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Sherwood Junior Baseball

Program Overview

Sherwood Junior Baseball Organization (SJBO) is the youth baseball program in Sherwood, Oregon. We offer recreational and competitive spring leagues for kids ages 5 through 14, as well as a fall league for Sherwood players and teams from other associations.


Recreational/Development Programs (Grade K-3)

 

SJBO offers three recreational and development leagues for younger players:


T-Ball (Primarily Kindergarten)

 

The T-Ball season starts mid-April and ends mid-June.  There will be 2 practices held during the week for 4 to 5 weeks, then games will start the week of May 17th and will be 2 times during the week for 5 weeks.  All practices will end once games begin.  All kids should hear from their coach by the second week of April. 
Kids are provided with t-shirts and hats through SJBO.  Baseball pants are not provided or required.  Each coach will have a bat and batting helmet for kids to use who do not have their own.

For questions regarding T-Ball, please contact 
[email protected].
 

Rookies formerly Minors (Primarily 1st Graders)

 

Rookies is a developmental league designed to allow players to maximize their exposure to all the variables of baseball and to further enhance individual skills. Players will play multiple positions on defense.  Offensively players will hit off a pitching machine the first half of the season.  During the second half of the season, players are introduced to player pitching - there will be no coach pitching.  Scores are kept by coaches and coordinators only for purpose of end of season tourney seeding. The main goal is to introduce players to as much "real" baseball as possible and most importantly to have fun.

There are no evaluations at the Rookies level.  Teams are formed by the program coordinators by random selection. Season starts in mid-April and ends in early June. There are usually 2-3 practices/games per week held in the evenings.  There are no Saturday/Sunday games except for the end of season tournament.  Games are played at local school fields in Sherwood.  Players will be provided with a jersey and cap for uniforms. They will need to provide their own gray baseball pants and glove.

For questions regarding Rookies, please contact [email protected].


Futures formerly Majors (2nd and 3rd Graders) Developmental Rec League, No Travel Involved

 

The Futures program is a developmental/recreational league designed to allow players exposure to “real” baseball and to further enhance individual skills. Players will play multiple positions on defense with players pitching from the mound (kid-pitch). The Futures will follow the JBO Minor National rules and regulations of play. The main goal is to introduce players to as much "real" baseball as possible and most importantly to have fun before taking those next steps to the competitive program. Players will be evaluated during the first two weeks of practices and divided evenly among teams based upon individual skill levels. Teams are formed by the program coordinators. All teams will have an equal number of 2nd and 3rd graders. Season starts in mid-April and ends the weekend after school lets out. There are usually 2-3 practices/games per week held in the evenings. There are no Sunday games except for the end of season tournament. Games are played at local school fields in Sherwood.

 If your 2nd grader has gone through the Futures program or if your 3rd grader is not ready for the demands or travel of competitive program, this is the right program for your player.  For questions regarding Futures please email [email protected]



Competitive Programs (Grade 3-8)

 

SJBO offers nine levels of play under the Junior Baseball Organization (JBO) umbrella.  There are three major divisions, broken down generally as follows:

  • Seniors (7th & 8th grade)
  • Juniors (5th & 6th grade)
  • Minors - formerly Midgets (3rd & 4th grade)

 
Within each of the three major divisions there are three skill levels that teams are assigned to:

  • Federal (advanced)
  • American (above average)
  • National (developmental)


While most players play in their grade-level divisions, age and grade in school are factors in which division your child is eligible to play for.  If your child is exceptionally young or old for their grade level, contact [email protected] for guidance on selecting the right division.

What is the purpose of the player evaluations?

SJBO’s player evaluations are intended to provide a means to place kids on teams that are consistent with each player’s individual skill level.

When are the player evaluations?

Evaluations are held in late February or early March at different times depending on your child’s age and grade in school. Check the SJBO website for the latest information on dates and times.

Who evaluates my child’s skill level?

To the best of our ability, we try to find knowledgeable baseball people in the area that do not have any affiliation with the SJBO program to evaluate players. In no case do we use a family member of any child being evaluated.

Prospective head coaches also participate in the evaluations, but their scores and notes are for their personal use only and are not used by SJBO for team or skill level assignment.

What if my child cannot attend the player evaluations on the scheduled date?

A registered player who cannot attend the scheduled evaluations will be placed at the lowest skill level. In the event of exceptional circumstances that prevents a player from attending evaluations, contact [email protected] to discuss options.

What is the federal tryout?

After the general evaluations, a secondary tryout for the Federal-level team is held. All registered players are eligible to attend. We strongly encourage the highest-skill players to attend the Federal team tryout.

When can I expect to hear what level my child will play at?

After the Federal tryouts are completed, a draft is held for each team. We expect to complete the draft no later than a week after tryouts are completed. When the team draft is complete, players will be notified of their team assignment within 24 hours.

How many teams are at each level?

It depends on the total number of teams we have, which varies from year to year.  JBO defines the number of teams at each level based on the number of total teams within a club’s age division.

When will I find out who my child’s coach is?

After the player draft.

When do practices start?

At the coach’s discretion, but generally practices begin the week after spring break. Some teams may elect to start prior to spring break.

When do games start?

League games are on weekdays, beginning late April or early May, depending on level.

Are there weekend games?

Yes. Each team will play in a weekend tournament in Sherwood, and most teams will opt to play in additional weekend tournaments at varying locations throughout the season. Tournaments may begin prior to league play.

Are there extra costs for weekend tournaments?

Costs for the weekend tournament in Sherwood are included with your registration.  Costs for all other weekend tournaments are the responsibility of the participating team.

Where are the league games?

SJBO participates in the Westside Youth Baseball district. Away games may involve teams at any or all Westside associations.

When does the season end?

Regular-season games end by late June or early July.  Depending on team performance, advancement to district and/or state tournaments may extend the season until mid to late July.

What are the governing rules for SJBO?

As a club, we operate under established bylaws and have an operating manual.  These documents are available on the SJBO website.  All baseball play is governed by National Federation of State High School Association rules, with JBO-specific modifications.  JBO rules can be found on the JBO website.

Who do I talk to if I have more questions about player evaluations?

Send an email to the SJBO coordinator for your child’s level:


Fall Ball

SJBO offers a recreational fall baseball program for players in Sherwood and teams from other associations. All games are played in Sherwood.

2019 Fall Ball Registration opens in June and runs through the end of July. Fall ball is open to players entering the 3rd - 8th grade in the 2019-20 school year. 

Fall Ball games are played on Sundays. There are, typically, no weekday practices. However, some coaches may offer practice times. 
The 2019 Fall Ball Season will include 9 scheduled games. 
First game = August 11
Last game = October 13
NO GAMES LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Registration Fees (Individual players): 
Seniors (7th - 8th grade) = $75
Juniors (5th - 6th grade) & Minors (3rd & 4th grade) = $65
* Log on to your account on this website to register. 

Registration Fees (Out of town teams):
Seniors = $900
Juniors & Minors = $800
* Contact our Fall Ball Coordinator at [email protected] to register