Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the 2016 SYBA Annual Meeting. There was good discussion and many ideas were discussed.
The following people were elected to Board:
Vice President - Andy Bethel
Treasurer - Allen Larson
Travel Director - Paul Van Maanen
If you are interested in the In House Coordinator position or one of the two at-large positions, please let Matt Smith know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a copy of the formal presentation that was presented by the Board. Questions can be directed to any Board member.
If you are interested in being a coach (head or assistant coach), you must have a current (less than three years old) concussion certificate. All coaches (head and assistants, traveling and in house) must receive concussion training and education every three-years. Coaches should keep this concussion certificate with them during all practices and games. Coaches who do not complete the training course or do not have a copy of the certificate will be ineligible to coach. The following link outlines the requirements and provides a link to the training and certificate.
Thanks to everyone who participated in SYBA's baseball equipment swap exchange. Gloves, bats, spikes, helmets and pants were dropped off and picked up. We were also able to collect seven large bags of equipment that will be donated to a charity. Nothing went to waste. Thanks everyone.
2015 Minor League
Other baseball training information can be found at http://www.shakopeeyouthbaseball.com/page/show/28988-training
The Shakopee American Legion has a steak fry every first Friday of the month. Stop by and help support Legion Baseball (17-18 yr olds)
New Scoreboard at Green Meadows
SYBA recently made a donation of used baseball equipment to Las Aguilas Beisbol, a baseball organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Want to know where a field is in Shakopee? Click on the link below for maps to all the baseball fields in Shakopee.
In House Director
In House Director
16-18 yr old & Head Baseball Coach
It seems that club sports have moved into the realm of summer baseball. This is something new for our sport in Minnesota. Although SYBA is a strong proponent of multi-sport athletes, Club Baseball has provided solid fall, winter, and even spring opportunities for baseball players in Minnesota. As the board has examined several of the developing summer club teams’ schedules (up to 2-3 practices per week and up to 5 summer tournaments), it is pretty clear that a player could not play both summer club baseball and SYBA summer baseball. There would be too many conflicts with schedules, and the health of our athletes’ arms/bodies trying to do both would not be a positive situation. We want all of our families to be aware of this conflict and realize it is not possible to play both SYBA and Club Summer Baseball. If you have inadvertently registered for both, please contact your club organization or SYBA for a refund. If you have registered for both, we strongly encourage you to stay with the SYBA and reconsider your club organization. Most organizations will provide a refund if requested. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact a travel director (Matt Masloski/Eric Ho) or President (Jim Ungar) to further discuss.
For the 2016 MBL/MBT Season, see the rules for your age group at www.mbl.bz
Shakopee Chevrolet Supports Youth Baseball
Shakopee Chevrolet General Manager George McGuire presents a $1,000 check to Shakopee Youth Baseball. Accepting the check is SYBA President Jeff Imhoff and Minor League Green and Gold teams.
Many years ago Manager Joe McCarthy wrote his ten baseball commandments. Young ball players - and old ones as well - had best heed the McCarthy commandments. They are pearls of wisdom.
1. Nobody ever became a ball player by walking after a ball.
2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
3. Keep your head up and you may not have to hold it down.
4. Outfielders who throw a ball back of a runner lock the barn door after the horse is stolen.
5. When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may change a good leg for a broken one.
6. Don’t alibi on the bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
7. Always run them out. You can never tell.
8. Don’t quit. The game is never over until the last man is out.
9. Don’t find faults with umpires. You can’t expect them to be as perfect as you.
10. A pitcher who hasn’t control, hasn’t anything.
This is your first game, son. I hope you win. I hope you win, for your sake, not mine, because winning is nice. It’s a good feeling, like the whole world is yours. But it passes, this feeling. What lasts is what you’ve learned.
And what you learn is life. That’s what sports are all about. Life. The whole thing is played out in front of you. The ups and the downs. Life. The happiness. The miseries. The joys. The heartbreak.
There’s no real telling of how you’ll do. You may be a hero, or maybe you won’t. There’s just no telling. Some of what will happen depends on chance, on how the ball bounces. But you can control how you react to it. Stay positive. Persevere. Good things eventually happen to good people.
I’m not just talking about the game, son. I’m talking about life. It’s life that the game is all about.
Every game is life, and life is a game. A serious one, completely serious.
But that’s what you do with serious things. You do your best. You take what comes. You take what comes and you run with it. You work hard.
Winning is fun, sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never letting anyone down, including yourself, is the point.
Play to win. Sure. But lose like a champion. It’s not the winning that counts. What counts is trying . . . try your absolute best.
A longtime high school coach explains why encouraging multi-sport participation is in everyone's best interest.