Message from PYB President

January 2018

Pacer Families --

Another year has gone by and it is hard to believe that baseball is right around the corner! First things first, registration for our Spring 2018 season for PreK through 8th grade opened on JANUARY 1! So get in early and register your player to join us for the coming season.

2017

This last year was an exciting one for Pacer Youth Baseball and one we want to continue to build our programs. We had another year of growth, with 2017 marking our highest level of participation since 2013. On the field, we won more games in our summer All-Star program than in any year in recent memory. Our 9u team even secured an invite to the Regional tournament in Meridian, ID and lost a nail-biter in the semi-finals. Way to go Pacers! We are a growing program, getting better and bigger every year! This year we also introduced the league to new jerseys (Nike) with every player getting two jerseys (home and away); gone are the days of Pacer orange and here to stay is a strong sense of identity with the Lakeridge community and with our partners at the high school.

Diamond Sponsor: PrimeLending

We want to give a very special thank you to our Diamond Sponsor, PrimeLending. They came on as a community partner in 2017 and gave us the ability to dramatically alter our program in a way that we think positions PYB to be a big asset for the Lakeridge community. Thank you PrimeLending and we look forward to many years of a strong partnership.

2018: Facilities Improvements

In terms of facilities, 2017 was just the teaser for what we have planned. Through the generosity of our sponsors and our annual community fundraising, we are looking to make significant improvements to our program in 2018 and beyond. You will notice some construction happening at the Lakeridge Jr High baseball fields this winter as we work to modify the dugouts so that come the start of spring season they will be COVERED!

We will also be wrapping the dugouts in Pacer branded mesh material to provide a better sense of space for our teams and are constructing proper bullpens (1 per field) that will be partially screened and padded. In addition to these facility improvements we will be purchasing new pitching mounds for the fields and additional gear and supplies for our field tech team. You will notice the changes this year and we are excited to be investing in our fields to help create a strong sense of pride in the PYB program.

Longer-term we are working with the school district to approve construction of a proper storage shed on site and are exploring opportunities for both a snack shack and a true hitting shed/barn. While we have nothing finalized in these last areas we are eager to capitalize on the momentum we have and continue to become a stronger program.

2018: Volunteer Opportunities

As you know, PYB is a 100% volunteer run organization from our dedicated board on down to our coaches and team parents, and as such we are always in need of more volunteers to help us put a great product on the field for our players. We need your help! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for 2018 and are asking you to consider stepping into one of these roles.

  • Sponsorship/Fundraising Committee
  • PacerFest Committee (mid-season jamboree)
  • Gear Manager
  • Fall Baseball Commissioner
  • JBO Baseball Commissioner (7th/8th Grade)
  • T-Ball Commissioner
  • Snack Shack Committee

If you are interested in any of these please let me know. Email president@paceryouthbaseball.org and I will connect you with the right board member to discuss your involvement.

2018: Miscellaneous Notes

Community Meeting: Please join us on January 10 (7pm at Lakeridge Jr High) for our annual community meeting. We will have a brief presentation about what the coming season will look like and there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

Bat Regulations: New for 2018 all major youth leagues (including Cal Ripken) in the US have adopted a new bat regulation. This arose out of an interest in having youth players develop with a more wood-like experience. You can find out more at USAbat.com or there are some decent explanations and videos at https://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/usabat-standard/. The short answer is players can use a "big barrel" that has the new USA Baseball stamp on it.

This regulation DOES NOT APPLY to JBO players (these are players in our 7th and 8th grade program). JBO is continuing with the existing regulation that a bat must be stamped with BBCOR or bpf1.15. Our partners at Dick's Sporting Goods have a good selection of regulation bats and can help you pick a bat that is best for your player.

All-Stars/Summer Baseball: PYB offers a competitive summer program for players looking to play tournament baseball. This is through tryouts and team selection and can involve cuts. New this year, we are asking families to indicate when they register in JANUARY if they are interested in trying-out for summer ball (this is non-binding). In addition, we will be offering a "Summer Sundays" program for players that are interested in participating. This will include drills, instruction and possible scrimmages for players looking to try-out for All-Stars. These Sundays are NOT a prerequisite in order to make a summer team.

Thank you and Play Ball!

Let me wrap up by saying thank you for letting us impart our passion for baseball on to your player. Whether they are a t-baller just learning the game, a spring player that just likes hanging with his buddies on the rec team, or a 3x kid (one that played spring, summer, AND fall), their desire to be on the field is what keeps us coming back season after season. At Pacer Youth Baseball we strive to create a great experience for your player wherever they choose to enter the sport.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns don't hesitate to contact me at president@paceryouthbaseball.org; all of our improvements and changes come from a volunteer, parent, or player giving us feedback, so keep it coming!

We will see you on the fields!

-David Williams
PYB President