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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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