Monday, January 16, 2012

Is It Really Baseball Season?

The Elk Grove Youth Baseball League (EGYBL) held its first day of tryouts on Saturday at Rau Park. There will be tryouts for those who did not attend this weekend on Jan. 21.
EGYBL’s counterpart, Laguna Youth Baseball (LYB), will have its tryouts Jan. 21 and 28 at Morse Park. EGYBL draws its participants from east of Highway 99 while LYB takes players who live west of the highway.
New this year for EGYBL is its “Prep” Division, intended for boys ages 13 and 14. They will play on diamonds with 80-foot base paths and the pitching mound 54 feet from home plate. According to EGYBL’s president Dan Woodward, the new division is an attempt to help boys not physically able to play on the regulation 90-foot diamonds.


“We’ve put money into laying down turf and putting in a mound at Amundsen Park, just north of Rau,” Woodward said. The new division will play games there and on the Arvid Pauly Field in Elk Grove Park.
Woodward added that he is working with officials at CSD to develop the field in Elk Grove Park into a youth baseball stadium, in the same spirit of youth stadiums in Williamsport, PA., and Aberdeen, MD.
Whereas both baseball organizations are affiliated nationally with Cal Ripken Youth Baseball for ages five through 12, EGYBL has connected the 13-14 year old division with PONY Baseball.
LYB’s president Jerry Tucker said his organization will not add a division for the 13- and 14-year olds.
Elk Grove Babe Ruth baseball, entering its 51st season in Elk Grove, will hold tryouts Feb. 4 and 11. League president Joe Matlen says he expects between 14 and 17 teams in its ages 13-15 division. That league also allows high school players to participate following their season at a reduced registration fee.
EGBR will also have a league for players ages 16-18 that will begin play in late May. Both divisions play on regulation-sized diamonds.
Matlen also said there will be some new rules enforced this season on the type of bats that will be allowed. The only composite bats that will be permitted are those that have been BESR (Bat Exit Speed Ration) and ABI (Accelerated Break-In) tested and approved.  Further, the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division will allow all aluminum/alloy 2 5/8-inch barrel bats and all composite-only aluminum/alloy barrel bats in any minus or drop. For example, Matlen said, if it is not a composite barrel bat, then -8, -9, -10, etc. bats are allowed. All BBCOR -3 High School approved bats are allowed. …
Elk Grove waterski pro Brian Detrick is one of six members selected for the U.S. water ski team that will compete next week at the 2012 World University Water Ski Team Championships in San Bernardo, Chile.
Detrick, along with Storm Selsor of Fremont and four others will compete for four days next week.
The U.S. Team has won every University Worlds (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2009) to date. The National Collegiate Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water Ski, which was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. …
Last season Anessa Kaylor started at shortstop for the Elk Grove High School softball team. She has transferred to Sheldon and will play this season for the defending Section champions.
Kaylor just recently made a verbal commitment to play collegiately at San Jose 
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