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Saturday, April 18
Picture Night

Picture Night is Tuesday 4/21 at Nisky High School.

Please have your team ready to go 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

Forms and uniforms will be distributed to Coaches today.

There is no obligiation to buy a picture, but we would like all teammates to participate in the Team photo.

The schedule will also be posted on the web site.


Time Level Team Jersey Coach
5:00 - 5:15 T Ball 1st National Bank of Scotia Orange Hebbard
  T Ball Balltown Medical Imaging Maroon Gustafson
  T Ball CDPHP Forest Green Marcincuk
  T Ball Dick's Sporting Goods Gold Coso
5:15 - 5:30 T Ball Graney and King Royal Blue Reynolds
  T Ball Handy Fitness Black Fedor
  T Ball Molino's Molars Light Blue Gregoire
  T Ball Reid, McNally, & Savage LLC Red Pagnotta
5:30 -5:45 T Ball Resume Road Navy Rosenthal
  T Ball Valvoline Instant Oil Change Purple Meisner
  Single A AFSCO FENCE Royal Blue* Murray
  Single A Coca-Cola Red Flynn
5:45 - 6:00 Single A Felthousen's Florist Maroon Fields/Polsinelli
  Single A Price Chopper Forest Green Spindler
  Single A River Road Animal Hospital Light Blue Ingemie
  Single A Sonic Drive-In Navy* Cudemo
6:00 - 6:15 Single A Schenectady Pediatric Dentistry Battiste Orthodontics Gold Lefleche
  Single A DeLuke Orthodontics Orange Haughney/Hand
  Single A Trinity Solar Black Bernard
  Double A Capital Signs & Graphics Royal Blue Ryan
6:15 - 6:30 Double A DC Sports Red Grossman
  Double A Comfort Windows Maroon Durante
  Double A First New York FCU Forest Green Munro
  Double A Law Firm of Alex Dell Light Blue Mravlja
6:30 - 6:45 Double A Martin, Harding & Mazzotti Gold Romano
  Double A Mirkovic Teal Group Orange McMahon
  Double A Sports Journal Photos Black Olson
  Triple A Carpet One Floor & Home Royal Blue Booth
6:45 - 7:00 Triple A Grand Blvd Fire Co. Black Mennillo
  Triple A N-Cap Maroon Polsinelli
  Triple A Valvoline Instant Oil Change Orange Kenyon
  Triple A Stewart's Shops Red Fields
7:15 - 7:30 Triple A Sonic Drive-In Green Romano
  Majors DeLuke Orthodontics Orange Hand
  Majors East Coast Sealcoating Maroon Russo/Borwhat
  Majors DC Sports Red Funyak
7:30 - 7:45 Majors Graney and King Royal blue Beattie
  Majors Resume Road Gold Dayton
  Babe Ruth Chao Plastic Surery Gold Grigas
  Babe Ruth Law Firm of Alex Dell Orange Dell
7:45 - 8:00 Babe Ruth LT's Grill Navy Favata
  Babe Ruth Upside Collective Gold Ritzenthaler/Fredenburg
  Babe Ruth Dental Offices Red Paul Ryan


Wednesday, April 15
Nisky 2015 Season Opens!

The season unofficially kicks off tomorrow at 6:30am with the Tri-City Valley Cats Extreme Field Makeover at the Majors Field.  We are still looking for volunteers and reinforcements.   Work starts at 6:30am!   Check in mid day or early evening if you can't be there all day.

Field Day is this Saturday 4/18 starting at 9am.   We will spruce up the fields, set sponsor signs, and prepare for the season.  Bring gloves, rakes, garbages bags and zip ties!  Coaches will have meetings Saturday morning where they will pick up Uniforms, Picture forms, Equipments, Balls and Umpire fee's if applicable.  The various level coach meeting schedule will come out shortly to the coaches.

Saturday is also Bottle Day.  Please bring your returnables for donation to the League.

Team Schedules will be posted by midnight tonight!  Babe Ruth and Majors are loaded.  Babe Ruth starts Monday 4/20.  Majors Friday 4/24.  Single A, Double A and Triple A Saturday 4/25.  T Ball starts Saturday May 2 after Opening Day Ceremonies.

Picture night is Tuesday 4/21 at Nisky High School.   

Offical Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday May 2.

If interested for 16 year - 18 year olds, Senior Babe Ruth is open for registration:

For Cal Ripken Travel players, games start this weekend.  Also please check your account for this season's fees.

Niskayuna Baseball will be hosting the First Pitch 5K Run/Walk on June 6 as a league fundraiser.

This will be a fun community event, with official timing, t-shirts and baseball players to cheer on the runners and walkers!   You can find all the details on our website :

Let the games begin!

Nisky Baseball

Monday, April 13
Nisky Baseball First Pitch 5K Run/Walk June 6

On June 6th Niskayuna Baseball will be hosting the First Pitch 5K Run/Walk!  

This will be a fun community event, with official timing, t-shirts and baseball players to cheer on the runners and walkers!   You can find all the details on our website and flyer attached to this email.  



If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tracy Morra at

Wednesday, March 18
Welcome to the 2015 Niskayuna Baseball Season!

The season is just around the corner, and with the enthusiasm we are seeing at workouts, try outs and the spring clinic, we are anticipating a fantastic 2015 campaign.   Tonight starts up our weekly correspondence on this season.  For new comers, welcome to Niskayuna Baseball!   The league is run by all volunteers and lead by a Board of 17 members.  The league is 100% self funded through registrations, sponsorship, fundraising and concession sales.   All maintenance and capital improvements are funded by the League.     

It is chartered by Babe Ruth-Cal Ripken Baseball which is different than Little League.    (More info can be found on the web page about the differences).  There isn't any local Town funds directed towards the League, in fact the League leases the grounds and has exclusive rights to use of the fields.  The Town however supports the league any way it can by mowing the grounds outside our fences, maintaining the parking lots and various projects and promotion.  We are very thankful for the Town's support.  GE also allows us to use its two fields and tee ball area.  Those fields are a luxury for our league with the popularity we enjoy and rainout rescheduling!    

The heart of the league are the Nisky parents. We have one the highest volunteer rates of coaches, field and concession helpers in the Capital Region.  Nearly 30% of our families participate in donations to our hardship fund.   Each year we fund or support many players that may not have had a chance to play for various financial reasons through that fund.  Those players and parents are very thankful - well done NBL families!

There will be a flurry of activity and emails over the next 6 weeks as we kickoff the year.  Then we'll keep a weekly cadence of news and information, including updates on the NHS Baseball team and Nisky Baseball alum USA Today Pre Season All-USA Garrett Whitley drive for the Majors.

Here is an Around the Horn...

Team Formation

T Ball, Single A and Double A teams are being formed now.

AAA and Majors Draft workout is Saturday 3/28 8am-1pm at the Armory.  All players at these levels are asked to workout.  All AAA and Majors players are drafted by Managers to form our rec teams based on the draft workout session.  We are expecting 7 AAA and 5 Majors teams.  Babe Ruth teams are also made that weekend without a draft.  Please note any modified 12 year olds may not be guaranteed a spot on a Babe Ruth rec roster. The rosters at Babe Ruth are close to full.

All rec teams will be announced by April 1 with email communication of the rosters.  

The ARMORY refers to the Schenectady Armory with information at :

Key Dates

3/28. For all rec coaches, there will be a Coaches Clinic and meeting on 3/28 3pm till 5pm at the Armory.  This replaces the meetings at Field Day and will be more encompassing including instruction from Varsity Coach John Furey.   As a goal this year, the League recognizes the depth of baseball knowledge of its parents however there are many more with the desire to coach but not the specifics on skills.  We want to provide a session where best practices, drills and mentoring can be shared.  As well as discuss rules.  We are also looking to cap pitching usage this year at our AAA and Majors levels.  That will be discussed at the clinic. Coaches thank you for completing the Background Checks online as well.

3/28. Dicks Sporting Goods Niskayuna Baseball Appreciation Day at Crossgates.   With a league coupon enjoy 20% off in the store Satruday March 28.  This year the league is not providing helmets for concerns raised in health and hygiene and purchasing one that day may be advantageous.  Also, Cal Ripken travel players, official Nisky uniforms this year require gray pants with red piping down the pants legs.  We have asked Dicks to be prepared for Helmet and those pants sales in particular.   Coupon to be emailed and shared online.  We also have Dicks coupons to be posted on the web site for general use throughout the year.  Both of these will be up on the web prior to the weekend.

3/28 AAA, Majors and 12U Tryouts at the Armory. 8am-10:30; 10:30-1:00; 1pm-3pm respectively

3/29 Babe Ruth AllStars Tryouts at the Armory 12-2pm

4/4 Beginning of Nisky School Spring Break

4/18 Saturday 9am is Field Day.  It is also Bottle Drive Day.  Bring your empties!   For field day we need volunteers to help set up the fields for league play.  

4/21 Team and Individual Picture night

4/22 Rec Season begins at Majors and Babe Ruth.  

4/25 AAA season begins followed by AA, A.   Preliminarily we are looking to organize a tee ball clinic for all T ball teams on this day as well.  

5/2 T Ball season will start

The Season runs through the school year mid June, with playoffs for Babe Ruth, Majors and AAA ending before the Friday of the last week of school - June 26.  

Please note T Ball and Single A teams will receive trophies from the league this year.  Majors players receive Nisky Baseball dri fit shirts with their league provided jerseys.   T Ball through AAA will receive DriFit team shirts again this year.



We are expecting muddy fields for quite a while. For capital improvements, we plan to update drainage at the Majors field, Field 1 (T Ball) and Field 2 (Single A) this year as well as general fence maintenance.


We are well on our way on sponsors this year.   We have a goal to fill all fence spots with signage before the season.   Sponsors this year include many new ones including Dominos and Sonic Burger.  We also have a long time sponsor and one of Nike's leading uniform providers in DC Sports offering a two day warehouse sale of over runs and mis prints.  New Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, Nike Hyper Dunk shoes, t-shirts, and Uniform samples from major college teams at greatly reduced pricing. Flyer to be posted on the web.  This is 3/26 and 3/27 at the DC Sports Warehouse in Mechanicville.


We are looking at a Fun Run Fundraiser June 6 or 7th, Price Chopper raffle tickets and a return to a Valley Cats game this season as well for Fundraising.

NHS Varsity

Coach Furey, Black and Bianchi are looking to return to the Sectional Final Four this year. Look for Senior Night at our Babe Ruth Field this spring, and support the team during the season.  Many if not all the players grew up in Nisky Baseball, and many are instructors at the Spring Clinics and Sandlots.

Babe Ruth All-Star - Travel

After a strong run through the Mid Atlantics but coming up short heading to the World Series, the Babe Ruth 13-15U team is looking towards a return to the World Series - this time in Tennessee.   Tryouts for all three teams are Sunday 3/29 12pm at the Armory.

Cal Ripken Spring Travel

We will have 7 teams competing in the 8U-12U levels.  All our travel teams this past season enjoyed success through districts and regional tournaments. Our 9U AllStar Team made it to the knockout round at last years' Mid Atlantic Regionals in NJ our furthest advanced Cal Ripken level team.  Coach Kenyon's squad is itching for a return.  This year's 12U World Series will be nationally broadcast from Cal Ripken Stadium similar to the Little League World Series.  Good luck to all our Cal Ripken Travel teams as they work towards the All-Star season.  Indoor training times are being booked now for this coming Spring Season.  Please note 12U tryouts are Saturday 3/28 1pm at the Armory.  

Late registration

Late registration is available here and there, especially at T ball.    Please forward to your friends and neighbors - we will attempt to accommodate any late comers as we build teams.

All that said, we have some more exciting projects and ideas in the works.  Stay tuned and have a great season!

Niskayuna Baseball Board


Wednesday, March 18
Garrett Whitley Preseason USA Today Team

Read about Nisky Baseball alum, and current NHS Senior:

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.    



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


Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays!

Christopher Mennillo


Saturday, January 3
2015 Bat Rules




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."

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.

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.

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.

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.



Mailing Address

Niskayuna Baseball LTD
PO Box 9005
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Email inquiries can be sent to anyone on the Board, or General Inquiries to the Registrar

Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Wed 4/22 Baseball Chao Plastic Surgery @ Dental Offices 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Thu 4/23 Baseball Alex Dell Law @ Upside 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Fri 4/24 Baseball Resume Road @ East Coast 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Majors Field
Fri 4/24 Baseball Chao Plastic Surgery @ LT's Grill 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Sat 4/25 Baseball Carpet One at Sonic Drive In 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Field 4
Sat 4/25 Baseball Mirkovic Teal Group @ Law Firm of Alex Dell 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Field 3
Sat 4/25 Baseball Sonic Drive-In @ Felthousens Florist 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Field 2
Sat 4/25 Baseball Dental Offices @ Alex Dell Law 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Sat 4/25 Baseball Graney & King @ DC Sports 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Majors Field
Sat 4/25 Baseball Coca Cola @ AFSCO Fence 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Field 2
Sat 4/25 Baseball First NY Bank @ Sports Journal 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Field 3
Sat 4/25 Baseball DeLuke @ Resume Road 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Majors Field
Sat 4/25 Baseball N-CAP at Grand Blvd Fire 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Field 4
Sat 4/25 Baseball Schenectady Pediatric Dentistry @ Price Chopper 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Field 2
Sat 4/25 Baseball Chao Plastic Surgery @ Upside 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Sat 4/25 Baseball Martin Harding and Mazzotti @ Comfort Windows 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Field 3
Sat 4/25 Baseball Trinity Solar Systems @ DeLuke Orthodontics 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Field 2
Sat 4/25 Baseball Valvoline Oil at Stewarts Shop 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Field 4
Sat 4/25 Baseball DC Sports @ Capital Signs 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 3
Mon 4/27 Baseball East Coast @ Graney & King 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Majors Field
Mon 4/27 Baseball Valvoline Oil at Grand Blvd Fire 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 4
Mon 4/27 Baseball Law Firm of Alex Dell @ Sports Journal 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 3
Mon 4/27 Baseball DeLuke Orthodontics @ Felthousens Florist 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 2
Mon 4/27 Baseball LT's Grill @ Alex Dell Law 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Tue 4/28 Baseball DC Sports @ DeLuke 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Majors Field
Tue 4/28 Baseball Sonic Drive In at N-CAP 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 4
Tue 4/28 Baseball Comfort Windows @ Capital Signs 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 3
Tue 4/28 Baseball River Road Animal Hospital @ Sonic Drive-In 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Field 2
Tue 4/28 Baseball Dental Offices @ Upside 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Mon 4/20 Baseball Upside @ LT's Grill 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 4/21 star Picture Night 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Niskayuna High School
Sun 4/26 star 9U National Travel Game vs 9N Twin Town Warriors 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Field 4
Fri 5/1 star NHS Friday Night Lights May 1 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Joe Bruno Stadium, Troy NY
Sat 5/2 star Opening Day 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Babe Ruth Field
Sun 5/3 star 8U American Travel Game vs 8AW Twin Town 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Field 3
Sun 5/3 star 9U American Travel Game vs 9AE Clifton Park White 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Field 4
Sun 5/3 star 8U American Travel Game vs 8AW Clifton Park Moch 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Field 3
Sun 5/3 star DH: 12U American Travel Game vs 12AE Colonie Raiders 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Majors Field
Sun 5/3 star 10U National Travel Game vs 10N North Colonie Bison White 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Field 4
Sun 5/3 star DH: 12U American Travel Game vs 12AE Colonie Raiders 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Majors Field
Sun 5/10 star 9U American Travel Game vs 9AE N Colonie Bison Blue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Field 4
Sun 5/10 star 12U American Travel Game vs 12AE Queensbury Spartans 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Majors Field
Sun 5/10 star 10U National Travel Game vs 10N SG Thunder 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Field 3
Sun 5/10 star 11U American Travel Game vs 11AE Colonie Raiders 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Majors Field
Fri 5/15 star 11U American Travel Game vs 11AE Spring Renegades 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Majors Field
Sat 5/16 star Niska Day All Day Craig Elementary School
Sun 5/17 star 10U American Travel Game vs 10AE BHBL Spartans 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Field 4
Sun 5/17 star 11U American Travel Game vs 11AW EGCYBL Athletics 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Majors Field
Sun 5/17 star 10U American Travel Game vs 10AW Queensbury Spartans 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Field 4
Sun 5/17 star 11U American Travel Game vs 11AE Bethlehem Eagles 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Majors Field
Sun 5/17 star 12U American Travel Game vs 12AE BHBL Spartans 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Majors Field