The annual parade celebrating the kick-off of the 2018 baseball and softball season for South Orange and Maplewood children was held Saturday, April 27 — and the smiling faces and camaraderie amongst the kids immediately reminded everyone why we live here in Maplewood and South Orange.
South Orange-Maplewood Baseball is administered by the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. The program is open to all South Orange and Maplewood children, ages 5-15. SOM Baseball is affiliated with the national Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization which provides a league structure that begins with T-Ball for ages 5 and 6 followed by a coaches’ pitch Rookie League for ages 7-8. Players then progress to the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth leagues, including playoffs and championship games at the end of the season.
The Maplewood-South Orange recreational softball program is administered by the Maplewood Department of Recreation. The program is open to all girls from kindergarten through 8th grade.
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