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Everyone,

As the Spring season is now behind us, we know everyone has visions of summer cook-outs, camp-outs, and pool parties. However, we here at South Colonie Youth Baseball / Girls Softball are busy planning our 2017 Fall Ball season, and want to let everyone know that registration for the Fall season is now OPEN!

From a competitive standpoint, Fall Ball is in between our recreation games and Spring/Summer travel league games. Some stricter rules are enforced, but the emphasis on competition does not reach that of travel games and more closely resembles our recreation games. Our Fall Softball teams will again play within divisions of the Hudson Mohawk (HM) District 7 Girls Softball Traveling League, and our Fall Baseball teams will once again play within divisions of the Eastern States Baseball League (ESBL).

SOFTBALL

For 10U, 12U, 14U, and 17U, play consists of doubleheaders on four consecutive Sundays beginning on September 10th, and ending on October 1st (8 games total). In addition, each team will practice one to two times per week on top of the games. Travel will be within the local area, i.e., Latham, Burnt Hills, Shen, Rotterdam, etc. We may be scheduled for home games if our league is asked to host on one of the Sundays, but we will not know until schedules are released by HM. NOTE: Registration age for Fall Ball is based on the level that the player will play in Spring 2018, i.e., a player who played 10u and turns eleven in 2018, will play 12u fall ball this year.

For 8U (Mini Minors), we will again be running our own in-house program primarily focusing on instruction and skills development through both individual and team based drills and scrimmages. Emphasis will be on throwing, fielding and hitting. In the past the program was one weeknight a week plus a set time on Saturday. Exact details for this year's program are still being worked out. We will let you know when they are finalized.

BASEBALL

For 8U, 9U, and 10U, play will be on Saturdays and/or Sundays beginning around September 9th or 10th, and ending around October 7th or 8th (8 - 12 games total). Some days will consist of doubleheaders. In addition, each team will practice one to two times per week on top of the games. We will have some home games, as well as away games within the local area at locations such as Niskayuna, Guilderland, North Colonie, etc. We will know exact game dates when schedules are released by ESBL.

REGISTRATION

The Fall Ball registration fee this year for each player (except 8U Softball) is $80 and goes towards players' jerseys, umpire fees, HM/ESBL league fees, and insurance. The cost for our 8U Softball in-house program is $40, and all players receive a shirt. To register, go to our website at www.southcolonieball.org/registration and click on the 'Register' button!

If you have any questions about Softball, please contact Bryan Kelly at bryankelly@southcolonieball.org . For any Baseball questions, please contact Matt Conley at mattconley@southcolonieball.org .

We hope to see you for Fall Ball!
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Archive for April 2015

Opening Day Success!!!

Opening Day 2015 turned out to be a special one for South Colonie Youth Baseball / Girls Softball. The sun was out, the fields were ready, and it was finally time to play ball. Our annual parade kicked off the festivities as the boys and girls marched down Sand Creek Road toward the park. It was awesome to see the local businesses and neighbors come out to wave and show their support. The parade procession then made its way through the park to the Cal Ripken Field where the boys and girls, assisted by their coaches sat around the infield. The sound system was on and it was time to hear from our Co President Jeff Hellkamp.

On hand were:

Paula Mahan – Supervisor
Greg Mack – Eastern NY Babe Ruth Assistant State Commissioner
Donald Dugan – Central Area District Commissioner
Andrew Sommers
Michael McLaughlin, Director for Research for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

Presenting Grant
Joseph O’Brien, County Legislator
Richard Jacobson, Colonie Legislator

The first pitches were thrown out by our distinguished guests and the National Anthem was sung beautifully by Melissa Mele. Greg Mack was on hand to remind the crowd, “This is your program. All of it is made possible because of the volunteer support given by its parents and core board members. Get involved and keep this program going.” It rings true, because following that message, Don Dugan honored the 8u SC All-Star team that made it to the State Tournament in Rome, NY. Without the support of the community and the dedication from the parents and coaches, none of it would have been possible. It was a special moment for those kids who made that journey together to meet again in the middle of the diamond to receive a plaque and commemorative pins noting their accomplishment. It was even more special to those kids as they felt the recognition and applause from the community wash over them on this glorious day.

Once the ceremony concluded, it was time to play ball, and all the fields were buzzing with activity as teams began preparing for their upcoming games. The concession stand had full support of all volunteers and breezed through order after order. It was also great to see familiar faces and friends walking around the park again. The raffle tables were set up and there was something for everybody, from Professional Baseball game tickets to Xbox cards, movie baskets to restaurant gift cards. Not to mention the Derek Jeter plaque and Yankee seat back. Special thanks to Tricia Savoca for organizing and arranging all the amazing raffle items on hand.

This day belonged to the kids though. As volunteers we do a lot to make sure days like this are special. But it’s up to all of us as a community to continue to make South Colonie a strong program for years to come. Next time you’re down at the park, see how you can help make a difference. Volunteer and join the team.