Newsletter - April 8, 2014

April 9, 2014
NEW STUFF 
APPLEBEE'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST - SAT 4/12
The FGSA Applebee's Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Sat 4/12.  You can reserve your tickets by contacting Monica Hemmig, purpleunic10062@frontiernet.net.  We will make it to (50) tickets sold in advance, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy more.  We will be selling tickets at the door, so if you want up hungry that morning, you know where to go!

This event will require about 12 adults to serve, clean tables and make pancakes.  We need volunteers!  Please contact Monica if you can help!  WE STILL ONLY HAVE 4 ADULTS WILLING TO HELP.  THAT'S NOT ENOUGH.  PLEASE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!
 
 
FGSA MONTHLY MEETING - THU 4/10
The next FGSA monthly meeting is this Thursday, 4/10, 7pm, in the 5th/6th Grade cafeteria.  We continue to get sparse attendance at these meetings.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion and hear about the latest plans first hand.
 
 
RICHARD KASKEY ON CHANNEL 69 NEWS
 
 
MAIDENCREEK TOWNSHIP APPROVES OUR ELECTRONIC SCOREBOARD & DUG-OUTS!
Richard Kaskey attended the Maidencreek Township Parks & Recreations Meeting on Thu 4/03.  They have officially approved our purchase and installation of an Electronic Scoreboard.  Barry Spayd placed the order on Mon 4/07.  The lead time is 5 weeks.  Hopefully we'll have it for use in the later half of the Spring season.
 
Quotes for various scoreboards have been received.  It appears that we'll be purchasing a 5'x10' scoreboard from Daktronics.  A sample is below.  (Our board will be Red with white lettering, with a big paw print in the middle.)  It will come with a wireless control so that anyone in the stands, or a coach can update the scoreboard without anyone being tied to the announcers booth.
Additionally, the township approved our concept of installing "lean-to" type dug-outs.  The goal is to formulate plans to present at either the May or June meeting, allowing us to construct in July/August, and have the dug-outs ready for the Fall season.
 
 
12A WINS SCRIMMAGE AGAINST KEMPTON
Shout out to the 12A girls and coaches who won their scrimmage against Kempton yesterday. I was only able to catch bits and pieces of the game, so I'm sure I missed lots of good stuff, but the catch made on the run by Michaela Kaskey of a line drive hit to left-center that might otherwise still be rolling was definitely a highlight!
 
 
FIRST OFFICIAL GAMES
Our first games are just around the corner!  Here are the first games for each team...
 
8U-Black ... Wed 4/09 - Brandywine #2 @ Fleetwood 8U-Black
10UB-Black ... Sat 4/12 - Brandywine @ Fleetwood 10UB-Black
10UA ... Sun 4/13 - Fleetwood 10A @ Oley (Oley Valley Youth League complex)
8U-Red ... Mon 4/14 - Oley @ Fleetwood 8U-Red
10UB-Red ... Wed 4/16 - Fleetwood-Red @ Brandywine 
12UB ... Thu 4/17 - STAA @ Fleetwood 12UB
12UA ... Sat 4/26 - Fleetwood @ Kempton
 
 
NO CALENDAR WINNERS YET
4/01 - 900
4/02 - 877
4/03 - 764
4/04 - 343
4/05 - 321
4/06 - 425
4/07 - 883
 
No one had any of those numbers... Booooooooooooooooooooo.
 
 
UNIFORMS:
The following girls still need to get their uniforms.  You'll either need to pick them up at my house, meet me at one of my 12UB practices, or have your daughter's coach pick up your order to give you at your next practice.
 
Tiffany Cornman
Mackenzie Hart
Emily Pinnix
 
(In addition, I owe visors to Gardlyne Deshommes and Eliessa Fortune.  And I owe socks to Alyssa Seyler.)
 
 
COACHES - CONCUSSION & CARDIAC ARREST TRAINING
The FGSA requires all of our head and assistant coaches to take concussion and cardiac arrest training at least 1x every 3 years.
 
Drew Toucher - completed 2013 OK!
Kelly Kline - registered ER nurse!
Keith Santangelo - completed 2014 OK!
Jason Koehler - completed 2014 OK!
Scott Cote - completed 2014 OK!
Eric Robuck - completed 2014 OK!
Shannon Fleming - pending
Steve Adam - completed 2013 OK!
Kevin Pavlick - pending
Shawn Moliatu - pending
Chris Malinowski - completed 2013 OK!
Earl Hemming - completed 2014 OK!
Mike Lazar - completed 2013 OK!
Richard Kaskey - completed 2013 OK!
Jim Frederick - completed 2013 OK!
Kevin Manmiller - completed 2014 OK!
 
You can take these courses on-line for free through http://www.sportsafetyinternational.org/.  Simply select "ConcussionWise" and "CardiacWise" on the left hand side, and follow the steps to enroll in each course.  They don't take too long (20 minutes or so each, I think), and again, they are free.
 
 
PENDING CLEARANCE FORMS
As noted below, Clearance forms are required for all coaches, assistance coaches, and any parent who plans to step on the practice field at any time to help.  The following parents have indicated a willingness to help, and must submit their paperwork before the season starts...
 
Coaches, you are running out of time to get these in!
 
Eric Adam
Scott Cote
Tracy Cote
Gwen Cromer
Heather and/or Stephen Dietrich
Shannon Fleming
Crystal and/or Jeremy Krauss
Gretchen Manmiller (Child Abuse Clearance rcvd; need Criminal Background Check)
Aaron Morehart
Kevin Pavlick (Criminal Background Check rcvd; need Child Abuse Clearance)
Eric Robuck
Chris Schroeder (Criminal Background Check rcvd; need Child Abuse Clearance)
 
 
LOTTO CALENDAR PAYMENT
All girls must purchase or 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. 
The following girls are registered, but have not yet paid for their (2) calendars...
 
Lillian Davidheiser
Bryanna Ferreira (paid for 1 of 2)
Veda Hartman
Emily Pinnix
Alyssa Seyler
 
 
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.  (Children 4 and under do NOT need a ticket, and are admitted free.)

SO FAR WE'VE COMMITTED TO (89) TICKETS!  KEEP 'EM COMING!
 
The following have confirmed they will be going...
 
Ashley Adam, 8U (3 tickets)
Leiana Corpora, 10U (5 tickets)
Sienna Cowley, 12U (3 tickets)
Chaera Frederick, 12U (5 tickets) - not paid
Abigail/Sienna Geschwindt, 10U/8U (4 tickets) - not paid
Mackenzie Hartman, 10U (3 tickets)
Kelsey/Paige Hemmig, 10U/8U (6 tickets)
Emily Kantner, 12U (5 tickets)
Michaela/Julie Kaskey, 10U/12U (4 tickets)
McKenna Kessler, 12U (4 tickets) - not paid
Morgan Kitixis, 10U (1 ticket)
Jolie Malinowski, 12U (4 tickets)
Tori Manmiller, 12U (3 tickets) - not paid
Abigail McWhorter, 10U (3 tickets)
Emily Miller, 8U (2 tickets)
Alexia Moliatu, 10U (3 tickets)
Alison Morehart, 10U (4 tickets)
Kamille Orth, 12U (4 tickets) - not paid
Ashley Pelehowski, 12U (6 tickets)
Isabelle Santangelo, 8U (3 tickets)
Kylie Schroeder, 10U (4 tickets) - not paid
Bret Spayd, 10U (3 tickets)
Emma Templin, 12U (3 tickets)
Aliyah/Kayla Tilotta, 10U/12U (4 tickets)
 
 
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OLD STUFF
THIRTY-ONE FUND RAISER
The Thirty-One Fund Raiser starts today, 4/01, on-line!
 
Special thanks to Jen Schroeder for offering to sell the 31 products and give the profits to the FGSA out of the kindness of her heart.  The fundraiser will run from now until 4/12 for paper orders, and will begin for on-line orders starting 4/01.  Parents who would like paper copies of catalogs and order forms can contact Jenn at 610-944-0711 or 610-223-8413 or Huyett42@aol.com.  Or visit www.mythirtyone.com/JennS5, click on “My Parties”, then click “Shop Now @ Fundraiser for FGSA”, click “Shop Now” again and begin shopping! 
 
 
FREE USED CLEATS:
We have a number of used cleats available for free. So if you need a pair and don't want to buy them, and don't mind used cleats, let me know. What I have remaining are...

Rawlings, YOUTH Size 2 (Black with white trim)
Nike, YOUTH Size 2-1/2 (Black with white trim)
Rawlings, YOUTH Size 3 (Black with white trim)
Mizuno, Size 5-1/2 (Black with pink and white trim)
Nike, Size 6 (Black with white swish)
Nike, Size 8-1/2 (Black with RED trim and red laces)
Nike, Size 9 (Black with white trim)

If anyone else has any old cleats laying around, feel free to donate to the pile.

 
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY INVITE - FRI 4/18
Judy Lawes, Kutztown U head coach, has extended an invitation for any players in Berks County to attend a KU home game on Friday, April 18th.  After the game, the KU players will interact with all of the younger players doing skills and drills with them.  This is a double-header for them starting at 2pm.  Obviously you don't have to attend both games or even all of one game.  Both games should be over around 5-5:30-ish.  With daylight savings, that should be enough time for a little interaction.
 
This could be a fun opportunity for girls to see what real high-speed college softball looks like.
 
The following girls plan to attend:
 
Megan Brattley (10U) (maybe)
Sienna Cowley (12U)
Tahner Gehringer (12U) (maybe)
Morgan Koehler (8U)
McKenna Kessler (12U)
Hannah Kutz (14U)
Carlen Lazar (12U)
Jolie Malinowski (12U) (maybe)
Tori Manmiller (12U)
Madison McElwee (12U) (tentative)
Emma Templin (12U)
 
 
FGSA "OPENING DAY" = Sat 5/03
Please tentatively mark Sat 5/03 as a date that MOST teams will have a game.  That's the day we are looking at for our "Opening Day."  Don't be mislead by the name.  "Opening Day" is just our FGSA all-day-long celebration where EVERY team at EVERY level will have a game.  (You will have other games starting in mid-April before "Opening Day".)  Tentatively this is how the games will be laid out...
 
10:15am = 8U-Black
12:30pm = 10UB-Red
2:45pm = 10UA
5:00pm = 12UB
7:15pm = 12UA
 
8U-Red could not find a team to play them at 8:00am.
 
10UB-Black will be playing a came the night before on Fri, 5/02.
 
 
PERFECT ATTENDENCE FOR OPEN GYMS
The following (11) girls had perfect attendance and will be receiving a Gift Certificate from Dick's!
 
Isabelle Santangelo (8U)
Abigail Geschwindt (10U)
Lauren Neupauer (10U)
Kylie Schroeder (10U)
Bret Spayd (10U)
Kelsey Hemmig (12U)
McKenna Kessler (12U)
Carlen Lazar (12U)
Jolie Malinowski (12U)
Samantha Pierson (12U)
Lydia Santiago (12U)
 
 
8U ROSTERS NAMED
The following are the 8U rosters for this Spring. 
 
Note that some of the more skilled girls (mostly the 8-year olds) will be "dual rostered" on 8U and 10UB.  That's only necessary in case one of our 10B teams is short on players, which may or may not even happen.  If it does, the 10B coaches may call or email looking for help if they are short on girls for a game.  You are under absolutely no obligation to accept, of course.  For some of the girls it's a good experience "playing up" with the "big girls", and gives them a taste for what they are in for next year when they have to advance to 10U.
 
8U-Red
Coach Drew Toucher, Cell 610-714-1157, drewtoucher@gmail.com
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Caleigh Chase
Gardlyne Deshommes
Emma Dietrich
Eliessa Fortune
Beatrice Handwerk
Emma Hip
Onika Kline
Irie Miller
Hannah Pagenhardt
Cloey Rentschler
Juliana Templin
Kelsie Toucher
 
8U-Black
Coach Keith Santangelo, Cell 484-256-4966, kespsu@ptd.net
Assistant Coach Jason Koehler, Cell 610-763-1646koehler2925@live.com
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Makayla Bowers
Kaitlyn Chap
Leiana Corpora
Grace Davies
Morgan Foley
Sienna Geschwindt
Paige Hemmig
Erin Kasperowicz
Morgan Koehler
Kylie Krauss
Emily Miller
Isabelle Santangelo
 
 
10U ROSTERS NAMED
The following are the 8U rosters for this Spring. 
 
10UA     
Coaches
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Megan Brattley 
Kaley Cromer 
Abigail Geschwindt 
Mackenzie Hartman 
Julia Kaskey 
Alexia Moliatu 
Autumn Moser 
Taylor Pavlick 
Bret Spayd 
Haley Wojciechowski
 
 
10UB-Black   
Coaches
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Emilie Bartosh 
Tiffany Cornman 
Natalie Cote 
Morgan Kitixis 
Abigail McWhorter 
Emma Moody 
Alison Morehart 
Lauren Neupauer 
Kaitlyn Pytleski 
Kylie Schroeder 
Abby Stump 
Katie Stump
 

10UB-Red   
Coaches
Eric Robuck, 484-638-4053 eric@therobucks.com; 
Shannon Fleming, flemy2@gmail.com; 
Steve Adam, 610-698-6062 steveradam@verizon.net;
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Ashley Adam 
Katalia Cirulli 
Alexis Daniels 
Lillian Davidheiser 
Erin Foley 
Veda Hartman 
Ashley Robuck 
Alyssa Seyler 
Alexis Templin 
Aliyah Tilotta 
Abby Stump 
Katie Stump
 
 
12U ROSTERS NAMED
Below you will find the tentative rosters for the FGSA 12A and 12B teams. 
 
Understand that things could change based on a number of variables such as commitments to the Middle School team, concussions (Tori), etc.
 
A number of the players listed below on 12B will be dual rostered, and will be the first to be called if the 12A team needs help.
 
So what you see below is where your daughter has been assigned as her "primary" team at this time...
 
12A (Coach Lazar / Coach Kaskey)
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Makayla Calamita
Sienna Cowley
Chaera Frederick
Michaela Kaskey
Abigail (Doodle) Kasperowicz
McKenna Kessler
Anna Koehle
Carlen Lazar
Tori Manmiller
Madison McElwee
Kylee Paules
Evelyn Reed-Roland
Lydia Santiago
 
12B (Coach Malinowski/Coach Hemmig)
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Sarah Davenport
Bryanna Ferreira
Tahner Gehringer
Steph Hegedus
Kelsey Hemmig
Emily Kantner
Jolie Malinowski
Mackenzie Miller
Kamille Orth
Ashley Pelehowski
Samantha Pierson
Melanie Sellers
Emma Templin
Kayla Tilotta
 
 
GOLD STAR CALENDAR SELLERS!
Don't forget that you are more than welcome to sell MORE than just 2 calendars!  The more calendars we sell the more we make for the future benefit of the association.  The following people have gone above and beyond...
 
Jolie Malinowski (15 calendars)
Kamille Orth (9 calendars)
Chaera Frederick (7 calendars)
Emily Kantner (6 calendars)
Hannah Kutz (4 calendars)
Evelyn Reed-Roland (4 calendars)
Caleigh Chase (3 calendars)
Emily Miller (3 calendars)
Aliyah Tilotta (3 calendars)
Kelsey Hemmig (3 calendars)
Paige Hemmig (3 calendars)
 
 
FGSA GOLF TOURNAMENT
Per 8U coach, Keith Santangelo, the golf tournament is officially booked.  It is Sunday, July 13 at 1:30, shot gun start at Rich Maiden.  We will be getting the pavilion for free since it is our first tournament.  It is normally $50 to rent.  Keith will make up flyers for the players and also flyers for sponsors in the next couple of weeks.
 
 
BERKS CATHOLIC HS VS. FLEETWOOD HS VARSITY SOFTBALL GAME @ BFC - WED 4/23
The Berks Catholic at Fleetwood varsity softball game on Wednesday 4/23 will be played at the Blandon Fire Company field at 7 PM. Good opportunity for our girls to check out what HS Softball looks like.

(Also, this serves as a reminder to coaches that the field obviously will not be available this day for practice or for home games!)
 
 
BCGSL RULE CHANGES
One of the hot topics since last year has been the growing opinion that Berks County girls tend to be behind in skills compared to surrounding counties because we play with restricted rules regarding stealing, advancing on wild pitch/passed ball, dropped 3rd strike, and the infield fly rule. 
 
This is a summary of where I believe we ended up...
 
 
8U
10UB
10UA
12UB
12UA
Run Limit
n/a
5/inning
8/inning
8/inning
none
Coach Pitch
Yes
After 5 BB/HBP
After 5 BB/HBP
No
No
IF Fly Rule
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bunting
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Stealing
No
No
Yes, after ball crosses plate
Yes, after ball crosses plate
Yes, after ball leaves hand
Stealing Home or advancing on WP/PB
No
No
No
No
Yes
Dropped 3rd Strike
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
ASA Mercy Rules
n/a
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
10 Fielders
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
Some other notes...
 
> 8U:  1/2 inning ends after a maximum of (12) batters have come to the plate.  This eliminates the unfairness of some teams having WAY more than (12) batters and girls having to be on defense for much longer than the opposing team.
 
> 8U:  It was stressed that while the bases will be cleared after every time (3) outs are made, all teams will send up to (12) hitters to the plate each 1/2 inning.  Apparently there were a couple teams playing that if you get 3 outs, the inning is over.
  
> 10UA & 10UB:  Instead of coach pitch after (4) walks, it will be coach pitch after any combination of (5) walks or hit-by-pitch.
 
> 10UA:  8 run limit per inning.  (Used to be 5)
 
> 12UA:  To match ASA rules, only 9 players will be on the field at one time.  (Used to be able to play 4 OFers).
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHER
We will be hiring a photographer this year.  Shawn Moliatu has spearheaded these efforts, and chose Shooting Starz as the FGSA Photographer of choice.  There were 3 selling points to Shooting Starz.  (1) They offer 15% back to the organization so they are an easy fund raiser, (2) They have a whole bunch of interesting items with your kid's picture on it beyond just pictures such as mugs, posters, a "Fat Heads" and more, and (3) They mail everything directly to the purchasers so coaches don't have to be the ones to get everything into the hands of each parent.
 
 
TOURNAMENTS
Most of our teams will be entering local tournaments this year.  You may want to write these down on your calendars so you keep these dates open...
 
8U - Sat 5/17 & Sun 5/18 @ Brandywine
10UB - Fri 4/25, Sat 4/26 & Sun 4/27 @ Schuylkill Valley
10UA - Sat 4/26 & Sun 4/26 @ Hamburg
12UB - Sat 5/17 & Sun 5/18 @ Fleetwood
12UA - Sat 5/31 & Sun 6/01 @ Oley
 
 
14U REGISTRATION UPDATE
14U ... (5) girls
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Courtney Birckbichler
Mackenzie Hart
Alyssa Johnson
Hannah Kutz
Emily Pinnix
 
14U doesn't start until June, so plenty of time to form a full team.  Last year we got a large group of 12U girls "playing up".  Plus Muhlenberg doesn't have a 14U level, so we get a bunch of their girls as well.  When all is said and done, we'll have plenty for 14U team this summer.

 

 

UNDER ARMOUR CLEATS

Dick's is having a great offer on some really sharp *red* Under Armour cleats that really match our uniforms quite nicely.  They have them at the store, but you can also get them on-line...
Under Armour Men's Leadoff IV Low Molded Baseball Cleat - Dick's Sporting Goods
 
Under Armour Kids' Clean Up Baseball Cleat - Dick's Sporting Goods
 
 
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.
 

 

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!

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