Exciting news! We are holding a tryout for our 10 & 12u softball tournament teams. Please come to McDonald field (Gleed Ave. behind the town hall building) on Thursday 9/3 (rain date of 9/4) at 6:30. This is an informal tryout, we just want to meet, have some fun and assess their interest in playing. The tournament team will practice weekly from mid-September through July, participate in an indoor winter league at Sahlens, play league games for EA Baseball & Softball, as well as 3 WNY tournaments in the summer of 2021. All kids interested who were born in 2008-2011 are welcome to attend. Prior softball experience is not necessary, just a positive attitude and desire to learn.
Safety is our top priority, therefore we ask that only ONE parent or guardian accompany your child to the field for check in. Upon sign in, we ask that the parent wait in the car or away from the field until pick up at approximately 7:30. We insist that each player and parent wear a mask to the field and respect social distancing. We will have hand sanitizer, clean balls and bats for use but if you have your own, please bring it. If you cannot make this date, that’s ok, just email Maria Improta at email@example.com for 12u and Mike Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org for 10u, letting them know of your players interest and they’ll be in touch with more details.
Our board met tonight and unanimously agreed to cancel the 2020 house season. As we appear to fall into “phase 4” the earliest we could hope to resume is mid-July and even at that we did not feel comfortable that we could rise to the duty of of care needed to ensure our kids are safe
We will be issuing refunds for house registration within the next 2 weeks.. The refunds will be issued on the credit cards used for original payment. For the 10/12u softball teams that played this winter, your coach will be reaching out regarding accounts. Sponsors will also be contacted by our sponsorship coordinator within the next 2 weeks.
We wish you all the best as we navigate these changes in our families and the community and will touch base (no pun intended) as we learn more about what other opportunities may be appropriate this year. If you have additional questions or concerns, a board member can be reached by calling 716- 222-0218.
EABB&SB Board is still meeting via zoom and in regular contact to discuss options. We’ll be communicating with everyone once state and local officials deem it safe to be in small groups again. We have a lot of ideas and while this isn’t the opening week we’d envisioned, we’ve got plans A, B, C, and D ready to roll. We are all looking forward to getting out on the diamonds, whenever that may be. Hang in there EA!
Please follow our Facebook page for weekly links to practice ideas and videos of things you can do at home.
Check out this article from this weeks East Aurora Bee: Delay Ball!
we’ve posted some great links for players to work on. Please check out our Facebook page for more. We really love Matt Lisle and the Hitting Vault as well as Amanda Scarborough and The Packaged Deal.
East Aurora Baseball and Softball Community:
We haven’t given up on the season due to COVID-19; however, the safety of our athletes is our highest priority. Given that, we’ll need to push back the start of the season. We’ll need to see how things progress before we can announce a season start date. If the public health crisis is extended beyond a point where we can start the season, then refunds will be issued.
Be aware that our Board is still communicating via email and discussing options together as well as with our Babe Ruth organization and with the other municipalities we partner with (Holland, EMW, etc).
In the meantime, we’ll keep posting practice links to our Facebook page for all the new PE teachers out there!
As you may have guessed, all EABB&SB events are cancelled until 4/20 in accordance with the school closures. We urge all of our players to practice at home and will be posting videos and links for the home practice. We urge everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and hopefully we’ll be back up and running right on time for the season to start. We’ll keep everyone updated by sports engine messages, our Facebook page and our website. Registration remains open until 4/4 and rosters will be ready shortly after with a season start of 4/20. If we need to adjust start dates or season scheduled based on our current situation, we will do so. We continue to work hard to ensure a great season for everyone. We’re going to need it.
The East Aurora schools have cancelled all community use of school building facilities effective immediately. So Tuesday softball pitching and Wednesday baseball spring training are cancelled until further notice. We’ll be posting great links on our Facebook page for at home practice ideas.
EA BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING
Drop in sessions are available for players in 8u, 10u and 12u on Wednesday evenings at the middle school (East gym) from 5:30-7:30 for the remainder of March and April. This is drop in, no sign up required and no additional fee. This is for players who are registered to play baseball for the 2020 season. Coaches will be there to work on basic skills and get ready for the regular season, please wear clean sneakers and bring your glove (bat and helmet are optional, we will have some available for use). If you have questions, you can message us on fb or call (716) 222-0218. There will be NO Wednesday practice on 4/15 during spring break. To access the East Gym, enter through the main entrance on N. Grove, go up the stairs, at the logo, make a left and the gym is the first door on the left. Come once or come every week!
Mark your calendars for Saturday March 7th for our annual COACH and PLAYER clinics. This is free, no sign up required and anyone age 5-18 is encouraged to attend.
Baseball coaches- meet with modified and varsity baseball coaches for tips, suggestions, Q&A from 9-10am. This is for those who want to COACH or ASSIST. Meet at the MS gymnasium area and we’ll proceed to a classroom for a round table discussion. NO PLAYERS at this portion, please.
Baseball PLAYERS- check in at 10am and rotate through stations led by varsity and modified coaches. The clinic will end at 11:45.
Softball COACHES- meet with modified and new varsity coaches for tips, suggestions and q&a from 10:30-11:30. This is for those who want to COACH OR ASSIST. Meet at the MS gymnasium area and we’ll proceed to a classroom for a round table discussion. NO PLAYERS AT THIS PORTION, PLEASE.
Softball PLAYERS- check in at 12 and rotate through stations led by the modified and varsity coaches. The clinic will end at 2pm sharp.
Please note practice and game days may be changed due to field availability, weather and inter-league play. We try to keep days as consistent as possible but it is very likely your player WILL have a game or practice on another day.
Tball (5&6 yr olds)M/W
Baseball 8U- T/Th
Softball 8U- T/Th
Feb 4: Coach Info evening- if you’re new to coaching and have questions or would like to meet some fellow coaches, join us at 42N Brewing Co. from 7-8pm for a Q&A. Board meeting to follow immediately and all are welcome.
March 7: Baseball and Softball Clinics-shake off the rust and get some practice in with the HS & guest coaches.
April - Park Cleanup Day! Specific Day is TBD. Spend an hour raking and readying the park to play!
April 25-26: Discount Day at Dicks Sporting Goods! EA Baseball & Softball will receive a storewide discount.
May 15: MLB Pitch Hit Run (rain date 5/22)
Memorial Day Weekend: Home Run Derby at 42N Brewing Co. This is a family-friendly fundraiser and more information to follow!
June 7: EABB&SB day at the Bisons!
July 3: East Aurora Independence Day Parade
July 19: End of Season Picnic
Volunteer forms are available during the registration process or on our website. We need a lot of help to make this season happen! Thank you so much for your continued support. We are currently looking for coaches at all levels, a volunteer to help coordinate our Bisons Day fundraiser, several day-of volunteers for Pitch Hit Run (this will include scoring at each station)and a volunteer to help coordinate the Home Run Derby at 42N. If you’re interested in any of those, please complete the online volunteer form or email Amy Sullivan at email@example.com for more info.
We would like to recognize Jennifer Fee and Connie Donnelly for their time and effort in helping us apply for a Project Play grant. Their work is appreciated.
We would also like to thank Shanley Collision & Auto Sales for being our first sponsor of 2020! Shanley has been a long time supporter of baseball and softball in East Aurora. Located at 420 Olean Rd., Shanley has provided collision repair, auto maintenance and used car sales to East Aurora since 1979.
As always, we welcome any input and are always looking for enthusiastic East Aurorans with love of the game to join our Board. We meet monthly in the Southside Commerce Center on Gleed Ave. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information. We can also be reached at 716-222-0218.
In order to improve our efficiency we are using the Sports Engine software and app. Please download this app or login for laptop/desktop access.
This will be the primary way in which coaches and the league will communicate. In the app, you’ll be able to view your players schedule, send and receive messages, post pics(viewable
only to your team). Coaches will know who’s coming to practice and be able to post up to the minute updates/weather info. If downloading this app is not an option for you, please let your
coach know so they’ll be able to set up an alternative form of communication.
To use the Team App, each parent/guardian needs to:
1) Download the Sports Engine App on your device:
2) Login to your Sports Engine Account on the app. If you signed up as Parent/Guardian 1, you should be automatically linked.
3) To add other authorized parents or guardians to: View the team schedule, RSVP to games and events, message team members, and edit the athlete's profile follow these instructions.
East Aurora Baseball & Softball is committed to growing the games of baseball and softball in East Aurora. Our goal is to create one of the best programs in Western New York.
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