Friday, December 8, 2017

Northside Baseball League 2018 Pritchett Family Scholarship Information

What is the Pritchett Family Scholarship?
For over thirty years, the Northside Baseball League has provided boys and girls in the Charlottesville area with the opportunity to have fun learning and playing the game of baseball. The Pritchett Family, headed by Woody Pritchett, has been instrumental in the formation and continued progression of our league. We are proud to honor their legacy and expand our service to the community by offering a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a graduating student for whom the Northside Baseball League was a part of their lives.  
Who is eligible to apply?
To apply for the scholarship, the following is required:
  • The student is committed to continuing his/her education in either an academic or vocational institution.
  • The student is a former Northside player who has played baseball in or served the Northside Baseball League for three (3) or more seasons.  
  • The student must submit an application and essay (maximum of 1000 words) on:

The impact that youth baseball has had on your life.

When are applications due?
  • All interested applicants should submit their documentation by February 28, 2018.  
  • Northside will honor our scholarship recipient at our 2018 Opening Day Ceremony, which is set for Saturday, March 24, 2018.    
How should applications be submitted?
  • Electronic submissions are preferred and your complete application and essay should be emailed by February 28, 2018 to: (subject line: Pritchett Scholarship).
  • If you do not have access to email, please ensure that your essay and corresponding information is postmarked by February 26, 2018 and mailed to:
NBL Pritchett Family Scholarship
P.O. Box Box 7531
Charlottesville, VA  22906
If you have any questions, please contact

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Spring 2018 Registration is Now Open!

2018 Spring Registration Information

To register, go to our Registration Portal.

For more details, download our Information Form or
Visit our Website.

Registration is now completely online and it is very easy to do!  Divisions may reach capacity so register early!

See below to determine the right division for your child.  We require that families register their children for their appropriate division based upon the birth date ranges that are specified.  Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Registration deadline is February 1st.  We will accept registrations after February 1st if space is available, but the fee for some divisions will be increased.

Available Divisions
For 4 - 6 year olds (born between 5/1/11- 4/30/14) 
*Cost: $50

For 6 - 8 year olds
(born between 5/1/09 - 4/30/12)
Junior Rookie
*Cost: $80

For 6 - 8 year olds
(born between 5/1/09 - 4/30/12)
*Cost: $100

For 9 - 10 year olds
(born between 5/1/07- 4/30/09)
Minor Division
*Cost: $100

For 11 - 12 year olds
(born between 5/1/05 - 4/30/07)
Major Division
*Cost: $100

For 13 - 15 year olds
(born between 5/1/02 - 4/30/05)
13-15 Division
*Cost: $130

*Every family is asked to give a minimum of two volunteer hours to the league during the season.

Registration fee may be reduced or waived based upon special circumstances.  

For more details about divisions, fields, practices, number of practices/games, and special requests, visit the FAQ section of our website.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or need more information.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Coaches Needed for Spring 2018

Please let Alice Riccabona know if you want to head coach a recreational and/or tournament team for the spring of 2018.  The Board is expecting to vote on tournament team head coaches during our December 5th Board Meeting.  Rec coaches will be voted in during the February 2018 meeting.

New Bat Standard

Are you thinking of giving a bat for a gift this winter?  If yes, please be aware that Babe Ruth League has released a new standard for bats, so make sure the one you choose is compliant with the new standards.  More information on compliant bats can be found on Babe Ruth League’s website.

Exciting New Programs for 13-15 Year Olds!

The Northside Board is working hard to make the new 13-15 Division a great experience for all.  We’re currently finalizing the details of how the division will be divided to ensure that kids of all skill levels can be competitive and have fun at the same time.  Feel free to browse our current proposal (download here), and provide our 13-15 division Commissioner, Chris Guyton, with any comments or suggestions. 
In addition, we fully expect to field spring tournament teams at the 15u, 14u, and 13u age groups and have been actively searching for coaches to manage these groups.  The Board should have coaches in place by early December, and information about tryouts will shortly follow coach selection.  Keep Northside on your radar!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Support Northside Through Amazon, Board Meeting

Amazon Smile

The holiday shopping season has begun!  Are you an shopper?  If yes, did you know you can shop AND donate to Northside at the same time?  If you go to and select Northside as your charity, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to help us make baseball even better in Charlottesville! 

11/14 Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday 14th at 7:30 PM in the Sutherland Middle School library.  We have a wide range of topics to discuss to wrap up the Fall Season and look ahead to the Spring one.  Meetings are open to the public and we welcome your feedback and participation.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Name - Same Great League, Survey & More

Different Name, Same Great League!

We've changed our name to Northside Baseball League

The new name is a better reflection of what we offer to our community.  With the addition of a 13-15 division, Northside now serves both kids under the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League designations.  We are excited to officially charter as a Babe Ruth League this upcoming spring, and will continue to provide a robust, fun, and development-focused league for any boy or girl who wants to play baseball in our area. Travel/tournament team opportunities will also be available.  

With this change, we've also changed our website to  Your old bookmarks/favorites will still work but will direct you to our new domain.  

We'd Love Your Feedback

Another successful fall league is in the books.  Thank you to all who coached and played this season.  Because we want to make sure we are providing the best possible experience for all, we're asking our community to provide feedback in the form of a very brief survey.  Please access the link below to let us know how we are doing.  Please complete our survey by Sunday, November 12th so that the Board is able to discuss the results at the next Board Meeting. 

Looking Ahead....

Although the fall season has just ended, the Northside Board is busy working on our Spring 2018 season.  Look for updates later in November.  We expect registration for spring to open on or before December 1st.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Tournament Team Players

8U Tournament Team
Head Coach Darian Cochran
Logan Brodhead Nash Hassan
Chase Cathey Jonny Jones
Brayden Cochran Kase Kirkeide
Alex Elhart Payton Porter
Christophe Escobar Ethan Whiteman
Owen Haas
10U Tournament Team
Head Coach Steve Yow
Emma Bingler Gavin Halliday
Mandela Browman Greye Hodkinson
Carter Coleman Isaac Jennings
Gavin Dietrich Carter Mullins
Aiden Ding Owen Sexton
Liam Frazier  Will Yow
11U Tournament Team
Head Coach Chris Guyton
Jet Chang Teddy Matthews
Zach Constantino Will Owens
Urjit Dighe Ian Riisager
Sam Guyton Jaylen Thomas
Joseph Jones Thomas Underwood
Jake Lucas
 13U Tournament Team
Head Coach Clinton Hensley
Jacob Altman Jin Oishi
Soren ArbelaezAidan Peters
Ben Baumgartner Jake Solak
Preston Burton Andrew Wiles
Teddy Cross Beckett Yates
Nathan Gragg
Dylan Hensley
Matthew Huntley

 14U Tournament Team
Head Coach Jimmie Mills
Aaron Argo  Jacob Hensley 
Jason Breen  Marek Houston 
TJ Brooks  Ethan Kelly 
Luke Craytor   Aiden Larosa
Trey Deane  Robbie Power
  Alex Duval  Ivan Rabinowitz
 Gordon Duval Adam Shantz 
 Corey Helmick  Will Townsend

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dick's Sporting Goods Northside Appreciation Day, August 19th

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11:00am - 4:00pm the Charlottesville, Rio Hill Shopping Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods store location will be hosting its annual appreciation discount day to assist families and players with preparing for the upcoming baseball season.
Any Northside Cal Ripken participant can bring in the appreciation day flyer (download here) to receive 20% off your purchase (some exclusions apply) on Saturday, August 19th.  This is a great opportunity to not only get your baseball gear but to also take care of any other purchasing needs you may have!   
If you are unable to make it to the appreciation day event please remember that you can click this link - Northside Cal Ripken 2017 DSG Coupon - to print out your Team Packet baseball coupon sheet, which is good for discounts off your baseball purchases (as listed on the coupon) all season long.  You will not be able to use the baseball team packet coupon in addition to the appreciation day coupon on the appreciation day. 
Northside Cal Ripken families should print off the appreciation day flyer and bring it with them to the Charlottesville, Rio Hill Shopping Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 11:00am – 4:00pm in order to take advantage of the 20% off.  If you are unable to make it during those times, Dick’s Sporting Goods will still honor the discount all day long and will also honor the coupon at the other Charlottesville location at 5th Street Station. 
You can also stop by the Northside Cal Ripken table to register to win gift certificates to Dick’s Sporting Goods!
We hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fall 2017 Tournament Team Tryout Information

Tryouts for the Fall 2017 Tournament Teams

Northside will be fielding tournament teams this fall in each of the age groups between 8U and 15U. Please send an email to each of the coaches and let them know if you're interested. Northside encourages players to tryout for multiple teams if experienced playing at higher level of competition (ex. 9 year old with previous minors experience should consider trying out for both the 9U and 10U teams). See below for tryout information for each age group:

8U Tournament Team
Coached by Darian Cochran
Tryouts: **Changed to: Tuesday, August 15th from 6:00-7:00pm on Hollymead Lower Field

9U Tournament Team
Coached by Mike Pariseau
Tryouts: Saturday 8/12 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Carson Raymond Field, Rain date 8/13.

10U Tournament Team
Coached by Steve Yow
Tryouts: 7/30 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on CRF

11U Tournament Team
Coached by Chris Guyton
Tryouts: 8/4 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on CRF
(Rain date 8/6 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on CRF)

12U Tournament Team
Coached by Eric Lane
Tryouts:  7/30 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on CRF

13U Tournament Team

Coach:  Clinton Hensley
Tryout:  Monday, August 28th at 5:45PM at Burley Field
14U Tournament Team
Coached by Jimmie Mills
Tryouts:  8/5 from 10:00 am -11:30 am on Sutherland

15U Tournament Team
Coached by Jeff Mullins
Tryouts:  8/5 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm on Sutherland

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Sandlots are Back!

Sandlots are back starting the week of July 31st.
Who is ready for some free, fun, and local laid-back baseball?
* Kids are invited to come out and play ball!
* If we have to cancel due to inclement weather, the weather hotline will be used, 434-980-1256.

13-15 division  Jimmie Mills will be heading up this age group every Wednesday night in August from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sutherland Field.  Check back as more dates are likely to be added.

Majors sandlots, run by Eric Lane and Chris Guyton:
All times 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
** 7/31 is Intended for players new to majors only, all other dates are for all majors eligible players. 7/31 will include much more rules review and instruction, then a short game.
Thur, 8/24 - CARSON RAYMOND FIELDCancelled

Minors sandlots, run by Dave Hawkins:
All times 6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Wed, 8/2 - HOLLYMEAD LOWER FIELD  **Cancelled**
Wed, 8/23 - HOLLYMEAD LOWER FIELD Cancelled

Rookie sandlots, run by Darian Cochran:
All times, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM

Fall 2017 Registration Information

Northside's Mission:  Developing a strong community by teaching baseball fundamentals and life skills; helping kids improve as players, work as a team, and grow as individuals.

Northside Cal Ripken Baseball League offers boys and girls the opportunity to have fun learning the game of baseball from some of the best coaches in town.  Northside accepts registration from boys and girls who will be four (4) years old before May 1, 2018 and who will not be sixteen (16) years old before May 1, 2018.  If your child is 16 and wishes to register, please contact the league.  We may accept a limited number of 16-year-olds if we have space. 

T-BALL (born between 5/1/11 & 4/30/14)
Cost: $50 + a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

ROOKIE (born between 5/1/09 & 4/30/12)
Cost: $75 + a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

MINOR  (born between 5/1/07 & 4/30/09)
Cost: $75 + a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

MAJOR  (born between 5/1/05 & 4/30/07)
Cost: $75 + a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

13/15 YEAR-OLDS (born between 5/1/02 & 4/30/05)
Cost: $90 + a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

Cost: $75+ a minimum of 2 hours volunteer time.

To register, go to our online registration system.

For more information, download our information flyer


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Local Summer Baseball Opportunities

The Baseball Company 

Summer Camps and Clinics

All new schedules and events can be found online at:

Little League Summer Camp 
Dates: June 26th-30th/July 10th-14th      Times: 9am - 12pm      
Cost:   $225 for full camp/$400 for both      $60 pick your days

Join The Baseball Company for our annual Little League Summer Baseball Camp for ages 7-12! 

This year we will have two camps:
Session I will be held June 26th to June 30th
Session II will be held July 10th to July 14th

Both camps are from 9am-12pm at The Baseball Company and McIntire Park. 
In this camp, we will be using group and individual based instruction for all skill levels and abilities within certain age restrictions. No matter if it's your first year getting to know the game or you are a seasoned veteran, our camp has something to teach you. Dividing the groups into different skill levels, mainly by age, we will first start learning perfect fundamentals before moving on to more advanced techniques within the game. We will be covering everything from proper warm-up, hitting techniques, fielding, pitching  and catching.
 Each day a new schedule and new drills will emerge to keep the interest level peaked to encourage a positive learning environment while developing a solid base of fundamental skills. 

Youth Summer Baseball Clinics
With Travel and League Baseball in full swing, we will be offering one hour clinics on Wednesday nights to all local leagues:

McIntire - Central - Northside
Peachtree - Fluvanna - Cove Creek - Monticello

Players will be placed into groups based on age and skill level

These clinics will have multiple stations focused on executing basic fundamentals of the game (hitting - throwing - fielding). 

The instructor to player ratio will be based on number of participants from week to week.

The cost of the clinics will be $10 per session.  To register please include the dates in which you will be attending.  If you are going to sign up session by session YOU MUST REGISTER  IN ADVANCEso we may staff properly.

Dates for clinics are as follows: 
6/21 - 6/28 - 7/5 - 7/12 - 7/ 19

All clinics run from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

The Dugout
2017 Summer Baseball & Softball Camps
Baseball Camp for players ages 7 - 12 the following weeks:
June 12th – June 16th           at Carson Raymond Field            9:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 19th – June 25th           at Carson Raymond Field            9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Campers will focus on:

Speed and Quickness
Infield Skills
Outfield Skills
Throwing motion
Game Knowledge
To register call (434) 985-9800, or email:
Campers need to bring:
Lunch /Water Bottle
Baseball glove
Baseball bat
Cleats and tennis shoes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spring 2017 Fundraiser Winners!

Grand Prizes

1. Hudson Alther - Major Cardinals - 4 tickets per game/2 games / 1 hotel - Astros vs Orioles - July Series
2. Luke Riccabona - "Snack Shack MVP Card" - (10) $5 trips to the Snack Shack
3. Bailey Buck - "Snack Shack MVP Card" - (7) $5 trips to the Snack Shack

Top Team

Major Cardinals - They enjoyed a UVA Baseball Suite Party during UVA's May 13th game against Richmond

Top Individuals by Division (Grand Prize Winner not eligible)

Gannon Murray - Major Red Sox - $25 Dick's Gift Card
Henry Camarata - Minor Astros - $25 Dick's Gift Card
Kase Kirkeide - Rookie Giants - $25 Dick's Gift Card
Brielle Propes -  Jr. Rookie Braves - $25 Dick's Gift Card

2nd Chance Raffle for 2nd Orioles Package will be held Sunday
  • All players who sold at least 5 ticket packages are entered into the raffle


Check Out the Silent Auction Items for Day of Champions Festival!

Day of Champions Silent Auction Items

·         2017 UVA Baseball - Team Signed Bat
·         2017 UVA Baseball - Team Signed Jersey
·         2017 UVA Baseball – Team Signed Baseball
·         2015 UVA National Champions Baseball – Signed by Coach O’Connor
·         ACAC Knockerball Party (up to 15 people)
·         Papa John’s Pizza Party (15 people)
·         TEAMS 5-Tool Summer Camp – June 12th – 16th
·         TEAMS 5-lesson package (1 hour lessons)
·         TEAMS 3-lesson package (1 hour lessons)
·         Baseball Company – Little League Summer Baseball Camp (June 26th – 30th or July 10th-14th)
·         Baseball Company 5-lesson package (1 hour lessons)
·         Baseball Company 3-lesson package (1 hour lessons)
·         Raising Canes Summer Cooler & 75 piece Gift Card
·         Raising Canes 75 piece Gift Card
·         Martin’s Grill Gift Card