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Commissioner's Notes



Good afternoon, Waxhaw Baseball Families,

This is not an email I want to send but need to. There will be a more official announcement, but in conjunction with what precautions other athletic organizations are taking, we are suspending all baseball operations until further notice. 

This unfortunately means no practices, games, probably Opening Day activities and even the beginning of the season.

I hope everyone understands the importance for this. Again, a more official announcement will be coming but I wanted to pass this along, especially for our players who have practices this evening.

Stay safe, will pass along information as it becomes available to me.
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Good evening, Waxhaw Families,

Three words tonight to all of our fantastic volunteers today - Wow! Thank You!

We had a total of 48 volunteers (including multiple family members and youth volunteers) today between the 2 shifts totaling over 176 volunteer hours. For our Youth Volunteers, please let me know if there is a signature needed for any volunteer hours you need to fulfill, would be glad to sign whatever is needed to verify these hours for you.

There were plenty of rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and work gloves clearing out all the debris from the flood 2 weeks ago. We were also very fortunate to have a volunteer industrial power wash machine cleaning out our sheds and equipment, as well as Sam's construction backhoe (or whatever that big yellow machine was) moving dirt back onto Nesbit 4. I'm sure I'm leaving out some other very important volunteer items , but what a great day for Waxhaw Baseball teamwork! The parks and fields look nothing like they did yesterday from the flood.

I've reimbursed those who volunteered their work bond fee tonight. Please let me know if you do not see it by the end of the week to the card on file.

Please be on the lookout for the next work bond day (perhaps even as soon as next week). Still a lot more work to do. 

Right now our target day is 3/21 for Opening Day Ceremonies. This will give us a solid month of practices before we get games started (to also account what appears to be a rainy cycle we're in). It will also buy us time to really get our fields in the best shape they can be (especially Nesbit 4) before we start up games. More to come...

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner

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Good evening, Waxhaw Families,

Although registration has closed as of last Friday for most of our divisions, our Intermediate Machine Pitch Rookies division is still looking for a few more players to complete our 6 teams. 

Intermediate Machine Pitch Rookies is our division for players moving up from Coach Pitch 6U TBall, or newer players ages 7-8 to baseball who may have never hit off the machine before. We split up our Machine Pitch Rookies division this season to Intermediate and Advanced, with Advanced being for our experienced machine pitch players getting ready to next season move up to kid pitch Minors.

If you know of a family member, sibling of your child, friend, neighbor, classmate, who may want to play this season, I am keeping the registration for IMP open through Thursday night. 

Any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. Let's do our anti-rain dance also this week so we may get out on the fields soon!

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner

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Dear Babe Ruth families,

For those of you interested in Babe Ruth League (13U-18U), the Babe Ruth season is a bit different from the Cal Ripken season. Here are a few things to be aware of...

Registration for Babe Ruth will be open until February 29. Practices will start in March, and games in May. 

We generally start with all players in the same division practicing together, and separate in to teams in mid- or late-March.

We're looking forward to a great season with you. If you have questions, you can contact our Babe Ruth commissioners...

13U - Mike Clemente ([email protected])
15U - Corey Wenger ([email protected])
18U - Jeff Mead ([email protected])

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner


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Let's keep those Sponsorship Forms coming in and have all of our outfield fences covered with our valued local sponsors. Drop off at your Doctor's office, Dentist, Accountant, your employer, favorite eating location, etc... There are a lot of businesses who do not even know about these opportunities.

Also, Mandatory Coaching Certification is required for 2020. Link is below.

https://baberuthsafety.sportngin.com/register/form/277089265

As always, any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me or your division commissioners.

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Good morning,

Attached below is our updated 2020 Sponsorship Form for Waxhaw Baseball. Sponsorships are an integral part to the financial health of our organization and a great way for you to advertise your business and support the league. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions to myself or Sam LeNoble. Let's fill up our outfield fences with sponsorship banners this Spring!

2020 sponsorship form waxhaw baseball.pdf

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Waxhaw Baseball Families,

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season! That said, time flies and we are about a week or two away from opening up registration for Spring Baseball and I wanted to pass along some important information as we head into the new season. I apologize in advance for the long email (and also apologize that some of you may receive more than one email since I am also sending this to last Spring’s Waxhaw Baseball families).

Many of you know me from coaching and being a TBall/Rookies/Minors Division Commissioner over the years. Recently the Waxhaw Athletic Association Board has nominated me to be our next Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner/President to replace JD Detwiler effective this Spring 2020 Season. I want to personally thank the board and JD for the nomination and have accepted the position. I also want to thank JD Detwiler as well as his predecessor Michael Clemente in developing Waxhaw Baseball to be the tremendous program we have today. They will still be helping out when able to and this help will be much appreciated as I anticipate record enrollment again this Spring.

Here are some important items to pass along (again, apologize for the long letter but there is a lot to get through before Spring season begins). 

Field Improvements:

-    The 2 baseball fields (Kensington Rear/Large and Kensington Front/Small) nearest the elementary school at Nesbit should be baseball game ready for the Spring season. Backstops, fencing, dugouts, and stands should all be in place as well as base anchors and improved field conditions. This will allow our TBall and Rookies divisions to have additional field space for games and practices. There is also a new batting cage at those fields for use by our teams.

-    We should have installed an additional batting cage next to the 3rd base line on field 1 at Nesbit by the start of the season, which will allow our teams playing and practicing on field 4 primarily and also on field 1 to utilize.

-    The new concession stand and bathrooms at Nesbit will hopefully be up and running by the start of the season.

-    We are also in the process of building a permanent shed behind the new concession stand to replace the 2 rotting sheds currently in the cul-de-sac at Nesbit.

-    We know there are more things to be improved at the fields, including pathways to all the baseball fields from the street, permanent lights at fields 2 and 3 at Nesbit and perhaps at Waxhaw Elementary, parking issues at Nesbit, etc… but with record enrollment possible this Spring our priority was to get more fields game ready.

-    A new Work Day Bond will be introduced to the league (more on this later) that will help Sam LeNoble and Jeff Zobel, our hard working Fields Commissioners getting the fields ready for the Spring and during the season.

Baseball Divisions:

-    5U TBall, 6U Coach Pitch, Minors (9-10 yr olds), Majors (11-12 yr olds), and Babe Ruth (13U, 15U, 18U) remain the same format.

-    There will be a big change at our Rookies division this Spring and going forward. Our Rookies machine pitch division will be split into two divisions - Intermediate Machine Pitch (IMP) Rookies and Advanced Machine Pitch (AMP) Rookies. This idea has been stolen from other baseball leagues at this age group and the logic behind it is a new player to baseball or just up from TBall is at a big disadvantage to a player heading into their 3rd or 4th season of machine pitch. New coaches to machine pitch are also at a big disadvantage to experienced machine pitch coaches.

-    IMP will be for players new to machine pitch (up from TBall) and for players 7 or 8 yrs old new to the game of baseball (baseball ages aren’t priority, being a novice baseball player just learning the game is the objective for this division). IMP will play on a slower machine pitch speed and the intention is for coaches to teach more basic fundamentals, and for example, be less aggressive with coaching base running.

-    AMP will be for players who are either truly gifted and baseball knowledgeable coming up from 6U coach pitch, or those with some experience with machine pitch and are looking for a higher level of competition to prepare for Minors kid pitch. In coming seasons this will be also those players ready to move up from a season or two in IMP. The machine will be set to a faster speed and the baserunners as well as coaches should be more aggressive on the bases.

-    More clarity to come but these are the basics for the two new divisions.

Evaluation/Draft/Team Formation:

-    We are going to simplify the evaluations and draft process for our players and coaches this Spring (and Commissioners).

-    All players, including Coach’s players, will come to the mandatory evaluations in early February (dates/times/locations TBD).

-    All players will be rated 1 to 5 by all coaches, 5 being highest, after fielding/throwing/hitting evaluations, and there will also be an independent evaluator at each session.

-    The draft process will be simplified, and there is a new process to address coach’s kids who cannot attend evaluations, as well as previous Challenge/All Stars kids who cannot address evaluations.

-    Speaking of coaches, with record number of teams anticipated this Spring we are requesting that anyone who is able to volunteer to be a coach, especially head coach, to please register when you register your player.

Other Developments/Information:

-    We have been in touch with WCWAA (Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association) and besides our normal Waxhaw Baseball rec regular season we are also planning on 1-2 non-conference games against their rec teams this Spring for bonus baseball.

-    In addition, we may also run one or two bonus Challenge Sunday only tournaments vs WCWAA exclusively for all our Challenge team age groups, with Waxhaw hosting one tourney and attending one at WCWAA.

-    Speaking of Challenge, we are planning 7U, 8U, 9U, possibly 10U, 11U, 12U, and 13U Challenge teams this Spring, which will play a higher level of baseball versus other local organizations. More on Challenge in coming weeks as tryouts will be most likely late January or early February. It is still a requirement in the Spring for those looking to play Challenge ball to also play Rec ball (this is not a requirement in the Fall).

-    We are also planning on having our All Star teams tryout and form at the end of the regular season for each age group 7U and older.

-    In addition, and this is new to our league but used in many leagues around the country. With the additional fields and maintenance, the potential need for volunteers to help with the new concession stand, and general fundraising and sponsorships, we are going to charge a $50 “Work Bond” per family this Spring at registration. This “work bond” will be refunded if you or a family member or friend attends one of our work days at the fields (details and dates TBD but announced soon), volunteers one day in the concession stand (again, details TBD), or becomes a Silver Level or higher Sponsor (more info on Sponsorship opportunities to come). There may be other way to volunteer to have your work bond refunded, including potentially volunteering at a fundraiser Home Run Derby we are considering, more info to come. If you do not choose to volunteer the work bond will go towards the general improvement costs of our fields. 

Again, I apologize for the long introductory email as your new Baseball Commissioner. I am honored and excited to hit the ground running. We have been having meetings since the Fall season ended with a lot of developments and I wanted to pass along much of this information along with the requests for the 2 new positions we are looking to add shortly as registration should be opening soon.

 

NEW BAT REGULATIONS

 

NEW 2018 Bat Rules

 

Cal Ripken T-Ball:  USA T-Ball Stamp

Cal Ripken Rookies, Minors, Majors, Challenge:USA Stamp, 2 5/8" Maximum Barrel

Babe Ruth 13-15: USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50  2 5/8" Barrel

Babe Ruth 16-18: BBCOR .50 and No Greater than -3 weight

 

*Cal Ripken Players(Ages 4-12) Please Note: Bats used in previous seasons, unless marked 'USA'(Not USSSA) are No Longer Permitted.

Field Directory

Locations

Nesbit Baseball Fields/Kensington

1304 H.C. Nesbit Park Rd Waxhaw North Carolina United States 28173

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Field 1 David Hayes Field - (Babe Ruth, Softball)

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Field 2 (T-Ball/Rookie)

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Field 3 Carolinas Healthcare Field (Rookie/Minors)

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Field 4 Commissioner Field (Minors, Majors)

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Field 3 Cage

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Field 2 Cage

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Kensington Large field 5

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Kensington Small field 6

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Kensington 5 Large Cage

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Kensington Small field 6 team 2

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Waxhaw Elementary School Diamonds

1101 Old Providence Road Waxhaw North Carolina United States 28173

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Softball Field #2

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Rookie Field #3

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TBall Field #4

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Upper Cage

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Field 2 Cage

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TBall Field #4 team 2

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Noel Williams Park

3516 Zebulon Williams Rd Monroe North Carolina United States 28110

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Weddington Optimist Park

5211 Weddington Rd Weddington North Carolina United States 28104

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BB 1

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Edna Love Park

300 Park Rd W Indian Trail North Carolina United States 28079

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Porter Ridge Middle School

2827 Ridge Road Indian Trail North Carolina United States 28079

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Main Gym

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Waxhaw Athletic Barn

Waxhaw-Marvin Road Waxhaw North Carolina United States 28173

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