Wrentham Youth Baseball and Softball Association's main objectives are to develop and encourage safe, healthy and fun youth activity through baseball and softball programs, in a predominantly outdoor setting. WYBSA programs will encourage children aged 5
I am writing to formally introduce myself to you and update you on the many items that are upcoming for Wrentham Youth Baseball and Softball. My name is Brad MacDonald and I will be serving as the President of WYBSA this season. I grew up playing baseball on Sweatt field and some of my fondest childhood memories are rooted from these experiences. My goal is to allow WYBSA to continue to run in a way that provides the children of Wrentham a chance to build their own great memories.
I want to thank a few people who have dedicated a great deal of time to the WYBSA in the past few years. Joe Gallagher has served as President the past two seasons and thankfully he will be remaining on the board serving as Vice President. Craig Jacobs has served as Secretary and Registrar for the past several years. He has passed the Secretary role along but will remain on the board. Dave Gresham has been a board member for several years and the past two years he has served as Vice President. Dave has stepped down from a voting member position but vows to still be involved coaching this season. Thank you all for the time and work that you have put in to make Wrentham Baseball and Softball a better place for our Wrentham kids.
Spring registration is set to open up early this week. We have a couple of changes that I want to make you aware of. First of all, you may have heard that we have moved to an new registration system. This first year will take a little extra work as you will have to enter your family information into the system. After that we think that you will find it very user friendly. The functionality of the app will be improved making it easier for teams to communicate information.
The other change that we have made is that we are going to play "Wrentham Only" baseball this spring. For the past several years our spring schedule has included teams from Plainville. This winter, Plainville and Norfolk joined together and have decided to change the structure of their leagues. Wrentham was asked to participate in this new program but after much debate, we have decided to keep the same structure that we have been using for years. Ultimately, as a board we felt the objective of WYBSA's spring baseball season is to provide a baseball/softball experience for all kids in Wrentham and be as inclusionary as possible. Our strong registration numbers allow us to field approximately eight teams at both the minors and majors level and we will still participate in the KP Cup in mid May. We are looking forward to a fun, competitive spring season in 2018.
Currently, we are working with Norfolk and Plainville to create a King Philip Babe Ruth program. When entering seventh grade most of these kids start going to school together, so it is a perfect time to transition to playing baseball together. Our hope is that all registration will filter through one of the towns and from there coaches will be assigned and teams will be formed. Our town will have plenty of representation as we iron out the details and develop a league that lines up with our core values.
Winter Clinics are set to start January 28th. Registration is still open, so take advantage of the low $50 fee to get your baseball or softball player some indoor practice before the spring season starts. Follow this link and click Register Now to sign up on our new site. WYBSA Homepage
I am really excited for the upcoming season and working with all of our amazing volunteer coaches to provide your children with a wonderful experience playing baseball or softball in Wrentham.
As we wrap up the calendar year with our festive activities, we wanted to let you know about some changes to the WYBSA Leadership team and a quick look forward to our administration system.
NEW BOARD POSITIONS
Our Annual meeting was held publicly on October 17th, 2017 at the Delaney School. At this time, three Board Member seats were up for (re)election. We are excited to announce that those seats were filled by the following volunteers:
John Lutfy: John was re-elected after fulfilling a two year seat already on the board. John has volunteered as a coach for several years now and has been the lead on several of our field improvement projects during the past few years.
Jeff DeBaggis: Jeff has already served a two year term as a volunteer board member and a coach. Jeff is a very active board member and is always available to lend a hand as needed.
Marty Canavan: We are excited to welcome Marty to the board as a brand new Board Member. Marty (and his wife Stephanie) are super involved in Wrentham Youth Sports and are no stranger to lending a hand as needed. Marty have served as a coach/Asst coach as needed over the past several years.
In November, the Executive Board underwent an overhaul with 3 of 4 members stepping down from their positions. The new Executive board members and and subsequent board elections went as follows:
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Brad MacDonald (New President): Brad was elected President of the Board after serving once year on the Board as a voting board member and being the League coordinator for Farm league and summer ball in 2017.
Joe Gallagher (New Vice President): After a BUSY 2017 season, our fearless leader stepped down as Pres. to take on a more active roll with this childrens other sports. He is excited to stay on the executive board for one more year (at least)
Carey Robinson (New Secretary): After serving one year as an associate board member, and this past year as a voting board member, Carey stepped up to the plate and assumed the Secretary role. She is also the Social Media coordinator and Website lead.
Steve Corcoran: Steve has served as Treasurer for several years now and will remain in this position. He is also an active volunteer coach and helps out quite a bit with field maintenance.
NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Craig Jacobs: Craig was elected to a board seat after stepping down from several years as the WYBSA Secretary. Craig brings many years of WYBSA knowledge to the board and will serve a one year term in this position. Craig has also graciously offered to be acting Registrar this year while we transition someone else to this position for next year. He will work closely with Carey on the Spring season registration as we implement the new administrative system (more info below).
John Ford: After serving a two year seat as a voting Board Member, John will continue on his role as a voting Board Member for a one year term.
EXISTING BOARD MEMBER (REMAINING 1 YEAR TERM):
Mark Anderson: Mark does an excellent job as our lead on equipment management. He is also an active coach and field volunteer.
Bill Sheehan: Bill will stay on as our lead on all things scheduling (which is no easy task!). He is also an active coach and field volunteer.
We are also extremely pleased to welcome quite a few new Associate Board members to the Community Meetings. Thank you to ALL OF YOU for your volunteered time, which is no small task.
We also would like to remind you all that WYBSA runs on volunteers and we cannot do this without them. there is no job too small. So whatever you can do to help out, holla!!
Thank you to all those members who have served on our board and have stepped down in recent years. We are lucky to have had your input and we thank you kindly for all your time.
NEW ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM
In the early part of 2018 we will be switching over to a new League Athletics/Sports Illustrated system. We will be requiring everyone at this time to sign up for a new account. Any residual fees from this past year that have not yet been paid, will be then applied to your new account where appropriate (e.g. Volunteer opt-out). We will be in touch shortly with details and where to start the sign up process. After this, once we are comfortable that the transition has been made effectively, we will no long be using our current Bonzi system. Thanks so much for your patience during this time.
Warm Greetings for a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family,