Call for Volunteers at BYBA Tournament This Weekend!

Our annual Burlingame Summer Invitational youth baseball tournament continues this weekend at Bayside Fields, with our 10U and 14U events.  We just completed the first weekend and had a fantastic time.

Every year, we sell commemorative t-shirts at the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, at a table next to Phil’s Snack Shack.  We need a handful of parent volunteers to help with T-Shirt Sales.  The job is easy – sell T-Shirts, collect money, keep track of how much you sell, and enjoy the sunshine and the community!

We are requesting that interested parents sign up for a two-hour slot between 9am and 7pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday.  You can sign up online at the following link:

Thanks in advance for your support and help in making this year’s tournament better than ever!

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Burlingame Panthers Win SFYBL 12U tournament!

The Burlingame Panthers 12U Tournament team celebrated Father’s Day by winning the inaugural SFYBL Tournament.  They defeated San Anselmo by a score of 11-6 in the final.

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BYBA End of Season Survey – Extended until June 23rd

Dear BYBA Families:

We hope you and your kids have enjoyed another great season of BYBA baseball!  We are eager to receive your feedback on your experience this season, both with BYBA and with your coaches and assistant coaches.  Collecting this information is critical to our ability to improve our program going forward, so we ask that every family complete this survey.  Please be candid with your feedback and know that all information will be anonymous and confidential.  We use the data to improve our program, evaluate the quality of our coach volunteers, and improve our feedback and training for our coaches.

Please click here to complete this year’s survey.  It will be open until June 23rd.

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Remembering Steve Chase

Dear BYBA Families:

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.


Mike Brunicardi

President, BYBA


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Share your pictures from BYBA Day with Stanford Baseball!

Our first BYBA Day with Stanford Baseball took place on Sunday, May 18th and it was a huge success!  Thanks to Board Member Tom Russell for organizing and thanks to Stanford Baseball for hosting us.  Over 100 people attended representing BYBA and a great time was had by all on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

We would love if you could share some pictures from the event.  To enable this we have created a Shutterfly Share Site, which is open to all to post pictures.  Please visit the site at and click on “Add Pictures” to share a few shots from the day.

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BYBA Uniforms Director Ron Johnstone Finally Sees the Light

BYBA’s esteemed Director of Uniforms, Ron Johnstone, has really turned things around in his life.

Once a Dodgers fan, Johnstone’s judgement was so clouded earlier this year that he even went so far as to order BYBA uniforms which largely featured the numbers of prominent Dodgers players.  But as word got around and the backlash among parents and kids grew – not to mention the Dodgers falling 5 games behind the Giants in mid-May – Johnstone realized it was time to clean things up and get on the right side of good.

Behold, Mr. Johnstone’s first homage to his new favorite team:


So when you see this bad boy cruising around Burlingame this summer, be sure to tip your cap to the Giants’ newest and biggest fan!

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Updated Baseball Bat Policy

We have updated our allowable baseball bat policy as follows:

For Bambino, Rookie, Sandlot, Mudville and Reyna leagues:

  • Any “all aluminum” alloy baseball bats are allowed
  • All wood bats allowed except for bamboo
  • No bat with a barrel larger than 2 & 5/8th inches

For Sauer league only:

  • CIF baseball bat standards (see which are BBCOR approved.  The BBCOR stamp must be affixed to the bat.  This category must follow a -3 weight to length ratio as described through the BBCOR approved baseball bats list
  • Any “all aluminum” alloy baseball bats are allowed
  • All wood bats allowed except for bamboo
  • No bat with a barrel larger than 2 & 5/8th inches
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Community Garden Area at Bayside

As a reminder, the fenced in Community Garden area adjacent to the Bayside fields is NOT a play area for siblings attending games at Bayside.  Several instances have been reported to us of the garden being harmed by unsupervised children playing there during games.  Parents are responsible for siblings attending games, and they should not be allowed to play in the Community Garden areas without being invited by an active Garden member who is tending to their planter.  Thanks for your cooperation!

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2014 BYBA Season: Important Dates

Here are some important dates for the upcoming 2014 BYBA season:

  • Coaches Clinic (required): Saturday, January 25th, 10am-3pm at Washington Park/Burlingame Rec Center.  Rookie, Bambino and Sandlot leagues meet from 10am – 1pm.  Mudville, Reyna and Sauer leagues meet from 12 noon-3pm.
  • New Player Evaluations:  Sunday, January 26th, time TBD at Washington Park.  For newcomers to BYBA in Mudville, Reyna, & Sauer leagues ONLY: 
  • First Coaches’ Meeting:  Wednesday, February 12th, 7:30pm at Burlingame Recreation Center
  • Practice Begins:  Saturday, February 22nd
  • Second Coaches’ Meeting:  Wednesday, March 12th, 7pm at Burlingame Recreation Center
  • Opening Day:  Saturday, March 15th
  • Spring Break:  March 31st-April 6th.  No games on these days – play resumes Monday, April 7th
  • Easter:  No practices to be held on Easter Sunday April 20th.
  • Photo Day:  Saturday, April 26th, Bayside
  • Tournament Team Tryouts:  Sunday, April 27th.  Time TBD.
  • Memorial Day Break:  No games from Friday, May 23rd through Monday, May 26th.
  • Final Day of Season: Saturday, June 7th
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