New Covid procedures effective 8/10
6/12/2020 Steps towards reopening
As I'm sure most of you are aware, we have been patiently biding our time waiting for Carroll County Recreation and Parks to allow us to get our players back onto fields. As the governor begins to loosen Covid-19 restrictions, CC R&P has begun to allow us a small amount of latitude to begin the process, and I'm happy to say that we are launching our plan to move into 2020 baseball starting this weekend.
We will begin the process with our travel baseball & tournament softball teams. If your player is on one of those teams, your coach will be in touch to tell you their plan. We have met with these coaches, and they are cleared to begin small group activities starting as early as this weekend. If your player is looking for recreational baseball, we will be working on getting them onto the field in the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that these are unprecedented times, and much like you, we have to evaluate our comfort level and protocol with every new development that takes place.
There are steps to be taken, and this will not look like normal ball. We have established a Finksburg Baseball Covid-19 protocol for coaches. All coaches must follow these procedures, and they will need your help. We will also be asking them to conduct core body temp, health monitoring, and role call for all players. We will be separating teams into smaller groups no larger than 7 players. We are not cleared to resume any game activities.
Please understand that this is voluntary. Your player does NOT have to participate. Should you choose to participate, you will need to fill out this updated participation waiver found here.
All Coaches of any level must have a current Carroll County Rec and Parks Volunteer Badge, and will ALSO have to undergo the county's covid-19 volunteer training. Please click this link for access.
Please bear with us during this process, and stay safe.
President, Finksburg Baseball & Lady Lions Softball
2020 Finksburg Baseball & Softball Scholarships
I'm proud to announce that for 2020, we are awarding two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors. Starting in 2019, with funding from our travel baseball program, we are awarding scholarship money for players who have participated in our program and are continuing their education after graduating from high school.
For this year, we had a strong pool of applicants, but the awards go to Dominic DiMaggio, and AJ Delgado. These candidates won based on a preset criteria of GPA, years in our program, service hours, and an essay about how playing Finksburg Baseball helped them grow.
AJ was a member of the National Honors Society, four year trumpet player for symphonic band, 3 year track discus thrower, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), healthy decisions club, varsity club and treasurer for the environmental club. He was a football varsity starter his senior year and will be majoring in business administration and playing football at Stevenson University. His favorite Finksburg Lions memory was being crowned Battle for the Burgh champs in the 2018 16U Wood Bat tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. AJ played in the program for 9 years, and has also umpired games.
Dominic DiMaggio played 12 years in the program, and graduated from Carroll Christian. He is off to Carroll Community College in the fall. I recently saw one of his senior pictures holding his Finksburg Baseball T-Ball Shirt. The DiMaggio family has been integral to our program for many, many years, and I think very highly of them all.
I'd also like to use this as an opportunity to mention that we are always looking for donations that can be specifically earmarked to enlarge the scholarship fund for years future. We received a very nice donation this year from a previous travel coach and I'd love to see it grow so that we can offer even more in years to come. Don't forget we are a 501c3 organization, so all donations are tax deductible.
All league activities postponed until 6/30
On 5/6 we received word from Carroll County Park and Recreation that all sports are cancelled through June 30th, thereby removing any possibility of a spring or early summer season. We are still planning to provide baseball in 2020. In lieu of our usual spring and fall season, we are planning to offer "2020 baseball" which will allow your recreational baseball player to join league play from July 1st through October 31st. Obviously, these dates are subject to change, which we are all getting used to. You will not have to be present for the entire season to play.
If you would like to play any portion of 2020 baseball, and you were registered for spring ball, you need to do absolutely nothing. If you would like to opt out, you have two options.
1) Remove your player and we will gladly send you a receipt for a tax-deductible donation of your spring registration fees.
2) Remove your player, and we'll refund you 75% of what was paid for spring.
Either way, we'd see you in 2021. Here's the link for that: Recreational Baseball Refund and Withdrawal Form
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe during these tough times and we hope to see you on the baseball fields later this year.
Finksburg Baseball & Softball Families!!
It is with a heavy heart that I post this, even though I know it is the right thing to do. With the onset of the covid-19 situation across the area, and the recent changes related to the state of emergency in our county, we are forced to put the health and safety of our families to the forefront of all priorities. Finksburg Baseball & Lady Lions Softball operates as a Carroll County Recreation and Parks sanctioned activity, and as such, follows all protocol issued by them. Parks and Rec has cancelled all activities from now until March 30th. I am hopeful that this timeline is not extended, but we will wait for the green light from Parks and Rec before resuming.
We will suspend all baseball & softball activities through this period. This includes cancelling our field prep day planned for tomorrow. We will look at the possibility of rescheduling the events previously scheduled during this hiatus, including our upcoming skills clinic.
We remain hopeful and optimistic that once this period is over, baseball will resume in the best manner possible. We will continue to keep our parents and players informed of our plans and intentions and we look forward to providing you with the best season possible given the situation at hand. We appreciate the cooperation of our volunteers, coaches, and parents during this time.
President, Finksburg Baseball & Softball
Our program is open to boys and girls ages 5 thru 18 (still in High School) and is dedicated to developing baseball skills for all ages. For the 2020 season, we will be offering recreational league in-house programs for all levels and travel programs for those seeking advanced skills and competition for ages 9 and above. In-house recreation practices begin in early April with games played through the end of June. Travel teams begin in early March and play through the end of June with older teams playing well into July.
Age guidelines for following leagues are based on player’s age on 4/30/20. Players 8 and older may advance to older league based on evaluation…players may not advance without being evaluated.
To register for Recreational Baseball please click here
- Instructional League ($100) - Ages 5 and 6: Focus on basic baseball skills with games featuring soft tosses, coach pitch or hitting from T, depending on ability. All players bat each inning, defensive focus to get batter out, competition not emphasized.
- Rookie League ($115) - Ages 7 and 8: Focus on advancing basic baseball skills featuring games pitched by coaches and players as ability permits, 3 outs per inning, no stealing, strike-outs, defense focus to control the play, competition not emphasized.
- Minor League ($145) - Ages 9 and 10: Focus on advancing baseball skills and learning game situations
- featuring player pitching, limited stealing, keeping score and standings, use of umpires and introduction of a year end championship tournament. Base paths are 60 feet and pitching distance is 48 feet.
- Major League ($155) - Ages 11 and 12: All Minor league features with bases and extended, unlimited stealing, and leading off of bases. Base paths are 70 feet and pitching distance is 48 feet.
- Senior League ($190)– Ages 13 and 14: Major League Baseball features with bases and mound distance extended. Base paths are 80 feet and pitching distance is 54 feet. The Senior League teams play other teams from Hampstead, Manchester and Westminster Senior League Programs.
- Super Senior League ($225) – Ages 15-18: Senior League features with bases at 90 feet and pitching distance at 60 feet, playing other teams nearby in Carroll County and Reisterstown.
- Travel Program – Ages 8-17: Finksburg Baseball offers a higher level of competition to its players thru tull time Travel opportunities. Team's ranging from 8 thru 17 years old compete in the Mid Atlantic Baseball Association (MABA) representing Finksburg Baseball. For more information on Lions Travel Ball, please click here.
Send payments to : Finksburg Baseball Po Box 39 Finksburg Maryland 21048
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Field Schedules / Request
Please click on the Calendar / Field Schedule button on the left to determine the field schedules and availability.
Requests for available fields, will be assigned on a first in, first assigned basis. League games will take priority over practices.
To Request a field please submit your request to here
|2020 Spring Rec Baseball Registration Refund or Withdrawal Request|
|2020 Senior Recognition Form|
|2020 COVID-19 Waiver Form|
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