Category Archives: MCSLBA News

COVID-19 Response – Follow Up 04/07/20

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the beautiful and positive turn in our weather.  I don’t know about you, but this weather makes me excited for the multitude of outside activities and with bias, spring season baseball.  With that said, I wanted to again follow up with everyone on what we are currently thinking about in regards to the upcoming season(s).

  • We continue to follow the city’s lead and associated recommendations (shelter in place)
  • We our continuing with our suspension of in-person activities – At this time, this mainly affects our travel ball program (Mayhem) which normally would be practicing and preparing for the upcoming tournament trail
  • Our first scheduling challenge will likely be our Minor Division / Swing Player Evaluations that are scheduled to take place the week of April 27 – We are currently taking a wait and see approach, but suspect that we will need to push this event back at least 1-2 weeks (maybe longer)
  • Likely we will need to modify our overall schedule (practices and games), but will do everything in our power to provide an adequate and enjoyable season
  • Based on the possibility of an abbreviated season, we will look at any and all options that could include playing more days a week than our normally allotted 2-days a week
  • At this time, we are not expecting to hold weekend activities (excluding our Jamboree)
  • We are looking at possible changes to our league by-laws, rules and/or general baseball etiquette that would help with the transition to our possible new norm
  • Registration is open and requires no money down at this time (all new registrations added to a wait-list)
  • Discounted Early Bird pricing ends this Sunday, April 12th.

I do hope that this information sharing is of benefit to you and if there is anything we can do as a league or if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to any of the officers of myself directly using the email address below.

To conclude, I can’t stress enough that it all starts with registrations and that you must register to guarantee a spot in our program while remembering at this time that your registration requires no money down.  Once we have enough registrations and when the all clear has been given we will release registrations to an active status where you will then go back into our portal and pay.  SO PLEASE REGISTER NOW.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and be safe.

Kyle McAninch
President MCSLBA
president@mcslba.org

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COVID-19 Response – Follow Up 3/26/20

As we all continue to adapt to these unusual circumstances, I wanted to share with you what we are currently thinking about as we wait out this unfamiliar and turbulent time.

As previously mentioned we continue to follow the lead of the City of Bloomington which is generally adhering to the requirements and recommendations of the State and Federal mandates and guidelines.

With that we are still hopeful that we can bring you and our community (and surrounding) youth baseball.  As most of you already know, our season starts “later” than what some of you are accustomed too especially those that are coming across the parking lot from our sister organization, BJLBA.  While I would like to say that this was foresight on our part this year, it is actually our norm since inception for a couple reasons.  First, it allows our High School players to finish up their season and not miss much of MCSLBA Spring Season activities (which sadly could be a moot point this year).  Secondly, most of you know that Indiana springs are not usually kind on the weather front so we like to hope that Mother Nature gets most of its pinned up rainfall out of its system before we actually start.

So what this all means is that we still have time to weather the storm.  So as previously mentioned the officers got together this week to discuss the situation and formulate a game plan.  Generally, these are the key points that we landed on…

  • We will continue to shutter all activities (including Travel Ball) until further notice.
  • We will continue to follow the City recommendations and mandates.
  • We will keep our calendar of events as-is at this time, but will evaluate things again in a couple weeks if not before (expected around the week on April 13th).
  • We have decided to extend the minor division “early-bird” pricing until April 12th.
  • We will continue to “wait-list” all new registrations, honoring pricing based on when you register (no payment at this time).
  • We WILL look to accommodate players and families which could mean modifying normal spring season protocol and rules.

With that, I do want to touch on the last bullet point because I think it generally speaks to our overall mission.  What this is in reference too is that our league has always tried to bring baseball to the kids in our community in a matter that provides full inclusion.  This year will be no different.  So with no current specifics in mind at this time, what we are asking is that if you (and you are between the ages of 12-18) want to play baseball, REGISTER NOW.  From there and based on registrations we will come together to formulate a season(s).  This could include multiple divisions (for example our normal 12-15 and 16-18), double headers or a hybrid.  We know there are kids being displaced whether be it through the possible cancellation or severe condensing of their high school season or as a displaced travel ball player we want to provide everyone an opportunity to play this year.  So my shorter point is, REGISTER NOW and WE WILL FIGURE IT OUT.

While I hope this message sheds a little more light on what we are currently thinking, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or comments.  Thank you and stay safe.

Kyle McAninch

President MCSLBA
president@mcslba.org

Thank You Sponsors

Thank you to our early sponsors … MILLICAN REALITY, MAY INSURANCE AGENCY and APPLEBEES! We truly appreciate your commitment to our league and our community.

Please support those that support us. We are still looking for a few more sponsors so inquire within.

Join MCSLBA at Victory Field

Join MCSLBA at Victory Field on Saturday, August 11 as the Indianapolis Indians take on the Pawtucket Red Sox! Enjoy an evening at the ballpark with your family, friends, teammates and opponents while you take in the sights, sounds and smells of Indianapolis Indians baseball. RSVP to coachtomcorns@gmail.com if interested.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time: Gates open at 5:30 pm – First Pitch at 7:05 pm

Location: Victory Field, 501 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Opponent: Pawtucket Red Sox

Ticket Price: $14.00 / person

 

Offers and Promotions:

DC Comics Super Hero Night – Batman & The Joker: Stop by PNC Plaza before and during the game to meet Batman and The Joker. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Presented by McDonald’s.

Cape Giveaway & Jersey Auction: The first 1,500 kids 14 and under will receive a cape giveaway. Plus, the Tribe will wear specialty jerseys, which will be auctioned off to raise money for local charities. First 1,500 Kids 14 and Under.

Indiana 811 Night: Indiana 811 is proud to serve as sponsor of 811 Night at Victory Field. August 11 is 8/11 on the calendar and serves as a natural reminder for all Hoosiers to always make a free call to 811 at least two full working days before they dig. Presented by Indiana 811.

Please feel free to share this invite with your family and friends! We cannot wait to see you at the ballpark!

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Officers Needed

Volunteerism is a tradition that over the years has made an immeasurable contribution to our organization and to our community. Volunteering isn’t simply a nice thing to do; it is necessary. What would our lives, our communities and our country be like without people from all walks of life using their precious time, skills and power of compassion to help others?

We truly believe that the volunteer network is the lifeblood of our program, and the fabric of our community. The simple truth is we would not even exist, let alone prosper, without the talents and gifts of our many volunteers.

With that in mind, we are currently looking for additional league officers to continue to shape and move the organization forward and help make a difference in the life of a child, young adult and shape our youth through quality athletic experiences.

The officers offer our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, who through their time and dedication have helped us reach many milestones for our youth and young adults and we hope you will consider joining us so that we all can continue to teach the ideals of sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and a respect for all people. Thank you in advance for your commitment and devotion to our youth and the game.

Interested?  Email us at president@mcslba.org

MCSLBA Minor League Player Evaluations, Coaches and Sponsorship

The MCSLBA Minor league player evaluations are scheduled for next week, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the GOLD field at the Winslow Sports Complex. ALL PLAYERS (13-15, New and Returning) must attend 1 of the 3 sessions. Players should be dressed in baseball attire (i.e. cleats, pants, hat, etc.) and bring along their baseball gear (i.e. bats, helmets, glove, catchers gear, etc.) if in their possession.

Dates: May 1, 2 and 3
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Gold Field at the Winslow Sports Complex (http://www.mcslba.org/fieldlocation)

The Weather Hotline (812) 349-3610 option 2 should be used to determine if evaluations have been cancelled due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions. With that, the weather as you all know is finicky so we are asking that all players show up on the first “good and playable” day if at all possible so that we can make sure that we get to see everyone.

Please note that these are not tryouts as there are no cuts. All registrants will be placed on a team. These are simply player evaluations to offer the coaches and league a chance to review players and attempt to make equal teams across the league. These evaluations are meant to be low-key, non-stressful and encourage player participation. 12yo Swing Players do not need to attend these evaluations, but are welcome.

If you have questions or comments, please email us at president@mcslba.org.

PS: We are still looking for a few more coaches so if interested, inquire at coachescorner@mcslba.org

PPS: Will you help us help our youth and young adults by sponsoring a team? If you would like to get your organization or club involved or know someone that would, please contact us at president@mcslba.org

League Appreciation Day

MARK YOUR CALENDAR…

MCSLBA will be out at the Bloomington Dick’s Sporting Goods store Saturday, March 4th from 11am to 1:00pm providing league and registration information.

In addition, you can save 20% ON ANYTHING in the store (some exclusions apply) by dropping by our table and picking up our league coupon. It’s a great time to pick up your child’s baseball pants, glove, cleats or anything else for that matter.

Hope to see you here.

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