Newsletter for February 5, 2014

February 4, 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, 2/15.
 
Future Open Gym dates:  2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/15, 3/22.
 
 
APPOLOGIES FOR THE MINOR FIASCO / CHEERLEADER PRACTICE SNAFU
Much to our surprise at the last Open Gym, we showed up to find Cheerleading practice going on in the 7/8 Gym.  I've been informed that the cheerleaders were only supposed to be in one gym from 8am to 9am, so it shouldn't have interfered with our practices.  We're being refunded the gym rental.
 
 
BACK TO NORMAL OPEN GYM TIMES
8U/10U parents will be happy to hear that ALL future open gyms finally revert back to normal for the rest of the winter.  Everyone in ALL age groups starts a 9am.  Woo hooooo!
 
 
2/15 OPEN GYM TO BE RUN BY DAVE CONNOR & THE FAHS COACHING STAFF
(10) FGSA coaches including Kevin and I will be attending a Coaching Clinic being offered by Kutztown University.  Unfortunately that is being held on Sat, 2/15 @ 10am.  I will be there for the start of the Open Gym, but the Open Gym will be kept going that week by Dave Connor, the FAHS Coaching Staff, and any FGSA coaches and parent-helpers who will not be going to Kutztown.
 
 
PENDING CLEARANCE FORMS
As noted below under "Old News", 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
Heather and/or Stephen Dietrich
Kelly and/or Roger Kline
Jason Koehler
Crystal and/or Jeremy Krauss
Aaron Morehart
Steven Moser
Brian Orth
Kevin Pavlik
Eric Robuck
 
 
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...
 
Emilie Bartosh
Kaitlyn Chap
Caleigh Chase
Natalia Cote
Sarah Davenport
Lillian Davidheiser
Bryanna Ferreira (paid for 1 of 2)
Kelsey Hemmig
Paige Hemmig
Julia Kaskey
Michaela Kasley
McKenna Kessler
Morgan Kitixis
Morgan Koehler
Kylie Krauss
Emma Moody
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.
 
 
STATS FROM THE LAST OPEN GYM
8U ... (10) girls
10U ... (19) girls
12U ... (19) girls
14U ... (2) girls
TOTAL ... (50) girls <-- this is the most we've had so far this year!
  
 
REGISTRATION UPDATE
The following girls have officially registered...
 
8U ... (20) girls ... (2) teams
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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
Isabelle Santangelo
Alyssa Seyler
Juliana Templin
 
It's official!  We're going to have TWO (2) 8U teams!
 

10U ... (26) girls ... (2) teams
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Ashley Adam
Emilie Bartosh
Katalia Cirulli
Tiffany Cornman
Natalia Cote
Lillian Davidheiser
Erin Foley
Tahner Jo Gehringer
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
Kelsie Toucher 
Haley Wojciechowski
 
 
12U ... (24) girls ... (2) teams
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Makayla Calamita
Sienna Cowley
Sarah Davenport
Bryanna Ferreira
Chaera Frederick
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 ... (4) girls
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Courtney Birckbichler
Mackenzie Hart
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.
 
 
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OLD STUFF
REGISTRATION DEAD-LINE
The registration deadline of 1/24 has passed.  However, 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.
 
If you haven't registered yet, but your daughter does plan on playing, please get us your info ASAP.
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Chris Malinowski
FGSA VP of Awesomeness
484-256-8340

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