Welcome to 2017 Rocket Baseball
Welcome to 2017 Rocket Baseball!
Baseball season is right around the corner and we are excited to get into our season and hope your boys are too. Below you will find information regarding key upcoming events as well as a few updates. If you haven't done so, please get on our mailing list to stay on top of news about our baseball program.
Registration for our 8U will begin mid-February and end mid-March, with the younger boys following after. We have seen great participation numbers over the past several years and expecting that to continue.
- Opens February 13
- Closes March 16
Ages 5-7 (T-ball/Rookie Ball)
- Opens March 15
- Closes April 16
We have 4 open gyms scheduled located in the Community Center courts as well as the batting cages in the wrestling room on the following dates: March 21, 23, 28 and April 4.
We will break the time up based on age group:
- 3rd and 4th graders will go from 6:00 to 7:30
- 5th grade and older will go from 7:30 to 9:00
In addition to these open gyms, we also encourage the boys to find other ways to get ready for the baseball season. One option that is popular is visiting The Shed which is located in Buffalo right off of Hwy 55. You can reserve time online and get a head start by working on hitting, fielding and throwing.
We will be holding a parent meeting again this year on Tuesday March 21th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the RCC Conference rooms. We strongly encourage parents with 4th graders or younger to attend or first time parents in the program, however, anyone is welcome. During this meeting will discuss a variety of items including levels of play, schedules, equipment needs among others and be available to answer any questions. We will send out an email shortly with the specific date and time
Evaluations will be held on Sunday, April 9, again in the Community Center courts and wrestling room. These evaluations are used for team assignments and are conducted by independent evaluators comprised of coaches from the high school program, among others. Tentatively, we are looking at the following schedule breakdown but will confirm our timing as we get closer to this date.
- 3rd and 4th graders will start their evaluations at 11:00 am
- 5th and 6th graders will start their evaluations at 1:30 pm
- 7th graders and older will start their evaluations at 3:00 pm
Team assignments will be sent out by Tuesday April 11, if not before.
Practices will begin the week that Team Assignments are communicated. Games for teams with 6th grade or younger will start sometime in first few weeks of May. 7th graders and older will start closer to the end of the school year once school baseball concludes. We will have links to our practice/games schedules online.
This year, we are asking each family to commit to helping with fundraising activities through volunteering at a variety of events. As with last year, we will only need each family to volunteer at one event (versus two) knowing that some of you have already satisfied this requirement by volunteering at Billy’s Bingo. We can't stress enough how important your volunteer time is to our program, it is one of the key activities that directly impacts the success of our program and we appreciate all your help and support.
Our next volunteer opportunities is Billy's Bingo on March 13 (one spot open) and the MYAS Basketball Tournament in mid-March. Stay tuned for additional communications regarding future volunteer opportunities.
RAAA Baseball Board
Though we are fortunate to have all our board members returning, we are making one change this year where Steve Yakesh will be transitioning his Director responsibilities to myself, John Blanchard. I'm confident we'll have a smooth transition and am looking forward to continuing the successful program Steve has been leading for the past several years.
- Director - John Blanchard
- Associate Director - Steve Yakesh
- Equipment/Uniform Coordinator - Ed Dossantos
- Bankwest Field Coordinator - Dan Sanderson
- 10U Coordinator - Peter Moran
- 8U and Minor League Coordinator - Nick Schuster