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WAXHAW ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Commissioner's Notes



January 15, 2020

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.pdf

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner

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January 12, 2020

Good morning, Waxhaw Baseball Families,

I am sending out the latest information regarding our Spring Challenge and newly formed Travel programs, along with tryout dates and the head coach email contact information. 

Every season we have put together a Challenge team for each age group for players looking to compete against other baseball organizations in the area at a more competitive level than our regular in-house rec baseball program. This Challenge team in the Spring is also a great way for our more talented players to be prepared playing in tournaments leading up to the formation of our summer All Star teams (All Stars has a separate tryout in May). We definitely will have an 8U, 9U, 10U, and probably a 13U team. We are looking for a 7U Challenge coach to form that team (contact me if interested), and possibly a 12U Challenge team (again, looking for a coach there).

Our Challenge teams will practice on Friday nights and/or Sunday afternoons, and will participate in 4 Sunday only local tournaments against other organizations like South Charlotte, MARA, etc... The age cutoff is 4/30/2020, meaning your child needs to be the specific age on 4/30/2020. For example, if your child is 8 yrs old or younger on 4/30/2020 they are eligible to tryout for the 8U team. However, if they are 8 today but turn 9 before 4/30/2020 they will have to try out for the 9U Challenge team. In addition, we do require our Challenge players in the Spring to play rec baseball also. The cost for the Challenge team is $200, which includes payment for the 4 tournaments and a Challenge team uniform. 

This year we are also introducing a Travel baseball program for two age groups - 9U and 11U. These teams will not be required to play rec baseball, will probably hold 2 weekly practices on our fields as well as 1 batting cage session. They will play some combination of Sunday only tournaments and possibly a few 2 day weekend tournaments. There will be 6-8 tournaments total (final schedule still TBD). The cost for this Waxhaw Travel baseball program will be approx. $450/player but again, rec baseball will not be required. We are rolling this program out to offer some of our more talented players a pure Travel program in-house where they can remain under our Waxhaw Baseball umbrella and not have to seek out a Travel program with an outside baseball organization. Note: Since these players will not be playing rec games this Spring they will not be eligible for All Stars this summer.

Below is a list of tryout dates and team coach contact information.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner

2020 Spring Challenge & Travel Baseball Tryout and Contact Information

Challenge:

7U: TBD (coach needed)

8U: Tryouts Sat 1/25 3:00pm Nesbit 3; Matt Lasher  [email protected]

9U: Tryouts Sat 1/25 9:30am Nesbit 3; Justin Anthony  [email protected]

10U: Tryouts Sat 1/25 9:30am Nesbit 4; Pete Henrikson  [email protected]

12U: TBD (coach needed)

13U: TBD; Tony Melendez  [email protected]  (please contact if interested)

Travel:

9U: Tryouts Sun 1/26 2:00pm Nesbit 4; Tony Melendez  [email protected]

11U: Tryouts Mon 1/13 5:30pm Nesbit 4; Tim Noel  [email protected]

Please note: If you are not able to make the currently scheduled tryouts, please contact the head coach if your child wants to still try out and there may be an opportunity for a second tryout. Also, if you already registered for rec baseball and make a travel team you will be refunded the rec registration fee and only will be responsible for the Travel registration costs.

 

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January 8, 2019

Quick update for our Waxhaw Baseball families.

Registration ends 2/14. IMP and AMP Rookies, and Minors Evals are 2/15 (time and place TBD). Draft and team formation is 2/16 for those divisions at CMC Waxhaw Conference Room (tentatively IMP 1-2:15pm, AMP 2:15-3:30pm, Minors 3:30pm-5pm). Majors TBD.

Challenge and Travel (new!) tryouts and team information will be out by end of the week. 

Please register to coach, we will be needing coaches this Spring!

Lastly, we're anticipating our first Field Work Day (to earn back your $50 Work Bond Fee) will probably be Sunday 1/26 with 2 sessions - one from 8am-12noon, and one from 12noon-4pm. More to come on this soon.

Sponsorship flyer will also be out soon, some exciting opportunities there. Home Run Fundraising Derby will be back this Spring also. More info to come.

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner
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December 26, 2019

Hope all of our Waxhaw Baseball Families had a happy Christmas!

Couple of quick yet important items. Registration is now open for all rec divisions. Please note the change for our Rookies division. More detailed explanation is below and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or Greg Pennisi. Also note the work bond fee has now been added to the registration fee. There will be one work day scheduled for January and one scheduled for February. More details to come but there are a ton of tasks our Fields Commissioners are looking to have done to get the facility in top shape for the start of the Spring season. 

With the warm weather the next few days get those gloves and bats dusted off (or unwrapped if a Christmas present), get your child outside, and practice some baseball!

Have a fun and safe New Year's celebration! 

John Osterberg
Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner
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December 19, 2019

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.

-    We are looking to form an official Waxhaw Baseball Board of Directors who will meet monthly (either in person or via conference call) to discuss important baseball matters. This board will consist of the Commissioner/President (me), Grounds Commissioners (Sam & Jeff), each Divisional Commissioner (Michael Leshaw TBall, Greg Pennisi Rookies, JD Detwiler Majors, Michael Clemente Babe Ruth), and our WAA Treasurer Keri Nelson. Each of these positions are in place for the Spring season. However, we are looking to add two new positions - Uniform Director and Fundraiser Director - who will report to the baseball board and a position that will come with some perks. If you are interested in being considered for this position please do get in contact with me ASAP.

-    For the Spring, we are still evaluating what the updated registration fees will be for each division based on the anticipated costs of these field improvements, as well as existing debt for Waxhaw Baseball. We have updated our financial situation in detail this winter with extensive help of our WAA Treasurer Keri Nelson. We do anticipate a manageable increase over last Spring, just wanted to give everyone the heads up ahead of time.

-    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.

Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at [email protected].

Enjoy your Holiday Season and please keep checking the website at WaxhawBaseball.org for updated registration information over the next few weeks.

Go Waxhaw!

John Osterberg

Waxhaw Baseball Commissioner

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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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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Noel Williams Park

3516 Zebulon Williams Rd Monroe North Carolina United States 28110

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Field 3

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Weddington Optimist Park

5211 Weddington Rd Weddington North Carolina United States 28104

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Field 7

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Edna Love Park

300 Park Rd W Indian Trail North Carolina United States 28079

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