BH Team Openings

Team rosters are now POSTED (with exception of 10u)!

If you’re still interested in trying out for the PA Ball Hawks, please submit online registration (see link below)!

 “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…play for her.”    – Mia Hamm

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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 (howiemerriman@paballhawks.org) 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 (krisgartrell@paballhawks.org) 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.

BH Board Openings

The PA Ball Hawks Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the following roles:

 Events and Fundraising Coordinator

Persons interested in this position MUST possess excellent organization skills. Because we are a non-profit organization, a portion of our yearly funding comes from fundraising efforts by our teams and our annual Bull Roast fundraising event. We are looking for an individual with LOTS of energy and willingness to seek out creative, innovative fundraising ideas in an continual effort to benefit our BH Organization and players. This person will work with Linda Merriman (current Events and Fundraising Coordinator) to ensure a successful, smooth transition into this role during the Fall 2017 season.

If you have more questions about any of these roles, please contact Howie Merriman (BH President) at howiemerriman@paballhawks.org. If interested in applying for any one of these positions, please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to the PA Ball Hawks Board of Directors (PABHBoardofDirectors@paballhawks.org).

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 missy@paballhawks.org.
 
(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 kris@paballhawks.org.