The snow has just melted and the holidays are upon us, but believe it or not, the Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation (MYBF) is already hard at work preparing for the 2006 spring baseball season. All baseball in Moorestown - spring, summer, tournament teams and fall baseball – is run by MYBF, a non-profit organization dedicated to making baseball available to anyone interested in playing. MYBF consists of a board of 15 trustees and more volunteers than space would allow me to name. Last year Bill Engleking, Mike McCool and David Scott all left the board at the expiration of their 3-year terms. I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication. Entering 2006, we welcome Pat Devany, Ed Nice and Steve Schurer to the board and look forward to working with them.
In recent years MYBF has been committed to expanding and improving baseball in our town. Registration for the 2005 spring season was higher than in any of the past few years. We fielded two tournament teams in the 8, 9, 10, and 12 year old groups, we once again sponsored summer pick-up games at Lenola Field, and in addition to our regular fall baseball season, this year for the first time we held a 6-week fall skills clinic for the 9- and 10-year-olds. Thanks to Bill Luthy for all his efforts to make the clinic a success.
Last year we also expanded and improved out umpire training program. We are committed to having our children who are in 6th grade or higher umpire games for the 8s, 9s and 10s. It is a great way for the boys to learn more about the game, how to function under a bit of pressure, and not least of all, earn a few dollars. We’ll continue to have a full two-day training session for new umpires and a one-day refresher course for returning umpires, and we encourage all boys who are eligible to attend.
MYBF continued our tradition of making capital improvements to our facilities, some of which are cost shared with the generous support of Bob MacBride and the Township’s Recreation Department. In 2005 MYBF and the Recreation Department purchased commercial grade tarps for Wesley Bishop and Salem Lower Fields, which allowed us to get in more games after rainy weather. We also purchased a tractor and field groomer and used them to maintain the playing surface at both Salem Fields. This winter MYBF is installing a scoreboard at Salem Upper Field, as well as two batting cages, and will upgrade the concession stand at Salem with new cabinets, a refrigerator and freezer. Finally, our 2006 budget proposes significant improvements at both Lenola Fields.
While we are happy to run an organization that is on solid financial footing and able to improve the facilities for our children, we are most proud of our many managers, coaches, scorekeepers, groundskeepers and countless others without whom baseball would not be possible. These people take time from busy lives, and as a result, we have a flourishing baseball program in Moorestown; my sincere thanks to all who help.
Winter is upon us now, but spring will be here before we know it, and with it will come many evenings and afternoons of our national pastime. Enjoy the games, encourage sportsmanship and cheer for all.
Enjoy your winter and we’ll see you in the spring.
Tony CamorattoPresident, MYBF