Newsletter - Feb. 25, 2014

February 25, 2014
NEW STUFF 
NEXT OPEN GYM
The 7th Open Gym of 2014 will be this Saturday, 3/01:
9am to 10:30am - 8U/10U in 5/6-Grade Gym
9am to 10:30am - 12U/14U in 7/8-Grade Gym
10:30am to Noon - Pitchers & Catchers, all age groups in 5/6-Grade Gym
 
Everyone must enter the building near the 5/6-grade gym.
 
Future Open Gym dates:  3/15, 3/22.
 
 
BCGSL RULE CHANGES
The February BCGSL meeting was held last week.  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).
  
 
PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME - FGSA MADE $200
Last Wednesday, Fleetwood hosted a PIAA first round girls' basketball game. The FGSA agreed to run the concession stand.  In return we received $100 from the Booster Club plus 85% of the sales from our Walking Tacos.  We sold (39) walking tacos at $3 each!  If you do the math, that means we made almost $200.  Easy money.
 
Thanks to all of those who came out to help!  Jennifer Handwerk, Kevin Manmiller, Richard Kaskey, Kathy Kaskey, Julia Kaskey, Earl Hemmig.  And Monica Hemmig prepared all of the stuff for the walking tacos in advance.  The Hemmigs also donated the most of the cost of the purchase of the walking taco ingredients!
 
 
LAST WEEK'S OPEN GYM ATTENDANCE:
8U Girls: (14) <-- the most we've had this year
10U Girls: (17)
12U Girls: (17)
14U Girls: (1)
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Total Attendance: (49) <-- 2nd most all year
 
 
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!
 
The following girls have had perfect attendance so far thru 6 weeks!
 
Isabelle Santangelo (8U)
Abigail Geschwindt (10U)
Lauren Neupauer (10U)
Ashley Robuck (10U)
Kylie Schroeder (10U)
Bret Spayd (10U)
Kelsey Hemmig (12U)
McKenna Kessler (12U)
Carlen Lazar (12U)
Jolie Malinowski (12U)
Lydia Santiago (12U)
 
 
FGSA "OPENING DAY" = Sat 5/03
Please tentatively mark Sat 5/03 as a date that everyone 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...
 
8:00am = 8U-Red
10:15am = 8U-Black
12:30pm = 10UB
2:45pm = 10UA
5:00pm = 12UB
7:15pm = 12UA
 
 
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.  Our plan is to have the Photographer take pictures on Opening Day, Sat 5/03, *after* each team finishes their game.
 
 
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...
 
Eric Adam
Scott Cote
Gwen Cromer
Heather and/or Stephen Dietrich
Jason Koehler
Crystal and/or Jeremy Krauss
Gretchen Manmiller
Aaron Morehart
Steven Moser
Brian Orth
Kevin Pavlik
Eric Robuck
Chris Schroeder
 
 
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...
 
Kaitlyn Chap
Natalia Cote
Lillian Davidheiser
Bryanna Ferreira (paid for 1 of 2)
Morgan Kitixis
Morgan Koehler
Emma Moody
Hannah Pagenhardt
Emily Pinnix
Alyssa Seyler
 
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.
 
 
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 <-- note that I had the dates wrong in the last newsletter
10UB - Fri 4/25, Sat 4/26 & Sun 4/27 @ Schuylkill Valley <--new
10UA - Sat 4/26 & Sun 4/26 @ Hamburg
12UB - Sat 5/17 & Sun 5/18 @ Fleetwood <-- note that I had the dates wrong in the last newsletter
12UA - Sat 5/31 & Sun 6/01 @ Oley
 
 
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 the end of March.
 
The following have confirmed they will be going...
 
Chaera Frederick (5 tickets) - not paid
Kelsey/Paige Hemmig (4 tickets) - not paid
McKenna Kessler (4 tickets) - not paid
Jolie Malinowski (4 tickets)
Tori Manmiller (3 tickets) - not paid
Kamille Orth (4 tickets) - not paid
Isabelle Santangelo (3 tickets) - not paid
 
 
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OLD STUFF
REGISTRATION UPDATE
The following girls have officially registered...
 
8U ... (22) girls ... (2) teams
8U-Red COACH = Drew Toucher (head coach)
8U-Black COACH = Keith Santangelo (head coach), Jason Koehler (assistant coach)
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Kaitlyn Chap
Caleigh Chase
Leiana Corpora
Grace Davies
Emma Dietrich
Morgan Foley
Sienna Geschwindt
Beatrice Handwerk
Paige Hemmig <-- my BFF
Emma Hip
Erin Kasperowicz
Onika Kline
Morgan Koehler
Kylie Krauss
Emily Miller
Irie Miller
Hannah Pagenhardt
Cloey Rentschler
Isabelle Santangelo
Alyssa Seyler
Juliana Templin
Kelsie Toucher 
 

10U ... (25) girls ... (2) teams
=====================
Ashley Adam
Emilie Bartosh
Katalia Cirulli
Tiffany Cornman
Natalia Cote
Kaley Cromer
Lillian Davidheiser
Erin Foley
Abigail Geschwindt
Julia Kaskey
Morgan Kitixis
Abigail McWhorter
Alexia Moliatu
Emma Moody
Alison Morehart
Autumn Moser
Lauren Neupauer
Taylor Pavlik
Kaitlyn Pytleski
Ashley Robuck
Kylie Schroeder
Bret Spayd
Alexis Templin
Aliyah Tilotta
Haley Wojciechowski
 
 
12U ... (25) girls ... (2) teams
12UA COACH = Mike Lazar (head coach), Richard Kaskey (assistant coach)
12UB COACH = Chris Malinowski (head coach), Earl Hemmig (assistant coach)
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Makayla Calamita
Sienna Cowley
Sarah Davenport
Bryanna Ferreira
Chaera Frederick
Tahner Gehringer
Stephanie Hegedus
Kelsey Hemmig
Emily Kantner
Michaela Kaskey
McKenna Kessler
Carlen Lazar*
Jolie Malinowski
Victoria Manmiller
Madison McElwee*
Mackenzie Miller
Kamille Orth
Kylee Paules*
Ashley Pelehowski
Samantha Pierson
Evelyn Reed-Roland
Lydia Santiago* 
Melanie Sellers
Emma Templin 
Kayla Tilotta
 
Note the (4) girls shown above with the asterisk (*) plan to try-out for the Middle School team.  They will be registered as 12U for now.  We are hoping to work out a way to extend the BCGSL 12A season from its usual end-of-May to mid-June which would allow us to schedule most games after the Middle School season ends, and give the opportunity for these girls to play some, most or all of the FGSA 12U games. 
 
 
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.

 

 
APPLEBEE'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Mark your calendars!  The FGSA Applebee's Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Sat 4/12.  You can reserve your tickets at the front desk during any of our open gyms, or contact Monica Hemmig, purpleunic10062@frontiernet.net
 

 

REGISTRATION DEAD-LINE
The registration deadline of 1/24 has passed, but we do NOT turn anyone away no matter how late you are in registering. If you haven't registered yet, but your daughter does plan on playing, please get us your info ASAP.  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.
 
 
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
 
 
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.
 

 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.
 
 
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!
 
 
Chris Malinowski
FGSA VP of Awesomeness

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