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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.
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.
Anthony M. Marusco
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.
Congratulations to the new board
The following individuals have been elected to the 2017 AVBL Board positions:
Tee Ball:Vicki Hittle
Parents Auxiliary:Laura Brooks
Rules: Mark Gauzza
Facilities: Steve Chapman
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.
Aston Valley Baseball Meeting Minutes
General Membership Meeting
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,
Called to Order:
Motion to approve:
Treasurer’s Report - Fran Miles
Regular Checking 4579.29
New Business: None
Motion to approve:Bob Weeks
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.
Teeball- Vicki Hittle
Equipment Manager-Jason Hickman
Parents Auxiliary- Laura Brooks
Concession is stand and water shut off. All Good.
Look at what needs to be repaired
Player Agent- Jim Buggy
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
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.
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.
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.
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).