We are a couple of months into our off-season workouts and the response and participation have been tremendous ! It is great to see so many of our families and players get together for baseball over the winter. The coaching has been fantastic for these sessions and the feedback we have received has been great. Players of all skill levels are truly benefiting from the time invested and we are excited to see the benefits of all the hard work and instruction this spring !
Our schedule for the next six weeks has been based largely on feedback we have received from families so far this winter. We were asked about and are excited to now be able to offer some more specialized clinics The schedule will be :
Sunday 1/17 – Biddy/A Level – General Baseball workout and instruction -
Sunday 1/24 CANCELED – Midget& Knee High/ A & AA Level - General Baseball workout and instruction
Sunday 1/31 – Pitchers and Catchers Clinic – Pitching instruction provided by professional baseball coaches of Elite Sports Academy. . Catching instruction provided by our in house EYA catching specialist Players of all three age groups are welcomed and we will rotate all three groups through either catching or pitching (your choice) in two groups. To ensure the most effective coaching experience, there will be a limited number of spaces available for these clinics. Please reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 2/7 WILL BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO SUPER BOWL – Biddy/A Level – General Baseball workout and instruction -
Sunday 2/14 – Midget& Knee High/ A & AA Level - General Baseball workout and instruction
Sunday 2/21 – Hitting Clinic – Hitting instruction provided by professional baseball coaches of Elite Sports Academy. . Players will be broken up by age and rotate through several hitting instruction stations. Players will receive instruction as well as drills and practice opportunities they can work on between practices. To ensure the most effective coaching experience, there will be a limited number of spaces available for these clinics. Please reserve your spot at email@example.com.
All Workouts are held at Elite Sports Academy located at 4651 Colebrook Ave, Emmaus, PA 18049 and are held on Sunday nights from 6-7:30 PM. For general baseball workouts we will collect $15 per player and for clinics we will collect $25 to cover costs.
Hello, everyone. For those who might not know me yet, my name is Bill Held, and I am the EYA’s Travel Softball coordinator. Allow me to take a few minutes to lay out the travel softball information for this coming season. Feel free to forward this to any friends who might have daughters interested in playing ball:
First, general information:
Why travel ball? Travel ball is designed as the step between Rec ball and Tournaments. It is competitive, and it is coached that way. The girls are expected to give their best effort and make all practices and games. We still have fun, but there is work to do.
Payments: Recently the EYA sent out a new payment policy which is meant to prevent coaches from becoming debt collectors. It basically states that you need to pay the registration fee by the time registration closes (March 1st) and travel fees will be paid when placed on a team. Failure to do so will result in child not being allowed to play or practice. There are two sign up times where you can do it in person or you can do it on line. The dates are Saturday Jan 16th, 9:00-1:00 and Wednesday Jan 20th 6-8 (both at St. John’s Lutheran Church 501 Chestnut St. in Emmaus).I will be there and available for any questions or comments on January 20th. Even if you don’t sign up, feel free to stop in and entertain me for a bit!
Now, the teams. While this might be a bit long winded, you can just skip to the age group that you are interested in. Sorry!
10U – Can’t be 11 BEFORE Jan 1st, 2016: Traci Krapt will back as coach again. Assistant Coaches are Amy Novak and I. There are high hopes for this team as they rose from an average team at the start of fall and an unbeatable team by the end of it. Won championship 14-1 against a tournament team that beat us 4-1 early in the year. We struggled with numbers in the fall and are looking for a couple players to help us in the spring. There will be tryouts sometime in March, which will be sent through the website and to those who register. Coach Traci is looking into starting work outs and hitting practices shortly. Anyone that is planning to try out is encouraged to contact me for details.
12U- Can’t be 13 BEFORE Jan 1st, 2016: Head Coach will be Rob Bruckler. His assistants are Tony Buss and Aaron Torrence. The team will also have Terry Cserenko, who was just appointed head JV coach for EHS, helping out and setting up the same drills the high school uses, to help our girls prepare as they move along in their careers. I will also be there for the first month, as my older team cannot practice together until the middle and high schools are done with their seasons. The Fall team was put together with girls, many of which were right out of Rec ball, and it took a while to get them on track. The coaching staff did not have any experience coaching a travel team. Admittedly[HW1], there were some bumpy spots but we have worked them out. Coaches Terry, Aaron and I will be there to help Rob and Tony build this team into a solid, competitive unit. I would like to remind everyone, in my first year coaching by myself, the team went 0-fer the season. Those same group of girls finished 9th in the World Series last year, and have been a steady power in Travel. Turning young girls into good softball players takes time, and a lot of work. The team also carried more girls in the fall than a travel team should have. There will be tryouts in March, and a group of combined Travel coaches will pick the best 11 or 12 for the Spring team. From there we will do our best to turn them into competitive players who will be ready for the challenges that await them on their school teams. Again, I will be at signups on the 20th and available to answer any questions or concerns.
14U Can’t be 15 BEFORE Jan 1st, 2016: Head coach is Brian Fehnel. His assistants are Ed Hoffman and I. This group of girls returns all but three from their playoff team last year, so expectations are high. These level girls are expected to work hard and play hard. There may be an opening or two for a young lady willing to play the game right. If we have any new girls sign up and there is a need for tryouts, we will have them in March.
I hope some of you come chat with me at sign-ups on the 20th. Otherwise, I will see you on the field!
The Officers and Board of Directors have been deliberating for years, on how to handle the payments owed for registration. After many discussions and considerations, as of January 1, 2016, a new policy will be put into place.
Payment of family balances, registration and fundraising fee must be paid in full by closing date of registration.
Travel fees will be paid upon placement on a team.
Applications for scholarships will be available to download from the web site and submitted to the President at least one week prior to closing date of registration. We will allow you to make weekly payments from the time you register until you are paid in full.
Any refunds requested, prior to season start will have a fee of $15.00. We are charged by PayPal for every transaction and need to cover that and other costs.
When the registration has closed, and your balance is not paid in full, your child’s name will be removed from the roster and placed on a waiting list. They will not be allowed to participate in practice and their uniform will not be ordered until payment is made.
As of January 1, 2016, any financial aid requests will need to submit an application that will be available to download on the web site. No requests will be considered if the application is not submitted.
We at EYA have always been very generous in the past, but we also have financial obligations that must be met. We find it very difficult to ask our coordinators and coaches to become bill collectors. Please understand that we have no other options than to set this new policy.
Open registration for Spring Baseball and Softball will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus on Saturday, January 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Wednesday, January 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
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.