• General Membership Meeting at American Legion Monday, November 20 @ 8:30

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Aston Valley Baseball Meeting Minutes

General Membership Meeting

 

 

Date:

11/20/2017

Present:

Amy Grady, Anthony Marusco, Jason Hickman, Dan Campbell, Rebecca Farrell, Bob Weeks, Jim Buggy, Fran Miles, Jason Farrell, Joe Hart, Lisa Jennings, Vicki Hittle, John Howe, Denny Anastasia,  

Paul Miazza, Bernie Seasock, Mike McDermott

Called to Order:

8:30

Minutes:

 

Motion to approve:

Second:




Treasurer’s Report - Fran Miles

Fundraising 100.23

Capital 4354.99

Regular account 19,189.82

 

New Business: None

Motion to approve:Amy  Grady

Second:Jim Buggy

 

 

LEAGUE REPORTS

 

Teeners-John Howe

No report.



Question from Joe Hart- Speakers that Penn Delco took down do we have them?  Horn looking speakers.  Their PA system is out and the microphone is missing.  We (Aston Valley Baseball League) did not take it.  Joe Hart cleaned up the scoreboard case.  

 

Majors-Bernie Seasock

One thing,  I do not see a large contingency of majors parents here, but we would like any parents that are interested in coaching please email, call, or text Bernie.  All potential coaches need to be at the January meeting.  

 

Minors- Bob Weeks

Quote Majors.  

 

Rookies-UnFilled

 

 

Teeball- Vicki Hittle

No report.   

 

Equipment Manager-Jason Hickman

Little bit of rules, little bit of equipment.  New bats, we have to buy them.  They are available for $30-40 dollars.  

 

Parents Auxiliary- Rebecca Farrell

Snack bar is buttoned up for winter and we are waiting for the new season.  

 

Facilities-Dan Campbell

WAter is turned off.  Fields are locked up.  We are in desperate need of someone doing the cement work for the press box on the major field.  Hoping to do some improvements in the new year.  



Pricing for Sodding for the major fields. And parts of the rookie field.  

 

Player Agent- Jim Buggy

Registrations are live 11-24.  Midnight...

 

Rules- Michael Grady

Not present.  

 

 

Secretary- Amy Grady

Nothing to report.




PRESIDENT’S REPORTS



President’s Report - Anthony Marusco

Couple quick things.


Update on the fencing.  Fence and backstop will be $12,000.00 Township filed  a grant for 6,000.000 and township will pick up the rest.  After thanksgiving we will start on the lighting.  


We will most likely not going with Barksdale.  Looking for a new photographer.  


Cal Ripken site has all the bat regulations.  


Last month someone requested to put a committee together to talk about why kids were leaving out league.  


All Star Baseball League is offering a free clinic for 5-7 year olds on December 3, 2017.  


The board approved for 8 year olds to tryout to play up in the minors for this year.  If they go to tryouts and they are not deemed to be a good fit they will stay in the rookies.  


Starting the Bull-Pen again.  


Doing a Teams week with Modells from now until December 31, 2017.  Email coming out.  




OLD BUSINESS













 
 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Opened floor at 8:49.  What Modell’s are taking the coupons?  We think all of them are taking the coupons.  


New bats need to be broken in.  

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Happy Thanksgiving!!   

 

Adjourned:

Motion By:

Second:

8:54 PM

Bob Weeks

Vicki Hittle



 

 

 

 

 

 

Aston Valley Baseball League Free Skills Clinic - Don't Miss Out

 

Parents,

 All-Star Baseball Academy is running a Free Aston Valley Baseball League skills clinic for ages 5-7.  It will be held Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00-12:30 PM at the All-Star Baseball Academy in Broomall.  The clinic will be run by ASBA instructors and will cover throwing mechanics, fielding and hitting.  All-Star will only accept the first 24 children who register for the clinic.  Please follow the registration instructions below to get your son or daughter registered TODAY.

Step 1 Click on Link Below

Step 2 Complete All Fields

Step 3 Type Aston Valley Clinic in "Team/Little League"

Registration Link

All-Star Baseball Academy Broomall

650 South Parkway Blvd

Broomall PA, 19008

Take care,

Anthony M. Marusco

President, AVBL

 

Congratulations to the new board

The following individuals have been elected to the 2018 AVBL Board positions:

 

President: Anthony Marusco

Teeners: John Howe

Majors: Bernie Seasock

Minors: Bob Weeks

Rookies:TBD

Tee Ball: Vicki Hittle

Parents Auxiliary: Rebecca Farrell

Rules: Michael Grady

Secretary: Amy Grady

Treasurer: Fran Miles

Facilities: Dan Campbell

Equipment: Jason Hickman

Player Agent: Jim Buggy

 

Congrats and good luck to the new Board! Special thanks to the outgoing board members, Laura Brooks and Mark Gauzza.  We thank you for all your hard work, time and dedication to Aston Valley.

 

Anthony M. Marusco

President, AVBL

Aston Valley Baseball

Board meeting Membership Meeting

 

 

Date:

10/16/2017

Present:

Jason Hickman, Fran Miles, Vicki Hittle, Dan Campbell, Amy Grady, Mark Gauzza, Bernie Seasock, Anthony Marusco, Jim Buggy, John Howe, Laura Brooks, Lisa Jennings, Haunani Cabalo, Joe Hart,Rebecca Farrell, Jason Farrell, Jen Gauzza, Mark Korenkiewicz, Jim McKenna, Brian Morris,,Amanda Doyle, Vicki Lovecchio, Jake Garrity, Phillip Morelli, Walt Campbell, Craig Stokarski, John Dalton, Mike Cimabue,  Scott Sexton

Called to Order:

8:43 PM

Minutes:

On line

Motion to approve:

Second:




Treasurer’s Report - Fran Miles

General Account:4307.50

 

Capital Account :100.23


Fundraising Account: 19,839.04



 

Motion to approve: Fran

Second: Mark Gauzza

 

 

LEAGUE REPORTS

 

Teeners-John Howe

No report.

 

Majors-Bernie Seasock

Couple more weeks of fall ball.  Field Maintenance whomever wins if they could cut the grass.  



 

Minors- Bob Weeks

Not present.




 

Rookies-Dan Campbell


No report.

 

Teeball- Vicki Hittle

No report.

 

Equipment Manager-Jay Hickman

No report.

 

Parents Auxiliary- Laura Brooks

No report.

 

Facilities-Unfilled

 

 

Player Agent- Jim Buggy

Registration will go live November 24, 2017.  

 

Rules- Mark Gauzza

The consensus among the board members was to enforce the new bat rules at the beginning of next season.  We also decided that we would purchase two differently weighted bats that both teams could share.  


Question from Craig Stokarski: Will the league send out information about the new bats?  When registration will open we will make sure to have flyers for sign ups.  


Mark put copies of bylaws and constitutions on the back table.  He stated that if a nonprofit organization all board positions can only run for one year.  Article 5 section A states current president if challenged by someone else then the current president cannot run.

 

 

Secretary-Amy Grady

No report.  



PRESIDENT’S REPORTS



President’s Report - Anthony Marusco






OLD BUSINESS

We have only had one rainout.  Out of the five requests to make up we have already made up four of them.  Last year was a trifecta.  BYC, Tri-county, and Aston Valley.  It was nice to have two facilities.  Snack bar has been good, pizza is good, hotdogs are a little expensive.  If you see that it is raining out please come down and help get the fields ready.  


John Howe stated “Dan Campbell has done a great job with fall ball.”


Anthony asked Amanda Doyle for an update for sponsorship.  She updated the form and it will be placed on the website.  


As soon as fall ball is done we would like to fix the pitching mounds on minor and major leagues.  An email will come out.  Probably first weekend of November.  


John Howe is talking to the township about fencing, and lights at the field.  Township commissioners have a meeting next week to see what might happen.  



Nominations:


President:  Anthony Marusco


Teeners: John Howe


Majors: Bernie Seasock


Minors: Bob Weeks


Rookies: No nominations.


TeeBall: Vicki Hittle


Secretary: Amy Grady


Treasurer: Fran Miles- Accept


Parents Auxiliary:Rebecca Farrell


Rules:Mark Gauzza


Player Agent: Jim Buggy


Equipment: Jason Hickman-Declined


Facilities: Dan Campbell-Declined







 
 

 

NEW BUSINESS

The board has discussed our registration fees for the past two months.  

Teeball- $85.00

Rookies-Majors-$105.00

Teeners-$90.00

Family $165.00


Vote

Yes 26

No

Abstain 4


Calendar for 2018


11/24/17 - Online registrations open


12/31/17 - Discount period ends


1/20/2018

1/27/2018

In person registration at municipal building


1/31/18

2/7/18

In person at community center


02/24/18 - Player Evaluations


02/25/18 - Player draft


03/24/18 - Field maintenance day


04/07/18 - Opening Day


06/17/18 - Fall Ball registration opens



Sponsorship- Could we put the sponsors before the name of the team?  Good idea.  


Is there a committee to try to retain our kids?  Question from Craig Stokarski.  Can the kids play both districts? He thinks you take a chance with the kids that are so committed.  









Elections 2017:


Nominations:


President:  Anthony Marusco,  Mike Grady-Declined Yes-1


Teeners: John Howe  Yes-1


Majors: Bernie Seasock Yes-1


Minors: Bob Weeks Yes-1


Rookies: Mike Cimabue-declined,  Jon Dalton-declined, OPEN Yes-1


TeeBall: Vicki Hittle Yes-1


Secretary: Amy Grady, Mike Cimabue-declined Yes-1


Treasurer: Fran Miles, Craig Stokarski-declined Yes-1


Parents Auxiliary:Rebecca Farrell Yes-1


Rules:Mark Gauzza (Withdrawn) Mike Grady (accept) Yes-1


Player Agent: Jim Buggy  Yes-1


Equipment: Jason Hickman Yes-1


Facilities: Dan Campbell Yes-1



Fran Miles made a motion for the secretary to cast one vote for each board member.  Seconded by John Howe.  


Anthony thanked Laura Brooks for her two years of service to the board and all of her help down at the snack bar.

 

Thanks to Mark Gauzza for his time on the board.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

Adjourned:

Motion By:

Second:

9:36 PM

John Howe

Vicki Hittle

 

Beginning on August 1st, Aston Valley's Player Agent and Coach Jim Buggy will be offering individual pitching and hitting lessons at MapleZone Sports Institute in Boothwyn. You can schedule lessons online by visiting http://maplezonesportsinstitute.com/ or by calling MSI directly at 610-358-5500. All ages are welcome. 

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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Attention Prospective Coaches, Managers, Team Parents, Assistants Copy

                This Monday January 16 is our annual rules meeting.  This meeting is mandatory for all prospective coaches as we will be reviewing and voting on any submitted rule changes for the upcoming season.  Any individual who is interested in being a Manager, Assistant Coach 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.  Once the Executive Board has received both 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 State Police checks and checks from other organizations will not be accepted.  Background checks for Aston Valley will be good for the calendar year of 2017.

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!