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Important dates:

Picture Day - May 13, 2017

Given the likelihood of inclement weather on Saturday, we will be moving our picture day festivities indoors to the ELCO Middle School this year.

Photos will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m. in the gymnasium. Please be there and join your teams there at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time.

Even if you are not ordering pictures, please plan on being present for picture day as we take a team photo that is handed to our sponsors at the end of the season as a thank you gift for our corporate sponsors.

Click here for the Picture Day Schedule.

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Newmanstown Junior Legion:

Any boys ages 13-15 (can't turn 16 prior to 4/30) from Newmanstown, Richland, or Schaefferstown that are interested in trying out for the Newmanstown Maroons Junior Legion team, please contact Chris Ruth at 717-866-6011 or caruth19@hotmail.com

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Dave Voigt's All-Star Baseball Camp:

Are you looking to be the best player you can be? Are you a beginner learning the fundaments or a veteran player trying to improve your skills? If so, Dave Voigt’s summer baseball camp is the place to be. The camp will be held at the Tulphehocken High School baseball complex and features top notch instruction on pitching, fielding, base running, hitting and other key aspects of the game. The facilities include 6 fields, 4 hitting cages, a turf field, and indoor hitting cages. At the camp, all players will receive a camp shirt and will be videotaped. Click here for the brochure

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If so, we'd love to have you "Like Us" as it is a tool we use to give periodic updates throughout the year. Click here to visit our page.

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Baseball Contacts:

ELCO Youth Baseball Committee:

Brian McDonnell
President
baseball@elcoyouthsports.org

Marc Pavenski
Vice President

Tracy Ruth
Secretary
eybsecretary@gmail.com

Vanessa Henson
Treasurer

Jason Firestine
Myerstown / Jackson Township - Field Commissioner

TBD
Newmanstown - Field Commissioner

Spring 2017 Coach Contact Information:

CLICK HERE for the coach contact sheet.

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Schedules:

Our practice schedules for the Myerstown/Jackson Township area & the Newmanstown fields can be found here:

Myerstown / Jackson Township
Newmanstown

Our game schedules are managed on different websites, but can be found by using the following links:

6U
8U
10U

12U
Midget

14U (link coming soon!)

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Special thanks to our sponsors:

We are always in need of more corporate sponsors. If your company would be interested in being a sponsor for one of our teams, please view our sponsorship forms.

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Fundraiser:

We are excited to once again be using the LUCKY LOTTO fundraiser this year.  We have found this to be the easiest fundraiser we have ever used. Here is how it works.

Once someone agrees to buy a ticket from you, they scratch one of the spaces at the top of the book. That reveals the price they pay for the ticket anywhere from FREE, to $5.00. Then you have them fill out the left side of the ticket book and give them the right side of the ticket and you’re done. When you do this forty times and sell your whole book, you turn in the book of filled out tickets along with your $115.00 check made payable to ELCO Youth Baseball on Picture Day. All players that sell their entire book will receive ten free tickets to put into the main raffle drawing.  

Q.  What if I can’t sell the whole book?
A.  Obviously we would like to see everyone sell their entire book, but if you can’t please sell what you can and hand in the partial book and filled out tickets with a check made out to ELCO YOUTH BASEBALL in the amount of the funds you have collected.

Q.  Can I sell more than one book?
A. YES.  We have a limited amount of extra books available on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive 10 additional tickets for every additional book you sell.  If you need another book please contact Marc Pavenski at 717-507-2325

Q. Why didn't one of my children receive a fundraiser book in their packet?
A. We are only asking each family to sell one book, so if you have more than one child playing, the oldest child should have received the book in their packet.

ELCO YOUTH BASEBALL spends over $20,000 annually. This fundraiser is our way of providing a great program for the children of our community and also helps to keep our registration costs down. 

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Directions:

Listed below are the different baseball field locations that we use throughout the Eastern Lebanon County area.

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Grumbine Field
55 Creamery St, Myerstown, PA 17067
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head west on Route 422 / West Lincoln Avenue for one mile. Turn left onto South Fairlane Avenue. (Landmarks for this turn are Layser’s Flowers and Nursery and West End Pizza & Pub.) Go 500 feet to a four-way stop sign, where you will turn right onto West Main Street. Head west for 0.2 miles to a left turn onto Creamery Street. The ball field is one block down on your left.

Heidelberg Township Building
111 Mill Road, Schaefferstown, PA 17088
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head south on Route 501 for approximately 5 and 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Route 419 / Main Street) and go approximately 1/5 mile and turn left onto Mill Road. The ball field and parking is on the left side of Mill Street.

Jackson Meadows
94 W Jackson Av, Myerstown PA 17067
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head north on Route 501 for 0.2 miles and just before the "Y" for Hilltop Road & Route 501, and just after the Lantern Lodge, turn left onto Jackson Avenue. The field is on your right, 350 feet ahead. This is across the street from Jackson Meadows Playground.

Jackson Recreational Park
99 Creamery St, Myerstown, PA 17067
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head west on Route 422 / West Lincoln Avenue for one mile. Turn left onto South Fairlane Avenue. (Landmarks for this turn are Layser’s Flowers and Nursery and West End Pizza & Pub.) Go 500 feet to a four-way stop sign, where you will turn right onto West Main Street. Head west for 0.2 miles to a left turn onto Creamery Street. Go about 0.3 miles to the end of the road, where the fields will be on your left. If the asphalt parking lot is full by the fields, there is a grass lot at the end of Creamery St, beside the Maintenance Building.

Kutztown Community Fire Company
519 Kutztown Rd, Myerstown, PA 17067
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head west on Route 422 / West Lincoln Avenue for 0.3 miles to stoplight for Route 645 / Locust Street. Turn right and head north on Route 645 / Locust Street. Go 0.8 miles and just after coming around a sharp curve to the left, turn right to stay on Route 645 / Kutztown Road. Go 0.7 miles north and you will see the Kutztown Community Fire Company on your left. The fields are behind the building.

Lakeside
97 Quarry Dr, Myerstown, PA 17067
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head south on Route 501 0.2 miles and turn left and onto Main Street. Head East on Main Avenue for 0.6 miles and turn right onto Quarry Drive. The field is about 0.1 miles down on your left.

Newburg Village Field
60 Memorial Blvd, Newmanstown, PA 17073
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head East on 422 for 2.0 miles to stoplight. Turn Right onto Millardsville Rd heading South and continue 2.0 miles. Millardsville Rd turns into Main St of Richland, after left turn. Heading southeast continue 0.6 miles on Main St. Turn Left onto Linden St which turns into Sheridan Rd. Head East for 2.0 miles to traffic light. After light take first left on Memorial Dr, continue for two blocks and take right on Parish Ave. The field is to the left, at end of the street.

Newmanstown Rec Fields
Noel Hertzog Memorial Fields
("Front" and "Back")

81 E Alumni Ave, Newmanstown, PA 17073
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head East on 422 for 2.0 miles to stoplight. Turn Right onto Millardsville Rd heading South and continue 2.0 miles. Millardsville Rd turns into Main St of Richland, after left turn. Heading southeast continue 0.6 miles on Main St. Turn Left onto Linden St which turns into Sheridan Rd. Head East for 2.0 miles to a playground parking lot on left.  The fields are behind the playground. 

Richland Borough Field
120 S Park St, Richland, PA 17087
From Route 422, head South into Richland (about two miles, past Quarry, over rail road tracks) on Millardsville Road, which turns onto Chestnut St and ultimately into Main St. Turn Right onto Park Street, which is the first right turn past the fire department. Stay straight four blocks to the ball field.

Schaefferstown Fire Company
410 W Oak St, Schaefferstown, PA 17088
From the intersection of Route 501 and Route 422, head south on Route 501 for approximately 5 and 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Oak Street (just before the Speedway gas station) and continue east on Oak Street to stop sign at Locust street. (The Fire Company is now on your left) Continue straight / east on Oak Street approximately 500 feet and turn left into facility. The Fire Company field is straight ahead.

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Links:

Lebanon County Pony Baseball League (10U & 12U)

Lebanon Valley Midget Baseball League - Spring League

Lebanon Valley Midget Baseball League - Fall League

Lancaster County Youth Baseball League (14U)

Lebanon Valley Teener League

Lebanon County American "Youth" Legion Baseball (formerly Jr Legion)

Lebanon County American Legion Baseball

ELCO High School Baseball

Elite Baseball of Lancaster (Instructors at our players clinics)

B2B Baseball & Softball Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Can my child play "up" with older children in the next division?

How are team rosters selected?

What type of Fall baseball opportunities do I have?

What does ELCO Youth Baseball offer for players older than twelve years old?

Q: Can my child play "up" with older children in the next division?

A:  A different way to consider this opportunity is asking, should my child play "up" with older children in the next division?

Obviously, the decision to play up depends heavily on the child’s abilities but please consider that whereas playing up has helped some kids, others have also been hurt by the experience. Therefore, the decision to play up should not be taken lightly and some additional factors should be taken into consideration. For example:

1. Playing up can create extra stress and demands on a young player. The player will need strong self-motivation to make it work.

2. Can my child have fun and friendship with the older kids while playing up? These will not be their classmates.  Most children point to fun and friendship as the main reasons for playing. If they lose these, they generally lose their interest in the sport.

3. Has my child demonstrated mastery of the fundamental skills of the sport compared to age-level peers? Moving kids up before they master the fundamentals can hurt them in the long run if the older team does not spend as much time on basic fundamentals. Also, if they do not have the fundamentals reasonably in hand, they are likely to struggle against older kids who are equal or greater in size or athleticism.

4. Is my child more mentally mature than most age-level peers? Mental readiness is too often overlooked in decision to play up, especially if the child is big for their age. A child who is not mentally ready to manage the stress of playing up might actually lose his natural enthusiasm and leadership ability if they are struggling with self-confidence and more frequent failure against older peers.

5. Is my child physically advanced to the point where he/she physically dominates most age-level peers? If your child is not physically beyond their age-level peers, think carefully about how they are likely to perform against players who are bigger/faster/stronger.

6. Would my child have ample opportunity to practice leadership by playing up? An excellent athlete who sticks with her age group might have many opportunities to practice leadership. A child who plays up might not get that chance until much later, if ever. That early leadership experience can be very important when the child reaches his senior year in high school and is expected to lead the team.

Good sports programs and coaches think carefully about decisions to let kids play up. Beyond the decision of whether it might be good for your child, they have to think about the impact on others in the program as well as risk of injury. There is a massive difference in skill sets and abilities between a 1st grader vs. a 3rd grader, and a 3rd grader vs. a 6th grader.

In summary, there are no hard and fast rules on playing up. We hope these questions will help you think through the options and make the best decision for your child. It might be a good idea to discuss these questions with the coach and/or an ELCO Youth Baseball (EYB) representative.

Should you decide to request having your player move up, please just make a note in the Special Requests section of the registration page.  EYB will consult with your child’s previous year’s coach and you will be notified of their decision to approve or deny the request.

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How are team rosters selected?

Every season there are questions as to how team rosters are determined.  We usually start getting these questions about how rosters were divided in the first half of the season, especially if some lopsided games start occurring and people get the impression some teams were ‘stacked’.  We can assure you that whereas there is no ‘stacking’ I can also tell you that there is no perfect system and we do the best we can to give every team an equal roster prior to the start of the season.  There are multiple factors that go into each and every division, community and team.  Here are some basics about the rostering process.

The very first thing that happens is all players return to the team they were on last year, assuming that they are still in the same division. 

Next, when registering their children, parents can chose what community they prefer to have their player’s team based in.  Most of the time, parents do end up choosing and playing in the communities they live in, but not always.  There can be other factors such as where a baby-sitter lives, where a divorced parent lives, etc.  Also, players may be asked from time to time by ELCO Youth Baseball to move from one community to another to balance some team sizes. This happens more frequently in the communities that may have a limited number of teams in each age division; namely Newmanstown, Schaefferstown and Richland.  It would not make sense to have one 10U team in one community have eighteen players and another 10U team in the neighboring community have only ten players; we would prefer to have both teams have fourteen.

Within each team/division/community, we try as best as possible to balance the ‘age’ of each team, by keeping the same number of players in each applicable age division.  For example, we would want the same number of eleven and twelve year olds on each of the 12U teams in Myerstown.  This is the same for 10U teams with nine and ten year olds, etc. For Tee Ball we try to make sure the girls are evenly divided so hopefully there is never a situation where a player is upset that they are the ‘only’ girl on the team.

Then you have to try to balance the teams by talent and skillset.  At the end of each spring season, we ask coaches who their ‘A’ (advanced skills) players are, who their ‘B’ (average skills) players are and lastly who their ‘C’ (developing skills) players are.  We realize this isn’t a perfect science, but it is the best we have come up with at this point.  Obviously, the flaw with this system is the definition of an ‘A’ player can differ from coach to coach.  The old “one man’s floor is another man’s ceiling” saying is very applicable.  Then we also ask the coaches for who their pitchers and catchers were, and we try to give each team in each division the same number of pitchers and catchers.

Then we take into consideration special requests.  These requests can be related to:

  • Transportation:  This player must be on the same team as that player as their mutual baby-sitter gives them a ride to practice.
  • Siblings:  Parents who don’t want brothers on two different teams.  This is only applicable within an appropriate age division, kids are not moved ‘up’ for this reason.
  • Personality conflicts:  I don’t want to play for that coach.  I would like to play for this coach.

Then you also have teams that don’t have any coach or a limited coaching staff.  We then find ourselves shifting kids around to make sure you have an equal number of coaches, assistant coaches, base coaches, bench coaches, team parents and helpers on each team.

As you can hopefully see, there is a lot involved in this process.  Also please keep in mind, there are other factors that can come into play once we finalize the rosters.  We have kids that never show up, quit after three practices, or get injured.  Some teams just get terribly unlucky during the month of April and get a vast majority of their practices cancelled due to weather. 

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What type of Fall baseball opportunities do I have?

Fall baseball is definitely gaining popularity in our area as ELCO Youth Baseball (EYB) has been receiving numerous questions over the past few months. EYB is proud to announce the following opportunities for the age groups listed below. Please keep in mind that as in other sports, the abbreviated season (in baseball's case the fall season) is to get the players ready for the next full season. In which case, the age ranges will be different in fall than they are in spring.

9U (Eight and nine year olds based on age obtained by May 1st)

The league that EYB sent three teams to during the fall 2013 season is run by the Lebanon County Pony Baseball League. This is the same league that we send our 10U teams to play in each spring.

With that being said, these teams are to be comprised of EYB's eight and nine year olds; ten year olds are not allowed to play in this league during the fall season. The concept is that this team's roster should be the kids that will be playing at the 10U level the following spring.

During the fall 2013 season there were a total of ten teams in the league. The season consists of six or seven games. We charge the players $20 each, as the costs include league dues, umpire fees, uniforms and equipment. Click here for the league's website.

11U (Ten and eleven year olds based on age obtained by May 1st)

The league that ELCO Youth Baseball (EYB) has been sending two teams to for the past few years is run by the Lebanon Valley Midget Baseball League. This is the same league that we send our Midget teams to play in each spring.

With that being said, these teams are to be comprised of EYB's best 11 year olds and some truly exceptional 10 year olds; twelve year olds are not allowed to play in this league during the fall season. The concept is that this team's roster should be the kids that will be trying out for the midget travel team(s) the following spring.

On this pre-midget team, there are no tryouts. The reason being is that this roster is put together very shortly after the conclusion of the spring season, therefore the 12U coaches are just called and asked who their best players are. Therefore, it is really more of a coach's recommendation as for who should be on the team. Those players are then called and offered the opportunity.

Usually there are roughly seven or eight teams in the league. Rosters must be submitted by late August. The season consists of six or seven games, which are usually played on Saturdays in September and October. We charge the players $40 each, as the team costs hover around $650, with league dues, umpire fees, uniforms and equipment. Click here for the league’s website.

13U (Twelve and thirteen year olds based on age obtained by May 1st)

In the past EYB has worked with the other teenage level teams in the area to offer fall baseball. We will offer more information for this age level as it becomes available.

This is an opportunity usually seen as VERY beneficial for the 12 year olds, as it allows them to get accustomed to a heavier bat and 80' or 90' base paths, versus the 60' paths that they have been playing.

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What does ELCO Youth Baseball offer for players older than twelve years old?

The transition for players from twelve year old to teenage baseball can sometimes be very intimidating.  Some players can make this transition smoothly and others could use more time.  ELCO Youth Baseball (EYB) recognizes this and is proud to offer a transitional brand of baseball for thirteen and fourteen year olds.  We call this team EYB 14U, which stands for players that are 14 years old and under only.  This team will play in the Lancaster County Youth Baseball League (lancoyouthbaseball.org) – 14U Section 3 division.  This league / division is structured for ball players that are 13 or 14 years old that want to continue to learn good fundamental baseball while at the same time play in a competitive league.

History has shown that there is a large drop-off of the number of players that “hang up the cleats” at this age level.  EYB’s hopes are that by offering this program in addition to the other teenage programs in the area; we can keep more players on the field.

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Vacation planning?

Every year we have parents ask us when they should plan their vacations, to ensure not missing any baseball. This year we anticipate our season and playoffs to be concluded by June 30th.

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Hats for sale:

We have had some interest from parents wanting to buy team hats. Either the blue and gold for the travel team or the black and white of the recreational division. We have some extras for sale. Please e-mail baseball@elcoyouthsports.org for more information.

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Used equipment:

We have gotten some questions from parents who want to know if we are interested in receiving donations of gently used catcher's equipment and bats. We most certainly are. Please feel free to contact any of the committee members or our equipment manager. Unfortunately we are not interested in used pants, cleats and gloves.

 

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