Stateliners Youth Baseball Association: Welcome

Wednesday, October 19

Welcome to the Home of the 


Where the PLAYER Comes First   

Meeting Monday November 7,  8 PM-Delaware Park Firehouse


2017 Middle School Team

 Tryouts have been completed and the names of the boys that made the  Middle School teams  will  be announced by November 1.   Check and this website 


  2017 SYBA Travel Teams Tryouts 

The  travel tryouts will be conducted by SYBA Board. Please have the boys dress appropiately for baseball including baseball pants, spikes, hat and bring bat and glove.  

If 9U or 12U, and missed the first tryout, come Monday October 24

 *9U-Second tryout October 24 Crestwood Field 5PM-6:30PM 

*12U-Second tryout October 24 Alpha Circle Field 5PM-6:30 PM 

*10U-The following boys have been selected for the 2017 10U travel team:

Nicholas Yaccarino

Alexander Famolari

Dylan Wayne

Andrew Martin

Garrett Bobrowski

Brady Handwerk

Jacob Kisselbach

Justin Marek

Jason Helm

Liam Casinelli

James La Bella

*11U-The following boys have been selected for the 2017 11U travel team:

Mathew Beam

Anthony Bolorin

Alex Bottrill

Mike Cooper

Jared Diefenbach
Brett Elia
Nate Farmer
Jett Genovese
Jacob Goldt
Chris Rautenberg
Nick Stettner
Eddie Weindel 

Any questions please call either Steve Taggart 908 763-9507 Dan Fisher 908 763-5694  or Bill Mandry 908 319-6696


Lafayette college baseball is holding a hitting clinic on Black Friday November 25 from 9am to 12 at their indoor facility at Metzgar Fields Complex at Sullivan Trail Easton PA. The cost is $100 per camper and $50 for additional sibling(s). Ages 8 to 14. 

 To reserve a spot, please send an email to: 





The matter having been called to order by President William Mandry. The following Board Members were in attendance:


  - William Mandry, President

- Dan Fisher, Vice President and Travel Director

- John Stillo, Title TBD

- Steve Taggart, Evaluation Chair Person

- Jim Miczulski,Chief of Umpires (By Telephone)

- Mike Schwar,Treasurer

- Dylan Sapir, Phillipsburg High School Varsity Baseball Coach


New Business:


Discussions concerning the issue of requiring travel baseball players to participate in recreational games.


Board Vice President and Director of Travel Baseball,Dan Fisher, discussed in detail the proposal by the Board, to modify the By-Laws to include a requirement that travel baseball players participate in recreational baseball in at least fifty (50%) percent of the recreational games. The travel coaches will indicate the days of the week that the boys should play rec so that rec and travel can schedule their practices accordingly.


Each Board Member expressed their opinion concerning the proposed modification. Coach Sapir expressed his position that he believes that it would be a positive experience for the travel boys to play recreational baseball.


There was a discussion from parents who were present at the meeting. Several expressed concerns over time constraints for the boys and whether or not the proposed change would be beneficial. There was concern expressed that boys placed on teams from different towns or organizations would be treated unfairly by the boys that play only recreational baseball. The Board expressed the fact that it is up to the coach and the organization to ensure that there is no unfair treatment of any child by other children. If not resolved, the Board will intervene. Other concerns of the parents were addressed by the Board and also by Coach Sapir. The Board endorses the travel boys playing more than one (1) game a week which the amendment to the By-Laws would resolve. In the event that one (1) of the travel teams intend to play travel games during the week, the requirement that those boys play recreational baseball will be revisited by the Board. For instance, if the boys were in a league that required them to play travel baseball on Tuesdays and Thursdays of the week as has been the case when teams play in  the Cust league as well as on either Saturday or Sunday, consideration would be given to waiving the requirement for playing recreational baseball. The new rule would also allow travel teams to participate in the Ripkin District Tournament which is  strongly recommended by the Board and Coach Sapir.


A Motion was formulated by President Mandry which was adopted by a  full  majority of the  Board  with  each of the above referenced Board Members expressing their approval on the first reading of the By-Law change. The By-Law change was is as follows:


Travel boys shall play one (1) game a week. The second game is optional. Travel  coaches select the mandatory play date. There will restrictions on designated pitchers named by the travel coaches. Travel coaches are obligated to communicate to the recreational coaches those pitchers that will not be able to pitch in recreational baseball. Sanctions for recreational coaches if no compliance as follows:


1st violation - recreational coach suspended the next game and forfeits the game played.


2nd violation - coach suspended three (3) games and the team will not participate in  the playoffs.


3rd violation - the team may be suspended for the balance of the season, with no All­ Star participation.


Travel boys that participate on Town teams or organization teams may stay with their Town or organization. In the event that competitive balance of those teams is seriously affected, as determined by the Board, the Board after discussions with the Town or organization's Director, will have the authority to modify where the travel boys play recreational baseball with the understanding that competitive balance is important for the recreational baseball league.


Other Business:


Travel try-outs will be conducted on October 3 and October 10 for the Middle School teams. These dates must be confirmed by Coach Sapir. The boys that play on the Middle School team will not play recreational baseball unless that requirement is modified by Coach Sapir and the Board. There will be established an "A" Team and a "B" Team at the 7th and 8th grade levels to increase participation in   games by the Middle School boys.


Discussions concerning a "melting pot" of Towns and organizations for recreational baseball resulted in the Board confirming that it is up to the Towns and organizations to get the approval of their local governing body and then the Board would review the issue.


SYBA travel coaches must submit their name and staff to President Mandry arid Vice President Fisher by September 28, 2016,with information concerning the location and the suggested time in  order that Board Members may be present to evaluate the travel players. It is the responsibility of the travel coaches to find the facility and have at least two (2) dates for try-outs with Monday recommended because of no conflict with football scheduling. Travel coaches must be either Rutgers or Ripkin certified and pass a background check and submitted to the Board by February 13,  2017.


Rec coaches' names must be submitted by February 13, 2017; recreational coaches' meeting February 18, 2017; insurance-certification for Rutgers or Ripkin and background check must be submitted at the February 18, 2017 meeting;rosters be submitted by March 1, 2017 and the issue of late sign-ups must be addressed by the Board; the draft will be conducted on March 12, 2017, at the Lopatcong Field House.


Any organization or town that desires to conduct a Rutgers evaluation clinic, should contact President Mandry.


A Motion was made to modify Article 15-Travel Program to require participation travel boys to play in fifty (50%) of recreational games in order to be eligible for the Ripkin District Tournament. This Motion passed unanimously.


A Motion to add Ed Kovac, Jr., as a Board Member for a second reading was approved by the Board. His position on the Board TBD.


The meeting which commenced at 8:05 p.m.,was adjourned the Board at 9:25 p.m.,and was conducted at the Huntington Fire House.


Respectfully submitted,



SYBA Board