For those of you who may not have heard or seen, the Emmaus community lost a true baseball icon over the weekend with the passing of Marshall Rau. Here's his obit along with memorial services info:
Marshall E. Rau, 70, formerly of Emmaus, died August 23, 2015 in Lehigh Valley Inpatient Hospice. He was the husband of Judith A. (Seibert) Rau. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Marshall L. and Virginia G. (George) Rau. Marshall worked for Mack Trucks as a production technician for 30 years, retiring in 1998. After retirement, he operated Rau’s Maintenance and was the equipment manager and assistant baseball coach for Muhlenberg College. He was an active member of Emmaus Moravian Church, serving on the Sacristan Corp, Board of Trustees, and sexton of Emmaus Moravian Cemetery. He coached baseball for Fire Co. #2 for 30 years, was on the board of directors for EYA, was a member and past trustee of Fire Company #2, and was a fireman for 20 years for the Emmaus Fire Department. He honorably served his country in the Navy during Vietnam.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife Judy; Sons, Douglas S. Rau and wife Donna of Emmaus and Steven D. Rau and wife Amy of Breinigsville; Brother, Robert D. Rau and wife Kathy of Emmaus; Grandchildren, Nolan, Laura, Taylor, and Hayden. He was predeceased by a son, David C. Rau, a daughter, Jennifer Rau, and a brother, Richard Rau.
Services: Memorial Services Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Emmaus Moravian Church, Main St. and Keystone Ave., Emmaus. Visitation 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the church. Interment with military honors will follow in Emmaus Moravian Cemetery. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangements.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmaus Moravian Church, 148 Main St., Emmaus, PA 18049 or to EYA, P.O. Box 646, Emmaus, PA 18049.
The Procedure for forming all recreation (not travel) teams will follow these guidelines:
For example: A-Ball ages 9-10
Team # 1Team # 2Team # 3
Jake age 9 John age 9 Joe age 9
Jeff 9 Jerry 9 Jeff 9
Bill 10 Bob 10 Brian 10
Matt 10 Mike 9 Will 10
Eric 9 Al 9 Fred 10
Team #2 would have first pick in the draft due to the fact that they only have one 10 year old. They will then pick another 10 year out of the pool to create a team with an equal amount of 10 year olds if there are no 10 year olds to choose from they still have first pick of a 9 year old. This pattern would continue until all names are pulled from the pool and placed on teams in an even fashion.
The roster from the previous season will be the base of the team.
Players will stay on the roster of the team they played on in the previous season and will stay on that teams roster for the duration of their playing years or until the team would dissolve because of lack of players.
All players who enter the A program will be placed into the "pool" and placed on a team with equal age appropriate players ( as close as possible)
All new registrants for the program or players that teams were dissolved will be broken down into age appropriate categories referred to as the "pool". These names will be chosen as a closed ballot and separated according to age.
A count of players by age will be categorized.
Players the were on the "fall" ball roster are not automatically guaranteed to play on that team in spring unless they were on that roster the previous spring then they would continue to move up with the team.
Starting with the team with the lowest count of players; the coordinator and or coach will draw a name from the pool to even out the teams as close as possible.
EYA will honor children of coaches to be placed on the same team.
EYA will honor siblings to be placed on the same team.
EYA will nothonor transportation issues to be placed on the same team.(Previous participants have taken advantage of this situation
EYA will not guarantee request for specific teams or coaches. Each request will be handled on a case by case basis
EYA will notguarantee that all requests will be honored.