Niskayuna Baseball : Babe Ruth

Tuesday, April 22
2008 Babe Ruth News and Notes

Check back often for news and notes regarding this year's Babe Ruth season

Monday, May 26
One thing that distinguishes Babe Ruth Travel and Babe Ruth All Stars from other Travel Teams ...

Some travel teams ask kids to sign lengthy waivers and releases of liability. See below. Do kids really understand what they are signing? Can they read the small print? Are kids really supposed to inspect the field, equipment and facilities to see if there are any safety issues? Is it proper for kids to sign a document assuming the risk of serious injury permanent disability or death due to the negligence of others simply because they want to play baseball ?

These teams also forbid the kids from playing in Babe Ruth Travel and All Star programs with threats of banishment from future play for years to come. Is that a positive way of marketing their baseball program for youths?   

We do not require your child to sign his life away in order for him to play in our Babe Ruth Travel and All-Stars programs. We don't forbid him from doing other things . We try to foster and environment where baseball is a fun and positive learning experince for your child. After all, isn't that what baseball or any sport is supposed to be about?


Niskayuna Red S____ Inc.

2008 Application/Registration Form


Please complete this form, sign the release/waiver, and mail with a $100 check payable to Niskayuna Red S___ Inc. to:

Niskayuna Red S___ Inc

Attn: __________


Niskayuna, NY 12309


Name  _________________________________________________________________  


Date of Birth  _____________           Age on 5/1/08  _________ 


School Players Attends  ________________________________  Grade  _____________


Street Address ___________________________________________________________


Town  _________________________________  Zip Code ________________________


Parents Names  ___________________________________________________________


Home Phone  _______________________  Cell Phone ___________________________


Email (For NRS Correspondence)  ________________________________________


NRS / Travel Team Played for in 2007  _____________________________________

   §  This application/registration form does not guarantee a player a roster spot, however failure to complete this form and/or sign the waiver will prevent a player from being considered for the NRS program. 

§  NRS will give a 100% refund to any player failing to make a travel team.

§  100% of your registration fee will be applied to offset NRS team expenses.    

   ***** IMPORTANT  ***** PLEASE READ ***** IMPORTANT ***** 

At the present time NRS does not discourage athletes from participating in the Niskayuna Babe Ruth Recreational program.  However, by registering for NRS an athlete is agreeing to make a 100% commitment to NRS and ENYTB.  The Babe Ruth Travel and Babe Ruth All Star seasons compete directly against ENYTB.  To ensure that NRS will be able to honor our commitment to ENYTB, players are forbidden from participating in either of these two programs.  Failure to adhere to this rule will result in immediate suspension from your NRS team through the remainder of 2008 and possibly 2009.


In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way, including travel to and from, any baseball related game, tournament, practice, clinic, and related events and activities of the Niskayuna Red S___ Inc (NRS) or Eastern New York Travel Baseball League (ENYTB)  I hereby:

1. Acknowledge that I am familiar with the sport of Baseball and understand the rules governing the sport of Baseball.

 2. Agree that, prior to participating, I will inspect the field, equipment, and facilities to be used, and if I believe anything is unsafe or beyond my capability, I will immediately advise my coach, umpire, and/or a tournament/league official of such conditions and refuse to participate.

 3. Acknowledge and fully understand that I will be engaging in a contact sport that might result in serious injury, including permanent disability or death, and severe social and economic losses due not only to my own actions, inactions or negligence, but also to the actions, inactions, or negligence of others, the rules of the sport of Baseball, or conditions of the premises or of any equipment used.  Further, I acknowledge that there may be other risks not known to me or not reasonably foreseeable at this time. 

4. Knowing the risks involved in the sport of Baseball, I assume all such risks and accept personal responsibility for the damages following such injury, permanent disability, or death. 

5. Release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the Niskayuna Red S____ Inc, Eastern New York Travel Baseball League, together with their affiliated clubs, their respective administrators, directors, agents, coaches and other employees or volunteers of the organization, event officials, medical personnel, other participants, their parents, guardians, supervisors and coaches, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners, lessors, and lessees of premises used in conducting the event, all of whom are hereinafter referred to as "releasee", from any and all claims, demands, losses, or damages on account of injury, including permanent disability and death or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the releasee or otherwise to the fullest extent permitted by law. I HAVE READ THE ABOVE WARNING, WAIVER, AND RELEASE, UNDERSTAND THAT I GIVE UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND KNOWING THIS, SIGN IT VOLUNTARILY.  I AGREE TO PARTICIPATE KNOWING THE RISKS AND CONDITIONS INVOLVED AND DO SO ENTIRELY OF MY OWN FREE WILL.  I AFFIRM THAT I AM AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE, OR, IF I AM UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, I HAVE OBTAINED THE REQUIRED CONSENT OF MY PARENT/GUARDIAN AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR SIGNATURE BELOW.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Participant                                                            Participant’s Signature                                       Date 

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE(UNDER AGE 18 AT TIME OF REGISTRATION)This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent and agree to his/her release, as provided above, of all the Releasees, and, for myself, my heirs, assigns, and next of kin, I release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s involvement or participation in these programs as provided above, even if arising from their negligence, to the fullest extent permitted by law.  I have instructed the minor participant as to the above warnings and conditions and their ramifications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Parent/Guardian                                                  Parent/Guardian’s Signature                             Date 

Tuesday, May 27
Saratoga Phillies

The Saratoga Phillies are the summer home to a team of talented college baseball players from across the nation.  Players from such universities as Virginia, Stanford, Utah, Nova Southeastern, Vanderbilt, Duke, Oklahoma State, Northern Kentucky, Louisville and others will be on the Phillies roster this year as they play their fifth season in the New York State Collegiate Baseball League. In 2006, the Phillies won the league championship title. There are a number of former Phillies players who have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams. 

From June 30th through July 3rd, the Phillies coaches and players will host a four day clinic for the benefit Niskayuna Baseball, Ltd. youths from ages 12-18. See above for details. 


 Mike Moss (University of Maryland) is just one of the Division I collegiate players who will be playing this year as a member of the Saratoga Phillies. The junior catcher/first baseman from Bethesda, MD batted .290 for the Maryland Terrapins in 2008. 




David Coleman is a player from the University of Virginia who will play as a  member of the Phillies. See the article below on David: 




Courtesy: Jim Daves/UVa Media Relations

Rounding the Bases with David Coleman

Courtesy:           Release: 03/17/2008


David Coleman is one of several freshmen who have earned significant playing time this season. Wearing No. 9, batting left handed and playing in right field, he gives a look that Cavalier fans are used to seeing, like former Cavalier Brandon Marsh. Coleman sat down and talked about the team, life before Virginia and what it felt like to play in his first collegiate game.

What does it mean to you to be a UVa student-athlete?
A lot of people look up to athletes. I want to be a great example for others and as a team.

To you, what is the team’s biggest strength this year?
Leadership. We have a lot of older guys, third and fourth years, that have really stepped up because we have a lot of young guys in this class. We have a lot of great leaders and you can see it out on the field.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Omaha. We set our goals and the coaches want it and we want it real badly. We just have to take it one game at a time.

What has your role been on the team so far this year?
As an outfielder, just step up and do the best that I can. Everyone was doubting the (Virginia) outfield this year after everyone was drafted or graduated last year. Every spot was up for grabs so we all just stepped up to fill the void.

What did it feel like to get your first hit and first RBI in your first game as a Cavalier?
That was amazing. Right when I hit the ball it was a really great feeling.

What do you feel are the two most important attributes or qualities to have as a baseball player?
I’d say leadership and being humble. You are going to fail in this game and you have to be able to accept that and swallow your pride sometimes.

Do you have any plans to play in a league this summer?
I am planning on playing up in New York (New York Collegiate Baseball League) for the Saratoga Phillies.

Did you pick No. 9 to wear?
I picked it. I’ve always worn 9 and I got the opportunity to wear it here with (Brandon) Marsh graduating.

Who is your favorite MLB team and player?
Definitely the Atlanta Braves, and my favorite player has always been Greg Maddux.

What would you say is the best rivalry in sports?
Definitely the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

During your last two years of high school, you did not strikeout a single time. How hard was that to do?
I never really thought about it. I just wanted to put the ball in play and I never thought about it until the last few games of my senior year and nobody really brought it up.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My dad. He’s always come to my games and he’s always there for me whenever I need him.

What was it like growing up with six brothers and sisters?
It was crazy. Everybody was home schooled so we were always around each other, and I love them to death but it was pretty crazy.

Where did you fit in the mix of things?
I was right in the middle.

Did you have any pets running around too?
We did. We have two dogs.

What is the thing you miss most about home?
My mom’s cooking. She’s a great cook.

What is her best dish?
Probably her wok chicken.

What are your hobbies outside of baseball?
I play guitar and before I came to UVa I played a little hockey.

What is your favorite sport or TV show to watch?
Definitely ‘Family Guy’ for a TV show, and for sports other than baseball I like to watch college football.

If you were a car which one would you be?
A Porsche 911 turbo.

Cavaliers or Wahoos?

Orange or Blue?



Thursday, May 29
Niskayuna Babe Ruth 2008 Double Elimination Playoffs

Dear NBL Families: 

I want to to thank you all for a great season. It has been a road with many challenges and, with your support, we have had a wonderful year. At the beginning of the season we were told that our efforts to revive community baseball in this Town would fail. In particular, the promoter of a travel baseball league wrote the NBL Board with the following "facts" in the face of our efforts to revive community baseball in this Town: 

  1. "NBL (Niskayuna Baseball Ltd.) has a lease and a handful of average to below average players with parents who are not committed."
  2. "NBL does not have the pitching to play the number of games you are recommending for Babe Ruth."
  3. "The quality (of) recreational Babe Ruth will be the worst ever. Worse than last year."
  4. "The umpires will be very frustrated with the quality of games at Blatnick."   

Thanks to your help and support, none of this came close to the truth of what hapened this season. Thank you for stepping up to the plate to save community baseball in Niskayuna. Let the playoffs begin!

Keep up to date by checking back often as the brackets will be updated as the playoffs progress.  Remember, teams are eliminated only after they lose two games in the tournament. 

 Tom Swyers


First Round     Second Round     Semifinals     Finals
  Winner's Bracket      2


6/17 6pm  


California Closets (H)

6/15  9am

     4   Logical Net (A)

JCB 6; Logical Net 5 


Logical Net (A) 

Logical Net 10;California Closets 9

         2   JCB (A)

6/21 3:00pm  

       1   Dental Offices (H)

Dental Offices 15; JCB 11 (?)  


Dental Offices (H)

6/19 6pm   



Immanuel Electric (H) 

6/15 12pm

      Price Chopper (A)

Dental Offices 9; Price Chopper 4 


Price Chopper (A) 

Price Chopper 24; Immanuel Electric 8

          Dental Offices (H)  

6/25 5:30pm; (Game two, if needed, 8:30pm ) NEW

       2   JCB (A)  

Winner in two games: Dental Offices 

  Loser's Bracket        

   Price Chopper (H)

6/21 9:00am 

   3   California Closets  (A)

 Price Chopper 8; California Closets 7; nine innings 

         2  JCB (H)

6/24 7:00pm  

       6   Price Chopper (H)

 6/21 6pm  


  Price Chopper (A)

 JCB 10: Price Chopper 7


Immanuel Electric (A)

Price Chopper 10; Immanuel Electric 2 

  Logical Net (H)

6/20 6:00pm  


Immanuel Electric  (A)

Immanuel Electric 9; Logical Net 3 ? 


Wednesday, June 11
Saratoga Phillies Camp



Come celebrate over 50 years of Babe Ruth baseball in the Town of Niskayuna with the Saratoga Phillies. The coaching staff and players will conduct an "intense clinic" to help players learn position skills.   

The camp is open to Niskayuna Babe Ruth youth ages 13 to 18 and to incoming Babe Ruth youths aged 12 on a first come, first serve basis as space permits. Please click here for details and a registration form. Space is limited so register today!

As of 6/26, there is still space available. Contact Tom Swyers at with any questions.

Please make sure to provide an email address in the registration form.

(Pictured above is Kevin Graber, Assistant Coach at Amherst College, who is Head Coach for the Saratoga Phillies this season).

Wednesday, July 2
Babe Ruth Volunteers of the Year Recognized
On June 25th,  five Niskayuna High School students were recognized as Volunteers of the Year for their work with the Niskayuna Babe Ruth program. Honored between games at the Babe Ruth finals were Brian Brown, Ryan Harper, Collin Mehta, Jeremey Mehta and Frank Palmo.  Thank you and congratulations!

Wednesday, July 2
Dental Offices wins hard fought series.
Congratulations to Dental Offices who won the finals  and Town Championship on June 25th. JCB Specialties took the first game of the evening to give each team one loss in the double elimination tournament. Then Dental Offices ralled in the tiebreaker game of a twilight double header to win the Town Championship. Congratulations to both teams for a memorable night of baseball. 

Wednesday, July 2
Concession Stand Volunteer Corner...

Show your support for all the new Babe Ruth programming this year by volunteering your time during the Babe Ruth District Tournament held in Niskayuna from July 5th through July 13th. Eight teams, including one from Niskayuna will compete for the District championship. Show your support for the team and the expanded Niskayuna Babe Ruth programming by volunteering your time in our concession stand during the tournament. Parents and grandparents and neighbors and friends of Niskayuna Baseball are needed to help. Please show your support by signing up today. Email  and give your phone number(s) and games when you can volunteer. Please show up 15 minutes earlier than game time to help make the transition. All proceeds benefit Niskayuna Baseball, Ltd. Thank you! 

Date/Time: Game (Home vs. Visitor) :
Sat 7/5/08 11am - 2pm

15u Schenectady vs. Niskayuna


Charles Sacks 

Amanda Sacks

Bill Fredenburg


Sat 7/5/08 2pm - 5pm

15u South Colonie vs. Sorensco


Paul Ryan

Michele Ryan 

Arden Rauch 

Sat 7/5/08 5pm - 8pm

15u Albany Central vs. Bethlehem


Betsy Swyers

Dick Swyers 

Cheryl Swyers

John and Karen Plekan  



Sat 7/5/08 8pm - 11pm

15u Rotterdam vs. Scotia


Sue Wither 

Dona Fragnoli

Kevin Fragnoli


Sun 7/6/08 11am - 2pm

15u Niskayuna vs. South Colonie


Charles Sacks 

Amanda Sacks

Bob Wither 

Sun 7/6/08 2pm - 5pm

15u Sorensco vs. Guilderland


Diane Bailey

Ellen Fladger

Cheryl Swyers

John and Karen Plekan 

Sun 7/6/08 5pm - 8pm

15u Bethlehem vs. Scotia


Vicki Palmo  

Frank Palmo 

Holly Simboli

John and Karen Pletkan


Sun 7/6/08 8pm - 11pm

15u Rotterdam vs. Schenectady


Paul Carnivale 

Mary Carnivale

Danielle Carnivalle 


Mon 7/7/08 5:30pm - 8:30pm

15u Albany Central vs. Guilderland


Bob Wither 

Tom Swyers 

Dick Swyers

Bill Fredenburg 

Mon 7/7/08 8:30pm - 11:30pm

15u Scotia vs. Schenectady


Cheryl Swyers 

Michele Ryan


Tue 7/8/08 5:30pm - 8:30pm

15u Guilderland vs. Bethlehem


Mike Heim 

Mary Carnivale 

Cheryl Swyers

Bill Fredenburg 


Tue 7/8/08 8:30pm - 11:30pm

15u South Colonie vs. Rotterdam


Jill Jacomine

Cheryl Swyers



Thurs 7/10/08 5:30pm - 8:30pm

15u Niskayuna vs. Sorensco


Holly  Simboli

Mary Carnivale 

Cheryl Swyers


Thurs 7/10/08 8:30pm - 11:30pm

15u Schenectady vs. Albany Central


Dona Fragnoli 

Cheryl Swyers 

Kevin Fragnoli 

Fri 7/11/08 5:30pm - 8:30pm

15u Guilderland Vs. South Colonie 


Jill Jacomine 

Tom Swyers  

Cheryl Swyers


Fri 7/11/08 8:30pm - 11:30pm

15u Scotia vs. Albany Central


Cheryl Swyers 

Michele Ryan 

Mike LaBarge 

Sat 7/12/08 5:00pm - 8:00pm

15u Bethlehem vs. Niskayuna 

Terry Viola 

Holly Simboli



Sat. 7/12/08 8:00pm - 11:00pm

15u Sorensco vs. Rotterdam


Cheryl Swyers

Mike LaBarge 



Sun 7/13/08 1pm - 4pm

15u Semi Finals

Diane Bailey

Kevin Fragnoli 


Sun 7/13/08 4pm - 7pm

15u Semi Finals


Michele Ryan 

Cheryl Swyers 

The Palmo Family 


Mon 7/14/08 5:00pm - 11:30pm

15u Consolation and Championship Games


Jill Jacomine 

Dona Fragnoli 

Kevin Fragnoli

Sue Wither

Mary Carnivale

Cheryl Swyers

Mike LaBarge



Tuesday, July 15
Saratoga Phillies Clinic 2008 Pictures. Click image to enlarge.

Phillies Camp 5 Phillies Camp 2 Phillies Camp 3 Phillies Camp 2008 Phillies Camp 6 Phillies Camp 7 Phillies Camp 8 Phillies Camp 9

Also, see page 22 of the July 17th edition of the Niskayuna Spotlight  where the clinic is discussed in an article

Saturday, November 8
Great Danes Hitting Clinic

Niskayuna Baseball in conjuction with the University @ Albany  

is offering a winter hitting clinic for all Niskayuna youths aged 13-18.

Please click here for more information.

If you have any additional questions please contact Tom Swyers

** Update (11/15) :  We are pleased to announce that the clinic has been extended for two additional weekly sessions at no additional cost. **


Sunday, January 4
SUNY Albany Hitting Clinic

 Photos from this winter's Great Danes Hitting Clinic at SUNY Albany:


Friday, February 6
February 5th Babe Ruth Meeting

Thank you to all that braved the cold to come to the Babe Ruth Meeting on Thursday February 5th. 

Here was the agenda: 

  • Introduction
  • Why In-House Baseball is Important
  • Babe Ruth Prep. Program (13 year olds)
  • Babe Ruth In-House Program (13 -15  year olds)
  • Empire State Baseball League (formerly Babe Ruth Travel) - Jeal Sutheland
  • Babe Ruth All Stars (13-15 year olds)
  • Senior Babe Ruth Prep. and Mickey Mantle Dual Registered Team(s) (15-16 year olds)
  • Senior Babe Ruth Team(s) (16-18 years old)
  • Senior Babe Ruth and Connie Mack Dual Registered Teams (17-18 year olds)
  • Senior Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth Fall Ball (13-18 year olds)
  • Niskayuna High School Program -- John Furey, Head Varsity Coach

Click here to download the powerpoint presentation last night. You will need Microsoft Powerpoint version 1997 or later to view it. 

If anyone has any questions, please contact Tom Swyers at



Monday, February 1
2011 Information

Our own Niskayuna Baseball League (NBL) has baseball to offer this Spring and Summer for everyone within the 13 – 18 year old age level.

We have regular season, “in-house” teams in addition to Summer Travel and AllStar teams. Players, between ages 13 and 15, who register within NBL will automatically be placed on an in-house regular season team. They will also have the opportunity to try-out for Travel and Allstar teams within Babe Ruth.  

Tuesday, June 15
Playoff Results

Friday, June 10
Babe Ruth

Congratulations to AFSCO Fence for Winning the 2011 Babe Ruth Championship
over Albany Light Trucking.

In the best of three championship series, AFSCO Fence won the first game 7-6 in 8 innings
and followed that up with a second 7-6 win, Thursday night, to take home the trophy.
Albany Light Trucking deserves congratulations as well for their strong regular season
and their tremendous effort in the championship series.

It was a great Babe Ruth season,  Enjoy your Summer!!

Sunday, March 17
Babe Ruth All Star Tryouts


NBL will be hosting Travel/All Stars tryouts for our 15u, 14u & 13u Babe Ruth teams on April 7th from 12pm-2pm at the Union College Field House. If your son is interested in participating, you can register at the tryouts. Please arrive prior to 12pm

To all Babe Ruth Players:

NBL will be hosting Travel/All Stars tryouts for our 15u, 14u & 13u Babe Ruth teams on April 7th from 12pm-2pm at the Union College Field House.

These teams will represent Niskayuna Baseball in The Empire Travel League and the Babe Ruth All Star Tournaments.
The costs vary and could run between $200-$400 depending on the number of games and team expenses.

The number of games can vary between 20 to as many as 40 depending on the teams interest and success.
To RSVP email your players name and age to:

Also we need two copies of your child's birth certificates at the tryouts.
See you April 7th
Bill Fredenburg

Monday, April 22