October 2011

PA Ball Hawks



As we begin our 2012 seasons, we enter with eight teams across five age groups.  In 2012 we will field a 10U team, two 12U teams, three 14U teams, a 16U team, and an 18U team.  As of the date of this letter our teams have begun participating and will continue throughout the fall to participate in tournaments under USSSA, ASA, and PONY sanctioning bodies as well as college showcase tournaments.  2012 promises to be another successful year as we continue to attract some of the finest softball talent to our organization.  With that brings exciting changes.

Mizuno partnership – The Ball Hawks organization is proud to announce our recently formed partnership with Mizuno.  We have tried for several years to hook up with a company like Mizuno.  Given the size of our organization and the success we have had over the past few years, we finally have been able to draw the interest of such a company.  For 2012 and going forward, we will use Mizuno as our uniform supplier.    We will have the opportunity to purchase Mizuno equipment such as bats, helmets, gloves, batting gloves, spikes, etc. at discounted rates.  We will be holding a uniform fitting on October 17 & 18.  At this time you will also have the opportunity to purchase Mizuno equipment.  More details are available on the home page of our website and additional information will be forwarded to the coaches for distribution to the parents.  The partnership with Mizuno has raised many questions with many of our parents.   Answers to some of the frequently asked questions have been sent to the coaches for distribution.

Jessica Mendoza clinic – The Ball Hawks are excited to announce that we will be hosting a clinic along with USA Olympian and ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza.  The clinic will be held on Saturday,  January 7th at York College’s Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center.  This will prove to be a great experience for our young athletes to learn from one of the best softball players in the world.  More information will be coming soon.  Space will be limited so be sure to register early if you are interested.

Indoor facility – As we continue to strive to provide our players with the best possible opportunities for both training and playing, we understand that we must have an indoor facility available to us.  As we searched for something suitable, we found this to be a very costly venture.  We do have the opportunity to utilize a building at the property of Ken and Katy Holcomb (daughter Shelbee plays on our 14U Harbold team).  This will allow us the opportunity to provide an indoor training facility for a significantly less cost.  There is currently one hitting lane in the building with some additional space on either side of the lane.  We will be looking to improve the building to make it more suitable for use throughout the winter.  Our main task will be to insulate the roof.  Neil Lamparter (daughter Taylor plays on our 12U Collins team) is providing his expertise to complete this work.  Once it is determined what is needed, we will be looking for volunteers to help with the completion of this project.  Please be sure to volunteer some of your time as this will be something that will benefit all of our daughters.

Our goal will be to expand the size of this building in the coming years.  Our fundraising efforts will help to contribute to those costs.  As we get more details, we will set a goal for the amount of funding needed to be able to make this a reality.

Joe Corbi’s fundraiser – Just a reminder that the Joe Corbi’s fundraiser pick up will be Thursday, October 6th from 6:00-8:00 at Bridgeway Church on Reynolds Mill Road.  Please be sure to pick up your order or arrange for someone to pick up for you.  We will not have any space to keep your items refrigerated after the designated pick up time.

If you have any items that you want to have considered for publication in future newsletters, please send that information to Neil Anders at neil@paballhawks.com.