WELCOME TO BTAA BULLDOGS SOFTBALL
BTAA Softball Parents with Kids in Grades 6-9,
Below is the update on evaluations:
This Sunday, March 8th
6th/7th: 1pm-3pm. Check-in/warm-ups 1pm-1:30pm. Actual evaluating starts at 1:30pm.
8th/9th: 3pm-5pm. Check-in/warm-ups 3pm-3:30pm. Actual evaluating starts at 3pm.
We are aware that Freedom has tryouts from 6pm-9pm, will get the girls out in a timely fashion, and do not plan on wearing them out.
Even if you told me last night about a scheduling conflict, please email me again. I am bound to forget something from last night.
Unless otherwise instructed, please attend with your natural grade. Ex: 7th graders in the 6th/7th group.
They are at
Monocacy Manor / St. Francis Center for Renewal.
395 Bridle Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Note: the gym is a little chilly, so please dress accordingly.
405 Bridle Path Rd. works best for mapping purposes.
Bridle Path Rd. is off of Center Street, just south of Macada Rd, and just north of Illick's Mill Road.
The building with the gym is on the right at the top of the hill. Park & enter on the left side (aka far side) of the building.
What to bring:
- Sneakers (not cleats)
- If you have your own bat, helmet, or catching gear, please bring that as well. If you do not have these items, they will be provided.
If you missed in-person sign-ups, email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
Below are the latest dates registrations can be submitted. A submitted late registration does not guarantee a child a spot. Registrations will be accepted up until the point at which all teams at a given level are full.
2nd/3rd Grade: past, limited space available
4th/5th Grade: past, limited space available
6th/7th Grade: 3/2
8th/9th Grade: 3/2
10th Grade +: 4/19
*Registrations may be accepted after the listed dates, but at the discretion of the BTAA Coordinator.
$85.00 for 1st child. Second child: $60.00. Third child: $40.00. $185 maximum per family. Uniform deposits to be collected at a later time.
Coordinator has Been Found
I am happy to inform you that Mike Palovich has agreed to take on the role of Softball Coordinator and there will be a 2015 season. Mike has been an active participant in BTAA Softball for several years, including coaching for multiple years. As I have worked with Mike in the past, I know the program is in good hands and he is someone I know I can work with through this transitional season.
As I have stated before, my intention to remain active with the BTAA Softball program. For this season I will be focusing on supporting Mike as he learns the ropes. Also, I will be extending an offer to Mike to work on player and coach development. If all goes according to plan, the end result will be a season very similar to past seasons.
ELV (League) Changes for 2015:
- The pitching circle (instead of any infielder) will be used to establish possession. The same 2/3rds rule from last year applies.
- Leads can start when the ball reaches the plate.
- Runners can steal any base. Team max of 10 per game.
- Games will be focused on M-Thu. There will be occasional Fridays. All attempts will be made to avoid Saturday games.
- Steals increase to 14 per game.
- Ball is live when the catcher goes to throw out a runner on a steal, pick-off, or dropped 3rd strike.
- With the above changes the gap between ELV and PIAA/ASA/USSSA is extremely small.
Moving to a two division approach to address the wide variety of experience at this level. For example, a 3rd grader could be in her first year of playing or her 4th years of playing.
- 2nd/3rd Grade Competitive
Designed for 2nd/3rd graders who have played at least one year. The rules are similar to those played in 2014 at the 2nd/3rd grade level, but will play with the 11” hard ball.
- 2nd/3rd Grade Instructional
Designed for 2nd/3rd Graders who have never played before, 1st graders who played t-ball the year before and think they are ready for something more advanced than t-ball, and 2nd/3rd graders who have played before but are in need of an instructional focused environment. This level will be similar to the Coach Pitch level used in 2013 and before.
Likely moving to a fixed day approach. Ex: all games on Mondays and Wednesdays. This would hopefully lessen the need to roster 18 girls to have enough to play.