BH News and Updates (July 2016)

(1) NEW Facemask Policy – Per an executive order sent to coaches during the Memorial Day weekend and further discussion at the recent board meeting, all players within the BH Organization must abide by the following in regards to wearing facemasks:

  • Corner Infielders (1st/3rd) and Pitchers must wear a facemask at all times (even during practices)
  • Middle Infielders must either wear a facemask and/or protective mouth guard (even during practices)

The primary goal with putting this policy in place is to protect our girls. The BH Handbook will be updated to include this same information for the start of the 2016 – 2017 season. In the meantime, it is expected that both players and coaches respect and abide by this policy. Thank you!

(2) Annual Dues Increase – Due to rising costs in tournament fees, team insurance and our indoor practice budget, the board would like to inform families in advance that there will be an increase in annual dues next season. While the exact amount is yet to be finalized, please note that this increase will be kept at a minimum. Because we are a non-profit organization, we have done our best to maintain our annual dues at the same rate (they have not increase in the last several years), but forecasting our future budgets over the next few years requires this increase to occur. The BH Organization still remains the most cost effective, highly competitive travel fast pitch organization within our area.

(3) BH Tryouts – As our organization grows, as players transition to the next level and as we lose several players this season on our 18u teams, the board discussed scheduling tryouts and the formation of teams for the 2016 – 2017 season. Part of the discussion among the board was… How do we continue to build/maintain highly competitive teams at all age levels and build the best teams? We all know that winning feels GREAT! From the outside, parents looking for a competitive travel fast pitch organization primarily look at those who boast winning records and championships. As a result of this discussion, it was decided that ALL current players MUST also participate in our tryout sessions this season. The BH Organization is going back to its tradition of having all players tryout each season to determine team assignments.

Please stay tuned for tryout dates and times in the coming weeks. If a current player is not able to attend the tryout dates, the player and/or parent(s) will need to discuss conflict with their current coach or contact Howie Merriman. Private tryouts will be offered again this season.

(4) Player Appreciation Party – This year’s Player Appreciation Party has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 21st. We will be hosting a family-style picnic at John Rudy Park. Additional information will be shared with all families once the final details (food; time; activities) is finalized.

(5) BH Mailing Address – Please be advised that our mailing address has changed (see website). The board decided that since many individuals are making payments via our PayPal feature, maintaining a PO Box was not cost effective.

(6) NEW Treasurer for the Fall 2016 – The BH Organization would like to THANK Missy Werner for her service as the treasurer since the very start of this organization nearly 10 years ago. Missy has volunteered countless hours of her time in maintaining our financials, sending out dues statements, paying tournament directors, etc… She has decided to end her tenure with the BH Organization, but she will still remain a forever fan and will continue to be involved in the Organization. We wish her all the best!!

With that being said, the BH Board voted unanimously to elect Deanna Ashenfelter (a current 12u parent) as BH Treasurer. Deanna joins the BH Board with several years of accounting expertise. Deanna will shadow and meet with Missy during the next few months to make this transition happen has smoothly as possible. She will make her final transition into this position at the start of the 2016 – 2017 season.

(7) Current Board Vacancies — We are currently looking for individuals to fill the following BH Board positions for the 2016 – 2017 season. Individuals interested in these positions can contact Howie Merriman ( and/or complete the online board member application and role descriptions can be found on the website.

  • BH Director of Sales/Apparel
  • BH Treasurer
  • BH Camps/Clinics Coordinator

(8) PowerTrain – Many of our teams participated in a free session or two with PowerTrain during the off season. If your player is interested, they are still offering a BH discounted rate.

(9) Facebook and Website Updates/News – With our older players creating skills videos and maintaining profile pages for college recruiting, please contact Kris Gartrell ( directly with any updates and/or news that you would like shared on our Facebook and/or website. Of course, you can still send this information to your coaches to be forwarded, but it would save a little bit of time just to email her directly.