Congratulations to Ella Cacciato on being awarded “2015 Umpire of the Year.” She joins Aidan Loftis as this year’s winners in the Mudville division. Ella becomes the first young lady in the BYBA Umpire program to receive this award.
Sean Sullivan, Umpire of the Year 2015 in the Sandlot division accepts his new jacket from John Serrato, Director of Umpires. Mudville umpires of the year are Aidan Loftis and Ella Cacciato. Reyna umpires of the year are Jeorge Ancheta and Jason Shevach.
Information on joining our umpire program will be available on the byba.us website and recruitment starts during registration for the 2016 season. Look forward to seeing all new and returning umpires at our training meetings next February.
Congratulations to the 14U team who came out Silver Champions in Twin Creeks this weekend. Playing in their first 60/90 tournament, they gave up just seven runs during the competition, and did themselves and BYBA proud!
Thanks to everyone – and there were dozens of you! – who made this year’s tournament a wonderful success. Everyone enjoyed both weekends, and we had some great representation of BYBA in every facet of the event.
The U14 team fought bravely, but were just squeezed out by SF in the semi-finals – don’t worry team, you’ll get ‘em next time!
Mudville Red continue their tear, with a runner-up finish. What a tournament season they’re having – congrats team!
Are they kissing those things or drinking out of them?
Mudville’s Red team had a great run at the South San Francisco Tournament this past weekend, gaining a second place finish. With just 14 runs surrendered in 6 games, this was a grand accomplishment, and a great start to the tournament season.
Meanwhile, all teams competed hard, and showed their grit all weekend, with some tight finishes and really tough competition. Congrats to all, and let’s go get ‘em in San Francisco!
On Wednesday, May 27th beginning at 5:00pm there will be no parking in the small back parking lot by Bayside #2 and the Community Garden. The Diva’s trailer is scheduled to be delivered around 6:00pm. We will post no parking signs on Monday afternoon.
The rest of the parking lot will be closed on Saturday after 6:00pm and remain closed until Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.
Teams will be assigned a photo time, just like Photo Day, and individual players will be given a timeframe which they may attend as “walk-ups”. Target release date of Make-up Day schedule is 1-2 weeks beforehand – thanks in advance for your patience!
If your team is unable to attend the photo time assigned and would like to reschedule, click here. Rescheduling is limited based on available photo times, but we will do our best to accommodate.
The league will schedule one Make-up Day for players who missed their team’s photo time or need a retake. To sign-up for Make-up Day, which generally takes place after photos are distributed, click here.
We’ll be doing Photo Day on April 25th, running all the way from 8am to 3pm. Each team has a designated time, which is matched to the day’s game schedule – coaches will organize you to ensure we have a great, efficient day.
New for 2015 were pitch count rules for the Mudville, Reyna, and Sauer Leagues. These were carefully conceived and implemented, with the stated and clear intent of protecting young arms from injury. The BYBA Board has been carefully tracking the impact they have had on our game since the beginning of the season.
With a full month now played out, the rules have been updated to reflect both the best thinking in the sport on protecting young arms; and the realities of how the game is impacted by the rule.
If you are a Coach, you can find the updated rules in the Coaches section of the site. If you are an Umpire, you will find the updated Umpire’s Manual in the Umpires section of the site. If you are a player, or a parent of a player, you can find the updated rules in the FAQ section of the site.
BYBA needs your help. Expensive equipment is missing, being abused and not being put away. Additionally, the City no longer drags and lines our baseball fields. WE pay to have it done on Saturdays and do not have a solution for the weekday games. That means COACHES NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND DRAG AND LINE BEFORE THE GAME. NOT JUST THE HOME TEAM…ALL TEAMS… H.E.L.P. before the equipment/fields guys quit… IMMEDIATELY DO THE FOLLOWING…
PUT BASES, MOUNDS, AND FIELD EQUIPMENT AWAY AT THE END OF THE LAST GAME
DO NOT ABUSE OUR EQUIPMENT…IT IS EXPENSIVE AND WE DO NOT HAVE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO REPLACE ANY OF IT.
DO NOT WASTE BASEBALLS…THEY TOO ARE EXPENSIVE
USE THE EQUIPMENT CORRECTLY (DO NOT PLACE BASES UPSIDE DOWN-PEG UP…SOMEONE WILL GET HURT)
RETURN THE HOSES TO THE CORRECT LOCATION
LOCK THE EQUIPMENT UP
WE ARE MISSING 4 FIRE HOSE NOZZELS THAT NEED TO BE RETURNED (VERY EXPENSIVE)
WHOEVER TOOK THE CUERNAVACA FIELD EQUIPMENT…PLEASE GIVE IT BACK!
DO NOT REMOVE EQUIPMENT FROM THE GATOR (THE GREEN CHALKER, HOSE, QUILL, AND HOME PLATE TEMPLATE NEED TO REMAIN IN THE BACK SO IT CAN BE USED ON SATURDAY MORNING)
NOTE: Pat and Niall bust their butts to get everything you need to have fun. PLEASE help them and the entire BYBA program by taking care of everything we have…PLEASE!
We know that many of you and your children are eager to get the 2015 season underway. We are too. We hold our initial coaches meeting on Weds, February 11th. At this meeting, coaches are given their team rosters and they select their initial practice slots. You will hear from you child’s assigned coach sometime after the 11th. Practices will not begin until Saturday, February 21st at the earliest.
All new and returning BYBA umpires are reminded that training meetings are scheduled for February 10 and February 26. You should refer to byba.us for the details of the meetings. One important change this year is the addition of umpires for the Sandlot division. So, any first year Reyna player (or at least 11 years old) is eligible to umpire in the Sandlot division.
Remember, it is important to be at these meetings to familiarize yourself with the details of umpiring for BYBA. Remind your friends of these meetings.
Got a brand new player to the league in the MUDVILLE (10U), REYNA (12U) AND SAUER (14U) leagues? Bring them along to Washington small (the baseball diamond nearest the playground and picnic tables) on January 25th to be evaluated. Not only is this a fun event it is the only way that we can ensure the teams are balanced, and all players enjoy a competitive season. Details follow:
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 – New Player Evaluation (10:00AM – 2:00PM), for new Mudville, Reyna and Sauer League players
All coaches for the BYBA 2015 season are required to attend our annual Mandatory Coaches Clinic. The clinic will be held at Washington Main (the High School baseball diamond), so get it on your calendar now so you don’t miss out. Details follow:
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 – Mandatory Coaches Clinic-Presented by BYBA professional standards advisor Jeff Hipps
0900-11:15 Coaches and Assistant Coaches for Bambino and Sandlot: meet at the Grandstand
11:30-1:00 All Coaches (Lunch and General): meet at the auditorium of the Parks & Recreation Center
1:15-3:30 Coaches and Assistant Coaches for Mudville, Reyna, and Sauer
Umpire training for new and returning umpires will be held at the Burlingame Rec Center, Social Hall, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
In addition, there will be a mandatory field training session scheduled in the days following – date and tme of this field exercise is still to be determined. Look for additional information on the details here at byba.us.
All new and returning umpires are required to attend. Parents or interested adults are also invited. If you know of any interested kids or adults interested in joining our BYBA umpires program, please let them know. Remember you must be at least 12 years old or in the second year of Reyna baseball division to qualify.
Please direct questions regarding training meetings to John Serrato, Director of Umpires, at or at 650-703-2037.
As many of you know, it was with great sadness that we learned that Steve Chase (long time BYBA coach and father of three wonderful boys) suffered a heart attack last Friday evening and passed away. Steve’s family asked that I let all of you know that a Memorial Service will be held in Steve’s honor on Friday, May 30th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Burlingame. A reception celebrating Steve’s life will immediately follow the service, location not yet determined.
Steve’s family will have a ‘Private Rosary’ the night prior to the service.
In addition, this year, BYBA will be dedicating our annual June Invitational Baseball Tournament in memory of Steve. Tee-shirts recognizing Steve will be for sale with all proceeds going into college accounts for his three boys.
A specific bank account for the college fund has been established. The account is titled “Alannah Chase (DBA) Chase Boys College Fund”. Anyone who would like to help should send checks to: Chase Boys College Fund, 507 Dorchester Road, San Mateo, CA 94402.
Please forward this message to those who may wish to attend Steve’s service or donate to the Chase Boys College Fund.