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SYC Little League Spring 2018 Player Evaluation Information (2/1/2018)

Hello SYC Baseball Community,

This email contains information about 2018 Little League player evaluations so please read it carefully.

Our goal in SYC Little League is to have balanced teams in each division to ensure parity.  It is important when playing in-house games (games against other SYC teams) that teams within each division have an equal chance of winning and losing.  With this goal in mind, all our teams would (ideally) have an equal chance for success where we would like each of our teams to finish the season with an equal number of wins and losses.  To accomplish this goal we have a very thorough evaluation and team selection process.   This gives us the best opportunity to balance teams in each division so that each one can be competitive, the games can be exciting to play and watch, and the players have a chance to experience both wins and losses.
  
That said, not all players need to be evaluated in person (we will be relying on coaches evals from the 2017 Spring, Summer and Fall baseball seasons).  Players should only attend evaluations under one of the following circumstances:
1. They didn't play SYC Baseball in 2017.
2. They played T-Ball in Spring 2017 and are moving up to Hybrid Coach/Player Pitch this Spring.
3. They are requesting to play at a level above their age (i.e. a player is league-age 8 and would like to play up to 9-11 kid pitch).
4. They are a Majors-age (11-12) player and are not returning to a Legacy team (Players returning at the Majors level may remain with their 2017 team for the 2018 season.  If they choose not to remain with their team, they will need to be evaluated and will be re-drafted to another Majors team).

If you are unsure whether your player needs to come in for an evaluation, please contact us to clarify.


Below is the evaluation schedule.  There are two choices for each level, so please choose whichever date and time work for your schedule.

Sunday, Feb 11
2-3pm Hybrid Coach/Player-Pitch Minors (7-8)
3-4pm Majors (11-12)
4-5pm Player-Pitch Minors (9-11)

Tuesday, Feb 13
6-7pm Hybrid Coach/Player-Pitch Minors (7-8)
7-8pm Player-Pitch Minors (9-11)
8-9pm Majors (11-12)

The location for evaluations is the Windy Hill Building:
1020 Windy Hill Rd, New Freedom, PA 17349

Additional details:
  • There are no evaluations needed at the T-Ball level.
  • All players should bring a glove, athletic cup, and wear sneakers (no cleats).
  • Players may bring their own bat and helmet, but we will have some available for those who need.
  • Players seeking an opportunity to "play up" should be evaluated at the higher level (Example: a 10-year-old trying out for Majors should come to a Majors evaluation).  Please keep in mind that while players are able to try out for the next level, there is no guarantee that the request will be granted.  Many factors go into the decision, including the abilities of the player and team sizes at each level.
  • Majors (11-12) is our most competitive level of play for the Spring season and we field only a small number of teams.  All 12-year-olds are guaranteed a spot at this level as a Little League requirement, but 10- and 11-year-old players must prove their abilities to be named to a team.  If not chosen for a Majors team, those players will be selected to a Player-Pitch Minors team.
  • In the event of inclement weather that will impact evaluations, we will email as soon as possible to communicate the cancellation and provide a make-up date.
  • Players evaluations are conducted by experienced managers and coaches who are NOT coaching in your player's division (e.g., a Player-pitch minors manager/coach will NOT evaluate players in the PPM division)
  • Teams will be announced on or before March 1st for Majors and Minors, and by mid-March for T-Ball.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.  We're looking forward to a fun and rewarding 2018 Little League season!

Sincerely,

Mike Enslen - SYC Player Agent (Majors, Hybrid, TBall)
enslenmj@gmail.com
410-790-4443

Steve Lanigan - SYC Information Officer/Player Agent (Player-Pitch Minors)
sycycwebsite@gmail.com

SYC Baseball Update (1/12/2018)

SYC Little League Baseball Family,

 

Our next SYC Baseball Board of Directors meeting will be Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the New Freedom Community Center Lions room (upstairs).  The meeting will start at 7 pm and all are invited to attend.  We expect the meeting to last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Here is a brief agenda for the things we will discuss during this community Board meeting:

 

·        Meet the volunteers who make up the SYC Baseball Board of Directors

·        Little League International/PA District 14 Little League Updates

·        Registration Updates

·        Spring Evaluation Dates/Times

·        Budget and other functional area updates

·        Q&A

 

Please mark your calendars!  We look forward to seeing you at the community meeting of the SYC Baseball Board of Directors on January 25, 2018 (7pm, New Freedom Community Center Lions room).

 

On behalf of the SYC Baseball board, thank you for your support!  If you have any questions, please email me at syclittleleague@gmail.com. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Shue 
President, SYC Little League Baseball

 

P.S.   To stay up to date on all the great things happening with our program, please visit our website at SYCWarriors.org and like us on Facebook (@SYCBaseball) or follow us on Twitter (@SYCBaseball).  

 

 

 

2018 Spring Registration: 



Little League registration for our spring season opens January 1, 2018 and continues through January 31.  We are extremely pleased to announce that our registration fees remain unchanged from the past two seasons!  Players of all skill levels and experience are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Please note that during the registration process, you will register your player(s) in a division (e.g., player pitch minors) based on their birthdate-determined little league age.  If you would like to request that your player be considered for a different division, there is a section during registration to make the request. Information on the different divisions can be found on our website, SYCWarriors.org, under the baseball menu.

 

Registration for our 13-16 SYC Baseball division opens January 1 and continues through March 31.  Registration fees remain unchanged from last year.  Please note that the 13-16 season starts later than the Little League program because of the overlap with the high school program.

 

 

2018 Player Evaluations:

 

For our Little League program to be successful, it is imperative that we have balanced teams with players of all skill levels.  To facilitate this, we must evaluate our players based on skill.  Each season, managers and coaches provide feedback on each player.  This feedback is the foundation of our player evaluations; however, in some cases we need additional information in the form of an in-person evaluation at our Windy Hill building. 

 

The players that will require an in-person evaluation are those who:

 

·        did not play in 2017

·        want to play at a level above their age (i.e. a player is league-age 8 and would like to play up to 9-10 kid pitch)

·        Majors-age (11-12) player and are not returning to a Legacy team

·        want to show improvement from 2017

 

2018 SYC LL evaluation schedule:

Evaluation Date

Time

Division

Sunday,

February 11, 2018

2-3pm

HCPM (7-8)

3-4pm

Majors (11-12)

4-5pm

PPM (9-10)

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Tuesday,

February 13, 2018

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6-7pm

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HCPM (7-8)

7-8pm

PPM (9-10)

8-9pm

Majors (11-12)

 

NOTE:  Information about evaluations for the 13-16 division will be forthcoming (March 2018).

 

 

2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament:

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018; 6 PM; New Freedom Community Center.

 

It will once again be $50 PER TEAM ($25 PER PLAYER); one participant from every team must have a child or grandchild in any SYC sports program, a coach/board member of any SYC Sports program, or be affiliated with the Baseball program via a sponsorship.  We are capping the event at 64 teams this year but will have a wait-list that you can be on stand by at the event in the event of a no show.

 

The entry fee will be collected at the door. This is a double elimination tournament bracket with a two-game guarantee for each team. We will once again be awarding prizes to the final four teams!

 

The doors will open at 5pm and the boards will be available for practice before the tournament games begin. The tournament games will start at 6 pm sharp so please arrive 30 minutes ahead of time so you have plenty of time to pay at the door and also find out where your team would be playing their first match.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO AJB241@HOTMAIL.COM

  

SYC Baseball Calendar of Events:

 

January 1: Registration opens

January 25: SYC Baseball Community/Board meeting; 7pm New Freedom Community Center Lions Room (Upstairs)

January 31: Little League Registration closes

February 11: Little League Player evaluations for spring 

February 13: Little League Player evaluations for spring

February 17: Corn Hole Tournament (New Freedom Community Center)

March 17: Field maintenance day (weather depending)

March 31: 13-16 registration closes

April 7: OPENING DAY for Little League Divisions

May 5: Bull Roast (New Freedom Community Center)

May 12: SYC Baseball Night with the York Revolution

 

 

New Little League Baseball Bat Standards:

Beginning January 1, 2018 Little League will implement the new USA Baseball Bat Standard.  This change is not exclusive to Little League International; other organizations such as AABC, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball and PONY Baseball have also adopted the new standard. 

 

You (and your player) will be affected by this change!  Of utmost importance to understand is that bats used and approved for the 2017 season, will NOT be acceptable for use in the 2018 season.

 

Again, currently approved bats (i.e., the bat your player owns now) will not meet the new USA Baseball standard.  If you are planning to purchase your player(s) a new bat in the near future, please buy a bat that has the USA Baseball stamp to ensure it meets the requirements of the new standard.  (These bats are now being advertised on-line and will be available in stores soon.)  Bats for 2018 must have the USA Baseball stamp to be acceptable for use!  The SYCLL board is planning for this change and has purchased bats that meet the new requirement.  The board will ensure that each spring 2018 SYCLL team will have at least one league-provided bat for player use. (Note: bats for the t-ball division will be addressed separately.)

 

Information on the new standard, designed to make youth bat performance more wood-like, can be found at the following links:

 

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

 

http://usabat.com/about/ 

SYC Baseball Update (12/31/2017)

SYC Little League Update

SYC Little League Baseball Information:

This message contains important updates on:

  • 2018 Spring Registration
  •  Call for Volunteers
  •  2018 Player Evaluations
  •  Winter Clinics, January 2018
  •  2017 SYCLL End-of-year Survey
  •  Save the Date (Corn Hole Tourney and Bull Roast)
  •  SYC (pre-season) Calendar of Events
  •  New Little League Baseball Bat Standards
  •  2018 Little League Tournament Dates

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SYC Little League Baseball Family,


Happy New Year!  The SYCLL Board of Directors is made up of a group of volunteers who work hard to ensure our players have the best possible baseball opportunities and we hope this message finds you all happy and healthy and ready for a new year of SYC Baseball!


To stay up to date on all the great things happening with our program, please visit our website at SYCWarriors.org and like us on Facebook (@SYCBaseball) or follow us on Twitter (@SYCBaseball).  


On behalf of the SYCLL board, thank you for your support of SYCLL baseball!  If you have any questions, please email me at syclittleleague@gmail.com


Sincerely,


Matt Shue 
President, SYC Little League Baseball


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2018 Spring Registration:

Little League registration for our spring season opens January 1, 2018 and continues throughJanuary 31.  We are extremely pleased to announce that our registration fees remainunchanged from the past two seasons!  Players of all skill levels and experience are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Please note that during the registration process, you will register your player(s) in a division (e.g., player pitch minors) based on their birthdate-determined little league age.  If you would like to request that your player be considered for a different division, there is a section during registration to make the request. Information on the different divisions can be found on our website, SYCWarriors.org, under the baseball menu.


Registration for our 13-16 SYC Baseball division opens January 1 and continues through March 31.  Registration fees remain unchanged from last year.  Please note that the 13-16 season starts later than the Little League program because of the overlap with the high school program.



Call for Volunteers
:


Volunteers are the cornerstone of the success of our SYC Little League Baseball program.  Coaches/managers, board members, umpires, team parents, and volunteers for the concession stand and field maintenance activities are all part of the team that makes SYCLL successful for our kids and community.  Please consider volunteering in any way you are able; your help will ensure our continued success.  You can sign up to volunteer in one of these roles during the spring player registration. 


Please note that protecting our players is our number one priority and all volunteers must provide background clearance information as required by PA State law and Little League International.  Information of background clearances can be found on our website (here).



2018 Player Evaluations
:

For our Little League program to be successful, it is imperative that we have balanced teams with players of all skill levels.  To facilitate this, we must evaluate our players based on skill.  Each season, managers and coaches provide feedback on each player.  This feedback is the foundation of our player evaluations; however, in some cases we need additional information in the form of an in-person evaluation at our Windy Hill building.  The players that will require an in-person evaluation are those who:

  • did not play in 2017
  • want to play at a level above their age (i.e. a player is league-age 8 and would like to play up to 9-10 kid pitch)
  • Majors-age (11-12) player and are not returning to a Legacy team
  • want to show improvement from 2017


Evaluations are scheduled for early February; Sunday 2/11 and Tuesday 2/13.  More information will be sent out closer to the evaluation dates; in the meantime, please mark your calendars.


Information about evaluations for the 13-16 division will be forthcoming.



Winter Clinics, January 2018
:


Our winter clinic sessions are on-going.  Winter clinics are a series of instructional sessions spread out over four weeks and designed to provide interested players with an opportunity to continue to hone their skills.  Clinics are offered for different age groups with either fundamental sessions (designed to enhance the broader skills of throwing, catching, and hitting) or more position-focused sessions such as those for pitchers and catchers (designed to develop critical mechanics for specific positions).


The December clinics were very successful with the addition of new clinics such as a t-ball clinic, and clinics for advanced fundamentals and pitching skills.  We are beginning our next winter clinic session on January 6th. 


New for January, and for the first time, we are offering a hitting clinic!  The hitting clinic will be structured differently than the other SYC Baseball Winter Clinics. There will be 4 dates in January (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) in which there will be five 30-minute sessions per date with up to 6 players per session. A player signs up for each date and time slot separately and independently.  Think of it like you are going to a batting cage and paying $10 for 30 minutes except with added value of having several coaches, individualized instruction, and different hitting stations such as live ball hitting cages, tee hitting station, short toss hitting, and rapid toss hitting.


Each player will progress through several hitting stations throughout the 30-minute session to advance their hitting strategy, mechanics, and performance. There will be one player per station for safety reasons. Players are required to wear sneakers (no cleats), bring their own helmet and bat (if they own them) otherwise they will be provided. Due to the well-defined schedule, we will require all participants to be on time for their session.


A player may sign up for more than one 30-minute session at $10 per session. Limited to the first 6 participants registered per 30-minute session.

Spots are still available; registration is open through the end of 12/31/2017; if you'd like to participate and don't see options to register, please contact me at syclittleleague@gmail.com.     



2017 SYCLL End-of-year Survey
:


It is the goal of the SYCLL board to work to continuously improve our program.  Our 2017 end-of-year survey has been sent out and is still available.  To date we have only received about 40 responses.  The feedback received is very valuable and we are already working to incorporate some of the suggestions we have received from this year. For example, more frequent communication is something that is requested quite often.  SYC Baseball has been working to communicate more frequently through email, Facebook (@SYCBaseball) and now on Twitter (@SYCBaseball).  Please check us out online and ‘like’ our FB page or ‘follow’ us on Twitter!  In addition, we are planning a board meeting where everyone from the SYC Baseball community will be invited to attend.


The survey will be open through January 31 and can be accessed here:


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RWKLD6W 



Save the Date
:

  • 2nd Annual CORNHOLE Tournament: Saturday, February 17, 2018; 6 – 11PM; New Freedom Community Center.  Back by popular demand!  Partner up, bring friends, and come spend an evening playing Cornhole and hanging out!  To register a team, contact Anthony Bullano (ajb241@hotmail.com).  More info will be out soon!

  • SYC Baseball BULLROAST: Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Save the date…more info to follow!

 

SYC Baseball (pre-season) Calendar of Events:

  • January 1: Registration opens (all programs)
  • January 31: Little League Registration closes
  • February 11: Little League player evaluations for spring (more info to follow)
  • February 13: Little League player evaluations for spring (more info to follow)
  • February 17: Corn Hole Tournament (New Freedom Community Center)
  • March 17: Field maintenance day (weather depending)
  • March 31: 13-16 Division registration closes
  • April 7: OPENING DAY for Little League Divisions
  • May 5: Bull Roast (New Freedom Community Center)



New Little League Baseball Bat Standards
:


Beginning January 1, 2018 Little League will implement the new USA Baseball Bat Standard.  This change is not exclusive to Little League International; other organizations such as AABC, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball and PONY Baseball have also adopted the new standard. 


You (and your player) will be affected by this change!  Of utmost importance to understand is that bats used and approved for the 2017 season, will NOT be acceptable for use in the 2018 season.


Again, currently approved bats (i.e., the bat your player owns now) will not meet the new USA Baseball standard.  If you are planning to purchase your player(s) a new bat in the near future, please buy a bat that has the USA Baseball stamp to ensure it meets the requirements of the new standard.  (These bats are now being advertised on-line and will be available in stores soon.)  Bats for 2018 must have the USA Baseball stamp to be acceptable for use!  The SYCLL board is planning for this change and has purchased bats that meet the new requirement.  The board will ensure that each spring 2018 SYCLL team will have at least one league-provided bat for player use. (Note: bats for the t-ball division will be addressed separately.)


Information on the new standard, designed to make youth bat performance more wood-like, can be found at the following links:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

http://usabat.com/about/



2018 Little League Summer Tournament Reminder
:


As we begin preparation for the upcoming season, please keep in mind that players may have an opportunity to participate in one of the Little League summer tournaments.  The Little League International tournament teams will begin practicing June 1st with games starting on, or around,June 20th and may last into August depending on the success of the team.  The District 14 Clarence Boyd tournament teams will begin practicing after the spring season concludes with games starting on, or around, July 15th and typically concludes by the end of July. 


Participation on a tournament team is a great experience for players and their families.  Participation requires a commitment to the team and the tournament practice and game schedule so please consider these dates as you begin planning your 2018 summer vacations.  More information on the tournaments and how SYCLL selects players for the tournament teams can be found on our website (click here: tournament selection process).

League Schedule

2018 League Schedule (Spring) 
January 1 -  Little League Registration opens
January 31 - Little League Registration closes
February  11 - Player evaluations and tryouts
February 13 - Player evaluations and tryouts
February 17 - Corn Hole Tournament (New Freedom Community Center)
March 1 - Teams announced
March 3 - Practices begin
March 17 - Field Cleanup Day (Date depends on weather)
March 31 - 13-16 Division registration closes (not associated with SYC Little League)
April 7 - Opening Day for Little League Divisions Games
May 5 - SYC Baseball Bull Roast
May 12 - SYC Baseball Night with the York Revolution
June  - SYC Playoffs  for Minors Divisions
June  - Championship & All-Star Weekend
June  Tournament of Champions
June  1 - 19th (approx) - Practices for Little League International tournament teams
June 20  - August  (approx) - Little League International Tournament games depending on success of team
July  13 - 31 (approx) - Little League District 14 Clarence Boyd Tournament time frame