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Important message about upcoming new bat requirements

Please read the attached letter from Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth about a new bat standard.  This new standard will not be effective till January 1, 2018 at which time all bats in the marketplace today will become ineligible to be used.  More information to follow.  If you have any questions, please contact Mark Gauzza, Rules Chairperson or Anthony Marusco, President.

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Aston Valley Baseball Meeting Minutes

General Membership Meeting

 

 

Date:

11/21/2016

Present:

Laura Brooks, Dan Campbell, Vicki Hittle, Anthony Marusco, Bernie Seasock, Bob Weeks, Fran Miles, Amy Grady, Steve Chapman, Mark Gauzza,Missing:Jason Hickman, Jim Buggy

 

Henry Hittle, Joe Hart, Michael Grady, Brian Matteo, Jen Gauzza, Chris Darpino, Tony DiOrisio, Michael Cimabue,

Cliff Thompson,

 

Called to Order:

8:35 PM

Minutes:

Online

Motion to approve:

Second:

 
 
 

Treasurer’s Report - Fran Miles

Regular Checking 4579.29

Fundraising-101.09

Capital Fundraising-3717.70

 

New Business: None

Motion to approve:Bob Weeks

Second:Amy Grady

 

 

LEAGUE REPORTS

 

Teeners-John Howe

Not present.

 
 

Majors-Bernie Seasock

No report. All quiet.  

 

 

Minors- Bob Weeks

 

Neumann College came down and helped get the minor field ready.  Good involvement with us and them.  March 25, 2017 we will do a fundraiser at Neumann.  Double header for baseball at Neumann.  Sundays for camps at Neumann for December, January, and February.  Ages 6-13.  

 

Rookies-Dan Campbell

No report.  

 

Teeball- Vicki Hittle

No report

 

Equipment Manager-Jason Hickman

Not present.  

 

 

Parents Auxiliary- Laura Brooks

Concession is stand and water shut off.  All Good.

 
 

Facilities-Steve Chapman

Look at what needs to be repaired

 
 

Player Agent- Jim Buggy

Not present.

 

Rules- Mark Gauzza

High School Umpires for Majors.  January General Meeting is the Rules meeting.  Please submit rules on the website.  Present the rules at the next meeting.  Do you have the rules that are proposed?  Could we get them on the website so we can see them before the January meeting?

 

Bats as of right now will be illegal as of 2018.  Making bats that react like wood bats.  New bats are considered big barrel.  Do not spend a ton of money on a bat since it will not be able to use anywhere else.  

 

Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth are doing away with innings pitched and it will be based off of pitch count.  As a league we will need to focus on developing more pitchers throwing strikes.  

 

 

 

Secretary- Amy Grady

No report.

 
 

PRESIDENT’S REPORTS

 
 

President’s Report - Anthony Marusco

Open registrations starts this Friday November 25, 2016.  There is a discount of $20.00 if registered by Sunday November 27.  We have not raised the rates.  Please pass the word around.  Sign ups will be in person January 20 from 6-9, January 21 9-3, January 27 from 6-9, January 28 9-3, and February 26 from 12-4.Opening Day will be April 8, 2017.  Field Maintenance is April 1, 2017.  Fundraising for this year: Blue Rocks Game, Golf Outing, etc.  

 

Looking to re-sod the minor field.  We are looking to extend the major field.  

 
 

Regrade and level field is $675.00 per field.  Looking to confirm price of 2300.00, if that is a go we need to move forward.  

 

Thanks to Vicki Lovecchio, Nicole Sheridan and Sue Ashton for all of their help this year with raising money and helping the leagues.  

 
 
 
 

OLD BUSINESS

Fix Chris Darpino from last month’s minutes.  He ran for an position but was omitted from  the minutes.  

 

Jason Hickman will be the Equipment person.

 
 
 

                             

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEW BUSINESS

Is the information up on the Babe Ruth website?  Babe Ruth is transferring to a new website.  

 

Babe Ruth/ Cal Ripken raising the state entrance fee.  Host fee is $1000.00 12 teams $400.00.  

 
 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 
 
 
 

Adjourned:

Motion By:

Second:

9:04 pm

Anthony

Bernie

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Registrations open on Black Friday

Baseball Registrations for Aston Valley Baseball League will begin online on Friday, November 25. There will be a $20 Black Friday weekend early-bird discount for anyone registered by Sunday, November 27.

 

Important items to know:

  • All new players to the league and players moving up to the next division (excluding TBall/Junior Rookie) must attend player evaluations on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Any player that does not attend the evaluation, without Executive Board approval, will be drafted by teams after those who did attend.  In the event of a redraft, all players for that division must attend evaluations.    
  • Any individual who is interested in a coaching position or just helping out on the field must submit a coach’s application and a national background check.  No individual will be allowed on the field or in the dugout without completing both of these documents.  All applications and background checks are due no later than January 31, 2017.  Any submissions after this date will be placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis..
  • Team Parents must submit the national background check only.
  • Coach’s Application and Background Check can be found on our website.
  • In order to be compliant with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth, all national background checks must be submitted thru Protect Youth Sports on our website for 2017.  PA State Police checks only and checks from other organizations will not be accepted.  
  • Background checks for Aston Valley will be good for the calendar year of 2017.  
  • Next General Membership Meeting is this Monday November 21, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.  Meeting is located at the American Legion on Concord Rd. All members are encouraged to attend.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Thanks,

Anthony M. Marusco

President, AVBL

Congratulations to the new board

The following individuals have been elected to the 2017 AVBL Board positions:

President:Anthony Marusco

Teeners:John Howe

Majors:Bernie Seasock

Minors:Bob Weeks

Rookies:Dan Campbell

Tee Ball:Vicki Hittle

Parents Auxiliary:Laura Brooks

Rules: Mark Gauzza

Secretary:Amy Grady

Treasurer:Fran Miles

Facilities: Steve Chapman

Equipment: Open

Player Agent: Jim Buggy

 

Congrats and good luck to the new Board! Special thanks to the outgoing board members, Joe Hart, Mike Grady, Todd Kirk, Cory Sheridan.  We thank you for all your hard work, time and dedication to Aston Valley.

FIELD MAINTENANCE- AFTER EVERY GAME!

At the conclusion of EVERY game the field should be raked and dugouts cleaned.  Please follow the directions below when raking the fields. This task is not solely the coaches responsibility. Any parent can assist with this task to maintain our fields. If it is done properly and consistently it will help maintain our fields better for the kids playing the games and will assist when we get rain as well. The fields should dugouts should be cleaned of all trash and equipment after every game as well. Please help with this as it is EVERYONE’S responsibility as members of AVBL.

 

By following these simple guidelines will only improve the field and complex conditions making them safer and more enjoyable for the players and parents.

 

·        Home plate and pitcher’s mound: rake all the dirt around back towards the holes and fill in the holes created during the game.

·        Base paths: do not rake across the path, but go up and down the baseline. Raking across the path can cause low spots and also build up on the grass cutouts.

·        Bases: pull the base and replace the plugs. Rake towards the holes bases once the plugs are installed and fill in any low spots created (from sliding).

 

Thank you for your support!

UPDATE: Attention Prospective Coaches, Managers, Team Parents, Assistants 2017

                Starting in 2016, any individual who is interested in being a Manger, Assistant Coach or just helping out on the field must submit a coach’s application, national background check, PA State Police and Child Abuse check.  No individual will be allowed on the field or in the dugout without completing these documents.  Once the Executive Board has received these documents, the application will be reviewed in order to be approved or denied.  All applications and background checks are due no later than January 31.  Any submissions after this date will be placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.  Team Parents must submit the national background check only. 

                 In order to be compliant with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth, all national background checks must be submitted thru Protect Youth Sports on our website for 2017.  PA specific requirements, PA State Police checks and Child Abuse checks, are now included in the Protect Youth Sports check.  Background checks from other organizations will not be accepted. Background checks for Aston Valley will be good for the calendar year of 2017. If you have any questions please contact our background check coordinator, Jason  Farrell at AVBLbackground@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec 12
Executive Board Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Saturday, Dec 31
Early Bird Online Registration Ends11:55pm
Sunday, Jan 1
Online Registration Begins12:00am
Monday, Jan 9
Executive Board Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Monday, Jan 16
General Membership Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Monday, Feb 13
Executive Board Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Monday, Feb 20
General Membership Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Monday, Mar 13
Executive Board Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Monday, Mar 20
General Membership Meeting8:30pmAmerican Legion
Saturday, Apr 8
Opening Day 20177:00amWeir Park

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