Announcements
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hello EBA Families,

We're excited to open registration for the 2019 season!

 

  • While it seems like a long way off, we are having evaluations for the 10U and 12U travel teams on 12/8 and 12/15.  Please register online by 12/7 and choose your evaluation date & time.  For those who are 10U and want to be on an in-house team, no evaluation is necessary and registration can be done by March 1st.  Read more at http://ephratabaseball.org/spring-programs 
  • All 14U players need to register by 12/31/2018 and will be evaluated during winter-workouts beginning in January.
  • Coach Pitch and  others have until the beginning of March to register.  

A few things:

 

  1. All information about the season can be found at http://ephratabaseball.org/spring-programs
  2. You have the option to buy a helmet with "E" logo during registration for $26
  3. Want to know what happens after registration?  Read http://ephratabaseball.org/spring-programs#Expectations
  4. Uniform requirements, bat information, and other prep information is ready at http://ephratabaseball.org/spring-programs#Uniforms

Registration:

If you would like to sign your child up to play, you can register in one of the following ways.

  1. Online Registration: To register your child online, click here. It’s a fast and easy process to get your child signed up for the season.
  2. Mail-In RegistrationDownload & print the form and mail the completed form & payment to the address listed. 
  3. In-person:  Not scheduled at this time and we will determine later if we need this.  Please  register via one of the other options at this point and we'll let you know if we decide to have an in-person registeration option.

If you have any questions, please contact our Registration Coordinator at info@ephratabaseball.org

Thank you.  

On behalf of the EBA,

Brad Murphy

Registration Coordinator

Friday, November 9, 2018

A few updates and a request for volunteers for 2 positions:

First, to help us prepare for the 2019 season we need 2 people to fill key positions.  We really could use your help so thank you for considering:

  • Volunteer Coordinator helps do background clearances, communicates with coaches about the process, facilities updating our volunteer list, and helps reach out to people to fill open positions. This person usually interacts with coaches, volunteers, and other board members and usually has 5-7 hours per month from late January-early April.
  • Kid Pitch Team Coordinator helps coordinate coaches, field assignments, prepare coaches for season, and help with the coaches or parents with questions through the spring season.  Usually a few hours per week from Feb- Early June (end of school).  A full job description (although it says more than Kid Pitch but its the same for all levels) is available at https://ephratabaseball.stonealley.com/files/Ephrata/EBA%20TBall%20and%20Coach%20Pitch%20JD%202017.pdf 
  • Please email Jeremy Jones, EBA President, at jeremy@elaengineers.com or myself at info@ephratabaseball.org  with questions or interest.  

Other Important News:

  • Little League Charter: The EBA Board voted to cease our Little League charter effective immediately at the meeting on November 4, 2018.  Although we still have youth baseball for ages 5-10 we have the infrastructure and experience to provide it in an "in-house" format without the administrative responsibilities that comes with the Little League(R) charter.  The quality baseball instruction and fun learning atmosphere will continue for Ephrata youth.
  • Age Cut Off Change:  The age cut-off date that determines what age group your player is assigned has changed to April 30th. We will use this for all age groups from 5-14 year olds and its effective for the Spring 2019 season. Last year it was August 31st but before that it was April 30th so they are just reverting back. The organization (LCYBL) we are affiliated with for 9-14 year olds voted to revert back to 4/30 so we are applying it to all age groups for simplicity sake. For example, if you were born 5/1/2006 - 8/31/2006, the player would play in 12U now instead of moving up to 14U.  We estimate this will affect 15-20 players from last spring.  When you register, it will give you the assigned age group based on the birthdate you've entered in your account.
  • Spring Registration will open in mid-November.  I'm estimating 11/18/2018.  For 10U and 12U players wishing to play on the travel teams, evaluations will be December 8th and 15th at either 9, 10, 11 am.  Those players will need to register by 12/7/18 and choose one date & time during registration.  All others have more time to register and those deadlines will be posted on the website when registration opens. More on registration soon...

Thank you.

On behalf of the EBA,

Brad Murphy

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

As we start our new year we wanted to share some changes and thank the members for their service!

  • Paul Gockley has resigned as EBA President after more than 5 years of serving in this capacity.  Paul's leadership has guided us through many changes and led our sponsorship efforts.  Thank you Paul for your long-lasting contributions to Ephrata baseball!

  • Although we don't want to lose Paul, we are excited to announce that Jeremy Jones was elected as our new EBA President effective 10/1/2018.  Jeremy has been our Ephrata Little League President for several years and also volunteers in several other youth sports organizations in Ephrata.  Thank you Jeremy for your years of service and for your willingness to continue to serve in this new role.  

  • There are some new faces to our team in the past several months. Thank you for being willing to invest your time and energy for the benefit of our baseball community!

    • Bobby Miller - Sponsorship & Annual Gold Tournament Coordinator

    • Jaime Ochs - Fundraiser & Picture Day Coordinator

    • Darrin Lytle - Parent Member

Open Positions: We do have several positions open. Thank you for considering how you can get involved!

  • EBA Little League President

    • (varying hours from Jan-June; Monthly meetings required as position as voting responsibilities)

  • AA Kid Pitch Coordinator 

    • (2 hours per week from Feb-June; Monthly meetings not required but recommended in Jan-April)

  • Volunteer Coordinator

    • (2 hours per week from Jan-April; Monthly meetings not required but recommended in Jan-April; Aug and Sept)

Please visit http://www.ephratabaseball.org/eba-board for job descriptions or contact Jeremy Jones or Brad Murphy.

Thanks again to all of our volunteers from coaches, team mom's, and board members!

On behalf of the EBA,

Brad Murphy

PR Director

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Read more and register here:   http://www.ephratabaseball.org/fall-programs

 

Registration closes August 31st.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Visit the Player Development page for a list of summer clinics, videos, and other resources or other resources.  

http://www.ephratabaseball.org/player-development

If you know of any other clinics, send the link to info@ephratabaseball.org

 

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

From: Little League Baseball and Softball [mailto:llinternational@littleleague.org
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 5:35 PM
Subject: Bat Decertification: What You Need to Know

 

 

Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,

Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other youth organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified."

For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for Easton.com.

How Certification and Decertification Works

For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.

Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.

What Little League® Parents and Volunteers Need to Know

Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10).

Through LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.

What are the Standards?

There are three bat performance standards that Little League International uses for its various divisions of play:

BASEBALL:

USABat: Overseen by USA Baseball and used by most youth baseball organizations, USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Baseball® Tee Ball, Coach/Machine Pitch, Minor League, and Major League (Little League) divisions. USABat Standard or BBCOR bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division. USA Baseball reserves the right to select any USABat product for compliance testing. At that time, the bat is sent to Washington State University for additional testing. If the bat is found to be out of compliance with the standards set forth in the USA Baseball Performance Test Protocol, the bat becomes decertified.

BBCOR: BBCOR-approved bats must be used in the Senior League Baseball Division. Either BBCOR or USABat Standard bats must be used at the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League Baseball Division.

SOFTBALL:

BPF: For all divisions of Little League Softball®, all non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.20.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visitLittleLeague.org/BatInfo for complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit USABat.com.

For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you toread Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, orghostreturn@easton.com, to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.

Sincerely,

Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball

Sunday, April 29, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have 2 new EBA Board of Directors & Management members.

Ken Boley has accepted the position of Secretary.  Ken has coached for several years and was formerly the Fall Ball Coordinator and Board Parent Member.  

Bobby Miller has accepted the position of Sponsorship Coordinator.  Bobby has helped coached for several years and will now help organize and recruit sponsors.   Sponsorships help building community support of our youth programs as well as keep our registration costs as low as possible.  

We do have 3 positions open still and am happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please visit http://www.ephratabaseball.org/eba-board to read more. 

Thank you Ken & Bobby for accepting your new roles and we look forward to working with you!

Please help us welcome them and thank them for helping the EBA continue providing quality baseball.  

On behalf of the EBA,

Brad Murphy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Spring Season R&K Sub Sale Fundraiser

 Instructions

Attached you will find the R&K Sub order form for the 2018 EBA Spring Season Fundraiser. Each player should fill out the form providing ALL information requested. This includes salesperson’s name, team/coach name, and phone number.

There are two sub sale options. For the purchase price of $6.00 purchasers will receive a 12” sub of their choice. For the purchase price of $5.00 purchasers will receive a pretzel sandwich of their choice.

Players are asked to sell any combination of subs that total at least $35 in sales which is equivalent to the $35.00 opt out fee. For example, your player could sell six (6) 12” subs and have met their $35.00 sales goal.  It’s that simple!

Should you choose to opt out of the R&K sub sale, you may do so. Simply write OPT OUT on the order form and return it with a check, payable to the EBA for $35.00, to your player’s coach or team representative.

All money should be collected at the time that an order is taken. On the order form please enter the purchasers name, sub choices purchased, and calculate the total sale. Once you have completed your sales please enter the total dollar amount that you have received from sale at the bottom of the order form. Please retain all cash that you have collected and write a check to EBA for the total amount of cash collected.

Order forms and money collected must be returned to your player’s head coach or team representative by no later than Friday, May 18th.

  • ALL Subs must be picked up on May 30th, between 4:30pm-6pm at the EBA Academy.
  • Players will receive their order form/s back so subs can be delivered correctly to the end purchaser.

 

On behalf of the EBA, we thank you for supporting the 2018 Spring Season Fundraiser!

 

Questions? please contact JoAnn Musser at 484-650-1558 or jpmusser34@gmail.com