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https://nbl.sportssignup.com/ 



Tuesday, January 6
Registration is Open!

Niskayuna Baseball Registration is Open. Register at:

https://nbl.sportssignup.com/

Early Discount ends 2/1/15.

Registration Closes 3/7/15.

For more information visit the Registration Tab:

http://www.eteamz.com/niskybaseball/news/index.cfm?cat=25788

Enjoy the 2015 Season with Nisky Baseball!   If you have any questions about Nisky Baseball contact the Registrar John Hand jhand@nycap.rr.com


 



Thursday, February 12
Nisky High School Spring Clinic March 14, 15 and March 21, 22

The Coach Furey camp for 6-12 year olds is back for the 2015 Season!

You've been asking.  Here is this year's information.  All proceeds support the Niskayuna High School Baseball Program.


Niskayuna Silver Warriors Baseball 2015 Youth Clinic

Respect – Pride – Belief – Confidence – Responsibility

The Niskayuna High School Baseball Program is holding its annual 2 day Spring Clinic for all baseball players in the Niskayuna Youth Baseball Program.   This year, we will again offer two weekends of Spring Clinic. Each participant will be exposed to 2 hours of fielding instruction on the first day and 1 hour of hitting instruction on the second day.   Each player will be assigned one fielding session on Saturday and one hitting session on Sunday of a particular weekend.

Each weekend is limited to 40 participants.

 

Dates:
Weekend 1- March 14 and 15 / Weekend 2- March 21 and 22

 

Location:
Niskayuna High School (Indoors but will go outside if weather allows)


Equipment:
Bring glove, water bottles and wear sneakers on day 1.  Bats and helmets on day 2.

Instructors:
Niskayuna High School Baseball Staff and Niskayuna High School Baseball Athletes.


Eligibility:
This program is open to all athletes participating in Niskayuna Youth Baseball Cal Ripken Programs. We will accept the first 40 applicants for each weekend.

Fee:
$50 due at registration online.    


Registration:
Register for a weekend at https://nbl.sportssignup.com/


Participants will be notified of their clinic times by March 3.

Thank you from Nisky Baseball and High School Coaching Staff!




Sunday, February 1
Super Bowl Sunday

Registration for Remains open for this season’s recreation season.   
We are running ahead of last years pace.  If interested in playing or coaching, please register today!  If you have any questions feel free to email John Hand jhand@nycap.rr.com
https://nbl.sportssignup.com/


Sponsorships
We have a goal to have all our fences full of sponsor banners before the season begins.  If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in supporting our League financially, please review our Sponsorship Program on our web site, or contact Eric Evans ekevans1@earthlink.net
www.NiskyBaseball.com

Dicks Sporting Goods Niskayuna Baseball Appreciation Day
Mark your calendars for Saturday March 28 at Dicks Crossgates Mall to enjoy 10-20% off all in the store using a Niskayuna Baseball coupon.  

Helmets
Beginning this season, the NBL Board is asking all players at all ages to supply their own helmet for the season.   If for any reason a player can't furnish their own helmet, the League will provide one for the season.

From Chris Mennlllo, President:

Cal Ripken 9-12 Year Old Winter Works
We would like to thank all the players, parents and volunteers for making our first 9-12 Year old Winter Workout an overwhelming success!   Today was our final day of winter workouts for the 9-12 year old Cal Ripken division.  I wanted to share some thoughts and give some perspective on how things went and where we are headed next.  Considering the short turnaround time and limited space of the facility I would say we were very successful in offering baseball to our community during the winter season.  This was a test for us to evaluate and build for the future.  It was not easy finding a location that could support the size of the program and keep you within a close geographic proximity to Niskayuna.  We had approximately 70 kids participate and many others that we had to turn away based on capacity issues.  The goal for our league is to expand this program next year to a larger facility which will allow us to open more spots for our children.  I am pleased to say that such a facility is on its way, with a sneak peak opening coming in March.  More information to come...

For those that have children 8 and under, we haven't forgotten you.  We have been working on a program to offer a similar type of winter baseball experience that our 9-12's have participated in.  Unfortunately the space and time parameters were just not available for us to handle this program in a way that would maximize the experience for the kids.  We are currently looking at some options that will open up a program in early to mid March and run through the beginning of April.  While this isn't set in stone I do want you to know that we are committed to making this happen.  We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.


Cal Ripken 8U-12U Spring Travel Tryouts Approaching
As the snow falls and winter hits full steam Niskayuna Baseball is hard at work planning for the 2015 Spring Travel season at our Cal Ripken.  If you have a child between the ages of 8-12 that is interested in trying out for a travel team please register through this link:  

https://nbl.sportssignup.com/

Things To Consider Before Registering for Travel

1.  This is a league in addition to Recreation baseball and will come with an additional fee.  
2.  There is a significant investment in time and commitment for these teams including multiple practices per week, games on Sundays, and travel to neighboring counties.
3.  Niskayuna is trying to create two levels of play this year (American and National) as previously communicated.
4.  While it is our goal to get all interested on a team there is a high probability that some cuts will be necessary.  The league will use tryouts, multiple evaluators, and a rubric system to objectively evaluate players and make the best decisions possible.
5.  Dates, times, and location for tryouts have not been set and will be communicated once finalized.  It is anticipated that an early to mid March date is likely

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at unlv4@yahoo.com


In closing I am excited to say that we are off in running and Spring 2015 isn't far away.  It won't be long before we chalk up our diamonds and yell PLAY BALL!

Stay tuned.

Christopher Mennillo - League President



Sunday, January 18
Article on Nisky Baseball League Alum Garrett Whitley and His MLB Ambitions

Please find the attached article in the Times Union on Garrett Whitley as he works on his goal to reach the Major Leagues.  Garrett is a Nisky High Senior, and participated in our League from Tee Ball thru 15 year old Babe Ruth.   Most recently Garrett was tossing pitches at Sandlot this past summer.   Please read further, and we hope the best for he and his family as he works toward his dream.    

NBL 

 

 http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Hype-builds-for-rising-star-6023307.php#photo-7401428


 



Thursday, January 1
2015 Niskayuna Baseball State of the League from the Board President

As we enjoy the holiday season with friends and family I wanted to give you a quick update on the state of Niskayuna Baseball.

Niskayuna experienced a very successful season on and off the field last season.  Our program continued to support over 600 kids at five (5) levels of play.  Our travel program had another winning season and our All-Star squads represented Niskayuna with class and dignity.  The nine (9) year old team hosted a State Tournament thanks to significant contributions from team parents as well as league wide volunteers.  That team ultimately won the State Championship advancing to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Basking Ridge, NJ before their run came to an end in the Quarter-Finals.  Our Babe Ruth program hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regionals for a second straight season and the time and energy given by the parents to pull that off was simply amazing.  Our league could not survive without YOU!

Hosting these tournaments is an incredible task of coordination and an important piece of our overall program.  It brings attention to the community, provides additional exposure for our sponsors, and gives our kids a little home field advantage.  Niskayuna Baseball will continue to pursue opportunities to host various stages of tournament play in the future.

Off the field the league has continued to reinvest our funds into enhancing the experience of being at our park both on the field and in the stands.  It is quite a cost to run a league of this size year over year.  In addition to your standard needs throughout the season for things as simple as baseballs, the Board is constantly exploring opportunities to upgrade facilities as needed.  During this past season a large investment was made in our lower fields.  Field 4 had a fence upgrade, was outfitted with new sod in the foul territory, and the sprinkler system was repaired.  At the lower complex, a second batting cage was added, fence caps were fastened to field 3 and 4, and some band-aid work from volunteers was done to a concession stand that has seen its better days.  Our goal is to continue building the program to be the finest in the district and one that Niskayuna Baseball families can be proud of. 

Through the Town Parks committee the Board is seeking assistance to replace the Concession stand with permanent bath rooms at the Lower Level, and potentially rearranging the Babe Ruth complex as part of an entry way to the bike trail, as well as make it safer in the parking lot for visitors and to reduce sunset in the players vision.

As we break for the holidays there are several key points that the Board has approved for the 2015 season.  Here is a snapshot of things you will see over the next few weeks/months:

·       2015 recreation registrations will open in early January.  Two things will remain the same (early registration discount and multiple player per family discount).  A topic of discussion every season is our registration fees.  I am pleased that we are able to offer very similar pricing as last season with only moderate escalation to account for additional operating expenses such as credit card fees and cost associated with background checks which will be done on all volunteer coaches as mandated by Cal Ripken Baseball.

·       Sponsors will be encouraged to fill all our fences with banners, a slight change from promoting strictly teams.  We’ve added a deadline to our sponsor fundraising to have complete before the season.

·       We will be looking to expand our 2015 Travel Baseball Program to include a National division level of play.  This will be a step up from the recreation level but not quite as intense as American division.  More about the various levels of play will be circulated as we get closer to registrations and tryouts.

·       Winter workouts will be held this season at all levels of play.  Our 13-15 year old program will begin on January 3 and those registered will be receiving additional information soon.  Our Cal Ripken Division begins January 11 and we are still accepting registrations.  More information to follow.

·       Tryouts for our Travel program will be in early February.  We will be selecting our 9 and 10 year old teams first.  Dates for our 8 year old program are still being determined.  Our 11 and 12 year old players will tryout in early February and selections will be made on the players that will participate however team placement will be determined at a later date once we have determined how many teams we will have and what division levels we will play in.  I will discuss this in greater detail prior to tryouts.

As we continue to move the league closer to the 2015 season more information will become and made available.  In the meantime if you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email at unlv4@yhoo.com

 

Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays!

Christopher Mennillo


 



Saturday, January 3
2015 Bat Rules

From:

http://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx

 

Updated:
 

For 2015 Playing Season


Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats

"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants.  Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."

APPROVED BATS:
To follow up our previous correspondence and information posted on the Babe Ruth League website, the following details on all baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for local league and tournament play.  Such descriptions are included as part of the Babe Ruth League Rules and Regulations.

CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 33"in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2¼" in diameter.  Only 2¼" barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed.  Wood 2 ¼" barrel bats are allowed.

13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter.  All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed.  Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed.  Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

16-18 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel many not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio.  Only metal/composite bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 are allowed.  Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.

 


 



Saturday, December 13
Winter Workouts for Cal Ripken 9 - 12 Year Olds

Cal Ripken Winter Workout Registration

For 9 to 12 Year Olds will open this weekend.  Register at:  https://nbl.sportssignup.com/

Here is more information from Chris Mennillo:

Niskayuna Baseball,

Winter Workout registrations are here!!

As announced in previous communications Niskayuna Baseball is offering winter workouts to the entire baseball community.  The goal is to give kids an opportunity to work on their skills in the offseason under the instruction of many of our travel and all-star coaches.  As the President of the league my expectation is to use this platform to expand our league and the offerings for additional baseball at all levels.  Through this four week period we will asses our ability to form multiple travel teams at each age group (similar to what we did during our fall program this past season).  You are not required to attend these workouts to be eligible for spring travel as a separate tryout date will be scheduled for early February.  With that here are some specifics:

The session will be a four week Sunday block 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1

The cost will be approximately $75 per player but we will open registration as $0 until we know how many players we have.  In addition we are working on something for our 8 year older players that will likely be scheduled in February.

The time slots are: subject to change depending on number of registrations.
  9:00 - 11:00 12 and 11 year old players
11:00 - 12:30    9 year old players
12:30 -  2:00  10 year old players

We will be determine the number of volunteers needed once we see the registration numbers at each level.  If you are interested in assisting please contact me at unlv4@yahoo.com

In addition for age purposes, the age you are as of May 1, 2014 is the age you will be slotted with. Again, please contact me with any questions. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.  Chris

That's all from NBL this week.  Watch for black ice, and stay warm!





Monday, December 8
Winter Workout 13-15u and 12 year olds in 7th grade

2015 Nisky Baseball Winter Training Registration is now Open!

Winter Training with Nisky Baseball run by Chris Bianchi.

Workouts will consist of various foundational skills in both hitting and fielding.

13-15U + 7th Grade 12 Year Olds...

Age is based on 4/30/15.

The session will be 10 weeks:

1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14

The time slots are:
12:00 - 1:00
  1:00 - 2:00

Registration right now is $0.  The final cost will be determined at Registration close.

Accounts then will be billed for credit card payment, or checks will be accepted at the first session.

Spots are limited, sign up soon.

Follow the link, and then click the Register Online Bar in the middle of the screen.

https://nbl.sportssignup.com/site

Thanks

John Hand
Registrar


Friday, November 21
Entertainment Books - $25

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Entertainment Books for Sale $25.   Email Sara Erickson ericksonhs@aol.com


 



Friday, November 14
Friday Nov 14 League Update

This morning's snow covered grass serves as a reminder: only 147 days till Opening Day! 

Please read below a message from Chris Mennillo the new President of the League, and remember to check out our Holiday Nisky Baseball Store at https://stores.dc-sports.com/department/niskayuna-baseball-61.cfm    Password:  N BASEBALL.  Store closes Wed November 19.

Message:

Dear Niskayuna Baseball Players and Families,

My name is Christopher Mennillo and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share some exciting news for 2015.   I was recently elected as the 2015 President for Niskayuna Baseball.  I have been volunteering in youth baseball programs for many years including the past two (2) season here at NBL.   I consider an honor and a privilege to serve as the Board President and I look forward to continuing to build on the success that the program has enjoyed over the past several years.

The first and what I think will be the most exciting and beneficial project I am working on is winter workouts for ALL players that are interested in practicing and working on their skills over the winter months. In the past, some teams had independently participated in their own work outs and the league had provided smaller scale workouts for specific levels. We are expanding this to ensure all players have the opportunity to participate and 2014 managers have been asked to not do independent work outs and to encourage players to work out with their teammates and friends.

The logistics of this program are still being developed and we are very close to rolling it out.   More information will be sent out by the league in regards to signing up, price and commitment.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at any time.  I look forward to the 2015 season!

Sincerely,
Christopher Mennillo
unlv4@yahoo.com



Wednesday, November 12
Message from Board of Directors

Niskayuna Baseball is aware of the novel Saving Babe Ruth and acknowledges that this is the author Thomas Swyers recollection of some events that are similar to the true events that had taken place in the Town of Niskayuna over the past several decades.
 
Many Board Members and members of the community (including Mr. Swyers) have spent their personal time to make Niskayuna Baseball the success it is today.
 
Niskayuna Baseball continues to provide recreational and higher level programming for over 600 children ages 5-18.
 
We are encouraged with the relationship between Niskayuna Baseball and the High School Administration and Sports Programs, and work diligently to increase communication and a positive  relationship to benefit the players, students and community as a whole.
 
Niskayuna Baseball acknowledges the good work that Mr. Swyers has done to get the league where it is today, but recognizes that Saving Babe Ruth is a novel based on some true events and shared with the liberties allowed an author to make a story more interesting to read.

The Board looks forward to continue to grow Baseball in the Niskayuna community, and is excited by the upcoming 2015 season.   



Friday, November 7
New Board of Directors for 2015

The Board of Directors was elected for the 2015 campaign.  We'd like to thank Brud Cutting, Ashley Edwards and Eric Whitley for their leadership and volunteering to the league over the past many years.  We'd also like to thank Tom Spataro for the past 5 years of being President leading the league and spending a tremendous amount of hours every week to ensure baseball is thriving and available to everyone in the community.  Tom has shifted to a Trustee role for next year.  Lastly we would like to thank their spouses and families for allowing them to contribute to the overall league in general with countless hours, emails and phone calls away from the family - they are the unsung heros.

The new Board for 2015 brings two fresh perspectives.  Angela Antonikowski and Dave Fields.  Welcome!  We're glad to have you both! 

2015 Board

Christopher Mennillo             President                                        unlv4@yahoo.com
Rand Booth                          Treasurer                                         rbooth1@nycap.rr.com
John Hand                            Vice President/Registrar**              jhand@nycap.rr.com
Eric Evans                            Sponsorship Chair                          eevans@hgl.com
Tracy Morra                          Fundraising Chair                           tkmorra@yahoo.com
Angela Antonikowski           Secretary                                         antonikowskifamily@gmail.com
Bill Fredenburg                    Travel / All-Stars Cal Ripken            williamfredenburg@gmail.com
Chris Bianchi                       Travel / All-Stars Babe Ruth*           cbianchi@niskyschools.org
Bob Brown                           Uniform Manager                             bob@dc-sports.com
Sara Erickson                      Concession Manager                       ericksonhs@aol.com
Mike Polsinelli                      Equipment and Facility Manager     mpolsin@nycap.rr.com
Dave Fields                          Facility and Equipment Manager     fields29@aol.com
Matt Coso                            GM Cal Ripken T-AA                         matt@oneconnectinc.com
Glenn Ritzenthaler               GM Babe Ruth                                 gwritz@mindspring.com
Ben Gabrielle                       Trustee '15                                           bgabriele@kgbcpas.com
Jameson Foster                   Trustee '15                                            jfoster2@nycap.rr.com
Tom Spataro                         Trustee '16                                           thomas.g.spataro@guycarp.com
Tom Swyers                         Trustee '15                                            tomswyers@verizon.net

* non voting member
** GM Cal Ripken AAA-Majors




Friday, September 12
2014 Survey Results...General Meeting to NBL Participants Tuesday 9/16 6:30pm Town Hall

Thanks everyone for participating in our survey this year on rec and travel.

Results can be found at:

http://www.eteamz.com/niskybaseball/handouts/

The Niskayuna Baseball Board is having an open meeting Tuesday September 16 at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall.

We'll review the results and invite comments from the Nisky Baseball community as we begin planning for the 2015 Board and League activities.  

Thanks

NBL


 



Monday, August 18
Niskayuna Booster Club Fundraiser

Once again, the NBL would like the Baseball community to consider supporting the Booster Club's fundraising efforts this coming school year:

The
Niskayuna High School Booster Club is selling Proctor’s Theatre Tickets to support the school's Baseball and Boys and Girls Soccer Programs.

NEWSIES Saturday, October 11, 2014 8pm   $90
ANNIE
Sunday, March 8, 2015 2pm  $70

PIPPIN Friday, May 29, 2015 8pm    $75

In support of the athletic programs, prices include a tax-deductible donation.

Receipt will accompany tickets.
Seating for all shows are in the orchestra sections.

For ticket information and reservations, please e-mail

Laura Favata   laura@favata.com

Seth Hanft        shanft@nycap.rr.com

Greg Daviero   gdaviero@schnabel-eng.com

Marta Ozisik    marta@ozisik.net

Thank you
NBL!



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Mailing Address


Niskayuna Baseball LTD
PO Box 9005
Niskayuna, NY 12309
www.niskybaseball.com
Email inquiries can be sent to anyone on the Board, or General Inquiries to the Registrar jhand@nycap.rr.com



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 2/28 star Winter Workout 13-15u and 12 year olds in 7th grade 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Front Street/Mohawk Avenue
Sat 3/7 star Registration Closes March 7,2015 All Day
Sat 3/7 star Winter Workout 13-15u and 12 year olds in 7th grade 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Front Street/Mohawk Avenue