I want to thank everyone for their patience this baseball season. It looks like spring is coming slowly and we are planning on getting started next week, so coaches should be reaching out to their players this week.
There are a couple of important dates coming up. First, picture day will be held on April 22nd. Please mark that date. We will have a schedule out by Monday.
Monday, April 16th is youth night at Parkland High School. The game starts at 7:00 PM and all players wearing their South Parkland shirts will receive a free hot dog and drink. The younger players are also welcome to stand on the field at their favorite position with the Parkland High School baseball team for the national anthem.
We have an online store with Geist that is open and will remain open until April 16th. Please note that I've asked that the long sleeve shirts have the trojan head logo on the back and the short sleeve shirts will only have a logo on the front. This isn't currently noted on the website. The logo at the top of the page when you click on the link will be on the front of all shirts. Below are the link and instructions.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable baseball season and I look forward to seeing many of you at the games. Please remember to support our players in a positive manner and make coming to our fields and parks a great experience for our players as well as the players and families of the opposing teams. It's easy to get caught up in the heat of a game, but please remember to ask yourself "what do I want my child to remember about playing baseball?" We want those memories to be positive.
We can't win them all, but we have great players and great families and we get our share at South Parkland. Best of luck to all the players and coaches this season.
Please volunteer as often as your schedule allows. Not everyone needs to be a coach, but after practices and games, the coaches really appreciate if parents are willing to drag a field while they talk to the players. Please reach out to the coaches and ask if there is anything they need. I know they will appreciate any help they receive.
All players' registration fees are being raised to $110 this season to reflect the growing cost of equipment and umpire fees associated with teams at all levels. In an effort to provide the best possible experience for all players, we will be working to upgrade our field equipment and build batting cages at many of our fields over the next two years.
Lehigh Valley League (LVL), including Junior Legion (JL), Senior Legion (SL) and Connie Mack (CM)-These teams will be selected during several tryout sessions that will be scheduled for mid to late March. All players will receive uniforms including shirts, hats and pants. NOTE: Junior Legion Age Change - In addition to 14 and 15 year olds, players turning 16 any time during the 2018 calendar year are also age-eligible to play Junior Legion DOB on or after 01/01/18.
Parkland League American League (PYL-AL)-All players who wish to compete at the more competitive American League Level must attend the tryouts for the Lehigh Valley League. There may be additional tryouts for the Parkland League after the Lehigh Valley League teams have been selected, butonly players attending the LVL tryouts will be considered for the Parkland League AL Teams.The majority of the tryouts for both teams will run simultaneously. Players in the Parkland League will receive uniforms that include a shirt and hat.
Parkland League National League (PYL-NL)-Players at the National League Level will be selected by a draft process following a coaches clinic*. All players who are not selected for the Lehigh Valley League or Parkland AL teams will play in the Parkland League at the National League level. Players in the Parkland League will receive uniforms that include a shirt and hat. *Players MUST attend the coaches clinic in order to be drafted by a coach. Players who do not attend the clinic will still be placed on a team, but these players will be placed on a team through a RANDOM draw. PLEASE NOTE that players who have been selected for LVL and PYL-AL teams, as well as players who have been protected by coaches, DO NOT attend the coaches clinic. Coaches will receive additional instructions regarding protecting players.
Please note that pants will no longer be provided at most levels due to increasing costs and the difficulty of purchasing baseball pants for players of various sizes. LVL teams and PYL-AL teams will wear gray pants. Coaches at the PYL-NL level will decide whether their teams will wear gray or white pants.
TEAM SELECTION INFORMATION
South Parkland Youth Association takes pride in its players, parents, families, and volunteers, including the many coaches. Speaking on behalf of South Parkland Baseball, we appreciate the support and commitment of all our members throughout our in-house, recreational, and travel baseball programs.
Because baseball is a team sport, it requires a commitment from all involved. We expect this commitment at all levels of baseball, be it our in-house, recreational, or travel programs. All players will be expected to make coaches aware during the tryout process any dates they will be unavailable so coaches can decide on a case by case basis if a player should be selected and the number of players that should be rostered for a team. It will be at the discretion of each coach to decide if a player will be rostered who may miss time during the season.
2. We plan to adhere to the scheduled dates and times as posted (barring any unforeseen circumstances), but there may well be changes in location based on weather and field conditions. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FREQUENTLY FOR ANY CHANGES AND/OR UPDATES. In an effort to give coaches the opportunity to see all players abilities, the majority of the tryouts will be outside.
3. Tryout sessions will be posted by age, not by specific teams.
4. Players must attend all posted sessions at their age level. If an extraordinary situation arises where a player is unable to attend a posted session, PLEASE EMAIL ME IMMEDIATELY at BASEBALL@SPYA.ORG.
1. Players will be evaluated by a group of individuals that includes the head coach, head coaches from other travel levels, and/or other individuals with no child trying out for the team.
2. Players will be given Number Tags to wear front and back during the sessions (NUMBER TAGS MUST BE RETURNED AT THE END OF EACH SESSION).
3. Information will be posted on the website after each tryout session with instructions for the following sessions (e.g., “All Players should return to the next session”; “The following players should return to the next session”, etc.)
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
1. High school players who are trying out for their school team, depending upon the rules of the high school the player attends, may or may not be allowed to attend the South Parkland tryout sessions.
2. High school players who are registered for South Parkland and are unable to attend the South Parkland tryouts are automatically rostered on one of our LVL teams if they make their high school junior varsity or varsity team.
a. The decision as to which team a junior varsity or varsity player will be placed on will be made by the Junior Legion, Connie Mack, and Senior Legion head coaches, in conjunction with the Baseball Commissioner, and will be based on multiple factors.
b. Junior varsity and varsity players will join their respective South Parkland teams as soon as the high school seasons have ended, and will make the same commitment to their South Parkland teams as are made by the players at the younger Lehigh Valley League levels.
For the benefit of all the SPYA kids who are playing baseball this spring, ALL families must either volunteer for 5 or more hours OR pay an additional $50 in place of volunteering.
*SPYA Baseball policy only allows a child to "play-up" a level under specific circumstances and with the approval of the baseball commissioner. Any player requesting to play-up must have an in-season birth date (May-June-July), must have a recommendation from a previous coach, and must have previously played for SPYA. For developmental and safety reasons, no child will be considered without meeting these requirements.
*Players must attend tryouts to be selected for the Lehigh Valley League (LVL) Teams
**The Parkland Youth League (PYL) is divided into 2 levels. The more competitive level (American League - AL) requires players to try out. The less competitive level (National League - NL) DOES NOT require players to tryout.
The Mission of the South Parkland Baseball Program is to make available within the community of Parkland an effectively organized and implemented youth baseball program in which each participant can obtain a positive, competitive, and rewarding developmental and participatory experience in the game of baseball.