Since 2010, Belmont Youth Baseball has organized spring travel teams for its youth baseball players. Our program recognized that, without a travel program, players who wanted to play more competitive baseball had to participate in costly AAU programs. The AAU programs required players to play double headers on both Saturdays and Sundays, focus all of their efforts on the AAU teams, and give up in-town baseball and other town sports. The costs of AAU programs, often between $2000 and $4000 dollars, prevented many players from being able to afford an AAU option.
In creating the travel program, Belmont Baseball has provided our players with sensible, affordable options comparable to the level of play of any AAU program, without the cost and excessive time commitment. Our teams are run by coaches with years of baseball playing and coaching experience, who are dedicated to helping kids improve as athletes and as baseball players. Our schedules will maximize people's time, allow players to play with their in-town friends, and provide competitive opportunities for those who want it.
In the winter, our players will have regular opportunities to work indoors on hitting, fielding, pitching, and running (Winter workouts are optional and will be held on Sunday mornings at 8am at Belmont High School and one evening during the week). In the winter season, we expect kids will focus their energies on winter sports. The baseball workouts will be optional opportunities we hope the kids can take advantage of to work on their skill development.
In the spring, our travel teams will practice regularly and will compete against other towns' AAU and travel teams. In spring season, we ask our players to make baseball a priority and to participate in our in-town baseball programs. Although we ask players to commit to the travel teams and make it their first spring sport commitment, we recognize that kids can play other spring sports. We also recognize that other family commitments arise and we ensure that people’s lives are not overwhelmed by the baseball schedule.
Our travel program is for boys and girls committed to improving as baseball players and is not for those who are not passionate about the game. Not every player will be a starter for the travel teams, but everyone who loves baseball will be allowed opportunities to participate as alternates who will work out in the winter, practice with the team in the spring, and play in games as needed to fill in for conflicts.
All interested players MUST register by October 31, 2014 and pay the preliminary fee of $150. By March 15, 2015, coaches will identify the players who will make the team as regulars or as alternates.
The additional cost of the spring program will be based on whether the player is selected as a regular player (approximately $400-$450) or alternate player (approximately $200). (Please note that all fees are set only to cover the costs of running the program – e.g., indoor facilities fees, umpires, uniforms, baseballs, league fees, insurance, and other expenses in running teams. The fees do not generate any profit for BYB which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization).
In 2015, we will continue with the following travel programs (ages are as of April 30, 2015):
For our 13 and 14 year old players, we plan on having one or two teams entered into the Eastern Mass Independent Baseball League, a highly competitive league with talented players from across Eastern Massachusetts. Players will begin workouts in the winter with optional opportunities to work out on Sunday mornings at 8am and one night during the week. We will increase the workouts as the spring approaches and continue throughout the spring. Beginning in early April, teams will play approximately 2 games per week with games scheduled on weekday evenings and/or weekends. The spring practice and game schedule will be set to not conflict with in town baseball. Not every player will make the team, but every player will have an opportunity to try out for the team and will be allowed to participate as alternates. As with all of our travel teams, only Belmont residents are eligible to participate. All players must also register and play in the in-town Babe Ruth League (the Minuteman League). The teams will be coached by Jim Brown; Chris Starr; Dennis Rocha; and other assistants. Interested players should confirm their interest by emailing Chris Starr at
For players aged 11 and 12, we will enter a team into the AAU league. Our players will play on a field with dimensions slightly larger than a little league field (50 foot mound distance; 70 foot base path distance). The larger diamond allows stealing and all other rules of the big league diamond to help players in their eventual transition to the big league diamond. Games are typically doubleheaders on either Saturday or Sunday, each weekend starting in early April. Players will begin workouts in the winter with optional opportunities to work out on Sunday mornings at 8am and one night during the week. We will increase the workouts as the spring approaches and continue throughout the spring. The spring practice and game schedule will be set to not conflict with in-town baseball. Not every player will make the team, but every player will have an opportunity to try out for the team and will be allowed to participate as alternates. The team will be coached by Marc (Guido) Antetomaso and Bob Dolan. Interested players should contact Bob Dolan at
For Players aged 9 and 10, we will have a team for players to focus on skill development and developing a love of the game. As with all of our travel programs, players will have the option to work out two times per week (on Sunday mornings and once during the week) beginning in January. In addition to baseball training, coaches will work with players on overall athletic and strength training. As the spring approaches, players will play approximately one game on the weekend with one practice and/or one strength session during the week. The players will all be required to register and participate in the in town program. The focus will be on teaching and developing the skills of throwing, pitching, hitting and fielding. As the season progresses, the team will have opportunities for games against other travel teams. Games will be played on weekends and will not conflict with in town baseball and will attempt to avoid other sport commitments. The team will be coached by Pete Noone, Walter McGinnity, and other assistants. For anyone interested, please contact Pete Noone at
In a playoff battle that brought back memories of 1978, 2003 and 2004, the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 5-4 in the 2014 Major League championship game at Grove Street. It took extra innings but the Sox got the win as Justin Rocha’s seeing eye grounder plated Bobby Dolan in the bottom of the 8th.
The Bombers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind the hot bats of Joe Carey, Jack McHugh, Tommy Iannuzzi, Matthew McHugh, Mike Giangregorio, Mike Ciano and Anthony Haddad. Sox fireballer Jagger Polvino avoided further damage by striking out consecutive batters and leaving the bases loaded in the 1st.
The Sox wasted no time in responding, with a runner on base in the bottom of the first, superstar Katie Reynolds stepped to the plate and crushed a 2 run home run that landed somewhere in the vicinity of Cushing Square. After the blast, Sox hurler Polvino settled down and was dominant in the 2nd and 3rd innings to keep it a 3-2 game.
The Sox tied the game on a towering sacrifice fly by Justin Rocha, despite the impressive throw to the plate by Yanks center fielder Matty Mchugh. The Sox went ahead due to some aggressive base running by Katie Reynolds and Will MacNeil and took a 4-3 lead into the 6th.
However, the defending champs would not go down without a fight. Tommy Iannuzzi hit a perfectly placed ball to center field that rolled to the fence. Despite the valiant efforts of Sox center fielder Jacob Hovsepian and shortstop Joe Destefano, the lightning quick Iannuzzi slid home with the tying run.
Both teams received stellar pitching performances in the late innings, Reynolds and Rocha for the Sox, Joe Carey and Mike Giangregorio for the Pinstripers. Carey also made two sparkling plays from the shortstop position that prevented the winning run from crossing the plate in the 6th and 7thinning.
The Red Sox finally broke through in the 8th after Dolan drew a leadoff walk. He advanced on a passed ball and a ground out and was on third base with two outs. Rocha’s grounder knocked in the winning run, despite the gutsy efforts of pitcher Mike Giangregorio and 1st baseman Ryan Santoro.
All players played a role in this classic game. Johnny Iannuzzi, Issac Carey, and Abe Lipson played fine defense for the Bombers. Meghan Noone hit the ball well, and Zach Gillette, Quinn Writer and Brett Stievater made solid defensive plays for the Sox.