David Bailey, Master Scheduler
Dave Colantuoni, Trophy and Awards Manager
Bill Ferro, Web Technology Manager
Howie Hunter, Umpire Coordinator
Jim McLean / Steve Goulding, Equipment Managers
Larry Prestia, Opening Day Committee Chair
Open/08, Web Content Manager/Editor
Gregg Yanchenko, Field Mgr/New Snack Shack Designer
GYBL PR O J E C T S for 2007
You may or may not have noticed the fees for the program rose slightly this year. I discussed at the Fall general meeting why I felt this was necessary, but let me quickly outline for those who could not attend.
In addition to our operating costs that occur every year we would like to make some major improvements to our program. Some of these I believe are immediate while others are not.
My biggest area of concern is our playing fields. Our current method of using parent volunteers to ready our fields for play has not been working. Those of you that travel to other towns and have had the opportunity to play on their fields know what I mean. We need to augment the work we do with professional help. This fall I spoke to a landscaping company to receive an estimate on an ongoing care program for 5 of our fields. This includes elevating the infield dirt to have the water drain properly, edging all the grass areas, slightly elevating some dugout areas to drain properly, and a general maintenance program through the season. Currently Gregg Yanchenko is working with another landscaper to get more ideas. However, this need is imminent, is a priority for us, and will be done this spring prior to the season starting. We do not have the revenue available to do all fields but will work in that direction
Those of you that attended last year's Opening Day celebration saw what a great time all the kids had. This is something that we will continue and want to improve upon. A large part of the excitement was the kids having their names announced over a PA system. Bill Mitchell and Gregg Yanchenko will work on plans for a new Snack Shack/Announcers Booth located in the area of Cow Pond 2. We have a substantial amount of construction block donated, and will develop plans for the building, work with the town regarding its feasibility, and solicit quotes from contractors.
Closely related to this is the possibility of GYBL hosting some baseball tournaments. Those of you that have had the opportunity to play in some of these know the excitement level involved, the competition of the play, and how the kids thrive at these events. They are a great time for everyone involved. Currently the Fall season is wide open if we want to do this. It would generate some great revenue for the program, as well as significant exposure of our program to towns we don't normally get a chance to play. The rules for having one of these events need to be reviewed. We have always been told that to have a sanctioned tournament through Cal Ripken we need to have our entire playing area fenced in. So all three fields at Cow Pond would have to be equipped with one huge perimeter fence. This is a substantial cost and may require additional fundraising. Therefore, we need to start working on it now if it is to get done while you kids are still in the program.
As you can see our improvement costs are usually big ticket items, but they will greatly enhance the experience your child has in the program. If there is something of particular interest to you and you would like to take it on, please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support.
President, Groton Youth Baseball
Q: How are All Star teams selected?
A: At the beginning of the season, the GYBL Board of Directors selects a head coach for each of the age groups which will field an All Star team. Currently, there are individual teams for ages 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. During the season, this coach evaluates players directly and indirectly by conferring with other coaches. Near the end of the season, each coach is asked to provide two or three players that may be suitable for their age's All Star team. The head coach then assembles the team together based upon the pitching, hitting and fielding skills. If there are more players than roster spots, a coach may elect to have a tryout to further evaluate the players. Typically, 11 or 12 players are selected for the final All Star team. The total count is the decision of the head coach.
GRANITE ELECTRIC LIGHT CONTEST - Removed from Reg Forms befrore 2009 reg
HELP US WIN LIGHTS FOR COW POND!! Please consider voting in this year's Granite City Electric's Field of Dreams IV Contest (to be announced). Last year we fell short by just a few votes. Whitman, MA won and received a fully installed outdoor lighting package, worth approximately $100,000. May we add your e-mail address(es) to the contest? If so, you will receive an e-mail from Granite City in a few months, which asks for a simple reply in order to confirm your vote. The more votes we get, the more chances we have to win. If you have multiple e-mail addresses or e-mails of friends and family members that can be included, please type them in as well. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
===============TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT===========
To all GYBL Families;
With Opening Day behind us and the 2009 season well under way GYBL is shifting
its focus to the 2009 Tournament team selection process. This year GYBL will
support 4 tournament teams. The teams and the head coaches are listed below:
- u9 Paul Gingras
- u10 Mike Werner
- u11 Bill Mitchell
- u12 Dave Colantuoni
Each of these teams will enter the Cal Ripken district tournament with the goal
of advancing to the state tournament for each age category. If you and your
child are interested in pursuing a roster spot for one of the above mentioned
teams please read the following information carefully. Registration for any
tournament team must be received by Wednesday, May 27th 2009.
You must register your player in the proper age category. Your players baseball
age is the age he/she is ON May 1st, 2009. Example: If Johnny turned 10 on April
12th 2009 he would register for the 10U team.
Three points of data will be used to select the roster for each age level:
- Tournament Evaluation
- Spring evaluation
- Regular season coaches input
Each player who registers to be considered for a tournament team will need to be
evaluated. Players who cannot make the evaluation will still be considered for
the team based on their spring evaluation and their coaches input. However, it
is strongly recommended that players make every effort to attend the
evaluation. The following dates/times have been selected for each evaluation:
- u9 5/30/09 9:00 - 11:00am CP2
- u10 5/30/09 9:00 - 11:00am CP1
- u11 5/31/09 5:00 - 7:00pm CP1
- u12 5/31/09 postponed to time tbd-coach will contact
Note: Evaluations will be held at Cow Pond fields. All regular season practices and games were considered when determining the dates and times of the evaluations.
Once the evaluations are complete the tournament committee will review the
collected data for each player and will select a 12 player roster. The tournament committee will announce the teams and post the names on www.gybl.net by 6/01/09.
If you would like to register your player to be considered for a tournament team
please send the following information to:
- Player's name
- Date of Birth
- Age as of May 1st 2009
- Current team, division and head coach
This information must be received by Wednesday May 27th, 2009. If you cannot
attend the evaluations and want to be considered for a team please include this
information in your e-mail.
A fee of $40 will be required to play on these teams - this cost includes fees associated with participating in the local/state tournaments as well as the cost for hats. Uniforms will be supplied by GYBL. The cost will only be applied if a player makes a team (payment is not needed for registration).
Tournament Team Information / Dates
Tournament teams may begin practice the 2nd week of June and will potentially
play until mid-end of July. The games are very competitive, follow strict rules
with regards to substitutions and require a complete commitment from both
players and parents. Tournament teams play to win. Because tournament teams are
a collection of skilled players it is entirely possible that your son and/or
daughter may not play his/her regular position and may be asked to play other
positions on the team. Playing time may not necessarily be equal. If you and/or
your player are not comfortable with this situation we ask that you do not
participate on a tournament team. Coaches are board selected and are required to
complete the Cal Ripken Coach Certification. Below is a list of tournament dates
by age category. These are required playing dates. If you and your player are
unavailable for any of the dates listed below we ask that you do not register
- District: Start 7/10/09 Shirley, MA
- Western MA states: Start 7/24/09 Milford, MA
- N.E. Regionals: TBD
- District: Start 6/27/09 Groton, MA
- Western MA States Start 7/10/09 Turner Falls, MA
- N.E. Regionals: TBD
- World Series: TBD
- District: Start 6/27/09 Dunstable, Ma
- Western MA States Start 7/24/09 Hudson, MA
- N.E. Regionals: TBD
- District: Start ? TBD
- Western MA States Start 7/17/09 Williamstown, MA
- N.E. Regionals: TBD
- World Series TBD
Note: The above dates are start dates. Each tournament could run as long as one week.
In 2008, GYBL took pride in the fact that 2 of our 4 tournament teams advanced
to the state level competition, with the u12 team finishing 2nd in the
state. Our goal for 2009 is to continue our advancement to the state level
competition and to provide a challenging and rewarding experience for our
players. This information, along with some addition detail will be posted on our
website. Please use:
for any questions/concerns you may
have. Thanks in advance for your continued support of GYBL.