Board Members present: C.W. Ruhmpohl, Jessica Ramos, Mary Ruhmpohl, Brandi Screen, Dale Yarbrough, Michael Riddles
The meeting was held outdoors in the concession area of MYSA. It was called to order at 6:02pm by President CW Ruhmpohl who introduced himself and the other board members.
Next, the board announced open positions for softball commissioner and concession manager. It was conveyed to all present that there is always a great need for volunteers to help in many areas.
COVID and safety guidelines were then communicated clearly. Specifically, if anyone has a positive test they must stay home for two weeks or provide a negative test result. If anyone has contact with a positive case they need to stay home as well. It was made clear that safety guidelines must be followed and to understand that the possibility still exists for the season to be affected due to COVID. Social distancing is a must as well as limiting the number of visitors/spectators. It was decided that face coverings would not be provided again by MYSA as everyone already has them from before or personally.
Next, it was noted that the potential closing of Melrose Elementary School would not affect MYSA immediately. If new school facilities are built in the future, MYSA could potentially lose access to the property on the western end nearest the school, but that would not likely happen for years down the road. Even if this happened, the rest of the park/fields would still be open.
Mary then gave the financial report detailing all income and expenses since Spring 2020. She also shared that the county has finally started paying the electric and water utility bills which results in MYSA saving approximately $3,000 annually. This savings during the past year has allowed MYSA to purchase 2 new batting cage nets and new bases among other small items. She also stated it is imperative to have volunteers help run the concession as that is how the umpires are paid. Mary plans to put together a concession volunteer schedule with hopes of getting teams to sign-up for particular shifts. The floor was then open to questions/suggestions.
Items/topics mentioned included parking, in particular alongside SR 26. CW noted that T-Ball families are asked to park in the east parking area and then walk past concession area to t-ball field to help with any congestion along SR 26. Other suggestions were bleachers. Jessica shared the plan to re-vamp a set of bleachers that has not been in use. This is something to be done during the upcoming work days. It was also suggested to communicate (especially to out of town teams that may not know otherwise) to please bring chairs to help with seating and social distancing. Additionally, it was announced that no one should be pulling through the gates onto the park grounds except those with a handicap decal. Coaches may do so only when helping work/prep the fields before games begin. General housekeeping rules were then reviewed and included, no smoking, no vaping, no pets, no alcohol.
Upcoming workdays are to be held the next two Saturdays and will focus on removing old batting cage nets/installing new nets, revamping the bleachers, painting, cleaning, weed-eating, field maintenance/prep, trash detail along fence lines, and making the seniors scoreboard that does not currently work look more presentable.
Dale Yarbrough announced the first baseball games of the season will be in Bradford on February 27th. Opening day at MYSA will be March 13th. Volunteers are needed!!
Registration ends Saturday, February 6th and team placements will be finalized. Everyone should hear from their coach by Wednesday, February 10th. Practices will begin soon after as coaches set their own practice schedules. There is still a need for some more majors, 16U softball, t-ball and soccer players to help round out teams. A second t-ball and 16U coach is also needed. Background checks and abuse policy forms are required for anyone with direct contact with players. This applies to anyone on the field or in the dugouts. Once completed, they are good for two years. The fee is $25. There is a link/tab on the MYSA website that can be used to complete the process. Mary reminded everyone to correctly choose Melrose Youth Sports Babe Ruth League to ensure correct form/placement.
In closing, CW encouraged everyone to follow the MYSA facebook page for the most current updates/news. The meeting was adjourned at 6:36 and those that wish to volunteer were asked to please come see/speak to board members.
Practice times and game schedules will be posted for each team, once they are available. ** Practice will begin the first week of September and are typically 1-2 evenings per week until games begin in late September. ** Games are 1-2 days per week and on weeknights and Saturday mornings.
TEN Things Parents Can Do to Help A Coach l. Bring your child to practices and games on time. 2. Say only positive things on the sidelines. 3. Communicate with the coach - but not on the field. 4. Don't shout instructions to your child during the game. 5. Call the coach if your child is going to miss a game or practice. 6. Don't allow sleepovers or late movies the night before a game. 7. Focus on effort, not winning. 8. Support the coach, especially regarding lineup choices and discipline. 9. Feed the kids before games and practices, and send them with plenty of water! 10. Write the coach a thank-you note, or better yet, have your child write one.
Parent Code of Conduct
Parents are the ultimate role model for their children and are expected to support the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play at all times.
Parents are to ensure that their child arrives on time ready to play for games and practices.
Parents and their guests are expected to be supportive of the players and not to engage in argumentative behavior with players, coaches, umpires or other parents.
Parents and their guests will maintain self-control. They will refrain from disrespectful conduct of any sort, including but not limited to: profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, taunting, or other actions that demean an individual.
During the course of a game, parents and their guests will refrain from “shouting out” instructions to players on the field or in the dugout.
Parents or their guests are not permitted in the dugout during or prior to the start of the game. The only exception is if the parent or guest is invited into the dugout by the coaching staff.
Parents will not discuss their child’s status with the team ( i.e. playing time, positioning, batting order, etc.) during the course of the game. Discussions of this nature shall take place between parents and the team manager after the game at an appropriate time for all parties.
Player Code of Conduct
All players are expected to show respect to their teammates, players from the opposing team, coaches, and umpires -- Both on and off the field.
Players are not to engage in arguments with other players, coaches, or umpires during a game.
Players shall respect all equipment, and abuse of equipment will not be tolerated. Players/Parents will be responsible for any equipment damaged, due to abuse.
Any player ejected from a game due to un-sportsman like conduct, including foul language, fighting, or abuse of equipment may be suspended from the team.
Players will not invite family and/or friends into the dugout during the course of a game.