Here's what you missed at our recent annual parent meeting:
Park Rules - MYSA Park and adjoining Melrose Elementary School fields are alcohol and tobacco free. There is no smoking, including vaping, allowed on the premises. If you wish to smoke, please do across the road from the main gate, and dispose of your butts properly.
- No pets allowed on the premises, with the exception of certified service dogs.
- Parking is available outside the main gates along both sides of the road way, as well as inside the school gates for those playing on the far school fields (Rookie and U8 softball). Parking inside the gate by the concession stand is only available to authorized vehicles and those with a handicap sticker/tag. This rule is in place for the safety of our kids and families.
Parent/Visitor Conduct - We ask that all parents/visitors conduct themselves in a manner that is both respectful and courteous to all players, coaches, and umpires both at home and away. While visiting neighboring towns, you represent the association as a whole, and ask that you represent us in a positive way.
Coaches/Volunteers - All coaches, assistant coaches, volunteers, and other parents who might have constant contact with players must have a background check. This background check can be found under the "Coaches" tab above. The only exception is for those volunteering in the concession stand.
- Due to some changes in the Babe Ruth rules for 2019, there may be additional training that is required for our coaches. We do not have more information on this currently, but will update on the matter as soon as possible.
- There will be a coaches meeting in the coming weeks to discuss upcoming rule changes, coach responsibilities, background checks, and more.
Volunteering - We are in constant need of help in our concession stand. The concession money is what pays for our umpires, which on busy on a busy Saturday can run upwards of $500 in umpire costs. Without a successful concession, we can not provide the much needed umpires for these home games.
- We will look to implement a concession volunteer schedule for each team for this coming spring season in an effort to better staff and run the stand. Coaches will have more information on this subject after the start of the season.
- Park Work Days:
- We will be having several work days during the month of February. Our fields (especially school side) are in dire need of maintenance. Along with field prep, we will be working on trash clean-up, small repairs, and repainting our concession exterior, bathrooms, and MYSA side dugouts/scorekeeper booths. We have already started on some projects, but can not do it without the help of more volunteers.
- Our work days are scheduled for February 2nd, February 9th, and February 23rd. Opening Day - MYSA Opening Day ( our first home games) will be held on March 9th this year. This event is open to the community.
- We are looking for vendors who are interested in setting up a booth during the hours of 9am-2pm. To hold a spot, the vendor fee is $10 and goes directly to MYSA as a fundraiser. If you or someone you know is interested in setting up a booth, please contact us ASAP!
- Our opening day event is very busy and hectic. In order to make things run smoother we will need extra volunteers to help with field prep in between games, empty trashcans, stock bathrooms, and work the concession stand. Please consider volunteering for even just a few minutes of your time.
Board News and Changes - We have a few open positions that are open immediately and until filled: Softball Commissioner and Basketball Commissioner. If you or someone you know is interested, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are looking to grow our softball program, and bring back our basketball program. We can not do it without you!
- Commissioner responsibilities: Will act as point of contact for all district communications, as well as parent and coach communications. Responsible for scheduling of all softball team games and umpires. Acts as representative to MYSA Board in reference to any and all complaints, equipment needs, or scheduling conflicts.
Uniforms - At our 2017 parent meeting the board and parents voted to implement a uniform color scheme of blue, white, and/or grey in order to unify our look as we travel and uniformly represent MYSA. However, recently it was brought to our attention that there had been push back on this and the want for any/all color schemes as we've done in past years.
- During the meeting we conducted a parent/board vote on the matter, and the winning vote sustained our current uniform colors of blue, white. Therefore, coaches will have the option to pick any presented uniform option in any combination of blue, white, and/or grey. The vote in favor won by more than half.
Registrations were also taken post meeting at the early-bird discounted rate. The time frame for the discount has since ended and all registration fees are in full.
Parent Concerns/Questions - Parents voiced concerns over park improvements and county assistance. MYSA Board disclosed that we are the only park in the county responsible for paying our own utility bills, and are still denied county permission to install field lights. Concerned parents voiced their desire to contact the county commissioner to make our needs/wants known. It was discussed to look into the next commissioner meeting and invite all willing participants to accompany select board members to the meeting.
- Concerns over recent team placement issues were voiced and addressed accordingly. We take all concerns and conflicts seriously, and will work to the best of our ability to resolve such issues.
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
Player 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.
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.