The DYBA General Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on September 15, 2014 in Hickory Room B at the Jewett Park Community Center. At that meeting an election will be held for the 2014-2015 DYBA Board. Per the DYBA By-Laws the 2014 DYBA Nominating Committee met with and considered a number of candidates. The 2014 - 2015 DYBA Slate is as follows:
Commissioner - Michael Danielewicz
Assistant Commissioner - Jeff Fjeldheim
Immediate Past Commissioner - Lew Bricker
Treasurer - David Arenberg
Secretary - Paul Chanan
Director of Equipment - Megan Kaplan
Director of Fields - Dan McGrath
Director of Fundraising - Chris Nickel
Director of Publicity - Jamie Izaks
Director of Technology and Registration - Kevin McKinney
Director of Umpires - Tom Siciliano
Co-Directors of House Baseball - Gregg Orloff and Bryan Segal
Co-Directors of Travel Baseball - Beth Kraemer and Todd Rubin
Director of House Softball - Jim Conzemius
Director of Travel Softball - Greg Geren
The slate will be voted on in accord with the DYBA By-Laws at the DYBA General Meeting on September 15, 2014. All DYBA Members are eligible to vote at the General Meeting on the proposed slate.
At the General Meeting all 2013-2014 Directors will provide their 2013-2014 program updates per the DYBA By-Laws.
The purpose of the Deerfield Youth Baseball and Softball Association shall be to help promote and maintain high moral character as well as good mental and physical health in the young people involved in the baseball and softball programs. This objective will be attained by providing supervised athletic games. The supervisors shall bear in mind at all times that the attainments of exceptional athletic skill or winning of games is secondary to the objective herein.
Harry Steindler Award
DYBA is pleased to announce the creation and awarding of the Harry Steindler Award. The Steindler Award is dedicated to Harry Steindler, who in his years on the DYBA Board served as the Treasurer, Commissioner, Immediate Past Commissioner and Co-Director of Baseball. He has served as a DYBA leader for more than 15 years. Harry has dedicated countless hours and always gone above and beyond in serving our community. The Harry Steindler Award will be awarded by the DYBA Commissioner to a member of the DYBA Community.
Little League Manager Speech
After they lost to the Illinois team in August 2014, the Rhode Island manager gave the following speech that should make everyone proud:
Managers, coaches and parents are urged to work fields whenever possible to assist in making them playable. We will update if fields are closed whenever we can. Unless posted otherwise, all fields are always manager's discretion.
DYBA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to thunder or lightning. The guidance is simple for all house and travel activities both in and outside of Deerfield:
The following conditions require the immediate clearing of all children and adults from fields/diamonds and adjacent areas – the stands – to a covered area including:
1. If the Thorguard system in your park activates;
2. If you hear or are alerted to a Thorguard alarm in another park even if the one at your park is silent;
3. If you or anyone hears thunder even if the Thorguard is silent; or
4. If you or anyone sees lightning even if the Thorguard is silent.
No one should return to a field until either (1) 30 minutes after the last lightning is observed or thunder is heard or (2) after the Thorguard gives the “all clear.”
Whose Game is It?
Baseball and softball are the games we grew up playing. We want our children to succeed and to be the best they can be. Sometimes, as parents and coaches, we try too hard.
The following link to a recent AP Story about youth sports is a strong message to remember: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268744/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=bob8XCZy.
The Board meets the first Monday of every month unless otherwise posted. Additional meetings may be set. For more information please visit the DYBA calendar.
Community (DYBA) Members wishing to raise a matter to the Board at a DYBA Board meeting must provide the matter in writing of no more than one page, to the Commissioner at least three (3) business days in advance of the next regularly scheduled open DYBA Board Meeting.
The Commissioner will add the submitted matter to the Agenda for the Board Meeting with the written submission to be provided to the Members of the Board.
At the Board Meeting, DYBA Members each will be given up to five minutes to address the Board with the issues raised. Board members will be permitted to question the DYBA Member and comment.
If a vote is required upon the matter raised by the DYBA Member, it will be conducted at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. Votes on presented matters will be permitted at the Meeting in which the matter is presented only if exigent or extreme circumstances exist in the opinion of the Commissioner in consultation with the Board as a whole.
Any DYBA Member presented matters involving or addressing player eligibility for any DYBA sponsored program must be presented at a Board Meeting no less than 60 days prior to the tryout or team formation for the affected player(s) absent exigent or extreme circumstances that may exist in the opinion of the Commissioner in consultation with the Board as a whole. E.g.: This means that if a team tryout is occurring on September 1 and the team announced on or before September 15, then the player eligibility issue must be presented by the Community Member on or before July 2. If the DYBA Board Meeting for July is set for July 8, then the matter must have been presented at the June Board Meeting absent exigent or extreme circumstances as noted above.
Notwithstanding the above, all DYBA members are invited to attend all open Board meetings and, if time allows, may be allowed to question or address the board about general DYBA matters on that meeting's agenda.