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Syosset Baseball Association 2010 Season Discounts and Updates

As we approach the Spring 2010 season for the Syosset Baseball Association’s 56th season, there are a few spring discounts that are available.

Modell’s Team Week coupons offering an additional 15 percent on all purchases from March 19 – April 15. With all purchases made during this period, besides you getting the discount, Modell’s gives back to the league 5 percent of all purchases. Coupons will be distributed through the managers and coaches as teams are presently being assembled as well as being available at Bagel Master on Cold Spring Road in Syosset next to CVS.

Woodbury Sports has provided the association with discount coupons offering $5 off on purchases of $30 or more. $10 off on purchases on $60 or more and $20 off on purchases of $120 or more. These coupons expire April 15 and again will be distributed to the managers and coaches. Woodbury Sports is located on Jericho Turnpike across from the On Parade Diner.

Long Island Hitting Academy is offering discounted cage time for individuals Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. $15 per half hour and Wednesday through Sunday $40 per hour, $25 per half hour. This offer is for individuals only and isn’t available for teams. Long Island Hitting Academy is located in Plainview on Dupont Circle off Sunnyside Boulevard by The Holiday Inn.

The association introduced their inaugural year of work with major league baseball and their pitch, hit and run competition and again will be holding this event at Syosset Woodbury Community Park on Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eligible players are listed on the registration form which is available at both Bagel Master and Woodbury Sports. Winners of their respective age groups will move on to the Sectional Competition and those winners moving forward to the Regional Competition to be held either at Yankee Stadium or Citifield Park. Those winners will be representative of their local team with the finals to be held in Anaheim in July during the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Last year, Syosset Baseball Association’s Aaron Lafazan advanced to the Regional Competition held at Yankee Stadium.

The Great American Baseball Company weekly instructional camp will be held at Syosset Woodbury Park for the week of August 23-August 28, for ages 6 through 12 years old. This is the 7th year we have had this group with their program at our site. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis with registration forms available on-line at www.syossetbaseball.org. Registration is $285 for the week’s program. Go to league documents - Go to vendors - Scroll down to The Great American Baseball Company Camp registration. Registration forms are also available at Bagel Master and Woodbury Sports

The Great American Baseball Company will be holding their instructional clinics for ages 5-8 year olds, with a clinic 1 day per week for designated age groups at Stillwell Woods fields, starting the first week in May and running for 5 successive weeks. Registration is $125 for the 5-week program.

As we move forward into the season we will be updating with additional discounts and offerings as well as other programs and opportunities for the players and families of Syosset Baseball Association.

The season is slated to start the week of April 12, just after everybody returns from the Spring ’10 break. Evaluations for our 9-12 year old divisions have concluded and drafts held to form those teams. Commissioners for the 5-8 year olds and Junior and Senior Divisions are working selecting managers and coaches and building their respective teams as well. Shortly you will be notified by your manager of details for the upcoming season, uniforms and schedules.

The association is planning an official opening day the first for Syosset Baseball Association with 1 game from our Major League Division to be held on Wednesday, April 14 at Syosset Woodbury Park, with Opening Day festivities being planned now to launch the 2010 season. All subsequent games for all Divisions will kick off the opening weekend of our 56th year starting Saturday, April 17 for the 5-year-old T-Ball Division through our 11/12 Year Old Major League Division and Sunday April 18 for the Junior and Senior League Divisions.

We will continue with Inter-Town Intramural Baseball, against local teams from Jericho and Bethpage. Your respective schedule will provide you with details for your Division and team if your Division is eligible for this opportunity. For those Divisions where scores are kept with standings, these games will count toward your record. These teams are your regular intramural team that will compete against another town’s intramural team.

On August 22, Syosset Baseball Association will be holding their Second Annual Family Night with The Long Island Ducks at Citibank Park in West Islip. The game slated for 5:05 p.m. featured the Long Island Ducks vs. The Newark Bears. Prior to the start of the game, the kids will have an opportunity to meet the Ducks players and get autographs and at the conclusion of the game, an opportunity to run the bases at Citibank Park. Prior to the opening pitch, a designated Syosset Baseball Association team will be honored with an opportunity for the players to go onto the field and stand next to their Ducks Professional Player counterpart during the National Anthem. Last year, our AAA Division Champion, Schneider, Mitola LLP, managed by Larry Turell had the honor and excitement of this day in our inaugural event with the Ducks. Ticket forms are available at both Bagel Master and Woodbury Sports as well as have been distributed during the evaluations of the 9 through 12 year old Divisions and are available on the Syosset Baseball website www.syossetbaseball.org. Please note, tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis with a limited number of tickets reserved for this game.

To continue where we left off last year providing the optimum playing conditions in the event of rain, last year our game cancellations were held to a minimum due to everyone’s cooperative effort, getting out onto the fields and helping rake out puddles, and raking in quick-dry. We will be continuing with this, enhancing this with field spotters throughout the area, thus in the event of rain, our spotters will report in on field conditions, maintenance needed to get the field into game ready condition by game time and in the event the field by the spotter would be deemed unplayable, report back and move that game to a playable field and immediately notify managers, players, umpires and if needed scoreboard operator.

Please note:

Saturday, May 29 - Syosset Baseball Association Memorial Weekend All-Star games and picnic…Location: Syosset Woodbury Park

All-Star games for 8-year-old Divisions through Senior Division

Monday, May 31 - Syosset Memorial Day Parade down Jackson Avenue..come join the Syosset Baseball Association group in your uniform as you patriotically honor those who have served our country with our town parade.

Monday, November 1 is the Annual Awards Dinner, recognizing the accomplishments for our 9-12 year old Divisions with awards for winners in each age group as well as acknowledgement for our travel teams and Junior/ Senior Leagues.

As we go throughout the season, we will provide further updates to you to keep you informed of the events and happening on and off the baseball field at Syosset.

Information for Syosset Baseball Association can be found on our website www.syossetbaseball.org.