Hello RTJBL Families,
We are excited to open the registration for RTJBL’s 2024 Travel Baseball tryouts. Tryouts will take Sunday, October 8th at Railroad Ave baseball fields. Each age group will have their own time slot: Please arrive to check in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Check in will be at the Railroad field snack stand. All players must register in advance of tryouts.
We have also opened our travel coaches registration. Any coaches interested in being a manager or assistant coach for the 2024 travel season must register.
9U 9am - 10:30am
10U 10:30am - 12pm
11U 12pm - 1:15pm
12U 1:15pm - 2:30pm
8U 2:30pm - 3:45pm
In order to participate, you will need to do the following:
Register your player online ahead of time for their respective age group(s). There will be no walk-up registrations allowed the day of the tryout. Registration can be found below or on our home page. RTJBL.com
Review the Code of Conduct with your player and bring it signed by player and parent to the tryout. Code of conduct can be found here and on our home page.
Each attendee will be required to pay a $20 fee when checking in at the fields. This covers the cost of our independent evaluators.
If your player is eligible and would like to try out for multiple age groups, you do not have to pay the $20 fee twice, however please note on your child’s registration that they want to try out for both age groups and participate in both tryout timeslots. Age is based on players age as of May 1st.
Once checked in, parents will be asked to leave the fields and return to pick up their player at the end of tryouts. As for the players, they will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Hitting- each player will have the opportunity to hit on-field against a pitching machine
Ground Balls- players will line up at shortstop and throw to a first baseman
Outfield- Evaluators will hit balls to players in right field
Pitching- every player is required to be evaluated for pitching, whether they intend to be a pitcher or not.
Speed - Players will be timed on running from home to first.
Catching- If your player would like to be evaluated as a catcher, please have them bring their gear. Gear will also be provided for those who do not have any. Catchers will stay after and be evaluated on a number of skills, including framing, blocking, throwing.
If for whatever reason you cannot attend on Sunday, October 8th, please email email@example.com as soon as possible. Email, player name and age group they are trying out for.
One note about makeup tryouts. We are volunteers, getting together to do a makeup is very challenging. When we do makeups, the evaluators that were there with the rest of the players at the tryout will not be there for the makeups. This sometimes makes comparisons difficult. Please make every effort to attend tryouts.
Lastly, there are always many questions about our travel program and how it is run. We follow the travel section in our league bylaws which can be found by clicking here. Travel section starts around page 30.
Thank you all for your time, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
RTJBL Executive Board
The RTJBL 12u Railriders are on the way this week to Cooperstown Dreams Park (the week of July 15th). The team will take part in a week long tournament with over 80 teams from around the country. Players and coaches sleep on site in the team baracks, trade pins, and will be immortalized by being inducted into the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. Good luck to the Railriders.
You can follow the team's play by clicking here.
2023 RTJBL 12u Railriders
RTJBL has two older divisions for rec spring baseball. Our BR 13-15 division and a 16-18 division. We had two BR 13-15 teams this year compete in a Somerset/Hunteron County League. The league consisted of 11 teams from 7 towns. The Rays and the Yankees both had successful regular seasons. The Yankees went on to win the championship by defeating Bridgewater.
Additionally our 16-18 team also played in the Somerset/Hunterdon County Babe Ruth league, and went on to also win the championship in that division.
We thank the managers and coaches of the teams and congratulate the boys on their success.
Nov 16th @ 7:00pm
Dec- No Meeting
Jan 11th @ 7:30pm
Feb- No Meeting
March 15th @ 7:30pm (Coaches Meeting to Follow)
April 19th @8:15 pm
May 17th @ 8:30 pm
June 7th @ 8:30 pm
General meeting - Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball's Zoom Meeting
2022 RTJBL Tim Piazza Sportsmanship Award Recipients
RTJBL Players Receive a check from one of our sponsors Quick Check
RTJBL First Pitch Opening Day
Opening Ceremony Pack 1980 helping raise the flag
2022 RTJBL First Home Run Recipients
RTJBL’s 8U Raptors USABL Spring League Champions
RTJBL's 9U Ramblers Wins USABL Memorial Weekend Tournament
Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League (RTJBL) is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, New Jersey non-profit corporation dedicated to providing the children of Readington Township and Tewksbury Township with a safe and structured environment to learn and play the game of baseball. We have 7 levels/divisions of play which are as follows: Little Sluggers, Rookie-1, Rookie-2, Minors, Major 60, Major 70 and Babe Ruth. We are a Co-ed program for children ages 4-18.
The Recreation Season generally runs from mid-April (Opening Day) to the third week of June. Practices usually start in late March, weather permitting. Teams will play regular season schedule, with playoffs and championship games held in our Minors, Major 60, Major 70 & Babe Ruth Divisions. We end the season with our Family Fun Day in mid June.
The Travel Baseball Program's season, whose teams for the 8U-16U age levels are generally selected by try-outs held in mid-October of the fall preceding the upcoming recreation season, is typically from around June 15th to July 31st of each year. Depending on the travel team/manager, travel tournament and/or league play may continue through fall ball programs offered in the region in September through October 31st. For more information on the League’s Travel Program, please go to that section of the web page.
If games or practices on the League’s fields are cancelled due to inclement weather, a email message will be sent to all members, you can also sign up your account to receive text messages.
The League uses a number of fields throughout our Townships. These fields include those at the Railroad Avenue Complex which has two fields that are interchangeable for 60' and 70' usage and one 90’ field and is the primary complex for the League. In addition, two 60’ fields (one of which is interchangeable for 70' usage) are used at the Cornhuskers field complex which is located off Readington Road, a short distance from where it intersects with Route 523. The League also uses another 90’ field behind Readington Middle School as well as 60’ fields at Pickell Park Complex. With the addition of the Tewksbury Township also comes with access to their Oldwick and Tewksbury Fields. Directions to any of these fields can be found by going to the Field Directions section of the web page.
The League is governed by a formal set of By-Laws which can be viewed by downloading as a file attachment from the By-Laws Icon. The primary decision-making body of the League is the Executive Board, which is elected once a year each November. The Executive Board is comprised of the League President, Executive-Vice President of League Operations, Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Facilities, VP of Tournament Baseball and Training, VP of Sponsorship and the VP of Financial Affairs/League Treasurer. The Executive Board is assisted in running the League by the Voting Council which is comprised of all Executive Board Members plus the League Directors for each division, the Registration Chairperson, the Schedule Chairperson, the Snack Stand Chairperson, the Chief of Umpires, the Sponsorship Chairperson, Public Relations Chairperson and Equipment Chairperson. Voting Council positions are annually elected positions or, in the absence of anyone running are appointments by the Executive Board.
Except for July and August where there are no meetings, the League meets the first Wednesday of every month (skipping a few in during the year). usually at the Readington Middle School at 7:30 pm, except for May and June when the meeting starts at 8:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend. The League is always looking for new members and volunteers and the best way to get involved is to attend the monthly League meetings. Also, to learn more about the League it is encouraged that you read the League By-Laws.
The Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League is run by volunteers. All the registration fees collected, as well as other sources of revenue for the league are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, and insurance, pay umpire fees and maintain and improve the fields that we utilize.
Should anyone be interested in managing or coaching a team, please register with the coaches registration form that can be found on our website after player registration is opened.