BH News and Updates (January 2015)

(1) New Practice ShirtsAn executive decision was made by Howie Merriman (BH President) to order practice t-shirts to be worn by all players. This decision was based on a research-study finding out of Penn State. Basically, the outcome of the study proves that teams who look "uniformed" and "top notch" even while at practice perform at significantly higher levels than those teams who are not. Once ordered, teams will be expected to wear these shirts to team practices. More info on ordering and purchasing additional shirts (for those interested) is forthcoming within the week.
(2) Jersey Update — The new, white jerseys are in, but still need to be screen printed by Elliott Productions. However, the board also discussed the ordering of a red jersey for this season. An approximate price point for each will be $45. Parents will need to make payment for the jersey(s) in the coming weeks.
Please note…all jerseys (Mizuno black, red and gray Sport 55) will be phased out at the start of the 2016 season. We will see how these new jerseys hold up this spring/summer to determine what the organization will do with ordering jerseys for next season.
(3) BH Pitching/Hitting Clinics — The organization will be offering both pitching (with Deana Benner) and hitting clinics for our girls in March at Backyard University. More info will come in the next few weeks as final dates/times are secured with Backyard University and Bridgeway Church. In addition, the BHs will again offer a FREE clinic to players outside of our organization in April. Info will be posted both on the BH website and Facebook.
(4) Joe Corbi's Fundraiser — Coaches/teams have received the ordering packets for our current fundraising event. It was decided at the board meeting that funds raised will stay with each individual team (as opposed to being applied to each player's dues). The use of these team funds will be up  to the discretion of each coach. Receipts and/or invoices need to be provided to Missy Werner for payment and/or reimbursement.
(5) Bull Roast — All teams/players will be receiving 6 Bull Roast tickets in the coming week. Please remember…the first TWO tickets included in each envelope are those that are structured into player dues. Do your best to sell the extras included. Players/families need to access the Bull Roast link on the website to provide an accurate head count and to pay for additional tickets purchased via PayPal.
In addition, information in regards to requesting for volunteers at the Bull Roast will be sent to teams in the coming week. We will be using an on-line signup form. Information and link will also be posted on the website and Facebook.
Each team is also responsible for putting together a raffle basket for the Bull Roast (value of at least $100). Team Moms should take care of organizing this among their teams. Please contact Linda Merriman ASAP to let her know what type of basket each team will include in this year's raffle.
(6) Outstanding Dues Balances — Outstanding player dues must be taken care of immediately. Please be advised that until a payment is made or arrangements for a structured payment are made with Missy Werner (BH Treasurer), these players are not to practice with the team. Our organization needs these funds to pay for tournaments and equipment for the teams. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact Missy Werner at
(7) Facebook — The feedback and initial following on our Facebook page has been great! However, the organization would like to ensure that all of our teams are equally represented with posts because GREAT things are happening with all teams. The organization is looking for one Team Mom or individual from each team to post team events/news to our Facebook page. This person needs to already have a Facebook account. Please contact Kris Gartrell at