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St. Matthews Baseball Official 2020 Re-Opening Policies and Procedures

I feel like I have waited 3 years to say those words, "play ball" even if it's only been 3 months. For many I know it FEELS like 3 years. We are happy to announce that the Governor and the City of St. Matthews have given us the go-ahead to open the parks on June 15th and play ball! Below should be all of the information you will need right now, including our final/official policies and procedures with respect to re-opening. 

In the next few weeks, we are going to work double time to meet with coaches, prepare practice schedules, finalize uniforms and equipment orders, clean and bring the ballpark and fields back to tip-top playing shape, and we will be implementing park precautions and safety measures relative to COVID-19. 

We have much to do but we are so excited (and grateful) to do it. I will keep doing my best to respond to email inquires in a timely fashion, but please know it could take some time for me to get back to you. I also have been trying to stay on top of calls and texts, but email is likely the best (and fastest) way to get a hold of me. Thank you parents, coaches, and sponsors!

St. Matthews Baseball Official 2020 Re-Opening Policies and Procedures

In anticipation of the June 15, 2020 re-opening date per Governor Beshear’s prior announcement, below please find St. Matthews Baseball’s (SMB) Official 2020 Reopening Policies and Procedures based on Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work: Guidance for Youth Sports and Athletic Activities.” 

Please review this document in full.

Practice, Regular Season and Tournament

Practices will begin June 15, 2020. SMB will work with division commissioners and coaches in developing and re-instituting a practice schedule. 

The regular season will begin July 6, 2020 and will consist of a six-week season of approximately 2 games per week, followed by a double elimination in-house tournament to wrap up the year. Because of time constraints, there will NOT be a traditional All-Star trail and no regular season rain make-up’s will be played. 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Policy

To best ensure the safety of players, coaches, and spectators, St. Matthews Baseball will be making modifications for the 2020 season. The following is a list of St. Matthews Baseball planned modifications. 

 

Parents, Players, and Spectators

· Parents, guardians, spectators and players must be responsible for monitoring their own health. Any person with a fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to not visit the baseball park, or if a determination is made onsite that a visitor has COVID-19 symptoms, he/she will be asked to leave. 

· Parents and guardians will be asked to take players’ temperature(s) before leaving the house. If the player or another family member is running a fever, or showing any other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. 

· To minimize crowds and facilitate social distancing, we will ask that only parent(s) or guardian(s) (up to two) attend any practice, scrimmage or game. Please keep other immediate family members at home, unless he/she is a registered player with SMB. This would include asking siblings, grandparents, other relatives, or friends to not attend practice or games. 

· Seniors and those with significant health risks are asked to follow CDC guidelines and to either refrain from attending events or to take appropriate precautions. 

· SMB is working to implement broadcasting of games via social media. 

Ballpark Safety Measures

· Each game day, at least one assigned board member will be walking the park to help ensure that safety procedures and precautions are being followed. Board members will be identified wearing a name tag or lanyard. 

· St. Matthews Baseball contractors and board members will be required to wear a mask or face covering, while attending practices and games, or to practice safe social distancing from other people of at least 6 feet at all times.

· Parents/spectators must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times. 

· If for some reason safe social distancing cannot be achieved, parents/spectators must wear a face mask (e.g in any congested area such as the space in front of the main concession stand and between Siegel and Look Fields).

· Parents/spectators will also be asked to spread out from each other by at least 6 feet, not congregate, and bring their own chairs. Bleachers will be reserved as “dugout” space to further social distance players from one another while at-bat or in the middle of innings. 

· Bleachers will be cleaned and sanitized between games.

· Participants, parents and/or spectators are requested to leave SMB at the conclusion of their respective game/practice.

· SMB will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in the park, especially in high traffic areas such as restrooms, concessions, and dugouts. 

· Concessions will have limited staff (2-3 people) and may have a limited menu. Workers are required to wear PPE at all times. Designated spots will be marked on the ground for standing in line to help ensure social distancing, and no side-by-side windows will be used in the stand. Plexiglass will be present in between concession staff workers and people ordering.

· Games and practices will be staggered, increasing the time between each, to help minimize overlap of teams and players waiting and to help limit or prevent congregating.

Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch

· Players in Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch Divisions (4-6) must sit with their parent(s)/guardian(s) while not on the field and must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times. Dugouts will not be utilized. 

· While on defense, coaches must spread players out in infield and outfield by at least 6 feet and discourage and prevent to the greatest extent possible kids “swarming” to balls hit into play. 

· In addition to Weinberg Field (our normal 4-6 field), we are also working to possibly utilize Voll/Trinity High School Field for multiple games at a time while giving the 4-6 divisions, as well as their parents/spectators, a larger space to spread out and ensure safe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
 

7 Machine, 8 Machine, 9-10 Minors and 11-12 Majors

· Dugouts will be limited to three players at any time, with the bench marked for seating to help ensure safe social distancing.

· Players must hang their baseball bag, if any, in the dugout before games or practices, and store any other equipment in the dugout until the conclusion of a game or practice. 

· Bleachers and/or outside fence areas will be used as the main dugout and marked for seating or standing to help ensure safe social distancing.

· Players and coaches in dugouts and/or the bleacher or outside fence areas must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times or will be required to wear a face mask.

· Sharing personal player equipment will be prohibited during the season. Each player will need to bring their own glove, batting helmet (ages 7 and up), and bat. 

· Team shared equipment (catcher’s gear) will be maintained by the head coach at all times and must be cleaned and sanitized after each use. 

· If a player has his own catching gear, please bring it each practice and/or game and it must not be shared. 

· Game umpires will be positioned behind the mound with appropriate social distancing. 

· Pitching changes and mound visits should adhere to social distancing requirements.

Game and Practice Precautions - All Ages

· At the start of every defensive inning, all players for the defensive team will be required to apply hand sanitizer before taking the field, or during practice every 30 minutes, which will be made available by SMB and administered by coaches. 

· Any baseball(s) used during a game must be sanitized with disinfectant between every inning, or during practice every 30 minutes, which will be made available by SMB and administered by coaches. 

· No team or dugout coolers, or team snacks following games, are permitted. Players should have their own marked water bottle that is kept in their bat bag or with their parent/guardian. 

· No chewing gum, candy, or sunflower seeds will be permitted by players or coaches.

· Pregame conferences will be limited to one coach per team and one umpire while practicing safe social distancing of at least 6 feet. 

· Before/After game sportsmanship rituals will be conducted in ways other than the traditional lining up and shaking hands/high fiving. 

· A rules committee will review rules specific to each age group and determine if additional rules need to be implemented to further help ensure children safety.

· All policies and procedures of SMB will be subject to revision, change or modification with approval by the SMB Board of Directors. 



2020 Proposed Reopening Plan

St. Matthews Baseball 2020 Proposed Reopening Plan and Refund Policy

Parents, I hope this finds you well. I apologize in advance for the length of the following, but please take time to read this detailed announcement in its entirety as it contains important information on St. Matthews Baseball’s plan for the 2020 season.

As stated in my last communication, Governor Beshear announced the re-opening of outdoor youth sports beginning June 15 as part of the Phase 2 reopening plan. We are still waiting for further details on youth sports proposed guidelines from the Governor’s Office. Thus, as they have been since March, the fields will remain closed until we get final approval from City of St. Matthews Mayor Tonini to reopen based on direction from Governor Beshear. In the meantime, we are making plans in anticipation of the June 15 opening date and wanted to share with you what that will look like this season.

Before we do that, we also wanted to let you know that we have opened registration for the 2020 season back up! If you know of any families who may have missed sign up’s this spring, or who are now able and looking to play ball feel, free to pass along that registrations (4-12) are open on our website. We will use the same birthday cut-off (May 1) for division assignments. Thank you!

Practice, Regular Season and Tournament

We will look to hold three weeks of practices prior to the regular season games starting on July 6. Practice time will allow coaches to reacclimate with their teams, get kids ready to play games, and review updated guidelines with coaches, parents, and players before games begin. 

Beginning July 6, we would play a six-week season of approximately 2 games per week, followed by a double elimination in-house tournament to wrap up the year. Because of time constraints, there will not be a traditional All-Star trail and no regular season rain make-up’s will be played. 

This is subject to change based on any further guidelines issued by Governor Beshear and approval from Mayor Tonini. 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Policy

To best ensure the safety of players, coaches, and spectators, St. Matthews Baseball will be making modifications for the 2020 season. The following is a list of St. Matthews Baseball planned modifications, based on both Babe Ruth and CDC guidelines. These modifications are subject to change based on further guidance from Governor Beshear and/or review and approval from Mayor Tonini.

Parents, Players, and Spectators

· Parents, guardians, spectators and players must be responsible for monitoring their own health. Any person with a fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to not visit the baseball park, or if a determination is made onsite that a visitor has COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to leave. 

· Parents and guardians will be asked to take players’ temperature(s) before leaving the house. If the player or another family member is running a fever, or showing any other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home.

· To minimize crowds and facilitate social distancing, we will ask that only one parent or guardian per player attend a practice or game, whenever possible. Please keep other immediate family members at home. This would include asking siblings, grandparents, other relatives, or friends to not attend practice or games. Seniors and those with significant health risks are asked to follow CDC guidelines and to either refrain from attending events or to take appropriate precautions. We understand this is not ideal, but our goal this season is to get kids playing ball again and minimize possible spread of the virus. Accordingly, we are looking into broadcasting games via social media as a way for family and friends to watch games from home.

 

Ballpark Safety Measures

· Each game day, at least one assigned board member will be walking the park to help ensure that safety procedures and precautions are being followed. Board members will be identified wearing a name tag or lanyard.

· St. Matthews Baseball contractors, board members, and parents/spectators will be asked to wear PPE, such as face buffs/surgical masks, while attending practices and games.

· Parents/spectators are requested to please wear a face mask while watching games and cheering on your child, and to maintain a proper social distance of 6 feet when in the park.

· Parents/spectators are also asked and encouraged to spread out and bring their own chairs, as bleachers will be reserved as “dugout” space to further social distance players from one another while at-bat or in the middle of innings. Bleachers will be cleaned and sanitized between games.

· While we love having you at the park, participants and spectators are requested to leave after their games/practices are over and not congregate.

· St. Matthews Baseball will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in the park, especially in high traffic areas such as restrooms, concessions, and dugouts.

· Concessions will have limited staff (2-3 people) and may have a limited menu. Workers are required to wear PPE at all times. Designated spots will be marked on the ground for standing in line to encourage social distancing, and no side-by-side windows will be used in the stand. Plexiglass will be present in between concession staff workers and people ordering.

· Games and practices will be spread out to minimize overlap of teams and players waiting.

 

Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch

· The younger age groups (4-6) will require and will be given more attention given their age and tendency to interact (closely) with each other. To that end, we are discussing using Voll/Trinity High School Field for multiple games at a time while giving us a much larger space to spread out children from each other. 

· Also due to their age, parent involvement will likely be necessary to ensure social distancing. This may include having your child sit with you until it is his/her turn at bat and sitting with you briefly before they take the field.

 

Game and Practice Precautions - All Ages

· Youth field dugouts will be limited to three players at any time to encourage social distancing. Bleachers and/or outside fence areas will be used as main dugouts.

· Sharing personal player equipment will be prohibited during the season. Each player will need to bring their own glove, batting helmet (ages 7 and up), and bat.

· Team shared equipment (catcher’s gear) will be kept and maintained at each field vs. on a per coach basis. This gear will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. If a player has his own catching gear, please bring it each game and it will not be shared with other kids. Baseballs will be sanitized with a disinfectant between half innings.

· No team or dugout coolers, or team snacks following games, are permitted. Players should have their own marked water bottle that is kept in their bat bag or with their parent/guardian. No chewing gum, candy, or sunflower seeds will be permitted by players or coaches to avoid potentially sharing these items.

· Umpires will be positioned behind the mound with appropriate social distancing.
 

· A rules committee will review rules specific to each age group and determine if additional rules need to be implemented this season to further help ensure children safety.

· Pregame conferences will be limited to one coach per team and one umpire. Social distancing of 6 feet is required. Pitching changes and mound visits should adhere to social distancing requirements.

· Before/After game sportsmanship rituals will be conducted in ways other than the traditional lining up and shaking hands/high fiving. One possible idea would be to have players line up across from each other, with proper spacing, and then bow. This is just one idea, but we will have others to continue promoting good sportsmanship and comradery.

· All restrictions will be subject to change based on new information or guidance from local, state, or national health officials.

Refund Policy

We hope that you still want your son or daughter to participate this season. Baseball, even with these changes, will provide our youth with at least some measure of normalcy. Not to mention, getting out of the house a few times a week for some sun and exercise! But please know you have the full commitment of St. Matthews Baseball to make the environment this season as safe as possible. Baseball, by its very nature, is a relatively socially distanced sport already, and we believe these steps will help ensure that is only further achieved. Above all, we appreciate your patience as we have worked thru this challenging time and look forward to seeing your child on the field for the 2020 season.

If you choose not to play, St. Matthews Baseball will offer a full refund to anyone registered in the spring 2020 season. So that we can plan the season accordingly, please email me at [email protected] by June 1, 2020 if you do NOT wish for your child to playWe will attempt to issue all requested refunds by June 302020.

However, even if you are thinking of requesting a refund, let me make one plea with you before you do so. St. Matthews Baseball is obligated to our yearly expenses (utilities, insurance, Babe Ruth charter, field care/maintenance, repairs, etc.) whether we play a season or not. As we do each year in anticipation of a new season, we had already made significant investments into field maintenance, supplies, new equipment and uniforms immediately before COVID-19 hit our shores. As a result, we have taken numerous and significant measures to reduce expenses during the shutdown. But, the reality is we still have many remaining financial obligations facing our league.

If you choose not to play, please consider making your registration fee a tax-deductible donation to the league.

While St. Matthews Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization, we are 100% responsible for all of our maintenance and operational costs. Your donation to the league would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for participating in and supporting St. Matthews Baseball! We look forward to seeing everyone back on the field soon. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them (and my level best to get back with you in a timely manner!). We will also provide another update once we get further guidance from Governor Beshear and Mayor Tonini, so please be on the lookout for that.

Our best to you and yours, 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball



 

 

 

Update

5/8/2020

I think that great American poet, Hank Williams, Jr., said it best…

“Are you ready for some baseball???” 

(Yes. I know that isn't the correct lyric…doesn’t matter. Because the topic of the day is BASEBALL!)

As I am sure many of you have heard, Governor Beshear announced yesterday during his daily address that some outdoor youth sports (like baseball) are included under the Phase 2 reopening in Kentucky. This is exciting, fantastic news. And more importantly, and with appropriate restrictions and precautions in place, we may begin baseball on June 15!

I know you may have a ton of questions, and I promise that more detailed information will follow which should hopefully answer them all, but for now know that the Board of Directors are formulating a re-opening plan for the season, are working with the Mayor and City of St. Matthews on the how, when, and what’s of the re-opening plan, and that we are as excited as you and your kids at the prospect of playing ball! Finally!

Stay tuned. Our Board is meeting this Monday night, and we will have a clearer plan in place which we will then take to the Mayor for his approval, subject to any adjustments needed as more information comes from the Governor’s Office. We will share this with you as soon as possible, so be on the lookout for more information in the coming week. 

In the meantime, we greatly appreciate the patience you have shown as we have navigated how to play ball again, and we hope and pray you and your families are doing well. 

Best to you all,

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

Sponsor Support

4/22/2020

Parents, players and supporters of St. Matthews Baseball,

 

We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy while we wait further notice for getting back to baseball! The plan, as we have said before, is to resume the moment we get the go-ahead. In the meantime, we wanted to show support to St. Matthews Baseball’s generous sponsors whose financial contributions help make our league happen. We encourage you, the St. Matthews Baseball family, to support them too in whatever way you can.

 

Additionally, over the coming weeks we will be recognizing sponsors individually on our social media channels, so please give us a follow: Facebook: @StMatthewsBaseball and Twitter: @StMatthewsBase1.

 

We thank you again for participating in St. Matthews Baseball and look forward to seeing you at the park this year. Until then, please show your support for our sponsors. Wishing you and all of your families health and well-being during this time.

 

Here is a list of restaurants that are open and providing curbside and/or delivery for your safety and convenience. Please consider them for your dining out needs:

 

·      Blaze Pizza – 818-861-4520

·      Cheddar Box Too – 502-896-1133

·      Ehrler’s Ice Cream – 502-749-2236

·      FDKY BBQ – 502-785-4273

·      Joella’s Hot Chicken – 502-895-2235

·      McDonald’s – 502-896-5660

·      Plehn’s Bakery (Currently Closed)

·      Saint’s Pizza – 502-891-8883

·      Taco Bell – 502-893-6084

 

Other St. Matthews locally owned restaurants:

 

·      Crescent Hill Tap House – 502-895-9400

·      Diamonds Street Grub – 502-709-5113

·      DiOrio’s Pizza – 502-618-3424

·      Drake’s – 502-614-7327

·      Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot – 502-895-3223

·      Lou Lou Food + Drink – 502-893-7776

·      Molly Malone’s – 502-882-2222

·      Nam Nam Café – 502-891-8859

·      Silvio’s Italian Restaurant – 502-883-6369

·      Simply Tai – 502-899-9670

·      Taco Choza – 502-409-5080

In addition, below is a list of other local businesses that support St. Matthews Baseball. Please utilize their services as you can:

 

·      ADP

·      American Family Orthodontics

·      American Legion Post 180

·      Bachman Chevrolet

·      Better Business Bureau

·      Bluegrass Auto Motorsports

·      Brian Morrison State Farm Insurance

·      Carlon Roofing

·      Compass Counseling

·      Dave & Busters (Currently Closed)

·      Dicks Sporting Goods (Currently Closed-Online Open)

·      DuPont Pediatric Dentistry

·      Eclipse Bank

·      Emergency Services

·      Family Realty

·      Gardner & Brunstetter Real Estate

·      Hoagland Commercial Realtors

·      Independence Bank

·      John Waters Heating Cooling & Electric

·      Judd & Judd PLLC

·      Kentucky Deli Provisions

·      Denzil Blevins KY Farm Bureau Insurance

·      Legends Sports Academy (Currently Closed)

·      McBrayer PLLC

·      Medley Auto Care

·      Mortenson Family Dental

·      MPC Promotions

·      Norton Sports Health

·      Planet Fitness (Currently closed- Free In-Home Workouts on their Facebook page (Link to: https://www.facebook.com/Planet.Fitness.3036BardstownRd.Louisville.KY/ ) and YouTube Channel Link to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ0PnRz4jxOLZZ9XvGCiqfA)

·      ProRehab

·      Republic Bank

·      St. Matthews Animal Clinic

·      St. Matthews Care Center

·      Steepleton

·      The WNK Group at Morgan Stanley

·      The Underwriters Group Commercial Insurance

·      Zinser Benefit Service

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

2020 Spring Season Update

3/26/2020

Parents and Coaches,

 

I hope this email finds you well, and that you are well stocked on food, TP and sanity. Just wanted to drop a note and check-in. 

No huge change. We are still shut down pending further notice from the City of St. Matthews, with whom we have stayed in contact and teleconferenced with today. They are following the state’s guidance and have assured us they will keep us in the loop when they know more. 

 

I know I sound like a broken record on some of this, but it is important that you know we are 100% committed to playing, and as soon as possible. “But when will we play?”, you may be asking. Short answer: we are still hoping to play Spring baseball. That is our primary goal. However, if things get worse and we are postponed past Spring, we are preparing for that as well in the form of a Summer/Fall season. If Derby being postponed until September isn’t strange enough for you, a little Summer or Fall baseball should be no problem, right? :) 

 

We will continue to keep you informed about the timing of Opening Day this year (without clogging your inbox up with messages after this message!) and will report back once we have more information from the City.

 

In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, understanding, as well as the kind words I have received via email, text and phone calls. It is very much appreciated. I have yet to meet all of you, but I am looking forward to that as much as I am starting baseball. If there is anything we as an organization can do for you during this craziness or if there is anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Best regards,

 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

COVID-19 Response

3/17/2020

“The one constant through all the years . . . has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.” 
Terrence Mann


Where to start? I think the most important place to start is praying and hoping and praying some more that this email finds you, your ball player(s), your family, friends and loved ones in good health and in good spirit. I believe that to be paramount right now. To me. To the St. Matthews Baseball organization. To all of us. That you and your family are well.

 

As I wrote a few days ago, the Board had a chance to meet last night (telephonically as it were) to discuss what this new reality means or may mean for the baseball season all of us so desperately want to start, balanced with when that would even be possible given that this pathogen – for now at least – has become part of our everyday lives, routines, and customs.

 

Yesterday, the City of St. Matthews declared the community center and baseball fields closed until further notice. They are following guidance coming from Frankfort, Louisville Metro, and every stretch of the country in deciding to place a lid on any further sports activity until we have a better handle on infected numbers, more testing is available, and a clearer picture of just how far or wide this thing has spread into the Commonwealth and especially high-population centers like Louisville. This will take time. Because, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, we don’t know what we don’t know yet. 

 

The short of it is, the City is erring on the side of caution and for good reason. Containment, containment, containment is the key to beating this thing and limiting exposure to ourselves, our children, and at-risk groups. 

 

Do we know when this will be lifted? We do not. As state government has stated in press conferences, and doctors and researchers on a national level have been saying, the fight right now is on flattening the curve: spreading of the virus/exposing those at risk, with the amount of time since the virus first arrived on our shores. Thus, we will do our part; follow the City’s mandate, and close the fields until we obtain more guidance from local government while at the same time maintaining a clear line of communication open with City officials, and keeping you guys updated as well. 

I only have one request of you: please bear with us. It is our every intention to play baseball this year. When exactly that is to occur is unclear right now, like many other things related to this virus, but we do intend to play baseball. Will opening day be delayed? Yes, it likely will. How long will it be delayed? We simply do not know. Because this disease, along with our response and efforts to combat it, is ever-changing. Week by week, day by day, hour by hour. 

 

And we understand that such uncertainty can be frustrating, it can be scary, it can be confusing, and it can be downright unsettling. We’re human, after all, so that is completely and totally understandable. Yet, I hope we can all agree that while this disease is indeed new, or scary, or uncertain, it can be beaten if we take the right steps. Consistently, this has meant social distancing, self-care, hand washing, not gathering in large groups, and not going out unless it is necessary. And, for now, holding off on playing baseball. 

When will this distancing from each other be over? We don’t know that either. When will the curve be flattened enough, or the risk be diminished, or it will be safe to venture back out into the world? Again, without more information, more research, we simply don’t know right now. But here is what we do know. Once it is over, will it be the simple act of watching your son or daughter step onto a baseball diamond that will bring us all back togetherreminding us of all that once was good and that could be again?

You’re dang right it will. 

 

Because we will be back. At some point we will play baseball. Of that I have no doubt. And we want you to be there with us when it happens. We could not do this without your support, and we could not do this without your communal spirit.

In the meantime, use this time to keep the kids playing in the backyard. Swinging the bat. Throwing. Catching. Taking grounders, and pop-ups. Pitching. Believe me, we're all going to need to get out of the house! 

Stay well. Our best to you and yours. Will be in touch soon.

 

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

Announcements


Job Posting:

The Concession stand at the park is now hiring workers. For more information please email: Marilyn Kawa [email protected] or call
(502) 269-0832. (Ages 14 and up) 

St. Matthews Baseball is also looking for scorekeepers (Ages 14 and up) and umpires (Ages 16 and up). For more information please email: Dan Cook [email protected] 





Exciting News about St. Matthews Baseball!

As the World Series takes place between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, it is never too early to start thinking about the 2020 St. Matthews Baseball Season. I took over as President of the Board half way through the 2019 season and received a lot of feedback, both positive and constructive. As a Board, we understand that there are many opportunities for us to improve the St. Matthews Baseball experience. Please know that we are committed to making it happen. In advance of next season, I want to communicate some important changes that we are in the process of making. Please take a few minutes to read the following:

1.     Affiliation again with Cal Ripken Baseball vs. Little League. We will be returning as a league to Cal Ripken Baseball. Cal Ripken uses the more popular and widely accepted April 30 birth date cutoff. The return to Cal Ripken will allow more kids in the league to play with their classmates and be aligned with summer baseball competitive teams. Cal Ripken also provides a larger boundary for kids to play in St. Matthews Baseball and also be eligible for postseason All-Star tournaments.

2.     Executive Director Transition. I want to thank Doug Netherton for everything that he has done for our league as he has really pulled double duty with both administrative tasks and facility operations for the league. The plan is for Doug to continue overseeing facilities and fields for the 2020 season, which aligns to his strengths and passion. We will be announcing a new Executive Director to handle the administrative tasks in November. 


3.     Physical improvements to the park. Through a more aligned partnership with the City of St. Matthews, clear expectations are in place regarding park upkeep. The City of St. Matthews is making much needed physical improvements, such as new steps for Look Field and Siegel Field press boxes and landscaping around the park. They’ve also committed to painting dugouts and buildings in preparation for next season, which will coordinate with the new Voll Field colors. We are also committed to ensuring that the public restrooms are well maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. 


4.     Parking plan with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School for the 2020 season. We are aware that parking in St. Matthews Baseball designated parking spots was a challenge at the beginning of the season. Once discovered, we adjusted game times and field usage to address the issue. As we look ahead to the 2020 season, we have already met with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School to put a formal plan in place in order to improve the parking situation. It is important that St. Matthews Baseball families DO NOT park in the adjacent shopping center during practice or game times. There is no parking agreement in place with the owner of the shopping center, and we don’t want to see any St. Matthews Baseball family’s cars towed.


5.     Early registration incentive. Ever get the question from a grandparent about a Christmas gift idea for their grandchild? How about grandparents gifting the season’s league registration! We will open the league registration website early this season, in November, to help families plan ahead. Sign up by December 22  and get your child’s name in a drawing for a pizza party at Voll Field! This will take place on a Sunday during the Spring season and the drawing will also include some new equipment donated by Dicks Sporting Goods. 


6.     No player draft in the 7-year-old age group. We want kids in the early years of playing baseball to have the opportunity to play with friends and classmates and have fun doing it. There will not be a player draft until you reach the 8-year-old age groups. 


7.     Improved communication with families. This is a top Board priority. Better and more timely communication was the top constructive feedback that we received. We plan to utilize the full capabilities of our league website and leverage social media channels (follow us at Facebook: @StMatthewsBaseball and Twitter: @StMatthewsBase1) to improve how and when we communicate with parents. This will include a faster response time as well. More to come, but we heard you loud and clear on this critical area for improvement. 

 

Having played myself at St. Matthews Baseball and having two sons that have played, the league is very important to me personally and to our community. Each year we serve over a thousand players between our Spring Youth league, summer tournaments, and Fall High School season. We hope that you experience the above actions to your concerns as positive and understand that it is our goal to improve the overall experience of players and parents alike at St. Matthews Baseball. We ask that you continue to entrust us with the opportunity to serve your child next baseball season and every season thereafter. Please feel free to share this with other families that could benefit from St. Matthews Baseball. 

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback. If you are looking for a tax deduction for 2019, we are accepting 2020 season sponsorships now. I can be reached at [email protected] or 502-905-8360. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Schaftlein, St. Matthews Baseball Board President 

 

 

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