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Monday, February 10

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 SEASON!

We here at Far North are pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Baseball season is now open and accepting signups!  Registering online is the easiest and most efficient way to register your child.  Please visit our REGISTRATION LINK below to sign up today.

A few important items of note relating to registering your child for the upcoming season:

  • If you're new to our league: Welcome! Because our national affiliation is now with PONY Baseball, anyone can register and play in our league, even if you are currently participating (or are planning to participate) in another league in the Anchorage area!
  • For new and returning families, please see our 2014 Parent Handbook.  It's stuffed full of information about our league and its makeup, goals, volunteer positions, code of conduct, league and facility rules, a calendar of events for the 2014 season, and much more!
  • While registering online is the easiest, fastest and most efficient way to get started this season, for those of our membership who would like to, we will be having a few walk-in times on Sundays at the end of March and the beginning of April. (Exact dates, times and location will be announced soon.)
  • Mandatory evaluations for all players aged 9-12 will be held at a date to be announced in April. Age group ranges and their associated evaluation times will be announced later this spring, along with an additional date/time/location for make-up evaluations.
  • Attention Softball Families! Registration for softball is currently closed due to low participation levels this past season. However, we are committed to continuing to provide opportunities for all players.  If there is enough interest in the program for this year's fall season, we will be opening registration for it.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about anything at all. We are here to help!

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You'll be taken directly to our online service provider for an easy, one stop
registration for both players and volunteers. It's quick and easy!




FAR NORTH 2014 MANDATORY PLAYER EVALUATIONS
For 9-17 Year Old Players

BASEBALL EVALUATIONS 

DATE:                      SUNDAY, APRIL 13th
LOCATION:       SOUTH ANCHORAGE HIGH SCHOOL (13400 Elmore Road)
TIME:                  Completed.  See make up evaluations below on April 30th.

 

BASEBALL PLAYER SKILLS CLINIC & "Denali League" EVALUATIONS

DATE:                      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16th
LOCATION:       THE ALASKA DOME (6501 Changepoint Drive)
TIME:                (Schedule is as follows.)

  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM - 11-12 YO Player Clinic & Denali League Evaluations Session
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM - 13-17 YO Player Clinic & Denali League Evaluations Session


  • BASEBALL PLAYER MAKE UP EVALUATIONS & PLAYER SKILLS CLINIC

    DATE:                      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th
    LOCATION:       THE ALASKA DOME (6501 Changepoint Drive)
    TIME:                (Schedule is as follows.)

  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM - 9-17 YO Makeup Evals (Only for those who missed 4/13 Evals!)
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM - 13-17 YO Player Skills Clinic
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    Evaluations FAQ

    My child is eight years old and would like to play in the 9/10 (10U) division. Does he/she still need to come to evaluations?
    Yes, they do. They must be evaluated prior to being moved into the 10U division and they should attend the 9/10 evaluations session.

    My child played 11/12 (12U) last season. Does he/she still need to come to tryouts?
    Yes, they do. We may need to reselect the 12U division this year.

    Will my child be on the same team as last year?
    If your child is selected to the 12U division or older divisions, they are subsequently placed on the team that selected them. If your child is in one of the younger divisions, you may request a coach or request your son or daughter be placed with a friend or neighbor. 

    What does my child need to wear?
    Your child needs to wear loose fitting clothes (sweats, warm-ups or baseball pants and a t-shirt) and NON-MARKING INDOOR SHOES. Your son or daughter will not be allowed into the gymnasium with street shoes. Additionally, please do not forget to have them bring their glove.  It will be used extensively in the evaluations. 

    Can I be in the gymnasium with my child during evaluations?
    No. Only coaches and league personnel are allowed on the gymnasium floor during evaluations. The observation level above the gym should be open for parent viewing.

    What if I can’t make evaluations or my son or daughter is sick?
    We are a league of volunteers, all with families and we understand life does happen and complications can (and do) arise.  If your child cannot make evaluations at the scheduled date and time (or at the "makeup" scheduled time, then we ask that you contact our League Vice President Mike Fetko via e-mail or phone ASAP. (
    mikefetkojr@yahoo.com or (907)563-7922.)  

    Can I register at evaluations?
    Yes, you can. However, there is typically a long line and a lot going on during evaluations. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our online registration service before attending evaluations at www.farnorthysa.org.

    Should attendance at the primary evaluation time not be possible, please plan to attend the make-up evaluation session listed below:

    DATE:                      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th
    LOCATION:       THE ALASKA DOME (6501 Changepoint Drive)
    TIME:                6:00 – 7:30 PM - 9-17 YO Makeup Evals
                           (Only for those who couldn't attend the 4/13 Evaluations!)

     


     



    Sunday, March 2
    Far North Denali baseball league (CLICK LINK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS EXCITING NEW DIVISION)



    Monday, February 10


    Hello All,

    I hope that you are all keeping warm, safe and healthy this winter, and that 2014's new year is off to a great start!

    At the start of the 2013 season, Far North made a change to our national league affiliation, moving from a Little League Baseball affiliated league to a PONY Baseball affiliated league. At the time, Alaska District 1 Little League (AKD1) sent out a letter to our membership that gave the impression that Far North’s (FN) Board of Directors had chosen to disband our organization and not offer baseball and/or softball programs for the families in our district. **This was not (and is still not) true in any way.**  The same dedicated group of volunteers that has served you and your family in the past is still here, meeting monthly and working hard to plan for the summer 2014 season and beyond. All of us are 100% committed to continue providing high quality youth baseball and softball programs to you and yours.

    That being said, we presented the following information to our membersip at the time, and would like to reiterate it at the beginning of the 2014 season in order to be as open and transparent about the situation as possible as we continue to support, instruct and assist our community's children as well as continue to establish our league as the only one in Municipality of Anchorage that is open to all children who wish to participate, regardless of where they happen to live within the Anchorage bowl!

    Q: You’ve told us that FN is not disbanding. If that’s the case, why did we receive this letter from AKD1?
    A: In order to best serve young players, we have changed our league’s national affiliation away from Little League to PONY Baseball & Softball. (PONY = Protect Our Nation’s Youth. www.pony.org.) Because our league is no longer affiliated with Little League, our membership is no longer tied to the arbitrary boundaries set by AKD1 and now encompasses the entire Anchorage Area.

    Q: Okay, so FN has made the move to PONY. Why is this change occurring?
    A: Youth baseball and softball has been in a serious, steady decline in Anchorage over the past 20 years. In some areas, local leagues have seen membership decline almost threefold, and while the reasons are varied and wide, they are all valid and the decline is very real. We have made many attempts in past seasons to address the long held concerns we have with the Little League model and how little it does to serve our children’s unique situation here in Alaska. Despite our truly best efforts, they’ve been unwilling to even attempt to find any sort of common ground or resolution to our concerns, ultimately seeing the status quo as a better alternative to working with us to keep the sport we all love alive and growing here in Alaska.

    Q: What can we expect to see in FN’s baseball/softball model that we didn’t have before the change?
    A: Children from all over the local area, regardless of their age or talent level will benefit from the FN model by extending the playing season, by allowing the playing fields to be conformed to the needs of the player and their age/ability group, by modifying rules to ensure that the health, safety, and development of all players is addressed, and by allowing the flexibility to work with a player’s needs, including placing players in divisions best suited for their skill level and success. Additionally, in order to help our sport grow and ultimately thrive, our model uses a modified MLB rule set and purposefully phases/progressively increases the field dimensions on which it’s played. These changes are what ultimately allows us to introduce “real” baseball concepts such as (but by no means limited to) dropped third strikes, leading off and stealing bases as early as 9 years of age. We’ve seen it firsthand: “real baseball” truly does equal real fun, and we’ve also seen over time that introducing these concepts early and progressively allows children to grow with the game rather than be frustrated and at times, frightened when the game they know changes suddenly and dramatically as they near their teenage years.

    We will continue to post additional detailed information on our website. We're also happy to report that registration for the 2014 season is now open! Please check back regularly for updates.

    Lastly, while I believe that the above will answer many of your questions about the continuing exciting changes here at Far North, please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or concerns that you or your family may have. It is my sincere hope that you and your family choose to stay with Far North to help us usher in a new era of youth baseball and softball in Anchorage. The best is truly yet to come!

    Yours in Baseball,

    Steve Forrest, President
    Far North Youth Sports Association




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