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Important 2011 Baseball Updates - Including Key Dates For The Season


Written by: Walt Freas
Thursday, February 17, 2011

We are looking for a volunteer to handle the concession stand this year.  Among other duties, this person will coordinate the purchasing of supplies and scheduling the teenage assistants.

Medford Day at the Dicks Sporting Goods in Mt. Laurel is scheduled for March 13th from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Extra discounts are available during these times for customers from Medford presenting coupons available from your coach or on our baseball website.

We are always looking for parents to get involved with the MYAA baseball board.  New ideas and fresh, constructive perspectives are greatly appreciated.  In fact, currently, we are looking for a 5th/6th Grade Commission.  For those interested, please contact Dan Dengler.

This year, the season will begin on Saturday, April 9th.

Field day will be Saturday, April 2nd (Rain date is April 3rd).  We require at least one parent participate from each team.  The more people we have come out, the quicker the work is completed.

Mark Harris, who has been a key component of MYAA baseball for quite some time, is involved with a local summer collegiate baseball division.  He is directly responsible for the Medford Starz.  This team consists of college baseball players that are continuing to hone their skills during the off-season from school.  Many are athletes from the Lenape Regional School District; while a certain number are required to be from out of state.  The young men who do not have local contacts will stay with host families.  Currently, Mark is looking for one more family to provide housing for a player from the end of May thru August.  Please contact him if you are interested in being involved with this terrific program.

We are planning to have soft-toss nets at each of our fields.  This will give our children an excellent and safe tool to utilize while preparing for practices and games.

On a related note, please remember that the "L" screens in the batting cages are for the protection of the pitchers and are not to be used for retaining balls hit during soft-toss drills.  Such use will greatly diminish the life of this important and costly equipment.

It is imperative that all parents wishing to coach and participate with on-field activities keep all of their credentials up-to-date.  All coaches are required to wear a lanyard with each current card clearly displayed.  These credentials include a background check, involving fingerprinting, and a card showing that they attended a recent Rutgers Safety Training Course.  If you have questions relating to these, please contact Beth Portocalis at the township recreational office at

There is a free Players' Clinic, with a Coaches' Clinic to follow, scheduled for March 6th.  Confirmation of the date, times and location will appear on the website.

New For This Year!!!  A Coaches Handbook is nearing completion.  This will assist coaches with many facets of the game; including proper ways to warming-up and how to run an effective practice.

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