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ELCO Youth Baseball
Opening Day - April 8, 2017 at the ELCO Middle School. Times to be announced.
Picture Day - May 13, 2017, with a rain date of May 20, 2017. This will again be held a Jackson Rec. Park. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ELCO Youth Baseball Committee:
Spring 2017 Coach Contact Information:
Our practice schedules for the Myerstown/Jackson Township area & the Newmanstown fields can be found here:
Our game schedules are managed on different websites, but can be found by using the following links:
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.
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?
Q. Can I sell more than one book?
Q. Why didn't one of my children receive a fundraiser 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.
Listed below are the different baseball field locations that we use throughout the Eastern Lebanon County area.
Heidelberg Township Building
Jackson Recreational Park
Kutztown Community Fire Company
Newburg Village Field
Newmanstown Rec Fields
Richland Borough Field
Schaefferstown Fire Company
Lebanon County Pony Baseball League (10U & 12U)
Lebanon County American "Youth" Legion Baseball (formerly Jr Legion)
Elite Baseball of Lancaster (Instructors at our players clinics)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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