornings (we are awaiting confirmation for whether the games start at 9 or 11am) against other clubs in our charter;
  • Our charter consists of Preston, Essendon, Fitzroy, Newport, Werribee and Port Melbourne Baseball Clubs. The good news is that for the far west clubs, it’s only a 30 minute drive via the Western Ring Road on a Sunday morning and we minimise the number of times we need to go over there. Carpooling is encouraged!
  • Proper baseball rules – the children will be pitching and hitting according to the proper baseball rules.

Click here to register for Little League

 

Our Coaches

  • Our head coaches are qualified baseball coaches who are current and experienced senior baseball players.
  • We place the emphasis on team, skill and individual development. Our coaches are there to build the confidence and life skills of your children using baseball as its framework.
  • All coaches are mandated to have Working with Children Accreditation. No exceptions.

 

Details for each program are set below:

Options Instructional League Little League Intermediate/
Junior League
Ages

7-12
You must turn 12 before 31st of August 2018

Minimum age - 8;
cannot be 13 before September 1st

Click here for the Little League Age Matrix.

Born between January 1st 2004 - December 31, 2007.

Click her for the Junior League Age Matrix.

Pre Season Training Dates First training (optional): 
Wednesday
October 10th

Thurs, August 30th;
Tuesdays and Thursdays
in September.

Thurs, August 30th;
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
in September.
Regular Season Training Details Wednesdays at
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

Wednesdays at
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

in October/November/December
(last training on December 12th)

Training resumes on January 30th and continues on Wednesdays until Wed February 27th

Wednesdays at
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

in October/November/December
(last training on December 12th)

Training resumes on January 30th and continues on Wednesdays until Wed February 27th

Season Dates
Full dates

Wednesday
October 3 2018 -
7 December 2018

Break

Friday
Feb 1 2019 -
Friday
March 1 2019

Season starts on
Sunday September 30th or
Sunday October 6th (TBC) - December 16th

Break

Starting again on potentially last weekend of January - end of February (dates TBC by the Little League Charter)

Season starts on
Sunday September 30th or
Sunday October 6th
(we are awaiting for the league to confirm) - December 16th

Break

Starting again on potentially last weekend of January end of February (dates TBC by the Little League Charter)

Game Days

Friday Nights
First Game:
26 October
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

Sunday mornings
8am warm up; 9am start

Home Games:
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

Away Games:
Various Parks

Sunday mornings
8am warm up; 9am start

Home Games:
Glenauburn Park,
Lower Plenty

Away Games:
Various Parks
Other Important Dates

Saturday 17 November - Tball Smash Gala  (Fitzroy)

Saturday 23 February - Tball Smash Gala (location TBC)

Note these are optional to attend. It is a great experience for the kids so we encourage all to attend.

Little League Minor will have two tournaments - one on Sunday October 28th & Sunday December 9th.

Little League Major players will have the opportunity to try out for the Charter All Star Team. Tryouts will take place at some stage on a Saturday in November. Stay tuned for more details.

N/A
Club Fees $145
includes team top
$165
includes Friday tops and
Sunday tops
$165
includes Friday tops and
Sunday tops
Other Fees

Team Hat: $35 Recommended
Baseball Australia & Victoria Registration: $100

Baseball Australia & Baseball Victoria Registration Fees (Mandatory): $100

Team Hat: $35 if needed

Baseball Australia & Baseball Victoria Registration Fees (Mandatory): $100

Team Hat: $35 if needed

Uniform required for training and games

Protective cup;

Maroon baseball belt (optional)

Maroon baseball socks (optional)

White baseball pants;

Protective cup;

Maroon baseball belt;

Maroon socks

White baseball pants;

Protective cup;

Maroon baseball belt;

Maroon socks
Register At Click this link Click this link Click this link

 

Click here to register for Friday Night Instructional League ONLY

Click here to register for Little League and Junior League (which includes participation in Friday Night Instructional League for Little League aged players)

 

For more information:

Call AJ on 0423 782 970
Email AJ on rlpbc@outlook.com
Check out our Facebook Page – Research Lower Plenty Junior Baseball Club

 

Registration fees

Registration fees include three portions – club fees, Baseball Australia and Baseball Victoria Fees.

Club fees cover the provision of tops (which are yours to keep), equipment, club room facilities leased through Banyule City Council, Food License, electricity and incidentals to create the best experience possible for all participating families.

We always have been and will continue to be a not for profit club and all funds generated through grant applications, fundraising, sponsorships are reinvested back into the the club for the benefit of our members.