Team expenses

There's been quite a bit of chatter on a baseball message board about Fed ball and team expenses. Because there are a few new parents to the team and for anyone interested on how our money gets allocated or why we try and fundraise / cut corners sometimes.

Indoor training - $1800-$2000 (this is low relative to "serious" teams and includes no "professional" instruction)

(hats, jersey's, pants, bat bags) - 250/kid x 12 = $3000 - this doesn't include pull overs, helmets, cleats, which we hope to provide a bit more of this season

Field usage - 80/game x ~12 home games = 960

Umpires - $50/game x ~25 regular season games = 1250

Tournaments - $350-$500 per tournament (we try for approximately 4)

Equipment (game balls, training utensils, catchers equipment) - $600 - $800

Miscellaneous (insurance, league fee's, etc...) $750-$1000

Hopefully this helps reconcile any questions while magnifying the importance of fundraising. Obviously the $500 committment fee only provides the initial $6000 of approximately $10,000 (this may be a bit conservative). If anyone has ideas or avenues to explore alternate ways cut costs, the lines of communication are always open.


8 Derek / '09
24 Charlie / '09
5 Phillip / '09
4 Jimmie / '09
19 Johnny / '09
10 Cody / '09
34 Geoff / '09
1 Nick / '09
13 Brody / '09
16 Brett / '09
3 Tyler / '09
7 Mickey / '09

Clio U13 Champions

Great Job to the boys this weekend in persevering while finishing first, and completing the only championship ( 3 runner-ups) for the Sabres to date. It was a total team effort and required contributions from everyone to accomplish our goal. Dewitt proved to a be a formidable opponent, as they battled us through two extremely tough games. They were very sportsmanlike, classy, and gracious in defeat which speaks to their organization and coaching / training.
I would first like to offer our appreciation to the reserves that filled in this weekend. Jack filled in nicely, for his brother Charlie, by stepping up and playing up from his U12 program. Hopefully it was a valuable experience and teaches him that he can compete against older competition. Ty is a regular who played the pool play for us and despite prior obligations, skipped a few family events, collected a few hits, and made some key defensive plays which allowed us to advance to the championship game. Nathan was a force acting as the backstop, while catching 4½ of the 5 total games, battling the heat, blocking seemingly everything in the dirt, and throwing out 'would be' base runners. His championship game saving play at the end of regulation will be remembered for years to come as it helped extend the game and allowed us to complete the first place finish. Great hustle, and we were fortunate to have you back there this weekend. The offer to play with us anytime stands...
The regulars all contributed and the win was capped off by an extra inning line shot by the game MVP ( as voted by the opposing coach ) Geoff. We needed to use 5 different pitchers with Mickey shutting them down for 3 innings (tourney max.), and Jacob redeeming himself from an earlier meltdown in the first matchup to end Dewitt's rally. Jon toughed out an early morning injury and played 'out of position' which was crucial to fielding a team. Offensively, Jon was able to help put Derek in position to score, as he is the only player that was able to cross home more than once. Jimmie Lewis was clutch regardless of what position we put him in and Brett camped under a BOMB to deep right center, icing the victory for the final out.
I want to congratulate the boys for never quitting and maintaining a positive attitude the majority of the weekend and I genuinely hope all the families had a great time staying in Birch Run.
Lastly, I have to mention that none of this would have been possible without the help of our batboy Jackson. He helped with key coaching decisions and helped keep the boys focused on what they were trying to achieve. He was the envy of every opponent and his services were solicited by other teams but, he was invaluable to our team and it only cost me $9.50 for the weekend. Well worth it, and thank you Jackson.

**pictures to follow**

Season synopsis

Geoff and I would like to congratulate the boys on their season.
The '09 Sabres stepped up in league play to the 'A' division and finished above .500, finished first in the Clio tournament, and ultimately qualified for Districts for the second straight year.
Despite some mid-season turmoil, substandard participation/attendance in practices, injuries, and attitudinal issues while losing a bit more than the previous season...the kids adjusted, finished the season strong with total team contributions.
From our coaching standpoint, we were challenged with situations that hadn't presented themselves in the past, yet it was rewarding to be a part of the evolution of this season. We also agreed that most, if not all, of the boys are physically better players with a heightened baseball IQ compared to when the season began (which obviously speaks to the level of our coaching ability).

The only player I'd like to reference specifically is Jake. As a reserve, he was one of 6 players to join us at every tournament, attended our practices in conjunction with his regular team, and played a few regular season games. It was an enormous help having him included on our roster as the season unfolded.
I'd also like to extend our thanks to Mike Lewis for stepping in and lending a hand as a dugout presence. It may not be coincidence that the team attitude changed for the better when he took on a larger role with the team. Mark Gaydos, for keeping the pitching stats and helping with pre-game warm-ups and Brian Muehlbrandt for helping pound those obnoxious base stakes into the cement, that we call our home field, also deserve recognition and appreciation.

The nucleus of the team will be staying together for the fall season (hopefully beyond) and we look forward to continuing with the core group. We wish all the players that will be playing elsewhere next season the best of luck.

Coach Geoff and Jesse


Runners UP to Lansing Braves.


RUNNERS UP to Macomb Huricanes

Thank You

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our first fundraiser a success. Hopefully all who attended enjoyed themselselves and those who participated in the raffles, were pleased with the prizes.

A special thanks to Dave Dawson, Tracy, Kris&Brian, Mike&Jaime Lewis, Dawn, and Geoff for the donations of gifts and their time.

Team Gear

We've had interest in ordering team gear for the parents. Jamey Lewis put together a brochure for anyone interested these particular items through the company she works for. There are also other apparel options available (including some nice winter style hats emboidered with Sabres for $8.95, maybe sweatpants, sleepwear, etc...) and if interested, please ask.