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Aston Valley Baseball Meeting Minutes

General  Membership Meeting






Amy Grady, Fran Miles, Jim Buggy, Bernie Seasock, Anthony Marusco, Jon Dalton, Vicki Hittle, Rebecca Farrell, Bob Weeks, Michael Grady, Dan Campbell, Jason Hickman, Jason Michael, Ivan Plachuta, Alex Jennings, John Mancinelli, Mark Natale, Ryan Smith, Jake Garrity, Tony Diorisio, Walt Campbell, Joe Hart, Scott Sexton, Ralph Carotenuto, John Howe, Ralph Papa, Denny Anastasia, Mike Cimabue, STeve Ouimette, Brian Morris Frank Miles, Chris Darpino, Bret Ostroff, Domenic Nardini, Amanda Doyle

Called to Order:

8:36 Pm



Motion to approve:


Treasurer’s Report - Fran Miles

Fundraising 100.25

Capital 4536.44

Regular account 36,390.84


New Business: None

Motion to approve:Fran Miles

Second: Bernie Seasock





Teeners-Empty Resigned as of last month.  

We have 22 kids signed up for teeners.  Email went out to all signed up teeners.  Entering into a league playing other teams. Carrying 12-15 on each teener team.  . Closing registration this week. 2 teams will be placed in a tournament during the season.  Looking to play more competitive at the teeners.


Majors-Bernie Seasock

We got out on the fields this weekend.  We have 6 teams in the Majors still have a couple of openings.  4 teams have 11 and 2 have 10. 15-17 game schedule. We will have Sunday Clinics starting on April 8th.  This will be a four week clinic. Bernie spoke to Sun Valley Baseball Team to see if 5-6 of them will help out.  Field just opened today, but probably closed tomorrow. We will play 6 weeks with Brookhaven starting on the 11th and the teams will travel from one to the other.  


Minors- Bob Weeks

We were able to get on the field tonight as well tonight.  Field Maintenance this Saturday, the field looks great, but still work to do.  There are 72 players in the minors for this year. Working on call ups for the Minor  Bob would like clinics on Saturday and Sundays. Thinking to invite some 7 year olds. More time for the kids to practice.  

Question:  At what time do you call a kid up from Rookies?  Is it okay for us to play with 9? Is is more fun for the kids that have to play with the call-ups?

Bob: If we know ahead of time we will be able to call up kids.  We do not want 2 or three on each team. You can start with nine players.  

Anthony: It is a balancing act.  If head coach knows then you should be asking for a call up or two.  

Michael: It has not been a problem in the past.  I am wondering why it will be an issue this year.  

Chris Darpino:  When will the schedule be out?  


Rookies-Jon Dalton

WE finally got on the field yesterday and then it will be closed again tomorrow.  There are 6 teams. One has 12 everyone else has 11. We will be running clinics with the Commissioners.  Rookies will be working with Brookhaven. 8’s will play Brookhaven.

Ralph Papa: Any indoor facilities to use?


Tee Ball- Vicki Hittle

For tee ball we have 6 teams.  2 teams with 10 players each. 4 teams have 9 players each.  Each team has a head coach. 2 returning coaches 4 new coaches.  3 teams for Junior Rookies with 10 in each team. We have one coach for three teams.  We have 4 assistants for that team. No practice schedule yet, but it will be coming. She will not make schedule until after rookies are finished.  Schedule will be out early next week. All rules will be emailed to the coaches.


Equipment Manager-Jay Hickman

We did equipment pick up last week.  IF we didn’t hook up shoot him an email.  Bats were ordered for each division. Three bats for each division.  Jerseys are ordered. The away team will be in charge of picking up the bats.  Bats need to be returned at the end of every game.


Parents Auxiliary- Rebecca Farrell

We are pretty much all set up for Opening Day.  We will have a makeup day for Pictures on the 15.  

Parents want to know if there is an option to pay to work the stand.  The list will be out soon.


Facilities-Dan Campbell

This weekend is a huge weekend for his department.  We are starting at 9:00. Each commissioner has a to-do list.  Rookies is getting rocks off the fields. Minor field is in pretty good shape.  Majors field needs the most work. We felt it was better to resod the Major field in the fall.  We will need to pull people from other fields. IF you have a wheelbarrow please bring it. We are doing Weir park and Buggy Field.  John Howe will take the lead on the Teener field. If mother nature fights us we may need to push the field maintenance to Sunday.

The Hittle Family will hang the lights in the batting cages.  Hoping before the end of this month.

The fence is waiting for the grant for the Major Field.  They will take the existing fence down and then put up the new stuff.  

We are now using both double doors for all the equipment.  If you do not have those keys please see Dan Campbell.

We have purchased a shed for the rookie field.  We need to do some prep work. The township is going to do the prep work.  

If you rake the field and drag the field it makes it much easier for the next day a lot better.  

Please close the gates.  Weir park is a dog park. We do not want our kids playing with the dog poop.  

John Howe- Fence will not happen before opening day, but it will happen this year.  

We are allowed to put the dog signs up on the fields.  

Mr. Morelli- Are you taking care of the tree branch on the rookie field?  



Player Agent- Jim Buggy

Schedules will be out tomorrow or Wednesday for Minors and Rookies.  Bernie is doing his own schedule. All players have been assigned.

Pitch counts.  We are monitoring pitch counts.  All coaches monitor the pitch counts for all leagues.  Rookies are for innings. Jim will email the coaches the log in for the website.  


Rules- Michael Grady

Currently assembling all umpires for all divisions.  Doing really well for lower divisions. If you know any older kids that want to ump please contact Michael Grady.  Any problems questions please see Michael FIRST!!!




President’s Report - Anthony Marusco

Wanted to thank John Howe for the time.  We appreciate all of his time and dedication over the past years.  

Amanda Doyle handles our sponsorships.  We are looking for three more sponsors. The number is up from last year.  She has brought more sponsors this year.

Field Maintenance Day we will let you know either Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest.  

Received a donation from Bank of America thanks to Bernie Seasock

AED is malfunctioned at Buggy Field.  Joe Hart went to Moose Lodge and requested money.

CPR class is still being scheduled.  Dave Bucci is now scheduling it. We will inform you for the classes.  

One of our prior members, Neil Davis was diagnosed with cancer.  His wife broke her leg. We are donating to the beef and beer for his time and need.  

We donated to Aston Elementary for the Designer Bag Bingo.  

Opening Day is coming up.

Kids that were Champions last year

The kids will ride the fire trucks.

WAWA will be giving away coffee on opening day.  

If weather affects the parade we will not make a decision until late Friday night.  

Aston Valley Registration signs need to be collected.  

John Stokarski is helping to fix the press box..

Any head coaches that need raffle tickets for parents that signed up online.  Please see Anthony.

Indoor practices:

Parents will have to pay money….

Top Lumber

Ultimate Sports Academy


If you want to use the school district facilities you need to go through a specific board member.  

Background Checks

The board at one point decided to continue doing yearly checks.  As we continue we will continue to change we will let you know.

John Howe-Sun Valley baseball will be helping field maintenance and opening day.  






Fran Miles- Right now our CPA who was doing our taxes retired.  We are willing to pay, but we are looking a new person who is willing to do our taxes.  

This Thursday night, Mr. Jim Buggy will be inducted in to Aston Sports Hall of Fame.  

Do they call Balks in the MAjors??  





Motion By:


9:47 PM

Fran Miles

Bernie Seasock






Aston Valley Baseball League Important Dates for 2018

Registration dates and deadlines:

  1. In person registration at Aston Municipal Building 1/20/2018 from 9-3
  2. In person registration at Aston Municipal Building 1/27/2018 from 9-3
  3. In person registration at Aston Community Center 1/31/18 from 6-8 PM
  4. Late in person registration at Aston Community Center 2/7/18 from 6-8PM
  5. 02/24/18 - Player Evaluations at Chaos Training Facility times to be announced
  6. 02/25/18 - Player draft
  7. 03/24/18 - Field maintenance day
  8. 04/07/18 - Opening Day
  9. 04/14/18 - Picture Day
  10. 06/17/18 - Fall Ball registration opens

Interested in lessons for your child?

 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.  


AVBL General Membership Meetings

AVBL General Membership meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 8:30PM. The meetings are held at the American Legion Post 926 at 3220 Concord Rd in Aston. We welcome you to come out to the meetings and see what is happening in the league, ask questions, voice concerns, get to know other league members, etc. Come on out and get involved! We would love to see you there!!!!!

AVBL Territory

Lots of questions around where our Aston Valley Baseball Leagues boundaries are.  While it is not simple, we are much larger than just Aston!  We are Aston Township and the PennDelco Schools within Aston.  For our Cal Ripken (ages 4-12) division, we also have part of zip code 19063.  We will post a map shortly but in the meantime here is a description of where our 19063 boundaries exist.  If you have specific questions, email our player agent at playeragent@AVBL.org

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