What is the relationship between the Recreation Department and RYAA?
RYAA is a separate organization from the Raymond Recreation Department.
It is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, registered with
the State of New Hampshire. Although RYAA and the Recreation
Department are separate, both organizations work cooperatively
to foster the youth athletics in the town. The Recreation
Department assists RYAA with general administrative and
field maintenance work. All other operating costs of Little
League and Babe Ruth, including insurance, equipment, league
fees and capital improvements, are funded through registration
fees, RYAA fundraisers, concession stand operations and
the generosity of sponsors.
The original founders drafted and presented the Constitution
and Minutes of Organization of RYAA at its first official
meeting of the incorporators on Nov. 21, 1977. The State
of New Hampshire soon after issued the organization’s charitable
non-profit seal on April 21, 1978.
RYAA is an auxiliary member of the Lamprey River Little League.
Lamprey River Little League consists of the New Hampshire
towns of Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham, and Raymond. Each
town manages its own youth association: RYAA in Raymond;
CYAA in Candia; Deerfield Youth Baseball in Deerfield; and
Nottingham Youth Association in Nottingham. All auxiliary
organizations combine to form the Lamprey River Little League.
RYAA is also an auxiliary member of Lamprey River Baseball Babe
Ruth. The Lamprey River Babe Ruth Baseball League, the group
for 13-15 year old players, consists of New Hampshire towns
of Candia, Deerfield, Raymond, Chester, Brentwood, Epping,
Danville, and Fremont.
Assuming that there are enough players to field a team(s), RYAA also
offers a Babe Ruth Baseball program exclusively for 13 year
olds and (eligible 12 year olds). In this program, the 13
year old prep team competes against other 13 year old prep
teams in the Seacoast area. This program allows player transitioning
from small to big diamond to compete among players of the
RYAA is also offers Babe Ruth Softball for girls 8 to 17 years
old (if you are 16 on January 1 you are eligible to play)
to be able to play softball in U10, U12, U14 and U16 programs
The opening day for the Little League regular season for all
divisions is tentatively scheduled for first Saturday in
May. The season will run through about the 2nd week in July.
If your child is chosen to participate in one of our All-Star
teams, then those teams will have tournaments and practices
through the 2nd week of August.
All-Stars from Major Little League Baseball are selected by the coaches
in Lamprey River Little League (includes coaches from other
participating towns of Candia, Deerfield and Nottingham)
near the conclusion of the regular season.
Lamprey River LL also conducts tryouts in June for the Jimmy Fund
tournament teams which are for 9 and 10 year old players
and 11 year old players. The purpose of the Jimmy Fund Tournament
is to provide competitive baseball while at the same time
raising money to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Center.
The season for Babe Ruth Softball U10 and U12 programs is tentatively
scheduled for first Saturday in May.
The season will run through the second week in July. If your child is chosen to participate in
one of our All-Star teams, then those teams will have tournaments
and practices through the 2nd week of August.
The season for Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 division begins mid-April
and ends mid-June. The 13-15 division plays a 17 game schedule
for all who tryout and make the team(s).
The season for Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year old prep starts mid-May
and ends the last week of June.
The Babe Ruth Softball U14 and U16 programs will not begin until
first week in June. This eliminates any conflicts for those
of you playing at the high school level. The U14 and U16
teams will be playing a minimum of 10 regular season games
for all who tryout and make the team(s). Our schedule will
include teams from all over the state, not just Candia,
Deerfield and Nottingham.
What does the league provide?
RYAA supplies the uniform shirt, hat and socks and all catchers’
equipment and batting helmets, umpires, and equipment needed
for a safe and fun game. Players are required to provide
their own shoes, glove, white baseball pants [black shorts
- softball) and glove.
If you have not turned in your uniform shirt from last year,
we request that you notify drop off the uniform as soon
as possible at the Raymond Recreation Office.
If a player has his/her own bat that is Little League/Babe
Ruth approved for that level of play (stamped with LL/BR
seal), he or she may use it.
That is up to each coach. Practices will begin immediately after
tryouts (indoor and outdoors).
That depends upon the league of play, but all leagues generally
play on Saturday. Although subject to change, weekday games
for each Little League of play were historically played
on the following days:
Babe Ruth Softball U10 and U12: Varies;
Major Baseball: Tuesday or Thursday (generally, one weekday game,
but no more than two);
Minor Baseball: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (generally, one weekday
game, but no more than two);
Farm Baseball: Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (generally, one
weekday game, but no more than two);
Rookie (Tee Ball): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
(only one weekday game).
Fridays are left open to reschedule make-up games for league play
above Rookie level.
Officials from Lamprey River Little League prepare the final 2008
game schedules — these schedules will be available for
distribution sometime during the last week of April.
Where are the games played?
The Raymond Softball teams U10, U12, U14 and U16 generally play
home games at softball diamond (stone dust infield) at the
Rt. 107 Welch Field. They also travel to play away games
in the surrounding towns of Candia, Deerfield, and Nottingham
as well as other surrounding towns in the state.
The Raymond LL Major, Minor and Farm Baseball teams generally
play home games at two fenced little league baseball diamonds
at the Cammett Complex (Onway Lake Road). They also travel
to play away games in the surrounding towns of Candia, Deerfield,
The Babe Ruth Baseball team(s) (13-15) plays home games at the
Babe Ruth diamond at Rt. 107 Welch Field. They play several
away games in the participating towns in the Lamprey River
or Seacoast Babe Ruth League.
The Raymond Rookie teams only play within the town of Raymond.
The Rookie/Tee Ball field is located at the Rt 107 Welch
There is a minimum that each player who attends a game is required
to play. In LL Major Baseball, every player on a team roster
will participate in each game for a minimum of six defensive
outs and bat at least one time. In other divisions, all
players are put in the batting order and there is free substitution.
In the Babe Ruth Baseball (13-15 year olds) and Softball (U14
and U16) divisions, there is no minimum play rule; however,
it is the mission and objective of RYAA and coaches to make
sure that all players have an opportunity to play in each
What are tryouts?
Little League tryouts are really player evaluations. Tryouts are
scheduled in the last week in March or first week in April
- each player will be called as to the exact time and location
for his/her age group. Player evaluations are held so that
teams can be balanced. Managers and board members observe
the players so that teams can be selected with a good mix
of pitchers, fielders, and hitters.
Shortly following the tryouts, Raymond Youth Athletic Association
conducts drafts at the Major League Baseball and U12 Softball
divisions only. The coaches prior to the start of the season
draft players. Minor League coaches conduct a “blind”
draft whereby players of equal evaluations are selected
randomly and placed on teams. T-Ball, Instructional and
Farm division players are assigned to teams randomly. You
will be notified of team assignment soon after the tryouts.
RYAA is a non-profit, self-supporting organization. The League
fundraisers are just one of the ways that we raise money
to help purchase the proper equipment (balls, bats, uniforms,
hats etc.) and insurance for the children of our league.
Without these fundraising events this league would not be
able to operate. Each family is required to participate
in the annual fundraisers. More information will be provided
in fundraiser letter.