Newsletter - 1/21/2014

January 27, 2014
NEW STUFF 
THERE IS NO OPEN GYM THIS WEEK!
Please note that there is NO OPEN GYM this week.  The next open gym is scheduled for Sat, 2/01.
 
Future Open Gym dates:  2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 3/22.
 
 
REGISTRATION DEAD-LINE
The deadline for registration is this Friday, 1/24.  As always, this is a very "soft" deadline which is needed so that we can get a good idea of how many uniforms we need to order, and get them in time for the season.  We also need to know roughly how many girls we have at each level so we can register the correct # of teams with the Berks County Girls Softball League.  To make a long story short, we do NOT turn anyone away no matter how late you are in registering, but if you can register by our 1/24 date, it makes the administrative stuff a lot easier for us.

If you are unsure and need more time, just let us know.
 
Girls who aren't registered, can still come to open gyms if they want to continue using them as a "trial" to see if this is something they really want to do.
 
Also, if cost is an issue, we can work around that as well.  The FGSA has always had a policy that all girls will be given a chance to play regardless of ability pay.
 
 
STATS FROM THE LAST OPEN GYM
8U ... (7) girls
10U ... (16) girls
12U ... (13) girls
14U ... (3) girls
TOTAL ... (39) girls
  
 
REGISTRATION UPDATE
The following girls have officially registered...
 
8U ... (13) girls
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Caleigh Chase
Grace Davies
Emma Dietrich
Morgan Foley
Sienna Geschwindt
Paige Hemmig
Emma Hip
Onika Kline
Emily Miller
Irie Miller
Isabelle Santangelo
Alyssa Seyler
Juliana Templin
 

10U ... (22) girls
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Ashley Adam
Emilie Bartosh
Katalia Cirulli
Natalia Cote
Lillian Davidheiser
Erin Foley
Tahner Jo Gehringer
Abigail Geschwindt
Abigail McWhorter
Alexia Moliatu
Emma Moody
Alison Morehart
Autumn Moser
Lauren Neupauer
Taylor Pavlik
Ashley Robuck
Kylie Schroeder
Bret Spayd
Alexis Templin
Aliyah Tilotta
Kelsie Toucher 
Haley Wojciechowski
 
 
12U ... (19) girls
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Makayla Calamita
Sarah Davenport
Chaera Frederick
Stephanie Hegedus
Kelsey Hemmig
Emily Kantner
McKenna Kessler
Carlen Lazar
Jolie Malinowski
Victoria Manmiller
Madison McElwee
Mackenzie Miller
Kylee Paules
Ashley Pelehowski
Samantha Pierson
Evelyn Reed-Roland
Lydia Santiago 
Emma Templin 
Kayla Tilotta
 
 
14U ... (2) girls
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C
ourtney Birckbichler
Hannah Kutz
 
14U doesn't start until June, so plenty of time to form a full team.  Last year we got a handful of 12U girls "playing up".  Plus Muhlenberg doesn't have a 14U level, so we get a handful of their girls as well.  When all is said and done, we'll have plenty for 14U team this summer.
 
 
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OLD STUFF
PANTS
I understand there were a lot of people concerned about ordering the wrong size pants because we didn't provide samples.  Good point.  However, it still shouldn't be a problem.  We always order extras uniforms.  I'll make sure we order even more extras of the pants of each size than we otherwise would have.  That way if someone needs to exchange for a different size, it won't be a problem.  What we have left over, we'll have for new kids in the Fall or 2015.
 
 
FGSA FACEBOOK PAGE
If you haven't signed up for our FGSA page on FaceBook, or if you have and rarely check it, I encourage you check in regularly.  You can find all of the latest FGSA info, plus a calendar of future events, and photos of past events.  And I've been posting softball rules trivia, and interesting tutorial videos as I stumble on them.
 
 
PERFECT ATTENDENCE FOR OPEN GYMS
For the girls who have managed to come to both Open Gyms so far.  Keep it going!  Don't forget that last year we gave out Gift Cards to Dick's to all of the girls who came to EVERY Open Gym.  There just miiiiiiiight be prizes coming this year too!
 
 

DON'T KEEP YOUR BATS IN THE COLD

Remember to take your bat out of the car, and I wouldn't store it in a cold garage either.  You don't want to take a bat that has been in sub-freezing temperatures and then use it to hit while it's still that cold.  That could result in damage to the bat.
 
 
LOTTO CALENDARS
All girls must sell a minimum of (2) Lottery Calendars as part of their registration.  Each calendar is $20.  They are available now.  You can pick them up from me at my house, or at any of the Open Gyms.
 
 
BIRTH CERTIFICATES
Any girl who hasn't previously submitted their birth certificate, should do so before the Spring season begins.  If you aren't sure if you submitted it, check with our information desk at any open gym.
 
 
CHILD ABUSE CHECK / CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK CLEARANCES
Any parent who intends to coach, assistant coach or be a "parent helper" during games or practices must submit their Child Abuse and Criminal Background Check clearances to the FGSA.  If you've submitted yours in the past and its dated within the last 3 years, you do not need to resubmit.  If you aren't sure if you submitted it in the past, or if you aren't sure if it's within the last 3 years, check with our information desk at any open gym.  Do NOT wait until the last minute to do this!  It takes a month or 2 to turn the paperwork around.
 
Getting the Criminal Background check is easy.  You can do it electronically for just $10 here...
The website says the turn-around is up to 2 weeks, but mine was returned within 24 hours.
 
Alternatively, you could mail it in using this form...
 
You need to get your criminal background check completed FIRST to submit for your Child Abuse History Clearance.  You cannot do this electronically for some dumb reason.  It must be mailed in, and requires a $10 Money Order.  And, remember, as I said, you must submit a copy of your Criminal Background check along with this form, so you need to get that first.  Turn around is up to 4 weeks, so don't wait too much longer!
 
 
APPLEBEE'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Mark your calendars!  The FGSA Applebee's Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Sat 4/12.
 
 
FGSA POOL PARTY @ THE READING FIGHTIN PHILS
Mark your calendars!  The FGSA Pool Party is Thursday, 6/12.  Cost is $24 per person.  That includes entry to the game, access to the pool area, the all-you-can-eat buffet...and the girls will be on the field in uniform with the R-Phils players during the National Anthem.  You can sign up for this event at our Open Gym info desk.  Payment is accepted any time but must be received by April.

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