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McKnight Baseball Complex
McKnight Complex Winter Season Shutdown – Saturday, November 1st @ 9:30 AM
It is “that time of the year” again, where we need to officially close our baseball facilities for the winter season. In order to accomplish this, we need your help on Saturday, November 1st, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the McKnight Complex. Bring work gloves, a large ladder, and some tools, if you have them. Also, if anyone owns a pickup truck and can bring it, that would make it easier for us to transport large bulky items like nets and tarps from the fields to the garage. Any amount of time you can volunteer would be greatly appreciated. FREE breakfast will be served to the volunteers!
ATTN: Managers & Coaches: Equipment Return
Managers and Coaches are encouraged to please return your Equipment Bag to the McKnight Complex Garage by Saturday, November 1st (see Complex Shutdown note above). We need to collect, organize, and inventory all League equipment so we can assess what needs to be repaired or replaced, and be ready for Opening Day next spring! Thank You!
MBL Congratulates our new Board of Directors
Montgomery Baseball League held its annual election of its Board of Directors on Monday, October 27th. We would like to congratulate all of our newly elected Board members:
- President: Frank Kimick
- VP-Cal Ripken Divisions: Paul Cocuzzo
- VP-Babe Ruth Divisions: Jon Carver
- VP-Umpires: Greg Swerdlow
- VP-Maintenance (Fields & Facilities): Scott Greenstein
- VP-Administration: Brian Smith
- VP-Finance: Amy Reynolds
- VP-Marketing: Stacy Greenstein
- VP-Player Registration & Retention: Eric Rossman
- VP-Special Events: Al Reicheg
- Board Secretary: Ken Reilly
This year, in addition to our existing 11 Board positions, MBL has added two (2) additional Board positions to better increase community involvement. Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of these positions can be found on the MBL web site under the General Information link (select “Board Positions” under the Categories drop down list).
All newly elected positions become effective on November 1st (in accordance with MBL By-Laws, the newly elected Board members will each serve a term of 1-year beginning November 1, 2014 and running through October 31, 2015).
Please note that the position of “Past President”, currently held by Joe Gerdes, is not an elected position. Also, the position of “VP-Travel & Tournaments” is currently vacant and will be filled by appointment – and approved by the new Board - at a later date. In the interim, Paul Cocuzzo, former VP-Travel & Tournaments, will handle any issues related to that position.
The Montgomery Baseball League is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization and operates solely through the active participation from the community at large. Each year we seek to retain a number of our existing volunteers to ensure continuity in our program while at the same time attracting new board members to bring in new ideas and energy, and to represent our younger player generations. All Board positions are open for election each year (with the exception of the role of “Past President”).
Each year, we seek volunteers who are committed to the entire league - across all age groups - who can make decisions for the benefit of the entire program and not just a single age group or division. We look for members who can not only dedicate their time to the program, but who also have the ability to recruit other volunteers to work with them in their respective area. While being an active MBL Board member has a certain degree of responsibility, it is also a very rewarding experience and well worth your time.
MBL would like to give a warm welcome our newest Board Members: Jon Carver, Al Reicheg, Eric Rossman, Scott Greenstein, and Stacy Greenstein. At the same time, we would like to bid a fond farewell to retiring Board Members, Frank Iati, John McCaffrey, and Christine Petrane, and thank them for their selfless dedication of our program over the years.
Fall Baseball Clinic with the Pros!
On Saturday, October 18th, Montgomery Baseball League held a spectacular free clinic for our 3rd through 6th grade Fall Ball players at the McKnight Baseball Complex. The clinic - hosted by Johnny Rooney and Steve Perone of the JR Hit and Run Academy - featured skills, drills, and games. What made this clinic unique and extra special was that Coaches Rooney and Perone were assisted by three professional baseball players. Josh Prevost (New York Mets), Mike Ford (New York Yankees), and Jon Prosinski (Philadelphia Phillies) – all former Montgomery Baseball players (at the MBL and Montgomery High School level) – also spent time talking to our young players about their experiences getting to and playing in professional baseball. This was a great day and a great experience for all involved.
Free Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic for Coaches at OKCC
If you are considering coaching your child in baseball (Rec or Travel) this season, the league and town require you to complete the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic. In addition to insight about effective coaching and safety practices, this protects volunteer coaches from civil lawsuits. Attending the clinic once provides each participant lifetime coverage and adult membership in the YRSC.
For those who have not attended but want to coach (or have been coaching but have not yet taken the clinic), a Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic will be offered here in Montgomery on Thursday, November 20th from 7:00-10:00 PM at the Otto Kaufmann Community Center and is FREE for Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill residents. If you are interested in coaching, but have not completed this course, please plan to attend. To register, please contact the OKCC. For more information, click on the "Coach Training Requirements" link on the left nav bar.
Reminder: The McKnight Baseball Complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY
The McKnight Baseball complex is PRIVATE PROPERTY. It is not a public facility and is not associated with the Montgomery Township or Somerset County Parks systems. The management and maintenance of this facility is funded by the Montgomery Baseball League (MBL) through registration fees, advertising, fund raising, and the generous donations of local residents and businesses.
Use of the McKnight Baseball Complex is limited to individuals registered for current MBL programs and MBL-sponsored events and groups. MBL reserves the right to permit or deny any individual and/or team access to the McKnight complex, including fields, batting cages, or concession, seating, and parking areas.
Use of these facilities for private games, lessons, or training without written authorization from MBL is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any unauthorized use of these facilities for such purposes is at the risk of the Trainer/Coach AND Trainee(s)/Player(s). Any damage or injuries resulting from unauthorized use of these facilities will be the sole responsibility of Trainer/Coach. Violators will be considered to be TRESPASSING and may be PROSECUTED.
Any questions about this use-policy can be directed to any member of the MBL Board of Directors. If you see unauthorized use of the McKnight Baseball Complex, please contact a member of the MBL Board of Directors or contact the Montgomery Township Police non-emergency number. Thank you.
TED Talk: "Changing the Game in Youth Sports"
Please watch this 14 minute TED Talk video titled "Changing the Game: A Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes & Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids"
Some key takeaways:
- The single greatest effect on performance is an athlete’s state of mind
- Youth sports used to be about children competing against other children; now it is often adults competing against other adults through their children
- Children play sports because it is fun; winning comes in way down the list
- Children quit sports when they don’t get to play, and when winning becomes more important than enjoyment
- 90% of children would rather play on a losing team than sit the bench on a winning team
- Competition is important, but being competitive comes from putting the needs and priorities of our children first
- We can all start changing youth sports for the better by learning five simple words (watch to learn what they are)
I hope you will take the time to watch the video and if you enjoy it, please share it. Share it with families that have children in youth sports. Share it with coaches, schools and organizations that are struggling to serve the needs and priorities of our kids in a youth sports world that sometimes does not allow our children to “Play” anymore. Share it with like minded people so that we all realize that we are the silent majority, and that youth sports can and will change. We have the power to change it the right way, and make it about our players first.
Got WiFi? (We Do Now!!!)
New for the 2014 season, MBL now has FREE WiFi at the McKnight Complex!
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Password = MBLguest
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