A Message from the President of SLBRL

Updated Sunday September 24, 2017 by South Lakeland Baseball.

Dear Parents & Players,

Welcome to another fall season of baseball at South Lakeland Babe Ruth League. As we set up the fall season teams and schedule, we have had a great turnout once again.  We are fast approaching 400 players this fall season.  As a league run entirely by volunteers, we work hard to ensure a great basball experience for all of our families.  We are currently looking for new volunteers to step in and help run our board as we have many members stepping off the board due to aging out of our park as their children grow up and move on to high school sports. We want to bring on the new volunteers prior to the exit of our senior board members in a smooth transition process to ensure continuity of the success for South Lakeland Babe Ruth League for many years to come.

We have a great group of volunteers who work very hard to make all of this possible. Please find below answers to some of our commonly asked questions and feel free to contact any member of the Board, should you need further information. I look forward to seeing all of you this fall season.

Dan Esterline- President, SLBRL


Player Evaluations: no evaluations during the fall season. 

Player Evaluation Schedule: N/A

Practices & Playing Schedule: Practices will begin week of September 25th and games will begin the week of October 9th due to delays caused by hurricane Irma.

Smart Start Practices will begin a week or two later than the other divisions in late September.

Coach Pitch through Prep Divisions: Your coach should contact you no later than September 24th to advise you of your team practice schedule. Practices begin for all divisions (except Smart Start) – the week of September 25th. All divisions (except Smart Start), most games will take place on Monday or Tuesday, and Thursday or Friday evenings at 6:30 pm.

No make up games due to hurricane Irma and park congestion on Saturday. 

***If you still have not heard from your coach AFTER the notification date above, please contact the league phone***

Other Important Dates:

October 2nd to 9th - Uniforms handed out/collect all monies due (look for an email

October 9th - Season begins

October 31st Halloween — No games!

Refunds: Refunds can only be made for early cancellations. Please make your request in writing to us at info@southlakelandbaseball.com. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE ONCE A CHILD IS PLACED ON A TEAM

Rain-Outs: In an effort to keep parents updated on field conditions and rain-outs this season, we have adopted a feature to send you text messages of game cancellations and rain delays. While this service is not mandatory, we want to afford you every opportunity to provide you with up-to-the-minute status on impending weather. To sign-up, simply text SLBRL to 84483
from your cell phone.

Uniforms & Equipment: All players will be issued a uniform jersey and hat. Players are responsible for obtaining their own glove, bat, helmet, team-colored belts and socks, and pants. Cleats are optional in Smart Start and recommended in all other divisions. Parents should wait to purchase pants until after their coach advises them of the team pant color. All uniforms will be individually handed out to parents on dates to be announced prior to the start of the season.  These dates will be announced once we know when uniforms will be delivered. .


Concession Stand Duties: Parents of players registered in all Cal Ripken Divisions (Coach Pitch through Majors) are required to perform one evening of concession duty during the season. Concession duty begins at 6:00pm and lasts approximately 2.5 hours. During this timeframe, you will assist in window service and food preparation. No children under the age of 13 are allowed inside the concession stand; therefore, please make appropriate arrangements on the evening of your scheduled shift. Once your shift has been worked, you will receive your $20 concession refund. Parents may sign up by contacting Concession Director Shayne Whealton at (863) 512-0325. Parents are encouraged to sign up for more than one concession
date if possible. We also welcome youth 13YOA or older in need of volunteer service hours.

League Dollars and Cents: Registration fees alone do not completely cover the cost of providing baseball to each of our players. Instead, to keep registration fees as low as possible, the league makes use of fundraising and generous sponsorship by the community. The league is also very dependent on Concessions Sales to make up the cost difference. Some of the many costs which registration fees go toward include: Uniforms for both players and coaches, Babe Ruth Charter Fees, Insurance, Polk County Parks & Recreation fees, Background checks on all coaches and parent volunteers, equipment (baseballs, catcher’s gear, pitching machines), field maintenance supplies and service (striping, chalking, etc.), umpires, and other administrative costs (office supplies, copying, tournament trophies, league phone, advertisements).

Banners & Team Sponsorships: As mentioned above, the league would not survive if it weren’t for our generous sponsors.  All sponsorship donations are a great way to support the youth of our community while promoting your business. All sponsorships are also tax deductible, as SLBRL is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. If you or your business are able to help
with sponsorship, please email sponsorship@southlakelandbaseball.com.

Recycle Old Equipment: Got old equipment lying around? Don’t throw it out! Bring it to the park and donate it to a family in need. Due to tough economic conditions, many families are not able to buy new equipment each season. The league will gladly accept your old or outgrown equipment and put it to good use by a family in need. If you are a family experiencing

hardship and would like to see some of the equipment available, contact us via e-mail. Look for our booth on opening day.

SLBRL Website: The league website, www.southlakelandbaseball.com, is your best source of updated information. We are constantly updating it and will put all pertinent information and important dates on the site as they come available.

For questions on any issues not addressed here, please contact us at 863.333.5077